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Offline 1dbweldor

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« on: May 18, 2014, 02:10:02 PM »
Hello gentlemen
 I'm new to this forum and looking for insight and knowledge on machining miniature engines. At the present i'm thinking of a 9 cylinder radial from plans. I found an interesting one at ageless.com and considering purchasing the plans. I don't care how much time or work will be involved, I like something that is a challenge. I'm retired and have time on my hands. I have pretty much whatever machine tools I will need. I'll just have to tool them up once I find out what will be involved.

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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2014, 02:28:49 PM »
Hi and welcome to MEM.  A radial.  That is going to be a challenge.

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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2014, 04:01:23 PM »
Welcome!

There are more than a few of the ageless 9's being built with a lot of success. Do a search and you will find a few build logs.

Good luck and post some pictures as you progress.
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2014, 05:43:40 PM »
Hi and welcome to the  forum.
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2014, 05:48:48 PM »
Welcome to the forum. Looking forward to seeing your build of the radial 9.
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Offline dnalot

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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2014, 05:50:28 PM »
Hi and welcome aboard. I admire your courage in going for a 9 cylinder.

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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2014, 06:32:35 PM »
Welcome to MEM 1db. Do you have any experience with model engines? If not I might suggest you begin with something a bit simpler that a 9 cyl radial. There are numerous steam or IC engines out there that might make a more suitable 1st model engine. That's not to say that a radial can't be done, only that without significant experience (which you may have in other areas), it would not only be a challenge, but could well be frustrating to the point of turning you against model engines entirely. Starting with one of the simpler bar stock IC engines for example can hone your skills (if needed), help determine what tooling you may need, and still result in a model you can be proud of and use as a springboard to something like the radial. Not trying to talk you out of it, just to give it more thought in terms of your own confidence in your skills before jumping into the deep end.

Again welcome, and whatever you decide, I am sure you can count on whatever help you may need from the membership here.

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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2014, 10:07:15 PM »
Welcome 1db.  Looking forward to following along with your project.  :hi:

Regards,
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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2014, 10:23:14 PM »
Hi and welcome!  :hi:


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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2014, 10:32:23 PM »
Welcome 1db
Making small engines is just like making big ones except you need smaller tools and smaller collets. The good news is that a bottle of cutting fluid will last a long time and if you have to remake a part ( unless it's a casting) the expense is not a major one. The main commitment is time and some of us have more than others. The question is not how fast you can build and engine, it's how much fun you have doing it. Much cheaper than psychotherapy.
Best,
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« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2014, 11:29:54 PM »
I tried to respond to b.lindsey but it didn't post. Am I doing something wrong?

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« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2014, 11:41:38 PM »
Welcome from the fringes of civilisation

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« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2014, 11:58:58 PM »
b.lindsey
 With all respect, I have a life time of experience with engines. Model helicopter and c/l, rc airplanes. I used to modify the Tiger 3000 to make more power more reliably. Turbines in the Marine Corps. A/C machinist the last couple years in the Corps. Racing motorcycles most of my life. Both building and racing.
 When my wife and I traveled for work we would drag a rolling machine shop behind one truck and the 5th wheel behind the welding rig. I made guns and knives among other things in that trailer.
 Hopefully I have enough experience to accomplish a small project such as this. Hopefully I can pick the pros head nas I go on this project. I know I'll have questions because I know without a doubt I don't know everything and I always want to learn.
Thank you everybody for welcoming me to this forum.

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« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2014, 12:32:03 AM »
db...I agree then, that level of experience wasn't evident in your original post. I certainly meant no disrespect at all...again welcome to the forum and I too will look forward to your contributions!!

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Bill

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« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2014, 02:01:55 AM »
Hi 1dbweldor, Welcome to the forum!
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« Reply #15 on: May 19, 2014, 10:35:04 AM »
Welcome 1dbwelder!

A good bunch here.

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