The Home of Model Making

This is the home of model making, a place to share model making techniques, ideas and models themselves. Sometimes this expands into the science and engineering world, as an expansion to explain some of the background.


Gallery – a look at models from a number of different model makers. Arranged alphabetically by name and in collections. This is an ever expanding section.

Let us know if you would like to post the models you make on these pages.

gas turbine combustion chamber

Knowledge – these pages expand to a number of sections and sub-sections. Noise and Vibration covers the topic in general, but also relates this to the workshop and engineering.

The Engine Design page covers a large number of topics associated with model engines, now and again mixing in large engine examples.

The home of model making, a place to find ideas, look at tool reviews and possibly find the next model to build.

Warco WM240B Saddle

Reviews – how many tools do you need to make models. Well, depends on what models you make, you can start very simply and expand as required.

Either way it’s good to read reviews to get a feel for the issues we find and manufacturers that are exemplary.

A great example is the Warco WM240B metal lathe.

Sistotec Micro Torch
Sistotec Micro Butane Torch – a great addition to the workbench for the model maker

Homemade – these builds come in various forms. Recently I added a bracket to stiffen the column on the Sieg SX2.7 milling machine. Then on a smaller scale I made one of the most beautifully balanced hammers I’ve every held.

Links – we’re always happy to add links and references to relevant material. Do please drop us a line if you have a burning idea (

optical centre punch plans

Plans – lately we’ve been producing plans. We’ve kept the cost really low by making them digital pdf downloads. The plans are rich with technical drawings, photographs of parts and notes.

A great present for the person who spends all of their time making things. A great last minute present as you can download it, print it and send it with a card.

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Social Media – of course we post on most of the social media outlets. This is a more instant way of seeing what is on the workbench and of dropping us feedback. YouTube, Instagram, Twitter

Workshop – or workspace is at the core of what makers and model makers do. This is a space that becomes familiar and evolves over time. A place to work, reflect and to keep safe. The workspace doesn’t have to be huge, it can be a protective work-mat and a box with some tools. It can also be a place with lots of machine tools and even different areas for certain types of task.

Guest Posts – it’s great seeing what other people are making. Sometimes the individual in their workshop and sometimes a company. We are happy to accept posts from all if they relate to making, tools, design or engineering.


How to Calibrate Your CNC MachineA Step-by-Step Guide by Peter Jacobs at

  • Step 0: Collect All the Tools
  • Step 1: Level the Base
  • Step 2: Square the Bridge
  • Step 3: Square the Front-to-Back Backbone
  • Step 4: Square the Side-to-Side Backbone
  • Step 5: Alignment of the 4th and 5th Axis
step 5 of the squaring process

Squaring Stock – This article on squaring stock is from Alan at Woody’s Workshop. The process is primarily designed to square a piece of stock ready for the cnc. However, it could be used for general machining as well. Assume the stock can be represented by the following shape with each side numbered as shown.

Bouland Motors 1/3rd scale cosworth DFV

1/3rd Scale Cosworth DFV – The research, development and machining process took almost 4 years and the budget was way out but it was well worth it! The scale model has a capacity of 76cc and it’s made with over 1,200 parts. The wonderful sounding high revving little V8 can rev up to 10.000 rpm producing about 7 bhp. All components of the engine are made in the Netherlands utilizing the best manufacturing companies the country has to offer.

Silver solder coupon tests

Testing – When you don’t have a reference or a mathematical model of something then it’s best to go back to testing parts.

A great example of this is coupon testing to understand the flow of silver solder. This was a simple couple of test cases.

To back up the miniature traction engine design I built a small vertical boiler. For this I instrumented the boiler with thermocouples and built a simple mathematical model. Getting heat into this tiny boiler was initially quite a challenge. The mathematical model allowed me to understand the heat losses.

At we cover the subject of model making with hints, tips, tool reviews, gallery posts and news items. This extends into the realm of science and engineering. If you would like to contribute or have a gallery section for your model making then drop me a line