My first engineering model was the Stuart H10 horizontal engine* that is frequently
a first model for any budding model engineer, however, I was around 56 at the time.
Being asked by the local Salvation Army Men's Fellowship to give a short talk on
my metal working activities I considered that the extent of the work involved in
making the steam engine would not be apparent unless I could show a set of castings
in their raw state so a set of castings was purchased for the V10 vertical engine*
from which the second engine eventually resulted.
My third model was again made purely for the satisfaction of making it. This time,
a model shaping machine* .
For one of my workshop equipment articles in the Model Engineers' Workshop magazine
I chose to design and make a Milling Head Attachment for use on a centre lathe for
the workshop owner who had to work without a milling machine. Having completed this
it was decided to show it in action and to prove its capabilities. For this I chose
the steam engine Tina **
As yet these are still static models but hopefully one day I will produce a boiler
and have them running if time permits.
* The Suart engines and shaper can be purchased as kits of raw castings and other
materials, finished parts ready for assembly, or even ready to run for some models,
and are supplied by “Stuart Models” Vale Guernsey