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john carruthers13/02/2016 14:24:48
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This week I put the flutes in the columns and cut out the side panels.
I still have the panels to decorate and a throttle to make. (and replace the rubber band with a better drive belt).


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Ian S C14/02/2016 10:28:28
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John, on the Stuart Turner S9 I used a square section belt from a tape recorder, I think the recommended belt was the wire spring one that Mamod use, or you could use the back up spring from an oil seal, you can join more tan one together to get the length, they can be got here separate to the oil seal.

It's these little bits that take the time, but if you don't do them now, they never get done.

Ian S C

john carruthers27/02/2016 15:28:36
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Here she is running, 95% completed, just the base to make and maybe engrave the side panels, we shall see.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITABtV92gKQ

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john carruthers05/04/2016 13:38:55
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Last one I promise.
Finally finished Lady Stephanie, (the spanner is engraved 'Snap-off Tools' ) laugh

What next? a simple clock? a miniature lathe?....

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JasonB05/04/2016 16:47:10
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Very nice John, although the bare metal is not my thing you have done it well as its not overly polished - just right

phil burley05/04/2016 19:14:55
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the Lady Stephanie runs fine with just a link betwe

The Lady Stephanie engine runs fine with just a link between the beam and the piston rod , so why bother with a Watt parallel motion ? (which I trying to get right on my ST beam project ) !

regards PHIL

with a James Watt parallel motion ( which I AM STRUGGLEING

phil burley05/04/2016 19:16:28
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SORRY that didn't come out right

Phil

Neil Wyatt05/04/2016 21:46:15
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> so why bother with a Watt parallel motion ?

Because it's meant to represent a full-size one which would need parallel motion.

john carruthers06/04/2016 07:46:00
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Yes, I've seen some with a simple link, I was just sticking to the drawing this being my first 'real' engine.
I went up to Kew to see the Dancers End engine it is loosely based on, excellent day out.

I know what you mean about the polish, I have a thing for brass and wood.


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alan ord 215/10/2018 20:14:09
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Hi, after reading the above posting I have decided to build the Lady Stephanie beam engine. I have all of the EIM build details from 1981/82 except one issue. I dont have June 1982. Can anybody help me? If you have the magazine and want to sell it I will gladly buy it for a reasonable price (unlike E Bay!!!). Or if someone would photocopy the relavent pages and e mail them to me I will be eternally grateful. Please contact me via the forum.

Thanks,

Alan.

Alan Bays01/12/2018 23:55:47
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I built Lady Steph about 10 years ago. She ran very nicely on air so I stripped her down for painting and left the parts in a box for a few months. When I went to re-erect, the eccentric strap and rod were nowhere to be found. Meanwhile I had donated the plans to someone on this forum. I assumed I had lost the parts somewhere under the bench and that they would eventually turn up, but having recently moved house and cleared out the workshop they are still missing.

So... does anyone have the of the eccentric strap and rod that they could help me with? She is now all painted and pretty in a display cabinet, but would look a lot better running.

Edited By JasonB on 02/12/2018 10:13:25

john carruthers04/12/2018 09:06:09
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I have - somewhere...
We recently moved and my shed is in boxes still.
A new shed is on order so it shouldn't be long now.

Alan Bays16/12/2018 17:04:05
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Thanks John. I'm still getting my new shop set up so certainly no urgency - it's been at least a decade since I lost the old one so another few months (years?) won't be a big deal. Anyway a scan or copy of the eccentric and rod plan would be great.

Michael Thorpe19/10/2020 09:38:59
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Hi, Does anyone know what the two 6ba holes are for they are in the cabinet top directly central under the two main bearing pedestals?

Also why is the brass bearing on the fork made from square stock?

Many Thanks

Mike

Bob Wild27/11/2020 23:21:27
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Bother. I wish I had seen this thread earlier. I built Lady Stephanie recently. No problems but the supplied drawings were almost unreadable, so I used the magazine articles. There is a funny story (now). The entablature casting was terribly distorted so I sent it back to the address on the drawings. No response after a while so I phoned Reeves. They said that they moved from that address many years ago so my parcel was lost! They refused to send me a replacement until I gave them the original. Despite the fact that they had given me the wrong address they were unrepentant and I had to give up in the end. So I prefabricated the entablature myself in the end and put Reeves on my list of non-preferred suppliers 🙁🙁

Steve Tyson28/11/2020 18:17:28
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Mike,

The tapped holes are to hold the 'shoes' in place that the main pedestals sit on.

The shoes have small lips for wedges to lock and adjust the pedestals position, this is all to replicate the original (full size) construction.

In the full size engine these 'shoes' would be part of the top plate casting, then the erector would only have to chisel and file a small area for the pedestals, the wedges would allow him to adjust the position of the crankshaft to align with the rest of the engine.

Hope this helps.

S

Alan Bays08/01/2021 02:21:13
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I built Lady Steph about 10 years ago. She ran very nicely on air so I stripped her down for painting and left the parts in a box for a few months. When I went to re-erect, the eccentric strap and rod were nowhere to be found. Meanwhile I had donated the plans to someone on this forum. I assumed I had lost the parts somewhere under the bench and that they would eventually turn up, but having recently moved house and cleared out the workshop they are still missing.

So... does anyone have a copy of the eccentric strap and rod drawing that they could help me with? She is now all painted and pretty in a display cabinet, but would look a lot better running.

Ian Johnson 108/01/2021 15:58:15
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Posted by Alan Bays on 08/01/2021 02:21:13:

I built Lady Steph about 10 years ago. She ran very nicely on air so I stripped her down for painting and left the parts in a box for a few months. When I went to re-erect, the eccentric strap and rod were nowhere to be found. Meanwhile I had donated the plans to someone on this forum. I assumed I had lost the parts somewhere under the bench and that they would eventually turn up, but having recently moved house and cleared out the workshop they are still missing.

So... does anyone have a copy of the eccentric strap and rod drawing that they could help me with? She is now all painted and pretty in a display cabinet, but would look a lot better running.

Hi Alan is this what you need? I took the photo from my plans, if it's not clear I can scan them. My lady stephanie is still a bix of castings and lumps of metal, one day I might get round to making it!

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