Anzani Engine

January 2, 2017 Nigel 0

This engine was made by Mick Cherry. A 48cc petrol three cylinder Anzani engine 1910Y type as used in the Deperdussin monoplane an example of which is at the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden. The [more…]

Vacuum Engine

January 2, 2017 Nigel 0

Mick has built a number of engines (see list at the end of this article) and has already built a vacuum engine from a plan. The vacuum engine is also known as “Atmospheric Engine” and [more…]

Double Acting Oscillating Engine

December 31, 2016 Nigel 0

This engine started when I bought the Warco WM240b and I wanted something substantial to make and the idea of a large rather agricultural oscillating engine popped into my head. The original intention was that [more…]

Soba Optical Centre Punch

December 29, 2016 Nigel 0

Opening the case I got hit by a very strong smell of glue, a proper wow. The set consists of the base unit that has two holes through it, two optics (one with cross-hairs and [more…]

Incra Protractor

December 29, 2016 Nigel 0

Marking out angles or divisions on a board can be difficult to do accurately. Incra Rules are designed to solve that issue by cutting the fine divisions through the thin steel plate used to make the measurement device. The [more…]

Arc Euro Digital Caliper

December 29, 2016 Nigel 0

Must admit that I bought this as a bit of a gimmick as I already have a perfectly functioning digital caliper – machine-dro.co.uk Digital Caliper. The treat with this one is the large display and [more…]

Brass Gears

Brass Standards

December 28, 2016 Nigel 0

Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, but often other elements such as aluminium, iron, manganese, tin and lead are added. There are two basic classes of brass: Alpha alloys – less than 37% [more…]

Aluminium Grades

December 27, 2016 Nigel 0

I always find machining aluminium to be mostly ok, but now and again milling can just go badly wrong if the chips stick to the tool. The following list of alloys will give you an [more…]

Anatomy of a Lathe

November 8, 2016 Nigel 0

Just bought a lathe and feeling a touch in awe of it? The first thing then is to familiarise yourself with what is what around the lathe? This particular lathe is a Warco WM240B (review [more…]

Plans for New Models

October 23, 2016 Nigel 0

Autumn is here and it is time to plan for a model to make over winter. Lots of weekends and cold dark evenings in the workshop. So lets have a look at the different plans, [more…]