The first part of the meeting was devoted to hearing about the full scale live steam experiences of two members of TSME. Both members have a life long attachment and experience with the real thing, starting with steam powered trucks and locomotives.
After the break we saw:
A description of repairs to a boiler super heater with some innovative use of supports to ensure the welds would end up with complete coverage as well as alignment.
A description of a Clark 2 cylinder horizontal engine was provided. This is a type of engine often found in cars in the early 1900’s. A detailed description was also provided of the rebuilding on a vertical boiler for one of these cars. It is highly efficient although modern methods are being used to make the new boiler.
A very interesting approach to making model sized ribbed plate was shown. It involves uses a gang of slitting saws to create the pattern on aluminum. The material is held in place by screws and brass inserts on MDF. The resulting plate is quite realistic and more importantly at the correct scale.
A member is producing a new headstock for an old lathe. The casting was made locally.
We deferred a talk on some gear cutters made for the 9 cylinder radial engine project. This will be part of the April meeting.