Krick Model 2, Dual Cylinder Marine Steam Engine
Germany - Manufacture date: pre 1984
Bore = 1/4", Stroke 3/4", Flywheel diameter = 2"
Style: Double Acting, Dual Vertical Cylinder, Marine

Dimensions: 11" length x 9" width x 11" height
(includes base)

The Krick Brass Marine Engine


T
his Krick Brass Marine Engine kit was found while rummaging in an old hobby shop over 10 years ago. It was orphaned, unlabeled, and had been part of a Krick model boat kit called "The Patricia" sometime in its past. I've since learned it is a Krick Model 2. The proprietor was only too happy to find a buyer and it was one of those weak moments I mentioned earlier. The model boat is apparently still available but no longer uses the Krick Engine. Thank you Shawn and the others who sent me information..

The engine bears a strong resemblance to Wilesco, due to Krick's use of Wilesco parts to design and build their kits. It is a very distinctive little machine, with lots of eye appeal, so I've kept it in the collection as a small, and now a solved, mystery. I've seen only four other engines like this one and it remains one of the most elusive of engines.

There were no papers with the package, so it took a bit of trial and error to fit it all together. The 2 small bore cylinders are lagged in corrugated steel, painted black, and capped with stamped brass. The distinctive steam line arrangement took a bit of guess work during the assembly of this engine. "Rope" insulation covers these lines to give the engine a distinctive 1800's look.

The crankshaft has brass lobes with steel crank shaft surfaces mounted in sand cast aluminum mains with oiler wells. This open air arrangement of the crankshaft, slide valve linkages and connecting rods produce a visual treat when running the engine.

Detail of the Krick Marine Motor

More Detail of the Krick Marine Motor

The reversing valve arrangement is designed to be easily adapted for radio control. The oiler cups are an attractive feature and are fairly high capacity for a motor measuring only 4 1/2 inches tall.

A butane burner provides heat to the brass boiler, using a dispersion plate which is mounted beneath the vessel. It then exhausts through the center of the boiler, maximizing use of the available heat.

The wood base was floored with hardwood veneers and hand rubbed to a soft shine to give it a ship's decking look.

I wish to thank all those who emailed me to share information on origin of this little steam engine.

 
 

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