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Post  craig@STW on Sun 11 Sep 2011, 11:45 am

the next kit (22 i think) is coming on well.

this will contain the cross-heads, con-rods and weighshaft bracket.

cross-heads are done...



and con-rods...



the weighshaft brackets...



have had to go back up on the machine to add jacking points...



mike's been working out the box size...



some of the castings for the generator kit...






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Post  highpressure on Sun 11 Sep 2011, 12:57 pm

Excellent progress here, very pleased to see the "jacking points" have been added as this was discussed on the stand and will make setting the weightshaft bracket much easier. Looking forward to getting my teeth into some of this now the rally season is coming to a close and I dont have another engine to get in the way, plus the organ project has almost been completed. Without all these other distractions I am hoping to find renewed enthusiasm for heavy gauge construction!!! plus I think we can see light at the end of the tunnel and its up to us builders to complete on time so we can show off next year!!!


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Pictures of production

Post  Tony King on Sun 11 Sep 2011, 11:27 pm

Just to say, thanks Craig, for all the pics of the metal taking shape!! I'd say that just about everyone who looks at this forum, finds them totally fascinating & really appreciate the time & effort to take the photos & upload them.
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Post  bjwlancashire on Mon 12 Sep 2011, 4:36 pm

Great to see all the moving parts coming together and control model looked superb at Dorset. I am getting my crankshaft kit this weekend hopefully so look forward to getting the cylinder next month (Craig??) and start building up the motion by the end of the year.

It has already ben said but thanks for the pictures Craig

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Post  craig@STW on Mon 12 Sep 2011, 11:57 pm

i think there is one cylinder left from the current batch.

next batch should be arriving soon

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Post  bjwlancashire on Tue 13 Sep 2011, 10:28 am

craig@STW wrote:i think there is one cylinder left from the current batch.

next batch should be arriving soon

Craig

Would you double check if there is one left and if it is not already claimed? Steve thought there were none left when I spoke to him at Dorset.

I would like it to go to Old Warden for me to collect from the stand if there is one available. If there is not then could you make sure Mike gives Steve a Crankshaft kit for me instead?? Steve said he would need reminding to take one or the other with him as the van is loaded.

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Post  craig@STW on Tue 13 Sep 2011, 10:40 am

best to give Isabel a call on the cylinder. i know they were discussing it today. if its available and you want it to go to the show instead of the crank just let them know. me and Mike will make sure its ready and that they don't forget it Wink

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Post  craig@STW on Thu 22 Sep 2011, 2:02 pm

good news... this kit went out today cheers

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Post  Graeme81 on Thu 22 Sep 2011, 8:05 pm

58 weighshaft brackets in that pic...thats some good going.

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Post  craig@STW on Thu 22 Sep 2011, 11:53 pm

plus one on the machine and one on the control model Cool

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Post  Julia on Fri 23 Sep 2011, 1:39 am

Crag
What tool do you use to cut the slots for the guide bars at the top and bottom of the motion bracket. As you know they have square sides and the bracket above prevents conventional tooling getting at them. For a on off I used a slotting head but for 60 I bet you found a quicker way.

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Post  craig@STW on Fri 23 Sep 2011, 9:50 am

we found a real easy way to do it... sub contractors Very Happy

we did think about it and looked at various methods but in the end it was subbed out, once we had done some of the other bits. not actually sure how they did it, was just glad we didn't have to.

in truth most of this kit was done whilst i was on holiday, only the cross-heads passed through my hands

cant say im sorry i missed out on the con-rods, not my favorite Wink

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Kit 20

Post  Steve Traill on Fri 23 Sep 2011, 1:43 pm

Just received Kit 20, the con rods are beautifully smooth, no fettling there then. Everything well packed & arrived in pristine condition, good job guys.

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Post  craig@STW on Wed 28 Sep 2011, 12:01 am

OK, thought this was the best place to post this...

there is a problem with this kit. the Piston glands BS41304 and Piston gland bush BS41305 are too large and need "reducing".

we are sorting the ones that we still have in the factory and you should get a letter to say we are recalling the parts that have gone out.

if you want to start sending them in just send these two parts no fasteners/any thing else Cool

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Post  highpressure on Wed 28 Sep 2011, 12:10 am

Hi Craig,

In what way do you mean they are too big?? They fit in the cylinder OK and go round the piston rod OK. Is it this that is causing the bottoming out by going too far into the steam space?? Just curious.

Cheers Kev

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Post  craig@STW on Wed 28 Sep 2011, 12:29 am

too long. they need reducing down. on the gland the small/thin end needs to come down from 16mm to 11mm and the larger flange end needs to be 4mm thick not 6mm.

on the bush its 12mm down to 6mm and 4mm down to 2mm.

reducing the overall Length of these parts will give more travel and stop the bottoming out

you could cut/turn them down but you also need to recreate the angle/taper

hope this makes sense ??

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Post  craig@STW on Sun 02 Oct 2011, 11:21 am

just to help clear up the gland problem (oo-er). they need reducing like this...



also been working to finish the generator housings, but not sure when these are due to go out Neutral




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next kit

Post  Tony King on Fri 21 Oct 2011, 2:40 am

Hi Craig,
Any chance of some photo's of next kit machining or any production machining............ We all love to see how "stuff" is done!!
I know it's not "productive time" for you, but it's very productive information for customers!!
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Post  craig@STW on Fri 21 Oct 2011, 9:44 am

yeah, sorry guys. i'll get to it. have to get some pics on Monday.

currently working on the generator kit and the expansion link/weigh shaft etc. kits as seen on the control model at recent shows.

these were started long ago, some of the parts were finished and enough of the rest was done to get the control model together. most of this is now done. still need to drill holes for taper pins (waiting for pins to arrive), waiting for eccentric strap castings (control model had the samples) and the laser cuts for the generator mount need doing (arrived yesterday) control model has samples. also need to turn the oilers i believe. Cool

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Post  Tony King on Fri 21 Oct 2011, 1:39 pm

Hi Craig,
Many thanks for update............ Exciting times!!
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Post  Rickster on Tue 25 Oct 2011, 1:53 pm

any joy on the pics yet Craig ................?

cheers

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Post  craig@STW on Tue 25 Oct 2011, 2:23 pm

yeah, got the pics...

most of it is now done...







eccentrics are packed...



and the taper pin holes are how being drilled...





laser cut generator mounts awaiting attention...


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Post  highpressure on Tue 25 Oct 2011, 2:27 pm

What time scale are you hoping to get this kit out? Some time this week or next??

Kev.

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Post  craig@STW on Tue 25 Oct 2011, 11:56 pm

we hope to get the first ones out this week

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Post  craig@STW on Thu 27 Oct 2011, 7:17 am

OK, the kits have gone out Cool

just to be clear... the generator mount and castings are not part of this kit. these will go out at a later date to those who need them

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