Monthly Archives: March 2014

Genesis 25:20-34

And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian. And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD. And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them. And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.

And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

A wagon for my Mamod TE…

Picked up this little John Deere farm wagon for 25 cents with the express purpose of turning it into an appropriate wagon for my TE. The biggest problem was finding and mounting suitable wheels, but this was fixed with a bargain yard sale purchase of K-Nex and Meccano bits. The Meccano bushings fit perfectly into the K-Nex wheels, which then fit onto Meccano axle mounts. I simply cut the old axles with bolt cutters…

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…then mounted the new wheel assemblies in their place…

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…making for a snappy looking combo for the next steam up in Jackson. Bending the hook on the tow bar down 90 degrees hooks it right into the loop on the spirit burner that protrudes from the scuttle box.

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Blessings, grace and peace to you and yours…

Mamod TE1a generator project…

Just wanted to see if it could be done…

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Started with a Canon ball-bearing motor with a 3mm shaft that can readily accept Meccano and Steel Tec pulleys. I then slipped it into a 35mm plastic film can.

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With some 3/8″ brass strap I had, I fashioned a bracket that both cradled the genny and fit around the flange at the base of the smoke stack. I soft soldered it and, with a bit of filing and buffing, made a sharp looking piece that goes with the spirit of the tractor, and that does not alter the stock model either.

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A bit of test fitting…

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…and mounting with 6″ wire ties secured with a tie strap gun, made for a nice secure mount, the straps adding an almost buckle-like detail in the finished work.

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The large 1″ pulley used in the beginning pushed only 2-3 volts DC at full throttle. When I swapped to this 1/2″ one, I got up to 5-6 volts DC.

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By switching to this 3/4″ pulley AND running the drive band AROUND the flywheel, I was able to pull 15-16 volts DC, enough to run my model rains on quite nicely. Interestingly, the belt does not need a groove to stay on the flywheel, a bit of tech advice from a member of the Mamod forum.

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I even wired this Meccano/Steel Tec Ferris Wheel to run off of the genny. By wiring it the way I did, thru an accident of design, I managed to set it up so that it can run both forward and reverse off the battery pack, and the generator when set in the “off” position.

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There is another project to go with this that I will post tomorrow.

Blessings, grace and peace to you and yours…

Yes…it has been a long time….

Where do I start?  A job that has me walking in spiritual poverty and filth day in and day out?   Mental, physical and spiritual exhaustion to nervous breakdown levels?  How about a teaching series that has left me preferring to be accountable to God for a thousand lifetimes of my worst debaucheries rather than any thirty seconds of me playing preacher?

I do have my beloved, my right hand, my bride.  I have my kids, safe and schooled at home.  I have my little farm, slowly coming together and way out in the middle of nowhere.

Oh yes…did I mention that I hope never to hear another word on Calvinism–for or against–ever. I do fear the next poor unwitting soul who finds this out too late and will have already had me remove their theological heart with an ice cream scoop.

The only Word I can offer right now is the only word I’ve ever held to thru it all…

And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen… –(Luke 24:5-6a)

…just sayin’…