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    V4 steam engine - based on CFellow's opposed 4

    I love it! Love it love it love it! The chain for the valves and V configuration are making it very tough and James Dean-ish, if James Dean was a miniature engine. It goes in a steam roadster, 2 seats and maybe one set of golf clubs. Whistles as it tears down the highway. ;D
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    Project of the Month Tribute

    That was awesome. Thanks a ton for putting that together! My mind was spinning a few times, is that a 6 or an 8 cylinder in the palm of a hand? Though ether way will barely effect the speed of cranial rotation.
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    February Project of the Month

    Absolutely brilliant work, the engine is beautiful! :bow:
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    Boiler blows, from youtube Sorry if this is something you have seen a million times. What the hay, have another gander :D
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    January Project of the Month

    Oh... My... God... :bow: :bow: :bow: THANK YOU!!!!! I am going to faint now, then celebrate! I can hardly wait for the next semester to start, that's when the shop opens! So much more to come, first the exterior and the timing adjustmen. Then maybe hopefully a rpm regulated automatic timing...
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    My first engine, and first time working with metal

    I experienced that with the aluminum plate I bought at a scrap yard. On a band saw I was cutting off a part. At first the aluminum plate felt like the other shapes of aluminum I had been cutting, and then it suddenly offered far less resistance and 'jumped' forward about an inch and a half. Just...
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    Drip Oiler--with a secret--

    Nice design, nice plans. Now I know what to to with all these extra bolts...
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    My first engine, and first time working with metal

    Interesting and awesome explanation Tom, thanks! Your description helps me understand the noise profile and how it feels to turn the crankshaft by hand. The power cycles do overlap, I will draft the ported flange and orbital valve in software to get precise numbers on the overlap as my math...
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    My first engine, and first time working with metal

    Ah, thanks for explaining that action of the valve and pin Jerry. I think I will make a disk of some type of low friction plastic to go on that face the valve rubs against. If I ever make a boiler and can use steam I will make a steal cover and polish it till it glows.
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    Using my espresso maker to power my engine?

    OK then, moderators please close this thread.
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    Using my espresso maker to power my engine?

    Bogs... I am not sure I am seeing the dangers clearly, I want pressure for my engine and it seems like it would be 'neat' so maybe I am not looking at this from a good angle. My own head was having quite the discussion over whether it was a good idea. My thinking was that the boiler in an...
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    Using my espresso maker to power my engine?

    I put some vegetable oil in the line before starting. It did not work, but it was hilarious to see the engine sputting water out the back and it showed me where the engine seals are not right. Lets just say my worries over safety were unfounded, my setup was leaky and while the pressure was not...
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    Using my espresso maker to power my engine?

    So I just built my first engine, link here... and want to power it with my espresso maker as I don't have a compressor available right now. Will this be really bad for it? I plan on making a setup that has a bypass that will release...
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    New Engine "Red Devil"

    That is awesome. I love the spinning valve system.
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    Coming along nicely

    Beautiful work sir. Fascinating technology as well. Modern industry generates allot of heat and I am interested in harnessing it in different ways to return energy to the system. I think there is a place in the future for this technology.