Hello everyone, I just thought I would introduce myself. My nave should be obvious. I'm 15 years old, and basically love anything mechanical. When I was young I used to absolutely love tractors. I would, and still go to the annual show at Manilla. My first working engine was a battered Meccano/Mamod MEC1 steam engine, purchased at a swap meet at the Manilla show in 2004. I now have a total of 7 working toy steam or donkey engines, another one waiting for a boiler and various bits and pieces. I have also got 3 model stirling engines. I used to be an exclusive steam buff, but I now also like IC engines, particularly the big, low revving open crank types like Ruston & Hornsby's. Since I haven't found anything like that, I tinker with salvaged lawnmowers and whipper snippers. I currently have an old mower with a Briggs & Stratton engine, don't know the date or the model, though, and two whipper snippers, a Ryobi Lawn Hornet Mk3, and a Kawasaki. Out of my IC collection, only the Ryobi runs at the moment. The Kawasaki has a carburettor problem, and I'm not sure what is wrong with the Briggs except for a buggered pull start. Last Christmas I was given a lathe, and have built a simple donkey engine, with a double acting piston valve stationary, and a garden railway loco in progress. I have a dream of building a 5" or 7 1/4" gauge loco, or large model traction engine someday. I also have a friend who has a cement mixer powered by a hopper cooled hit & miss engine of some kind, who will let me have it if he no longer needs it.
Here are some photos of some of my engines: