Hubs Geodesic Dome

Hubs Dome Project

March 21, 2020 Nigel 0

We’re stuck at home and all wanted a project, how about a Hubs Dome Project, luckily I had been bought a hubs dome kit for my last birthday.  Sturdy Canvas bag containing all of the [more…]

a pair of rear wheels

A Pair of Rear Wheels

March 9, 2020 Nigel 0

A pair of rear wheels for my 1/20th scale traction engine. This all started with me machining the mild steel rim blanks from 4 inch diameter round 1 inch thick disc. The machining required in [more…]

assembled rear wheel rim

Rear Wheel Spokes

March 2, 2020 Nigel 0

The rear wheels of my miniature traction engine needed 32 spokes in total. This is quite a task and so thought I would take you through my process. I started the rear wheel spokes by [more…]

traction engine rear hub

Rear Wheel Hubs

February 27, 2020 Nigel 0

The rear wheel hubs for the miniature traction engine that I’m making need to be indexed with eight spokes each side of a single wheel. The trick is that the spokes are out of “phase” and [more…]

SEO image for engineering post

Model Engineering SEO

February 8, 2020 Nigel 0

What do I mean by Model Engineering SEO? SEO is search engine optimization, model engineering is a hobby that feels very vibrant, but the view is it is dying out. Let’s start with the perhaps [more…]

nickel metal hydride battery

Nickel Metal Hydride Battery

February 5, 2020 Nigel 0

The Nickel Metal Hydride battery has a nickel-hydroxide cathode, a metal hydride (a variety of metal alloys are used) anode, and aqueous potassium hydroxide electrolyte. This is a rechargeable battery chemistry that has been superseded [more…]

final pair of rear wheel rims

Rear Wheel Tread Pair

January 26, 2020 Nigel 0

My first go at machining a rear wheel tread pair for my miniature traction engine was not that successful. That meant I needed another go. The rear wheel tread pair are handed and the tread [more…]