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    Power tapping small size fastners

    Just beginning to machine the excellent Ransom & May mill engine casting set provided by Hemmingway in the UK. A #2-56 is about the smallest fastener these eyes and fingers are capable of manipulating. Have always been a little leery of blind hole tapping under power with any mill. My later...
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    Maudslay Brass Steam Engine Drawings

    Thanks Chuck and John! Super drawings!
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    Maine visit

    Would like to talk with and visit the workshop of any model builder when I am in Southern Maine this next month. If you are interested let me know and PM me for my phone number so we could discuss timing. Regards. Bob E.
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    Hello from Oklahoma

    Hi Murray: Welcome to the organization. If you are ever up to the Springfield, Mo. area give a shout, be glad to give you a shop tour and show you some of my work efforts. If you will PM me I will give you my hone number. Bob E.
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    Maudslay Model oscillating steam engine

    Hi Chuck: Liked you oscillator engine design. Did u design or acquire set of plans? If acquired where was the source? Thanks. Bob E.
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    Workshop revision/lathe replacement

    Recently sold my 10x30 Bolton Lathe and replaced it with a Weiss lathe of the same size. It has a variable speed control and will get down to a crawl, very close to lathes having back geared headstocks. Took the time to reorganize my bar stock materials which I buy or cut into 2 ft. lengths as...
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    Hello from Illinois

    Hi Roy: Welcome to the organization, a great group. Any particular area of modeling interest you? I do Stationary steam engines, previously did steam locomotives but just to heavy for this old frame to handle anymore. What part of the great state of ill are you from? Here in the SW corner of...
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    4 jaw chuck selection--Self centering or individual jaw adjustment type

    Just curious as to what experience has been with the self centering 4 jaw versus the conventional individual jaw adjustment type. most of my 4 jaw work involves irregular shaped and off center workpieces like cylinder castings and eccentrics. Unfamiliar as to how 4 jaw self centering are set up...
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    Low cost Pressure relief valve in Model size

    Recently purchased a Rated PR valve that has 1/8th inch pipe external threads and is set for 100 psi from MSCdirect.com, item is all brass and goes off at the 100psi rating. Item number is 08059909 and is mfg. by Kingston with their part number of KSV10-1-100, located on page 4001 of MSC's big...
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    Improved Boiler water level sight glass

    Many years ago while building steam locos I utilized the redline water level sight glass system that greatly enhanced water level visibility. Currently using WL sight gages that are smaller in diameter than most redline gage tube material offered. To solve this problem you can easily make a gage...
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    SOLD - Free Valves for IC Fan

    To Admin: You can delist the free valves as they are long gone.
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    LilMo project finished 12-18

    Here is a few photo's(I hope) of my recently completed lilMo project. Have tried both the cast aluminum flywheel and the 3D printed spiral spoked flywheel. Both seem to operate about the same, the printed unit is about 4 oz.lighter than the cast aluminum unit.
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    Shop lights

    For those of you having access to Sam's they currently sell Honeywell 4 ft LED shop light fixtures for $29.95, just installed 4 of these for my 225 Sq Ft shop addition for fantastic and economical lighting!
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    Copper boiler Bushing thread

    Currently working on a 4" diameter copper boiler using the water tube design from Cli Shay book by Robert Maynard. Question is what thread should I use for outlet Bushings to connect PR valve, pressure gage, whistle, steam supply etc. The book indicates 3/8-24 thread for most outlets. One...