Over the last few months, during lockdown I started work on a project initiated by my father over 30 years ago.... The project is a W.R.Smith grasshopper clock. My father was a talented model engineer having completed several small steam engines, a steam loco (Juliette) and three clocks.
The grasshopper would have been his fourth clock but he only got as far as marking out and chain drilling the plates. Whilst I inherited the materials, and all the tooling he had collected over several years, I'm not certain I have all the skills needed to complete the project! So far, I've machined the feet, pillars, barrel, main wheel and a number of the gears. At present, I'm working on the escapement components. Before making any part, I'm modelling the part in 3D using Alibre Design (I had a license before) to ensure I fully understand what is needed - and make any adjustments necessary to allow use of metric dimension materials where I've not been able to source the the original imperial measure stock.
Anyway - I hope to get some support with any technical questions arising.
So nice to have a clockmaker on here. We all tend to be of wheeled transport which does take time to build. Once completed tends to be a very outside activity. Sometimes involving rain. Especially if it is my turn to have a drive!!!
David and Lily.
Builder of far too many projects, but I love them all. The more Locomotives you have building, the more solutions to other Projects Problems get Solved. Reworking Simplex into a Fowler Complex. Making a Jinty more to scale. And going up a size in the shape of a Jessie.