With Enstone on the Saturday and a crank up yesterday, it was a good enginey weekend. There were forty eight engines at Nunney Catch in deepest Somerset, including a first outing for the Lister JP twin driving a triple cylinder water pump, always mesmeric. Paul Chant (the new owner of my Parsons engine) & I had a good chat about it & I look forward to seeing it in action again soon.
I took the ST flat twin again. It always attracts interest & comment, runs all day on a small tank of unleaded and is a pleasant companion in the line up, not too noisy with the sparks fully retarded & the carb a bit rich.
I took along my easel for the first time & put the signs in a picture frame at face height, a great improvement on the grovelling required to read the small print on many exhibits! It was only a fiver at a sale & I recommend the idea to one & all.
I also took along my 1:4 scale Anzani Brevette model as a table exhibit & some aircraft starter magnetos, one driving a plug tester.
John Brooks always contrives to pull something interesting out of his barn to tickle my fancy & this time it was a well preserved WW2 Morse key equipped signal lamp, complete with spare bulb set. Very nice.
John also sold me a very odd device indeed. It has a very well made 6" convex mirror at one end concentrating the output of a small (say 2") round ended, l-o-n-g cathode ray tube which is projected out at a right angle - I'll take some pics later on & would be delighted to hear ideas about its possible use. Finally, a small but heavy electric motor for a whole £1.50. Aircraft quality, but no voltage shown on the plate & a terminal block at the comm end with each connection separate. No doubt to allow different currents to be supplied to the fields etc, but it succumbed to sensible wiring & appears to be 24 volts. No immediate use in mind, but I've already had thirty bob's worth out of fun with it establishing what & how ;o))
An ALCO Featherweight generator all complete was dickered over & purchased - the deal was sealed with a bacon sandwich! - was slid into the boot of the BMW & it only needs a super clean and a coat of khaki paint to restore it to its full glory.
May the fourth be with you