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Thread: Thompstone Engine
17/04/2021 07:13:22

Morning Jason,

I watched the video again I really do like the long stroke especially when running slowly, nice sounding engine also.

I see from the Thompstone text that the engine is just 1/16" shy of being under square by 2 to 1. Is that about as long a stroke you see on stationary engines or can they be longer.


Thread: Looking for a block of cast iron please
17/04/2021 06:43:08

If you want to go with cast iron M-machine will cut you 3 inches of 150mm x 150mm at £21.60 per inch so £64.80 plus £10.20 carriage covers up to 30kgs.

Thread: Thompstone Engine
15/04/2021 15:57:55

Hi Jason, don't want to butt in other to say the cylinder looks every bit a casting, you certainly have it down to an art producing would be castings from bar stock. I wondered could the rings on the larger full size engines be there for stiffness/rigidity maintaining size and shape on a part like a cylinder which heats and cools, maybe not just a thought.


Thread: Distorted ship's hull steel panels
13/04/2021 16:06:08

Not just ships but aircraft also, if you get up close to a USAF Boeing B52 bomber (there is one on display at Duxford) the body skin is wrinkled vertically along the full length of the aircraft. Quite normal apparently, the body skin is thin alloy to keep the weight down on such a large aircraft. The wrinkles come about from the stresses and strains of flight and is said to cause no problems in flight performance or the service longevity, the B52 has been around for donkeys years and they are still in service so the wrinkling is not detrimental.


Edited By Ron Laden on 13/04/2021 16:06:35

Thread: Home Made Rear Toolpost Issue
05/04/2021 20:15:49

I just set my tools (turning and parting) to centre height by eye against the turned point of my home made scriber set in the chuck. Is it absolutely spot on to a fraction of a thou, probably not but its as close as makes any difference as I dont have any issues in both turning or parting.

Thread: Can Loctite 638 really be this good?
02/04/2021 16:40:42

I am biased in that I am a big fan of Loctite 638, I have put some parts together with it in the past where I thought the joint was a bit risky to rely on a Loctite connection, but the 638 has always come up trumps.

I,m sure a brazed joint would be more belt and braces but I wouldnt be at all surprised if a 638 joint would work also, the surface pitting in the tube should certainly provide a good key and if the mating face of the flange is well abraded I think it stands a good chance of success, my thoughts anyway.

The one thing I have found with 638 is that it in ideal conditions it can grab very quickly so alignment of the parts needs to be in quick time otherwise it will be a case for the blowlamp to free the misaligned parts.


Thread: Rear toolpost for Chester craftsman
29/03/2021 17:00:29

Warco sell a rear tool post which fits their 250 lathe, I know it has a tennon for the T slot but don't any sizes. Hemingway Tools also do a kit but how much work is involved again I don't know, sorry.

Thread: Milling Aluminium
28/03/2021 07:48:50

I guess I use aluminium quite a bit and for most cuts I use the 2 flute uncoated HSS cutters from ARC,s premium range. Good pricing and good quality they work really well.

Thread: Which lathe to purchase
27/03/2021 04:36:55

I agree with Howard, if I was looking for a lathe and £1500 was my budget I would seriously consider the Chester Craftsman (18 inch gap bed) that Matts friend is selling at around that price. Only had around 10 hours use and £1000 less than new price, I would certainly want to be taking a look at least.

Thread: Fake or real
26/03/2021 17:21:05

Its a fake for certain, I have one but mine cost £32 and assuming its from the same manufacturer (which it may not be of course) then its great value for money. It is a very good copy of the Mitutoyo but there are some slight differences which you would hardly notice unless you were doing a comparison against the genuine product..

Mine is very good especially considering the price, its super smooth well made and accurate in that it matches my genuine Mityutoyo spot on. My elderly Mitutoyo is starting to lose its display so took a gamble on one of the copies and I am not disappointed, whether there are a number of copies though with some not so good I dont know.

Thread: Class 22 Diesel (next project)
26/03/2021 16:13:16

Thanks Bazyle

The dead man,s connection is a good idea, thanks for that.

Talking of too long a control lead I embarrassed myself not long after I joined the club. A club member let me take his class 37 for a run and that had a control lead which was way too long at about 6 feet or more, he did mention it to me so I coiled all the excess cable up and hung it on the trolley handbrake lever. I was half way around the track when I stopped for a red light and didnt notice the lead had uncoiled, when I set off again the trolley ran over the lead cutting it clean in half. He was ok about it but I could tell he was none too pleased..blush

26/03/2021 15:58:24

Thanks Jeff

Yes hopefully it wont be too long before the club track is open again and I must admit I am now looking forward to the test run. It will be tinged with a bit of nervousness though, thinking are my motor calculations correct, is the gearing good, how will the belt drive perform etc etc. I am fairly confident it should be ok but like they say one should never count their chickens.


26/03/2021 10:38:36

That will do for now, side valances have been added and there is still some small details to add but they can wait until after the track test. I have electrics on order and decided to go with a plug in hand control which I will make up myself.

I now have the AUW which is as near as matters 61kgs so a bit of a lump but it breaks down for handling and assy into the chassis 26kgs, the body 7 kgs and the pair of 12 volt batteries 14kgs each. Hopefully traction should be good, I cant see why not as there is a battery sitting immediately above each of the two bogies, well thats the plan at least.


Thread: Pressure Turning
24/03/2021 18:35:21

Pressure Turning..? something new to me but I watched a Joe Pieczynski video where he covers the method to produce thin discs to a given size.

I have some 150mm x 3mm alu discs to make and it looks ideal but it does raise some issues re safety, he states on more than one occasion that it can be dangerous.

He emphasises the need for a rigid machine so I wouldnt want to attempt it on a small mini lathe but I think my Warco 918 has reasonable rigidity and wonder if its worth a try. He used a sizeable lump which he called a back plate in the 3 jaw and a slightly smaller one in the tool post on a live centre with the thinner disc sandwhiched between the two, relying on the pressure applied from the tailstock for grip and drive.

Just wondered if anyone uses this method and their thoughts good or bad.


Thread: Stuart victoria
23/03/2021 13:11:59

Jason, would it be considered as a long stroke engine it seems to have a fair length of stroke and the cylinder looks a decent length to, just wondered.


23/03/2021 08:32:29

Lovely Jason and I agree much nicer at tickover something very satisfying about it.


Thread: CNC - Easy as pressing a button - Not
22/03/2021 07:20:07

A lot of those looked very expensive but what amazed me was the too long a piece of bar/tube sticking out of the machine. It wasn't that heavy size wise but the force it generated once bent out of shape and the way it shook that fair size machine about was scary.

Thread: Electric Traction Engine
21/03/2021 13:56:11

Thanks Paul,

You are no doubt right as much as I like the thought of the drive coming from the cylinder it will be simpler and a more robust option to go with the drive from the firebox.


21/03/2021 11:04:15

Having a day off from the 22 so have been giving a bit of thought to the drive on the electric T/E. I was planning on mounting the motor in the firebox and having a 12T gear driving the 80T which in turn drives back through the gears to the cylinder.

I though it would be great if it could be driven from the cylinder as per the norm but couldn't see how, until I had an idea last night. Now this a bit off the top of my head so feel free to jump in if I am missing something or whatever.

A picture below of the cylinder with an internal crank drive excuse the sketch on the end but it is just to give an idea. The black outline shows the cavity, the red the crank, the green plain bearings and the purple the toothed belt drive. It would mean the geared motor fitted in the boiler tube with the belt running through a slot in the tube up into the cylinder.

I must admit it looks a bit small when compared to the actual crank but the motor should be good as should the belt drive.

Don't know and as mentioned its off the top of my head so any thoughts welcome.


Edited By Ron Laden on 21/03/2021 11:05:47

Thread: JB Weld
18/03/2021 13:41:57

I also agree that a Helicoil would be a better fix and I did also consider making a metal plug after drilling out the holes but the JB worked well on the small M2.5mm and considering the lawnmower holes only held a cover I thought I would give it a try.and it worked. I always have JB on the shelf and as you say Tug it saved the bother and expense of buying Helicoils and the appropriate tool.

If I had a part or repair that was built up with JB and that area required some threaded holes I would have no hesitation in drilling and tapping it providing the fixings were fairly permanent once fitted.


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