Part 1 course

Once again Society of Model and Experimental Engineers is to run its popular Basic Training course  (Part 1) which has introduced many model engineers to the hobby. 

It is aimed at people with no previous knowledge of model engineering.  Course tutors are all volunteers with considerable experience and varied interests. They explain what model engineers do, the range of models they make, how to set up a workshop and assemble a starters tool kit. 

“We give advice on where to buy equipment” says organiser Peter Haycock, “saving members many hundreds of pounds on basic machinery alone.” 

The next course starts on Saturday February 14, 2015 and on two more Saturdays to April.

Even experienced engineers can benefit. Alex Chapman works in engineering but took the Part 1 course in 2014. He says “This course informed me of many things I’d not have known otherwise. I wouldn’t like to have missed it. Tutors engage everyone on a like minded level and the social aspects of SMEE courses are very good.”

Part 2 course

The Part 2 or ‘Polly’ course is a step by step demonstration of making a model stationary engine with vertical boiler. It is the Polly design by Tubal Cain. The techniques learned are also useful for making other models such as live steam locomotives and include boiler making and testing, silver soldering, pipework, sheet metal forming and making cylinders. It starts on Saturday May 16, and
runs monthly for six Saturdays.

Many who’ve done these courses go on to make more models as they are an excellent introduction to model making. The society has workshop and display facilities with a demonstration lathe.  All participants receive a useful handbook and plenty of “out of hours” advice.

Further training for members only also includes the highly popular grinding and milling courses. 

All courses are held at Marshall House, SMEE’s headquarters close to Loughborough Junction station, London, SE24.  

For bookings and information please contact: 

Peter Haycock, Course organiser, 01442 266050 or email haycock388@btinternet.com or see the SMEE website www.sm-ee.co.uk