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the artfull-codger08/08/2020 19:41:37
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Posted by Bo'sun on 08/08/2020 14:23:30:

Hello Graham,

My apologies, yes I did get your pm, but didn't realise it was there. Many thanks for your kind offer, but another of this excellent forums members has furnished me with the book.

That's ok Bosun as long as you got fixed up, they're good robust egines,I bought my copper tube from a local plumbers merchants as it's a commercial size,cast base cost nothing as we used the schools foundry,when you have your own foundry people get to know & all sorts of brass/alloy bronze & iron turn up free or for the odd favour,brass cast at home & sheet steel from autojumbles,I got the price down to £18.00 good luck with the build.


Bo'sun09/08/2020 07:47:29
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Hi Graham,

It's good to hear that other schools had foundries. I cast the base and flywheel for the Hot Air Engine in my school foundry. I bet there aren't many (if any) these days. It might be why I went into the foundry industry myself.

the artfull-codger09/08/2020 18:49:14
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Hi Bosun, we had an alloy flamefast crucible furnace which I helped 6th formers to produce castings for their major projects & then they machined them on the lathe & milling machine,[they loved it], the steam engines were made in our lunch hour [not part of the curriculum] unfortunately when I eventually retired I offered to leave my jigs etc for the steam engines but alas not wanted, ps I'm the technician not a teacher & as a model engineer it was like getting paid for doing your hobby, I loved the job,


Bo'sun10/08/2020 09:58:39
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It would be interesting to know what students get up to these days with respect to metalwork and woodwork. I think it was called something like CDT (craft, design & technology I think). No doubt something completely different now. Perhaps there's a teacher out there that can enlighten us.

Stuart Bridger10/08/2020 10:33:03
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This is a 40 year old school project, still in regular use. A great insight for us at the time into sand casting.


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