Nick builds trains

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    Woori Yallock, Victoria, Australia
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    Steam - Engines, Locomotives and plant.
  1. Right I'll adjust the title and such when i learn how to use the youtube ;)
  2. Was it, it looked to be to "narrow" a frame to be the moon man and we know for sure it wasn't Master Dale Oh well i shall have to edit the title and such when time permits. aswell as upload the rest.
  3. well after four hours, heres the first video, would format a link but IFI dies every time i try,
  4. Ok, a week later here's the GH @ Moony's Report: Arrived midnight thursday, went to bed 12:45 am friday. Woke up around 7 friday morning, by 8 i had proceeded to cook the poffertjes (see above post if you don't know) for breakfast. they were a hit. only to have the recipe "altered" by Dale to include Creme' de Month (peppermint alcohol) Than came the preparations for the weekend, a space was cleared and a little after 10 we went down to the other site to pick up a 10 station forging table and a few other bits and pieces. I don't know when or in which order but I made a set of tong blanks, during which I used the 9kg power hammer. I finished my first toasting/steak fork. made a spoon. and a set of 10 tong rings. the tong rings were fun, as through sheer dumb luck I designed a 2 position tong ring, so I went into production, and during the process I learned to forge weld, only burning 2 rings. Than came the trip home, for me this was a detour via sydney, I had to pick up my WW1 AIF uniform, than I got home at midnight on monday. All in all it was an awesome weekend, and some video's might appear on youtube. I'll post in a bit more detail of the "bigger" projects later on. Oh and there was much praising of "Master" Dale ;)
  5. Poffertjes are GO! for those wondering: Friday breakfast is a goer, see you all in about 13-15 hours
  6. already packed, just need to find something for breakfast tomorrow, i'll be up late tonight. (uncles funeral at 12:30) so i probably wont be there before 10-11
  7. Lol, nice one. but isnt the only reason to bow to a smith is when he throws a hammer at you? i suppose that's more of a DUCK! If i can only find my tools, i'll be making breakfast I'll be heading up straight after my uncle's funeral. Bringing Andy aswel. and some "special iron" See you in the morning.
  8. Ah yes well, In many ways Dale is my mentor, Hes the man to talk to about growing an awesome Mustache He's also mentoring me in the art of liver damage . Besides that and many other things he's also teaching me to Smith, Well than, lesson #4: Toasting fork / steak fork. Both Jay and I had the task of making our own and we went rather well. Jay, for his second lesson is Catching up fast and is showing heaps of talent. A sad moment came around lunch time, my dad called to tell me his twin brother (my closest uncle) had passed about 3am this morning (pancreatic cancer, he lasted several years and when i saw him last he was at peace and ready to go. Such is life, Its good knowing he's no longer in pain. After a bit of time I chose to get back to work, as there was nothing i could do for the family at this time. Jay had to leave mid afternoon, so it was just Master Dale and myself. the whole thing is coming along nicely with perhaps an hour to spend on the handle and it will be finished ready to sell in a few weeks. 4 days till GET HAMMERED @ MOONY's I cant wait, although I do hope that the funeral isn't on at the same time :unsure:
  9. (copied from my thread) Well after many hours scratching my head wondering where in the jumbled mess known as the shed it was hiding, I finally located the post vice I knew I had. After stripping it down and disposing of a few 8 legged nasties the work began. First i had to remove the front jaw, and strip back the pivot boss so it would move freely, i than sprayed it with SPS (Switch Plate Spray, used in the rail industry for lubricating pointwork, its a spray on powdered graphite) than to clean up the old grease from the thread and box, easy done with a rag. after looking at the old bolt it had as a handle i decided to make a new handle, an hour on the lathe and the end result is rather nice. I than dunked the threaded section in a bucket of grease and re assembled the whole thing. Its got 4.5" jaws and stands about 3' 7" tall
  10. Well after many hours scratching my head wondering where in the jumbled mess known as the shed it was hiding, I finally located the post vice I knew I had. After stripping it down and disposing of a few 8 legged nasties the work began. First i had to remove the front jaw, and strip back the pivot boss so it would move freely, i than sprayed it with SPS (Switch Plate Spray, used in the rail industry for lubricating pointwork, its a spray on powdered graphite) than to clean up the old grease from the thread and box, easy done with a rag. after looking at the old bolt it had as a handle i decided to make a new handle, an hour on the lathe and the end result is rather nice. I than dunked the threaded section in a bucket of grease and re assembled the whole thing. Its got 4.5" jaws and stands about 3' 7" tall
  11. may look deceptive but thats no toy, 2 large blokes can fit in the cab rather easy.
  12. Howdy All, its been a while so heres an update, theres a new bloke in the group Jay, specializes in making chain male, it was his first bash last week, and I'm no expert but hes got talent. Lesson 3, mass production of Drive Hooks for upcoming show. With 2 forges going Jay and I teamed up to mass produce drive hooks. the first operation was Jay putting a short point on one end of the stock than passing to me to put the long end on. we soon found a speed and rhythm that suited us both with little time waiting on each other. Second step was to bent the stock back on its self about 1& 1/4 inches in from the short point end. Third was about 3/4" in bend the stock back to 90 degrees from the drive spike. Fourth was to put the curve in to form the hook, this was done using Master Dales expertise ( aka a Jig ) Finally turning a small scroll in the tip of the long point with the rat tail tongs and we were done. And to follow up on how i chose my username: a set of 12" gauge wheels, axleboxes and bearing housings, @ done, just need to order the steel to make the chassis. It will become a 1/2 size brittish narrow gauge tanker wagon, 6feet long by 2' 10" wide at the tank and weighing 1.5 tons when full. it will look nice behind "Merlin" when he rolls out in a few weeks you can comfortably fit 2 blokes in the cab,
  13. got time off work, bought a travel fridge, so i'll be there sure as the beer is cold
  14. Right than, second hit, First task was a BBQ fork, all done but forming the handle, Second was a drive hook. Third was practicing scrolls. The forge: New legs almost finished, spreader braces underway and the assembly for the fire pot and airflow bits coming along nicely, may even have a fire in it by my third bash (sorry guys no pics )