|This is a picture of my latest project, finished
November 28th, 1999. The model is a 1/8th scale
model of a 1906 STANLEY STEAMER. It has
already been a world traveler, since it began it's
life in Holland. Construction began sometime
around 1982. A fellow collector brought it to the
USA along with the original plans which were in
Dutch. The wheels, frame, suspension, steering
wheel, and front seat bottom (water tank) along
with the engine (two cylinder with reverse gear)
were finished. I purchased the model in August,
|This is a picture of the gas burner for the
It is the only part on the entire model that was not
scratch built. An e-mail friend that lives in Holland
translated all the words that I could not figure-out.
The only word he could not translate from the plans
was "Bleuet" I found out later that it was the brand
name of the burner. That would be like asking
someone to translate the word "Pepsi". I want to
thank my e-mail friend for his help. Thank you
very much Martijn.
|This picture represents about a month of work.
The hood had to have louvers pressed in on
three sides. The rear seat houses the tank for
the butane fuel. Construction is mostly out of
.025 thick brass. The boiler is a nine tube
vertical and has two feed pumps, one driven
from the engine cross-head, and the other a
hand operated pump. There are three hand
valves, One is for the gas burner, one is for a
water pump by-pass, and the last one acts as
a throttle. On original Stanleys some boilers
had 900 tubes to help heat the water rapidly.
|This view looks down into the interior. Just ahead
of the steering wheel is the pressure gauge (I lied,
I did not make that either). The tuffed seats were
the hardest thing for me to make, I am a metal
"kinda guy" but they turned out pretty nice.
|Here is a view of the completed model. It runs
on 40 psi steam pressure. The original 1906
Stanley racer set a land speed record of 127 MPH
at Datona Beach. The model is 19 inches long and
9 inches wide and weighs about 15 pounds.
|This picture is a salesman's sample of a WATER
TURBINE. In the old days, Grist Mills (facilities
to grind grain) were operated by water wheels. The
water turbine was the latest invention of the time to
up-date aging mills. Similar designs are still used
in hydro-electric generating plants. Salesman's
samples were common in the old days to give a
customer a chance to see a fully functional scale
model of what is being offered. These days a good
meal and a little "nip of gin" is about all that is
offered to help sway a potential customer.
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