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Not sure if I have a weird way of approaching the design of a new model engine or just like the idea of starting with perhaps the most artistic part and then developing the idea from there…..

100mm or 4" diameter flywheel

100mm or 4″ diameter flywheel

This flywheel is 100mm diameter and 25mm think and made from a solid disc of cast iron.

The engine? Well my thought is that this will form the basis for a new horizontal steam engine – single double acting cylinder or maybe a compound – not sure yet…..will add the description and images to the model engineering gallery as it progresses.


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Ignition System from Just Engines

Ignition System

Just Engines have an ignition system for converting glow engines to spark ignition – may be just the thing to use if you are building a model spark ignition engine as this comes as a complete conversion kit.

Ignition System

Just Engines Online Ltd Ignition Systems for Glow Engines.

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Just had to write a quick post about John Bentley’s website as I have spent over an hour today browsing through the different models – they are just stunning and inspirational.

I included an image here from the front page of the website – wow….

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Nigel - September 15, 2012 at 7:48 pm

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Model Engine Kits and Ready to Run

I was looking around for model engines that you can buy ready built or as kits and came up with the following.

Part Machined kits:

  • Bengs Modellbau – stirling, steam and flame eaters, very beautiful designs

Machined kits:

  • Stuart Models – steam engines
  • Bohm – stirling engines, these models come as machined kits and ready to run

Ready to run:

  • Stuart Models – ready to run versions of the famous engines
  • Kontax – stirling engines, low temperature, high temperature, acoustic engines and stove engines
  • Bohm – stirling engines, ready to run

We wrote a page dedicated to Hit and Miss Engines.

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Timber Framed Shed

So should I build the shed as an oak framed building? A friend pointed me to this site:

The green oak beams are very reasonably priced, quite frankly cheaper than a lot of the fence posts from the normal diy stores.



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Piston Rings

I started listing the different cylinder liner and piston material combinations, but the piston rings are a significant factor in friction losses and wear.

Piston rings should be as thin as possible to reduce contact area.

I have made cast iron piston rings, but not for a long time. I made them by firstly turning a cast iron ring to size. The ring is then split and filled to give a small clearance on the ends so that the ring can be squeezed into the liner. The ring is then held in a fixture to keep it flat at the same time being expanded with a small piece of steel between the ends. I then coated the ring in a brazing flux to stop it oxidising whilst being heated to cherry red.

This is where my memory goes as I cannot quote remember how hot and for hope long – can anybody help here?

This link describes using the Trimble method: Feeney Construction

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Nigel - November 26, 2011 at 9:38 pm

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O Rings

Was just looking for some O rings and came across a great site:

Prices look good and very easy ordering process. If you have a flick around on the site you will notice the choice of bearings, o rings etc is very broad. The smaller bearings have POA which is a bit of a shame, but having spoken to their people on the phone they are again very easy to deal with.

11 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Nigel - November 12, 2011 at 11:28 am

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Cylinder Liner – Piston Materials

The basic options are:

  • Cast iron liner – cast iron piston
  • Cast iron liner – steel piston
  • Cast iron liner – aluminium piston with cast iron rings
  • Phosphor Bronze liner – steel piston
  • Steel liners
  • Steel liner – steel piston
    • – A steel piston is fitted with clearance at TDC and will always have an oil film, and a better and extended life–without the “run-in, peak, and run-out” cycle exhibited by a CI piston.
  • Steel liner – aluminium piston
  • Steel liner – aluminium piston with cast iron rings
    • – In summary, not a combination for the absolute, raw beginner, but not that difficult either. Best suited to larger engines–say with a bore 5/8″ and upwards.
  • Steel liner – Cast iron piston
    • – This combination gives the first time constructor the highest possibility of producing a runable engine that will have a reasonable working life.

I’ve added a page to listing the different materials and showing some examples: Pistons and Liners

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Nigel - October 21, 2011 at 8:23 pm

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“Man Cave”

Well, this is the new name for a shed. “Man Cave” is the response I got when starting to discuss the idea of a new workshop for me, not actually a shed as what I’m thinking of is far more substantial and above all more insulated and secure.

I’m thinking of leaving my current workshop where it is and building a workshop further down the garden where the current garden shed stands. OK the garden shed is a very small 6×4 feet made of matchstick affair. The workshop will be much bigger. Needs to be bigger than 11×8 feet, prefarably around 14×10 but that may be pushing the boundary.

I think my first task is to look at the planning regulations and understand what the limits are, then I can plan a workshop with confidence.

The downside is my current workshop, sorry “Man Cave”, is dry and easy to keep warm. The alternative is to build a bigger shed and move some of the junk currently in my Man Cave into the shed. Quite a lot of space is currently used to store wood and moving this all out would result in a much better working area.

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Nigel - October 18, 2011 at 2:25 pm

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Nuts and Bolts

I was after some BA nuts and bolts and after some searching around the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition I came across EKP Supplies – I’ve been buying nuts and bolts for some time and not quite sure how I’ve missed them before:

Not so sure about the usability of their website as yet, but get hold of one of their catalogues  which I’m assured they will have online soon and have a flick through.

Must admit that I may be using them for material supplies as well.

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Nigel - October 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm

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