View Full Version : My Radial Five is Alive

02-06-2005, 04:40 PM
Hi all, I normally don’t post here but I did place a couple of post about me building the Radial Five a while ago. Well, it fired up today with out a glitch! I didn’t think this engine would self start but mine does. I really thought when I first fired it up I have to tweak it somehow or way, but it just started and ran. This was my first engine and I am beside myself. Anyway, if any of you would like to see and hear it run, I have posted a couple of videos on my website. I hope you enjoy, Dean

Dean’s 7x10 mini lathe page

02-06-2005, 04:53 PM
WOW!!! That is too cool! Congratulations on an exceptional job!

Now that the scale model prototype is done, when do you build the full-scale version? ;-)

Very impressive!


02-06-2005, 05:38 PM
very nice congrats. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//cool.gif

02-06-2005, 06:54 PM
Very Kool! That's just cuter than a bug's ear. Very nice job.

02-06-2005, 07:48 PM
Good Job... and theres a video too! but one question? its air powered right?

02-06-2005, 08:47 PM
I have looked at your site before and am glad to hear that you completed it! That's some nice work!

Hoffman in Warner Robins Ga

02-06-2005, 08:55 PM
Wow...That is really cool for sure! Just curious...seeing that it is powered by air instead of fuel and oil mix, how do you lubricate the crankcase? You guys who build these miniature mechanical wonders really impress me! Geez...all those parts...all the opportunities to screw up! Good job!

02-06-2005, 09:12 PM
It is on my "todo" list, if I ever finish my steam engine.
Great web site too!!
Proves that one does not need $$$$$$$$$$ invested in tools to do a excellent job.

Your Old Dog
02-06-2005, 09:19 PM
Great Audio! I have always loved the sound of a radial but I gotta admit I was surprised when I slipped on the headphones and heard that classy sound!

Congratulations on a nice job.


02-07-2005, 05:03 AM
Nice! Ugly dogs though - buy a cat! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

02-07-2005, 06:40 AM
That is beautiful work, Dean.

02-07-2005, 09:11 AM
I'm impressed. Very cool little air powered unit. Now you need a very long hose to fly it on an RC aircraft!


02-07-2005, 10:47 AM
Very nice - love it
Thanks for the video, always more inspiration when the thing i alive

02-07-2005, 12:13 PM
that looks GREAT!!! what's your next one?

andy b.

02-07-2005, 08:07 PM
Hi all thanks for the comments! This was really the second project I tried with my mill and the first where I actually used a mill as a mill. My first project was a small cnc machine that I marked up and drill and cut. After reading about the wiggler in the HSM, I knew I could get started machining these parts. If it wasn’t for the New Hand from Forrest Andy, I could not have done nearly this good. Lastly I had never used a rotary table or a boring head, so I had to learn how to use the equipment before I could machine the parts. To say the least this engine taught me a lot and has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.

Now that the scale model prototype is done, when do you build the full-scale version? ;-)
Marv, when I get that full size Bridgeport, I will look into it http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif

its air powered right?
Elninio, yes air/steam powered. I guess compressed air is the easiest thing to use.

how do you lubricate the crankcase?
Rus, there is a small crankcase vent/ oil plug. There are small holes going to the bronze bushings and the crankcase.

what's your next one?
Andy_B, I am going to start a couple of engines. I am starting this little engine http://cablespeed.com/~jbwebst/WEW/Gas_Engine.html
I am also working on some smaller steam engines and maybe next year I would like to build an Upshur engine. I have seen a lot of his engines on the web. I have the plans, I just don’t know if I am ready to tackle it yet.

Dean's7x10 mini lathe page

02-07-2005, 08:39 PM
Cool!Nice job all the way around.

02-08-2005, 10:38 AM
Excellent job! The movie was great. Your next project shoud be a success if past performance is any indication.