Nigel Taylor – Gallery

I’ve tried to list the models that I’ve made over the years chronologically from the latest backwards. Where possible I’ve linked to pages with more details of the models. In between I’ve added links to tools and other stuff that I’ve made along the way, some of these are tools made to assist me when making the models, others just for general interest.

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Oscillating Engine – my wife had treated me to a new lathe, a Warco WM240B and as this was a much larger lathe than I had previously owned I thought it was appropriate to make a chunky engine. I’ve never made an oscillating engine before, this is all to my own design. As you can see from the YouTube video on the engine page it started out having a large flywheel, but this got replaced by a large gear and a smaller flywheel running at 2.5x the crank speed.


Lamp Post Engine – I was inspired by the engines that Ben Peake makes to do something a bit different and this engine was the result. I must admit that I’m never quite sure whether I should add a light to the top of the post and a generator running off the flywheel to power a small LED. The base is a piece of wood machined to look like a road with a gutter, brass drain cover and a kerbstone and path.

Picaxe Robot – this was really a lesson in Picaxe controllers and how to build a basic circuit and write some simple code. Of course, the robot had to look interesting as well.

Unimat 3 Pillar Drill – more useful with a separate base and table.

Slitting saw mandrel is quite an easy and rewarding thing to make.

broken gears in the Mini Mill resulted in a swap to metal gears and then a homemade belt drive system

laser alignment tool to speed up the alignment of parts in the milling machine.

Dead Blow Palm Hammer – I made this because of the fascination with dead-blow hammers.

V-Twin Solenoid Motor – this really is a strange motor, a 4 stroke v-twin with a common crank pin – a sort of Harley-Davidson configuration and the resultant sound when it runs is rather fun.


Solenoid Motor – this really is a very poor linear electric motor and is more of an executive toy than anything else. It does make a nice cranking sound as it runs.

5 Cylinder Rotary – this is one of my favourite engines that I’ve built. It took a number of years as I packed the part made engine away safely whilst moving house and didn’t locate it again for a couple of years.

Wood and Metal Beam Engine – this engine was all about the look. I wanted to make a beam engine from wood and had an idea in my head to build the beam around the main column rather than the normal arrangement of one beam and a bearing either side. The engine is single acting, runs very well and has a great feel to it.

Bog Oak Chair – I was given some small pieces of bog oak and it made me wonder what I could make from it. The result is a tiny 1/12th scale chair that sits easily on the palm of your hand.

1/12th Scale Globe – The legs are 4mm diameter and 48mm long, note the wider section that had grooves machined to hold the lower table (46mm diameter and 2mm thick). The height to the top of the main ring is 50mm. The final result is an authentic looking globe.

Inline Twin Glow Plug Engine – This engine was made in the summer of 1987. It has the cylinder liners, pistons and conrods from two OS 25FSR glow engines. This engine was at the 1988 Model Engineer Exhibition and received a Highly Commended and appeared in a magazine.

Stuart 10V – this was the first engine I made and was around 1980 when it was finished. This engine runs really well on compressed air, but must admit that I’ve never run it on steam.