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1/6 P&W R-985 Wasp Jr by Bob Roach / Vernal Engineering

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ninefinger

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Hi Guys,

Now that I'm almost done converting my cnc mill I'm into the early stages of building my engine from these castings - heads / pistons / intake ring / front case / valve covers /

Somewhat surprisingly I haven't found any others on this forum who have this kit - anybody out there?
I'll be detailing my progress here - albeit very slowly as I'm a novice machinist and I get distracted easily - I've about 5 other machining / modeling projects on the go as well - most much smaller in an effort to hone my machining skills before destroying these beautiful castings.

So far the work I've done is mostly in CAD - redrawing from Bob Roach's drawing set to ensure I knew where everything belonged...

More pictures to come.

Mike

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As promised here are a couple more pictures (found my camera). The castings I acquired from Vernal Engineering (Bruce Satra), my first parts made in bulk on the cnc - 8 connecting rods (or link rods) and a small jig to hold them while machining. I was still having some small backlash, tram and Z-travel issues while making these but they turned out nice enough to use - they will be hidden inside anyways when I'm done.

Mike


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Hi Mike,

Very cool your project... good luck!

I will be here watching your progress... th_wwp

Cheers,

Alexandre
 

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Mike,
I have a set of Bruce's castings for the R985, and I also have a set for the R1830. My 985 is far enough along that it kinda looks like an engine at least. The 1830 parts are still laying in a box! Oh, and have a set of castings for the 2 blade and 3 blade prop hubs too.
You're right tho, not alot of people seem to be building this engine, or at least never say anything about it (there is a guy on here building the 1830 too tho). I've been to NAMES 3 times in 5 years, and my 985 is the only one I've ever seen.
Good luck, keep at it!

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ninefinger

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Hi John,

Please post pictures of your engine and share with the rest of us. I just connected my new to me lathe so I should be up and making chips soon (soon being a relative word lately meaning days or weeks..)

Mike
 

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Anyone here know about Les Chenery's Anzani triple? I think I have drawings kicking around from years ago. Don't suppose there are any castings anywhere?
 
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If you have the drawings, then you can make the patterns, and cast the engine yourself, or have someone with a furnace cast it for you.

It can be done.
 

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Not in my wildest dreams!

If memory serves me, that triple was impossible keep running...something like oil lines passing through the heads, and other wonders. But, it sure looked good!
I am thinking ahead to what might be next after the Silver Bullet. Maybe a twin airplane engine? A boxer?
 

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Hello,

I tried the email for bob roach but it was rejected by the server. I was just wondering how much the plans were and if there were any example sheets.

Thank you
Kyle
 

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Good deal thank you for the heads up, I'll shoot him an email.

Kyle
 

William May

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Vernal Engineering seems to be gone. Napco. com also seems to be a dead link.
Anyone know how to get ahold of Bruce Satra?
 

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Hi,

I believe that Bruce has passed. Paul Knapp was making the castings at one point some years ago.
 

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Yes it was sad to loose Bruce Satra. His castings were works of art. I have the P&W engine as a single cylinder kit. Just one head and a fabricated block. Also have the 1830 plans. And Bruce Satras 0-440 plans, a four cylinder boxer engine. Old school drawings with hand written machining notes.
 

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I have both the r1830 and r985 castings from bruce and bob roach drawings and prop blades. They are indeed a work of art. I'm currently building the r1830.
Last time I heard from Paul Knapp he had castings available, with full price lists.
 

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As promised here are a couple more pictures (found my camera). The castings I acquired from Vernal Engineering (Bruce Satra), my first parts made in bulk on the cnc - 8 connecting rods (or link rods) and a small jig to hold them while machining. I was still having some small backlash, tram and Z-travel issues while making these but they turned out nice enough to use - they will be hidden inside anyways when I'm done.

Mike


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Very nice work. I’m about to start on a ageless engines 18 cylinder double wasp model of the P&W w r2800. It’s probable not exact scale but I’ll never tell.LOL

there are a lot of parts in this motor but when you consider that they have all been made on a 9” south bend lathe and bridge port mill. And are very straight forward construction it’s not an insurmountable project.i initially wanted to tackle the r 4360 but there are too many things that pw ran into in building these motors that are real big issues for the modeler. Even M.Hogstad sad he had not completed that motor. I’ll be able to look at it deeper as I make the cad models. I have some thoughts but my bedside tablet is bare of solutions . He is a ver knowlegeable man with the big radials. I have a double issue in that I’m training one son in machine day to day things and another son in operating machine tools withou a computer screen. He is one that is hard to convince that the computer is dumb as a rock. The brain power is in the human running it. I’m getting old so I may not be able to complete this thing but ageless says I can do it. Prints an castings will be here next week . I have my cad station up and running. So I’ll start making models right away.
 

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So body asked about fast Er suppliers. Mc mister Carr is a great source.
micro fasteners is another. I don’t have web sites handy but a quick search willget you hooked up.
 

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