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.

  • 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…]

  • 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…]

Workshop

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