Model Maker's Corner


scale Maytag upright

scale Maytag upright.

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532 E. Parkland Avenue Evansville, Indiana 47711

The Gas Engine Magazine is my favorite magazine, especially the Model Maker's Corner.

I am 72 years old, a retired machinist. I have been building model steam, gas, and hot air engines for 10 years.

So far, I have built seven Hit and Miss engines, one Ericsson Hot Air engine and three Maytag engines. For the ignition on the Hit and Miss engines I use a glow-plug, using one C size Ni-cad battery, and burning gasoline or propane. I have to leave the current on all during the run. By using the glow-plug ignition I never have any ignition trouble.

All of my engines run without rings on the piston. The piston is fitted with very little clearance.

The half-size Maytag upright is made from a set of Brad Smith castings. I recommend this engine to anybody that wants a good looking and running engine. It has a 1' stroke and 1' bore. The ? size Maytag upright I made from scratch using Brad Smith's drawings. It has a ?' bore and stroke and runs just like the bigger one.

My good friend, Jim White, brought me a box containing a Maytag Twin engine all apart. With a lot of encouragement from Jim and another friend, Steve Reisinger, I got busy and started measuring everything by two.

To make a magneto for this engine was out of my line so I used two airplane glow-plugs and a C-size battery for each glow-plug. After choking the engine once, it starts on the first push of the kick starter. It runs with little vibration and it also runs cool.

This engine was made entirely from scrap metal except the gears for the kick starter.