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Spot99
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Joined: March 29th, 2017, 9:34 pm

February 14th, 2018, 11:41 pm #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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Joined: May 2nd, 2016, 2:33 am

February 14th, 2018, 11:44 pm #22

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


Mike

From Western Massachusetts, USA

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Spot99
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Joined: March 29th, 2017, 9:34 pm

February 15th, 2018, 12:08 am #23

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


Mike

From Western Massachusetts, USA

Click here to view my YouTube videos
https://www.youtube.com/user/moresteam375
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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Joined: December 30th, 2008, 5:53 pm

February 15th, 2018, 6:41 pm #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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Joined: February 28th, 2015, 6:03 pm

February 21st, 2018, 9:52 pm #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 & Edward
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Spot99
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Joined: March 29th, 2017, 9:34 pm

February 21st, 2018, 10:34 pm #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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Spot99
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Joined: March 29th, 2017, 9:34 pm

March 25th, 2018, 5:20 pm #27

After a break doing other stuff I have gone back to the Gryphon project, but now its finally ready to run on steam, hopefully during next week now that the weather has warmed up slightly (?).
Here is the final video of it running on air, I needed to put some elbow bends on the exhaust outlet - if ever you decide to make one of these kits do buy the elbows first and fit them on before finally assembling the engine and fixing it down - or you will have to disassemble the engine again to install them, like I had to today🤔
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the rat05
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Joined: September 16th, 2015, 2:45 pm

March 25th, 2018, 6:07 pm #28

Up and running and ready to go ...well done mate ...Steve
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Nick
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Joined: December 15th, 2007, 5:40 pm

March 26th, 2018, 3:57 am #29

Nice Build and a Good Runner
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MrDuck
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Joined: March 5th, 2010, 5:48 am

March 26th, 2018, 3:46 pm #30

We're up to about 12-13C in the sun, so it should be possible soon.

Nice outcome and I look forwards to see it under steam.
Et in Arcadia Ego
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