WEEK ENDING 
25 MAY 2017

By David Carpenter

THIS WEEK


Leading hobby magazine publisher, Traplet, has taken on the Myhobbystore business from the publishers of Model Engineer magazine. So, now, if you want a set of drawings for one of the LBSC, Westbury or Martin Evans designs, that’s where you’ll be likely to find it. http://gb.trapletshop.com will take you there.

The great thing about going to shows like Doncaster last week is to catch up with what’s going on - some of it sadly not repeatable here. However, one story we heard was about a man who took his family to another show for the first time and was heard to remark: “This is great. If you can’t afford them you can make them yourself.”

Isn’t that just a sign of the times?

Just like the chap who asked how much Cherry Hill models were. He couldn’t cope with the idea that they were all given away.

Not that there is anything wrong with selling models, we know more than one who makes a living out of making and selling fine models - nice work if you can get it.


Doncaster contained a really eclectic mix this year, from Herbert Stumm’s hurdy gurdy incorporating an IKEA bowl on the SMEE stand to the sublime Blower Bentley engine being made by Mike Sayers. Mike hopes to get it finished next year, now that he has finished restoring his wife’s vintage Riley Lynx.


Our Model of the Week is from Doncaster. It is an unusual Burrell-Boydell traction engine with an endless railway system. This dates from the mid 19th century, like many of Cherry Hill’s models, and like them is the result of much research among the Patent drawings.


Our drawing this week is the answer to those who cannot afford to do model engineering. It’s an oscillating steam engine whose main components are taken from a 13 amp plug.


How powerful are your locos? We have an interesting and economic take on building a dynamometer by Peter Targett.


We were happy to hear from Julius de Waal a few weeks back that a Metric Minnie traction engine had been completed to his drawings - as published on MEWS a couple of years ago. We contacted the builder, Franco Pucci, in South Africa who is kindly giving us details of his build. He has completed the project in just two years which would be impressive for anyone. But Franco is a complete newcomer to model engineering, learning from scratch as he went along. Impressive!

 


 

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ALLY PALLY SECRET

UNUSUAL MARINE PLANT

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TRIPLE EXPANSION ENGINE

UNUSUAL ENGINE BY K.N. HARRIS

ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II

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CHERRY’S MODEL ENGINES

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SMEE TRAINING FOR BEGINNERS

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LANG BRIDGE DOUBLE DIAGONAL

GWR 4700 2-8-0 CLASS

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SIMPLE SINGLE CYLINDER OSCILLATING STEAM ENGINE

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KIWI MK2 BUILD

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ALLCHIN ROYAL CHESTER

TRAVELING MANDREL DIVIDING HEAD

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David Carpenter is the editor of Model Engineering Website, the weekly web magazine for model engineers.