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.
November 3, 2018
Parsell & Weed Engines - OUT OF STOCK
We are currently in the process of establishing an account with a new foundry as our previous foundry has been non-responsive for more than 6 months. As of today, we have (for the first time since its re-release in January 2016) run out of complete kits for the P&W engines. We have all parts in stock except for cylinder heads so we can still support most parts orders for replacement castings.
We have received some initial pricing from the new foundry and are anticipating that we will need to raise prices once our initial order is completed. At this point, we hope to be restocked before the Cabin Fever Expo in mid-January 2019.
As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns as we are here to support what we sell -- both before and after the sale.
January 10, 2019
Parsell & Weed Engines - BACK IN STOCK
As of January 10th we officially have P&W kits back in stock with fresh castings in silicon bronze (C873 - Everdur). They can be found on our ENGINES PAGE.
February 21, 2019
Parsell & Weed Engines - 2018 Pricing
As of today, we have decided to return to our 2018 pricing for Parsell & Weed kits as we look into other options for having castings made.
One of these options we have already started on with the purchase of our own foundry furnace and related tools and equipment. Check our Facebook feed to the right of this post for more info.