This simple Steam engine is a fantastic item to display on a shelf with its lacquered wood stand and highly polished and CNC machine brass components, its a great way to amaze visitors or teach others about steam engines. Also makes the perfect gift for someone who has everything. You will need only Methanol (95% of greater) and water to power the engine. Specs: Height: 180mm (7in)Width: 57mm (2.2in)Length: 150mm (5.9in)Weight : 640g
I was KIDDING Doofus!!! LOL!!! This thing looks like it would struggle to pull the skin off a rice pudding!!! It's purely a semi-functional "collector's display item", not intended for use in a model.
Did you hear the word "gullible" is no longer in the dictionary???
I just mounted the main gear set of the 450 straight to the steam engine fly wheel. I was very happy with the results once I turned the Burner and boiler 90 degrees (You have to shield the flame a little but the extra oxygen really makes it roar). As you point out it does not have the revs but the torque is amazing, so I am looking for a gearbox. Any ideas?
About 20 minutes drive from where I live are these older men who sit on there mini steam train and pile scoop full of coal into the steam engines. They run around the tracks that are up to 3 km long. The little kids just love the trains as they go under mini bridges, hils and gullies. You can ride on them for one dollar a go. Its very interesting to see these engines. Until now I never really knew what a steam engine in the raw looks like. I bet all the old timers who drive their mini trains would know exactly each piece name. Definatly a by gone time, especially with the increase of electricity and transport systems. Before you know it these little items will be a collectors item. as there will be only steam engines in museums.
As this uses an oscillating cylinder as its valving the spring that holds the cylinder against the valve plate SHOULD act as a safety valve. That is assuming that whoever designed this engine knew what they were doing...
I did not write there is problem or insults, only wrote my opinion. This item does not fit with HobbyKing usual sales. It's bad, it's good, up to them. it's also over priced in my opinion (as well as the sister product).
They can do whatever they want with an opinion, they're big boys.
You can keep your insults off the discussion.
How is it over priced. g222, i bet you have never turned a piece of metal in your life nor could you acheive the tolerances required for this machine to work. When you grow up a little mabey you will appreciate the finer things in life.
Good on you hobby king for pushing the envelope in your product range. I probably won't buy this (run out of display space) but think this is a wonderful item for you to stock and looks like it is pretty good quality. Sure it's not RC related but it is hobby related.
For the moaners out there stop whining, you're not being told to buy this - and remember you probably come here for their big range as much as you do for their lower prices.
was arrested once for distilling water and spent 3 days in jail awaiting lab analysis also knew an old man that built scale live steam train engines about 6 feet long i think that would qualify as being a serious hobby
****foots' gotta be one of those really old grumpy retired cops' who cannot stand any humour... for that I apologise.. so "SMILE!! it wont kill u" Boostjuice lady...(actually i cant stand it when she says that)...LOL!!!
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First, it is my first steam engine. It is really nice looking, but quality could be better. It is clearly noticable, that piston in cylinder is not moving freely. But I easily found position where there is least friction. And thats what this is about. I would be disappointed, if I could not enhance it by myself. I am using ethanol and works just fine. Works for max 5minutes at one time.
What I like the most, is how slow it moves. I can easily see the phases. And the sound is wonderfull. (see video lower)
- I am missing a whistle.
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mine came really good no broken parts at all i recomend using 95pcnt ethanol because normal 70pcnt needs a lot of time heating.nice product
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Mine arrived this morning, similar to the Midwest Heritage oscillator
and 0.7cc displacement. liberally oiled everything with light
machine oil, metho in the tank and filled the boiler.
Ran like a dream.
Now to make up a displacement steam oiler for it and maybe later
use it (motor) in a small Midwest boat.
Very happy with the purchase,
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Mine came with a broken boiler.. too bad, I was so exited to steam it :( anyway, I tryed various glass bottle, and finally found one that fits. There are many improvement to do for having a 2 or 3 minutes run. At first, I didn't understand why the video was a 5 seconds long, now I know. For a such quality, 75-80 USD would be a better price range. But I love those kind of products (allready have 2 stirling engines) and I'm really happy to work on it, find some new brass pieces and make it go better..