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    Hey all

    Would any of you guys know of any really helpful Stirling engine websites and websites on how to build them because im planning on making some when i get a lathe, because I think they are really cool hobby to get into and a great way for me to learn how to use a lathe and a great starter project. I especially like those small ones

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    G'day Cooper,
    Probably the best stirling cycle engine site I know of is Jan Ridders Welkom bij Jan Ridders modelbouw
    He has a many different designs to choose from and perhaps best of all he will send you the plans absolutly free of charge.
    He also has plans for vacuum (flame eater) and IC engines available and is willing to assist with advice on construction etc.
    He is based in the Netherlands but most pages on his site have english versions and failing that there is always google translate.
    Hope this helps.
    Cheers,
    Greg.

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    I have some plans on file if you PM me your email address I can send you some...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwijibo99 View Post
    G'day Cooper,
    Probably the best stirling cycle engine site I know of is Jan Ridders Welkom bij Jan Ridders modelbouw
    He has a many different designs to choose from and perhaps best of all he will send you the plans absolutly free of charge.
    He also has plans for vacuum (flame eater) and IC engines available and is willing to assist with advice on construction etc.
    He is based in the Netherlands but most pages on his site have english versions and failing that there is always google translate.
    Hope this helps.
    Cheers,
    Greg.
    Cheers for that, Iv been on the website before but that was when i wasn't really into Stirling engines. The website is very good but some of the pages wont change to Dutch but that's all good. It also a good page for resource so thankyou for the lovely page

    Cooper

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    Another vote for Jan's site. I'm not really in to modelling, but have 3 of his low temperature "coffee cup" engines I build parts for every so often when I'm between jobs. They are being built as presentation type gifts for different people. They're not difficult to make, but there's a surprising amount of machining that goes into the little buggers, though I probably notice it more as I'm building 3 at a time. I think they would make an excellent project for somebody new to a lathe.

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    Another vote for Jan's site. I'm not really in to modelling, but have 3 of his low temperature "coffee cup" engines I build parts for every so often when I'm between jobs. They are being built as presentation type gifts for different people. They're not difficult to make, but there's a surprising amount of machining that goes into the little buggers, though I probably notice it more as I'm building 3 at a time. I think they would make an excellent project for somebody new to a lathe.

    Pete
    Me to i think it would be great for me to learn and to others new to lathe, also it would be a good first project, but im leaning more to the side of a oscillating system since they look alot more easier (i think) and then build a mini steam boiler
    I could understand why there is so much machining plus most of the parts need to be made very small which is a pain but its worth it too make a little engine for gifts and it would give you something to do if you like to watch you coffee cool down.

    Link to a video of a Oscillating engine: [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxsMKs4v6fA&feature=channel_video_title]YouTube - ‪Oscillating Steam Engine‬‏[/ame]

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    you could try here Home Model Engine Machinist - Index they have a few different small engines in their download site
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    Thanks for that
    The Forum is really good it was something i was just looking for.

    Edit: OMG IM LOVING THAT WEBSITE!! XD not as much as this forum thought XD

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    Some advice: start with a simple one. If you start with a complicatd one you may never get it finished. The time is signiignat but the cost of materials is small so it's worth working up to your "dream" project. Also you get to make your mistakes on the first one then make the fancy one really well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by damian View Post
    Some advice: start with a simple one. If you start with a complicatd one you may never get it finished. The time is signiignat but the cost of materials is small so it's worth working up to your "dream" project. Also you get to make your mistakes on the first one then make the fancy one really well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by damian View Post
    Some advice: start with a simple one. If you start with a complicatd one you may never get it finished. The time is signiignat but the cost of materials is small so it's worth working up to your "dream" project. Also you get to make your mistakes on the first one then make the fancy one really well.
    Amen to that!! As mentioned, I've been quite surprised at the amount of machining involved in the engines I've been building, although admittedly I began by machining to far greater precision than was needed simply to make it more challenging. After I started seeing how long it was all taking I decided to forgo that "challenge" and it's back to "normal" precision.

    It's not unusual for EVERYTHING on these models to be machined, including all the fasteners, hence why they look so nice if done well, but also why they take longer than one may imagine. Of course there are other versions available that aren't so much for show and are simply working models, these could be built much faster and would probably also be a better choice if it were your first project on the lathe.

    Another site that may be worth mentioning if you need help is this one Forum Topics - Model Engineer

    Pete

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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by damian
    Some advice: start with a simple one. If you start with a complicatd one you may never get it finished. The time is signiignat but the cost of materials is small so it's worth working up to your "dream" project. Also you get to make your mistakes on the first one then make the fancy one really well.
    Amen to that!! As mentioned, I've been quite surprised at the amount of machining involved in the engines I've been building, although admittedly I began by machining to far greater precision than was needed simply to make it more challenging. After I started seeing how long it was all taking I decided to forgo that "challenge" and it's back to "normal" precision.

    It's not unusual for EVERYTHING on these models to be machined, including all the fasteners, hence why they look so nice if done well, but also why they take longer than one may imagine. Of course there are other versions available that aren't so much for show and are simply working models, these could be built much faster and would probably also be a better choice if it were your first project on the lathe.

    Another site that may be worth mentioning if you need help is this one Forum Topics - Model Engineer

    Pete
    Im probably gona start off with a oscillating engine since they are very easy and then make a steam boiler for it which both of those shouldn't be to hard.
    Although I need to make sure with boilers it has pop off valves so it doesn't explode in your face when heating it.
    Hope Fully the second project will be a mini steam turbine which are so AWESOME .
    With these projects im going to try and be precise as possible.

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    A Word of Warning.

    When going to this web site, Welkom bij Jan Ridders modelbouw, I received a Virus Warning from Microsoft Secunia blocking further actions.

    Took evasive action and cleaned my PC.

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    I didnt know that thankyou for the warning
    not like my pc has already got heaps of viruses lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neksmerj View Post
    A Word of Warning.

    When going to this web site, Welkom bij Jan Ridders modelbouw, I received a Virus Warning from Microsoft Secunia blocking further actions.

    Took evasive action and cleaned my PC.

    Ken
    Ken..get a new virus checker....nothing wrong with that site...I even got a plan from Jan after asking him for one....

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