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Thread: Getting Started
19/07/2014 21:03:29


i think the best club for me to join locally would be the one in Abbey Park Leicester.

I have an open mind as to scales and would like to build an inch or 2" traction engine and probably 3 n half" locos but the dream is a 5", I've wanted my own since first going to a public running day in peterborough a long time ago.

Merlin- I am not far from Lincoln.


19/07/2014 08:49:13


I've been looking at the C3 lathe as Russell suggested although I have also come across an Axminster SIEG C0.

My concern is that it wouldn't be sufficient for engineering a 5" gauge loco or large parts for other models when the time comes?

It is also missing one of the supports but surely these are relatively easy to make?



14/07/2014 23:23:53

South Norfolk is a bit far as I'm in the Cambridgeshire/ Lincolnshire areas. I think a mini lathe is definitely my first piece of equipment along with a brazing torch.

The oscillating engine on Steves workshop page seems like a nice straight forward project. Depending how I fair, I might take a shot at the spirit boiler too!


13/07/2014 22:47:03

Thanks for the advice from you both.

I am awaiting the engineers handbook to hopefully give me a bit more information and ideas.

George - I do need a lathe however finding one I can fit into my garden shed is what concerns me. I know there are mini lathes available but do these restrict you on the components you can fabricate?

With regards to interest I like traction engines but steam locos are my great admiration, particularly the GWR 14XX.

I hope to build many various locos but Rome wasn't built in a day.

An oscillating engine seems like a good starting point.

Thanks Anthony

13/07/2014 12:41:02

Hi, I am newly subscribed to model engineer and have been wanting to take it up for a while. I am soon to be trying to "work out of the garden shed" so to speak and there is a local blacksmiths although not sure exactly what they can do.

I have briefly looked through several back issues and followed some of the builds back through the archives. This is fine but understanding the methods of fixings and assembly methods and required tools etc is a bit of a loss on me so far.

I know how to solder to some degree with learning plumbing at college on copper for domestic installations as well as cast iron pipes so hopefully this will aid me. I have had no use of a lathe/ dies or taps although shouldn't struggle with milling.

Can anyone suggest what would be my first port of call with regards to getting drawings/ component details to produce drawings as well as any good starter projects from the archive?


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