March, 2014.    

  a miniature one-inch swing scale model lathe

Welcome to the Engineman's model engineering web site. This site was started in 2001 and at that time was one of very few of its type on the web. Happily, many excellent sites began to appear over the intervening years!

On the Models page you will find a photo gallery of miniature steam plants, stationary and marine engines, boilers, tools and working ornaments that I have constructed over the past twenty-five years. The Workshop page was originally dedicated mostly to the tiny microlathe I used to make these things, and to a new minilathe that I later purchased to ease the burden in future.

Model of an 1890's steam plant
(there is more information and photos on this and other models pictured below on the Models page of this site)

In 2007 a new website was started ( to replace this one and it has now grown to over a hundred pages. In the meantime I have kept this older site on line purely for archival purposes. It was designed before tablets or smartphones and when almost all computer monitors had a standard 4:3 ratio of width to height and most were 800 x 600 pixels. That standardization was great - a website looked exactly the same wherever it was viewed.

Things are not the same today and it has now become necessary to bring this ancient website into the "twenty-teens". Although some visual gimmicks are now lost, the theme is the same and I have located as many of the original pictures as possible and been able to reproduce them in higher resolution. I am hoping this will add a new sparkle to an old relic!

So, enough of that...
The models on this site were made just for fun, and in the same spirit I invite you to cruise down through the photos on the Models page which are accompanied by my comments.

- John           

An exact scale model of an 1890's T.A. Maclean steam sawmill engine

A close up view of the crankshaft and flywheel of a small model mill engine

-  machined from iron castings using a Taig lathe

Complete view of the engine above set up as a working plant with boiler and dynamo

Click on the

Engineman's Models page

for these and lots more engines and boilers!

As I already mentioned I have a different and larger website on line as well:

However I didn't want to disturb this site since many of you have told me that you check back here often. My new website contains some pages taken from this site as well. In time I will remove those pages from here, but I will put links to their new location.

To continue on with this version of my old Engineman site use these links:



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