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Member postings for Brian Abbott

Here is a list of all the postings Brian Abbott has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: Brian's 1" Minnie Traction Engine
09/04/2022 20:17:15

Good afternoon all.

Could I ask any Minnie builders what thickness gasket they used between the cylinder and the boiler?

The reason I ask is when I machined the base of the cylinder I took great care to make sure it matched the boiler, unfortunately, I forgot all about the gasket.

Really, to make things right I should re-machine the base of the cylinder to allow for a gasket,



03/11/2021 19:09:04

Thanks Harry.

02/11/2021 20:14:19

Hello all

Just working on the Minnie water pump,

Anyone know what size hole should be through the check valve seating.

7/64 or 1/8 ?


Thread: Oxy propane welding kit
18/10/2021 23:00:55

So what's the real difference between oxy propane and oxy-acetylene?

Is it temperature?

Thread: Home CnC
08/10/2021 13:18:43

Thanks guys for taking the timing to reply.

I have looked at the option of converting a manual mill into a cnc but to be honest i don't want the head ache.

Maybe a second hand Denford or something similar in working ready to go condition is the way to go otherwise i would be looking at spending maybe 6K plus.

Thanks all.

Thread: Workshop content
08/10/2021 13:04:06

Hello Graham.

I have just dropped you a message, if i can be any help just ask.


Thread: Home CnC
07/10/2021 13:23:10

Hello all.

Ive been thinking for a while about dipping my toe so to speak into home cnc milling.

Anyone any experience of Wabeco machines?


Thread: Backing up computers across a network
24/08/2021 22:31:02

Good evening everyone,

Firstly, thank you all for taking the time to reply to my plea.

I have today spoken to a company who has suggested using Synology.

Currently, all our computers run very independently, they have suggested that we set up a server from which we can pull the information, this will provide a single point of storage and backup.

All seems to make sense, just awaiting their recommendations and costs.

Thanks again.

23/08/2021 12:31:10

Hi all,

Appreciate this is nothing to do with model engineering but could do with some advice..admin's, please delete if your not happy with this..

Any IT guys able to offer some advice.

We have a number of computers that need backing up.
Currently we back up each one once a week onto an external hard drive.

I am looking for some sort of rack mounted solution that i can backup to across a network on a daily basic,

Anyone have any advise before i call in the pro's


Thread: George Thomas retractable slide for the myford.
17/06/2021 16:28:10

Hello all.

Looking to maybe make a George Thomas retractable slide,

Anyone know were i will find the drawings to purchase?


Thread: Boiler lagging help needed.
24/05/2021 23:15:55

So, as my engine (3" traction) is over 10 years I have had to remove the cladding for a shell inspection.

Originally the boiler was lagged in some sort of material, then timber then the steel outer shell.

Ideally, I would have liked to use the original timber again but I don't think I will be able to.

So, I plan to wrap the boiler with a layer of kaowool with I have now ordered, is there any particular type of wood I should be looking for?

Needs to be about 6mm thick and I will need to bevel the edges for a better fit.

Thanks for any advice.

Thread: Boiler lagging
24/05/2021 11:54:30

Thanks Duncan.

I have ordered a roll of the 1mm,

As i only need a couple of meters if anyone needs a small amount for a project then drop me a message, token gesture towards the cost plus postage.


23/05/2021 23:34:34

Hello All.

Anyone know a stockist for the 1/16" thick Kaowool insulation?


Thread: Water Gauge seals
15/04/2021 11:49:57

Thanks all for the reply, and apologies for not replying sooner.

I orders some 1/4” gauge glass, decided to go with BS010 o rings.

I have undercut the gland to take the o ring which seams to work well.

Thanks again

11/04/2021 10:21:04

Hello all.

I am remaking the water gauges on my 3" marshall to include shut off's

The original drawings call for 1/4" glass tube with passes through a 3/8x40 cap.

What size o ring do you think I should use and could I use 6mm instead?

Thanks all

Thread: Water Gauge tapered cock details
05/04/2021 18:40:44

Hello Paul.

Dropped you a PM if you get chance.


22/03/2021 22:39:45

Thanks David,

Pm sent.

22/03/2021 16:29:58

Hello D.A.Godley.

I think Paul has set me off in the right direction so hopefully i should be ok.

Unfortunately i don't take Engineering in Miniature, if there an article ?

Thread: 5 BA Cap screws
21/03/2021 13:23:53

Hello Ian.

Ideally 16 but could manage with 8, so so few have have made.

Will see how i get on with the one size smaller.

Thank you.

21/03/2021 12:06:21

Thanks Rod, really appreciate the offer but i need them to be 3/4 long.

I have found some one size small 5ba hex, not ideal but i think it may just work.

Hello Phil, thanks for the reply it’s cap heads i need,

Thanks all.

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