Here is a list of all the postings Windy has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: The Workshop Progress thread 2018|
Filled the garden refuse bin to the top thought better clean up the garden.
For speed nuts it's Elvington FIM and ACU record attempts this weekend.
|Thread: Flash Steam Hydroplanes|
Spoke to my fellow model steam hydro enthusiast Bob after his day at Kingsbury Water Park he has the steamer going fast did a lap at 126mph and still accelerating.
Edited By Windy on 11/09/2018 12:14:18
Edited By Windy on 11/09/2018 12:18:21
|Thread: One way to defeat Mr.Sod|
How often a small part your making goes missing and takes longer trying to find it than making a replacement.
I think heard it drop there but if you find it it's not near that place.
|Thread: Flash Steam Hydroplanes|
Suppose we should be on Motorcycle General Discussion
Andy been in contact after his favourable comment I would be interested in your bike tuning days at speed attempts,
A change from the old Triumphs with Shorrocks blowers on big doses of Nitro.
I might know him a friend Andy did his first 205 mph at the last Elvington 2 day top speed.
He said the previous owner of his first generation Busa had fitted the turbo and it had a fast history.
It's record attempts next month and I will.be there.
Have spoken to Bob today but he had to stay at home as family health problems had to come first.
I go to most of the Top Speed Events at Elvington it's a social meeting for me meeting new enthusiasts and competitors from my era.
At last 2 day event Pete Williams who is only a few months older than me did 180mph a bit slow as has done over 200mph also building a gas turbine 3 three wheel projectile.
Here is a link to Pete's early sprint bike **LINK**
At last Elvington a road legal bike did 258mph set only on a low boost setting 3 higher settings to play with hope it will be back for record attempts next month maybe the Isle of Man steam bike will be there as well.
You can find the results of the model hydroplanes in **LINK** details out at start of every month..
But will keep you informed as soon as I know how Bob got on.
Am hoping to see the full size speed record boats having a go at Coniston speed week 29 October to 2nd November.
Another fantastic meeting and hope so see Miss Albatross perform again to better its record some of the teams helpers I meet at the Elvington straightliners meetings **LINK**
Miss Albatross team **LINK**
My model flash steam hydroplane friend Bob and at present time record opposition phoned the other night about this weekends 2 day meeting at Kingsbury water park.
His model is going very well and last time out did its fastest timed run 124.77 mph.
He discussed his high temperature problems to his cast iron piston and cylinder my engine has very few problems that way.
We discussed the dry lubricants we use moly and graphite.
I use moly on the cam and stellite follower with favourable results.
The steel cylinder liner plus cast iron piston are coated generously with Graphos again very few mishaps.
Bob uses moly on the piston told him I found when I used it on the steam inlet poppet valve it seized I think the very high temperature altered its properties and it seemed abrasive.
Moly dry paste temperature range -50°C to +450°C. according to Rocol.
So Bob was going to clean the moly from the piston then coat with Graphos.
His model engine is a work of art compared to my agricultural looking one.
The moral of the story is you help your competition even if your advice means he could break your speed record.
I see the same thing at the motorcycle speed meetings I attend.
I would like to see him with the record again as he has held it many times and his article in the 1990 Model Engineer Magazine inspired me to have a go at making one.
Records are there to be broken and all the best to Bob on Sunday.
Edited By Windy on 24/08/2018 03:26:03
Edited By Windy on 24/08/2018 03:28:20
|Thread: 1.1 kW electric motor burns up..|
I had an old round column Warco with similar sized motor and at highest speed burnt out my friend found a similar size quality one at an auto jumble for £25.
Until he found it I had some Brook Crompton 1/2hp motors and managed with a bit of modification to fit one to keep mobile but just used the lower speeds.
|Thread: fantastic service|
I find Ketan very helpful he explained some of the downsides of a product I wanted from him a pity not every trader is as forthcoming as he is.
|Thread: Using Tig for Stellite hard facing|
If I could find some no 6 stellite in bar form might be able to make the followers with a brazed on tip then machine to radius required.
Old Triumph twins had brazed on tips for there followers I used to alter the radius on the standard ones to a racing profile many years ago
This is relating to putting a no 6 stellite tip on my project cam followers.
Previously I used Oxy Acetylene but have got rid of those bottles as a safety issue at home.
I have a Tig welder and not attempted hard facing with it the no 6 stellite I have is 0.25"Ø.
The face of the follower is 19mmØ.
Any suggestions if I can Tig deposit the 0.25"Ø on that follower or will I need a thinner rod.
Also any tips how to deposit the stellite with Tig
|Thread: fire warning|
Another common fire risk are disposable lighters while at Kingsbury water park with the hydro on a hot day the following happened.
A disposable lighter which I use a lot for firing the burners exploded on the bench and was like a rocket so keep them out of direct sunlight.
|Thread: Sulphuric Acid|
Just came across this on a motorcycle enthusiasts site
The government has added sulphuric acid to its list of regulated substances in The Poisons Act 1972. Due to this latest amendment, as of July 1st, 2018, members of the public must have an Explosives Precursors and Poisons (EPP) licence to buy sulphuric acid above 15% concentration.
This legislation mainly affects retail customers
However, all motorcycle batteries must be filled by the retailer before being sold to a member of the public in the UK who does not possess a valid EPP licence.
Lithium-ion batteries are acid-free and are thus unaffected by the legislation.
AGM/GEL batteries (such as Motobatt) – those which are factory activated (pre-filled with acid at the time of manufacture) - are also unaffected.
Maintenance-free un-activated batteries & Traditional/Wet batteries – those which come with a separate acid pack for home-activation – are to be sold to the General Public pre-filled and charged if necessary.
The exemption is provided by new paragraph 2 (9) (b) of the original Poisons Act 1972:
(9) A substance or mixture is excluded if … (b) it is contained in a specific object.
What is the reason for this legislation?
|Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion|
Another good day at Elvington with fast record 135mph push bike and very fast motorcycles.
Fast lass Becci did 248mph as I left.
Edited By Windy on 19/06/2018 20:35:10
Edited By Windy on 19/06/2018 20:39:13
|Thread: What did you do Today 2018|
1990 Renault passed mot an advisory but have all the bits was pleased emissions OK was well below CO and HC.
Husband and Wife speed friends have donate a motorcycle for my project would save a lot of work if suitable a lot depends if room for the bits.
Helen would like to pilot it she was doing 152mph on one of there bikes at last Elvington on Tuesday will be riding Hubbies 180mph plus Generation 1 Hayabusa at Elvington again.
Makes an interesting life having friends like them.
|Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion|
And now for something completely different. This guy is the holder of the British and Commonwealth bicycle speed record of 114mph - Neil Soupy Campbell. He intends to go one further and break the European record 127 mph during Straightliners top speed & wheelie Tuesday the 19th June at Elvington!
Remember online entries close Friday night. £25 extra after that. Here is the link https://
Taking place Elvington Airfield, North #Yorkshire, England. Photo Adam Roberts. Please share and like this post and don't forget to follow us. #topspeed & #wheelie
|Thread: Flash Steam|
My Midland friend has built a flash steam generator based on a Doble design to use the thickness of tube the Doble has you need some powerful bending machines to create the rows of Catherine wheels.
Edited By Windy on 04/06/2018 17:23:31
Sit in front of it but might need asbestos underpants.
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