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Member postings for Stewart Hart

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Thread: Convert cheap digital calliper to height gauge?
02/03/2010 07:08:08
You can also make them into good depth gauges
Thread: Elbow Engine
27/02/2010 22:07:32
Pleased that someone else has noticed that this forum doesn't quite cut the mustard as to layout, gremlin free, ease of use, etc etc. I post to quite a few forums that are run as a hobby and they are far better. In these areas I'd give it 4 out of 10, in others 10 out of 10.
This forum should be trying to get to an all round 10 out of 10
26/02/2010 18:57:16
Thanks Jason
Top of the page:- the very top of the page, not very obvious when the top of the page is off the screen.
Ok her's the next stupid question Jason's suggested that I edit my last post to remove the long URL :-------  How ?.
I managed to master this simple task on other forums but there is nothing obvious her to indicate how its done. 
Perhaps if a few of the adverts are removed user would be able to navigate a lot better, I appreciate this is a commercial run forum, but I wonder how many users/customers are put off by the lay out.
Sorry to moan but thats my last rant.
I'll just put up with what you've got,
26/02/2010 00:07:40
I guess it could run on steam but I've never heard of one. As an engine I don't think it has any practical use its very  inefficient due to leaks, but the concept does have uses for drive couplings. There's a video on utube of a five elbow engine running.
They do make an interesting novelty engine.
Thread: Adverts over the top of postings
25/02/2010 22:23:03
When I open topics to read on the forum the adverts on the left of the screen are on top of the text, I can only read part of the post and try and work out the rest. Is is just me who has this problem:- how I've got my screen set, or do other have it.
Thread: Small hole drilling in stainless steel
14/02/2010 07:56:34
Hi Windy this link may have some useful information.
Thread: Turbine Blades
12/02/2010 10:39:39
Follow this link to a good impulse terbine build.
Hope this helps
Thread: Prescription Safety Specs
24/01/2010 10:51:06
Hi Mark
I just asked my optitian for a pair explained what I needed them for and she fixed me up with a pair of verifocus that I find great, but they cost an arm and a leg £200 ish.
If you ask I think vision express can also do them.
Hope this helps
Thread: Three Cylinder Steam Radial
24/01/2010 10:16:04
Hi Paul
It uses an orbital valve, I tried taking a video of the valve action with the steam chest cover off but couldn't get the vocus correct. Basicaly what you have is two flats at the end of the crank these engauge with a slot on ta return crank which has an off centre drive pin that drives the orbital valve openening and closeing the valve ports.
If you email me on  i'll post you a sketch of the system.
24/01/2010 02:16:10
Hi David
Thanks for your kind comments, it was a real enjoyable engine to build, if you look on the forum you can follow the build log, just do a search for three cylinder radial and you'll find it.
All the best
22/01/2010 19:15:04
Just completed this Three cylinder radial derived from the Cygnet Royal, and Elmers Radial engine, with additional design changes.
Her's a video of it running
Thread: Brass Shell Case
12/01/2010 20:57:10
I've cut back some 40mm bofers cases, as suggested the best way is to use a saw a 4.5" will be quite thick so an ordinary hack saw will do fitted with a fine tooth blade:- mark around the case first to give you a guide, for what you want it for it will turn out a great job.
Have fun
Thread: Ball Turning
25/11/2009 18:46:04
Hi John
Here's a nice video of a ball turner in action.
Thread: Building LBSC 31/2" Mabel
21/11/2009 12:32:50
I've just made the boiler feed pump and there is no way I can get it to fit between the frames as shown in the drawing, as any one got a completed Mabel out there who can post a picture of how it fits.
18/11/2009 18:58:23
Just a quick update, I'll be remaking the slide valve picked up some material at the Midland expo.
Just completed the lubricator I didn't follow Curley's design I'm not to keen on the spring and ball none return valve, instead I followed Nevile Evans's design for his STOW build (Pt 31 Vol 202 issue 4352) and it worked a treat here's a video of it running under drill power just to give you the idea.


Edited By Stewart Hart on 18/11/2009 18:59:54

Edited By Stewart Hart on 18/11/2009 19:05:12

Thread: Steering Wheel
08/10/2009 20:13:29
Hi Ken
I made my own all you need is a rotary table
If you look at my photos I've added an album for the reversing wheel I made for my loco a little smaler than the mini wheel but gives you an idea of what you can do.

Edited By Stewart Hart on 08/10/2009 20:40:47

Thread: Small Milling Machine
28/09/2009 07:28:39
Hi Dave
Have got a seig X3 and I'm very pleased with it as for the gear issue with the X2 a lot of people have converted to belt drive to get round the issue of the plastic gears, its not a very difficult job I think you can buy a kit to do it. You can find more information on mills her
Hope this helps
Thread: Building LBSC 31/2" Mabel
25/09/2009 07:15:03
Hi John
Thanks for your advice: you've confirmed my fears that modifying the slide would effect efficiency I just couldn't believe that Curly got it wrong. In the six weeks I was trying to get it set I must have made every mistake in the book plus a few new ones. I've got a tooling project well underway so I'll get that completed, pick up some material from the midland exhibition in Oct and have another go.
When I joined up the coupled wheel it ran ok but not as freely, and then one of the coupled wheels became lose on the axle (only glued at this point) so I think I may have the quartering slightly out that and a wobbly driven wheel I have one or two other things to sort out.
As you may have guised this is my first build, I'm dreading starting the boiler, but hay that's all part of the fun and adventure.
Once again thanks for your advice much appreciated

24/09/2009 19:58:24
Hi Mark

I used a laser cut chassis I'll look up where I got it from it went together  great my only error was to drill both sides for the reverser had to put a couple of counter sunk rivets in to cover the mistake up. The biggest problem I've had so far is setting the slide valve timing spent over 6 weeks trying to get it sorted ended up working out the sizes for myself, once I did that it ran no problems. I never thought at the time to ask for help on her but things seemed a bit slow, but I suppose they have just started.

You can follow my build so far on this forum

I've put it to one side for a couple of months to do other thing (workshop related), I was getting a bit frustraited with the timing so decided that a change would be as good as a rest.

I'll be picking it up again I don't give up on things I always see them through.

Thanks for contributing

24/09/2009 16:28:32
Well it looks like I'm the only one in the world building this loco.
Managed to get the chase running on air not without some difficulties ended up having to go back to basics with the the slide valves and redesign them with this done it started no problem see vid, can't believe that Curley got it so wrong or it it something I've done, as anyone else had similar problem.
Hoping for a reply
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