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Your intrepid crew, Roy and Richard, accompanied by Erick Carlson arrived at Wyandotte Friday morning to represent the machine Tool Club of DeKalb Tech. Fortunately for us, an advance contingent from Georgia had arrived earlier that morning and saves us some space. It seems that the NAMES exhibitors are an early rising bunch, and few spaces were left at about 11:30 when we arrived. After setting up our exhibit, there was time to mingle and renew acquaintances, and to see what was new in the exhibits.

We did manage to take a few photos, which you will see below. Because of the emphasis of these pages, we show only external combustion engines, mainly Stirlings. this is not to give short shrift to the many other models there, but simply because of our direction. In general, the quality of workmanship at this exhibit is outstanding. The fit and finish of almost all the models was superb. If you have not had the opportunity to see this or the PRIME exhibit, by all means make the time. You will be delighted.

Now for the photos, with one last disclaimer: Because an exhibitor should be available at his exhibit to answer questions from the visitors, it is impossible to see every exhibit. I may have overlooked an excellent model, so do not take the omission of a model you saw and appreciated as a slight on our part. Instead, send us the photo and we will run it.

Richard and Erick at our exhibit

Richard and Erick at our exhibit. Erick is a student at DeKalb Tech, as is Roy. Richard is our long suffering instructor!
A fine Coffee Can Stirling. We met Larry Lamp who builds and flies ultralight arrcraft when not making coffee. His business card reads: "Appreciator of Mechanical Things."

Two beautiful examples of Essex Fans from casting kits by Meyers Model Engine Works show fine craftsmanship by Gary Morgan, of Morgan Tool & Development, Savannah, TN.
And after a hard day on the exhibit floor, we all get tired!
Another view of the fans.

Photo of Olaf Birge

Olaf Berge, the prime mover of the Lake Itasca Hot Air show, and builder of full size replicas of historic Stirling Engines.

A Fluidine (Liquid Piston Stirling) was merrily pumping water at the show. Unfortunately, I failed to get the name of the maker.

A Fluidine Liquid Piston engine

photo of Daryl Webster

Daryl Webster of Freeland, MD showed a pair of fine Flame Lickers. More details of them below.
The first of Daryl's flame Lickers

D. Webster's flame licker and associated equipment

here we see it powering a variety of apparatus.
Another of Daryl's Flame Lickers in the style of a Hit&Miss engine. This one is a bell ringer (the bell is on the right!)

Flame licker that rings a bell

Photo of Bob Hesse

Bob Hesse turned out a variety of Stirlings, all beautifully machined, and some decorated for the ocassion! Details below...

On his right we have the disk drive engine in a LTD configuration.

Disk Drive Stirling by Bob Hesse

LTD Stirling by Bob Hesse

Another LTD by Bob - a real flag waver!
Bob's most ambitious engine, fully instrumented(!), and with a VERY long stroke power piston (diagonally on the right of the photo). Although it is not obvious from the photos, almost all Bob's engines feature lost motion inkages on the displacers.

Instrumented Stirling engine by Bob Hesse

water cooled Stirling by Bob Hesse

This one of Bob's features water cooling and a fine livery of red and white.
An overhead flywheel arrangement with coffee can base by Bob.

Overhead flywheel Stirling by Bob Hesse

A full sized Stirling, with quarter scale model

We call this full sized Stirling "Big Daddy" and its smaller sibling (perched on the left) "Little Brother". Again I failed to ger the builder's name.

And for our final Stirling, we show an antique engine, made to power a sewing machine, we understand.

an antique Stirling engine

A mechanical insect from the pages of Model Engineer

No, it's not an engine, it's an insect! A mechanical one, that is. It was in a recent issue of Model Engineer, and one of the exhibitors couldn't resist. we may have to have one of our own. We will let you know...