LITTLELOCOS MODEL ENGINEERING
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February 17, 2018 - Major Update to the LLME Web Site
We've (finally) updated the Web site to go LIVE with the Essex Caloric Engine. We've also reduced the price on Mr. McGuckin's Flame Licker Engine from $250 to $200.
August 31, 2015 - Highlights from our Facebook Page - January 2013 - August 2015
Over the past several years, we have relied heavily on our Facebook page to post updates on all things Littlelocos Model Engineering.
As of July 2015, we are copying most of that content to our NEWS Page here. Enjoy!
September 12, 2015 - Major Update to the LLME Web Page
Our first casting kit offerings, Parsell & Weed Gas Engines, are nearing completion and have officially been advertised in the Home Shop Machinist magazine. True-to-form, bringing the Parsell & Weed back to market after a 20+ year hiatus has been more of an effort than we had imagined. This has been a very rewarding journey and has pushed Todd's skills and knowledge. Learning new things (especially pattern making and foundry work) is ALWAYS a good thing!
We will post updates here periodically; however, for more up-to-date info, be sure to visit our Facebook Page.
NOTE: We post updates here periodically; however, for more up-to-date info, be sure to visit our Facebook Page. Todd usually posts there several times per week. So, join in the fun and see what's going on at LLME by "Liking" us on Facebook.
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January 12, 2018 - Essex Caloric Engine is Released at the Cabin Fever Expo. (Do we see a pattern here?)
New Things a-Coming..... Last weekend, Joy and I were given the opportunity to purchase the Flame Licker Engine project from Jared Schoenly. This will make a great addition to our line of engine kits and speaks directly to beginning machinists whom we'd like to encourage. I will be reworking the foundry patterns and reformatting the drawing set before re-releasing it. The project originally appeared in the February 1950 issue of Popular Science Magazine and was subsequently marketed by its designer, Floyd McGuckin. It was subsequently marketed by Paul Breisch, Jay Peters, and then Jared Schoenly before a careless foundry lost the cylinder patterns and core box. We currently have a few of these kits listed on eBay.
February 5, 2017 - Major Update to the LLME Web Site
With the addition of Mr. McGuckin's Mysterious Flame Licker Engine to our stable of engine kits, we've revamped the Engines Page to better lay out each engine in brief form with pricing, etc. More detailed information is available on pages devoted to individual engines.
January 13, 2017 - Mr. McGuckin's Mysterious Flame Licker Engine is Released at the Cabin Fever Expo
The Essex Caloric Engine is (finally) available!!
After 4 years, this is the first engine to be released from the stable of engine designs we purchased from the Paul Jacobs family in Toledo, OH. Work to bring this little guy back to market has included:
- Building 2 prototype engines
- Numerous refinements to the design
- Modeling the engine in 3D CAD and completely redrawing the drawing set
- Producing a new set of foundry patterns
One of the challenges with this engine was getting to run so that we are happy with it. The result is that we've incorporated a moving regenerator and refitted the 2" diameter furnace that Paul had originally designed. (The first prototype included a more-to-scale 1-3/4" furnace; however, it restricted air flow around the cylinder tube.)
The engine ran all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Cabin Fever Expo. It is a joy to run and, once started, runs on a very low flame from its alcohol burner.