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Offline NormanV

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Re: Minnie on the cheap!
« Reply #75 on: November 10, 2017, 10:16:35 AM »
I wasn't happy with the bearings and have been experimenting casting copper/aluminium alloys with no success. Then a neighbour gave me a lump of brass that I used to remake them.
Also the hornplates were not quite right so I remade those also.
Now it all assembled and riveted together. The gears run much more smoothly now that they are properly aligned.

Offline NormanV

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Re: Minnie on the cheap!
« Reply #76 on: November 15, 2017, 10:53:02 AM »
Cock-up number 2!
Not being familiar with traction engine nomenclature I confused the positions of the angles for mounting the back plate and the spectacle plate (one is longer than the other).
As these pieces of angle are riveted in position and removal would have meant complete dismantling of the whole thing I decided to just leave them as they are. This means that the smaller back plate exposes some of the mounting angle and the spectacle plate has an extra hole. I am sure that the extra angle will not be noticed below the back plate with all the backhead fittings in place and the extra hole will be filled before I paint it.

Offline Joules

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Re: Minnie on the cheap!
« Reply #77 on: November 15, 2017, 11:30:06 AM »
Very nice Norman, just wish I had the time and patience to make one.
Just get doing and make swarf, you can decide what its going to be later.   :thumbup: