Wimshurst Electrostatic Generator, made by Peter Bodman. Creates sparks up to 100mm long, which drill minute holes in interposed paper sheets. No-one volunteered to try it with their own hand.
Vacuum engine made by Peter Bodman.
Awesome model of pre-dreadnaught ship circa 1902 “Preussen” made by Walter. It is approx 1 meter long, weighs 16kg, and is radio controlled. The 28cm gun turrets are also radio controlled, but do not (as far as I know) actually fire. To the right is a model of Columbus’s “Santa Maria”.
The detail in the model has to be seen to be believed. Every plank of the decking is individually made and fitted.
Walter showed us the inside construction, engines, and electronics. The model was made from a few old photographs, and simple side and top elevations.
Hull with the superstructure removed
A very old pressure gauge, restored so that the workings are displayed, to reveal how it works. By Stuart.
This model boat was made by 8 year old Niall, with some supervision from his Dad, William. The gun is actually a radio controlled water cannon which fires up to 3 meters, to the wet surprise of some spectators. Niall and William both had a fantastic experience with this project.
William with some of the wonderful boat and ship models which he (and Niall) have made in recent years.
A model working ship steam engine and boiler, by Walter. Twin cylinder, double acting cylinders. This should be jewellery, worn around the neck of a beautiful woman. OK, that is a little over the top, but you get the idea
Close up of the marine engine by Walter
Les Madden with his partly completed Atkinson Differential Engine Model, originally patented in 1887. The wooden model on the left was built by Les in attempt to figure out how it worked! He made the wooden parts to have aluminium castings made.
Les Madden’s Differential engine.
18 radial cylinder aero engine, by John Ramm. The hand carved propeller is approx 600mm long.
Detail of the aero engine. John showed 3 aero engines. He is currently making a 12 cylinder Spitfire Merlin engine which he will have finished by the time of the 2015 exhibition.
Stuart Tankard’s prize winning hit and miss engine, was running throughout the exhibition. 17.7cc, 4 stroke, 4:1 compression, running on gas.
Close up detail of the hit and miss engine. A standard the rest of us can aim for.
A vertical boiler made by Stuart Tankard
Thomas Lord in the cabin of his steam truck, giving some driving tips to Niall
These photos are just a small fraction of the many model engines, ships, trains, tools and other projects created and displayed by members and friends of GSMEE.