MODELING WONDERS

Olds gas engine

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2835 Camp Rd. Manheim, Pennsylvania 17545.

Back in 1970 the family decided to go on a couple days of vacation to the seashore. We also decided to go see a gas engine show enroute. We picked Eastern Shore, Maryland as the show that we would go to on the way. Having bought our first two gas engines not long before, we were still seeing lots of different makes and sizes, all new to us. This Saturday, over 20 years ago, was a day that sort of changed our lives. At this show we saw one of Breisch's Olds gas engine models running. We spent quite a few hours in the model area of the show that day. Later we got a set of those castings and it took me almost two years to build it. I had no machinery at home. Working in a machine shop for 21 years before, I started to work on it at lunch time and after work. This took almost two years. We finally got it finished and ready to run. We got it to run almost right away. This first model engine led to many others. A fellow modeler, Ed Chick, could not have put it any better when he said, 'This hobby of building models is a disease.'

Over the years we have driven many miles to see a new model, a model builder, a customer, and shows where you never know what you might see, old and new. This seems to be the big question, we wonder where our travels may lead to next, to see a new model, meet a new model maker, or wonder what we will build next.

At shows a modeler always looks at a big gas engine with a modeling aspect. Almost three years ago, after about four years of occasional pattern making, we finished a casting kit for a side shaft, stove pipe Domestic. This past year, starting after the Christmas holidays, our youngest son Alan and I started making patterns for a new model kit. It was an early style Galloway that was made February 26, 1910. Little did we realize that you could total over 2,200 hours until you have the patterns and core boxes and one model butlt and running. Yes, a little over seven months work. The feeling of satisfaction is pretty great when you hear the 'song' sounding almost identical to the sound of the big engine. Engine pictured is running with about 15 fires a minute, it has 10.200 inch flywheel.

We wonder who will come up with something new next, and we wonder who will catch this disease next. Time has a way of slipping by, but everyone involved seems to be having a wonderful time.