Cotswold Gryphon Kit Build

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Spot99
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14 Feb 2018, 23:41 #21

Dr. Rog wrote:
Spot99 wrote:
Dr. Rog wrote: They are classy engines.
Where's the boiler???
Easy tiger 😃 Its out of shot, about 3 foot above the bench on a shelf, waiting for the first steam up Rog, Cotswold boiler that I used last week to power the Stuart beam engine. 👍 
Oh goody. 🙂
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Funny you should mention boilers Rog, because the part I had been waiting for arrived in the post from China today, I decided to 'pimp my boiler' with a whistle rather than the clack valve inlet - I have got a little pump for topping up the boiler, but prefer the whistle because ot at least gives a safer way of rapidly releasing steam besides the obvious musical attraction.(Health and Safety note,  Ive only shown it with the whistle mouth facing towards the camera for display, from a practical point of view I will rotate that away from my face before using :)
Took the Gryphon to bits tonight, sorted out some of the bits that were binding a little, esp the crank pins that needed a tiny bit of polishing, to free them up slightly, and reset the timing. Will give it another test run tomorrow to see if Ive wasted my time or not, but quite optimistic its done some good.
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mazarowski
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14 Feb 2018, 23:44 #22

I can’t wait to hear that whistle! Are the instructions for the Gryphon easy to follow?


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Spot99
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15 Feb 2018, 00:08 #23

mazarowski wrote: I can’t wait to hear that whistle! Are the instructions for the Gryphon easy to follow?


Mike

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I would say -'Yes', Mike, very easy.
Im not sure that I would have said that if I hadnt played around a little bit with some Mamods etc , but the instructions are written in a very comprehensive , "plain English" style, rather than just a list of parts, so that someone with little or no knowledge can simply follow the stages and there are clear photos of each stage that the text refers to.
The biggest challenge is the tiny screws etc, needs plenty of patience, and some basic tools - Cotswold provide some little tools, which is handy, but they dont fit into some of the tight spaces - not a problem if you have some small spanners and a short nut spinner (one is provided but its too long to fit between the valve chest covers on the Gryphon)
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Dr. Rog
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15 Feb 2018, 18:41 #24

Blue-tac is good for small screws.🙂
...and a good work light.
Cheers Rog https://www.youtube.com/user/DrRogB/videos New positive, and successful motto for 2017: carpe diem
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norfolkmodelsteam
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21 Feb 2018, 21:52 #25

Hi Stewart, only just caught up on your build and it looks great! Loving the addition of the whistle to the boiler too!
Best regards,

Greg & Arthur
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Spot99
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21 Feb 2018, 22:34 #26

norfolkmodelsteam wrote: Hi Stewart, only just caught up on your build and it looks great! Loving the addition of the whistle to the boiler too!
It works a treat, thanks Greg 😎
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