- 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: #945,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Working Steam Engines (Plan Sets From the Past) Spiral-bound – 2006
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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.Read more ›
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