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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 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…]

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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…]

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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…]

mk2 of the smokebox door etching

Typeface for the Traction Engine Door

January 6, 2021 Nigel 0

My son commented that the Arial typeface for the traction engine door wasn’t really correct. So we searched for something better using google’s typeface tool (google fonts). This tool allows you to type in a [more…]

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Watercolour Paintbox

January 2, 2021 Nigel 0

This started as an idea around the question: how many colours do you need for a Watercolour Paintbox? For this I would need half pans and where better to go than Winsor & Newton. So [more…]

Bob and Ron Lane Models

Bob & Ron Lane

December 30, 2020 Nigel 0

Bob & Ron Lane were Cockneys from the East End of London, they went through the Blitz sitting under the kitchen table, where they were bombed out twice but survived. A distant relative Richard Lane, [more…]

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Model Stationary Engines

December 19, 2020 Nigel 0

I just had to have a page listing the model stationary engines from around the web. So I thought I would list the kits, castings, plans etc. Some of these are scale models, some are [more…]

burrell traction engine

Traction Engine Manufacturers

December 9, 2020 Nigel 0

The traction engine lasted from around 1850 to 1950 in the UK, during this timeframe there were a number of traction engine manufacturers. Over the years a number of these have drawn the attention of [more…]

Smokebox door hinge alignment

Elongated Hinge and Jig

December 3, 2020 Nigel 2

In order to make the hinge for the smokebox door I first created an elongated hinge and jig. Not perfect, but gave me a good alignment of each side. This alignment of each side of [more…]