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 Posted: Wed Nov 1st, 2017 06:19 am
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Michael M
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Ray,

Was reading through your website and liked what you did with artificial plants.  Stopped by Michael's and picked up a few flowers (they were on sale) to see what I could make of them.

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 Posted: Wed Nov 1st, 2017 09:39 pm
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Hi Ray and all,
For inspiration after you've done the gen-set may I offer some photos of early electrical switchgear in a small powerhouse.

The following photos are from the West Coast Heritage Centre in the old School of Mines at Zeehan in Tasmania. They have recreated the steam-driven Zeehan Powerhouse on site using the original steam engine. generator and control panels. The switchgear is mounted on marble slabs as electrical insulation




and a close up of the meters. 

I have some other photos of some of the other stuff mounted (fuses etc) on the marble panels if you need them.

Nice work on your powerhouse. :bow::bow::bow: Please keep the good stuff coming,  



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AMAZING ! :shocked:


Marble ... Well I never . . .



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Thanks! Cool pics. Looks like something from the set of a Frankenstein movie.



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I visit the WCHC when I get to Tas, well worth the visit, hopefully again in 2019.

Nice looking panel, will see if I can dig out a few photos of the panel still in service for the Silversmith Power House
and send on to Ray.
The panel was made of slate for the plant in the late 1910s
and additional panel was added in 1952 for a Blackstone driven generator set.



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I've made a little more progress on the diesel engine...


This part was made from a piece of 6mm Sintra mounted on a sheet of .020" thick styrene. The bolt heads were made from thin slices of hexagon rod:






The plastic "pupils" from a set of cheap googly-eyes was just the right size for the disks on the side of the engine block:






At this point I realized that I had made a mistake when I added the arch at the top of the engine. There is supposed to be an overhanging extension at the front of the engine block, with the arch on top of that. So I added the overhang, then extended the front of the arch, and cut some off the rear of the arch. Here's how it all looks so far:










There are twenty small covers, plus ten large covers, on the engine, that look sort of like cookie jar lids. I've been trying to find an easy way to make them. Here's my first attempt. I think I'm on the right track, but this one is pretty rough. I'm going to try making another one, and if it turns out good enough, I'll try making a silicone mold and casting the rest of them:





That's all for now. Enjoy!



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 Posted: Mon Nov 6th, 2017 04:33 am
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I'm holding off on those covers for now, and doing something more fun. I started building up the thing that sticks out the front of the engine at the top. It's made of layers of Sintra with some styrene details:












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Enjoying your diesel engine build, learning a few tricks
short cuts, on the way.

Need to get busy again on my Fairbank-Morse diesel build in 1/48 scale. Maybe this winter.

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Ray Dunakin wrote: Before I can go any further with the building, I need to create the interior details. These will determine the locations of smokejacks, etc. I'm starting with the largest and most important item, the generator. This will be a "good enough" model -- something that will look good when seen through the windows -- rather than a precise scale model.  Yeah, right. ???

And again you make a fantastic piece of modeling work. It looks great so far. But, a good enough model, would be something simpler in my case. :bg:

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First off, I found a pair of websites about restoring an engine almost identical to this one:

http://www.eldensengines.com/F-M%20Power%20Station/F-M%20Power%20Station.html

http://www.coolspringpowermuseum.org/Exhibits.htm


I learned a lot about the engine from from these two sites. For one thing, it's a 300 horsepower Fairbanks Morse opposed-piston engine, probably model 38F5-1/4. This type of engine has two crankshafts, one at the top and one at the bottom. It also has two sets of pistons, which face each other in the cylinders. Also, the large thing protruding from the top front, which I'm currently working on, is a supercharger.

In addition to powering generators, these types of engines were also used in locomotives, submarines, and surface ships.


Anyway, I've mostly been working on adding all the details to the supercharger. The air filter was made from a short segment of 5/8" styrene tube, with a piece of 1/2" tube stuck into it. An acrylic, elliptical dome was used to make the rounded bottom of the air filter (shown bottom up in this photo):




I cut another segment of 1/2" tube and cut a slit in it, so I could wrap it around the first tube. Later I cut a piece to fill the gap:




A few years ago I bought some photoetched mesh with round holes, thinking I'd find a use for it eventually. It turned out to be perfect to replicate the mesh on the air filter:




I cut a strip of the brass mesh to the proper width, then wrapped it around a much narrower tube before installing it on the air filter. I sealed the ends together with tiny bit of thick CA, which was enough to hold it in place. Then I topped off the air filter with a styrene disk to represent the lid. I still need to add the bolt to the center of the lid:




Here's how it looks on the supercharger. I haven't glued it in place yet, it's just sitting there. The other details were made from various bits of styrene tubes and strips:







Here's the whole engine so far. The orange piece was made from the bottom of a prescription pill bottle:






That's all for now, more later.



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