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Old 03-30-2015, 01:27 PM   #1
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Default Toronto Team build

i'm up for anything.

would love to build a couple 1" scale traction engines if anyone is interested (1" minnie perhaps).

i'm currently building vertical crosstube boilers and various engines (steam). my skill level is now at the point where i can do something of this quality and scale.

any suggestions?

gas engines? steam? beam engines?

lets' do it


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Old 03-30-2015, 03:18 PM   #2
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I'd be open to a Toronto Team Build...

I've less machining experience so hopefully nothing too complex for me.

I think something that is not too complex to build yet is visually very appealing so we cud perhaps show the results at a few events and try to attract more ppl from Toronto to model engineering and this site.


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Old 03-31-2015, 01:38 AM   #3
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I have equipment, and a little bit of skill, but no idea what to build. I would like to try some of the simple parts. West Michigan is not too far from Toronto.
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Biggest problem with something like a traction engine is that a lot of parts need to be made to fit another, no problem if building it all yourself but if several people are all makeing bits then the likely hood of it all going together is low.

Also difficult to manage such a sizeable team build, past builds on here of simple wobblers have been hard enough to get all parts completed let alone a TE with its hundreads of parts and 1200hrs plus of work.

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My brother and I are each building SandyC's 3" vertical boiler so a small steam engine to run with that would be a nice choice in my opinion.

Or a Tiny IC engine...
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I have equipment, and a little bit of skill, but no idea what to build. I would like to try some of the simple parts. West Michigan is not too far from Toronto.
At 43.2342 N, Muskegon is almost the same latitude as Toronto which is 43.7000 and you're on a Great Lake... so how could we turn you down?
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If that member map worked, you could direct this at the local membership
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Turn the clock back and Michigan is Canada. On the build by many people thing, it's what I and most who have worked in a factory do. Keep within the tolerances and all should be fine. Interchangeable parts and all that
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Oh, and four out of five Great Lakes prefer Michigan.
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All very well saying work within tolerances but very few model engineering drawings have any tolerances shown. Also as a lot of beginners seem to be drawn towards team builds and they may not be able to hold those tolerances if they existed.

The problem I raised about the minnie is that it's all assembled on a copper boiler that will move and distort to some extent when its made so parts need to be fitted acordingly, the drawings also contain "check on assembly" against quite a few items so they could only be made by someone with all the relevant parts, same goes for other traction engines that I have made. An allowance will also need to be made for when the engine is running as the boiler (chassis) will stretch so again comes down to the art of fitting not assembly.

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