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New Member introduction

Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:13 am
by Modelnut
Hello fellow home machinists. I am brand new to this Forum but have been at the hobby for some years. Lately I find myself with more and more interests and less and less free time. I believe that is part of being human.

Anyhow my main machinist interest is in these tiny little mechanical marvels some call model IC engines. I have heard other less informed call it something less flattering but enough said about that...

I am looking forward to sharing some natter and chat with fellow model engine nuts.

Thanks for allowing me to join this Forum.

Nico

Re: New Member introduction

Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:02 pm
by Harold_V
Welcome, Nico.
We don't seem to have a lot of activity in regards to model IC engines, but they are certainly a part of the board, and a real challenge for those who enjoy them. I would enjoy building a model, perhaps ¼" scale, of a Buick nail head. I do not have plans to do so, however. Too much on my plate.

H

Re: New Member introduction

Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:22 pm
by BigDumbDinosaur
Harold_V wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:02 pm
I would enjoy building a model, perhaps ¼" scale, of a Buick nail head.
You'd be using small finishing nails in it for exhaust valves. :D

Re: New Member introduction

Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:14 am
by Modelnut
Thanks guys. I have a partially completed 1/4 - scale V-8. Don't know what its a replica of. The crank case, crank shaft and heads are there (I think the heads are just blank blocks) Two Walbro carbs and thats it. Lots of work still and I don't think I will ever get to it any time soon. I have built a few single and multi-cylinder engines, including a self designed three-cylinder of 30cc. Then there are the ones I made from purchased casting sets - Kiwi, Seal Major, Whippet and one from castings by the late Bob Shores, a twin - forgot the model. I also have some more casting sets and other stuff I may not get to. Might even get myself so far mentally to part with some..... Years are catching up on me...

Re: New Member introduction

Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:46 am
by Harold_V
BigDumbDinosaur wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:22 pm
Harold_V wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:02 pm
I would enjoy building a model, perhaps ¼" scale, of a Buick nail head.
You'd be using small finishing nails in it for exhaust valves. :D
Yeah, but it would be a thrill for me, as I ran a 322 when a young lad. It was installed in a '51 Super Riviera, along with a '38 floor shift trans. I had what Buick called their "export kit" in the engine---10:1 pistons, mechanical lifters, adjustable rockers and a better grind on the cam, and had ported the engine. I also had it balanced. Ran like a scalded dog. Could keep up with the average 348 Chev. (drag racing. I've never been a fan of high speed racing), which was not bad for a heavier car with a smaller engine. Got lots of tickets with that sucker, too. Ahhh---the good old days! :lol:

I consider the Buick nail head one of the prettiest of engines. Looks like a tiny thing tucked in where a large straight eight used to live. While they were notorious for small valves, they had considerable dwell, and were one of the highest torqueing engines on the market at the time.

H

Re: New Member introduction

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:10 am
by JackF
Welcome Modelnut, it would help if you put your general location in your personal information. In addition to people on this forum this would help to possibly find people in your local area to get together with and "talk shop". :)

One of the reasons I joined the Chaski group was my interest in making model engines. :) I have yet to make one but my interest is still there. :roll:


Jack.

Re: New Member introduction

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:26 pm
by mklotz
You may also want to explore the Model Engine Maker forum...

http://www.modelenginemaker.com/

Good group of folks, similar to the company here, many accomplished model makers. All forms of engines are welcome - IC, steam, atmospheric, Stirling, etc.

Re: New Member introduction

Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:32 am
by Modelnut
Done.