The Model Engineering Section
f the Internet Craftsmanship Museum

The above compound Corliss steam engine by Wilhelm Huxhold is only 5" long. Its stainless steel and Meehanite parts are expertly crafted and represent the type of model engineering project that can be found in this section. Model engineering is defined here to consist of projects that are mechanical devices in nature. For models that include cars, boats and airplanes, see the model making section.

From the time of the invention of the steam engine, model engineers have been making small versions for their own enjoyment. Though live steam was originally the source of power for many of these engines, they are often run today on compressed air for safety purposes, but all could run equally well on steam. Other engines like the Stirling heat cycle engine also are of interest to many model engineers as are compressed air engines and jet turbine engines. This section details the builders of such engines.

Ross Bishop

Live Steam trains from "down under"

George Britnell

Steam and gas engines plus guns and more

Jerry Brown

Building a 1/6 scale working steam crane

Richard Carlstedt

A famous engine from the ironclad ship Monitor

Clarence "Clarry" Dawson

Prolific and versatile builder and operator

Phillip Duclos

A man known to many through his magazine articles on how to build steam and gas engines.

Wm. "Scotty" Hewitt

A race car driver who builds tiny race cars and steam engines.

Kozo Hiraoka

Steam locomotives and the plans to build them

I-Wei Huang

Old technology combined with new in a fanciful way—Steam powered R/C robots

Wilhelm Huxhold

1999 Metalworking Craftsman of the Year and master builder of steam engines, miniature tools and more

Jerry Kieffer

1997 Metalworking Craftsman of the Year and master of scale detail down to the smallest fastener

Rudy Kouhoupt

Not just engines, but the plans and instructions on how to build them have made Rudy's name familiar to many builders world-wide

Clif Roemmich

Victorian steam engines with style and grace

Links to other model engineering sections:

Section 1: Internal combustion engines

Section 3: Other model engineering projects

Section 4: Model Engineering Masterpieces

If you are interested in the small model gas engines manufactured to power model airplanes, boats and cars, see the special section on Model Engine Manufacturers. These men were a special breed of model engineer who designed and built engines out of the love for their hobby.

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