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Making a model steam engine and boiler from scratch

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Boris the spider
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PostPosted: 18:39 - 14 Mar 2015    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loving this thread.

Been 30 years or so since I last had the joys of a lathe. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: 10:11 - 15 Mar 2015    Post subject: Reply with quote

how are you measuring whilst milling? got dro's on your machine?
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PostPosted: 18:15 - 15 Mar 2015    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep got dro's on the mills (not on the (good) lathes though), so been touching on then setting the readout and working to that.
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PostPosted: 20:14 - 07 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I stopped working on this until about September when I had a sudden determination to get it finished for Christmas.

Unfortunately I didn't stop to take pictures, but here's a video of it working:

https://youtu.be/TBoPIT4NnBI
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PostPosted: 21:41 - 07 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thatís epic! Have some karma Karma
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PostPosted: 21:43 - 07 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thinking about it I do have a couple of pictures, I'll pop them up when I get a moment. Nothing as in depth as I'd originally planned mind.
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PostPosted: 21:53 - 07 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

c_dug wrote:
Thinking about it I do have a couple of pictures, I'll pop them up when I get a moment. Nothing as in depth as I'd originally planned mind.


Thumbs Up sounds good!
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PostPosted: 17:15 - 22 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

build a train to put it in!!
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PostPosted: 17:23 - 22 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am tempted to make a little steam car, but I'll make a new engine if I do.

It'd be really cool to make a steam powered rc car, just a small battery for steering power.
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PostPosted: 11:15 - 23 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

c_dug wrote:
I am tempted to make a little steam car, but I'll make a new engine if I do.

It'd be really cool to make a steam powered rc car, just a small battery for steering power.


That would be awesome. What would you use as a heat source to produce the steam?
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PostPosted: 12:03 - 23 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bubbs wrote:
c_dug wrote:
I am tempted to make a little steam car, but I'll make a new engine if I do.

It'd be really cool to make a steam powered rc car, just a small battery for steering power.


That would be awesome. What would you use as a heat source to produce the steam?

A little spirit burner would do it just fine.
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PostPosted: 12:30 - 23 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got away with a camp stove (this one) for the one I just did, but it needs topping up a few times before you get decent steam pressure. It's a pretty inefficient boiler on that though, with no cross pipes at all, and not enough draught (hence the flame coming out at the bottom).

I've not put much/any thought into the car idea, but I think a horizontal boiler would be the better option, steam train style. Maybe a spirit reservoir towards the back of the car where the driver would normally sit, with the whole thing looking a tiny bit reminiscent of a 50s f1 car.

I do have some tiny bevel gearsets kicking around so I could possibly do a v-twin Oscillator or something, placed in the middle of the car with a belt through the middle and a driveshaft to the back wheels. Thinking

Really just thinking it through at the moment, you can see how long the last one took to come to fruition Laughing
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