Stuart S50 Mill Engine


 

 This Stuart kit was bought to build as a present for my father.

Here are the contents of the kit as it arrived. 

Some genuine Stuart  paint was also purchased for the model.

 

Several aspects of this kit made it particularly easy to machine. First of all it was designed with a more simple overhung crank, rather than the full crank used in the Stuart 10 range. The base casting was also amazingly complete, with bolt details included and the main bearings for the crank which would just need drilling and reaming to size to complete them. 

 

 

 The valve rod was also supplied ready-made.

 

 

 

All the other castings were up to the usual high standard for Stuart, the flywheel was almost perfect with no flash on the spokes and all the fixings, gaskets, washers and drawings were included in the kit.

 

 

 

 Another feature which simplified the construction of this model was the 6 bolt holes used to hold the cylinder ends in place. 6 evenly spaced holes were indexed using the 3 jaw chuck and a spirit level as shown. A sharp centre punch was clamped in the tool post to mark the component before drilling on the pillar drill.

  

 

 

 

 

The PCD was taken from the ready-made gasket in the kit, to ensure compatibility.

 

 

 The end results with this method were not perfect but they were cosmetically acceptable and more than accurate enough if the cylinder was drilled to match.

 

 

The engine being run in on compressed air

  

 

 

 

 

 The finished Engine 

 

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