“Underbelly” has a particular resonance for readers who know what the Yarra is and that Collingwood is a place and not a British admiral.
In the instance of my triple expansion steam engine, it refers to the bits and pieces underneath the cylinder block. The glands which prevent steam leaks from the con rods and steam valve rods, the and valve rod guides. These unsung heroes of the steam engine have taken 2 entire days to make. And here they are….
I started to count the number of holes drilled and tapped in this view, but gave up at 100 and still not half way. This engine better bloody work!
I have decided to replace the valve rods which are made of brass, with stainless steel ones. That will take an extra day, which might exceed my second, self imposed, deadline. But if it does, well too bad.
By the way…. I am considering whether or not to continue this blog. It does take time, and is not free. If you read this and are not totally bored, the odd “like” would not go un-noticed. A comment would be even better.