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Offline Stilldrillin

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Mia's Engine.......
« on: January 18, 2014, 03:07:16 PM »
This time, last year, I was test running one of my hot air engines on the coffee table, when Little Granddaughter trotted in......... "What dat Grandad?"

Before I could answer, Grandma said. "It's one of Grandad's engines. He will make one for you, one day." ..... Thanks Grandma!   ::)

Those lovely big brown eyes turned to me. "For my birfday?"  :o

What to do?? Grandad's Little Sweetheart is three, in three days time! And, she wants an engine!!   :shrug:

I dived into the Come in Handy pile. And found a heavy aluminium oil pot, from some, long ago scrapped, hydraulic system.

1/4" cross hole.........



Axle........




And, a couple of spare flywheels.......




I reckoned she could safely spin the wheels. Without doing too much damage to herself, or the furniture.

So, I dismantled and boxed. Ready for the next time she called here.......



David D
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Re: Mia's Engine.......
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2014, 03:11:26 PM »

Installation and commissioning didn't quite go to plan. Though, it was fun!  :)

Mia spent quite some time inspecting, and trying to make parts fit together.   :headscratch:

Didn't want any help. So I let her get on with it.........




Can't quite figure out this bent wire bit.......




Eventually. With my help, it was assembled.........




Couldn't get the hang of spinning the wheels. Preferred the "radar dish" mode........




NOT happy! Want to build it, with Grandma's help........




Guess what Grandma's saying.......




After an hour, or so. It was all a bit too much........




Building/ stripping this "Lego Set" engine, kept her amused, for several months. Until I finally managed to hide it in my toy cupboard.

Has she forgotten about it, by now?

Hope so! Cos, I've been modding it.........  :embarassed:

David D

« Last Edit: April 17, 2018, 09:26:14 PM by Stilldrillin »
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Re: Mia's Engine.......
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2014, 04:00:58 PM »
What a great pictorial David...my granddaughter is 3 1/2 now but so far no interest in engines. Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures!!

Bill

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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2014, 04:11:27 PM »
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Re: Mia's Engine.......
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2014, 04:16:30 PM »
Dave
good result a happy Mia , and to boot a quiet one at the end of the build ,just shows you how tiring this model making is


with your one and my two Jo had better look out


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« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2014, 10:37:58 AM »
:o I am never going to get any grand kids to be lucky enough able to spoil them like that, the best I get is my nephew visiting once a year and thanks to his mum he is loosing interest  >:(

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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2014, 11:59:34 AM »
Start them young  :) :ThumbsUp:
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« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2014, 01:27:33 PM »
Hope so! Cos, I've been modding it.........  :embarassed:



Gotta 350 V8 in it now?....... 8)

Goodonya mate.........I bet she never forgets it!

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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2014, 01:35:54 PM »
There's been some cracking posts on here over the time David but this one has to be top of the tree  :ThumbsUp:

I just love that last picture of total exhaustion.

A truly great post.

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« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2014, 02:36:38 PM »
Thanks David, what a craking post and thoroughly enjoyed the adventure.
So the big question what's Mia building next.
best wishes

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« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2014, 02:37:36 PM »
Thanks David, what a craking post and thoroughly enjoyed the adventure.
So the big question what's Mia building next.
best wishes

That's why Grandpa bought all those tools!...... :lolb:
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« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2014, 02:38:16 PM »
Thanks for all your lovely comments Chaps! Very much appreciated.  :ThumbsUp:
I wasn't too sure whether to show, or not.......  I'm pleased I did, now.  :)

Jo.
I appreciate your position.
I sincerely hope you have the opportunity to, maybe, "inherit" one of these lovely little, learning machines. They enrich your life so much..... 



Now, we've caught up to present day.
Mia hasn't seen this, since last mid summer. I really hope she's forgotten about it. But, somehow, I doubt it........   ::)

Set onto mill. Align crank axis with 1/4" silver steel shaft.......




48mm in X. 18mm in Y. Spot face, and drill/ ream through, 4mm........




Rotate 180* Offset 18mm t'other side, in Y. And spot/ drill/ ream to 4mm......




1/4" slot. Blummin jaw's in the way.......




Add temporary crank discs, plus cranks........




We got a finger engine........




It works very well, for a temporary set up!  :whoohoo:

I will show the permanent parts, as they are made. Plus an action video, eventually.

My only worry, is what Mia will think of her engine, when she can't dismantle it........  :help:

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Re: Mia's Engine.......
« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2014, 02:42:05 PM »
Oh Im sure Mia will soon learn how to dismantle it :lolb:
Just wait till she submits the drawings for the next project :facepalm:
cheers

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« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2014, 02:42:41 PM »
Dave....A great idea!....I would offer one thing to think about.

Watch that pinch point where the lever goes through the outer housing slot.  I bet a little finger could get pinched there.

Easily fixed...put a shroud over the opening with some nice big rounded edges...and make sure it doesn't get too close to the table top.  Keep it close to the round housing and all will be good.

She'll have all kinds of fun with it!

Dave
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« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2014, 02:39:39 AM »
I think that a most important part of the plan is that as much as possible Mia should be able to assemble/disassemble her engine. From the earlier pictures its obvious that assembling the thing was very much part of the fun she had.

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