Les Chenery's Monosoupape

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Chaps, I have made patterns to reproduce Les Chenery's 1/5th scale Monosoupape crankcase castings, with the blessing of Les' son John, who still sells the drawings.

I am writing here to try and gauge if there is likely to be any interest at this stage; prices will come later, and I'm not asking for any commitments from anyone.

-Andrew, UK
 

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Andrew,
What castings will actually be included........
 

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There is only one casting for this engine... That might be why the design was so popular - price!!

It is for the crankcase. Les liked to make engines that were true to scale externally, and similar internally; sometimes making concessions to ensure a well-running model.

For the Gnome, Les used a single crankcase (the real thing was in two halves) with a scribed line to represent the split.

That's what I'm making.

-Andrew
 

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Chaps, I have made patterns to reproduce Les Chenery's 1/5th scale Monosoupape crankcase castings, with the blessing of Les' son John, who still sells the drawings.

I am writing here to try and gauge if there is likely to be any interest at this stage; prices will come later, and I'm not asking for any commitments from anyone.

-Andrew, UK
I am interested.
 

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Have you made any headway on your decision on what you are doing with making the casting yet?
 

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Yes, I have, this very day arranged to have the first four cast. I will give prices as soon as I hear.

my Father and I met Les, and we both bought castings from him; I made the pattern when my Dad machined his case and cracked it, and Les had passed. I asked John's permission before I did this.

this is why things have become convoluted- I'm arranging things from Luton, but they're getting cast near Telford, which is where my Dad lives these days. Luton's foundries have all shut.

Just keep watching this space!

Andrew
 

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If that is Madley Brass then they did a nice job casting some ali crankcases that I made patterns for last year.
 

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Update. Five cases have now been cast in LM25 aluminium, and heat treated to "TE" (precipitation treated) specification. I am expecting them to be here over the course of the next week. Photographs will follow shortly!

Thank you for bearing with me.
 

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Count me in.............
You've always been "in" Joe. Postage in the UK for this size and weight is set rate, for the US, if weight is a factor, I'll be prepared to rough the interior of your case FOC, to get costs down.
 

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