Post by davewoo on Apr 7, 2020 6:28:11 GMT
Hello, I've been lurking around looking at some of the very good information and build logs on the forum for some time, and have finally got around to joining, I'm newly redundant/ retired so at last hopefully will have some time to get on with my projects. I moved house a couple of years ago and for various reasons have only recently got my workshop into some sort of organised state, I no longer have to climb over things to get to the machines.
I've been a model engineer for a long time having built a Simplex which needs an overhaul due to excessive wear, most of a 5" Britannia (sold tenderless as it was too heavy to move around once my son left home) , have a 2 1/2" Crab waiting for me to build the boiler ( I built the tender first this time!) . Before we moved I bought all the castings and laser cutting for Don Young's Aspinall in 5" gauge, having seen and driven one many years ago it has long been a favourite of mine. After the trauma of the Britannia boiler I ordered one for the Aspinall from western Steam and have just been informed it's due at the end of this month, I suppose it's cheating a bit to buy the boiler ,and I will build the crab one , but at the time of ordering was still traumatised and couldn't even look at a stick of silver solder .
At the moment I have to finish a Kennet grinder that has been part finished for so long as to cause pangs of guilt every time I see it and then it's off to building loco's again, I do tend to get sidetracked by making tools at times, a great fan of the late Geo Thomas.
If I get brave and manage to learn how to upload pictures I may even start some sort of a build log, if only to show how things shouldn't be done! I look forward to taking part.
All The Best