MR. ARTHUR HAGA OF BERGEN, NORTH DAKOTA, IS THE AUTHOR OF OUR MODEL PAGE THIS TIME. WE THINK THIS IS A VERY OUTSTANDING MODEL. CONGRATULATIONS TO A MAN WHO CAN WORK SO LONG ON ONE PROJECT. THE EDITOR HAS ALWAYS MAINTAINED THAT IN THIS WORK YOU ARE CREATIVE. YOU NOT ONLY BUILD AN ENGINE, YOU BUILD A MAN AT THE SAME TIME. CONGRATULATIONS.
I received my IRON-MEN ALBUM yesterday and missed the Model Makers Page, so I thought I would send you a picture of my Model Minneapolis.
It is built to perfect l 1/8 in. scale. That is the big engine boiler is 16 ft. long while mine is 18 inches long. That is the way I scaled all the parts.
All the parts and castings are made by hand except the gears, steam gauge, valve on dome and the whistle.
The boiler is made of steel and lined with copper to prevent rusting. Heated with an electric head balt heater so I can steam it up and run it in the house without smoke.
I tested the boiler to 150 lbs. pressure. The 'D' valve is nine-sixteenth inch and the ports are one-sixteenth inch, and the exhaust port 1/8 inch.
The wheels have all the rivets that are in the original, which is over 600. It took me a year of spare time to complete them. The little mud lugs I forged in a form I made and they are just like the original.
The engine is 26 inches from end to end and is a Model from the 30 hp. Minneapolis. It runs just like the big one in every way. All parts are made from steel with brass lined bearings so that it will run a long time. It took me over 5 years to build the engine in my spare time.
I enjoy your magazine very much and hope you continue the Model Page.
I have now started a new project. I am now rebuilding a 1907 Stanley Steamer. Thus I never have a dull moment.