WEEK ENDING 
27 APRIL 2017

By David Carpenter

THIS WEEK


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!



Julius de Waal has another locomotive design which we think should prove popular. It is loosely based on LBSC’s Tich but in 5” gauge. The original Tich in 3.5” gauge proved troublesome for some beginners with valve gear likened by some to watchmaking. This larger metric version has simple eccentric valve gear.


With only around a month to go, we preview the next major exhibition, the National Model Engineering and Modelling Exhibition at  Doncaster Racecourse. This venue replaces Harrogate and provides an impressive space at  a more economic rate. It is also an easy place to get to, with plenty of local accommodation for those wanting to make a weekend of it. Fifty plus traders have booked this year, so plenty of opportunity to shop for all those things you need. Note: if you book in advance you can get entry half an hour earlier than those paying on the day.


The week we have two Models of the Week, both from last year’s Doncaster show. First is a Fowler showman’s engine in 1:6 scale shown by L Davies.


The second is an atractive example of the Metre Maid locomotive by Michael Parkin, a variation on the ever popular Sweet Pea design.


 

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