Model Diesel Engine Fuel

May 18, 2019 Nigel 0

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

May 6, 2019 Nigel 0

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

May 5, 2019 Nigel 0

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

April 28, 2019 Nigel 0

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

April 28, 2019 Nigel 0

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

April 27, 2019 Nigel 0

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

April 26, 2019 Nigel 0

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

April 25, 2019 Nigel 0

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

April 20, 2019 Nigel 0

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…]