Picaxe Robot

July 15, 2017 Nigel 0

My first play with a PicAxe controller and a servo based robot. The first place to start is here: PicAxe.com Well, actually this wasn′t the first place I started. Firstly I spoke to a friend [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…]

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…]

5 Cylinder Rotary

March 31, 2017 Nigel 0

This engine took some years from start to finish, a number of those years were down to us moving house and me not locating it after the move. The engine is approximately 85mm in diameter [more…]

Inline Twin Glow Engine

January 16, 2017 Nigel 0

This engine was made in the summer of 1987. It has the cylinder liners, pistons and conrods from two OS 25FSR glow engines. The crankshaft was made in parts and the crankcase machined from a [more…]

1/12th Scale Globe

January 15, 2017 Nigel 0

The end result displayed at the moment in what I describe as the model cube. I must admit that having thought about making a 1/12th scale globe my first problem was either making or finding [more…]

Bog Oak Chair

January 2, 2017 Nigel 0

Some years ago I was given some pieces of bog oak, roughly 1″ x 1″ x 4″. I painted the ends with PVA glue and placed them in the eaves of my shed and forgot about them [more…]

Rowland Vacuum Engine

January 2, 2017 Nigel 0

An engine made by Mick Cherry. This is the Nick Rowland Flame Engine or Vacuum Engine. They seem to be called by a number of names, but in the end they are all vacuum engines. [more…]

Open Crank Farm Engine

January 2, 2017 Nigel 0

An engine by Mick Cherry. The open crank farm engine was made after I had purchased a new lathe. I thought I would build something simple just to iron out any problems. The outcome is [more…]

Loyal Cycle Engine

January 2, 2017 Nigel 0

A model engine by Mick Cherry. This engine has undergone some major design changes to get it running exactly right and so you will see some changes to the design as it progresses through the article. [more…]