Creating A Real Stem Engine Model

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Ho Modeler, May 28, 2004.

  1. jimmybeersa

    jimmybeersa Member

    What a Joy

    Getting an engine to work is joy to your heart here is apicture of me taken by my wife at the moment my enjine ran for the first time on air.

    Current state Boiler mounted and tested (.certificate granted), cladding and Cab under construction, and then onto installing the miles of plumbing

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  2. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    If that grin was any wider, the top of your head would have fallen off :D :thumb:
  3. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    Cool model Jimmy B! How long has it taken you to get this far?

  4. jimmybeersa

    jimmybeersa Member

    Trainclown ..........Started the frames in 1992 , The day after I built the boiler I found I had Cancer so ,the loco was put on a back burner. Got cured of the Cancer then moved house Built a granny flat in the back of my sons house have just started to reassemble my workshop in me sons garage So when my lathe, Milling machine and Shaper are working again it will be full Steam ahead to finish the Loco
  5. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Great picture, Jimmy, thanks for sharing that with us.
  6. siderod

    siderod Member

    I operate a 1:8 scale mikado during the summer...our first steaming day is this sunday. now THAT is fun!!
  7. krokodil

    krokodil Member

    Yesterday we also spent about 3 hours with the initial running experience with the latest real steam engine of my friend. It is the ASTER's German class 52 built from kit and modified for the Austrian railways. The model is in scale 1 and after about 1 hour heating finaly the machine started to move. We have now to tight diverse places (loosing to much steam) and also improve the heating as for some reason the construction do not create enough hot air flow, so without external fan we cannot reach the required pressure. We will see what can we do.
    The model is wonderful, excellent construction with very small problems, we do hope to solve soon. (Pictures will be placed next week.)
  8. boppa

    boppa Member

    my brother still has one of these and its still working!
    doesnt have the tin man tho
  9. jimmybeersa

    jimmybeersa Member

    Siderod.... I know how you feel !!!!!! The steam... the smell and the joy of having something alive under your control . almost like you know what
  10. Ho Modeler

    Ho Modeler Member

    Wow that is great guys.
    I have been researching the steam engine and how to build one. It probably wont get started right away but I am looking into getting the materials together.

    Is there any good way to determine what to use to construct the machine?
    Aluminum, Copper, Steel, Brass??

  11. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    On smaller scales (HO) I would use brass and copper in some places as it's easier to work with and can be soldered.
    I've been thinking of using teflon for some parts like pistons and spool valves.
    On larger scales, steel would be my choice for it's strength.
    My brother has a live steam O scale Hudson kit from Little Engines. It uses a veriety of materials . Steel, brass, copper and aluminum.
  12. krokodil

    krokodil Member

    Our latest steamer

    This is the promised picture of the Class 52 on our scale 1 layout. It is a real steam (ASTER kit). After some problems the engine runs quite well.

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