Rhys Owen is a volunteer on this French preserved railway. [Read Full Story]
Duncan Webster and Paul Middlehurst co-operatively create a useful device. [Read Full Story]
Keith Wraight weighs things up at Colchester. [Read Full Story]
Model Engineer is the premier UK model engineering magazine. It has been published for over 100 years. Content includes constructional articles, interesting articles on engineering related topics and many other varied subjects about models and model engineering.
Model Engineers' Workshop is a relative newcomer, first published in 1990. It is much more concerned with machines, both manual and CNC, tools, methods and processes. Historically, it does not include articles on the construction of models. It usually contains drawings for the construction of a machine, a tool or a machine accessory.
The Model Engineer Exhibition, the highlight of every model engineer’s year, opens on 13th December 2013. I hope a lot of readers will be able to make it along to see what promises to be an absolutely first class display of models. When I last spoke with Steve Eaton and Mike Law who are responsible for squeezing all the models and club stands into the exhibition hall, they were having a few headaches trying to accommodate everything! I shall be present throughout the exhibition but your editor won't be chained to a desk. I am usually to be found either in the event organisers’ office (near to the dining area) or walking around the hall. I would be delighted to meet anyone who wishes to talk with me about the magazine. If you have articles to discuss or anything you would like to leave with me for consideration, this will be an ideal opportunity for a chat. If I am not in the office, someone there will put a call out for me.
This year's Exhibition will be held at Sandown Park on 13-15 December 2013
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I have included two scientific articles this time, both of which will, I hope, appeal to those with mathematical minds; one by ‘Artisan’ especially for model locomotive builders - particularly those with an interest in efficiency - and the other by Graham Astbury for those with a preference for I/C engines, especially small ones! Both are well written and very interesting; I hope all readers will enjoy the rather technical aspect of these articles.
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Before leaving the subject of the arts altogether I must mention an enjoyable day out I had recently attending the first British Rowland Emett Convention held in Leeds on 20th October. The day was organized by a relatively new organization, The Rowland Emett Society, whose founding members are aiming to collate and record as much information as they can that pertains to Rowland Emett’s work including his drawings and paintings, cartoons, tableaux, models, machines and ‘things’ etc. Included in the day’s programme was a visit to a collection of Mr. Emett’s machines and ‘things’ presently in storage at a location in Leeds city centre. It is my intention to write a short article in the near future based on the activities and findings of the Society to date. Emett holds a great fascination for many model engineers and the formation of a group intent on recording and thereby protecting all that remains of his life’s work will surely be welcomed. I recommend their website which, when you join as a member (which is free of charge), allows you access to an extremely informative and well written newsletter. www.rowlandemett.com
In the next issue we have an article on converting a mill to three phase, more from Linton Wedlock on his Mechanical Music and a Return to Rio Tinto by Terence Holland. James Wells writes further on I/C engines but this time looks at an intersting idea that never quite caught on: Half Breed Engines. (Anyone like to hazard a guess...?)
We have a short report on this year's LittleLec and Doug Hewson looks at some of the finer details of motion work in his series on making kit built locomotives 'look the part' ... and finally, a special little calliper designed by Tony Finn that everyone will want to make!
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