Model Making & Engineering

I spend hours making many different types of models and I find this is a great way of relaxing. It means I also spend time researching the fundamental design and operation of both the model and the tools used in making it. This blog is all about sharing that work. It’s also a constructive element where I end up with something that is rewarding for years to come.

plans now available

Plans for single piston solenoid motor are now available. A simple design that makes a great starter project for someone with a new lathe.

Or the 5 cylinder rotary engine that has taken 100’s of hours to construct.

All of these models have their rewards in the process of making and as objects to look at.

My gallery page lists a large number of my models.

 

 

Knowledge

There’s always a lot of information and tables that are needed around the workshop and that are helpful in the field of general engineering and so I’ve started to list those under the heading Knowledge, a great place to start is with the Engineering page itself.

  • lathe tool post

    Lathe Tool Clamping

    The are a number of things to consider when clamping the lathe tool into the toolpost, lathe tool clamping: clean surfaces correct height clamping base overhang One of the first things to do when changing [more…]

  • traction engine Front wheel rims

    Traction Engine Front Wheels

    The traction engine front wheels are 70mm in diameter and 12mm wide. The wheel rims have been machined from 70mm mild steel round bar that is 1 inch long. This really didn’t leave any margins [more…]

  • stuart turner 10V

    Compressed Air System Efficiency

    When I run engines on compressed air I often wonder about the efficiency. A large electric motor driving a piston compressor that is in turn supplying a small engine that is sometimes barely able to [more…]

  • machining straight lines

    Cast Iron Flywheel

    As with a lot of my engine designs they start with the flywheel and in this case a cast iron flywheel that was machined from solid. This flywheel was first installed on my oscillating steam [more…]

  • files

    Foundational Technology

    I saw this article in New Scientist this week and I thought “Foundational Technology” is an interesting idea to think about. A piece of 50,000-year-old string found in a cave in France is the oldest [more…]

  • diamond stone

    Diamond Plates for Sharpening

    Diamond plates for sharpening tools, putting a final edge on a knife or lapping a surface to ensure flatness. You get diamond pads with a plastic backing and a grid of holes or the diamond [more…]

  • 1960s Ford Differential

    Vehicle Differential

    Geared device between the driven wheels to allow varying rotational speeds of the wheels around corners. We see differentials in everything from the Chinese cart that has an arrow that always points south, in steam [more…]

  • lithium ion battery schematic

    Battery Pack Design

    A battery pack design could be for a single or group of cells arranged in series and parallel, depending on application this may include: thermal control, electrical switching and management system. In it’s simplest for [more…]

  • Soba 3 jaw lathe chuck

    Soba 3-Jaw Lathe Chuck

    After living with the runout on my Warco WM240B 3-Jaw for some time I decided to replace the chuck with a 125mm Soba 3-Jaw Lathe Chuck. The replacement of the chuck was a fairly easy [more…]

  • Warco HV4 rotary table

    Rotary Tables

    Very soon after buying a milling machine I can guarantee you will be looking at rotary tables. A rotary table feels like a must have. Use it to machine: arcs flats on bolt heads and [more…]

Workshop

The workshop / man-cave is the den in which we can master a number of engineering techniques. This is my space for woodworking, metal working and sometimes just a place to sit and contemplate a design.

Calling Model Makers

If you would like to share your model making and this could be the latest design, the processes you have used or the tools you love then drop me a line editor@glue-it.com

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