WEEK ENDING 
23 NOVEMBER  2017

By David Carpenter

FINE FEED UNIT FOR THE MILL

Graham Howe describes a clever fine feed unit for the milling machine built around a car windscreen wiper motor. It can be disengaged to use hand feed. Well worth the effort for those who are not happy with the usual milling finish by hand feed.


THE MUNCASTER ENGINES

The model steam engines designed by H Muncaster date back to the first decade of the 20th century, when steam was still the dominant source of power. He decided to design engines as models in their own right rather than copies of prototypes. The result was a series of most attractive models, which have continued in favour ever since. They were given a boost in the 1950s when they were re-visited by Edgar T Westbury. Now another 50 years on they have been the subject of a major project by Juius de Waal. We can think of worse ways of spending he next few years than making this series of engines. However, any one will make a rewarding project. This time it is drawings for the double acting oscillating steam engine.


ALFA ROMEO MONZA

Our model of the Week is a 1:8 scale 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C Monza, winner of the Italian Grand Prix that year. It is based on an old Pocher kit. These occasionally come up on Ebay for a few hundred pounds, usually part-built. Arthur Saunders took one such and was in the process of completing it with many detailed and working scratch built parts when he showed it at the Brooklands show. We very much hope to see it finished some time.



ETA ENGINE BUILDS

MEWS missed out on the ETA 15D Mk 1 and 2 engine builds. However, we now have the Mk 3 and Elite 1 and 2 versions for you. Designed by Ramon Wilson these are double sized versions of engines we coveted as youngsters. This week, the prop driver.


IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM RAMON FOR ETA BUILDERS

I had two really super very fast and extremely consistent runs with the Elite Mk2. However, when cleaning down I had course to strip the Mk 1 down as the rotor pin had come loose. I removed it with intention to add a drop of Loctite then, when cleaning the oil off, it snapped in two at the thread relief. Despite tempering well it obviously was quite brittle.

“I now intend to strip all engines and replace the pins with new ones made from EN24T without any further heat treatment. ( I would think making them from a high tensile cap head would be a suitable alternative). 

“All heat treated to the same standard this is the only one that has failed but the risk of potential damage to an engine while running is too great to take.

“I think it might be a good idea to bring this to the attention of your readers.”

Thank you, Ramon. We have added a note to the page which includes the rotor pin.

Note the drawings for the Mks 1 and 2 were published in Model Engineer magazine.



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