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Member postings for Dominic Bramley

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

Thread: Mc Donald Model tractor
28/10/2021 19:59:11

Just Amazing!

The suspense has been building for sometime and you didn't disappoint!


Thread: Ploughing engine running on air
21/08/2021 06:20:39

Seems to me that every model I see on here being built down under is stupendously good. I’m just glad model making isn’t part of the Ashes!


Thread: Stuart Twin Victoria (Princess Royal) Mill Engine
10/05/2021 08:53:45

+1 : I've been looking forward to seeing this build yes

Thread: Mc Donald Model tractor
07/05/2021 09:25:06

Still following and still enjoying!

Have been flicking back to page 1 to to compare the pictures of the full size machine. The model is amazingly accurate!



Thread: ME Boiler
14/04/2021 19:29:42

Good job! I agree - your turned down fittings definitely look better than the original. Tempted to redo my safety valve body now!



Thread: Astronomy talks
03/04/2021 19:36:26

Thanks for sharing,

Have you had a chance to watch many yet? - Any you'd recommend?



Thread: What Did You Do Today 2021
02/04/2021 22:20:20

Not so much incriminating as inflammatory. I removed them because I didn't want to be the cause of an off-topic debate in the What did you do today thread..


Thread: Mc Donald Model tractor
31/03/2021 12:22:46

No questions Fred - but I am certainly loving this build. Fantastic attention to detail and a fascinating array of processes being employed.

Being a helpful forum I think a lot of members save their comments for when they feel they have useful advice to offer the builder. This has the unfortunate side effect of the most accomplished builds having relatively few comments. Rest assured though, there will be an awful lot of people following this keenly!



Thread: What Did You Do Today 2021
25/03/2021 19:45:46
Posted by martin perman on 25/03/2021 18:18:50:


Is the little fella in your workshop, he looks happy enough.

Martin P

He's actually in our kitchen in that photo - but has since been moved to our utility. That said if you look carefully in the background of that picture you can just make out an ME boiler, Stuart 10V and a set of Minnie Rear Wheels which have also taken up residence in the kitchen. The wife showed a picture of the boiler to a colleague recently and was asked "why is there a bulb of garlic in your workshop?!" laugh

In other squirrel engineering news - I have been finding it hard to feed the critter milk from a syringe without accidently squirting it too hard and choking him. So I have 3D printed a screw dispenser to help feed the syringe in more gently. After a bit of running in, it is as smooth as silk and I'm genuinely amazed how well 3d printed threads can work. I wish my lathe dials worked this well!



24/03/2021 22:09:58

Made a house for an abandoned baby squirrel out of a Warco DH1 vice box. He seems to like it.



Thread: Modded 1" Minnie Progress
18/03/2021 20:52:51

Wow! That looking like the business!


Thread: Dom's Minnie Boiler Build
15/03/2021 10:00:32

Thanks Dave,

I formed the cylinder pad over an aluminium bar turned to diameter so I think it is pretty close - I will double check it to be sure though.

Think I need to consider when to use 438 - I used it a fair bit on the ME boiler, so have some experience, but suspect getting Minnie up to temperature will be more of a challenge. I haven't used the HT5 flux before either - so some practice is probably sensible.

With regard to bushes on the front plate - when is the most sensible time to add the blow down bush - at the same time as the front stays? If so is it just as well to wait until then to drill the hole - or would this be sensible to drill it before attaching the throat plate to the barrel?



14/03/2021 18:13:09

Hi all,

The time has come to take on the challenge of building Minnie’s boiler – so I thought I would start a thread in which to post what I suspect will be numerous questions.

I successfully completed the ME vertical boiler last year as a practice project for this, but there is no doubt the extra complexity of a traction engine boiler is intimidating – compounded by the fact that the consensus seems to be that the instructions are far from perfect.

I’ve studied some of the old threads and I think I understand the main issues with Mason’s method – but will consult here with the wise heads of the forum at each stage to make sure my approach is sensible.

I don’t intend to get the boiler tested - I am not a member of a club, and my work commitments mean that it is not practical for me to join one. I fully appreciate that there are considerable benefits in having an inspector check your work at each stage of the build – but in this case I will have to manage without.

So in terms of deviations from Mason’s instructions, I will be silver soldering the stays – so will change the build order so that the back plates go on after the stays are in place. For stays I will be using bronze for the horn plate stays and copper rivits for the rest. Since I am not going to get the boiler tested I think I will leave the steam block as is. I also noted that some members recommended soldering the front foundation ring early on.

In terms of kit – I have a vermiculite hearth from CupAlloys and some fireblanket for extra insulation for the job when needed. My torch is a Sievert with a 7.7 and 26kw and cyclone burners. For solder I intend to use 438 and 455, flux easy flow and HT5.

So – I’m fast approaching my first cook-up: I have the tube pads, pump pads, barrel and throat plate prepped. (The boiler kit has come from Blackgates – so the plates are already flanged.)

Whilst Mason recommends doing all of this in one hit, my current thinking is:

  1. Solder on the barrel pads and pump pad first with 438 / HT5. 26kw burner
  2. Solder on the front foundation ring to the throat plate with 438/HT5. Foundation ring to be wider than the water space and profiled around the flanged firebox frontplate. 7.7 kw burner
  3. Solder the barrel to the throat plate and wrapper with 438 / HT5. 26kw burner

Any thoughts and advice would be appreciated. The front foundation is the main departure here so any comment on that in particular would be welcome. Will this cause any problems soldering the front stays for example? Also is solder / flux /burner choice sensible?



Thread: ME Boiler
14/03/2021 18:04:05

Looking Good yes

Careful when you fire it up for the first time - I found that the flame had a habit of coming out of the lighting hole which charred the cladding. In the end I made a brass plug for the hole to stop it happening. This was with a ceramic burner rather than the fabricated one.



Thread: Stuart Twin Victoria (Princess Royal) Mill Engine
13/03/2021 12:24:24

Following this thread with interest as I have the Twin Vic kit and plan to make the Princess Royal with it at some point. I had not appreciated that the modern flywheels would cause a problem with the barring rack and no doubt would have come-a-cropper when I got to that point.

Doc - I have no idea as to how laser cutting services price their jobs - but if there is any significant economy in getting multiples cut - then I'd be happy to go halves with you on a pair when it comes to getting the ring cut.



Thread: Guiness world record?
16/02/2021 21:49:19

Last week I was knocking the pin out of a knurling wheel and thought to myself "this is going to fall on the floor and get lost". I had 3 second look around for something to catch it in before thinking "**** it - I'll just watch where it lands".

Bang! Gone.


16/02/2021 17:50:23

Without Norris there to verify the attempt, I'm afraid no-one is going to believe you!


Thread: What Did You Do Today 2021
14/02/2021 10:40:29

Recently completed Harold Hall's Grinding rest and figured I would make better use out of it if I had a centre height gauge to accurately reposition the tool in the lathe (I'm using a tangential holder).

I chose to make the gauge from Hemingway - as it looks good and I fancied a low stress kit build where you have all the instructions, plans and materials in a box. I'm sure buying a kit for something that can be made out of the scrap bin will give some people palpitations - but it wasn't hugely expensive and was an enjoyable build.

Height Gauge

Thread: Mc Donald Model tractor
08/02/2021 19:33:24

Looks great Fred!

I'm really enjoying following this build!



Thread: A finished project - at last!
06/01/2021 08:21:45

Thanks for sharing this Tug,

Was reading your build thread all evening and only made it to page 23! So much to learn in there!

I've never heard of a Corliss engine before this and i is absolutely mesmerising watching it and trying to figure out how it works!

Very inspiring!


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