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Wood and Metal Beam Engine - Part 12

Nigel Taylor

This engine needs a nice base. This got me thinking. How about a base that looks the part and will hide an air pump?

An MDF box that is open at the bottom.

This was then covered in PVA glue and onto that I placed air drying clay that had been rooled to roughly 3mm think.


Into the clay I scored the bricks.

Then it was left to dry for a couple of days before I sanded the surfaces to a nice flat finish - leaving the brick lines visible.


The first job was to paint the whole thing in a mid-grey acrylic.


Once the grey was dry I then painted the bricks - this does take some time to do.


The bricks painted and with the engine balanced on top.


Now for the quarry tiles. A 2mm thick piece of MDF that was cut with 6mm overhang over the brick base.

The tile grout was then scored into the surface and the edges sanded.

Again I then painted the whole thing in mid-grey acrylic and then painted the quarry tiles with acrylic.


The bricks and tiles together are starting to look the part.


With the engine balanced on top I believe the colours are looking great.


I now need to construct the base plate and fix the parts together.


Maybe a ladder and an oil can......


Back to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11.

If you have made a similar engine and would like to share your experience we would love to hear from you - ed.