Today I visited a fellow member of our local model engineering club, Hamish L. The models he has built in his 4-5 years of model engineering just about blew me away.
Vertical boiler, twin cylinder engine, condensing tank, and boiler pump.
Hamish is well into building a 2″ scale Burrell Traction Engine
The slide valve is completed. The base of the valve and ports could almost be used as a mirror. Many many hours of polishing there.
The steering gears were pre-machined.
The rubber tyres were vulcanised to the rims by a company in Queensland. The spokes were laser cut. The rivets are actually bolts with nuts, disguised to look like rivets. Very clever.
Forget what this is, but it is substantially machined. Some finishing required.
Fantastic attention to detail.
Hamish is building this traction engine, to entertain his grandchildren (and probably infect them with the “Model engineering virus”. It certainly inspires me.