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Gothic Steam Engine Model - Henry Ford Museum has the Original
« on: October 06, 2021, 12:26:57 pm »
With a lot of luck I was able to bid this extraordinary steam engine on an auction platform today. The model was built by a very skilled machinist. The original is in the Henry Ford Museum and there are many photos online. The control is very complex with 4 valves. The flywheel has a diameter of 15 "and is composed of several segments. This is now a very special piece in my collection. At the same time I caught two other machines that I will introduce later
Enjoy and have a nice day too, Arnold ;D




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This is a wonder rendition of the original Arnold,  and quite large it would seem as well , I have been fortunate to have seen the original at the Henry Ford museum many times.
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Wow,
I have always loved this model from the 1st time I saw one at NAME's show.  I was also able to see the original at the Ford Museum.  If I remember correctly they serialized the building of one of these in Live Steam magazine over a period of several months.

Congratulations on winning a very fine example that looks from the photos to be very well built.
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What a model!

I have also seen the original at the Ford Museum.

Congratulations Arnold.

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Congrats, Arnold....!!!

A fine model indeed. Large, too.... you won't want to lift it yourself.

I know the people who reverse engineered the valve work flying blind. The Henry Ford would not let them take the valve assemblies apart. Based on what they could see, they figured out what had to happen inside and got it to work. Bob Gale was the original model engineer on this project. I saw his work over several years at NAMES until he passed away. John Ugo and Dennis Howe took over the patterns and project and engineered the valve bodies. John Ugo has also passed on. Dennis is still with us and he sold his casting and patterns business to my friend Jeff Lehn in Western Pennsylvania.

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Congrats, Arnold....!!!

A fine model indeed. Large, too.... you won't want to lift it yourself.

I know the people who reverse engineered the valve work flying blind. The Henry Ford would not let them take the valve assemblies apart. Based on what they could see, they figured out what had to happen inside and got it to work. Bob Gale was the original model engineer on this project. I saw his work over several years at NAMES until he passed away. John Ugo and Dennis Howe took over the patterns and project and engineered the valve bodies. John Ugo has also passed on. Dennis is still with us and he sold his casting and patterns business to my friend Jeff Lehn in Western Pennsylvania.

Gil

Hi Gil - yes the valves are a complex "artwork" as the whole engine is. I have seen a building story
over 8 pages 2015/2016 - very impressive
https://www.modelenginemaker.com/index.php/topic,5004.0.html
Greetings, Arnold

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Arnold, Congratulations on your elegant acquisition. I have the same model & scale as yours. I have seen the larger scale in a friend’s collection, but the proportions of the scale of the model you & I have has much better proportions & aesthetics.

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Arnold, Congratulations on your elegant acquisition. I have the same model & scale as yours. I have seen the larger scale in a friend’s collection, but the proportions of the scale of the model you & I have has much better proportions & aesthetics.

Agree - it's big and heavy enough when you need to move it around your home -  ;D
Anyway - good to have one...
Arnold

 

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