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.

  • boiler endplates and tubes

    Miniature Traction Engine Boiler

    The miniature traction engine boiler design is to heat partly from underneath and with through tubes from the firebox. This means I can make a simple copper boiler and fix this into a steel firebox. [more…]

  • Lantern frame offered up to engine

    Lantern for Lamppost Engine

    Making a lantern for the lamppost engine. The lamppost engine has sat on display for years and gets run on compressed air every now and again. It was always designed to have a lantern on [more…]

  • boiler endplates and tubes

    Brass Fittings and Boilers

    I’ve been reading so much about copper boiler making and materials that I thought I would pull a page together on the subject of Brass Fittings and Boilers. The research was based around the miniature traction [more…]

  • traction engine wheels

    Miniature Traction Engine Wheels

    For the miniature traction engine wheels there are a pair of front wheels and a pair of rear wheels. In both cases I’ve followed a similar construction method. Rear Wheels The rear wheels are only [more…]

  • pair of front wheels

    Front Wheel Assembly

    Rims turned, hubs machined and spokes cutout, it’s now time for the front wheel assembly. A lot of parts, some errors along the way and so time has gone into the manufacture of all of [more…]

  • all of the parts fro the front wheels

    Front Wheel Spokes

    Time, for the front wheel spokes and then I can assemble the front wheels for the miniature traction engine. Brass blanks cut out using my slightly modified bandsaw table. I’ve cut out 24 brass blanks. [more…]

  • front wheel hub laying on box of matches

    Front Wheel Hubs

    The front wheel hubs are quite small, 18mm in diameter, considering the features that are machined into them. This is my excuse then for having to machine 5 of these hubs before getting a pair [more…]

  • 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…]

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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