Model Making

I spend hours making many different types of models and I find this is a great way of relaxing. It’s also a constructive element where I end up with something that is rewarding for years to come.

A simple chair at 1/12th scale with a seat woven from bamboo.

Or the 5 cylinder rotary engine that has taken 100’s of hours to construct.

All of these models have their rewards in the process of making and as objects to look at.

My gallery page lists a large number of my models.

 

 

Knowledge

There’s always a lot of information and tables that are needed around the workshop and that are helpful in the field of general engineering and so I’ve started to list those under the heading Knowledge, a great place to start is with the Engineering page itself.

  • Insulated Cylinder

    The cylinders on steam engines need insulating and there are many ways of achieving this. On this page I’ve shared some ideas and options. The cast iron cylinder from my wood and metal beam engine [more…]

  • The Simple Oil Can

    The oil can is such a day to day object in the workshop, but after a couple of years my cheap buy from the internet failed me. I really could not bring myself to fix [more…]

  • Valves

    The main function of the engine valves is to let air in and out of the cylinders. Cooling – the intake valve will be cooled by the incoming air and fuel mixture. The exhaust valve [more…]

  • Countersink Extension

    The poppet valve crankcase has been bugging me and I wanted to fix the brackets from inside the crankcase with countersunk caphead bolts. There just wasn’t room or the right angle to get a bit [more…]

  • Crankshaft – Poppet Valve Single

    This crankshaft for the poppet valve engine has been machined from mild steel and includes timing gear machined directly on the shaft.  The webs of the crank are just wide enough to still fit a [more…]

  • Engine Capacity

    Engine Capacity = Swept Volume = Engine Displacement We use all of these terms interchangeably and they all mean the same thing When we calculate the capacity of an engine it is simply the bore, [more…]

Workshop

The workshop / man-cave is the den in which we can master a number of engineering techniques.