Model Engineering is a branch of
the mechanical arts that has received but a scanty share of
literary treatment. The subject seems, however, to be
particularly suited for such discussion, it being so closely
associated with experimental work.
reader of this Handbook is assumed to have some practical
experience in handling tools, and some knowledge of mechanical
manipulation, such as can be gleaned from other volumes in this
series; turning, filing, fitting, soldering, etc., having been
already treated upon.
This Handbook contains a large
number of carefully engraved Illustrations, accurately reduced
from working drawings of model engines that have been made under
my own supervision.
The value of these accurate illustrations
will be appreciated by those who are interested in models of the
kind they represent. I may remind readers that their value is
not to be estimated by any number of pages of letterpress. A
single drawing often shows at a glance what could not be so
clearly explained in volumes of type.
The making of model engines is a
mechanical exercise which finds great favor amongst amateurs,
and indeed all young beginners at engineering.
The work is seldom pursued with
any very satisfactory result, as really considerable skill
is necessary to construct working models. The tyro who
commences his miniature engineering labors finds very little
published information which is of use to him.
Model engines, in every stage of
manufacture, from the rough castings direct from the foundry to
the complete, highly finished working model, may now be
purchased in nearly every town of importance throughout Great
Though this trade is of but recent growth, its continual
extension proves that model engines are objects of interest to a
large number of the rising generation, and it is felt that
information as to their manufacture will prove acceptable to
very many readers.
P. N. HASLUCK.