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Old Stuart D10 Kit

Advice - particularly pipework.

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James Hall 306/09/2021 20:59:36
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Just acquired a D10 kit with reversing, pump and pipework kits to go with it from a well-known auction site. These must have been gathering dust in someone's attic for a while as they are obviously pretty ancient - the paperwork is yellowed with age - but all complete and still sealed in the plastic covering.

Note that, unlike contemporary kits, drain cocks are included and the crankshaft is a one-piece casting. Am I likely to come across any problems due to the age of the materials or any older specs?

All of the drawings etc are there, accept for the pipework kit (in the pic it looks as if the paperwork is there in its compartment, but it's actually an incomplete ink imprint on the plastic.

The pipework kit is called 'Material for Pipework' order code 34-50-71213 and is not now listed by Stuart. It is totally unfabricated, unlike the current offering of the 'Finished Pipework for Sides' currently listed. It seems fairly straightforward, though a couple of items puzzle me slightly. If anyone has the instructions/drawings for this kit, or has built/owns one and can give advice I would be most grateful.

I'm really looking forward to working on this as I'm pretty much a newbie and this will be my first engine apart from a couple of simple oscillators.

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Jon Lawes06/09/2021 21:04:23
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If anything I think you will find it easier; I don't think they had quite so many issues with chilled castings back then.

Best of luck, I'm jealous of your find.

noel shelley06/09/2021 21:51:26
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I have one of these with the reversing gear, there is a small book on the build and I think I have that and the original drawings. There is a difference, depending on age, early one had 6 cylinder cover bolts, later ones had only 5. The book was available from stuart models and covers all you will need to build the model. Title, building a verticle steam engine. Published by Tee publishing.The front cover shows a drawing of the cylinder with 5 bolts and a picture of the engine with 6 ! IF being built with reversing gear you can disgard the eccentric straps included in the main kit.   Good luck Noel

Edited By noel shelley on 06/09/2021 22:00:10

JasonB07/09/2021 07:16:19
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The couple of sets of Stuart drawings I have show all the pipework parts so you should get that if you order the drawings from Stuart's, look under spare parts.

The 6 stud one also has 4 studs in the lower cover/standard which is easier than trying to get 5 in and have room for the spanner

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