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Thread: Change of address
12/03/2021 08:04:05

Thank you jason and nick for your replies


11/03/2021 08:34:03

Hi how do I change where I have my model engineer magazine sent to please


Thread: New member from Hereford
02/01/2017 07:47:11
Hi there my name is jonathan and I live near you as im only at craven arms in Shropshire. About half hour drive. I am a model engineer who loves to build and collect model engines .
You are more than welcome to come and vist and see how not to make things lol

Best wishes jonathan
Thread: stationary engine castings
24/11/2012 21:22:06


ive just seen this thread and ive got afew stationary engine kits back from the states firstly by carrying them as i went over afew years ago and brought acouple bavk, which was very cheap but i understand they are clamping down now on suitcase weight.

ive also had them shipped over and everytime you i get one shipped the price goes up and the last engine i had the seller in the states wrote gas engine on the box!!!

one thing you want to check if you have one shipped over is how many boxes it will come in as customs will charge you for opening each box, the less boxes the cheaper it is

i have spoken with maury in the states and it would cost as much if not more to get the casting to my door as the castings themselfs as you would have to pay him the shipping then you would get caught at customs, the last engine i had over which was in one box cost £400 to ship to my door, the castings were only 500 dollars!!

having said all this the engines are lovely and you can loose the price in the finished thing as these little hit and miss models make alot of money more than model steam engines and some hit and miss engines make more than there full size counterparts do so you aint going to lose out just depends how much you want to spend.

hope this helps jonathan

Thread: Workshop Picture Thread
05/10/2012 20:52:59

andrew, the mill is a atlas which someone has made a head for it, its a lovely little miller its got power feed and a clutch its a joy to use.

the lathe is a colchester master which im only the second owner of i brought it off the man who brought it new off colchester, which was great cos it came with everything!! there was about 8 chucks 3 faceplates steadies collects and boxes and boxes of tools.


04/10/2012 23:04:57

hi people my name is jonathan but i use the name on here ronnie barker as this is what i was known at school and members of my stationary engine club call it me.

first of all a big thankyou to jason for posting my pics of my workshop which i wanted to share with you all.

the workshop is a brick built building with a fully lined roof and a pair of double doors at one which opens out into the lane and a single sliding door that opens into the garden the workshop is 30f long by 14f wide, last year i fitted the pot belly stove from machine mart and this has made the workshop very cosy.

lve got carpet at each machine and at the benches, i try to clean up after each machining job and i have a hoover and do the carpets once a week i cannot work in dirt if you keep everything clean things seem to go alot better.

thing i dont like is that my woodworking machines are in the same place, the bandsaw isnt to bad but the table saw and router table are hell, i do try to do this outside now.

if anybody would like to ask anything about my workshop or give me any pointers then please do so im always looking to improve it


04/10/2012 20:07:16

I'm posting these for Ronnie, he will add a few comments later. JasonB









Thread: I/C Topics returns - Not off to a good start
14/05/2012 21:35:10

i would like to point out that if it wasnt for the sharp eyes of jason the portable engine would only be good for bog paper!!

if model engineer had been more sharp eyed the engine should never have gone to press!!

sorry to moan its a good job there are people out there willing to help


Thread: Propane and glow plugs
19/03/2012 19:31:41

hi howard

i have run quite afew model engines and learnt alot mainly the hard way, i shouldnt worry about your compression, once the engine has ran for a while it should get better you could always try the old trick i do of running the engine in on a electric motor this works well.

as said above you need a demand vavle and i think this is where your problem is if your coming straight off the bottle in the engine this will never work these little engines need hardy any fuel at all.

i had the same problem on my half size gardner until i fitted a demand valve and between the valve and the engine you should fit a gauge to see how much gas is going throngh u want the neddle to hardly move.

i would try to restrain from fitting a spark plug, if you do you will need to fit contact points somewhere on the engine and i think with the classic shape of the otto engine the spark plug and contacts will spoil the look of the engine.

if you dont have no joy with gas i would try methanol or sim with the glow plug, on a early style engine like this i would keep away from ungly looking spark plug

hope this is of help


Thread: London Model Engineering Exhibition
22/01/2012 21:29:24
as to the show, as afew of you said the show guide was very good detailing everything you want to see or need.
its a shame there wasnt more models there but its more a show to fill your workshop with goodies.
i went on saturday and the place was full to bursting and they say theres no money about but there was plenty being spent on the stands!
thanks jason dont no what i would do without you

Edited By ronnie barker on 22/01/2012 21:30:53

22/01/2012 20:07:28
i came home with a box full of goodies just a shame it was the wrong box!!
Thread: Cleaning up castings
20/01/2012 13:40:43
i have also built a redwing and as john says the castings are very rough, on myown model the worst area was round the top of the hopper which i got out with a angle grinder.
the flywheels were also very bad so i filed off the flash and high spots and then used good pimmer filler paint to fill the worst of the pitting.
on models such as hit and miss engines the full size castings were not very smooth and perfect some worse than others so shouldnt we put this into our models, but i understand you dont want flashing or great holes or pitting .
i wouldnt like to use any sort of acid on model castings it would worry me that the paint wont stick after

Edited By ronnie barker on 20/01/2012 13:42:50

Thread: A change is as good as a rest
04/11/2011 21:04:54
yea that looks nice ramon, anthony makes nice models and hesa friendly man who you can talk to, i just wish i could machine things as small as him!
alot of people are put of making a model because they cant swing the flywheel but just remember a flywheel can be turned on a milling machine with abit of thought or you may have a friend or club with a big lathe im lucky as i have a nice one but there are ways round it.
there are some nice model oil engine kits out there now which would be a change for the steam engine boys but dont be put off by the flywheel
Thread: Ian Hewson's Tangy Mill Engine
17/10/2011 19:05:04
i have one of these double tangy mill engines its all built up but i think the govnor needs putting together.
the machining is very good and came from the workshop of a well known model maker who i think wrote it up for EIM if anyone is intrerested in the engine them please email me
im not looking for a great amount for the engine or would be willing to swop for some castings for a model oil engine
Thread: an old stuart (10) ?
30/07/2011 11:33:53
i maybe able to help as i aslo have one of these engines.
the first engine i built when i was 16 was a stuart 10v then i found out that there was a model engineer in the same village as me and i went to see him with the 10v in my hand, he told me he used to live right by stuart turner before he moved to shropshire.
james gave me a set of castings which he said stuart had made because the no1 was quie heavy and costly for some customers so they made a smaller size of it but it didnt really catch on and only afew sets were ever made.
i think my valve chest cover plate hasnt got a 's' on it but i cant remember also mine had the base.
hope this is of help

Edited By ronnie barker on 30/07/2011 11:34:33

Thread: Jason's engine
15/06/2011 10:32:28
as jason says i brought a 1/3 scale galloway at harrogate they also had the 1/6 scale forsale aswel.
i understand they sold afew sets of the 1/3 engine so maybe out of stock now but im only guessing.
forest classics had quite afew casting kits on their stand and are hoping to do and 8 different engines being agents for sellers in the states.
13/06/2011 20:12:59
i have seen jason's engine in the flesh and it realy is first class engineering and built to a high standard, it just shows what you can do with a keen eye.
i only wish more model makers would have a go at a model oil engine, they are quicker projects than a traction engine or a train and are really fun to build.
maybe with more kits coming onto the market here in the uk there we have afew more builds.
Thread: Countryman's Steam - Chain drilling
14/04/2011 20:55:06
i really miss brays bench, stan bray sent in clear photos and good text, anybody even me could follow an engine being built up with ease.
i think we should put him back on the boards!
14/04/2011 15:36:01
i think there really has got to be done about how this engine is being put over in the mag first if there is anymore text about machine tools this needs to be next as i thought the engine could be built with hand tools from the from the text already printed!
second, this is not a engine for a complete begineer, when i first started model engineering there is no way i would of tackled a boiler, i no you could buy one but with prices and hard times the way they are most people couldnt aford one.
you need alot more pictures to help things make sence
if a begineer is to take on a big first project like this the get the drawings correct to give them every chance of building up the model with ease.
i no i moan alot they based victor meldrew on me but i dont like the heading of countryman steam, this was always john haining who made alot of very nice models and brought road steam to alot of model engineers, me including me having built hes 2'' dairy engine, this engine and text doest come close to john.
Thread: Shand Mason Fire Engine.
28/02/2011 13:52:30
i have sent you a email
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