Well, not quite my first project...
First, I bought a Stuart Turner casting kit. Like everyone does. Apparently. An S50.
Started machining the base of the cast iron baseplate. And discovered it to be phenominally hard.
Tried milling it on the vertical mill. Knackered the cutter.
Tried milling it on the horizontal mill. Knackered the cutter.
Tried holding it in the lathe and fly cutting it. Knackered the cutter.
Tried holding it on a faceplate and skimming it. Knackered the cutter.
Removed it from the lathe and flung it into a dark corner of the workshop with as much force as I could muster (quite a lot apparently!)
I think the lesson to learn here is that if you're building an S50 from Stuart Turner, don't even think of contemplating trying to machine the bottom of the base casting.
Bought a stationary engine kit from GLR Distributors, after remembering a series of articles describing its construction in Model Engineer.
And started building it. And a fantastic learning experience it's been too!
Not too many "practice" pieces! Yet...
It's all starting to come together quite rapidly now. The above represents about 70 hours work.
Below is the result of a further 24 hours work. Getting there...
Note the little collection of "bits which didn't quite turn out right" on the top right corner of the surface plate. (There's also a lifting link for Bernard there too. It's wrong as well...)
Things are starting to move - most of the parts are done, and in the process of being finished off ready for final assembly.
The flywheel is the first thing to be sprayed: