31 Dec 2019;
[Page converted 28 Jul 2011
original AT&T Worldnet Website begun 30 May 1996.]
[was at "home.att.net/~Berliner-Ultrasonics/hobby.html"]
S. Berliner, III
Consultant in Ultrasonic Processing
"changing materials with high-intensity sound"
[consultation is on a fee basis]
Technical and Historical Writer, Oral Historian
Popularizer of Science and Technology
Rail, Auto, Air, Ordnance, and Model Enthusiast
Light-weight Linguist, Lay Minister, and Putative Philosopher
- The vast bulk of my massive Web presence (over 485 pages) had been hosted by AT&T's WorldNet service since 30 May 1996;
they dropped WorldNet effective 31 Mar 2010 and I have been scrambling to transfer everything. Everything's saved but all the links have to be changed,
mostly by hand. See my sbiii.com Transfer Page for any updates on this tedious process.
S. Berliner, III's
Go to HOBBIES and SPECIAL INTERESTS on my Home Page 2 to see many of my other interests, such as these with their own pages
Comet Metal Products Authenticast Models Page.
Strombeck-Becker StromBecKer Model Kits Page.
Meccano and Dinky Toys models.
LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD Page
Railroads You can Model,
Model Railroad Photography
Model Railroading Miscellany.
Z-Scale (1:220) and the Berlinerwerke-Z Saga
Berlinerwerke Apocrypha (tall tales) and
Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Page 2 (more tall tales).
Berlinerwerke Guest Apocrypha (taller tales?):
Long Island Motor Parkway, et seq.
Automotive page - a cover and miscellaneous automotive apocrypha page.
Chrysler and Chrysler Continuation Pages 1, 2, and 3
OTHER TECHNICAL AREAS
History of Technology and Science and Technology pages. (28 Jul 2011)
ORDNANCE page, et seq.
AVIATION page, et seq., and see
NAVAL & MARITIME page.
. Berliner Families - formerly including Emile and Henry Berliner [carbon microphone, disk
see Adirondack Mountains (under "Culture", above).
ORCAS and other DOLPHINS and WHALES page.
as well as ULTRASONICS, RELIGION and PHILOSOPHY, etc.,
NOTE: This page may not be up to date; see the master index and the various indices on each major interest page.
HOBBIES - Miscellany
See also X-acto on the next hobby page.
One of my earliest efforts to follow in Grandpa's footsteps has survived nearly 60 years:
I found my 60-year-old StromBecKer Beech Bonanza!
Much more recently, ca. 1992, I built a tracked vehicle with cross-drive transmission, entirely out of LEGO* parts, but Lego was not interested in seeing it; I finally got around to photographing it:
Like a real dozer or tank, this gizmo runs forward or backward and can turn, even spin in its own length. Those #5244 Bulldozer Chainlinks, while wonderful, should have a matte outer surface or rubber grousers for traction; they slip and slide instead of gripping and working realistically. Similarly, the #5251 Shock Absorbers are far too stiff; they should be lightly sprung like those in the #6672 Safari Off Road Vehicle. I had intended to build the track suspension with sprung bogie wheels and a tensioning idler on each side but the shock absorbers wouldn't serve.
Then I tried using every single piece that came in a Klutz LEGO Crazy Action Contraptions, a LEGO Inventions Book by Dan Rathjen and the editors of Klutz, my daughter and grandkids gave me for Christmas 1999:
The "book" has no identification on it other than the number "4 1 5 8 5" and it is ISBN 1-57054-157-4.
Incidentally, there is a great site about (NOT by) LEGO at BRICKSHELF. A fantastic LEGO model of the world's largest railroad car is there and now on my Railroad Schnabel Car continuation page 1.
I modified a Meccano Dinky British 6-wheel Command Car by enlarging the axle holes into vertical slots, slotting the base plate to allow vertical axle travel, and putting a rubber band above the axles for springing:
This gave it independent wheel travel (paper clip climbing ability, for example, if you will):
Here's how it works:
Here it is as modified, with the bed up:
Note the grooving of the underside of the bed and chassis to accomodate the lift cylinder:
and a detail of the latching mechanism, showing the vertical groove in the chassis to hold the trip wire and the spring loading on the far side to keep it latched.
I realize what I did wrong; the rubber band should cross over directly behind the rear wheels and I'd put it through the two grooves I'd originally cut at the back of the bottom plate. Easy to forget after 45 years; easy fix.
[ * - the Märklin factory advises that it was held in place by screws (probably the very screws shown).]
I used to struggle with the rock-hard wood of WWII-era StromBecKer kits from Strombeck-Becker, see my StromBecKer page about these kits.
Who can identify the maker and help us find headlight bulbs (roughly 3/8" dia.) for this tin 1934 Chrysler-cum-DeSoto Airflow?
You might like to look at José Lopez, Jr.'s The Scale Card, for a most extensive discussion of scales. I have a write-up and photo of his Z-scale Scale Card and Scale Rule on my Z-Scale page 2.
Hobbyists might also enjoy Kurumi's SignMaker, which allows one with a good computer, an image processor, and a
color printer (or access to one at Kinko's or the like) to create and print "Big Green" Interstate, federal, or state highway signs!
AUTHENTICAST / Comet Metal Products
I also have quite a collection of "Authenticast" tanks and military vehicles from the old Comet Metal Products; they are described in a section
removed from this page and moved to Comet/Authenticast Page.
Ohmygosh! Henk Timmerman's site (noted on Ordnance page 3), is
enormous! Absolutely endless pages of AFV models of every country and description and with great
links to even more!
George Luhrs- microscopic engines - 2- and 4-cycle, make-and-break and throttle-governed, in-line and radial; if you enjoy miniature mechanisms, THESE YA GOTTA SEE!. George used to be a vendor of precision maching services to me and I got to know him better over the 8'-diameter display table he brings to shows He fired up his little steam traction engine, drawing a trailer with alcohol (fuel) and water tanks, which he left running all through the show. Each time I saw him, he brought smaller and smaller I.C. engines!
Next, we have George's microscopic, throttled, single-cylinder 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines
(note the penny for comparson):
This is one of his most complex projects (to date - 2011); a 4-cylinder in-line, 4-stroke, throttle-governed,
gasoline engine with all its parts (and penny) laid out and the right rear:
Right side with nearly-invisible push rods and left side with display stand:
By far, the most complex, yet; the 5-cylinder radial engine
with all its many parts (and that penny), and the right side:
A detail shot, looking down on the right front, and George's hand,
holding the stand for size comparison:
(photos courtesy of G. Luhrs, by permission - all rights reserved)
* - I learned of George's death from the George Luhrs page of the The Miniature Engineering Museum Collection of Internal Combustion Engines (Knapp Collection) portion of the Craftsmanship Museum in Carlsbad, California, a site and place miniature machinists and most hobbyists MUST visit! (11 Jun 2016)
Faller used to make (ca. 1960?) static model airplane kits of about 4"-6" wingspan that had plastic micromotors to turn the props.
The motors, which were about 6-8mm dia. x 25-30mm long, burned out fairly early on. I still have a Bf-109 and an He-111k, somewhere,
and should dig them out for photos. Does anyone make replacement motors for these old Fallers?
Märklin vs. Mærklin vs. Maerklin vs. Marklin (31 Dec 2019)
This seems as good a place as any to discuss the spelling of the name of the venerable German toy and model manufacturer founded in 1859 in Göppingen in Baden-Württemberg by Theodor Friedrich Wilhelm Märklin. Auf Deutsch (in German), there are two, or even three, valid ways to spell the family name; with an umlaut (a diäresis) over the "u", with a dipthong character for "ae", or with the "a" and the "e" separately, plus no dipthong at all as used both officially and generally in the USA:
Gebr. Märklin & Cie. GmbH was a toy company and soon branched into scale model trains (and other technical toys), standardizing No. 1 gauge and HO 3-rail (AC), and recently acquiring Trix HO 2-rail (DC) and N scale and LGB (Lehmann Gross Bahn) G gauge.
Over the years I have ended up with a few choice Märklin items, most notably the Mercedes 300 sedan noted above and the various Schnabel cars noted on my Schnabel car page 2 and Schnabel car page 3.
Accurail produces among the finest HO and N freight car models, Kalmbach is one of the two top RR publishers, and Jeff gives us an unparalled access to old articles on models and prototypes; I strongly recommend Jeff's great work to you.
Also, Glenn Whitener has a great models index.
See also HOBBY Page 2.
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