Wally Biernacki built a perfectly-scaled model steam engine using plans from a full-scale Case.
Wally’s 1/4-scale model Case steam engine “took two and a half years and quite a few cases of beer to build,” he says. The model weighs about 650 pounds and has boiler capacity of about 4 gallons.
Wally Biernacki with his show display.
The scale model burns wood, coal and corncobs. “If I’m baling with the wire tie baler (shown at right),” Wally says, “I’ll go through about 5 gallons of coal in a two-day show.”
Detail of the model’s engine, cylinder and piston.
Detail of the Pickering governor on the 1/4-scale model Case.
Wally delights in the details of his 1/4-scale model, such as this 1/3-scale pitchfork, more of his handiwork. He is not easily discouraged by mechanical setbacks. “Man made it,” he reasons, “man can fix it.”