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  1. Nov 15, 2019 #1

    Nikhil Bhale

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    Hi,
    I am Nikhil, a marine engineer by profession.
    I have been working on ships as an engineer for last 20 years.
    I have been visiting this site for last 5 or so years but signed up today.
    I made my first model a Stirling Engine when i was studying engineering. It worked but required a lot of heat.
    I then tried to make a steam engine on ships machinery but could not find time.
    I bought a Seig C4 lathe 2-3 years back and made some steam engines. Could not really run them as I don't have access to boiler or air compressor at home. I made most of it from zinc that i liberated from ship stock.

    Its difficult to get material for project in India at least where I live. And DIY or home machine shop culture has negligible presence here.

    I have ordered 2 casting kits from PM Research for my next project.
    I am also planning to buy a Seig mill.

    Regards
    Nikhil
     
  2. Nov 15, 2019 #2

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    Welcome to the forum, Nikhil.
    Being a marine engineer, you will have a good grounding in things mechanical and getting your first engine - a Stirling - to run is a great achievement.
    If you have any questions regarding future projects, just ask. There are plenty of experienced and helpful folk on this forum.

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  3. Nov 15, 2019 #3

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    Hi Nikhil,
    Maybe you should look around at scrapyards for derelict machinery. Parts from old machines ( for instance shafts) are a good source for quality materials.

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    Welcome, Nikhil! What part of India? I was able to spend a couple of weeks in south (Kerala) a few years ago, and keep hoping to get another opportunity to visit more of the country.
     
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    Welcome Nikhil. I spent a year overseeing the building of a factory and associated machinery in Daman. I know what you mean regarding materials, absolutely nothing is wasted or thrown away.
     
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    Welcome Nikhil, Although I have access to good materials in the UK and the USA I enjoy using recycled materials as much as possible. I consider it part of the enjoyment. You will soon work it out.
    Best Regards

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  7. Nov 16, 2019 #7

    Nikhil Bhale

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    Hi,
    Thanks for your replies and advise.

    regards
    Nikhil
     
  8. Nov 16, 2019 #8

    Nikhil Bhale

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    Hi,
    I am from Vidharba region in central india.
    We have several tiger reserves located inour region.
    If you come to India do visit here.

    regards
    Nikhil
     
  9. Nov 16, 2019 #9

    Jennifer Edwards

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    Hello Nikhil,

    Welcome to our great group. I am glad you decided to create an account and participate.

    I can often be found at our local scrap yard looking for materials to use. I do not wait until I have a specific requirement, rather I just stop by the scrap yard every few weeks to see what they have taken in recently that I may use.

    For example whenever I come across a usable bit of bronze, brass, cast iron bar or nice steel I will grab a bit and toss it in my “bone box”. I feel it is better to pay scrap price for a little material I may never need instead of paying ten times as much for a specific piece of material for a project.

    As for your milling machine goes: I use the Axminster flavour of Sieg machines and am quite satisfied with their “bang for the buck”.

    My mill is the SX2, which I find perfect for the model engineering I engage in. Just right for my small shop.

    Once again Welcome,
    Jenny
     
  10. Nov 18, 2019 #10

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    Welcome to the group Nikhil. I am from Secunderabad. Have been lurking in this group for a long time now.
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