prometheus kiln chamber

Prometheus Mini Kiln PRO-1 PRG

January 26, 2021 Nigel 1

Prometheus Mini Kiln PRO-1 PRG is a small electric kiln of 700W and able to reach 1000°C. The chamber is small at 115 x 130 x 70mm but very usable. The real beauty of this [more…]

hornplates bolted to firebox

Hornplates Plus for the Burrell

January 24, 2021 Nigel 0

I called this Hornplates Plus for the Burrell as the hornplates have been extended to include the body of the engine behind the rear wheels. This might be strange, but at this 1/20th scale it [more…]

tapered chimney barrell

Burrell Chimney Cone

January 21, 2021 Nigel 0

The Burrell chimney cone should really be a rolled sheet metal part with an upper and lower cap. The lower cap being the interface to the smokebox. The upper cap being a brass ferrule that [more…]

burrell traction engine

Burrell on “Matchboxes”

January 19, 2021 Nigel 0

It’s not made it onto all four wheels, but I think the Burrell on “Matchboxes” is looking quite the part. The axle needs the steering links added for the chains to connect to. The smokebox [more…]

door hinge on stainless steel jig

Cooksongold Silver Solder Paste

January 16, 2021 Nigel 0

Whilst making some of the parts for the miniature traction engine I wanted a much finer silver soldered joint and so I bought some Cooksongold Silver Solder Paste to try. The silver solder is available [more…]

door hinge for 1/20th scale Burrell

Door Hinge for the Burrell

January 16, 2021 Nigel 0

The smokebox door hinge for the Burrell has caused me a lot of grief. I thought I would share below the disasters that I’ve had on the way to creating a hinge that I’m happy [more…]

myfordboy lamppost engine

MyfordBoy Lamppost Engine

January 15, 2021 Nigel 0

Since creating the original lamppost engine and then the pdf plans for this engine I have started to get feedback on engines that are being built. The first of the builds is by MyfordBoy, I [more…]

Angel Eyes on Sieg SX2.7

Sieg SX2.7 Angel Eyes

January 14, 2021 Nigel 0

Sieg SX2.7 Angel Eyes is all about giving this machine a light source that wraps around the tool and fully illuminates the workpiece. I’ve been using the Sieg SX2.7 for some time on a range [more…]

angel eyes being driven at 12V

Angel Eyes in the Workshop

January 14, 2021 Nigel 0

Angel Eyes in the Workshop is a strange name, but these are the circular lights that you see most commonly on a BMW during the daytime. The reason for me buying them is to create [more…]

front axle

Burrell Front Axle

January 12, 2021 Nigel 0

I made the Burrell front axle from a piece of 3/16″ square mild steel. Each end was turned 4mm diameter to work directly in the front wheels. The front wheel hubs were machined from brass so [more…]