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11-18-2004, 12:18 AM
I'm trying out my new camera and photobucket account. I thought you would like to see some engine projects.


G.A. Ewen
11-18-2004, 12:30 AM
Beautiful workmanship! Is the vertical hit and miss your own design? I would be interested in getting plans for that one.

11-18-2004, 01:05 AM
Thanks for the compliment. The vertical hit and miss is the Upshur Vertical Pumping Engine. It was designed by Hamilton "Dick" Upshur. He does sell the plans. I will email you his address. I built it from the basic engine plans in modeltec magazine, but added a lot of extras including hit and miss governing, mixer mounted fuel tank, cooling fan and finned cylinder head. It is a good runner.


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11-18-2004, 01:50 AM
Nice work!! I enjoyed seeing them at the Iron Fever expo this summer.

A picture of PolskiFran and his work at the Iron Fever Expo.

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Paul Alciatore
11-18-2004, 02:49 AM
Neat Oooooh!

Paul A.

11-18-2004, 08:43 AM
I also saw them at Iron fever and they are fantastic! Camera works good too. Fred

Paul Gauthier
11-18-2004, 12:35 PM
Beautiful, I particularly like the engine turning on the first one. Really dressed it up.

Paul G.

11-18-2004, 05:13 PM
Very nice work Frank. Thanks for sharing. How many hours do you have in them engines? http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

Paul in NE Ohio

11-18-2004, 10:35 PM

11-18-2004, 11:52 PM
The engine turning was a matter of necessity. The aluminum I used for the side frames would not take a polish no matter what I did.

As for the amount of hours...well. If I had to count hours I probably wouldn't have made them. Sometimes you just have to see if you can do it.


11-19-2004, 12:10 AM
I also love the engine turning, I'll tell yah, I love it more than polished surface, only other thing that compares in my oppinion is decorative scraping.

11-19-2004, 02:10 AM
Nice picture of the engines. You could of improved the picture by doing a little of photo editing and removed the guy with the blue shirt. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif Or at least post warnings that wives and small children may want to leave room before scrolling down to the picture. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif


11-19-2004, 11:55 AM
Very nice work
When I look at the picture with all engines, I think your engines are connected to some airhoses - is this correct, and if so - what kind of airsupply do you use
I make small engines myself and do not like to work with hot steam - and therefore I use a workshop aircompressor - this is however unpractical if you want to bring your work to the neightbor to brag of your new project

11-19-2004, 12:27 PM

I have the same problem. I don't want to risk operating a boiler in the grade
schools where I give demonstrations.

I solved the problem by buying a Harbor Freight airbrush compressor. For about
$100, it has a built-in regulator and water trap and provides more than enough
air to run my small engines. It's quiet enough that you can converse normally
while standing right next to it.

Regards, Marv

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11-19-2004, 03:14 PM
Yes I do run my model steam engines on compressed air. Notice the manifold just in front of the coffee can. This pic was taken at iron fever. They have compressed air lines run along the tables. I tap from the main and run air through a filter/ regulator/lubricator then into the manifold. I usually regulate the air pressure to about 10-15 psi. When I build my steam engines I usually build them to be operated on live steam. Most of the steam engines have been tested on a friend's boiler and they work fine. The only exception to this is the 1.5x1.5v engine (the large engine on the right of the pic). I had to make a new D valve eliminating the lap/lead for efficent use of steam as originally designed to get the engine to run smoother on air. The valve chamber has a plexiglass window on it to watch the valve motion. I have a gasoline powered compressor powering my model table when I go to the outdoor engine shows. For indoor demonstrations I have an old 1 cyl. compressor run by an electric motor.

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11-20-2004, 11:34 AM
Nice work,love the marine engines.