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Old 03-22-2018, 08:06 AM   #11
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Jeff, actually I was about to ask you about your generator that I saw in your price winning build. Very good-looking machines. Both the plant and the generators. Your approach probably has a much higher chance of success than without permanent magnets. I like both designs. The reason I’m thinking in the direction of the ones in the pics is just the looks. Beautiful machines I can watch for ever. At this stage I’m gathering information, inspiration and I’m learning.
How/where did you get the housing for your “dynamo”?
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For more pictures of really old power plant equipment:

http://www.edisontechcenter.org/Folsom.htm

I find it all interesting to look at.

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More information on a generator/battery system:

After re-reading your earlier response to my post yesterday, I looked this up:

http://www.delcolight.com/20.html

I have seen one of these systems preserved. The one I saw had a bank of fuses on the wall near the batteries.

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Rudy,
Regarding the generator housings, you first start with a stator and winding. That is the most important part. Once I had selected the stator and winding, the housing was then fabricated around it. In the case of the dynamo I used slices of heavy wall aluminum tubing screwed together with some epoxy filler and a few cosmetic additions. In the case of later era AC alternator, the housing is more simple. I sandwiched the stator between two pieces of milled flat stock. The rest is cosmetic.
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Thanks Jeff. I like your ideas. And the link to DelcoLight from ShopShoe. So sweet. The more I dig into this the more I want to make a model electric plant with all those vintage charming elements.
Talking about vintage elements. the picture is actually taken out of my office window today. The water tube is wooden and is probably more than 100 years old. And in the building at the end, yes, a very old electric plant, stil active. I have seen it 30 years ago, but now I'm going to ask for a tour with a whole new perspective.
The buildings used to be an old paper factory, but now hollowed out and converted to a hyper modern office environment.


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