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    Two of my students have purchased the plans for this engine and will be starting it in a week or so. I haven't seen the plans yet. Link to a page with a picture of the engine.

    If anyone on this list has built this engine and has any tips to offer they will be most welcome. I think that I will encourage the boys to make all parts in aluminum first (we have plenty of that) and then remake the parts in brass. That way any oops's will take place in the material we have instead of in the $3.85 per pound brass they will have to buy.

    Thanks for your thoughts.
    Errol Groff

    New England Model Engineering Society

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  • #2
    I have seen the engine, but not the plans. I don't think there is a reason for the engine to be brass, Bill just likes to build IC engines of brass to be different. It has iron cylinder liners, and I would imagine it would work just as well if made of aluminum. You might need to use steel or brass for the flywheel, but the rest of the engine should work regardless of the material.

    I have the Panther Pup plans, and it can be made of either brass or aluminum. A combination of polished brass and aluminum would be a real attention getter.
    Jim H.


    • #3
      I Haxe the boat plans and one of his egine plans the booklets are well done. He is always a hoot at the shows he attends. and is always good fun to talk to.
      He did say he liked the look of brass and had it so he used it.
      Been there, probably broke it, doing that!
      I am not a lawyer, and never played one on TV!
      All the usual and standard disclaimers apply. Do not try this at home, use only as directed, No warranties express or implied, for the intended use or the suggested uses, Wear safety glasses, closed course, professionals only