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Thread: Old Engine Restoration
26/12/2021 20:09:24

The article was by a different builder and he referred to his friend who he copied the design from whom I assume is my builder - i could post the other pages of the article. i have the 1899, 1925 and 1926 bound volumes - kept safe for 60 years !

He was very very skilled in tin plate - I remember the liners were tin plate and until a few years ago I had a fantastic tin plate hull of a schooner with internal tin plate ribs - the lines were incredably fair for strip assembled tin plate - I lent it to a friend - he died shortly after and it disappeared.

The engines are a pair and the beds are angled to suit the prop shafts.

Some where I still have a tin plate fabrication he made for crossshaft drive - I think it might have been for a paddle steamer - I'll try and find it and post a pic.

The comment about the Mamod - I was only about 10 or 11 at the time and I had no real facilities to properly couple it up and no idea either !

26/12/2021 17:42:07

img_0892.jpgimg_0891.jpgimg_0890.jpgAbout 60 years ago I was given a pair of steam engines to play with - the family who my mother knew were clearing out their fathers house - he had been a Captain I believe and later a Marine Superintendant on huge ships and had models ships that he built - one liner I saw was about 8 feet long in a huge wooden box.

As a lad I tried to get one to run on my Mamod boiler - no luck so they were taken apart ISTR and left.

Now I've found them and nearly all the parts are still in the box so i intend to try again !

They appear to be very similar to the engine in 'The Model Engineer and Electrician' dated March 12 1925 -img_0888.jpg which i was given bound copies of during the clear out.

All fabricated construction and soldered together - pistons 5/8" bore have 2 brass piston rings.

Hope of interest ?


Not mastered how to put pics after text as yet !


Thread: Unknown Compound Slide
26/12/2021 17:19:17

img_0885.jpgimg_0884.jpgI have been given a compound slide (friend thought it was my sort of thing !) I don't know what is from - the rather unusual thing is that its mounting is a cruciform.

The top slide can be rotated relative to the cross slide (as normal) but its achieved by nuts beneath the top slide.

Any ideas what its from - the hand wheels have evidence of being chrome plated at some stage. Thread seems to be imperial and not much wear on slides.

Not sure what use I can put this to either at present.img_0887.jpg



Thread: Startrite Mercury MkI nutset threads
01/10/2021 18:23:45

You have mail - switch soon to be in the post complete with 4BA set screws,


01/10/2021 10:36:38

Hi Jon,

Found out where your PM's reside ! have replied.

Not sure I'd bother with reverse on a heavy drill.

I mounted my new contactor box on a wide aluminium bracket bent to less than 90deg to the left side of the base on my machine so it falls easily to hand with nice big buttons !

I could have use an electronics engineer when the new contactor box turned up - Chinese - no instructions/wiring diagram and set up to fit a thermal overload which was not supplied (or required) so loose tails to sort.


30/09/2021 15:03:08

Forgot to mention my drill motor is the low speed (930 rpm) single phase.


30/09/2021 14:53:56

Hi Jon,

No PM received - I think there is a minimum number of posts required and as I just joined that may be the problem ? I will try and PM you.

Had another look at the switch - its made by TOK switches Ltd. marked P13/1 15A 200v, 7A 440v, AC only.

Yes the switch is On/Off in two positions in rotation.

I've just taken the really heavy PVC insulation 'boot' off it to see the wiring - the earth is looped through and not wired into switch. it has three contacts marked 1,2and 3 and another three marked !A,2A and 3A - only the 1 and 2 /1A and 2A are used -. the 3 /3A also makes and breaks with the switch action.

Not sure if its any good to you - electrics are not my best subject !!!

I'll post a couple of pics in my album.


Thread: Hi from North Somerset
25/09/2021 20:50:18

As suggested I've added some pic's into an album - hope of interest ?


Thread: Startrite Mercury MkI nutset threads
25/09/2021 20:30:50

I alo have a Startrite Mercury, mine developed a motor starting issue and I stripped the electrics out and cleaned out the motor - capacitor had failed - no marking so I made a judgement on size and it works currently !

In doing so I replaced the original rotary switch with a contactor box type - so if you are interested in an original switch with very clean plate and original pvc insulation 'boot' PM me.


Thread: Hi from North Somerset
23/09/2021 21:21:56

I've been lurking for a while so thought I'd better register !

I'm pretty much self taught and been making models of various types and always fixing things for a large part of my life.

Started building engines many years ago with a Stuart D10 for my Steam boat - the engine runs well but the boat is still only 95% complete and will need boiler updating/testing. Completed numerous 10 V's picked up part built, a Minnie Traction engine 50% complete and currently working on a Stuart Compound which again is about 50% complete. Work always got in the way !

Machinery - a Cowells lathe and Mill, Denford Viceroy TDS 1 - GB lathe, a late Metric item, well tooled up which I bought from a mates dad who had it from new and was retiring - I fitted a Newon Tesla drive which was a great improvement. A sensitive drill which I picked as parts from a BSMEE auction 35+ ? years ago and completed with lots of ideas from Geo Thomas's excellent book.

I also recently finished a small tool grinder using an old parts Perris lathe with a 24volt DC treadmill motor and Chinese speed controller which works well.

Oh sorry if this is a bit of a long intro - I put it down to age !


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