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Old 04-02-2015, 01:42 PM   #11
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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
My Mom's family was from France, they settled a land grant in an area of New France that is now in the US, but back then was all part of French Territory right back to Quebec City and beyond. They all spoke French up until my grandfather wouldn't teach his kids french during the McCarthy Era.

ahem, dont start anything over whats the most preferred Great Lake at least we can agree its not Erie eh?


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Size considered, Erie and Ontario could be considered pretty good lakes. Great is a stretch. 😉. On the build, if it were organized that the same people do critical fit parts, i.e. Piston and cyliner. Wrist pin connecting rod and crank by another, success may be easier.


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Size considered, Erie and Ontario could be considered pretty good lakes. Great is a stretch.
Ahem, Ontario is 3rd deepest at 802 ft... which beat Huron's 750 and Erie's minuscule 210ft.

We may not get many members so multiple parts it will likely be...
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If the parts are divided by critical fits, I think it could work. As far as tolerances, we could figure out what is required and pencil them in. Suffice it to say, I'm game.
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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.

ok.

what sort of equipment to you currently have?

we'll take it from there. i have all kinds of plans. i don't mind doing the complex stuff on my end
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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.
ps. sorry for the delayed response. i'm not currently getting any emailed updates.
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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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if properly organized and w/ the right builders, it's very doable indeed. difficult of course, but that's part of the fun.

for instance, i have no trouble building the traction boilers and that is a big part of it, etc. i realize what you're saying, but i enjoy the challenge.
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ok.

what sort of equipment to you currently have?

we'll take it from there. i have all kinds of plans. i don't mind doing the complex stuff on my end
I have a CT041 12 x 37 lathe, and a CT129N mill... plus typical shop tools. I dont yet have my rotary table up and running for gear cutting tho...

I too have some plans kicking around.

p.s. my brother is happy to act as a team member on his own, so we can fill two spots
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if properly organized and w/ the right builders, it's very doable indeed. difficult of course, but that's part of the fun.

for instance, i have no trouble building the traction boilers and that is a big part of it, etc. i realize what you're saying, but i enjoy the challenge.
The hardest part of the traction engine is likely paying for the boiler metal! I'm trying to buy 3" copper pipe in Type L or type K but they want me to buy 12' length! Works out to about $450 plus tax...
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These do look very awesome... esp with these colour schemes


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