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Well I hate to admit it but I've been taking lessons from the cats and just pretty much lay around all day. Reading a lot, mostly in the morning, taking care of chores like taking out the trash, emptying the catch bucket and bringing in the wood, along with a whole lot of not much else.

I have just finished reworking an alidade that didn't need too much reworking, but as soon as the whether actually clears up and settles down, I'll take it out and check its calibration by performing a two peg test with it. Its a self indexing model that is sort of the last gasp of the optical/mechanical type of map making surveying instrument that plotted our world as we know it ..... but no more in this new digital age. I actually far prefer much older instruments, but figured I needed a representative sample of the end of the line as well.

I did get up to this scene this morning:

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Which quickly altered to this as the day wore on:

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A Happy Easter to one and all, please stay safe.

This is the quietest Good Friday that I have ever known.

We just did a 'Corona Birthday' for our youngest son Tom. With the lockdown, we aren't a allowed to visit....even family.

Jenny and I got in our car and oldest son Jamie and Haylee and two children James and Ruby got into their car and we pulled into Tom & Jemma's driveway
and started to beep (blast) our horns. Out came a surprised Tom (Jemma knew in advance) and we popped streamers and poppers out the car windows and all sang Happy Birthday
obeying the social distancing laws :)

Left poor Tom to clean up all the streamers when we drove off :)

We have a Zoom (online video meeting) get together for the whole family planned for 4.00pm this afternoon and Tom will blow out candles on his cake that Jemma has made for him.

How much we take for granted, this pandemic is making me appreciate the small things in life that its easy to miss being so busy and focused on things that don't always matter all that much.
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I thought I had commented on this, but I must not have hit the post button , very nicely executed & lots of qaulity work into this build. What an ideal base engine to just modify the heck out of. Good work 😉👍
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Very interesting insight from many different places & people, I thank you all for a peak into your own situations. FedEx decided to close down because of Good Friday (they have never done that before) do to low freight levels, hence I get a 3 day weekend out of it.  I have 2 Jensen plants that I hope to finish tomorrow...& maybe my latest EBay box of a hodgepodge of goodies including the 1950's Jensen #55 engine will show up, I intend to bring you all in on the opening of the box & a quick glimpse of the contents 😊👍
Please feel free to add to this thread folks, it's therapeutic .
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Collections & Pictures / Re: Need help identifying this Empire engine.
« Last post by St Paul Steam on April 09, 2020, 09:08:20 pm »
That was more than a good purchase Tommy.
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Collections & Pictures / Re: Need help identifying this Buckman steam engine
« Last post by Nick on April 09, 2020, 09:01:16 pm »
Made a wooden stopper for the fill hole out of paint brush handle, works good.

Your stopper does look great, but I took the easy way and picked up some small corks at the hardware store for a nickel a piece.


I have to make the stopper for safety valve yet. Made one before for my old beam engine, my avatar, it's just a little different in the height.

I do not know if any of my Buckmans have an original arm/weight/stopper as they are all different. The one on this engine is homemade from a strip of copper and a screw head soldered on. The slot is filled with solder, very clever and easy way to make the seal. Hopefully you can see it in one of these pictures...







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Collections & Pictures / Re: Need help identifying this Buckman steam engine
« Last post by Nick on April 09, 2020, 08:51:15 pm »
Yes those were with a tape measure. The caliper's are reading out side dia. 2.337",   inside the lip 2.263",   length 6.016",   
flywheel dia.  3.960".  Your's is the first one I've seen with something other than a blue base.

My Beam also has the blue base like yours.

https://youtu.be/kGQXxuCpd9s



But it is very different from your beam


https://youtu.be/RksMoLYz7gI
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Collections & Pictures / Re: Need help identifying this Buckman steam engine
« Last post by Woe is me on April 09, 2020, 08:36:46 pm »
Yes those were with a tape measure. The caliper's are reading out side dia. 2.337",   inside the lip 2.263",   length 6.016",   
flywheel dia.  3.960".  Your's is the first one I've seen with something other than a blue base.
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Off Topic / Re: Cabin Fever Cure
« Last post by Stoker on April 09, 2020, 06:44:14 pm »
Brilliant Jan !!!
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Collections & Pictures / Re: Need help identifying this Buckman steam engine
« Last post by Nick on April 09, 2020, 06:43:13 pm »
When I said I had 3 of these, I was wrong... the other two are quite a bit smaller










They all have the riveted lap seam boilers




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April EOTM Winner:

Stoker's - "Jensen 25 Riveted Boiler late 1930's"