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Thread: Boiler build: help requested
25/02/2015 12:15:45

Basicly yes, but allways talk to the boiler inspector first before any work is started.

25/02/2015 10:30:48

Again to push the Steamboat Association, (**LINK**) they have a boiler design library of the size you are looking at. There are VFT and loco types and water tube designs.


Thread: Tiny Sissons vertical single steam engine
25/02/2015 09:52:19

There is also the Kichen rudder which, taken from Wiki " a combination rudder and directional propulsion delivery system for relatively slow speed displacement boats which was invented in the early 20th century by John G.A.Kitchen of Lancashire, England. It turns the rudder into a directional thruster, and allows the engine to maintain constant revolutions and direction of drive shaft rotation while altering thrust by use of a control which directs thrust forward or aft. Only the rudder pivots; the propeller itself is on a fixed shaft and does not."

I know of one steamboat a 20 footer which uses one of these.

24/02/2015 17:12:55

Hi John

I should think it would make a rather different and good steam boat engine. You could fit a prop from a IC engine to suit the revs or just have a belt drive with a 2:1 reduction,quite commom on steamboats. Boilers, either buy one or make a weldless one. Details from the Steamboat Association website. There is also a reversing propeller for sale there . No need for a gearbox.


Thread: Good Quality Small Lathe
24/01/2015 09:46:12

A bit bigger than a Myford but Boxford still make very good lathes

Thread: Boiler Insulation
19/01/2015 17:46:31

My local council needs all asbestos to be bagged in heavy 500 gauge vescreen.

Thread: BSP threading
27/11/2014 18:44:20

Many thanks for posting this question, I am about to start plumbing up my boiler using 1/4 bsp fittings.



Thread: Gauge Blocks
01/11/2014 15:21:20

Yes, what may appear to be dry to us, would indeed have a very thin oil film.

Mike C

30/10/2014 17:15:23
Posted by Andrew Johnston on 29/10/2014 22:02:34:

. It is important that the gauge blocks have a very thin coating of oil before they are wrung together. See this thread on 'practicalmachinist' which also includes links to some manufacturers notes:




We were taught different. if you have a film of oil then that is going to alter the size. Oil should not be needed to wring together.

Thread: What is it
15/10/2014 20:51:33

Yes, I have a comparator almost the same.


Thread: Please take care when posting or responding off forum
12/10/2014 14:06:33

Avoid TNT post as much as you can, we switched over to TNT from Royal Mail and the service is crap. We are now receiving over 16000 calls a month mostly about mail not received. A recent test posting shows over 50% still not delivered over 14 days.

Royal Mail are still the best out there for quaitly of service..

Thread: Removing paint
22/09/2014 20:10:12

I used a paint stripper made for stripping fibreglass. It worked Ok, no issues with the later painting, but too many years ago to recall brand.

Thread: Thoughts on "build threads"
29/07/2014 15:23:30

I also read build threads over on traction talk and argee with leaving things as they are.



Thread: Keyway in flywheel
08/07/2014 13:58:59

I am just about to cut the keyway in a 4 inch scale little Samson flywheel. My qustion is, what clearance if any is needed in the vertical height. This is for a 1/4 inch key. Side to side fitting is tight, I just need to know about the vertical distance.



Thread: Stuart Turner engined 'Go Cart'
28/06/2014 20:44:52

Bad news for you. It is only worth 50pence. Now were did you say that shop was again.

Thread: Which is the best parting tool ?
24/06/2014 18:52:19

Bob and Martin

Never heard of the Gibraltar tool post then.

24/06/2014 17:10:39

Hi Brian

I have good results from the tool in your last link. For best results ditch your top slide and replace with a large lump of cast iron or steel.


Thread: What did you do today? (2014)
20/06/2014 21:33:54

I am trying to finish off the jobs on my Little Samson that I put off until later. Later is now, today i have cut the keyway on the crank for the flywheel, two smaller ones to finish the crank and then cut the internal keyway in the flywheel itself. This is about 31/2 inches long so looking for a broach to do the job, 1/4 inch keyway.


25/05/2014 10:48:03

Full marks to Internalfire for they charging policy. Armed Forces: No charge. I have never seen this before from anyone, well done.

I have not been there for quite a long time ,as my family no longer live in the area, but i visted quite a few times in the early days. They were very wecoming and always adding to the collection.

They also ran the engines not just a static display and would start the engines up when I was the only vistor.


Thread: cleaning brass/bronze fittings
14/05/2014 16:15:24

I ended up soaking them in a jam jar of vinager for 24 hours and then put into the dishwasher on a hot cycle. They came out , very clean. The heavy disposits all gone.


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