Midlands Engineering Show 2018

October 19, 2018 Nigel 0

Another year and a visit to the Midlands Model Engineering show on the Fosse Way just outside Leamington Spa. I thought it might be nice to share some images of models and link to some [more…]

Aligning a Rotary Table

October 14, 2018 Nigel 0

Aligning a part on the rotary table can be tricky and this is just a simple rough and ready approach to aligning a part. What I’m actually trying to achieve here is the alignment of [more…]

Small Planishing Hammer

October 1, 2018 Nigel 2

I saw a small homemade hammer on one of the engineering forums and it just made me wonder about making my own, especially as I have a collection of hammers arranged on the wall of [more…]

Fuel

September 30, 2018 Nigel 0

The simplest definition is any substance burned for heat or power. Even in the model world this covers a lot of different fuels and so I will try and list them along with data and [more…]

Acoustic Filter Elements

September 28, 2018 Nigel 0

There are a number of different ways to attenuate the sound waves propagating down a duct (eg air intake, exhaust system) and I thought it would be good to list these different elements, how they [more…]

Exhaust

September 15, 2018 Nigel 0

Gases ejected from an engine as waste products are transported away from the engine using an exhaust system. The main features that must be considered are: Acoustic design – Acoustic Ducts, Acoustic Filter Elements (eg [more…]

Transitional Engine – Conrod

September 9, 2018 Nigel 0

This Transitional Engine has a two-piece crank design with a slider. This is traditional steam engine design. As this is meant to be an engine that has started life as a steam engine I thought [more…]

Phosphor Bronze

September 3, 2018 Nigel 0

An alloy of copper with 3.5 to 10% of tin and a significant phosphorus content of up to 1%. PB1 is a continuously cast product used for machined components washers and bushes. PB2 This has [more…]

Transitional Engine – Cams

September 2, 2018 Nigel 0

I’m struggling with the cam design on this transitional engine. My original thought was around machining this camshaft block that bolts down to the I-beam and two cams hang over the side of the engine [more…]

Vital Bond

August 27, 2018 Nigel 0

This is a thick super glue designed to be use with porous materials such as woods and for gap filling. I tried this on some metal parts where I wanted to ensure the glue covered [more…]