Last updated: 14 Aug 07 (Assembly completed - See
S50 Assembly section; video links added)
(Note: All small photos in this site
are thumbnails - click for larger image.)
This web site will be
of at least passing interest to anyone who has contemplated building a
model steam engine.
assumptions of prior knowledge or machining skills are made, and in fact the
site is aimed at the novice. (The indulgence of more experienced home machinists
is requested!) The construction of several simple oscillators is described but
the main focus is on the construction of the Stuart S50 model from a casting kit
using a Taig model lathe.
illustrations on this page are examples of the type of models that this site
addresses, ranging from simple oscillator types (at the top) to more
complex single and multi-cylinder slide valve engines (bottom).
The Stuart S50 lies between
these two types in terms of complexity and construction difficulty.