Bought a Stuart S50 off eBay
Bought a Stuart 9 off eBay
Dismantled the 9 and ordered replacement parts from Stuart
S50 runs very well after a serious oiling. Base plate and cylinder cover needs repainting and a better base is needed.
Repainted at S50
Preparing base for Chiltern boiler. More painting the 9 sole plate. Trying the new belt sander.
Chiltern boiler test connected to the S50 and works really well. Quick to steam and burner not too noisy. Boiler needs 350ml water to reach half way mark on gauge.
Air test of 9 - runs ok at about 40psi, but lumpy when running slowly. Should run with less air pressure than that I think?
20th April 2018Bought tickets for Intermodallbau in Dortmund!
New baseboard for the S50/10V/Chiltern boiler steam plant completed. Chiltern boiler clad in 5mm x 1mm mahogany strips.
17th May 2018Added brass bands to Chiltern boiler. Bought a shed!
Lots of rubbing down, painting, and rubbing down again. Repeated endlessly. I might be getting better at this, but it's slow going. The panels and castings for the 500 boiler are complete. Dismanteled the doggy Stuart beam engine. This will need a good clean before thinking about anything else. I would also like to measure the components I have and compare those with the Stuart drawings.
Shed base finally down! Shed is due to be installed this coming Friday.
3rd June 2018Bought a small 3l ultrasonic cleaner. Assembled the 500 boiler. Looks very smart. I deliberated painting the side panels a dark green, but decided to stick with satin black. I am planning to use this boiler with the Stuart beam on a new steam plant.
7th June 2018Vintage car event near Petersfield - bought some Aluminium stock, some 26 tpi taps & dies, and also a vintage elecro-mechanical fruit machine mechanism.
8th and 9th June 2018Shed arrived and built! Spent the rest of the day putting the floor in and planning the insulation of lining of the walls.
10th June 2018Putting in insulation panels, some plywood lining, and spending hours in B & Q
15th June 2018The lathe is christened! Enough shed built to enable me to put the lathe into position and turn some metal!
16th June 2018Back from work! Desk and drill stand is in place, so I took the opportunity to mark and drill the holes in my 50V PSU for the fruit machine solenoids.
17th June 2018More insulation and plywood panels fitted. Consumer unit and first dbl 13A socket fitted.
24th June 2018So I get all the plywood and insulation out into the garden ready to start, and of course it starts to pour down with rain. Perfect. Quite a bit done, but this is beginning to drag and I am seriously fed up with it.
All the internal conduit and boxes are in place, so is the CS. Busy museum weekend, so I didn't get around to installing the SWA cable - thatwill have to wait until next weekend.I did manage to do some work on the fruit machine - loads of fun!