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Member postings for Bob Wild

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Thread: Merryweather Fire King
26/06/2020 22:55:22
Posted by Werner Schleidt on 26/06/2020 16:21:41:

Hello Bob,

take a look to this link there are a few good old pictures that was one source for me.



Thanks Werner. You’ve certainly built a great model and posted some great videos. I don’t think mine will be capable of riding on, but I would like it to be a working model. The boiler fills me with dread since there is so much silver soldering to do. But that is some time in the future. I am prepared to make a few compromises, for example since I have no castings the pumps will be prefabricated. Also not to happy about making the crankshaft with the valve eccentrics in the proper position. So I am going to use two Stuart 10V cylinders mounted back to back. By doing this I can fit the eccentrics from either end. Also I can’t imagine making the wheels in wood at my scale, so I will prefabricate them in steel.
I have seen a beautiful model at the Beamish Industrial Museum and that had fire engine red wheels. So if I go down that route it doesn’t matter what the material is. I’ve seen another photo at a stately house called Wentworth House, this is quite near to where I live, so as soon as this blooming lockdown is over I’ll try to find it. Anyway, that book sounds interesting, so I’ll try to get a copy.

26/06/2020 22:33:06
Posted by V8Eng on 25/06/2020 23:56:06:

This guy has made an excellent one (not sure of relative models etc) and posts progress on this forum, it may be worth you contacting him by PM.

I am putting a link here to his forum posts:-


Edited By V8Eng on 26/06/2020 00:05:30

Thanks V8Eng. I’ve had a look at Werner’s posts - very interesting and helpful

25/06/2020 22:39:18

I came across this article in a 1908 model engineering magazine: **LINK**

My ambition always exceeds my ability so I thought I would share my progress and hopefully get some helpful advice from the experts here. My first problem was the fact that the drawings only contained a minimum of dimensions; not the sort of detail you would expect from today’s drawings. Fortunately I came across some detailed drawings from Julius de Vaal, so that was a relief, see below:


First the chassis. Not a problem so far, except the design called for channel section. I could only find some box section so I had to remove one side.


Next up the front and rear suspensions, more to follow


Thread: New member
03/12/2018 12:26:54
Posted by Pete Berry on 30/11/2018 14:11:19:

Hi Bob, I built lady Stephen some years ago and thought some part are like watch making. I did not think much of thr beam casting and fabricated one from mild steel.

Go luck with your build.

Regards Pete

Hello Pete. Yes I agree. The quality of the castings left a lot to be desired. The flywheel was full of inclusions and the entablature was way out of true. In the end I prefabricted the it and assigned the casting to the scrap bin !


03/12/2018 12:23:45

Thank you all for your welcoming messages. Don't know where Herefordshire or Granthan are - somewhere down south presumably. We have a saying "Yorkshire born and Yorkshire bred, strong in the arm and good in bed".

I'll start a construction thread and post some photos of Lady Stephanie.


28/11/2018 16:25:57

Have just returned to model engineering after I retired. The last time I did anything like this was in GCE metalwork at school many years ago. It's surprising how much you remember, and also how much you forget. My first project was a Stuart Turner 10H. I'm now on with a Lady Stephanie beam engine which is testing my patience to the extreme - so many 10 and 12 ba bolts. I'll try and publish some pics if I'm not too ashamed of my handywork.


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