Searching for John Samphier

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  1. Jul 28, 2014 #1

    barneywomble

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    Hi everyone, this is an unusual request. I recently began collecting working model engines... in particular Steam Engines... however I recently had the opportunity to purchase a wonderful model "Hit & Miss" engine. The engine has a small brass name plate with the wording "CHUGGA" by J A Samphier... The engine was purchased from and British gent living in Brisbane in Australia and I purchased it from him. My request is to try and find the original owner and let him know his engine has found a new "safe" home... and of course I would love to know a little more about it. A search of this forum turned up a "John Samphier" so I thought I would post this and some pics in the hope someone may be able to help me or may recognise the engine.

    All the Best
    Marc

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  2. Aug 14, 2017 #2

    johwen

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    Hello Barney,

    This is John Samphier the Builder of the engine. I Live in Melbourne Australia and am now retired of course. I was living in Hellensvale at the time and sold it to a fellow who came down from Brisbain. I hope it has given you some enjoyment to own.
    The engine was built in 1987 and was based on a Duclos engine of the time however I remodeled the cylinder head making it an OHV which was more typical of the old farm engines. The spark plug was home made as were the gears and piston rings.
    I often wondered where it ended up in the wide world and I'm glad to Know that it is still in good hands Obviously a good home! It does look like it could do with a little restoration though?
    I have another one I have made about 5 years ago I called "Moderna" this one is a free lance design and I exhibit it annually at a Crank up day of big engines down here in Melbourne and get many an offer from people wanting to buy same.
    Currently I am building a Westbury 4 Cylinder "Sealion" almost complete now!

    Fhoto attachedjohnsamphier@bigpond.com
     
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  3. Aug 14, 2017 #3

    RonGinger

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    It has always bothered me that so many models are built without a builders plate, or other identification. Artists almost always sign their work, why should our models get any less care? This note is a great example of what can happen when a model is labeled by the builder.

    So come on guys, be sure every model you build at least has your name on it somewhere in a permanent fashion, and at best a nice brass label prominently displayed.
     
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