View Full Version : Hit & Miss

01-07-2010, 11:43 AM
I have built a number of steam engines, just finished a hula hula that runs like a champ. Now I think it is time to move on to something else. Has anyone built the hit & miss from the Jerry Howell plans? Or can someone recommend another hit & miss?

01-07-2010, 11:48 AM
Utilizing Mac air solonoids, I thought I invented a air stepping motor just like that..

EXCEPT.. a brit holds the patent.. good for him..

Love steam.. it is under developed, nobody has messed with it since the 1900s.. Imagine a new steam engine with micro computer control? Just realize what a ecu has done to cars? I drive a old carbureted car.. My wife got out of her "new" one to see if I could get cranked this morning.. pat pat pat.. foot on brake and gas.. out the drive..

01-07-2010, 12:01 PM
Nice job on the Hula Hula engine.

I have not built the Jerry Howell hit & miss, but his plans are usually very complete and easy to follow.

I would also recommend getting The Shop Wisdom of Philip Duclos from our host, Village Press, it is an excellent source and has plans and build instructions for several unique engines designed by Phil Duclos.

Two Shop Masters, also from Village Press has Phil Duclos plans for more engines as well as shop tips and projects from Frank McClean.

brian Rupnow
01-07-2010, 02:40 PM
I posted a download link on this forum for a hit and miss steam engine.---Brian

01-07-2010, 05:55 PM
Looks very nice. Whats with the holes all over the cylinders however? are they function or just to look cool?

01-07-2010, 07:26 PM
Thanks for the replies. First the holes serve no purpose other than making it look nicer in motion and spending a few hours working with a spring punch. I was hoping that someone would tell me they had built something a little larger, I am getting tired to tapping 2-56 holes and parts that need a magnifier to see.
thanks again

01-07-2010, 08:02 PM
How about a half scale John Deere Model E. I finished this up a year or so ago.


There is nothing wrong with scaling a set of drawings up, simply use a multiplier of 1.5 or 2. Fasteneers can be sized by using the closest commercial size available. There are no laws saying that you must build exactly to plan.

01-07-2010, 08:46 PM
JC Pretty darn close to what I am looking for. Can you tell me did you build it from plans, if so what plans and how large is the flywheel.

01-07-2010, 09:40 PM

I built it from a casting set. The flywheels are 9" diameter. The casting set I used is no longer available. I believe there are others available, but I don't have a source for them.

Here is a list of links and contacts for casting kits and other model engine supplies;


01-07-2010, 11:23 PM
Gary Martin at martin models sells a smaller version of that JD kit. He just had some new flywheels investment cast and they came out beautiful!

He also sells a couple other kits. The Gade and the Mery