Reflections

A BRIEF WORD


| February/March 1987



Tractor

22/2/2

As this issue goes to press in early December, we are deeply saddened by the passing of Neils A. (Andy) Kruse, Park Ridge, Illinois. Andy's acquaintances in the gas engine hobby numbered in the thousands-his friends are scattered all over the world! Many of you were acquainted with Andy and his wife Ruth, and many more saw his wonderfully restored engines at numerous shows around the country.

Andy's affable and quiet manner was but one part of a person with extensive knowledge of gas and hot air engines, not only from the historical standpoint, but also from the technical details. From his little shop behind the house, Andy built a great many parts for engines that would otherwise have gone by the wayside.

Andy Kruse was not a person to look for or desire publicity. Having known Andy for many years, we seriously doubt that he would appreciate a somber eulogy. However, we feel compelled to pay this final tribute to a fellow collector whose help and encouragement sustained this writer many a time over the years. To put it another way-Andy Kruse will be missed not only by his family but by our entire hobby. Andy's obituary is included in this issue.

We had a huge and very favorable response to the Webster magneto list published in the December, 1986 GEM. Quite a few of our readers suggested that this information, plus other useful data appearing in the recent past be assembled into a 'pocketbook' format. These suggestions have been turned over to the GEM staff for their consideration and possible action.

In the last few weeks we have had several contacts regarding the addition of more information for model makers. It appears to us that model making, especially of internal combustion engines, is on the rise, but the great majority of interested model builders simply do not know where to find castings and parts. Likewise there seems to be a dearth of information on some of the fine points of model building. We have been in contact with one well-known model builder who intends to forward a series of articles to use in the near future. A couple of months ago, a collector sent us a list of known scale model manufacturers-those who have made patterns and castings for various kinds of engines. The Reflector is especially irritated that somehow or other he has misplaced this information, particularly because it was intended for use in this issue! If the sender could again send this list we would appreciate it very much. Like wise, anyone with scale model castings should send us information on what we have. By getting this information out to all our readers, scale model gas engines might become an important part of our hobby.

22/2/1 Q. Can anyone supply information on the Stover MV-2, 3 HP engine? Mine is missing the carburetor and fuel tank. Would like to get some pictures or a manual that shows the engine in detail. This particular engine has a gear reduction assembly attached to it which may have been used to power something like a cement mixer. Daniel A. Bowers, 1663 Maplewood, LaVerne, CA 91750.