The 9f is now timed up and ready for an air test to see if everything is OK, the motions are a little tight so I will be lightly oiling all moving parts first. While building the cylinders and piston valves I used some steam oil during the build so nothing seizes. I will only run the loco for a short test on this occasion. Ace if you do not know gauge1 locos need to run on SAE460 Steam Oil not what the 5" lads use this is a bit thinner.
I have to fit the super heater tubes so here are the parts to fit for the test.
The air test run was OK and the timing seemed fine I did make a small adjustment to the right valve though. After removing the Super Heater and putting aside, the next part is to fit the lubricator these are a displacement type the black slot head is where it fills from it has an O-ring for sealing.
Front foot plate,buffer beam and buffer fitted the buffers are sprung and pre painted The smoke box saddle and lower part of the smoke box fitted with a ceramic lagging to seal the pipes Aster supply a white sealer for sticking the ceramic lagging to the insides the tube is written in Japanese but I would say it is a high temperature sealer.
Yes Ace, It is totally complete the boiler is made although it does not come with a certificate mainly because Aster do not know what country's these will be sold in and how long the dealer will have it in stock. I usually get a G1MRA certificate when I fit the boiler and can get to the parts to blank them off, also if I have a leak its not a complete strip down. All the pipes are bent but sometimes a little easing may be needed to get to the right position. All the parts are painted and ready for fitting to build one of these the only tools required are a cross head screw driver (supplied) a set of 1mm to 5mm box spanners and some patience ;D
by the way metric box spanners are not made (I don't think) so what I do is get metric size hexagon bolts and grind down the diameter so they are not so large then fit a nut and wing nut to make a T-spanner. I'll show you in a picture.