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Member postings for Brian Baker 1

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Thread: Horizontal hit and miss engine
27/09/2020 07:54:53

Very good Andy, could that be written up, with drawings, for publication in Model Engineer?

Regards

Brian

Thread: Steam Raising Blower
24/09/2020 07:28:35

Thank you for that Peter, "well written" from someone who had to retake English 0 level.

23/09/2020 17:31:15

Greetings Peter, my article was published in ME in three parts, 11th Nov 2016, issue 4547, pg 706, 9th Dec 2016, issue 4549 Pg 852, and the last part 6th Jan 2017, issue 4551 pg 102. It was designed as a beginners project, and many of the parts were laser cut. As it stands, it will be fine for larger 5 in gauge or 71/4 gauge locos, and many parts can be laser cut. I never did get around to a smaller gauge version. I may have a set of parts somewhere for the published version.

I think it's worth reading the article, but I would say that wouldn't I!

Regards

Brian

22/09/2020 12:38:51

Greeting Peter, a while ago, ME published a design and writeup for a variable speed blower, which I wrote. It used flat straight blades, which worked well, I used it this Sunday on my A3, and it has had plenty of use, and is one of several at my club. The blades were bolted on, using nyloc nuts, no problems so far. The clearance between the bottom edge of the fan, and the casing makes a big difference to performance. Whilst curved blades are more efficient, the whole blower was designed as a beginners project, to perhaps encourage someone who has purchased a locomotive, to start to make things themselves.

Regards

Brian

Thread: Reminiscences
20/09/2020 08:08:26

Greetings, like you all I have so many memories of my childhood, not all good. I remember traveling on a tram from Camberwell where we lived, over Westminster Bridge, turn right onto the embankment, then into the tram tunnel under Aldwych and Kingsway, coming up into Southampton Row, turn right into theobalds road, getting off next to the Micromodels shop, then on to Grandmas, with perhaps a visit to look in Bassett Lowke's window on the way home. Walking to school, Oliver Goldsmiths Junior mixed, past the Samuel Jones Factory, the horse trough and the cornchandlers, sailing model boats, all home made on Peckham Rye pond, wacked for playing close the the Surrey Canal, the SunPat factory in Parkhurst street, visits to Bricklayers Arms shed, I could go on for ever.

Not sure I want to see those times again, but still vivid memories.

Brian

Thread: Quorn using E32 collets
30/07/2020 13:03:26

Many thanks for the informative answers to my question, which I had already tried to find an answer from the various indexes that I have, but I wondered if ME or MEW had covered it.

The current castings suppliers make mention of it, and produce within a full drawing pack, a drawing of, I think, a suitable holder.

Thank you again.

regards

Brian

30/07/2020 07:39:42

Greetings, can anyone advise me if ME or MEW have ever published information on using ER32 collets in a Quorn cutter grinder?

Regards

Brian

Thread: How to stop scam phone calls for good?
21/07/2020 16:53:15

Plus 1 for BT Call guardian, had it three years now, and using it we have blocked all overseas inbound calls, and it works like a charm.

Thread: Boiler testing info wanted
15/07/2020 14:46:28

Hi Steve, the best person to help you is the local club boiler inspector, and you need to invite him to view the boiler.

Details of the current regulations are in the orange book obtainable from the Southern Federation of Model Engineers, or the Northern Association of M E. It will cheer up your boiler inspector no end that (a) you have the booklets, and (b) you have read them, even if you are still not sure about all of the contents.

Regards

Brian (A Boiler Inspector)

Thread: Hello from Norfolk
09/07/2020 07:33:46

Hi Steve, I like Norfolk too. which bit are you in?

Regards

BB

Thread: Copper boiler plate flanging, or not?
07/07/2020 07:46:17

Greetings Bob, as a general comment, I would say that indexes cost money to prepare, and take a lot of time.

Re boiler plates, the practice that you propose is done on small boilers, ie pot boilers, but you must remember that the boiler regulations, custom & practice, have produced a system of building that is safe for amateur construction. The flanged plate method produces a joint, which even if not completely covered in solder, will be safe, and if there is not enough contact, the boiler fails the pressure test.

It is generally accepted that the flange length needs to be three times the plate thickness, so assuming that you are using 3mm plate, then the tube plate that you propose needs to be 9mm thick at least, which may a bit pricey, as well as more difficult to silver solder. If you are buying that size material, then it might be easier to turn the plates from the solid. This last remark was said "tongue in cheek" but I have seen a firehole door ring made that way.

The whole point of this rambling is the word "amateur".

Regards

Brian

Thread: Epoxy & Steel
03/07/2020 12:46:42

Greetings, most metals act as a catalyst for the curing reaction.

Regards

Brian

Thread: Ultrasonics and citric acid
30/06/2020 08:25:49

Greetings, just remember that hot Citric Acid solution in the eye is not nice.

regards

Brian

Thread: Boiler test
19/06/2020 07:45:03

Greetings, depending on where you are, you have the Chelmsford Club, the Romford Club, or Canvey Railway & Model Engineering Club , all of which can be contacted via their websites.

Regards

Brian

Thread: 7 1/4 BR Brake Van Drawings Wanted
19/06/2020 07:41:07

Greetings, I think Doug Hewson did detailed drawings for a 5 inch gauge brake van, which were published a while ago.

regards

Brian

Thread: vacuum (steam or compressed air)
05/06/2020 16:46:18

Greetings, yes just connect the air to the steam line of the ejector, and you will get a useable vacuum.

I have applied the air through the safety valve bush, with a suitable connector.

regards

Brian

Thread: Plastic and Paper Models
04/06/2020 17:02:04

Great effort, Dr GMJN, good to see paper modeling still going on.

When I was a little boy, on the way to my weekly visit to my Gran, I had to pass the micromodels shop in Theoabalds Road Holborn, which had a very high window, and marvelling at the tiny paper models there.

I still have a big collection.

Good luck with the 10V.

Regards

Brian

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
04/06/2020 16:55:54

Well done Anthony, you have made a nice job and given yourself a very useful tool that is much easier to use than the plunge type knurler.

i don't know anything about computer card formatting however.

Regards

Brian

Thread: Assembling laser cut cabs
04/06/2020 12:23:59

Greetings, some pre cut cabs can be MIG welded, and as I understand it the one from Model engineer laser are made to be TIG welded, with just enough metal protruding from the take to avoid the use of a filler rod.

If you are nervous of welding, they can be soft soldered, but might need a few angle brackets for strength.

This cab was MIG welded, starting life as a Winson kit.

Regards

BB

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Thread: Which Digital Compact Camera?
22/05/2020 12:53:05

Hi Harry, thanks for your interest, the second picture is indeed Echills Wood, taken by the loco owner on my camera, which I thrust into his hand, must be easy to use, the first was grabbed as I pounded across the bridge at Weybourne Station on the North Norfolk Railway, I was sailing on the river Bure, Norfolk Broads at the end of November 2019, dropped a crew member off on the bank, and the last picture was taken at Parkands Railway, Hemsby Norfolk.

By now you might guess that I live in Norfolk!

Regards

Brian

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