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1610 W. Allegan St. Lansing Michigan 48915

'WHAT IS IT', of the March-April issue is indeed a 'Flamelicker' From the illustration, it appears to be identical with mine which is 7?' long at the base with a 5?' flywheel. I have seen only one other and that one is somewhat smaller in size.

Apart from the burner and the flame shield, Mr. Peterson's appears to lack a screw plug which covers the oiler (opposite end from the whistle). The burner is a screw-in type with wick similar to an oil lamp. The flame shield is triangular in shape when viewed from either end. The front is 1?' wide, about 2' deep with the left side relieved to provide clearance for the slide valve actuating arm. It is hinged on a wire at the top.

My engine had obviously been operated on kerosene, but I use alcohol as it's much cleaner. The engine runs well, but develops very little power. The water reservoir above the cylinder does not hold much and begins to steam merrily after just a few minutes operation.

There is a small grooved pulley which may be missing from Mr. Peterson's engine.

They are fascinating and somewhat temperamental, more so than 'conventional' hot-air engines. Mine takes quite a lot of heat to get started, then the wick can be turned down. The whistle, actually regulates travel of an aluminum ball valve, and usually needs up or down adjustment to get the engine started.

The name plate is missing from my engine. It is inscribed:

Vacuum Rotor
Rotor Corporation of America Dayton, Ohio Patents applied for Serial 4995

The above is from the only other 'Flame licker' I've actually seen. It's owner received it as a gift, about 45 years ago, he believes. I have been told that it was at some times shown in a Sears Roebuck catalog.

I would be grateful if any other readers could provide me with the proper name-plate, as described above.

On another subject, while seeking additions to my collection of old radiator emblems, I came across a catalog, undated, from The Remington Oil Engine Company, New York. They manufactured crude oil engines in three series, for marine and industrial applications. They were compression ignition type, and starting involved--'the: hollow cast-iron projection rising from the cylinder head is heated by the kerosene torch furnished with the engine---' When hot, a charge of oil is injected into the cylinder by means of a hand lever, flywheel is turned backwards to compress the charge and it then fires.

I do not recall seeing mention of this particular make in the two years or so that I've been a reader of your most enjoyable publication.

Let me add one further note of admiration of those talented individuals who produce those beautiful scale-model gas engines, like Mr. Himes (page 34) Mr. Schnur from Alvoordton, Ohio and others. I'd really like to find one of these, or perhaps a small 'salesman's sample' (were any made?) of the hit and miss type.