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Sparkeswood



Location : Kent,England

PostSubject: Troy's Live Diesel   Sat Aug 20, 2011 2:54 pm

Just setting up the topic.Trying to sort a few bits out.Update soon.
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ralphbrades



Location : Derby UK

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Sat Aug 20, 2011 6:43 pm

Good!!! Another Madman to join us!!!

Looking forward to seeing what you are doing.

regards

ralph
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Sparkeswood



Location : Kent,England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:06 am

First mockup on a bit of paxoline as a base.
Started very well and ran quite smooth.I was very pleased and surprised.
Other bits should be here soon and I can continue.Got to run it in now.

First run
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:51 am

It's good when they run as sweet as that first time. You can see why they are popular little engines.

Doesn't sound too noisy either with that aero looking silencer.



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antonr91



Location : south-east England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Sun Aug 21, 2011 3:58 pm

I love the GX12...but i have found this tiny nitro engine called the Xray NT18, out of a 1/18 scale nitro car

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-XRAY-NT18-1-18-0-8cc-NITRO-ENGINE-w-CARB-GLOW-PLUG-/400233616218?pt=UK_ToysGames_RadioControlled_JN&hash=item5d2fc8535a#ht_500wt_715



Although it says 18, the actual physical size of the engine means it could be mounted in smaller trains then 32mm, and its a nitro engine, not diesel, as i know you can get very small diesels.

Have you already got a chassis in mind or even built one, and if not what kind of loco are you going to be building?
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Sparkeswood



Location : Kent,England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Tue Aug 23, 2011 5:24 pm

A quick update.
Three modifications today.
1...Raised the fuel tank higher to get a bit of gravity feed as well as pressure.
2...Fitted fuel filter after seeing the gunk in the tank
3...Fitted OS No10 Cold Glow Plug.

Ran through a whole tank of fuel with perfect results.
This is great fun.Will keep running the engine in whilst wainting for further parts.
Also got hold of a good syringe for fueling up.
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Sparkeswood



Location : Kent,England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:27 pm

....anther really good tip.
Clutch.
If you're bored,don't use your finger to see when the clutch 'bites' and how strong it is.
By the time the pain receptors in your finger have caught up....your fingerprint has melted Embarassed
Not going to admit this to Wifey . Laughing
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:03 pm

Be very careful...remember my thumb...I do.

BTW why have you used an OS no.10 plug when no.8s are usually okay.

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Sparkeswood



Location : Kent,England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Sat Aug 27, 2011 3:10 pm

I remember it well.(although you probably still have the scar Wink )

I was having a bit of a problem with the engine cutting out after a while.I thought this might be the plug so I bought a few different types and tried them out.
The problem turned out to be a fuel problem,hence my raising the fuel tank up a bit and shortening all of the fuel feeds and breathers.
I added radio control today (another sharp learning curve) and apart from a scary partial heat siezure,everything is going well.
Although I've scanned the other posts for parts I've not actually read through them all.I wanted to learn the hard way (but still use proven hardware).
Hence the model I'm building will hopefully be a bit different from the others. Smile
I'd never even seen a nitro engine work until I saw the monster,and apart from my steam engine (which was pre-wired) I'd never really bothered with radio control.
Now I have a radio controlled polluting menace Laughing
I raise my glass..cheers.
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PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Sat Aug 27, 2011 3:52 pm

2 stroke nitro engines are very sensitive to the slightest bit of air in the fuel.
That's really the main cause of poor running.

They don't always like running at low revs on rich fuel as there isn't always sufficient pressure to pump the fuel through.

However too much fuel and they will flood easily.
On the green monster I raised the tank above the carb level so there was a gravity assist all the time and I kept the glow plug electrically energised. This allowed me to run the fuel pretty much as rich as I liked. Low revs, lots of smoke and less whiney noise, buts it's messy!

What was this 'partial heat seizure' you had?
Was that you or the engine?...... Laughing
Why or how did it happen?
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Sparkeswood



Location : Kent,England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:11 pm

The low pressure must have been the problem I think.I have no trouble running a t low revs.I can quite happily get through a tank of fuel on tickover as long as I give it a bit of a rev every few minutes.
The heat siezure could be an inherited problem.Although the ebay listing said 'new' the starter spring had gone and it had a slight hesitation at the top of the stroke if you turned it over by hand.This isn't really a problem for me as this is the test bed for the project.Have got a bit attached to the 'menace' as it's called by the reat of the family Embarassed
On stopping the engine (anther good question...how do you stop the bloody thing Laughing ) it decided to lock up.Stripped the whole lot down (much easier than the Harley I hasten to add) freed it up with some duck oil and a bit of love and care and it seems to be OK.

Radio Control

Must seem hilarious to you.I'm about 3 years behind everyone else study
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antonr91



Location : south-east England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:14 pm

to stop the engine you can do any ONE of the three... 1) put finger over the carb. 2) cover the exhaust outlet. 3) pinch the fuel line and wait a few seconds. I usually cover up the carb as its the quickest and easiest way on shunt.
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PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:52 pm

That engine was definitely listed as new as remember seeing it. And it's usually obvious if an engine has been used even a couple of times. The starter springs will go if one pulls on them too much. Don't pull out more than about 3/4.

Have you replaced the spring?

It seems to run fine from the video.

They get better/looser as they are run in.
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stockers



Location : Kent, England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:49 pm

Hi troy. Sounds like an interesting project. The siezing might just be a new engine running tight. From my RC aircraft days I remember that we ran engines very rich when new. Not only does the oil lubricate the engine but it actually cools it too. As has been noted above, the exhaust produces gunk, more so if you run it rich - this gunk is very hot and it has taken that heat away from the engine.
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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Sun Aug 28, 2011 2:28 am

Using a rich mixture helps cool any internal combustion engine. This is mostly due to the vaporization of the fuel and the incomplete combustion resulting from the rich mixture. Fighter pilots used this trick when their cooling systems were damaged. Unfortunately, in a 4 cycle engine, it also washes away most of the lubricants from the cylinder walls, ruining the engine Sad . But sometimes it got you home cheers .

Since the nitro fuel has oil in it, rich mixtures don't cause wear problems.

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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Sun Aug 28, 2011 5:56 am

Sparkeswood wrote:

Must seem hilarious to you.I'm about 3 years behind everyone else study

Hilarious, not at all. Everyone who builds something like this does it differently if only a little, encounters and overcomes new problems with alternative solutions.
This by sharing enhances everytone's learning experience. king

There are now at least 7 people on this forum dealing with 'diesel' machines or projects. That must make for the largest collection anywhere in the world.


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dtsteam



Location : Preston, England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Sun Aug 28, 2011 10:55 am

And you might not be the newbie for long Troy..... Wink
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antonr91



Location : south-east England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Sun Aug 28, 2011 11:17 am

Im loving everyone enthusiasm for these machines and the interest on this forum is amazing. Looking at other forums, many people talk about the concept of live diesel and speak about one or two people they have heard of that have accomplished it but have never seen one running, but here on one forum, as Carl has said, there are at least 7 Diesels and more to come.

A dream i had would be a video of everyone diesel running in the same place at the same time Smile and it would definitely y be a world first.

And in noway is it hilarious as at many points along my build, you have helped me and i have a habit of asking the most basic of questions... Smile
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Sparkeswood



Location : Kent,England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Sun Aug 28, 2011 1:05 pm

dtsteam wrote:
And you might not be the newbie for long Troy..... Wink

Laughing Now that's a post that I like.Trams and diesels.You know it makes sense Cool


I'm desperate for my other bits to turn up now so I can continue.Then I can build the chassis and place everything to fit.
Carl...I've ordered the same motor as you have and I recall that you bought a steel gear for the end of it that married up to the GX12 clutch.Do you have the details please.

Anton.....did I recall that your wheels can be adjusted to 45mm.If they can,I have a little bit of track in the garden here that could be good for a run Smile
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Sun Aug 28, 2011 1:13 pm

nice to see so much competition. Who will be first past the winning post?

mikey
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antonr91



Location : south-east England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Sun Aug 28, 2011 2:28 pm

Troy, have you got any photos of the build so far?

And yes, Shunt has adjustable wheels, and therefore I am DESPERATELY looking for a place to test it out 32mm and or 45mm Very Happy

I have been talking to a guy on youtube whose part of the North london Society of Model Engineers, who seemed interested in Shunt, and my attempt on a 5 inch gauge live diesel, and he has asked whether i would consider going up to, Church Lane in Colney Heath and showing the loco off. I wonder if anyone on this forum is part of that club? Very Happy


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Sparkeswood



Location : Kent,England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Sun Aug 28, 2011 4:19 pm



Carl.I'll ring you soon regarding getting together.
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Sun Aug 28, 2011 5:09 pm

Troy, The gears I bought were from a French supplier on e bay.

The mesh on the Kyosho is 'module 1'.
For more reference look at page 4 of this thread.
LDP2

I would advise a slighter bigger gear (more teeth) than the clutch. It seem to make transmission running smoother although there is the temptation to make it smaller as I did to produce more electricity for lower nitro engine revs.

Here is are 2 UK suppliers/products.
Gears1
You can specify the number of teeth on ordering. You might want to think about different sizes to play about with. I found a 24 tooth gear very smooth but of course less volts!

Or this company, cheaper but limited range:
Gears2

mikeyh wrote:
nice to see so much competition. Who will be first past the winning post?
mikey
Maybe that could be a good idea one day....Rainhill trials nitro style.... bom

Sparkeswood wrote:


Carl.I'll ring you soon regarding getting together.

Okay no problem. I'm back at work now 4 days a week, home at around 1830 Frenchie time and free all weekends at the moment.




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Sparkeswood



Location : Kent,England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:45 pm

Test
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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Live Diesel   Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:05 pm

Great stuff - was the 'thumbs up' at the end an indication you were happy with the test outcome, or just boasting that you had an intact thumb at the end of it! Laughing

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