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  • Fairbanks Eclipse Engine

    I finally got this completed enough to get it running. I have been working at it for about six or seven years off and on. It is running in the photo, the digital camera is faster than I realized.

    Jim H.

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    Well, JC, I would say that it was time well spent as this is a very good looking job. Wish I was capable of doing similar work.

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    • #3
      Great looking engine. Was it a kit? If so,
      is it still available?

      neonman

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      • #4
        Ooh Ooh I want one too! Is the kit still available?

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        • #5
          I know what you mean about digitals. I shoot some pics of a machining operation with a multi blade insert cutter awhile back and all of the shots showed the cutter and the CHIPS frozen. And this was an old floppy camera
          Forty plus years and I still have ten toes, ten fingers and both eyes. I must be doing something right.

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          • #6
            .........Do it again with shop lighting and no flash. That oughta get you some blur :-)

            Best,
            Rick
            Son of the silver stream ..... Bullet caster.

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            • #7
              It's the flash that stops the action. Electronic flash has a flash duration of about 1/10000 of a second (much faster than a shutter). Put the camera on a tripod or resting on a table, turn the flash off and use the self-timer to trip the shutter since most digital cameras don't have a cable release socket for the shutter. If you push the shutter button, you will probably get a blurry image.

              Nice work on the engine!

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              • #8
                Thanks for the kind words. It is a relatively easy model to build, and good castings. I think there was a build article in Gas Engine Magazine a while back.

                Castings are available from Tom Ball, T&S Model Engine Works. 419-693-6251 [email protected]

                The original carburetor castings did not work too well, and modifications were needed, I picked up on it at the NAMES show, but ask Tom if upgrade is in the plans or a different casting has been made.

                I do recommend it. I have no connection with T&S, but I do know them.

                I got it about 90% completed, and it has been languishing on the shelf for several years. In the Fall, I picked up for cheap a set of castings for a 1/2 scale John Deere. I have forced myself to complete some of the projects lying around here before I embark on that. This is the last. As soon as I get the governor working, I start on the JD.

                Jim H.

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                • #9
                  Good job! Congratulations.

                  A friend of mine build an Eclipse like yours, but a core must have been poorly located in one of the castings.

                  Did you have any problems machining into a cored cavity? That's what has had me holding off getting a set.

                  Orrin
                  So many projects. So little time.

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                  • #10
                    Orrin, I had no problems with core shift. If your friend had a problem, did he contact Tom? I am sure he will make good on any casting problems.
                    Jim H.

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                    • #11
                      JC
                      What diameter are the flywheels? They might be to big for my machine.
                      Thanks
                      Caddy

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                      • #12
                        The flywheels are 7" diameter. The model is 12" high.

                        If you want something smaller, this is the Breisch Little Brother. I built this in the time the Fairbanks was sitting on the shelf. It is about 1/4 scale, 4" flywheels.

                        Jim H.

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                        • #13
                          JC, you are one talented bloke!!

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                          • #14
                            JC:
                            Thanks for the info. Cool looking little engine. BTW I'm starting on the new (#2) crakshaft tomorrow!

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