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My friend and I just completed building three of the PM Research Inc. kit of the 1/4 scale model Red Wing water cooled hit 'n miss
 engine. One for each of us and an additional one for me to sell. This cast iron kit was purchased from PM Research, Inc. The
flywheels are 8 3/8" dia. 1 1/4" bore and 2" stroke,
water cooled and governor controlled. Starts easily and runs well see the
included video.

Because I've had many requests in the past for engine construction photos I decided to take many photos of this engine project
and put together a CD that could be later sold to other builders both amateur and professional. That evolved into quite a project.
Early on I decided to add text captions on some of the photos to further clarify an operation. I ended up spending a lot of fun
time putting together the CD resulting in what I feel is great tool for builders of this Red Wing engine or any other engine,
hit 'n miss or other. Among other things I got much better at using Photoshop.
 
The Construction Photo CD is now available on my web store www.neilsniche.com
 
 

 

The Walnut mounting base measures 13 1/4" x 24 3/8"

 

 

The engine has 8 3/8" dia. flywheels, 1 1/4" bore and 2" stroke.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For this engine I made a ignition system "Buzz Box" complete with Ford model T points, a coil,
a rechargeable gel-cell battery and wall plug-in charger. Makes for a neat, compact package.
As a result I ended up producing Buzz Boxes to sell. They are available on www.neilsniche.com
 

 
 

 

 

All of my engines, including this Red Wing run on regular gas pump gasoline.

 

 


 

 

This could be called a carburetor but Red Wing and Lunkenheimer, the maker of the full
size originals, call it a fuel mixer. I understand that in its day it was considered the
 best and it was rather expensive.
 
 

 

 

The original full size engines used an igniter whereas many were converted to a spark plug as is used in this model.

 

 

 

 

I made a tubular brass stack rather than the smaller muffler provided with the kit. I like the sound!

 

 

 

 

I like the idea of a removable glass cover for keeping the engine clean while on display in the home or office.