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About albergman

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    Scratch builder of car, boat and steam engine models. Enthusiastic sailor and (used to be) windsurfer. Interested in photography, computers and travel.

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  1. Thanks for the explanation. 30 microns!! Wow, that's tiny. No wonder you can get the details you have. Production process huh? Wishing you great success.
  2. Just fabulous work Nick. Nice of you to give a nod to "the way we were" and actually MAKE something. So is this an actual filmed (using a camera) work or something that Fusion lets you do? The way the parts lift off makes me think this is coming out of Fusion ... not that it matters. Just curious. I see the wheels seemed to be turning so maybe it is a "real" film. Also, are there now 2 finished engines or is this all smoke and mirror stuff too? PS what's a "chitubox"? (at 24 seconds in). Frank
  3. Great story and an outstanding model. I think models that you have an attachment to are the best ones and will bring back a memory every time you look at it.
  4. Still here and getting the odd day trying to finish up both engines. Went backwards quite a bit on Scotsman once again as I decided I could do better. Bane of my (model-making) life. Anyway I got a piece of wood cut to size, edged and shellacked to make my base for Union of South Africa. Cut a couple dozen sleepers and glued them down then tackled the buffers I wanted at one end. As with my Scotsman I wanted to have the engine sitting on a siding "on standby", ready to go if there was an engine failure nearby ... I read that the LNER used to do that. The buffers I wanted
  5. Getting repetitive here but that's wonderful. I'm assuming all the pulleys are glued on and not free to rotate so, are you able to print that belt so that its teeth line up with all of the pulleys and just slides on? Why am I asking ... of course it can and does?? Frank
  6. Seems impolite not to comment on this ... just staggering!!
  7. Hi Steve et al Just found this thread and have read it (almost) non stop up to here. What a wonderful bit of sleuthing going on here and a book detailing your progress would make an interesting read. You got me hooked on it right on page 1 when I read about it's origins on the Firth of Forth ... right where I grew up (Dunfermline) and Aberdour was our family go-to beach and where I'd cycle to do train-spotting. Truly impressed with your dedication Steve! The story is fascinating and we haven't even got to the good bit where you'll actually build the model ...
  8. I thought those acorns looked real. Thanks I'm sitting here with Fusion loaded on my PC trying to get started. A whole different world!
  9. This is really astonishing Nick. Are all the nuts/bolts/Acorn nuts real metal or are you printing and painting them? Also ... fan belts. Are these a pliable printed material or a firm shape that slides onto the pulleys? Frank
  10. Wow again ... hard to believe you've just learned this on your own Nick ... but I do. Really impressive work on those latest parts. Don't know what "sketching with splines" means but it doesn't matter. Keep going! Frank
  11. This is fabulous Nick. Love your attention to detail and desire to get everything right. Question ... are the plug wires printed or actual wire? Frank
  12. Thanks for the speedy reply Nick ... the analogue did the trick! So now the model is even more impressive because, from the size of most of your photos, I thought this was going to be a huge engine. What a jewel. I'll look into those courses for sure. Frank
  13. This is a fascinating project and one which has excited me enough to install Fusion 360. It's a bit of a struggle (for me) to get started in the software as most YouTube tutorials use older versions and in no time at all you can't relate it to your version! All that aside, your success with it is very encouraging so thanks for that. One thing I'd like to see is to have a real-life object (pencil?) beside your printed result. I'm not familiar with Pocher models and have no idea what size this engine really is.. Keep up the terrific progress. Frank
  14. Yes Matthew, I checked that. In fact I knew it was open when the clear fluid in the jar shot out of it and went a foot high!! I also cleared the 3 tiny holes in the head cap (3 in the diagram above). I'd never noticed they were there before and 2 were plugged. Thanks for the suggestion though.
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