Birk Petersen’s model Olds hit-n-miss engine. Hit-n-miss engines were popular on the farm before electricity was commonly available. They were workhorse engines that drove everything from pumps to wash machines. The castings for this model hit-n-miss engine were done by Paul Breisch, and Birk did all of the machining and assembly.
Mr. Petersen created a vast array of projects over his lifetime, ranging from miniature engines to hand-cranked animations and more. He built functional miniatures like a 1/3 scale Gatling gun or a 1/4 scale Case steam tractor, but he also built mechanical creations for the fun and enjoyment of his family. When Birk passed away in 2015, his family graciously donated over 150 items from his collection for display at the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum, where they are currently on display. We thank the Petersen family for sharing his extensive collection, which demonstrates the broad interests and many talents of Birk Petersen.