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Radial Steam Powered fan

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    Posted 4 years ago

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    I built this five cylinder radial steam engine in 1990. I originally had a 9" airplane prop on the engine and for the past 26 years it was displayed as a steam powered airplane engine. I got it down from my display shelf yesterday because I realized that a steam powered engine for an airplane was a tad unlikely, even bordering on a bit ridicules (I tend to be a slow learner).
    I decided to modify it from an airplane radial engine, to a steam or air powered fan. I had a 1917 North Wind fan that had the wiring too deteriorated to restore so I used the fan blade and the blade guard on my engine and turned it into a steam powered fan operated by a radial engine.
    The cylinders rotate as fast as the fan blade and makes for an interesting display. I presently have it set-up to run the engine on compressed air as can be seen in the photos, but, it is fully capable to be run on steam.
    My wife says that I have too much time on my hands.... the nerve!


    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      Luved it the moment I saw it ! Luv radials, as you probably know. "Too much time on your hands?" Yeah, I'll have to agree. LOL !!
    2. fortapache fortapache, 4 years ago
      It could be used a lighter than air vehicle IE a balloon. Would put the steam in steampunk.

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