History of Model Engineering

April 18, 2017 Nigel 0

I was wondering what some of the major highlights would be in the timeline of model engineering….so I thought I would do some digging and list them out: 1880’s Bing’s first model trains hit the [more…]

Pistons and Liners

April 17, 2017 Nigel 0

There are a number of different combinations of materials for the piston and liner of engines. I’ve listed a number below and comment on their merits, if I’ve missed one then do drop me a [more…]

Laser Alignment

April 17, 2017 Nigel 1

This started with a pack of lasers that had optics to create a cross-hair image. My original thought was to fit one of these in a holder in the chuck and then the cross-hair would [more…]

Cooling Fin Design

April 2, 2017 Nigel 0

The design of the cooling fins of an air cooled engine is critical to getting the heat out of the engine cylinder and for ensuring that there are no hot spots. Therefore, I’ve been looking [more…]

Parting Aluminium on the Lathe

April 2, 2017 Nigel 0

Parting off aluminium in the lathe can be nerve racking and especially if you’ve got it wrong in the past and either the work piece has come out of the chuck or the tool has [more…]

Lamp Post Engine

April 1, 2017 Nigel 3

How many hours do you spend browsing through the internet looking for inspiration for a new model? Lots of different steam engines and one in particular caught my eye Bodkin 2, what a lovely looking [more…]