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.

For any questions or ideas please drop me a line at: or follow me on Instagram


Copper Flower – made from leftovers Low Profile Milling Vice – a simple design that lets you get close to the table. Small Planishing Hammer – mild steel head with the faces case hardened.

Transitional Engine – Currently on the workbench and progressing well is a transitional engine – 1900ish horizontal steam engine that has been converted to run on gas.

This is not really an engine for the gallery yet as it is quite a way off being finished, but the bded, cylinder, frame, head, crank, conrod and flywheel are all in place.

Therefore, if nothing else, it’s worth taking you through the progress and design as I go.


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.

Shop / Frame – a simple 3D frame that fits on the wall like a picture frame, a great place to keep a dollshouse collection or just miniatures.

1/12th Scale Globe – The legs are 4mm diameter and 48mm long

The low temperature stirling engine – you have to make one of these, but be prepared as not the easiest to get running.

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.


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.

Single Cylinder Horizontal Four-Stroke Engine – This engine is very agricultural in appearance and design, but was the first engine that I designed from scratch and fabricated everything for (apart from the spark plug). The keyword is simple.

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.

Ford Model T – One of the first models I built was this 1/8th Scale Ford Model T – built from scratch from plans that I had bought of the car.