In the back of my 1913 Dyke's Automobile Encyclopedia is an advertisement by Dyke's for a correspondence course in automobiles, along with "working models" of automobile components, such as a high tension magneto, a four cylinder engine, a clutch and gearbox, and other components.
Has anyone here own or ever seen one of these models?
From the literature search, it is a possibility the models were cardboard cutouts.
Thanks! Looks like the models are mostly flat, only marginally 3D. I did find a couple Youtube videos of the models being operated:
The steam engine ones are cardboard models, show how different valve gears work. Rather scarce too!
They DID make a four cylinder, distributor/coil type model that was actually operational. Connecting a couple of dry cells provided spark to four spark plugs in a rack on the model. The idea was to instruct the student in cam timing, distributor point timing, etc.
I've never seen one in real life, but do remember a picture of one years ago. I think it was on Harry's Old Engine Pages, but not sure.
Reminds me, I saw a couple of REALLY nice metal models of a complete axle/differential and gear transmission in our local library of all places! I believe they were donated years ago when the local high school stopped teaching auto shop.
Maybe I should go over and renew my library card...
Thanks, now i can't sleep till i have one of those ;-)