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    Posted 6 years ago

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    I copied this 1/2 scale Star Brand from a full sized #0 churn. I wanted to show it's operation without carrying the full sized engine around. It is built exactly like the full sized original and you could even churn butter in it if you so desired.
    The churn and stand are about 14 in. tall. The original Star #0 churn is about 29 to 30 in. tall
    I am powering it with a Sipp 1/4 hp. horizontal steam engine. These small steam engines were often used in sewing factories to wind bobbins. It was made at the turn of the century by the Sipp Engineering Co.
    They makes a great display at shows because, by using a steam engine, you can run the churn slowly as were the full sized originals were run.
    It also has a hand crank for manual operation ( as the original churn has)

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    1. Kydur Kydur, 6 years ago
      I love the latest additions to your collection... I just wish the photos were larger so the details would show better!
    2. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Nice hotairfan! I'm assuming these engines are all hand turned and tooled to plans.
      Great work, and it must be a buzz when they first fire up.
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      A job well done! Even the barrel?
    4. hotairfan hotairfan, 6 years ago
      Hi racer, this steam engine is not a project like the other engine that I posted today. I did make that gasoline engine, but this steam engine is from the 1800's. I like making model engines and try to make them as they were originally built. I also like to collect early original pieces. If nothing else, it keeps them from winding up in the scrap heap. I also like the feeling that I get when handling them . I feel the "ghosts" inside them that tells me the way they spent their useful life in industry.... goofy, I know. I'm a bit of a romantic when it comes to historical things.
    5. hotairfan hotairfan, 6 years ago
      thanks blunderbuss2
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Bit of a romantic. You & me both.

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