- Jan 15, 2018
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Geoff,Have you ever felt you have taken on more complex project than you planed, when i started this model 4 months ago i had no idea how long it would take and i did`nt make it easier by scratch building instead of buying the castings. I had seen pictures of the castings but thought they looked a bit rough. It`s been an interesting journey but i have had to made a few compromises otherwise i might have given up, but then there is so much work invested so far i feel i must push on to get to a reasonable conclusion. So i painted some of the parts and put it together to see what it might look like and this is inspiring me to carry on. I`ve read a lot of people put a project away under the bench for some time and now i know why.
Here`s a pic of it so far.
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In my world there is no particular time limit on anything that I do for myself, my hobby engines get what time I can spend on them between real paying jobs and honey-dos. I have at least a dozen project engines started and in various stages of completion right now. Almost 30 years ago my shop caught fire and burned to the ground. Less than a month after the fire I had taken on the job of shop manger for a machine shop in Las Vegas NV and less than 4 years after that I began rebuilding my shop here in Arizona. Funny thing about that is that NOT ONE of the machines, projects or completed engines I had at that time survived the fire but I have picked up where it ended and have some of those engines rebuilt and running or in progress again now. My shop came back to me larger and better equipped than ever before! I find stalls on certain projects due to lack of material resources, understanding or my ability or the capability of my shop and set them aside, the answer always finds me sooner or later and the project gets started again. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, life goes on... I have a larger shop now the one that burned to the ground and guess what? I am semi retired now, still working for $ and my shop is still cluttered with unfinished projects but NOW I have more time to pick and choose what I want to work on. I feel that the main reason I work this way is that I am driven by inspiration, not the desire to complete any given project but my inspiration is the need to completely understand the inner workings of the item I am working on. I am 70 years young and NOT ready for the rocking chair yet!
The older I get the taller the mountains grow, the colder the winter wind blows and the faster the pretty girls run!