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Thread: What pipe to us for steam connections?
25/04/2013 21:28:52

This is the first steam engine I have attem pted to build, and am a bit restricted with my equipment a Cowells 90 CW lathe and a Sherline mill, I started by doing clock cleaning and repairs.

My engineering skills also leave a bit to be desired.

5/16 x 40 is not a problem but how/where do you source the pipe fittings?

What pipe would you use size of bore etc?

With regard to brass pipe is their not a problem with zinc? leaching out?

Is it something to worry about?

I am still learning so all comments are appreciated.

25/04/2013 10:57:37


I am making a model that to look right will use threaded pipe connectors on the steam pipes.

This will entail threading the pipe ends 5/16x27.

What is the best tubing to use brass, copper or stainless steel?

Any comments will be appreciated


Thread: Looking for a copy of Northumbrian eccentrics article
22/04/2013 09:23:30

Hi Everybody

Thanks for your offers of help.

I now have the required information.

Thanks once more


21/04/2013 10:02:39


I am after a copy of the Northumbrian article on making the eccentrics in Model Engineering No.4362.

Can anybody e-mail me a copy?

I would buy a copy of the magazine but but My Hobby Store have sold out,and I cannot find one listed anywhere.


Thread: Basic information on building a Perseus engine.
19/02/2013 10:25:20

Thank you for the information


18/02/2013 17:39:38

I want to build a "Perseus" engine using Reeves castings.

Can anyone suggest a book that gives basic information on machining castings, flywheels and making split bearings etc.

Information such as gunmetal is soft and need protecting, using a part of the flywheel that will not be machined to set it up to keep things concentric.

Would Building the No.9 engine by Tubal Cain have this type of information?


Thread: Model Engineer No.4362
28/10/2012 10:18:01

Hi Jason

Good idea.

The simple answers are always best.



28/10/2012 09:31:33


Thanks for the replies.

The "Theseus" engine plans were included with the "300 Years of Steam" special magazine.

I have all the original articles on the "Theseus" and the drawings.

I was after a copy of the "Perseus" drawing to see what differences (if any) there are between using casting and making it from bar stock.


27/10/2012 23:15:37

I am after a copy of Model Engineer No. 4362 with the pull out drawing of the "Perseus" engine.

Just the drawing would do.

Can anybody help?


Thread: L.B.S.C's Model Steam Crane The Model Engineer Oct. 1953
28/08/2012 21:19:02

Hi Bri

Thanks for the reply.

I have just obtained Tubal Cains book that shows this crane using two cylinders.

I think old curly forgot to mention using a casting for the cylinder.


21/08/2012 11:51:21

I have the plans for this model crane.

The instructions say

"The double oscillating cylinder is bored and faced the face machined and the covers turned, in exactly the same way as described for locomotive cylinders".

Where can I find a description of turning locomotive cylinders?


Thread: Boilers from plumbing bits and model steam driven cranes
08/08/2012 12:01:22


I am thinking of making Tubal Cains Hercules crane as a beginners project.

Would there be any problems with making the boiler with 52mm copper tube and 52mm end feed (for the solder) stop ends?

Any suggestions for sites with model steam driven crane info?



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