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William S17/05/2017 11:02:37
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Hi all, this is my first "real" post just to show my what I do really dsc06919.jpg this is my collection of scratch built machine tools so far (i have started on the lathe not in this image). they are built to a scale of 1/10 and are exact copies of the machines in our workshop/my bedroom (the little metabo drill is in my bedroom/model making workshop) dsc06918.jpg










my first real lathe project was Elmers wobbler engine, fun little engine that really taught me a lot.





This was may latest model i have made, a sthil 028 chainsaw, this was my first commission by an artist for a piece she wanted to do. I got the commission by helping out at my granddads lost wax casting business, when she saw my above machine tools and asked if i would make her the chainsaw. i had to make a stamp to punch the mesh type grille on the side(easy peasy with a milling machine and slitting saws) the full size chainsaw was on my desk in my room for about a month whilst i made the model, so you could say i'm a bit odd with a chainsaw and metabo pillar drill in my room but hey ho. Anyway i'm classed as a bit strange at school because my house doesn't have a single games console in it, got far better things to do than play computer games.

thanks for looking


martin perman17/05/2017 11:14:27
1812 forum posts
78 photos

Very good, wish I had your patience and skill.
JasonB17/05/2017 11:15:29
17862 forum posts
1954 photos
1 articles

Very Nice William, what materials do you use to make the models? a picture without final paintwork can be as interesting to look at as the finished item.


SillyOldDuffer17/05/2017 11:21:54
5634 forum posts
1159 photos

Most impressive. It took me a moment or three to twig that the tools are miniatures. Or are they? Am I actually admiring a giant penny that you made...


Hopper17/05/2017 11:34:20
4414 forum posts
94 photos

Very awesome, and very small!

MW17/05/2017 11:39:52
2051 forum posts
51 photos

Truly marvellous, thank you for showing us and welcome to our forum!

Michael W

William S17/05/2017 12:13:24
23 forum posts
120 photos

Thank you all for the compliments

Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 17/05/2017 11:21:54:

Most impressive. It took me a moment or three to twig that the tools are miniatures. Or are they? Am I actually admiring a giant penny that you made...


Yep they are miniatures! Don't have a large enough space to set up a white background for the full size articles or the facility to make a large penny!

All of the machine tool models are made up of:white plasticard (styrene) sheet in varying thicknesses, plasticard shapes (rods,tubes,etc.) brass rod and tube, aluminium, assorted wire, paxolin rod is used for the motors and a few bits of wood. They are all painted with Hammerite and/or Humbrol paint sprayed with an original 1980's Humbrol airbrush.

Here are the models without paint





Jeff Dayman17/05/2017 12:24:54
1793 forum posts
45 photos

Great models William, well done! JD

mechman4817/05/2017 12:38:31
2634 forum posts
408 photos

Impressive William, you have a lot more patience than me. Well done.


martin perman17/05/2017 13:01:43
1812 forum posts
78 photos
Even more impressed now you have said what they are made from.

Martin P

Edited By martin perman on 17/05/2017 13:02:20

Neil Wyatt17/05/2017 16:15:20
17729 forum posts
697 photos
77 articles

Still at school William?

You'll go places with those skills!

(When I saw the first picture, I wondered why it had a basketball in it...)

If you want to write a short piece about your miniature workshop tools, with pictures, for MEW I'd be interested and I'm sure readers would be too.


(Editor of MEW)

Mike E.17/05/2017 18:10:50
197 forum posts
6 photos

Very nice miniature models William, Well done !

I don't have game consoles either, never have. If my Dad were still with us today, he would say....... Live a real life, not a virtual one.

Raymond Anderson17/05/2017 18:11:56
767 forum posts
152 photos

Very nice work, quite a few skill sets involved there, well done.

Journeyman17/05/2017 18:23:33
782 forum posts
134 photos

Very nicely done William. You must have much better eyesight than me, I couldn't even see something that small to work on smiley


Hacksaw17/05/2017 18:49:31
428 forum posts
173 photos

Excellent . laugh

Machine-DRO17/05/2017 19:58:21
19 forum posts
25 photos

Hi William,

Thank you for posting these images and making your skills known to the world, The attention to detail is outstanding!

Please drop me an email ( I would like to arrange getting some free tools over to you

Keep up the great model making!


Alan Ward
The Allendale Group Ltd

Tractor man17/05/2017 20:52:18
426 forum posts
1 photos

Very good modelling skills. To use an existing machine as your pattern is so challenging, no drawings or instructions.

The materials chosen can be unforgiving too, metal is so much more robust.


matt merchant17/05/2017 20:56:35
19 forum posts
2 photos

seriously impressive skills there William


George Clarihew17/05/2017 22:14:55
80 forum posts

Very impressive work and there was me thinking they all worked wink

Wish i could do that

Ady118/05/2017 01:08:03
3646 forum posts
514 photos

Showed more skills in post 1 than I've shown in 8 years...

Impressive stuff

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