| October/November 1986

The other day we received an excellent improvement for our suggested methods of picking up and handling engines safely. (See this column in the September issue.) Rather than using chains, a couple of readers suggested using nylon slings. They grip better, and are less likely to damage paint or engine parts. Each lifting situation is different the Reflector spent many years figuring out how to sling everything from switchgear and transformers to 2,500 horsepower electric motors. The important thing is that the lift be made in such a way that the slings cannot slip off while in the midst of the lift, the lift should remain reasonably level (and stable), and that the sling will not damage any components of the engine or other article being lifted.

Over the past few months, several readers have suggested that GEM initiate a column devoted to the needs of the model maker. The feeling seems to be that model making is now becoming a distinct part of our hobby and from the Reflector's viewpoint, one that is long overdue. There can be no doubt that the vast majority of collectible engines are now in collectors' hands, either restored or in their original state. Since obviously the day of these vintage engines is gone, the only viable alternative is to build a scale model.

Several advantages are evident building models is a fine way for amateur machinists to become more proficient. Upon successfully completing a project, the satisfaction of having built the engine is very rewarding. Engine enthusiasts are often constrained from owning full-size engines due to lack of space, inability to lift all this iron, or for other reasons. By contrast, the completed model can be easily carried from one place to another, making it easy to display either at home or at a show. No large truck is required it will fit into the trunk of the car!

Model making has been a long time coming in the U.S., but in particular among our British friends, model making has long been a very popular hobby. We hope it is now on its way to becoming a real presence in the gas engine hobby, and look forward to hearing from more of our readers in this regard. Meanwhile the people here at GEM will be discussing ways and means of implementing further activity geared toward the model maker. Meanwhile, the Reflector will welcome any letters or articles pertaining to the subject, and will include them as part of the monthly Reflections column.

A final note regarding models. The Reflector has tried to obtain more information on the status of the John Deere 1  HP engine models that were to be built in the Waterloo, Iowa area. An article recently printed in GEM indicated that the firm had gone through serious difficulties and the production of the scale models had been delayed. So far no substantive information has come to light. These situations can and do occur, but just because of the problems with this particular model, potential modelmakers should not get the impression that a similar situation exists among other suppliers of castings and model makers' supplies.

21/10/1Q. Russell M. Shipley, 12195 Rt. 99, Marriotsville, MD 21104 sends us two photos of a ground hog thresher built by Samuel Fitz, Hanover, Pa. The year 1862 appears in two places on the thresher. Mr. Shipley would like to hear from anyone having one of these threshers, and would like more information on either Mr. Fitz or his thresher. This particular one has three interchangeable concave bars, presumably for various types of grain. It also uses a two-section straw rack about 20 feet long that is built almost entirely of wood.