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Member postings for Jim Nic

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Thread: Hello
26/06/2019 10:08:28

Hello Brassmonkey. If you left school just 30 years ago you are a mere slip of a lad on here... I hope you enjoy your lathe.

Where in the world are you?


Thread: double acting oscillating cylinder engine
23/06/2019 12:19:25

Thanks for the steer Jason. Unfortunately I don't get on with Julius' drawings, I find them cluttered and difficult to interpret.


22/06/2019 22:08:24

I remember your Muncaster, Jason, but at the time I saw it I already had Stu Hart's Vertical Cross which was similar only with a different crosshead arrangement.

vertical cross single 1.jpg

I've ordered the Muncaster book from Amazon so I'll have a better idea of whether the double acting oscillator (oscoscillator?) is a goer or not.


22/06/2019 15:40:37

Thanks for the info Geoff, I'll have a look for the drawing. If I decide to make it I'll drop you a message regarding the cylinder.


22/06/2019 14:16:24

That is indeed looking good.

I haven't got a double acting oscillator, neither have I got my next project lined up. This engine could well be my answer to both requirements. May I ask where you got the drawings from?


Thread: Thomas from Hornby
13/06/2019 16:44:29

? +1

Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2019
12/06/2019 10:35:42

Thanks for fixing my link Jason.

The engine is, as you say, a bit tight at the moment so will definitely ease a bit with more running. Also as it stands the cylinders and valve chest have no sealing so putting that in will reduce the air leakage and help. Another thing is that one of the return connecting rods is binding on the crank web which is the horrible clunking noise which can be heard which can't be helping with smooth running. There is plenty of work still to do to sort it before I even think about paint but since I haven't got my next project lined up that's not a problem.


11/06/2019 21:00:36

Got the Overcrank running and it is as good as I'd hoped for with plenty of action going on with even more to come when the governor (yet to be made) is fitted.

It runs smoothly at an air pressure of 5psi (my metrification does not extend to pressure) but does not like going under about 100 RPM at the moment. There is an annoyoing knock/rubbing noise which is coming from one of the return connecting rods which will have to be sorted. I know what the problem is but haven't looked in to a solution yet.

There should be a link to Utoob here but it hasn't appeared.  I'll try to get it sorted.

Overcrank run




Edited By JasonB on 12/06/2019 06:57:22

08/06/2019 13:33:15

Ouch! Hope all goes well for you.


08/06/2019 12:01:51

Geoff. The valves are conventional slide type.

Ian. The con rod centre portion was from a piece of steel into which I made a centre hole and tapped stud holes in each end.

conn rod 2.jpg

I then made a dead centre to avoid using a lathe dog on the part I needed to work.

conn rod 1.jpg

The centre part of the rod was then machined between centres with a rounded tool to give a good finish and radiused corners.

The brass bearings are made in the time honoured fashion of soft soldering two bits of brass together, drilling the requisite size hole for the crankshaft on the join line and then machining the joined piece to size and shape before melting the soft solder to give a split bearing.


07/06/2019 19:21:14

Thanks George, it's coming along.

What are you doing in hospital?


07/06/2019 14:54:19

More progress on Stew Hart's Overcrank engine. I looked at the connecting rod design and decided I preferred a different type of bearing arrangement closer to the original on the only picture I have of the full size engine at Quarry Bank Mill.

This is what I ended up with:

conn rod 4.jpg

With those made I have enough parts of the basic engine to get it to run.

basic engine 3.jpg

basic engine 2.jpg

The next step is to fettle and adjust everything until it is a runner then I can turn my attention to the governor.

The governor, a posh wooden base and a coat of paint should keep me occupied for a while yet.


Thread: Extreme turning
01/06/2019 10:50:12

Well it's on there right enough, Eric, how did you get a tool to it?


Thread: Hobbymat MD200
19/05/2019 20:42:17
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 19/05/2019 20:19:49:

Difficult to describe why larger lathes make life easier, but they do!


For one thing, as has oft been said on here in response to the "What lathe?" question, you can make small parts on a big lathe but not big parts on a small lathe.


Thread: stamford show vandals
19/05/2019 15:03:16

Words fail me at the utter mindlessness of such destruction.

How do you motivate yourself to rebuild a layout after that and if you did I cannot imagine it would be shown in public for the enjoyment of others again.

May the culprits be severely punished, but I doubt that that will happen.


Thread: Adjustable workshop perching stool
13/05/2019 14:10:44

Looks very useful Stew, is that a lavatory seat you have on it? I manage with an assortment of 3 stools but not having the kit or expertise to weld I shall have to continue doing so.


Thread: Pressure gauge help needed please.
27/04/2019 18:14:25

Hi Bob

If you want something fairly quick there is always Jason's Jowitt engine, the complications being the shape of the cylinder block and the need to make the poppet valves and the spoked flywheels.

finished jowitt 7.jpg

More complex is the Corliss type engine, free plans from Model Engine Makers website. Complications are the operation of the valves and making the flywheel. Everything else should be a breeze for you.

corliss 1.jpg

My last suggestion depends on your budget. The Eastern & Anderson Grasshopper model from a castings set available from Polly Models for about £240 I believe.


Hope this has given you something to consider


Thread: The Chocolate Fireguard as designed by Mercedes Benz
26/04/2019 10:38:28

My Honda Jazz has a similar speed limit recognition system to Keith's Merc but has a display of the limit recognised by the camera. When I bought the car I thought it might be useful to have a reminder of what the limit was always on display in this day and age when limits change seemingly on a whim many times on most stretches of apparently similar road. However the display turns off after a minute or so of the car recognising a speed sign so there is no lasting reminder.

Even worse, the system can be set so that if the car recognises a speed limit sign it will not accelerate to a speed faster than that limit, which would be sensible if the car's camera and computer always correctly recognised the signs which is a long way from being the case.

The whole system has been turned off (after a lengthy trawl through a maze of menus).


Edited By Jim Nic on 26/04/2019 10:41:38

Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2019
03/04/2019 22:46:43

In my last post on the progress of Stew Hart's Overcrank design I had made the valve eccentrics (and the eccentric straps) which had to be fitted to the crankshaft centre section before assembling the shaft. I then thought that making up the shaft would naturally be the next operation. When I came to cut the 12mm dia bar to length for the main part I found that the exact length depended on the width of the flywheel and the output pulley hubs. Sooo the next task was to obtain a flywheel casting from Stuart Models and machine it and make a pulley and, while I was at it, a pulley for the governer belt.

flywheel 6.jpg

output 16.jpg

Then I assembled the crankshaft using my usual Loctite method but since this was a twin cylinder engine I also pinned the webs. The pins are fitted through the webs from one end, go through both the "big end" and the shaft section but stop short of protruding from the other end of the web.

crankshaft 6.jpg

And here is an assembly shot of the crankshaft in position before I had cut out the redundant pieces between the webs.

crankshaft 7.jpg

Next up I get to fit the laser cut crank return rods

return conn rods.jpg


Thread: Potty overcrank
29/03/2019 15:04:45

Well there's this one

vertical cross single 1.jpg


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