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#1 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted December 19, 2015 - 08:21 PM

My Uncle surprised us with an early Christmas Present for Mom's Christmas Village.
A Wilesco Steam Engine and a Wood Cutter.
This thing is so neat.  It uses solid fuel that burns nearly clean and really makes steam power.
At the end, I trigger the Whistle but for some reason, the camera didn't pick up the audio.
It was bought thru this company:

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Posted December 19, 2015 - 08:26 PM

You using the esbit tablets? Those style are much safer than the liquid fuel in the tray.

Really neat display. Another member has been playing with the wilesco steam engines as well. He had his hooked up to a generator I believe.

Was the woodcutter an accessorie or something he made? I have a table saw in the wood shop steam set I have. But no people.

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Posted December 19, 2015 - 08:32 PM

Very interesting. I would like to get into small steam sometime. My Dad has a live steam train for his garden railway. A lot of fun to run.
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Posted December 19, 2015 - 08:35 PM

The guys that build small steam engines around here run them on compressed air. A lot less mess.


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Posted December 19, 2015 - 08:38 PM

I have one with a grinding wheel. My uncle gave it to me when I was a kid. The bolt pattern never quite matched up to Meccanno, but I made do.
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Posted December 19, 2015 - 08:40 PM

You using the esbit tablets? Those style are much safer than the liquid fuel in the tray.

Really neat display. Another member has been playing with the wilesco steam engines as well. He had his hooked up to a generator I believe.

Was the woodcutter an accessorie or something he made? I have a table saw in the wood shop steam set I have. But no people.

yes, Esbit tablets.  The Woodcutter guy is an accessory.  http://www.yesteryea...og.cfm?view=M73

there are several workers to choose from, fun to look thru the list http://www.yesteryea...log.cfm?list=8 


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Posted December 19, 2015 - 08:42 PM

The guys that build small steam engines around here run them on compressed air. A lot less mess.


There is also the safety factor. Our local museum had a room specifically for the models. They were all required to run on air for insurance purposes. Insurance companies aren't that smart. they haven't figured out that compressed air is just as dangerous as steam.
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Posted December 19, 2015 - 09:57 PM

A small aquarium pump can't be that dangerous.


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Posted December 19, 2015 - 09:59 PM

. they haven't figured out that compressed air is just as dangerous as steam.

I don't think I'd agree with that statement. There is a lot more expansion rate with steam. When an air vessel lets go the pressure starts dropping. When steam starts escaping, the pressure goes up. That's basically how the engine runs. They will turn over on air but they don't produce the power.

 

 

Alan, That is a nice addition to the village.   :thumbs:


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Posted December 19, 2015 - 10:25 PM

Very cool Alan. Do you have posts somewhere of your Mom's whole village?

 

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Posted December 20, 2015 - 03:47 AM

That's pretty cool! Seems to run pretty fast.


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Posted December 20, 2015 - 07:41 AM

Very cool Alan. Do you have posts somewhere of your Mom's whole village?
 
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Not this years,
I can do that if you'd like.
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Posted December 20, 2015 - 02:22 PM

Very cool Alan. Do you have posts somewhere of your Mom's whole village?

 

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I think we would all enjoy seeing that.  Very cool Alan.  I like the little wood cutter guy.


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Posted December 20, 2015 - 04:57 PM

I can do that if you'd like.

Absolutely, Alan, I dig stuff like that and I'm sure many folks here will enjoy it too!

 

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Posted December 20, 2015 - 05:01 PM

Not this years,
I can do that if you'd like.

I think a thread with a good Christmas theme would help folks out right now.  I can't get my head around it's only 5 days until the holiday!


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