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Post  craig@STW on Sat 06 Apr 2019, 10:03 am

new quarter, new thread. again for anyone who is wondering, i do this to make it easier to find images in the future.

hectic week in the factory with a new machine coming in, boiler inspection and the rebuilding of one of our control models !!

yes thats right, the roller control model is nearly done on a complete rebuild. Why?? well the boiler it was built on was only a dummy shell. with customers boilers being priority the roller control boiler was never finished...

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but now, thanks almost single handedly to will, its almost back together on its real boiler...

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back to production, 6inch cylinder blocks have been delayed on the 4th axis due to the second and third prototype of the dynamo parts. Mark also realized that the last time these were done they were NOT done on the 4th axis !!! so he's now busy merging 6 separate programs into one !!!

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yes thats right, the new showmans dynamo parts are on the 3 prototype. the second one you saw last week and had all the cooling fans on, but there was a problem with the magnet polarity on that one !!?? so the 3rd one has been made and as far as im aware is working fine...

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the new batch showmans customers will be getting kit 3a next week, its 99% done now and is being packed as i type... yes, even on a saturday !!!

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6inch foden springs are being cut. don't think these are needed just yet, but getting them cut drilled and rolled means they can go off for heat treating...

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for some reason ive been asked to make more gear change levers !!!???  Laughing

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we dont make these anymore, they are bought in...

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but i do have work to do on these, although they are standard BU parts they could be for any number of kits ??!! Shocked

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and i have a new batch of SCC weigh-shaft bracket castings to work on...

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and yes, we have had a large batch of boilers inspected. so many in fact that the inspector ran out of time and is coming back on Wednesday to finish the job  affraid

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Post  He Who Must Not Be Blamed on Sat 06 Apr 2019, 11:21 am

craig@STW wrote:

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What are these?
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Post  bazzer on Sat 06 Apr 2019, 2:36 pm

They look like generator mounts to me.
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Post  Mark the spark on Sat 06 Apr 2019, 3:07 pm

Correct

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Post  craig@STW on Fri 12 Apr 2019, 3:45 pm

really quick update this week as im busy playing with the new machine Laughing Laughing

main focus this week in the machine shop are the showmans rear hubs, left and right hand side...

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and the inner and outer hub covers...

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and the control kit going together...

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also just making a start on a load of crankshaft bearings. these will cover showmans and standard 4inch Burrel...

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im hoping to do the majority of these bearings on our new machine, but the very first job on it will be the new centers for the showmans dynamos...

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after a couple of days of training the machine is now free to start playing with, im in the middle of setting it up now...

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what a difference to see a clean machine in an STW photo !!!! Laughing  Laughing

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so things are finally looking good for this kit and it should be with people this month...

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and in the welding bay... the start of some 6inch foden truss rods, to go with the boilers.

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more posts maybe next week, maybe a video of the new machine... but for now im off to play Cool
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Post  Heavyhaul on Fri 12 Apr 2019, 5:33 pm

Hi Craig,
Many thanks for the weekly updates, the new machine looks a great bit of kit enjoy yourself having a play.

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Post  Mark the spark on Fri 12 Apr 2019, 11:13 pm

Thanks for the update Craig
REALLY looking forward to getting the last kit Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Post  craig@STW on Sat 13 Apr 2019, 7:31 pm

spent the morning on the new machine, basically setting up the program for the showmans dynamo magnet holder and playing around getting used to the editing functions...

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well its all set and no problems or crashes Laughing Laughing want to spend a little time on monday trying to speed things up a bit...

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Post  Heavyhaul on Sun 14 Apr 2019, 3:11 pm

Hi Craig,
The new machine looks good would be nice of some video maybe in next weeks update, showing the "Showman's Dynamo" centre's being machined.
Can't wait to receive this last kit so i can finally finish my model and then start building the second one.

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Post  craig@STW on Fri 19 Apr 2019, 2:57 pm

not a true production update this week but i do have some video of the new machine for you...

now, this was filmed using my phone so its not top quality and the sound keeps dropping, probably because i had my finger over the mic  Very Happy  Very Happy  Embarassed
also a lot of the noise is not coming from the machine. the sound you can hear in the first section, like a mad Bee on a moped, is the boiler maker preparing boiler plate with the "nibbler".

nice to have a clean machine at STW, it basically like our old machines with a few extras and reads the exact same code, in fact this program was first used on our old 4th axis machine to make the prototype rotors...

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