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Build Diary entries for September 2019

Here are the diary entries for this month. You can use the forward and backward links to see the next or previous months. Most photos taken before 2018 are small size. From 2018 onwards, most photos you see below will have a link to a full size image by clicking on the photo.

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Tender Steps
09/09/2019
  Highslide JS
  Ian from CTL Seal does a final bit of fettling on the tender tank steps - another item to add to the set of tender parts that we are steadily amassing. Today we've been getting ready for Wednesday of this week when a specialist laser measuring firm will be checking the frame alignment. Once we have confirmed that the alignment is correct, we can start installing the fitted bolts to fix the frame components.
   
Main Frame Alignment.
11/09/2019
  Highslide JS
  Today was a very important day in the construction of HENGIST as work has started on the laser tracking for the alignment of the frames. Hexagon Metrology were on site at CTL with their brand new Leica AT 960-MR Absolute Tracker. We are indebted to the Hexagon Metrology guys, Tim Gears and Barry Dimelow, pictured in the blue hi-vis jackets for doing this work for us. Also in the picture are Phil Yates and Ian Henderson from the HENGIST engineering team.
   
Tender Wing Plates
16/09/2019
  Highslide JS
  Here's Mike Sedgley with the tender wing plates. Ian from CTL Seal has helded the triangular fillets onto the plates. The next job will be to cut down the vertical edges (as seen in the photo) to the correct height. The surplus metal is to allow the plates to be bent in the bending machine
   
Horizontal Stretchers - 2
17/09/2019
  Highslide JS
  This photo shows the other end of the rear horizontal stretcher. You will note that there is a gap between the vertical stretcher and the flange of the horizontal stretcher. We have a packing plate that now has to be machined so that it will tightly fit the gap. However, the job is a bit more difficult as to drill the fore and aft holes to size, we can't get a drill in - there's not enough space for the drill to sit perpendicular to the hole. So first we remove the rear horizontal stretcher (number 4) and drill/ream the aft holes for stretcher number 3. Then we refit stretcher number 4 and remove stretcher number 3. Now we can drill the fore holes for stretcher number 4. Then repeat for stretcher 2. Both stretcher 2 and stretcher 3 will need packing plates. Once the packing plates have been sorted, the side bolts can be fitted.