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Post  craig@STW on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 2:27 pm

well it seems that we have lost all the old images that have built up on the forum over the last few years. very annoying, and the photos are still on the main photo bucket site, but to be honest i cant see an easy way to re-host and re-post all of them.

Anyway, this post marks the start of the new photo host, hopefully it will work Cool

first off, the Lyka. one of the leaf springs has actually been re-made and is now off for heat treatment. this kit will be ready soon...



the brake caliper kit went out this week and after making the prototype brake discs we are now working on the full quantity, along with the mounting flanges. The wheels are now in so hopefully things will be running a bit smoother on the Lyka from now on. A rolling chassis is getting very close...

disc blanks...



and the start of machining...



the mounting flanges...



and the control model so far, front...



and rear...



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Post  craig@STW on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 2:36 pm

cheers  good news, the images seem to be working. cheers

the other main kit we are working on this week is the 6inch foden steering. this is nearly done now. first off the big steering arm, cut from a solid block...



and the second op..



steering wheels rim..



and with the spokes fitted...



and the brake wheel...



also making winch roller brackets for the Burrell 4inch kit 8...





and tow brackets...



Showmans expansion links...



and roof "twists"...

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Brake calliper kit

Post  Goliewogs on Thu 13 Jul 2017, 5:42 pm

"...the brake caliper kit went out this week ..."

If it did, mine did not - or it has not arrived yet!!!!

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Re: July/August/September 2017 production photos (new image host)

Post  craig@STW on Fri 14 Jul 2017, 3:42 pm

a few photos from this week. the foden 6inch steering boxes are nearly done...





we have started the drilling on the lyka Discs and mounting flanges...



the showmans expansion links are almost done...



also been working on showmans water pumps...



water lifter bodies...



gear covers...



slide bars...



and 3rd speed levers...

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Post  craig@STW on Fri 21 Jul 2017, 3:47 pm

this weeks photos, starting with the 6inch foden steering box that has been in production for the best part of a month now. finished at last...



and the Lyka rear brake disc mounting flange is now on the lathes...



the showmans gear guard laser cuts, seen last week, are now coming together...



other showmans parts include the wheel locking collars...



the third speed inter-lock...



slide-bar brackets...



and lower steering brackets...



also made this week... some 2inch slide-valves...



hundreds of pipe-nuts...



and some cast elbows...


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Production July, August

Post  Heavyhaul on Fri 21 Jul 2017, 4:26 pm

Hi Craig,
Thanks for the latest update any news on the next kits for the Showmans ?

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Post  Mark the spark on Fri 21 Jul 2017, 4:33 pm

second that

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Post  craig@STW on Fri 28 Jul 2017, 4:00 pm

dispatch dates are supposed to be posted by Ian. with Lynn around at the moment Im sure she will provide you with all the stuff you need to know and answer and questions you have.  Cool

this weeks photos...

the lyka kits 4 and 5 are being boxed up now. you should have kit 5 very soon and kit 4 by the end of August.

finished brake discs...



and hub caps...



the good news is that the springs are finally back from heat treating...



a lot of time has been spent on the Roller Head-stock castings this week. with the second half of the batch arriving i have machined these and then
finished the whole batch by drilling the holes for the name badge. more good news is that the batch of name badges arrived today...



as you may have already seen, the roller control model is nearly at rolling chassis stage. we have built it up on a SCC boiler so its a little longer than it should be. the reason for this is to get it ready for Dorset...



also arrived today are the laser cut parts for the front "fork". this kit is not going into production just yet but we will be tacking one together for the show. i also need to start work on the main pivot...





this is part of the chain guide...



next week i'll be moving on to some 2inch Burrell parts. these are the finished slide valves...

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Post  craig@STW on Fri 04 Aug 2017, 3:44 pm

just a few photos this week.

just started on some showmans/roadloco rear axle-tube castings...



4inch foden brake wheels....



6inch foden water tank parts...



and the first fork for the roller has been put together. please remember that this kit is not yet in production, this has just been done for the dorset steam fair. i should be starting on the main pivot on monday...





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Post  craig@STW on Mon 14 Aug 2017, 3:45 pm

i missed the usual Friday posting of the photos last week. as the allotted moment came round i was busy boring through the first off roller pivot and could not get away from the machine. Im pleased to say that the first "trial" "GDSF" has been finished and is a perfect fit. Cool









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Post  craig@STW on Mon 14 Aug 2017, 3:50 pm

other work from last week includes...

6inch foden water tank brackets...



water tanks...





boilers in constant production...



showmans front forks...



and im back on the 2inch Burrell crank bearings.



and the showmans/roadloco rear axle tubes are blocked out ready for boring...

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Post  craig@STW on Fri 25 Aug 2017, 3:50 pm

not got too many photos this week as ive been on me hols Cool

we have had another batch of showman/road loco cylinder blocks arrive...



mark has already started work on them...



we are also re-making the front swivel hubs for the lyka...



and finishing parts for the rear axles...



for those waiting, road loco and scc boilers are being made...



an the 6inch foden water tanks are coming together...

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Re: July/August/September 2017 production photos (new image host)

Post  craig@STW on Fri 01 Sep 2017, 4:12 pm

this weeks photos...

Mark is steadily working through the Showman/road loco cylinder blocks...



we are re-making some parts for more lyka front swivel hubs...



I have made a start on the full batch of roller pivots...





work continues on the many 6inch foden water tanks...



one part before...



during...



and after bending...



also on the machines, burrell water gauge stems...



showmans expansion links...



and brake tubes for the tender...

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Post  gwr1475 on Sat 02 Sep 2017, 5:12 am

Hi Craig,

Thank you very much for taking the time to post the weekly update! I always look forward to seeing it.

best regards

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Post  Mark the spark on Sat 02 Sep 2017, 8:16 am

Second that always of great interest
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Re: July/August/September 2017 production photos (new image host)

Post  craig@STW on Fri 08 Sep 2017, 3:52 pm

thanks for the kind words guys. as you may have noticed, we have set aside some time on a Friday afternoon for me to post the images, so as long as im not away for any reason you should get something each week from now on. however, some weeks may be more interesting than others.

not a huge lot to show this week as a lot of machine time has been split between three main jobs. as mentioned in the Lyka section, we are
re-manufacturing and increasing the stock on the Lyka front swivel hubs and these are now off to the welding stage.

the second job is another batch of showman/roadloco cylinder blocks that you saw last week. the first operation is now finished on these...



and the third major job is the full batch of roller pivot "sleeves". im now at the point of the rough drilling stage...



on the turning, we have just started on the roller pivot shafts...



the showman/roadloco tender brake tubes from last week are finished...



we have also done some 6inch foden steering shafts...



the 6inch foden water tanks are almost done now...



and all the pipes and brackets for them are on the shelf...

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Post  elwood-59 on Fri 08 Sep 2017, 8:23 pm

Hi Craig,

thanks for the update. Following the progress on RL cylinders and boilers as one should be earmarked for me bounce

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Post  craig@STW on Fri 15 Sep 2017, 3:45 pm

This weeks photos...

showman/roadloco cylinder blocks are now on the 4th axis machine. this op will finish both sides, top and bottom and drill all the mounting holes in one go...



the roller pivot sleeves are on the machine for boring out...





and im also working on the machined parts of the roller front fork. this kit is not due out yet but the forks can't be welded together until these are done. this is the foot that's welded in the fork...





and this is the axle clamp that fits to the foot...



other work this week includes 4inch burrell 2nd shaft housings...



and main axle tubes...

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Post  craig@STW on Fri 22 Sep 2017, 3:50 pm

this weeks photos.

the roller pivot sleeves are now done and we are on the second op of the pivot pin...



we have also finished the machined parts for the front forks. these can now go on the pile of bits to be welded together...



Burrell 4inch crank bearing caps have been machined for kit 10...



and the 2nd shafts are on now...



also have 6inch foden horn-plates waiting to go on...



and working on 6inch foden gear gates...



and brake brackets...



we also have loads of lyka springs waiting to go out...

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Post  Goliewogs on Fri 22 Sep 2017, 5:08 pm

Lyka springs ready to out - we already have them!!!!!

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Re: July/August/September 2017 production photos (new image host)

Post  craig@STW on Fri 29 Sep 2017, 3:57 pm

there are several groups of lyka kits going out at different times. we also sent groups of springs out to be heat treated at different times. the ones above have just come back in. Shocked


just a quick note for anyone waiting for the showmans kits 34 and 35. we are currently trying to find a new source for the main Dynamo motor. until we get these in, or at least a sample, Steve has decided not to release the rest of the kit. it its possible that we may have to re-make or modify some parts to suit the new motor.

this weeks photos...

the DCC cylinder blocks are all finished...



the pivot shafts for the roller are all done...



and we have just started on the fabrication of the front forks...



the rear axles for the BU4 and SCC kit10 were done and those kits went out yesterday...



more Lyka parts. again some of you will have these already but we are revisiting production on some of the early kit parts. when we first made these we did a reduced batch quantity of some bits based on the current sales numbers at the time. 

tube work for kit1...



and the front stub axles...



also still picking away at 6inch foden parts. these are the gear change levers...



and we are drilling a new batch of Bu4 front wheels...



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Re: July/August/September 2017 production photos (new image host)

Post  ejparrott on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 9:10 pm

As a machinist myself I find your pictures really interesting, bit different to the work we do.

That's an interesting bending machine you have...may need to talk to you Smile
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