By Julius de Waal

Julius draws up the Merryweather self-propelled fire engine dating from the start of the 20th century, based on contemporaneous drawings of a model published by The Engineer and Electrician magazine in 1908. A Merryweather from 1905 was also famously modelled by Cherry Hill in the 1960s. It was the model which brought her to public attention and to the attention of husband to be, Ivor. Cherry’s model is to a smaller scale than the earlier published design; 1:16 would become the standard for all her models. It took three years to complete, during which time she also made a 3/8 size Stuart double 10V engine to fully understand the valve gears for the Merryweather. The photos here are all of Cherry’s highly detailed, smaller scale engine that hopefully will inspire builders.

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