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Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2019
06/10/2019 18:56:56

Nice job on them wheels Richard they look grand.

Thread: Electric Traction Engine
06/10/2019 14:29:02

Looking good Ron, think I started my 2inch minnie build with the conrod ,as long as you got a plan it will all fit together did find that the wheels did suck up a awful lot of time though but worth it when you sit back and look at what you have achieved .


Thread: Vickers Bl 8 inch Howitzer cannon of 1917
02/10/2019 09:05:37

Hi all,thought I would rivet on the cover plate that goes over the joint of the trail and the sole plate this is just for underside detail as the model does not really need it, on the float plates [not sole plate wings that I called them] managed to rivet the spade on and some brackets which are there to help movement of the cannon ,still plenty to do on the spade like more rivets and the front part of the spade to be attached ,couple of pics below on how things are looking.

Thanks Mal.


Thread: Electric Traction Engine
24/09/2019 18:14:35

Looks good Ron, took me two attempts to get that part wright on the minnie build.


Thread: Vickers Bl 8 inch Howitzer cannon of 1917
22/09/2019 17:44:18

Hi all ,little bit more done on the Howitzer well one step backwards I had to remake the sole plate wings as they were to wide and would not let the carriage that carries the air compressor to turn on full lock without hitting them first ,so after getting them wright started on the spade lots of hammering later and came up with what you see in the pictures, some awkward rivets and bolts to get done in the next couple of days, looking forward to having a bash at these interrupted threads but plenty to do first .

Thanks Mal.img_20190919_202057.jpgimg_20190921_000903.jpgimg_20190922_154001.jpgimg_20190922_153946.jpg

Thread: Electric Traction Engine
22/09/2019 14:56:28

Looking good Ron ,are you going to pin the crank or silver solder it.

20/09/2019 09:29:07

Thanks Ron, looks like you will be making a lot of swarf in the next couple of days be nice to see the finished rims


19/09/2019 22:31:01

Hi Ron, just caught up on this build very interesting, I started building a 2inch scale minnie traction engine few years ago now[ still not finished yet ] the rear wheels I rolled out of 4mm plate and welded the t rings in, it's surprising how true you can get the wheel to run if you make your self a good wheel jig when fitting the spokes ,as for rivets lots of practice worked for me before I was happy with the out come.


Thread: mystery tool
11/09/2019 23:59:50

Thanks every one now I know what there for now 'had these for years but had no idea what they were yes


Edited By mal webber on 12/09/2019 00:00:31

11/09/2019 23:46:08

Hi can anyone enlighten what these are for ,the only thing I good come up with are some sort of injector seat cleaning or something to that effect.

Thanks Mal.


Thread: Vickers Bl 8 inch Howitzer cannon of 1917
11/09/2019 23:31:53

Hi all, Pete thanks for the pictures and thanks guy's for the ideas on the interrupted threads, will be interesting to have a go at making the Howitzers breech, I've got plenty of time before getting to that, but ideas are flying around in my head, well small bit more done on the cannon last couple of days I have decided to have a go making the spade next, very similar to the one in the first picture ,this digs in on firm ground to help keeping the cannon on target, started of with the wings, to get the small lip around the out side I made some 10mm former plates sandwiched the part in between some heat and a bit of hammering to get the result i wanted couple of pics below.

Thanks Mal.img_20190909_185155.jpgimg_20190911_191652.jpgimg_20190911_191848.jpgimg_20190911_193957.jpgimg_20190911_195021.jpgimg_20190911_195214.jpg

Edited By mal webber on 11/09/2019 23:33:13

07/09/2019 20:51:45

Hi all, David the standard of models at these shows is very high and i'am not that confident that the Howitzer will match that ,but it would be nice if the finished cannon turns out to be good enough to show, Well bit more progress on the Howitzer, made the angle iron pads that the carriage slides on these were made from a thick piece of angle that I had lying around and milled down to size pretty straight forward to make [ still took me two attempts to get wright though], next was to rivet them on to the trail with the carriage brackets ,couple of pics below to see how it looks.

Thanks Mal.


01/09/2019 19:45:34

Hello all ,now that work has cooled off a little and I can get some workshop time to myself it's back to the Howitzer build ,thought I would have a go at making the parts circled in the first picture,this part allows the carriage to move 4 degrees both ways , it also has a sliding plate fitted under the part to allow for wear or [ I think ].

Thanks Mal.


21/06/2019 14:31:28

Hi all, bit more done on the Howitzer cannon removed the ugly welds holding the wedges in place cleaned up around the trail, drilled some holes and now one side can be bolted on, used 4BA bolts for this thought they looked a bit out of scale at first but placed the wheel on and I think they look about right what do you guy's think.

Thanks for your interest Mal.


16/06/2019 17:37:55

Hi all ,another small update milled the second axle wedge and the wheels all measure up good and straight to the trail , this was my main concern because if the trail was out of alinement this would show up in the wheels not being square to each other and the trail looking off centre, so next is to grind and clean weld marks get some bolts in them and the trail will be sitting on it's own wheels.

Thanks for your interest Mal.img_20190616_153230.jpgimg_20190616_153734.jpg

16/06/2019 00:08:29

Hello all, sorry to those following this build for the lack of progress on the Howitzer cannon but it;s because of work commitments which are taking up all of my shed time ,anyway managed a couple of evenings in the shed last couple of nights and thought i would tackle the part in the first photo, it's like a wedge which goes in between the stub axle and the trail so that the wheels line up straight , so tack welded a 6mm plate to the trail and set it up in the mill ,the welds will be taken of and replaced by bolts ,couple of pics below on how i got along.

Thanks for the interest Mal. img_20190615_225922.jpgimg_20190615_163958.jpgimg_20190615_164021.jpgimg_20190615_184127.jpgimg_20190615_194157.jpgimg_20190615_194224.jpgimg_20190615_200709.jpgimg_20190615_201310.jpgimg_20190615_200654.jpg

22/05/2019 20:44:19

Thanks Dave, but after looking at the pictures I think the depth on the hubs looks about right but the diameter is still slightly to big so Will take another mm of and see how that looks

Thanks Mal.

Edited By mal webber on 22/05/2019 20:45:14

22/05/2019 08:16:09

Hello all, small update on the Howitzer build after a couple of attempts making the wheel pulling ring and cap to about the right size I settled with the one pictured below, next to drill a hole through the cap and fit a pin to hold it all together. I think next on the build will be the wheel braking bands.

Thanks Mal.


17/05/2019 19:13:19

Hello all, small update on the Howitzer not much done as work and garden has been sucking up all my shed time, managed to finish the basic pair of stub axles plenty more to do on them yet like holes drilled and cut to length etc, next will be the trail wheel pulling rings and hub caps.

Thanks for the interest Mal


04/05/2019 13:00:35

Thanks for all the input and thoughts guy's .Dave after reading your info on the history of Howitzer cannons I think your right, the cannons were probably updated from the first one that seen action, so to build a true replica of the Vickers MKVI Howitzer would be impossible so on that note its fair to say that what i'am trying to build is a representation of an early U.K version of the cannon based on the web ,photos and small bits of video to the best of my ability,so Dave,Neil your right and I will stick with the axle that i'am building.Simon,Mick now that would be something. Niloch very interesting watch thanks for sharing.

Thanks Mal.

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