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Working Steam Engines (Plan Sets From the Past) Spiral-bound – January 1, 2006


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  • Spiral-bound: 98 pages
  • Publisher: VILLAGE PRESS INC (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941653277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941653275
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,832,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 13, 2009
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This is an excellent set of steam engine plans, especially for novice engine builders who have even a little bit of experience. They are well drawn, and the drawings are large enough to be easily read and used (important for someone with my aging eyes!)

For anyone just starting to build engines, you need to be aware that this is a set of plans (measured drawings.) While they are excellent plans, they do not contain a detailed, step-by-step set of instructions for how to machine and assemble the engines. If you first build a couple of engines using plans that have instructions, or even assemble an engine or two from kits, then you can easily figure these out for yourself.

The engines built from these plans are also large enough in size (and/or scale) to make them easier for beginners to build. Up to a point, the larger the size of the finished engine, the more forgiving the dimensions are for new machinists. If you get much larger than the engines in this book, however, it becomes more difficult and expensive to find or buy the raw materials, and you may need larger tools to machine the parts. So...size-wise, these are a really good designs for models.

Finally, the designs have been simplified somewhat, i.e., they don't have all the tiny bells and whistles of a full size steam engine, like governors, etc. These are nice but add to the complexity of getting your engine assembled and running. However, if you know how to build these extras, you could easily add them to these designs. For example, some of the photos in the book show lubricators on the engines, however, the lubricators are not shown in the plans. Once you know how to make a simple lubricator, they are easy enough to build and add to your engine.
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Be aware buyer. Rudy desgined and constructed wonderful steam models and this book has several of his designs. The drawings are clear although a bit dated, all dimensions are imperial. The book only contains drawings and no explanations about how to manufacture the parts therefore, there are not any suggestions about the machinery or the tools needed to make the models. I think that this book is not for the newcomer since it requires a good understanding of the machine shop operations. It is also necessary to consider that the book makes no reference to boilers, lubricators, pressure gauges nor any auxiliar equipment for running the engines. Nevertheless I think that any person with a intermediate level of skill at the machine shop will be able to make the models. Then again, any model engineer with a bit of experience will find these plans useful.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy123 on December 25, 2011
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I could not recommend this book any less. I bought it for a gift and completely regret the purchase. It is nothing but a set of badly reproduced drawings with no comentary on how to build, or no useful information whatsoever.

There has to be a better choice.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gunner Anderson on November 28, 2008
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The book title should be changes to toy or model steam engines since there are no plans for anything but tiny engines.If you are looking for plans to build a steam engine that can actually do some work this book is not for you.If you are looking for plans to build a toy engine, these plans are not complete but a real machinist should be able to fill in the blanks and finish the design work and make something that will run for a little while.
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