Moving on to the cylinders

Cylinder castings

Cylinder castings

The cylinders are a fairly hefty brass castings, and the rest of the components, cylinder end covers etc are more nice castings.

Etched overlays on the castings

Etched overlays on the castings

Thin overlays provide the etched detail for the cylinders, which means that the brass castings need a little dressing to give a smooth surface for the etched overlay. Rather than try to fold the etched overlay prior to soldering I tack soldered the overlay at the top of the cylinder, then using just finger pressure push the overlay around the top bend. The overlay was held in place with a strip of wood whilst tack soldering the overlay. The castings just soaked up the heat so I kept swapping between the two to allow one to cool a bit whilst working on the other.

Cylinders made up

Cylinders made up

Once I was happy with the overlays then I added the detailing, the cylinder and valve covers, the snifting valve and core plugs. The valve cover has a very distinctive flat on it. This was carefully filed after fitting taking care not to remove the etched details on the overlay. Once all the castings are fitted they are quite hefty components.

Slide bar detailing is next on the job list.