"Ambiguity is one of the greatest faults in a craft. It comes from vague ambitions. One may be inspired by good ambitions, but the immediate concern of the craftsman is to know what he is capable of doing at present, and to do it." —Edward Johnston
In searching the Worldwide Web, sometimes we come across a page that shares some of our passion for the quest for good craftsmanship. We may not have the time right at the moment to further pursue adding the person to the museum, but we feel you might enjoy looking at some of these pages they have produced themselves. If you come across any that would be appropriate for inclusion here, please e-mail a link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Vista Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum—A large facility with hundreds of steam tractors and pieces of farm equipment on display. Twice a year in October and June they have a large tractor show and "Thresharee." See their site at www.agsem.com for more information. It is only a few miles from the Craftsmanship Museum on the other side of town.
• San Diego Air & Space Museum— See http://www.sandiegoairandspace.org/ for more on one of the numerous museums in San Diego's famed Balboa Park. Located near the San Diego Zoo, there are also other museums to be visited there like the San Diego Automotive museum.
• San Diego Model Railroad Museum—also in the same Balboa Park museum complex as the above museums. (See www.sdmrm.org.) San Diego is about a 45 minute drive south of Vista during mid-day. (Morning and evening traffic on I-5 on weekdays can make it a longer drive.)
• Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum. This new and growing museum features not only the Midway itself but a growing display of vintage aircraft on its deck. See www.midway.org for details.
• Deer Park Winery Auto Museum—Sample some fine North County wines and tour their collection of 120 vintage convertibles and motorcycles. They also display vintage appliances of all kinds plus neon signs, gas station memorabilia and even Barbi Dolls. A strange mix but local and reasonably priced. Open Saturdays and Sundays. See http://www.jeffreysward.com/tributes/deerpark.htm for the story. Try www.deerparkwinery.com for more. The winery is near Lawrence Welk Village off old Hwy 395 north of Deer Springs Road about 20 minutes from the Craftsmanship Museum.
• More Area Museums—To see a list of many more museums in the San Diego area, the San Diego Archaeology Museum has a great list. See http://sandiegoarchaeology.org/LinksToResources.htm. Many are members of a local organization of museums called CINCH, for Council Incorporating North County History, of which the Craftsmanship Museum is a member.
• Find Museums in Carlsbad, CA or anywhere in the USA—www.MusuemsUSA.org allows you to type in a city and state and it will list for you all the museums in that area.
• Historic Route 395 Association—Route 66 ran east and west across Southern California to Chicago and is perhaps better known, but Highway 395 spans from Mexico to Canada and is equally important in California history. The Craftsmanship Museum is actually only a few miles away from sections of historic Route 395 where it ran through Vista, San Marcos and Escondido. Now replaced in parts by Interstate 15, local efforts have been made to mark and preserve this historic highway. If you are interested in this sort of thing, visit their web site at http://www.floodgap.com/roadgap/395/. "Get your kicks on Route 66" and "Take a drive on 395."
• March Field Air Museum—For those interested in military aircraft, there is a museum just outside March Air Force Base in Riverside, CA. They have quite a selection of aircraft with displays inside a large hanger (with another hangar on the way) and larger planes like the B-52, SR-71 and even Russian Migs outdoors. A P-38 Lightning is on display in its own hangar. Inside displays include everything from models and real engines to a B-47 cockpit used to film the 1950's movie "Strategic Air Command" with Jimmy Stewart. They have recently added the rare baby brother of the SR-71, the unmanned D-21 drone also developed by the Lockheed Skunk Works in the 1960's. See www.marchfield.org for a schedule and details. March Field is about a 1-hour drive from Vista.
• Lyon Air Museum—Though not a huge museum, it does feature some interesting aircraft and vehicles and is conveniently located at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, only about 1 hour north of the Craftsmanship Museum off Interstate 5. It was founded by retired USAF Major General William Lyon. Large WWII aircraft on display feature a B-17, A-26, B-25 and C-47. Vehicles include Hitler's parade car with tandem rear axels. There are also some interesting military vehicles and motorcycles including an unusual tracked German NSU.. See www.LyonAirMuseum.org for displays and directions.
• Orange Empire Railroad Museum—For railfans, not far from the March Field Air Museum is the Orange Empire Railroad Museum in Perris, CA. See www.oerm.org for details and hours of operation. These are the full size trains, not models, but they do offer a short ride on both a train and a streetcar loop.
• Riverside Raceway Museum—Southern California Racing fans in the 1960's through the 1980's enjoyed a world-class race track that hosted all kinds of racing including NASCAR stock cars, Indycars, motorcycles, sports cars, CanAM, TransAm and even Formula 1. In a shortsighted bit of local politics, the newly formed city of Moreno Valley plowed it under to build just another shopping center in 1988, but the museum honors the glorious years of racing that took place there. See http://www.riversideinternational.org/ for hours and details. The museum includes a large and growing library of programs, photos, movies and memoribilia from the track as well as an interesting collection of race cars. A number of supercars are also on exhibit and a restoration shop within the museum is bringing back to life some interesting racers.
• Petersen Automotive Museum—About 1-1/2 to 2 hours drive north of Vista in the heart of Los Angeles is the Petersen Automotive Museum. This world-class museum is located in an old 3-story department store at the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire near the La Brea Tar Pits on what used to be called the "Miracle Mile." (The Miracle Mile was a shopping district designed to put many big stores within the easy reach of shoppers who traveled by car in the 1930's.) The museum features permanent exhibits set up like large street scene dioramas and also special exhibits that rotate through periodically. A schedule of current exhibits, hours and directions can be found at www.petersen.org. The funding came from Petersen Publishing Company, which puts out many important hotrod magaizes including the original called, appropriately enough, Hotrod.
• The Vintage Motorcycle Museum—About 5 hours north on Highway 101 is the Danish themed town of Solvang. Noted for its great Danish food, quaint architecture and souvenirs, it is also the home of a fine motorcycle museum funded by collector Virgil Elings. Open weekends or by appointment, you can find directions and a list of bikes on display at www.motosolvang.com.
• Museum of Flight—A long way away, but still on the West Coast is the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington. See www.museumofflight.org. Exhibits include Air Force One and a Concorde along with 28 fighters and many other aircraft in Boeing Corp's back yard. Their restoration facility is 30 minutes further North in Everett, WA.
• Pacific Coast Air Museum—Located a little closer to us, Santa Rosa, CA is in the San Francisco area. This museum features aircraft from the tiny Bede BD-5J to the C-117 Liftmaster with a number of jet fighters from a Harrier to a Tomcat in between. They are also working on restoration of a Mach 3+ Lockheed D-21 drone from the 1960's, one of only about three dozen built and one of the few on display in the world. See http://www.pacificcoastairmuseum.org/ for their site.
• The Museum of Retro Technology at http://www.douglas-self.com/MUSEUM/museum.htm offers links to hundreds of pages referencing some great and not so great technological feats of the past. You'll find everything from a huge machine made to decode the works of Wm. Shakespeare to prove the Francis Bacon actually wrote his plays to oddball geartrains with gears shaped everything but round. If you thought you've seen it all, this will be an eye-opener.
• Pocher Model Builders-- Even though the Pocher model company has been out of business for years, there is still an avid following of builders who assemble these expensive and highly detailed automobile kits, finishing them to the exacting standards of the classic cars they represent. The best builders construct many of their own custom pieces, improving on the already excellent cast kit parts. Marvin Meit and Jorge Ehrenwald have put together an excellent web site detailing many of these miniature masterpieces. The Gallery is filled with photos of the best of the best. You won't believe some aren't photos of the real cars. The home page can be found at www.modelmotorcars.com.
• Model Engineering--A very interesting and informative web site on model engineering can be found at http://www.modelengineeringwebsite.com/MODEL_ENGINEERING_HOME.html. Run by David Carpenter, it includes articles by some of the world's best model engineers plus photos from around the word. There is even a "Model of the Week" to keep you coming back for more.
• The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, VA features a nice collection of model ships at http://www.mariner.org/collections/ship-models. According to their site, "Included are one of the world's great collections of steamship builders' and boardroom models and the world-renowned creations of preeminent model makers August and Winifred Crabtree. Currently numbering around two thousand pieces; the collection contains models documenting nearly every type of vessel ever constructed. The object range in size and shape from an exquisitely detailed model of a Chinese sampan carved from a small nut to a massive half-model 33' long and 9' high of the Queen Elizabeth constructed for display at the British Pavilion during the New York World's fair of 1930-1940." There is also a video about Mr. Crabtree's models at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tXErbGuQHw. In addition, this is where relics from the recently recovered civil war ironclad Monitor are located. Richard Carlsted has built the definitive model of the steam engine that drove that historically significant ship.
The Museum of Retro Technology at http://www.dself.dsl.pipex.com/MUSEUM/museum.htm is full of interesting links. From obscure engines to long-forgotten helicopters and cars, these are ideas that had their time in history but it eventually (or quickly) passed them by. There is a section on old computers and one on amplifiers too. You can wander around here for hours.
• A great page about model engines—A lot of work has gone into this web site by Ronald Chernich, which has been up since 1999. See www.modelenginenews.org for news about model engines of all kinds and everything related to engine building. See the "Editorial Index" link in the menu bar at the left of the page for a list of many past issues. The "Projects" section offers a list of beginner, intermediate and advanced engines for people looking for recommendations on what to build depending on their skill level.
• Stirling engines you can build--See https://sites.google.com/site/reukpower/can-stirling for a site on how to make simple Stirling engines from materals like Coke cans and Pringles tubes.
• A man an his steam engines—See the fine craftsmanship of the late Bob Jorgensen at a site put together by a relative to honor him at https://sites.google.com/site/jorgensensteamsite2/. Bob created a wide variety of steam engines including a ride-on bike and steam car. There are links to many YouTube videos to see the engines in action, and much of Bob's wisdom is passed along on the site as well. Fans of steam engines will enjoy this page.
• Want to build a hit-n-miss engines with just a lathe and drill press? Paul Elsmore shows you in step-by-step photos how he built Bob Shores' Eagle engine from a casting kit with just basic tools. Paul also has links to other engines and sites at www.hnm.110mb.com. Paul gave us the address to his site while on a visit to the Craftsmanship Museum in Vista, CA.
• Plans and kits by the late Bob Shores—The casting kit referenced above and others as well can possibly still be purchased from Margaret Shores, the widow of the late, great Bob Shores. Bob's book on model engine ignition systems is still a classic, and he came up with some interesting engines, the smaller of which can be built on miniature machine tools like a Sherline lathe and mill. Many people around the world have now built his Little Angel and Silver Angel hit-n-mill engines. The Hercules is another popular model that can be built on small tools. Visit his site at www.bobshores.com or see a gallery of his engines at http://www.floridaame.org/GalleryPages/gallery%20Bob%20Shores.htm.
• Nice Internal Combustion Engines—A recent visitor to our Vista museum was 92-year old engine builder E. F. Ellison, aka Mysterelly ("The Myster"). He has build some interesting and beautifully finished engines that you can see at his site at http://www.mysterelly.com/index.html.
• Model Engine Collecting--We get a lot of questions about how much such-and-such old model airplane engine is worth. Sorry, but we can't help you there, but there is an organization for model engine collectors. It is MECA, the Model Engine Collectors Association. You can find their web site at www.modelenginecollecting.com. They offer a book called the American Model Engine Encyclopedia that is great for research, and you can also find a link to the Engine Collectors' Journal, a magazine for collectors. Other than these sources, your next best bet is a search of completed auctions on eBay for a similar engine.
• Learn about how steam engines work at Bob Jorgenson's Steam Engine Page. (https://sites.google.com/site/jorgensensteamsite2/) You'll see all kinds of engines and learn how steam power works.
• The Academy of Model Aeronautics offers a historical section on their web site that features the biographies of over 645 people who helped shape the hobby of model aircraft flying, including those who developed the early IC engines to power the models. You can visit their archives at http://www.modelaircraft.org/museum/biolist.aspx if there is a specific person you are interested in learning more about who isn't covered in our own page on Early Model Engine Developers.
• Do you like toys and models? Visit www.toycollector.com for forum and featured items on toys from the collectible to the unusual. If your specialty is airplane models, see a related site offering a forum that specializes in that area at www.wings900.com. (5/28/10)
• Professional Modelmakers have their own organization at http://www.modelmakers.org/. The APPM (Association of Professional Modemakers) is a way for those who build models for a living (or even for fun) to stay in touch, network, advertise their services and keep up on the latest tools and techniques. Annual membership is $125.00 for professionals but only $25.00 for students.
• The Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation at www.nutsandboltsfoundation.org promotes the idea of getting kids started building things and understanding the mechanics of how things are made. Sponsored by the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International, the organization is fronted by TV and movie star John Ratzenberger—best know as Cliff Claven on Cheers. They host scholarships, sponsor summer camps and offer a pathway to the manufacturing trades for students who like to build things. This is the kind of effort needed to get America back on track toward making things rather than outsourcing our products, and we applaud their effort.
• The New Yankee Workshop—Norm Abrams is probably one of the best known craftsmen on TV. Norm got his start in TV as Bob Vila's hard-working sidekick on the show that started the trend toward do-it-yourself shows on TV—This Old House. A master carpenter himself, he has done much over the years to spread the word about craftsmanship and to get people interested in not only making things, but in making them well. WGBH in Boston produces his shows for public television, and this site shows what's coming up in the 2003 season.
• The New Chinky Workshop—Ching Ky is a furniture maker with a nice shop and a good sense of humor. The play on the name of Norm Abrams' shop is obvious, but he is a fine craftsman in his own right. He shows some of his work plus some jigs and fixtures he has made to enhance the accuracy of his shop.
• The Smithsonian Folklife Festival honors masonry craftsmen—In Washington DC, the Bricklayers and Allied Crafts Union (BAC) displayed many facets of the masonry trade to the public in a summer outdoor festival exhibit. You can also go the BAC Union home page to learn more about craftsmanship in masonry and related trades.
• Machine Tool History and Information—If you are interested in learning about an old metalworking tool you picked up at a sale or auction, Tony Griffiths has published a wealth of free information at www.lathes.co.uk. Look in the "Archives" section. His write-ups include photos of the tool, a history of its development and copies of sales literature when available.
• Great Platte River Road Archway—Designer Kent Bloomer worked with a company called Welding Works to come up with a spectacular sculpture of a horse made from aluminum plates. It really doesn't fit the definition of this site because of its large size, but it is such a nice piece of work we thought you might enjoy taking a look at it. See http://www.weldingworks.com/newsltr/nl.htm to learn more about it. This project involves the interplay between an artist, a fabrication company and a structural engineering firm. Coordinating a number of diverse requirements on such a size scale presents many challenges not encountered by a single person working in his home shop.
• How a Diecast Vehicle is Made—To learn how a scale model diecast top fuel hydro drag boat is designed and constructed, visit Bad Ass Diecast's site at www.diecast-badass.com. Former NHRA and NDBA racer Stan Gill designed these boats and has put togerther an informative walk-through of the lengthy process of going from plans to a finished, painted, assembled die cast model. The limited edition models are also for sale there if you are looking for something cool to hook up behind that 1/18 scale diecast car sitting on your desk or bookshelf.
• Hobo art like carved toothpick figures, peachpit faces and hobo pliers are a fascinating part of the art of woodcarving. Bob Shamey has been doing this type of carving as well as making metal jewelry for years. He has even been featured in a video from the Food Channel that can be found as a YouTube video on his web site at http://www.shamey.com/. Take a look and enjoy his unusual miniature craftsmanship.
• Into "steampunk?" See the Steampunk Workshop at http://www.steampunkworkshop.com/. It was recommended by one of the recent visitors to our museum. Also be sure not to miss the steampunk robots of I-Wei Huang in our own on-line museum.
• Hit-n-Miss engines--See Elsmore's Hit & Miss Engine pages at http://www.hnm.110mb.com. Paul Elsmore shows you how to build a Bob Shores Eagle hit-n-miss engine with just a drill press, a vise and some hand tools. Also included are a number of handy resources like suppliers for parts, kits, books and tools. He also includes a building tips, a gallery of engine photos and some handy tables for making calculations. There's a lot of good information here, and he was even kind enough to link to our own Howell V-4 engine project.
• See a working steam engine made of glass! It took some expert glass blowing to make this one. http://redux.com/stream/item/2134517/Working-Model-of-Stephenson-s-STEAM-ENGINE-made-of-GLASS-Rare.
• Want to be an engineer? See http://www.mastersinengineering.org for a lot of information on the various disciplines within the area of engineering and links to many schools.
January: Cabin Fever Expo (http://www.cabinfeverexpo.com)—York, PA Fairgrounds. This show has grown to be the biggest in the USA and includes a large auction on Friday before the weekend show. Yes, the weather can be rough some years, but by January people are ready to get out of the cabin and talk engines.
Late April: North American Model Engineering Society Expo (http://www.namesexposition.com/) —Detroit, Michigan area. The oldest and one of the largest in the USA. The Joe Martin Foundation also presents its annual award for Metalworking Craftsman of the Year at this show. (Note: This is a new web address as of 1/12)
August: Western Engine Model Exhibition (WEME) (http://www.wemeshow.com)—The first few years it was held in Vallejo in July. For 2011 it will be held at the Alameda Co. Fairgrounds in Pleasanton in conjunction with the Goodguys Hotrod Show. Heavily attended by the Bay Area Engine Modelers, spectators can be assured of seeing some of the finest miniature IC engines around along with plenty of high quality steam and other special exhibits. In 2010 they exhibited the "World's Fastest Indian" motorcycle from the movie of the same name..
September: Gas Engine Antique Reproduction Show (GEARS) (http://www.oregongears.org)—For years the show was held in Eugene, OR under the name of the PRIME show. Now a new group runs it at the Kleiver Armory near the Portland, OR airport. It attacts the best of the West Coast talent.
Mid-October: Estevan Model Engineering Show (http://estevanmodelengineeringshow.com/)—This show is always held the weekend following the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend at the Wylie Mitchell Building on the Estevan Fairgrounds. Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada is located 15 minutes north of the North Dakota Border.
The Home Shop Machinist--a bi-monthly publication devoted entirely to metalworking. Editorial is directed to professionals and those who have just discovered a new hobby. Each issue contains "how-to" articles on lathe work, drilling, milling, grinding, foundry, and micro-machining, plus metal shop projects (complete with drawings prepared to ANSI specifications and photographs).
Machinist's Workshop--a bi-monthly magazine that is the sister publication to The Home Shop Machinist and the answer to reader's requests for projects they could work on between issues of Home Shop. Intended for serious machinists/metalworkers, each issue offers plans for valuable tools and accessories, and challenging hobby projects. Every project is complete in one issue.
*NOTE: This magazine was former titled "Projects in Metal" but has now been renamed The Machinist's Workshop and has undergone a major change in format to make it even better.
Live Steam--a bi-monthly magazine devoted to all aspects of steam power. Primarily, it serves the hobby aspect of steam, with most feature articles directed toward the scale model builder. Approximately 80% of the readers enjoy large scale model railroading (mainly steam, but also diesel and electric). Other interests include stationary steam engines, steamboats, steam traction engines, automotive steam and various other engines. Articles of historical interest are often featured, along with construction projects, "how-to" articles and news about the hobby.
Model Engine Builder is a new magazine for those interested in building engines. Unlike Strictly IC (see below) which it is intended to replace, it will not be restricted to only internal combustion engines, but will also give some coverage to Stirling and other interesting engines as well. It will include plans and articles, beginner and advanced projects, articles about builders and their shops and photo coverage of the major model engineering shows. The initial issue should be available March, 2005. For more information or to subscribe to this publication, contact editor Mike Rehmus at 737 Elmwood Avenue, Vallego, CA 94591-6641 or call (707) 643-1970. You can also e-mail email@example.com or see their web site at www.modelenginebuilder.com. It will initially be published quarterly with plans to go to bi-monthly as subscriptions permit.
Strictly I.C. was the magazine for miniature engine design and construction. Published by expert technical writer Robert Washburn, this magazine served a very focused part of the modeling market. The magazine published its last issue in December 2001, but back issues are available. Write to Strictly I.C. Publishing, 24920 43rd Ave. So., Kent, WA 98032-4160. Their 24-hour fax number is (253) 946-5253. The web site address is www.strictlyic.com.
Model Engineer--is published in England and has been around since 1898. It offers an interesting look at modeling from a European perspective. You'll see things advertised there than often do not appear in American magazines. To contact them, write: MyHobbyStore Ltd., Berwick House, 8-10 Knoll Rise, Orpington, Kent BR6 0EL. Telephone +44 (0) 1689 899200. In the USA, subscriptions can be ordered from Wise Owl Publications at (760) 603-9768. They also publish a sister magazine called Model Engineer's Workshop. Their web site is www.model-engineer.co.uk.
(Thanks to Jim Clark, the Foundation now owns a complete collection of Model Engineer magazines dating from the first issue in 1898 up through 2002. We now have a subscription to keep the collection current but are seeking donations of issues from 2002 to present.)
Steam in the Garden--Garden railways combine two hobbies...model railroading and gardening. This magazine specializes in garden railways that run on live steam. They often include articles that would be of interest to miniature machinists interested in making small live steam locomotives and rolling stock. A construction article on building a Vest Pocket Climax locomotive has been running as a series. Sherline tools are used in its construction. One of their readers created a web site that shows the continuing progress of the locomotive. It can be found at http://www.uwimona.edu.jm/users/kmanison/fls/climax/vpc.html.
Seaways' Ships in Scale Magazine is a great source for model ship builders and ship historians. Their site offers a summary of articles in the current issue plus some great photos of model ships. They also have e-mail centers for both ship modelers and ship historians. There is a resource section as well with links to sellers of ship kits, plans, tools and other items of interest to those into ship modeling.
By the way, the Ship Modelers Association's Western Ship Model Conference is held every year or two in the L.A. area. They display some really beautiful models. A few years ago it was held on the Queen Mary. For information on the Association, contact Lloyd V. Warner, 2083 Reynosa Drive, Torrance, CA 90501, (310) 326-5177.
Make Magazine is a modern version of what Popular Mechanics used to be back when it was full of project plans and things to build and before it became just a showcase for modern technology. It comes out quarterly and is jam packed with interesting articles and projects. See their site at http://makezine.com/ for a preview or to subscribe. Though not purely a "machinist" magazine, there are projects for all skill levels and in many areas of interest from robotics to engines. They gave our museum a nice plug in the March 2009 digital edition.
Books military aircraft and history plus more—The Shiffer Military and Aviation History catalog offers a host of books on subjects that are often hard for researchers to find. They provide books for the gift shops at places like the San Diego Aerospace Museum among others, but you can order from their on-line site at www.schiffermilitary.com. If you are more into crafts like making pens, knives, bows or boats, their arts and crafts site might be of more interest to you at www.schifferbooks.com. The Foundation library now has on hand the book The Master Scratch Builders: Their Aircraft Models and Techniques by John Alcorn thanks to a donation by Schiffer Books publishing rep John E. Jones of Vista, CA.
Plastic Custom Built Car Models—See James Burling's site at http://www.automodelling.com/index.php?id=1 for a page that honors some of the best plastic car models. They may have started off from kits (although some are totally scratch built), but many of these exhibit the kind of detail that would have made the legendary Augie Hiscano proud.
Vintage Motorcycle Museum—Virgil Elings has put together a very credible collection of important vintage motorcycles in Solvang, CA. A former vintage racer himself, the collection leans toward racing bikes, but there are a number of classic street bikes too. He even has a few model tether cars and some small internal combustion engines like the Jeron Motors 1/4 scale Ferrari V-12. The Vintage Motorcycle Museum can also be found on-line at www.motosolvang.com for those who can't make it up to Central California. They are open weekends 11-5 and weekdays by appointment. Admission is $10.00.
• The Community Paper, December 11, 2008, "Small, Small World." See http://www.thecommunitypaper.com/archive/2008/12_11/index.php. This article will be archived at this address for the next four years.
• The Home Shop Machinist, Sept/Oct 2006, "Grand Opening" by Neil Knopf. The linked name is to a JPG scan of the article documenting the Grand Opening of the Vista Craftsmanship Museum.
ENGINES AND OTHER MACHINING PROJECTS
• FREE PLANS FOR STEAM ENGINES...Elmer's Engines was the site of the late Elmer Verberg. A new page by John Tomlinson dedicated to the distribution of Elmer's plans can be found at http://www.john-tom.com/html/ElmersEngines.html. It was Elmer's wish that these engines be built, so the plans were put into the public domain at his request. 3D drawings of many of the engines were done in Alibre. This site offers a lot of information for the builder as well as sources for plans of other projects from steam locomotives to replica guns
• PLANS FOR STEAM, STIRLING and IC ENGINES...The late Jerry Howell of Colorado Springs, CO offers a large selection of well-drawn CAD plans for an interesting variety of engines. See his family web site at www.jerry-howell.com or at www.model-engine-plans.com. The Joe Martin Foundation chose to build his V-4 engine as a shop project. Jerry passed away in August, 2009, but his family continues to offer his plans and kits through the web site. Progress on the Foundation's V4 can be seen on the V4 Page.
• FREE STEAM ENGINE PLANS...Elmer's Engine page at http://www.john-tom.com/html/ElmersEngines.html offers a selection of free plans for steam engines you can build. There are other projects too. (2/10)
• PROJECT PLANS ON CD FROM GUY LAUTARD...You get a lot for your money on this CD featuring plans for several projects, letters with all kinds of handy shop tips and more. Plans include: a universal vise for holding small parts, a surface gage based on a 120-year old design and a small hammer for fine work. There are also links to other interesting sites, three "shop tales" and much more. For details and prices for various parts of the world, contact Guy Lautard, 2570 Rosebery Avenue, W. Vancouver, B.C. V7V 2Z9, Canada or see his web page at www.lautard.com/GRUPPOPAGE.html. Guy is well known in the machining world for his "Bedside Reader" series and for providing quality information to the hobby, and with his digital camera and the use of modern technology, it looks like he is taking this quality to the next level. (5/05)
Guy's latest set of plans allows you to build a highly efficient tire pump. See http://www.lautard.com/TirePump.html for details on how to order plans. (6/06)
• STEAM ENGINE PLANS...Ray Hasbrouk has a web page at http://hasbrouck.8m.com/ that offers plan sets for some nice engines he has designed. Many are sized small enough for Sherline tools. The plans are very reasonably priced, most at around $15.00. He can be reached by mail at: Ray F. HasBrouck, 20 Brouck-Ferris Blvd., New Paltz, NY 12561
• MORE STEAM ENGINE PLANS...Here's a simple, fun one. Try http://www.good-fellow.net/twins.html for instructions and photos on building the "Saimese Twins" two-cylinder steam engine by Dave Goodfellow. Plans are available for download in .pdf format. The design is based on the steam engine in Rudy Kouhoupt's video with the addition of a second cylinder, and Dave built it on Sherline equipment. (5/01)
• EVEN MORE PLANS FOR SOME SIMPLE STEAM ENGINES...Dean Williams has put up a site with some machining projects and some reasonably priced plans for simple engines. There are shots of his Sherline shop layout too. See his site at http://home.rmci.net/deanw/first.html.
• HUGE SELECTION OF FREE STEAM AND IC ENGINE PLANS...Join the forum at www.hobbysteam.com and get access not only to the discussion group, but also a very large collection of scanned engine plans in their download section. The drawings and articles are high quality zipped .tif files that print out nice and clear.
• ENGINE PLANS BY BOB SHORES...The "Little Angel" Hit 'n Miss engine by Bob Shores finished 4th in the 1996 N.A.M.E.S. Show Contest. More details on the engine can be found by going to Bob's site at www.bobshores.com. Others have also built winning versions of this engine. Bob offers complete plans for this handsome, smooth running engine as well as a similar engine called the "Silver Angel". They can both be built on Sherline equipment. The plans are full scale on 5 sheets of 18" x 24" blueprint paper (6 sheets for the Silver Angel) with each part fully detailed and dimensioned in a very professional style. A detailed set of typewritten instructions is also included for each. If you have a little experience in machining and want to go beyond working with kits, this could be a good way to do your first scratch built project. Plans are $25 in the USA which includes postage and handling. Add $5 for delivery outside the USA. Contact Margaret Shores, 108 Carmelina Street, Ruskin, FL 33570. (813) 645-8322. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: Bob Shores passed away May 18, 2004, but his wife Margaret will continue offering the plans and kits he developed.
—Also offered is a new 2-cylinder, 4-cycle gas engine called the "Silver Bullet". It is water-cooled and can be built on a 6" lathe. (Bob says he thinks it could be built on a Sherline lathe with riser blocks.) The casting kit and 26 drawings are $95.00 postage paid in the USA. For shipment outside the USA, add $15.00. Also available are molded spark plug wires, rimfire sparkplugs and a shop wall chart that Bob modestly claimed is "worth hanging on the wall". The serious I.C. engine builder will also want his book, Ignition coils and Magnetos in Miniature. The 253-page hardback book is $25.00 ($30.00 outside USA).
The newest engine from Bob Shores (see address
above) was designed with Sherline tools in mind. The little
was designed for easy construction and reliable operation. It is truly a nice
little engine that starts easy, idles very slow and is not difficult to build.
It is a 4 cycle gas engine with 5/8" bore, side operated valves, splash lubrication, water pump and very efficient radiator. It uses a 'waste fire' ignition system utilizing a motorcycle ignition coil.
The casting kit consists of four Almag castings for the block, oil pan, gear cover and bell housing with 28, 11" X 17" high quality drawings detailing engine construction, water pump, radiator, fuel tank, ignition systems and useful construction tools. The casting kit is $110.00 in the USA or $120.00 outside the USA including postage. (Click on the small image above for a larger version.) Ordering details and more info can be found at Bob's web site at www.bobshores.com.
Building a Bob Shores engine with minimum tools: Elsmore's Hit and Miss Engine Pages at http://www.hnm.hostei.com/ offers advice on building a Shores "Eagle" using only a drill press, a band saw and hand tools. It shows you don't need fancy tools to get good results if you are careful and clever. The site also includes a lot more interesting information on engines Paul Elsmore has built. Paul also donated a nice Root & Vandervoort hit-n-miss engine that can be seen on display in the Craftsmanship Museum in Carlsbad, CA.
• BUILD YOUR OWN STERLING ENGINES WITH SIMPLE TOOLS...Jim Larsen has a web site at http://stirlingbuilder.com that tells about a book he wrote featuring plans for some simple Sterling engine projects. Using only basic tools and common materials you can build several different Sterling engines that run on available heat sources--like a hot cup of coffee. If you are new to building or are looking for a science project for a student, this is a good place to get a young craftsman started.
• TRAIN GAUGE KITS...Those these model engines and tools may not be functional, they make highly detailed additions to any train layout:
Western Scale Models (http://www.westernscalemodels.com/) offers HO, O and 1:20.3 kits for boilers, machine shops and building interiors to complement your train layout.
Sierra West Scale Models (http://www.sierrawestscalemodels.com/) offers HO and O scale machine shop tools, shed buildings and other kits from boat yards to detailed sawmill components for the model railroader who likes authentic detail in their trackside structures.
• PLANS FOR ENGINES, RIFLES AND MORE...Contact Dick Saunders at Saunders Machine, 145 Delhi Road, Manchester, IA 52057-1801. Dick has designed and offers plans for everything from a top ($5.00) to two different single shot rifles ($12.00 each or $20.00 for both). He also has plans for a tin can hot air engine, a 10" shear, a fire eating engine, a cup engine and a center drill guide. Most are $10.00 or less. Write him for plans or more information.
• PUZZLE PROJECTS...Hex nut within a cube...Some of you may have seen the "cube within a cube" project shown in Joe Martin's book, Tabletop Machining. Matthew Russell has come up with a new twist on that idea. A metal cube with holes in all six sides contains a large hex nut that is too big to fit through the holes. It is all machined from one piece of metal. How is it done? For $5.00 you can find out and build one yourself. It requires some fixtures and careful cutting, but once mastered an interesting conversation piece can be produced in an afternoon's work. For a set of plans on how to make the fixtures and written instructions on how to use them to machine this unique project, send a check for $5.00 to: Matthew Russel, 33 Woodridge Drive, Mendon, NY 14506. Matthew now also has plans for how to make a set of elliptical gears. They have no practical function but look great and provide a very unique motion when cranked, which is reason enough for their existance.
• MINIATURE GUN PLANS...The Miniature Arms Society was founded in 1973 for builders and collectors of miniature weaponry. They now maintain a library of drawings, sketches and plans for old guns and other weapons. These are free for members. The society also recently published a large coffee table type book called The Art of Miniature Firearms, which contains over 300 pages of color photos of the finest craftsman in the miniature weapon world. To learn more about miniature weapons and the society, contact Bill Adrian, 2502 Fresno Lane, Plainfield, IL 60544 or call Joel Morrow at the Imperial Miniature Armory in Houston, Texas at 1-800-MINIATURE (1-800-646-4288) or see their site at www.1800miniature.com.
• If you are interested in building your own model amphibious assault vehicle, see the site: http://www.technogap.com/model.htm. The author has presented many detailed photos in the construction of his own large model including many setups using Sherline tools to make the metal parts. Though not really a "set of plans", the site is very well done and full of ideas on how to go about making a working model from scratch
• FREE PLANS FOR MACHINING A CHILD'S TOP...Karl Schwab provided a reprint of a one-page article he had published about how to build a spinning top he remembers from his childhood. CLICK HERE for the plans. Karl has entered many projects in Sherline's Machinist's Challenge contest and his grandson, Scott won the youth division in 2004. See the 2004 contest results for photos of their projects and all the other entries.
• WANT TO BUILD A NEW, SUPER-EFFICIENT ENGINE DESIGN?... Tired of building conventional engines? Louis Moore has been advertising in the model magazines for some time. He is seeking people who can build a prototype of a new engine design called the Monomotor. He claims it is perfectly balanced, smooth and efficient. He has the ideas and some plans, but not the skill to build a prototype himself. If you are interested in working on a project like this, contact him at 1-573-435-6666 or write Louis Moore, P.O. Box 522, Edgar Springs, MO 65462. (He does not have a web site or e-mail.) He has a fully equipped shop you can use or you can work with him from your own shop. I have not seen the plans or met the man, but he seems determined to make a better engine. In speaking with him, he seems long on vision but short on details. I'm not sure exactly what to make of his offer, but here it is for anyone who wants to try something different. He says the prototype could be built on small tools.
• TINY POWER has a nice web site and offers a variety of kits including a new steam engine by Ed Warren that makes a great Sherline project. See their web site or contact them at (417) 334-2655. They are located near the country music capital of Branson, MO. Write: Tiny Power, P.O. Box 1605, Branson, MO 65615 or e-mail email@example.com.
• HISTORIC STEAM MODELS LTD. in Surrey, England manufactures steam plant /mill engine combinations assembled and ready to steam or as a kit for the enthusiast to self assemble. Whether completed or in kit form the models are superbly machined and finished with electro-lacquering on all copper and brass, lagging on all hot pipe work and stove enameling on all painted items. Full details can be found on their website www.historicsteammodels.com where their latest brochure can be downloaded. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Historic Steam Models, Monument House, Monument Way West, Woking, Surrey, GU21 5EN, England. Phone/Fax: +44 (0) 1403 786206.
• HISTORIC AIRCRAFT MODEL MAKERS...When Young C. Park made the 1/16 scale all aluminum cutaway models of the Corsair and Mustang featured in our museum, how did he know how all the parts inside the planes were interrelated? He purchased the original classified WWII factory maintenance manuals. You can too, from Aerotec Data. See their site at www.aerotecdata.com or write them at P.O. Box 771, Monument, CO 80132. Their phone number is 719-481-2286, Fax is 719-481-2203.
• Build a "Denney" Stirling cycleHot Air Pumping Engine...Designed in 1895 by American Machine Co. in Newark, Delaware, the company was purchased by Ericsson Co. 15 years later. This is a 1/4 scale model of that engine. The kit includes raw castings ready for machining and will construct an engine that is 14" tall with a 7" flywheel. A set of drawings is also included, of course, that consists of 4 sheets (18 x 24). The drawings and set of 12 castings is $345.00 plus $35 S&H. Order from Wade Eisner, 10 Hammond lane, Eliot, Maine 03903-1843. Phone: (207) 439-3536 or e-mail email@example.com. Photos of the engine can be seen on Snapfish.
• REALLY SMALL NUTS, BOLTS AND RIVITS FOR MODELERS...See modeler Bob Breslauer's page if you need some extremely small fasteners. It can be found at www.scalehardware.com. Bob's work was featured in Joe Martin's Tabletop Machining book.
• BUILD YOUR OWN MODEL POND YACHT...Charles Blume has a web page on traditional model pond yachts at www.pondyachts.net. He also offers a set of plans for making your own plank-on-frame "A" class model. Photos of his sailing dinghy are also on the site. Traditional pond yachts used self-steering rigs (shown in photos on the site), but the addition of modern radio control gives much more control and saves a lot of walking around the pond to retrieve your boat. They also look great on the mantle when not in use! (4/11/08)
• William R. Smith is well known in the field of clockmaking. He has recently designed a T-Rest for the Sherline lathe which makes it possible to hand turn parts using a "graver", which is a common technique in watch- and clockmaking. His credentials include a degree in mechanical engineering as well as FBHI (Fellow, British Horological Institute), FNAWCC (Fellow, National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors), CMC (Certified Master Clockmaker) and CMW (Certified Master Watchmaker). Over his career he has had over 60 horological articles published. He has also published several books and a video on clock making which should be of interest to anyone who is serious about restoring clocks or making them from scratch. The clocks he describes are "skeleton" clocks, which are beautiful and ornate enough that they are not intended to be hidden by a solid case, but rather are displayed in glass or plastic cases so the delicate movement can be seen in action.
• We are happy to announce that Bill Smith has posted a web site where you can see some of his work at http://www.wrsmithclocks.com. He has another at http://www.wrsmithtelegraphkeys.com.
• Mike Kovacich at The Clock Shop in Anaconda, Montana offers a kit to assemble a large brass clock movement. You can buy it as plans only, plans plus materials, plans, materials and pre-machined gears, a complete kit or a fully assembled clock–with or without wooden case. If you want to learn how a clock works, this is a good starting project, and you will end up with a very interesting timepiece for your mantle. See the kit at www.clockshopkits.com or call (406) 563-2498.
• A number of clock kits are available from Murray Clock Craft. at http://www.murrayclock.com. They used to have a list of clock museums around the world posted on their site, but at last look I could no longer find it.
• SEVERAL SOURCES FOR WOODEN TOYS YOU CAN MAKE...Toys and Joys at P.O Box 628, Lynden, WA 98264 offers a catalog of patterns, kits and drawings for making wooden toys. Send $1 to the above address for a catalog or see their site at www.toysandjoys.com. See also http://www.u-bild.com/patterns-wood-toys/ for a web site that offers many kits for toy vehicles and trains. Even home repair specialist Bob Vila gets into the act with his site at http://www.bobvila.com/ProductServices/SmartBuys/SmartDirectory/Toys_and_Games-ClassicToys-PlansandKits-1.html. At Aschi's Workshop (http://www.aschisworkshop.com/) you will find many plans for toy trucks and vehicles.
• WOODWORKING SITES...Mathias Wandel's woodworking site at http://www.woodgears.ca/ includes more than just wooden gears. Included are articles about wooden engines, games and gears, plus articles on woodworking jigs and fixtures, shop tips, an eyeballing game and more. If you go on to Mr. Wandel's links page at http://www.woodgears.ca/links.html you will find another expert list of woodworking sites.
• If you are a fan of vintage wooden canoes, see Christopher Pearson's site at http://pearsoncanoemodels.homestead.com . Models of several popular brands are available for sale, but even those who have never paddled an old wooden canoe will appreciate what goes into their construction. He has also created a nice diorama showing a miniature canoe builder's shop with a canoe under construction. (I always loved the line in the movie On Golden Pond when the kid looks at grandpa's canoe and says, "Wow, just like the Indians used!" Henry Fonda's comment was, "I believe the Indians used a lower grade of aluminum.") Christopher is located in Holland, MI and can be contacted at Christopher.D.Pearson@jci.com.
• If you played with the old battery powered wooden boats from Japan in the 1950's, you can now relive the fun. Rick Bodziak at R-C Craft makes some very nice finished wooden boats at reasonable prices considering the work involved. He models real Chris Crafts, Garwoods, Hacker Crafts and other popular mahogany powerboats of the 30's, 40's and 50's. They would be equally at home as a display in the cabin or being run in the lake or pool. Despite the name, they are not radio controlled, but are made to run on "C" batteries like the originals. See http://www.rccraft.com/ for his web site.
• High quality, limited production (20 of each piece) versions of very early English steam engines are available through Rob Preston Model Locomotives at http://www.robprestonlocomotives.co.uk/. (This is a new web address as of 4/10.) These are not only highly detailed museum quality pieces, they are functional coal fired live steam models with pressure tested and certified boilers.
• The ultimate source for museum quality models of aircraft, cars and ships is Fine Art Models. Located in Michigan, they employ some of the world's finest artisans to put together their limited editions of vehicles and vessels like the P-51 Mustang, Corsair, Bugatti Type 35 and Bismark battleship. See www.fineartmodels.com for a current list of what is available.
• Custom ship models—We are sometimes asked if the Craftsmanship Museum can build a model of a particular ship for someone. Unfortunately, we are simply a museum, and we do not make models for sale. However, there are professional ship modelers who will build a custom model for you. See the site of Henk Brandwijk in the Netherlands at www.henkbrandwijk.nl. He has built models from historical classics to custom yachts and motorboats. This process is not like assembling a plastic model, so don't expect it to be cheap, but if you have the budget, here is a source. (Click on the British flag for the English language version of the type.)
• Miniature Firearms Auction—On October 2-3, 2011 there will be an auction that features a very large collection of miniature firearms from a New York collector. They auction company has a full online catalog on their website available at www.poulinauctions.com. Click on "session 1" or "session 2" and type in the word "miniature" and it will list only the miniatures in the auction. For more questions they can be reached at 207-453-2114 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org A printed catalog is available.
• Designer Bill Gould of Gould Studios specializes in product design and depiction, but he also produces art quality prints based on plans and 3D CAD renderings featuring historic steam engines. See the "Store" link on his web site at www.GouldStudios.com. Bill has done some award-winning CAD renderings of older 1800's era locomotives and has a rendering and plan set for a model stationary steam engine as well. He is now starting a collection of renderings of classic hotrods and old racecars to appeal to the automotive market. You can order prints directly from his web site.
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