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Empire B-33 Magnetic Engine
« on: May 25, 2023, 02:34:34 pm »
Got in my B-33 from SlowJoey, I bought this engine and the Empire #43/Laboratory Materials Turbine outside of eBay.  Video for the turbine coming after this one :-)

She is a noisy engine for sure and has some modern replacement wiring underneath the base.  The B-33 is nearly complete, only missing the Empire information tag :'( 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XGmMkgFSZo
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Re: Empire B-33 Magnetic Engine
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2023, 04:56:17 pm »
so... if anyone ends up with a "part out" B-33 and has the information tag I'd be so very grateful to have the opportunity to procure it from you.  Not likely to ever happen I think to have a "part out" B-33 but I suppose I'll never know if I don't put it out there and ask ;-)
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Re: Empire B-33 Magnetic Engine
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2023, 05:57:38 pm »
Here is after some light cleaning and polishing.

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Re: Empire B-33 Magnetic Engine
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2023, 10:01:32 pm »
Congratulations, Rich! Very nice example of an unusual model.

Too bad about the AWOL tag. There are companies out there who can make waterjet and laser cut parts from a DXF, places that can make water-slide decals, or stickers, from your own artwork. There must be someone who can make an etched name plate if you give them a reasonable image to work from.

I've restored them before, with pretty good results, but you need an original tag first.  :-\

Good luck!
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Re: Empire B-33 Magnetic Engine
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2023, 10:06:24 pm »
that's cool...

I suppose one option is to send off a tag and have blanks made... then figure out how to fill in the bits?
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Re: Empire B-33 Magnetic Engine
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2023, 03:24:00 pm »
Having the original faux governor is rare.  It is often missing.


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Re: Empire B-33 Magnetic Engine
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2023, 03:33:58 pm »
Having the original faux governor is rare.  It is often missing.

Somewhere on the internet, I read of one chap who restored one of these. He actually cast a replica from aluminum for his engine. Guess you could say he had a "faux" faux governor.  ::)

Edit: In fact, here's the link: http://www.alspcs.com/EmpireB33.html
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Re: Empire B-33 Magnetic Engine
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2023, 04:45:50 pm »
Funny, "faux" faux governor!  Which that B33 was donate to Al by Charlie or so that page says.

I'm sure if I had the nameplate but was missing the governor I'd be whinging about that!  I think it is pretty lucky having the stack too, seems those are often missing too.  The upside I can turn it so I don't see the nameplate missing (out of sight, out of mind LOL).

I'll just have to keep my eyes open, who knows perhaps I'll find a donor and then could pass on the rest to another person that needs what left.

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Re: Empire B-33 Magnetic Engine
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2023, 01:38:26 pm »
I thought I do another video after all the clean up I could manage and have a bit of "action" play with some accessories on my desk.  

Oh, you may notice she is running faster than my first video (and she is under load now too).  I cleaned up the contacts and adjusted them (the sparky parts you see) and then also cleaned up the pads on the 4 coils under the hood.  When I had those bits all apart I cleaned/buffed/oiled the shaft surfaces.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDCA_rl6gZI
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Re: Empire B-33 Magnetic Engine
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2023, 03:14:24 pm »
Much improved Richard, handles the load with ease & looks great as well.
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Re: Empire B-33 Magnetic Engine
« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2023, 04:15:09 pm »
I just thought, I should be showing the swings more - they cost me enough!  Also, they show how the engine speeds up after a bit too and you can hear it in the engine noise too.

https://youtu.be/MsDDXVcRR_Q
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Re: Empire B-33 Magnetic Engine
« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2023, 06:05:48 pm »
What a cool engine, I don't ever remember seeing one of these before.
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Re: Empire B-33 Magnetic Engine
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2023, 09:02:39 am »
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Parents must have loved the "safety" aspect of these models. The little sparks at the contacts are cool!
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Re: Empire B-33 Magnetic Engine
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2023, 03:07:02 pm »

I just watched your two videos in this thread Rich.

Well done sir!

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Re: Empire B-33 Magnetic Engine
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2023, 03:13:53 pm »
Thanks Charlie - we still need to connect so I can get at least that label for it that you offered me - mine is so sad looking without its nameplate ;-)
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