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Malcolm Farrant14/11/2019 17:06:33
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I am eager to build this model and see that A J Reeves sell the required castings. They also say that the necessaruy info is in ME Vol 121 and 122 written by Oliver Smith. Can any member tell me where I could obtain a copy of these ?

Equally I would like to hear from anyone who has made one, and could pass on tips and hints.

In anticipation thank you.

Malcolm Farrant (Roskrow)

Maurice14/11/2019 17:36:53
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. Hi Malcolm, I built one of these many years ago ( about fifty five). There are two things that come to mind about it. The first concerns the lay shaft from which the drive is taken. If you use the size of gears specified, then the cotter in the big end is fowled by the layshaft. I increased the tooth count on each gear by five, and it was fine. The second was a mistake in the beam casting. The boss that surrounds the inner pin of the parallel motion. It is slightly in the wrong place. It is essential that the pin is correctly located, so I machined the misplaced boss away (on both sides), and turned up replacement bosses which I fitted around the pin with adhesive. I did tell Reeves about it at the time, but I don,t know if the patern was ever corrected. Other than these two things, the build went well, and I was still quite a novice at the time. Good luck with it.

John Purdy14/11/2019 18:13:49
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There is currently a build series running in ME on building the ME beam engine. It started in issue #4603 17 Jan 2019. Latest installment was part 10. You might find some useful info there.


Malcolm Farrant16/11/2019 10:49:59
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John, and Maurice, Good morning

Many many thanks for your response. I have now located the articles in ME, and have ordered my castings. Thank you both again for your invaluable input.

Very best wishes


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