I managed to complete the soldering for my boiler for Maid of Kent last weekend thanks in no small part to Julian's well thought out boiler build and photos for Stepney.
Once I got started, I found it quite straight forward and I wonder now why I was so nervous to start!
I did things a little differently from the way Julian did, partly because I borrowed a friends Oxy-Propane set which I believe made things a bit easier and gives a little more flexibilty. I ran out of Oxy about 2 minutes early and would have preferred to have spent a little more time finishing off the smokebox plate .... I'll have to see how it turns out during the testing, but I think I may have to do a few repairs to the front end.
I used 245 solder for the most part and brazed the throatplate joint. In some places where the solder gap was a bit too big the 245 ran straight through and I followed up with 115 to make sure the fillet was good.
The proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the eating (or testing) ..... and now I'm all nervous again!
Anyone wanting to take the step of building their first boiler MUST read Julian's Boxhill thread ...... thanks Julian, for sharing that wonderful bit of work.
Got: NGR Class G "Kitty" 3 1/2"; SAR Class 2C 3 1/2", LBSC MoK 5" Building: Stirling Single 5" Looking ahead: Class 6 in 5" and maybe a 1366 in 7 1/4"
Well done Geoff, I assume it was designed and constructed to the AMBSC Code Part 1 requirements, which required part and final inspection by the BI? Did LBSC's design require any changes to meet the code requirements? Suggest you construct your own pressure testing rig if not already done so, it comes in handy even after the club's formal pressure test, when backhead fittings are checked for pressure tightness.
Built 3 1/2" Gauge LBSC's LMS Black 5 Doris and Martin Evans Rob Roy Building Don Young's Black 5
very big congratulations on completing your Maid of Kent boiler successfully! well done!!
a far more difficult boiler than my smallish round topped firebox 'Boxhill' boiler for my 5"g Stepney, but very pleased my notes and description of making same were of some help and use. thank you for your very kind comments in respect of same.
My appolagies for resurrecting an old thread, but can someone provide a link to Julians thread please? I am wanting to build the locomotive Minx the 0-6-0 version, apart from the length of Firebox the boilers are pretty much the same. I am wondering what additions/changes to the LSBC design are needed to bring it up to current regulations? I have already had proper boiler bushes, and threaded stays, with hex nuts, all soldered together during build.