REFLECTIONS

A BRIEF WORD


| December/January 1986



Hercules Engine

21/12/6A

Lloyd Hallead

With this issue, Volume 21 of GEM comes to an end, and likewise, 1986 is rapidly drawing to a close. From the viewpoint of enthusiasm for our hobby, we believe it has increased dramatically, especially as witnessed by the number of letters from those who are just beginning the hobby of collecting and restoring old engines and tractors. Those of us who have been collectors for some time often become jaded, and perhaps it is human nature to become rather uncaring about the new members of our fraternity. However, all that's necessary is for any of us to look back at our early days of engine collecting and think back of some of the great boners we've pulled to see that we were neophytes too. The moral of the story is this even the neophyte might know something we do not know, so helping newcomers to our hobby might well have an eventual reward.

Surprisingly, our comments a while back about including a section on model making has drawn virtually no comment from the readers. Either there aren't any model makers (which we know is not the case), or there simply isn't the enthusiasm for model making that we first imagined. We'll not give up on the issue though from time to time we hope to bring you bits and pieces that might be of help to model makers.

One thing we learned about model-making is to use graph paper when making a reduction of the engine you wish to model. Graph paper is available at most office supply stores. Using say, inch grids, then it is rather easy to sketch all the parts.

The Reflector was especially pleased to have an unexpected visit from Mr. Don Macmillan, Whiterig, Etchilhampton, Devizes, Wilts., England recently. Mr. Macmillan is a well known collector in England, and visits the United States occasionally.

A couple of articles in the November, 1986 GEM piqued the interest of the Reflector. 'Made from Scratch' on page 10 illustrates several hand made items, and the article by John Rex on 'How Often do Magnetos need Recharging' contains a lot of excellent information on this subject. We agree completely with John in his comment, 'Don't attempt to recharge magnetos by methods which produce inadequate energy to fully recharge them.' For years the Reflector has heard of a good many ways to recharge magnets, but the fact is, that it can only be done one way the right way! The majority of battery-powered magneto chargers are designed for something in the area of 1500 ampere-turns, while the big chargers intended to charge iron or Alnico magnets approach a size of 3,000 ampere-turns, or even more.

21/12/1 Q. John Kendall, 262-01 Francis Lewis Blvd., Rosedale Qns., NY 11422 asks for the paint scheme on the Massey-Harris No. 1 engines. John writes that he has read that the flywheels were green and the base was red on the original, but how about the rest of the engine, and what Dulux number applies?