Hi All I've had a bit of experience of building Stuart kits from castings but wondered if anyone had built any other makes and how they compared to Stuart for quality and price, in particular I was interested in a horizontal engine called 'Tina' advertised by a company called GLR Distributors recently in EiM, it seems to be very well priced compared to Stuart. Ron
I don't know the Tina model you mention, but GLR have been around for quite a while, largely as suppliers of materials (steel, brass, bronze etc.). They took over a lot of Kennions stuff when they closed down (I think) and have been supplying castings for some time now. I've dealt with them on a number of occasions and have found them helpful.
Ron, I have personaaly made half a dozen of Anthony Mount's engines ,ALL FABRICATED FROM stock materials , all but one have tured out as nice looking models,all , but one work on air . The last one i made was shown on here earlier this year, in an unfinnished , state, and was well recieved ,if it is, i think you will agree is a fair sized model and , when turning over is a joy to watch. I should add i NEVER buy castings,my policy is , if you can buy a casting YOU CAN FABRICATE IT. ! ! ! So Ron HAVE A GO,! ! !, If you run into trouble give me a shout i will do my best to help you. By the way the only engine i have failed,so far with is the" RECTILINEAR ENGINE" AND I WILL BEAT THAT LITTLE B----R befre i'm finnished
Now there lieth the voice of reason. While, to the casual observer, my workshop exists in a state of utter chaos I can usually put my hand on anything. But if anyone shopuld move something, even by a few inches .....
I guess your workshop is a copy of mine, even if it is a few thousand miles away. mabe you are like me ,dont have time to clean up every day, i usually turf the swarfe out when it gets up to my knees,then i bag it up and take it to the scrappy and swap it for a bit or two of steel. Waste not ,want not ,I , believe is the term.
Oh !!!, and i dont like spending my money either. cheers, and a HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL steammadman
Well, I chickened out and bought the castings for the Stuart Victoria, don't think my weeny boiler will run it though, maybe I'm a bit unusual for a Scotsman, but I don't mind spending money, that's what it's for, don't want to end up the richest man in the cemetary. ;D Ron
Hi All Happy to report that the Victoria is finished and running, ran it for 1/2 hr yesterday on air and for about an hour this afternoon on steam, much to my surprise the small vertical boiler copes with it [just] with the exhaust going up the lum, it runs about 100rpm with the pressure settling about 35psi, topping up the boiler water kills it though. The boiler set up was a bit Heath Robinson, so there is room for improvement. Ron
Hello Ron, good to hear you got her finished, is it a single or double? I am thinking of trying to build the double , that is if I can barter all the bits of ''TICH'' I am not going to be using... All the best for now, John.