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Post  craig@STW on Fri 04 Jan 2019, 9:14 pm

Welcome to a new year and a new production photo thread. Just a few Reminders for this new thread. These are photos of parts that are currently in production and do not necessarily reflect the kits that will be despatched. I only update once a week (sometimes less  Embarassed ) and have to remember to stop work and take photos throughout the week... sometimes i forget  Cool

OK, so we came back to work on Wednesday and its straight into finishing up what was on the machines and getting started on the new kits. as a general plan on the machines, the Showmans cylinder blocks have had a major delay at the foundry and we have been told they will be delivered in February. We plan to do the cylinder accessory kit before this. New Batch Showmans will be getting rear wheels and 6inch Foden Customers should be getting cab and roof kit. We have a lot of wood to get done for this and some wagon wood.

Showmans/road loco rear wheels. I have about six boxes of these...

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This one is on the machine, datum set and ready to drill...

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2inch Burrell con rod bearings. very small (22mm square x 14.5mm thick) and just waiting for the final crank hole...

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here you can see the two bearing halves in the 4th axis jig. all the "slots" are cut in one op to make sure they all line up...

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Manhole clamps...

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and Lyka boiler barrels being weld prepped on the lathe...

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most of the lyka boilers are now welded and awaiting tubes...

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from the boiler making section, two six inch foden boilers...

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and from the packing area... a kit !!! not sure what kit as i forgot to ask  Embarassed and as im typing this at home i wont know till morning Embarassed  Embarassed
anyone care to take a guess and i'll post the answers soon  Laughing  Laughing  Laughing

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Post  craig@STW on Sat 05 Jan 2019, 10:43 am

The kit on the bench is BU4 kit 16.
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Post  sonick45 on Sat 05 Jan 2019, 10:46 am

Wagon Wood  bounce cheers bounce cheers bouncecheers  bouncecheers  bouncecheers  bouncecheers  bounce

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Post  craig@STW on Sat 12 Jan 2019, 8:43 am

this weeks photos...

the machine shop is concentrating on the DCC cylinder accessory kit. as the cylinder blocks are delayed the accessory kit will go out minus the slide valves. this is down to the fact that in the past any casting differences in the block have been in the area of the steam chests. if we have to alter these we adjust the slide valve to suit. so as a precaution... no slide valves yet.

front cylinder end cover is on...

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and the HP and LP end caps...

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pistons are having their piston ring groves cut...

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also this week, a load of Bu4 rear wheels spokes...

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and thankfully all the DCC rear wheels are drilled...

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the manual section are working on the 6inch foden cab...

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and loads of these are starting to appear around the factory. Lyka boiler tubes...

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this is an interesting set up to help get a neat weld on the lyka boilers. the welding torch is attached to a post on another boiler and the welded boiler is actually on a turntable !!! the boiler turns and the torch stays still, helping to get a nice neat weld...

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Post  craig@STW on Sat 12 Jan 2019, 8:47 am

on the subject of wood... yes the Agi wagon wood is on order, along with the 6inch foden cab wood. these are mostly done by a sub-contractor and i may or may not have work to do on them when they arrive. i will update when i know more.
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Post  Mark the spark on Thu 17 Jan 2019, 3:55 pm

Hi Craig
Are we still getting the last showmans kit by the end of January?
Thanks Mark

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Post  craig@STW on Fri 18 Jan 2019, 3:54 pm

Mark the spark wrote:Hi Craig
Are we still getting the last showmans kit by the end of January?
Thanks Mark

we are waiting on the large order of magnets
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Post  craig@STW on Fri 18 Jan 2019, 4:05 pm

photos for this week.

The Agi wagon wood has arrived. some of it comes in finished...

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the the rest is machined by us...

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ive already started on this...

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the main Job in the machines this week has been the BS cylinder block rear cover. this part used to be included in the cylinder casting but was removed to make the machining of the bores easier. we now carve it from a solid lump of cast iron...

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on the lathes, some more of the cylinder accessory kit. valve glands...

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and valve rods...

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and some showman's hub caps...

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in manual they are fabricating another 3 sets of lyka chassis kits...

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and in boiler making, the rather boring job of weld prepping the plates...

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Post  Heavyhaul on Sat 19 Jan 2019, 7:04 pm

Hi Craig,
Once again great to see photos of whats taking place, was wondering if you have anymore news regarding the final kit No 35 for the showman's engine. In your last update regarding the two outstanding kits, Kit 34 was ready to go to customers and this was Decembers kit. You also mentioned you were waiting on the alternators for the final kit, and it was hoped that this would be ready to go in January, will this still be the case or will it be next months kit now.

Kind regards
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Post  craig@STW on Sun 20 Jan 2019, 4:36 pm

all i can tell you is that we are awaiting the order of magnets before we make the parts to hold them. it wont be January, i cant say if it will be February. your best bet on information is to e-mail Dean direct.
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Post  craig@STW on Fri 25 Jan 2019, 4:02 pm

just a few photos for this week. this week has mostly been about finishing off the things you saw last week. we have a wagon kit, 6inch foden kit 26 and showmans kit 13 all very close and due to go next week.

showmans cylinder block rear cover...

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rod glands...

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and lubricator brackets for stock...

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agi wagon kit 4 is almost ready to go....

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and the wood for kit 5 arrived today...

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cab sides and window frames for the foden 6inch...

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these are the jigs for the roof...

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and these planks are for the roof ribs that i need to machine. the roof will be part of the next kit.

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on to boiler making. the plates that were prepped last week are now being made up into fire boxes...

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Post  craig@STW on Fri 01 Feb 2019, 4:13 pm

a few photos for this week.

the last of the wood cheers  i quite enjoy working on the wood parts but the sawdust is a bit of a pain and not good for the machines, so its good when we finally get it all done. the last parts are the 6inch foden roof cross members. i have covered this before, but that was a few years back so i'll explain things again.
The cheapest way to get these done was for us to machine them, also they have to be spot on in shape so CNC is perfect for the job. There are six parts in total and these are grouped into two sets of three. each set is cut from one plank of wood in a way that allows just enough room for the cutting tool and gives me somewhere to clamp them down. i also have to keep enough strength in the plank to stop it from collapsing mid operation.
This is done by leaving small tags that join the three parts together. the parts are then separated and finished manually...

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as you can see in the photos, all the cutting is done but the planks still hold together...

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and the separated parts. a messy but satisfying job  afro

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other work this week includes finishing off bushes and fittings for the boilers. we usually make a large batch of these once a year...

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the angle on this one achieved by simply using an angle plate...

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a small batch of 4inch foden rear hubs...

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these are actually tender side corner pieces. they will be segmented on the 4th axis...

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showmans/roadloco brake tubes...

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and im currently correcting a minor design issue on the 6inch foden brake shoes. the shoes were re-designed on the last batch and we missed out a counter bore/clearance area for the head of the pin they sit on. if you find you have a problem with these, send them back and we will correct them...

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onto welding/fabrication and another Lyka rear axle gets final tweaking...

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and a lyka boiler is getting prepped for a pressure test...

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Post  Mark the spark on Fri 01 Feb 2019, 7:46 pm

Hi Craig
I know you are waiting on the magnets for the last gen kit for the showmans but is there any way the rest of the kit could be sent out if that is all you are waiting on so we can get on with finishing the engines
Thanks Mark

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Post  craig@STW on Sun 03 Feb 2019, 11:48 am

Mark the spark wrote:Hi Craig
I know you are waiting on the magnets for the last gen kit for the showmans but is there any way the rest of the kit could be sent out if that is all you are waiting on so we can get on with finishing the engines
Thanks Mark

i will try to find out Cool
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Post  Mark the spark on Sun 03 Feb 2019, 5:43 pm

Thank you Craig

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Post  moztech on Sun 03 Feb 2019, 10:43 pm

I note the comment re the re-maching of 6" Foden brake clearances.
I received this kit around August 2018, which I believe would have been the redesigned model (looks like it from the photos).
It's going to be a while yet before I get those assembled at the current rate of progress, should I be sending it back for correction in order to ease the process when I do get to that?

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Post  Will@STW on Mon 04 Feb 2019, 12:06 pm

Hi Moztech 

If you wish to send them back for us to sort then that would be great. 

Thanks 

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Post  craig@STW on Fri 08 Feb 2019, 3:50 pm

yes Moztech, send them back when your ready, we have some "fixed" ones in stock that we will send back straight away.
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Post  craig@STW on Fri 08 Feb 2019, 4:01 pm

this weeks photos...

a lot of work in these. these are the steering tie bar brackets that fit to the outside front of the 6inch foden boilers...

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nearly finished...

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showmans/road loco smoke box doors for the kit 3...

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on the machine...

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and bu4 rear hubs, inner and outer covers and hub caps...

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Bu 2inch chimneys...

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Aggi boilers being welded, you can see the front corner still glowing...

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and a final wagon kit ready to be boxed up...

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Post  Mark the spark on Sun 10 Feb 2019, 5:27 pm

craig@STW wrote:
Mark the spark wrote:Hi Craig
I know you are waiting on the magnets for the last gen kit for the showmans but is there any way the rest of the kit could be sent out if that is all you are waiting on so we can get on with finishing the engines
Thanks Mark

i will try to find out Cool
Hi Craig
I take it its not happening

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Post  craig@STW on Fri 15 Feb 2019, 3:48 pm

Mark the spark wrote:
craig@STW wrote:
Mark the spark wrote:Hi Craig
I know you are waiting on the magnets for the last gen kit for the showmans but is there any way the rest of the kit could be sent out if that is all you are waiting on so we can get on with finishing the engines
Thanks Mark

i will try to find out Cool
Hi Craig
I take it its not happening

no sorry, the kit will not go until the magnets and other bits arrive. im surprised Ian did not answer this before now as he spends far to much time looking at the forum Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes


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Post  Mark the spark on Fri 15 Feb 2019, 3:55 pm

So is there any idea when the last kit will be going out?

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Post  craig@STW on Fri 15 Feb 2019, 4:02 pm

this weeks photos...

on the machines, lyka swivel hubs...

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Bu4 smoke boxes on the 4th axis...

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Bu2 rear hubs...

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and outer hub covers...

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6inch foden conrods...

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Showmans / road-loco tender kit in manual...

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and they have just started work on the lyka wiring loom...

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harry seems to be doing exactly the same as last week Laughing Laughing ...

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and the last wagon kit is being packed to go out next week...

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Post  craig@STW on Fri 15 Feb 2019, 4:05 pm

Mark the spark wrote:So is there any idea when the last kit will be going out?

at the moment i cant say... sorry
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Post  Will@STW on Fri 15 Feb 2019, 4:19 pm

Mark the spark wrote:So is there any idea when the last kit will be going out?
Hi Mark 

Dean is chasing the magnets up which are coming from china. Unfortunately they have only just come back from the Chinese new year, so they should hopefully get back to us soon. 

Thanks 

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