In case anyone reading this does not recognize Ron Colonna you are looking at the work of one of the worlds great model engineers. He has built some of the finest models Ive ever seen, and he is faster than anyone I know. He has built locomotives, gas engines, steam engines, just an amazing array of work.
Thanks Dale for posting this- I assume he will be at Cabin Fever and NAMES as usual this year?
Thanks Ron for the kind words. We will only be at NAMES this year. It works out well since I'm in Chicago and dad being in Pittsburgh we can meet there. It's just too much to do two shows 2 weeks in a row.
Yes the model has a clutch on the inside of the flywheel. If you look at the first picture, one of the shoes is positioned inside the flywheel just behind the water pump accumulator. You may have to zoom in a bit to see it. It's also visible in the third photo but is a bit harder to see.
Guys: I want to thank you all for the glowing comments on my latest project. I would also like to thank my son, Dale for posting those photos and responding to your questions. He has been my righthand man since he was old enough to shovel coal into my first steamer. This traction engine was a lot of work. I had built the 2 inch Case years ago and would have to say that this one is more than two times worse to machine and work on. Also my advancing age didnt help. I should have built the little one first when I could see better and didnt shake so much. But I did enjoy the build and am pleased with the final product. At times though I know I added new words to the dictionary as LBSC used to say. Thanks for looking. Ron Colonna
Everyone's already used up the adjectives I would use to try to describe it. Its impossible to appreciate all the time and special effort that goes into creating a museum quality piece like that. - Terry