Articles on Construction and Techniques
Group Construction Project ("Les Belles")
Andy Watkins's pages based on wisdom culled from the
16mmngm mailing list.
16mm scale De
Dave Watkins's Live Steam Page. Contains among much
other interesting information the "words & music" to build your own Idris
and plans in DXF format for CAD programs.
Ruby. Things to do with,
Part of Vance Bass' Small-Scale Live Steam Resources.,
this page gives some illustrated suggestions for "Ruby" modifications.
Lots of useful information on brazing from the North
American firm of Handy & Harman. Brazing is the joining of metals through the use of
heat and a filler metal one whose melting temperature is above 840°F(450°C) but
below the melting point of the metals being joined. (A more exact name for the brazing
process discussed in this book may be "silver brazing," since in most cases the
filler metal used is a silver alloy).
West Clare Railway F501
Paul Backhouse describes step by step with photographs,
how he built a 16mm scale model of the West Clare Railway's F501in aluminium. The
prototype was a Walker 107 bhp diesel locomotive built in Wigan, UK. The model a hefty
battery powered "diesel" which Paul has fitted with radio control.
Cardboard Coaches ...
A topic with adequate coverage:
||Colin Binnie describes the classic
multi-layer-card approach in a downloadable document illustrated with some of his
inimitable sketches. "The
Cardboard Coach in Three Acts" (an MS-Word file of about 340Kb)
||John Rogers describes on his website how he
built a bogie coach
from card. Details of the coach sides were drawn using a simple CAD (Computer Aided
Drawing) package and printed in colour directly on to card using an ink jet printer.
||John Angell has, as a separate initiative,
prepared artwork for other cardboard coaches intended to be constructed using the simple
one-layer approach. These can can be downloaded from the e-group's Files Section folder "Cardboard
Coaches" . Some instructions are also available (MS Word format). N.B. If you are
not registered with Yahoo!groups and follow this link you will be asked to register before
gaining access to the files.
Carl Malone's Drawings Archive
Drawings of: Electronic Water Level Gauge, Draincock simulators, John Dewar's Water
Level Detector and Cane Car Drawing
Chassis for a Tyro
This article comprises a series of contributions to the mailing list in which Colin
Binnie describes, with the latheless beginner in mind, how to make a simple electric
chassis. Skills needed are: the ability to clamp some sheet metal together, and drill a
few holes in it (not necessarily in the right place) and a very modest skill at sawing and
filing. There is also a bit of simple soldering involved.
Binnie's Workshop Jottings
Colin admitted on the mailing list to having
contemplated doing a book of workshop jottings. He sent me some pages to look at and I've
put a few here by way of experiment. I'm not sure about the time they'll take to load,
whether they'll be legible etc.
a tiny live steamer for gauge-0 by Ernest Glaser
Ernest has published drawings in book form for this
mini live steam loco.
Cylinder Lubricator for
Rob van Dort describes a simple but effective solution for lubricating the
cylinders of the Mamod
loco models by Ernest Glaser
Article describing and showing a batch of three of these loco's built by Ernest
Glaser of Tilburg, Netherlands.
How to improve the efficiency of the vertical boiler as used on models of
"De Winton" type locomotives.
Tips on how to keep twist drills sharp by our resident
Drawings from which a "gas poker" type burner
can be made for use in a centre flue type boiler.
Drawings from which a gas tank suitable for use with
above burner can be made. The tank uses the Ronson type filler valve.
Gas pressure regulator
Home made "Dacre"
Drawings and description of an automatic gas pressure regulator by Ernest Glaser
and Felix Heufke.
Arie Verbeek, Erik-Jan Stroetinga and Dick Summerfield
are scratch building a 16mm 0-4-0 live-steamer based on Peter Jones' "Dacre".
Here are a few photo's of the first stages.
Modelling the Kerr-Stuart Brazil Class 0-4-2ST
locomotive in 16mm scale. - A construction series on the web by Keith Bucklitch.
Little Steamers and
Articles by the late Jack Wheldon covering theory and
practice of his:
- firebox for pot boilers.
- "porcupine" boiler.