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.

  • Model Diesel Engine Fuel

    I’m used to the old diesel engines of years ago and I can still smell the fuel. Go me wondering what the model diesel fuel consists of, so thought I would do some searching: Enya [more…]

  • Engine Mount Brackets

    When we’re mounting an engine either on isolating mounts or solid into a structure it is really important to consider the design of the brackets. If these brackets have any low frequency stiffness concerns then [more…]

  • Measuring Solenoid Force

    When designing the V-Twin solenoid I thought I should try and improve the solenoid. One area of particular concern was that for this one I used small permanent magnets in the armature, useful as it [more…]

  • Crankcase – Poppet Valve Single

    The crankcase for the Poppet Valve Single Cylinder was machined from a cube of aluminium, quite a rough cube that had been laying around my shed for some time. The first job was to machine [more…]

  • Poppet Valve Single

    The idea was to make a single cylinder 4-stroke and to make it simple with a poppet valve. Not sure my terminology is correct here, what I mean is an actuated exhaust valve and an [more…]

  • Chess Men

    Having made a chess board I needed to make the chess men…all 32 of them! What had I taken on? I considered a number of different materials to use as the black and white elements [more…]

  • Surface Treatment of Mild Steel

    We all use a lot of mild steel in model engineering and so I thought I would list and discuss the surface treatment options: galvanizing electroplating powder coating nitriding flame spraying electrocoating painting Black Surface [more…]

  • Chess Board

    I decided to make a small chess set and so needed a chess board. These are quite simple to make and thought I would share the process. One: cut 18mm wide and 160mm long strips [more…]

  • Metric or Imperial Threads

    Someone commented to me the other day whilst walking around a car museum in the UK that they couldn’t cope with all of the different imperial threads and the array of spanners that you need [more…]

Workshop

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