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Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:59 pm Post subject: Linemar Atomic Reactor
I recently made the opening bid on this 50's Linemar Atomic Reactor, and as it happened I was the only bidder.
The engine arrived Friday afternoon.
These are rarely found in good condition, being made of cheap materials, the tin boilers are often full of pin holes or completely rusted through so I didn't have great expectations upon it's arrival.
As you can see in the photos it has a fair amount of rust and it is missing the Red cap that sits on the tower, and the condensate tray. The missing parts can be made or replaced so I am mostly concerned about the rust, and how deeply pitted it might be.
This is the battery compartment, it holds exactly one D cell.
Here is the flashing light mechanism, driven by the engine and powered by the D cell.
I don't trust the boiler but for now I will leave it as is for now.
Someday the missing parts may show up, I could get lucky and find a rusty donor with an intact plastic cap and a condensate tray.
Until then I've decided to have a go at making my own.
This is how I spent my Saturday afternoon.
I've created a 3D model (Dimensions all guesswork) of the cap.
Hopefully in the future I will be able to get more accurate dimensions from one of our forum members with a linemar Atomic.
So off to the 3D printer, The Red filament that I have is not translucent so it won't be a perfect match, but it will be close enough for now.
Slowly it grows
This tool about two hours to complete
I decided to make two versions of the cap.
Version 1 will require the missing metal band to be replaced.
Version 2 simply sits over the top
I will do a more thorough inspection of the boiler before trying it on steam but odds are very high that it will need replacement.
But I am really pleased to have it, I think it will be well worth a restoration.
You did a good job with the cap. Hopefully it will just be surface rust. It does not look too bad in the pics. _________________ If people had kind thoughts for each other the world would be more civilised than it is!
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