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Making Simple Model Steam Engines Hardcover – 21 Dec 2005
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A highly illustrated, step-by-step guide to constructing a range of simple model steam engines, aimed at both beginners and the more experienced.
About the Author
Stan Bray is a model engineer of long experience. He is founder and former editor of Model Engineer's Workshop, former editor of Engineering in Miniature and Associate Editor of Model Engineer. He has written many books, including Metalworking - Tools and Techniques and Milling for Crowood.
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his simple engines after breaking down and acquiring a milling machine mostly as a precision drill necessary to accurately drill 4 1/16 holes for the double acting models. I found jigs to be cumbersome and difficult to secure to the stock to be drilled.
Some of the measurements/dimensions are suspect. If the clapper engine is accurately built per plans there is no room for steam passage.
What is between the lines is that after accurate part production and assembly it takes a day or so to tweak, de-burr, and introduce some slop here and there to get really friction free action.
I thank the author for making me learn the machinist mind-set as to accurate lay-out, precision drilling, good tap and die techniques, and the humility and patience to remake innaccurate parts.
One last suggestion to the more skilled just starting on steam engines- there are lots of plans on the internet for larger engines such as Gerry's beam and Elmer's grasshopper, especially if you like metal and woodwork.
If you have a small lathe such as a Sherline you will love constructing the engines in this book.
diagrams and photos to guide you. The book is aimed at beginners. There is nothing very complicated here. These are very
simple engines, not scale models of actual engines used in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Most real workhorse engines
were considerably more complex than these are.
Even for those interested in building scale models, this book is a good starting point. Experience gainned from these simple
models will go a long way toward being able to build more complex engines.