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Thread: My First Stationary Engine
31/01/2020 18:54:25

If my calculations are correct and working from the drawing dimensions I make it that the piston at BDC covers the inlet/outlet valve, would that be correct..? I imagined that at BDC it would be just shy (above) the valves but maybe not.

Hi Ron,

On the original muncaster engine the top of the piston is half way across the port at BDC, which is how I set mine.

Not sure it would be a good idea to cover the port completely, but I'll be interested to see what Jason thinks.


Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2020
29/01/2020 18:38:35

initial assembly 1.jpg

Well done, looking good, some nice personal touches, domed nuts, studs and nuts, two piece bearing housings and brass oilers.

What sort of compressor are you using? I use an airbrush compressor and I found it lacks the volume to run this engine at high speed for an extended period. It will run it all day just ticking over but high speed only in short bursts.

Keep the photos coming Jim enjoying it.

Have a look in your mailbox I'm sending you a P.M.


Thread: A little bit upset
29/01/2020 14:13:19

Sorry Neil,

My fault, not making myself clear.

The volume number on the PDF is correct but not the issues.

I've had some nice responses from members, thank you to all.

Keith Long sent me a really crisp and clear PDF copy of the original articles

Thanks again


Thread: My First Stationary Engine
28/01/2020 18:03:22

Looks good in brass Ron.

I enjoyed making the cylinder as well and like you I left it open and turned a cap to fit

You'll have fun making the standard as well.


Thread: A little bit upset
27/01/2020 21:13:28

Hi Neil

The error is at the head of your link to the 1956 original martin cleeve articles in M.E.

The ones for the myford lathe


27/01/2020 19:48:12

Hi Old Mart, (Martin is it?)

Tell me about it, several times, something completely wrong has come in the post from ebay, and when I checked the listing, it was my misreading of the advert in the first place.

Yes I know that feeling Martin but in this no fault on the seller I got exactly what was in the advert, but as indicated earlier not what I wanted


27/01/2020 18:55:53

Hi Howard,

The 2879 issue is 12th. july 1956 so 2877 two weeks earlier?

Yes I'm interested Howard depending on price and whether you do paypal.

P.M. me Howard when you are ready

Thanks Geoff

27/01/2020 18:19:10

Hi All,

I'm a little bit upset, just spent £3 on the wrong items, that's why it's just a little!!

I am currently planning a rack feed for My Myford M type.

There is a link on here to a 1956 Martin Cleeve design with copies of the article from two M.E. issues. I know I could print the article copies but I like to have a copies of the original magazine.

So from the link on here we have issue numbers 2379 and 2381 which I spotted on ebay a duly bought. Got the mags this morning and not a sign of the rack tailstock.

The correct issues are 2877 and 2879, a country mile out, grrrrrr.

Never mind, like I say just a little upset, and 3 quid out of pocket!!!!


Thread: My First Stationary Engine
26/01/2020 20:33:38

HI Ron,

Yes it is an airbrush compressor, got it from RDG, very pleased with it.

Only used it for running engines and it's fine for smaller models but the tank lacks the air capacity to run larger engines at high speed for an extended period.


Thread: Muncaster Drg Query
26/01/2020 11:00:45

Hi BrIan,

Regarding the scale of the drawings there is, as far I can see, no real logic in what Julius has done.

The stroke of the engine from Muncasters original drawings is I believe 7/8" {22mm]. Julius has the stroke at 36mm giving a scale up of 1.63 : 1.

The original bore is 7/16" (11mm) and Julius has 16mm which is 1.45 : 1.

There are numerous other anomalies.

I have done PDF drawings of this engine to muncasters original sizes. If you are interested in this engine and would like an email copy let me know.


Thread: My First Stationary Engine
25/01/2020 16:55:25

Hi Ron,

Thanks again for your recent p.m.

The cylinder is one piece. To make it I used a method described by ETW in a series of articles in M.E. magazine back in 1957.

If you google Westbury Muncaster engines it will take you to a site

Page three of his article is exactly how I made the cylinder.

It's really interesting, have a look, a little dated but for its time probably the best method available in the home workshop. Now with more milling machines and accessories a much easier task to make.

Cheers Geoff

23/01/2020 15:16:45

Hi Ron,

Yes it ran ok. It's on youtube, search "mini muncaster oscillating engine"

No ring just a plain gun metal piston.

The flywheel is a stuart casting the smallest one they have 2 1/2" diameter used on the progress engine. The muncaster drawing was just a plain wheel.

I like stuart castings, they always machine really well, the 3" wheel may be around the right size for your engine?


Thread: Cowell sensitive tailstock attachment
23/01/2020 14:20:10

Hi Baz

thanks, got it, just can't see the outline of the key in the photo.

The allen screw will be probably be screwed in the threaded hole in the keep plate which stops it lifting out and also rotating.

Cheers Geoff

Thread: My First Stationary Engine
23/01/2020 14:07:45

Hi Ron,

I made that engine but mine was to the original sizes in the Muncaster book.

J.D.W. has scaled it up.

I used cast iron throughout apart from a bronze main bearing, a bronze liner in the big end and a gun metal piston.

I have a Muncaster photo album which may be of interest


Thread: Cowell sensitive tailstock attachment
23/01/2020 12:50:07

workshop 017 24 dec.jpg

Hi All

Looking at this image posted by Phil P some years ago, I have a question.

How is the casting part of the attachment fixed to the tailstock body.

I can't see any fixings and I assume the unpainted portion between the tailstock body and the attachment casting is the 2.125" diameter boss on the rear of the tailstock, but how are they joined together?

Also what is the long allen screw for in the casting.


Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2020
16/01/2020 19:36:22

Hi George,

Did you cut/machine those frames yourself or are they laser cut.

If the former, well done, great job.

If the latter.........

Nice work George, keep the photos coming


09/01/2020 18:36:42

Hi Jim,

"Went wrong"? I can't see anything wrong, you've just put your own slant on it, which is what most modellers would do.

Yes I will let you know, need to get it finished this month, off to Australia for 6-7 weeks in early feb so need it over and done with soon

Atb Geoff

08/01/2020 18:41:50

cont.........and I've just seen the video, great.

You see a lot of oscillators with short aggressive strokes but yours with it's long stroke, I personally find much more appealing.

In particular when you have it running really slow.


08/01/2020 18:31:26

Hi Jason,

Just browsing back through the posts and spotted your complete engine

I really like it, full of character


08/01/2020 18:26:13

Hi Jim,

Keep the photos coming, looking forward to seeing the complete model

I like your mod with the spring and ball, makes sense to me.

10 BA tap!!!!, I've never used one Jim, my smallest is 8.

I'm just completing Part 2 of an article for this engine for a well known model engineering magazine.

Part one is with the editor, early signs are that he will publish, we'll see, fingers crossed.

ATB Geoff

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