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Model steam engine castings

#1
Hey guys!
Does anyone know of somewhere in Canada to get steam engine castings?(other than Canadian model enginering)
I checked out PM Research in the states, but the shipping is just as much as the casting kits! It's outrageous! Any help would be appreciated. :)

Max
 

DPittman

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#2
Im no expert on the subject but I sure haven't been able to find any Canadian made castings, there's several UK and US options but as you've found out they are priced very dearly.
Don
 

Bofobo

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#3
It would be great to have some patterns made available for 3D printers for home casting applications, im setting myself up to do just that but i am still a ways off.
 

PeterT

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#4
I wasn't even aware of Canadian Model Engineering. It says they are "a dealer for PM Research and Sherline Products".
Do their prices not compare favorably with PM once you factor exchange, shipping & dinger fees, or do you mean you ware looking for other designs? I don't have any experience with steam, but the stuff I have come across is either USA or Europe, mainly UK.

If you guys found some plans of relatively simple engine, there might be collaborative resources on this forum to CAD > 3DP > Castings. I only know about step 1 & half of step-2 <LOL>

https://www.pmmodelengines.com/
http://www.hemingwaykits.com/
http://www.modelsteamenginesuk.com/acatalog/Stothert_and_Pitt_Beam_Engine_Kit_to_Machine.html
http://www.livesteammodels.co.uk/index.html

(old index)
http://modelenginenews.org/suppliers.html#c3
 

DPittman

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#5
"If you guys found some plans of relatively simple engine, there might be collaborative resources on this forum to CAD > 3DP > Castings. I only know about step 1 & half of step-2 <LOL>"

Ha ha you're still one and a half steps ahead of me!

Don
 

Tom O

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#6
I have some of the patterns for a twin compound marine engine my Dad designed. He built the patterns himself and had them cast in Vic B.C or Van I belive.
 
#7
Ya Canadian model engineering just ships directly from the manufacturer, so you have to pay all the shipping, duty and exchange. I'd like to design my own, the trouble is finding a foundry that does cast iron.
 

PeterT

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#8
I see some kits on Ebay occasionally but I have no idea what is a good price.
https://www.ebay.ca/itm/LIVE-STEAM-...811180?hash=item3d5d0802ec:g:S-cAAOSwGhZZsxE1

I was poking around the PM site. I see some of their kits are on ebay too but, depending on the model, it might be like 150$ for the kit + 60$ shipping. Maybe shipping to USA address would help if you have those connections, but this is kind of in the nuisance range not really worth a drive unless you want to or can collaborate with a buddy on larger order.

If you wanted to design your own engine that's another matter but my guess is by the time you made the pattern & located a small scale CI foundry that would actually do it, you would probably have sunk as much or more than a kit. It may seem expensive but I'd bet they kit distributers are making squat, more doing it for the love of hobby.

Another tact is to write a reverse (wanted) ad in a model engineering forum. There might be someone who is willing to thin the herd as many of these folks are getting on in age. But people know what the good castings are worth & you still have shipping which wouldn't be cheap for a couple pounds of CI coming from England say.