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Jan 17, 2021 - 1:54:49 PM
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heavy5

USA

1526 posts since 11/3/2016

Check out these miniature engines , are they cool or what ?
And ah so tempting but expensive toys !
Yes , I am a forever child :0)
enginediy.com/

Edited by - heavy5 on 01/17/2021 13:59:15

Jan 17, 2021 - 3:01:11 PM
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56647 posts since 12/14/2005

I have no interest in building a V8 engine which works, but it was fun to see that the kit -and others- are available.

Jan 17, 2021 - 4:17:36 PM
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Brian T

Canada

17741 posts since 6/5/2008

More than 65 years ago, I recall my neighbors building a working model steam engine.
The boiler was a paint can. Two cylinders, must have been a kit?
All the bits soldered on the can. They rigged a belt drive to a hacksaw blade and cut nails.

I book-marked that business, building a Stirling Engine to run forever is an attractive nuisance.

Jan 17, 2021 - 4:28:34 PM
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11494 posts since 1/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by heavy5

Check out these miniature engines , are they cool or what ?
And ah so tempting but expensive toys !
Yes , I am a forever child :0)
enginediy.com/


Those are so neat!

Jan 17, 2021 - 7:38:26 PM
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RonR

USA

1763 posts since 11/29/2012

I have collected a few antique engines.


 

Jan 17, 2021 - 8:33:10 PM
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Owen

Canada

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They ^^ are works of art.   My two oldest brothers had a Meccano steam engine when they were kids in the 1940s.   My recollection is that it was quite similar to this one:

 VINTAGE MAMOD SE2A STATIONARY REVERSING STEAM ENGINE TOY ENGLAND

...not quite the same ballpark as the OP, but nevertheless........

Jan 18, 2021 - 3:03:28 AM
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OM45GE

USA

104094 posts since 11/7/2007

Cool site. Thanks for sharing.

If a kit isn’t challenging enough, you could always build a running miniature V12 from scratch:
 

Handmade V12

Jan 18, 2021 - 7:44:51 AM

heavy5

USA

1526 posts since 11/3/2016

quote:
Originally posted by Brian T

More than 65 years ago, I recall my neighbors building a working model steam engine.
The boiler was a paint can. Two cylinders, must have been a kit?
All the bits soldered on the can. They rigged a belt drive to a hacksaw blade and cut nails.

I book-marked that business, building a Stirling Engine to run forever is an attractive nuisance.


Yes , that one to me is a very interesting enigma .  

Edited by - heavy5 on 01/18/2021 08:03:59

Jan 18, 2021 - 8:03:30 AM
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397 posts since 3/26/2009

My has a few small steam engines and a big antique "hit and miss" gasoline one he tinkers with. One of my favorites is a little low temperature sterling engine that he sets on his coffee cup and it chugs away powered by the heat coming off the copy. Similar to this one:
 

Jan 18, 2021 - 5:00:02 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

14751 posts since 9/27/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Owen

They ^^ are works of art.   My two oldest brothers had a Meccano steam engine when they were kids in the 1940s.   My recollection is that it was quite similar to this one:

 VINTAGE MAMOD SE2A STATIONARY REVERSING STEAM ENGINE TOY ENGLAND

...not quite the same ballpark as the OP, but nevertheless........

 


I had one like that as a kid! We were only allowed to fire it up when Dad was watching. Something about that tray with the burning lighter fluid you put under the boiler. Ha! Ha!

I used to mess with crystal radios too. I still have one around somewhere.

Like this! https://www.ebay.com/itm/Remco-Crystal-Radio-Kit-For-Beginners-Complete-Condition/353175600657?hash=item523ae7fe11:g:uvsAAOSwbyFfPV0k

Used to have them at Radio shack. Under 10 bucks!

Edited by - bubbalouie on 01/18/2021 17:11:51

Jan 18, 2021 - 5:29:58 PM
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73958 posts since 5/9/2007

I'm nuts for these 1:4 scale engines that run.
They make 1:4 scale Cobras and Vettes and such that are radio controlled with these works of art powering them. These cost around 5k.

1/4 Scale Engine Cobra V8 (Twin Perry Carbs)

Edited by - steve davis on 01/18/2021 17:36:59

Jan 19, 2021 - 7:12:59 AM
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73958 posts since 5/9/2007

I would think for 5k they could have put the distributor where it belongs.

Jan 19, 2021 - 7:17:56 AM

6419 posts since 9/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by steve davis

I would think for 5k they could have put the distributor where it belongs.


too simple

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