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  • PM Feb 1973 "Tiny Steam Engine" Anyone?

    I found a box of Popular Mechanics magazines from the 50's up to the late 70's in the attic of my mother house when she bought it in 1993.

    As a mechanically inclined 13 year old, I was thrilled with my find. The one issue that I found that really caught my attention was the Feb 1973 issue. This issue had an article about building a steam engine entitled, "Tiny Steam engine for the beginning machinist" by John Burroughs.

    This article is what I attribute to the spark that inspired me to move down the machinist trade. In a way I feel I owe my career decision to John Burroughs for inspiring me with his article. I can remember as a 13 year old thinking that, "One day I would have my own lathe!" Now I am the owner of a tool and die shop.

    Recently I printed this article out and tacked it on one of the shop walls. I still haven't made that steam engine but I want to as it was the spark that got me headed down the machinist road.

    Has anyone built one of these? If so I would be very interested in seeing it.

    Thanks
    Greebe

    Oh and the article for those who are interested.




  • #2
    A number of people have built them over on "Home Model Engine Machinist" forum.

    http://www.homemodelenginemachinist.com/index.php

    Brian
    Brian Rupnow
    Design engineer
    Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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    • #3



      Here is one I made. The pattern came from a friend. He made it when he was 14

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      • #4
        Caldwell Industries, Lulling, Texas---I think that they went out of business several years ago. I had done business with them in the past and they were good people to deal with. I was sorry to see them leave the model trade.

        Speaking of those who have left thesuppliers list, has anyone built an engine from the castings that Anton Bohaboy, Rahway, N.J. used to sell by mail order? Reading a couple of articles about him in PS got me hooked on Steam models as a young teenager---years before I got my first lathe--an Atlas 618.
        Last edited by Al Messer; 01-30-2010, 03:34 PM.

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        • #5
          Ah yes. I remember those days. A young kid, let loose in my uncle's machine shop, with a stack of "Popular Mechanix" magazines.

          I manufactured dozens of these little marvels. I also built many oscillating cylinder engines, multi-cylinder engines and even an "odd" model airplane glow engine or two.

          Those were the days.
          Unfortunately, the events of the world closed in, and I lost my Father, we had to move, and I suddenly found myself "chief cook & bottle washer" for four screaming brats (who somehow grew up to be my younger brothers).

          I always had a great love for machines, but only recently have been in a position to "go back to my roots", so to speak.
          No good deed goes unpunished.

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          • #6
            Brian-- Thanks for the link. I have talked to a couple of people over there about this engine and have found some more plans.

            gt2-- Nice little engine. I was going to scrounge up the supplies to put together one of these sometime next month when I have some spare time in the shop.

            salt-- Good to here you have a shop again. It is nice to remember those times as a kid when you had such dreams of having your own shop and then have it come true later when you are an adult.

            Thanks guys for the responses.

            Greebe

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            • #7
              Greebe---I seen you posting over there. I have designed and built a number of small air/steam engines and posted the engineering drawings download links to a file hosting outfit I use. One of the more interesting ones, and easy to build is the 5 cylinder radial engine. do a search on here for "Brians Radial engine."
              Brian Rupnow
              Design engineer
              Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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              • #8
                O.K. The bug has bitten me! Where can I buy a copy of the plans??

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                • #9
                  The plans are free. Here is the link:
                  http://www.john-tom.com/MyPlans/Stea...nstruction.pdf

                  Greebe

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the link, however, my computer will not connect with it. What type of file is it? I seem to be able to download JPEG files only. I am open to suggestions. TIA

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                    • #11
                      I like the caption under Picture #4,
                      If you lack a boring tool, grind an old file.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Al Messer
                        Thanks for the link, however, my computer will not connect with it. What type of file is it? I seem to be able to download JPEG files only. I am open to suggestions. TIA
                        They are .pdf files---That site is slow though---it takes quite a while to come up.
                        Brian Rupnow
                        Design engineer
                        Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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                        • #13
                          Thanks, Brian. I'll be more patient and try it again!


                          Well, I waited several minutes and all I get is a blank page with a symbol of some sort in the upper left hand corner. Is this normal while waiting for the computer to download? Hey---I know less about computers than I do Steam Engines---and that's a lot!!
                          Last edited by Al Messer; 02-01-2010, 05:50 PM.

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                          • #14
                            River Queen

                            Thanks Gents... I was looking for something to do!

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                            • #15
                              Many thanks to Cam and the others for their kind assistance, but, since I am stuck with Windows 98 for the present, I will have to wait until I can get to the Public Library to download the plans. Again, many thanks to you all.

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