The Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum is dedicated to preserving, honoring, and encouraging excellence in craftsmanship of many kinds. However, because of time and space constrictions we aren’t always able to add every craftsman or project to our collection. In order to allow readers to explore even more craftsmanship content, we have provided a running list of links to craftsmanship related museums, websites, educational links, modeling kits, and more. Although the links vary in topic, they share a focus on the pursuit of great craftsmanship.
Useful and Interesting Websites
Association of Professional Model Makers—The homepage for APMM offers many resources and networking tools for serious model makers. Those interested can become a member, and they also host a biennial conference.
Building Stirling Engines—This site has information on building Stirling Engines yourself, even out of everyday objects.
Classic Steam Engineering—This website has an abundance of information on classic steam engines, as well as a large forum on various surrounding topics.
Fine Art Models—The ultimate source for museum quality models of aircraft, cars and ships.
Lathes.co.uk—This site hosts a massive machine tool reference archive with pictures and specifications.
Model Engine Collecting—Previously run by MECA (Model Engine Collectors Assn.), here you can purchase the American Model Engine Encyclopedia, or copies of the Engine Collectors’ Journal.
Model Engine News—Formerly run by one of our featured craftsmen, Ron Chernich, this website has a large archive of projects and information. Ron stopped updating the site in 2013, but all of the past issues can still be seen.
Model Engineering Website—This webpage is filled with helpful information and resources regarding model engineering.
Model Motor Cars—This website run by model car enthusiasts still offers parts and kits for Pocher models, as well as many other resources.
Mysterelly—This is a webpage featuring many finely crafted internal combustion engines from the late E.F. Ellison.
The Academy of Model Aeronautics—The homepage for AMA offers a ton of resources and archives of hundreds of biographies featuring the many people who shaped model aviation.
The Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs Foundation—Sponsored by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA), this foundation encourages young people to take an interest in manufacturing, and provides pathways for engaging in a manufacturing career.
Wings900—This site offers a forum for model aircraft collectors, along with resources for buying and selling them.
Model Engineering Shows and Expositions
American Precision Museum Events—The APM hosts a few annual events, including a “miniatures show”, which can be found on their website.
Cabin Fever Expo—Located in Lebanon, PA, this is one of the country’s largest model engineering show, with multiple auctions and a range of vendors. The event is usually held in January.
Estevan Model Engineering Show—An annual show in Estevan, Saskatchewan, this weekend event features model engineering of all kinds.
New England Model Engineering Show—Another regional exhibition held in Massachusetts, which showcases model engineering of a wide variety.
North American Model Engineering Society Exposition—The oldest model engineering show, and one of the largest, this event takes place every year in Michigan. Additionally, the Joe Martin Foundation presents its annual award for Craftsman of Year at this show.
Western Engine Model Exhibition—This exhibition is now held by the Bay Area Engine Modelers club, and details can be found through their website. The event showcases a range of different model engines and is generally held in August.
Magazines, Books, and Other Literature for Model Engineers
Digital Machinist—Another sister publication to Home Shop Machinist which focuses more heavily on electronics and machining.
Live Steam & Outdoor Railroading—A long running magazine covering all things steam technology and railroading.
Machinist’s Workshop—A sister publication to Home Shop Machinist, this magazine emphasizes shorter, smaller projects. It also covers other forms of metalworking not exclusively related to machining.
Make Magazine—A quarterly magazine jam-packed with interesting articles and projects on everything from robotics, engines, innovations and more.
Model Building with Brass—Written by Kenneth Foran, this great book features loads of information on model building in metal with many pictures, as well as step-by-step guidance. You can buy the book from a number of retailers.
Model Engine Builder—A digital magazine for those who love internal combustion, steam, and Stirling model engines that run.
Model Engineer—Published in England, this long-running magazine covers model engineering from a European point of view. Back issues can also be ordered dating back as far as the early 1900’s.
Model Engineers’ Workshop—A sister publication to Model Engineer which focuses more on tools, operations, and the procedural details of model engineering.
Spitfire in my Workshop—Written by David Glen, this book covers his construction of a fine scale model Spitfire plane through full color photographs and detailed descriptions. The book can be ordered through his personal website.
Steam in the Garden—A small-scale live steam model railroad magazine that places emphasis on models and gardening.
The Home Shop Machinist—A community oriented magazine with a wide range of material covering home machinist topics.
The Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum has several hundred model engines on display. There are also many photos of even more model engines on our website. However, one question we often hear is, “I wonder what that one sounds like?” Unfortunately, we can’t fire up most engines on display in the museum aside from those that were built for this purpose in our own shop. The following video links offer a selection of model engines built in different configurations.
Three-cylinder “Halo” model radial engine—parts being made and running engine.
First running of an FSP FS400AR 5-cylinder radial engine.
A Lee Hodgson-designed 9-cylinder radial engine built by John Collier.
Watch a full-size Continental 7-cylinder radial running without propeller (in a car).
Watch a wooden cutaway radial engine demonstration from the NAMES Expo.
Starting a 14-cylinder, twin row model radial engine. (Also includes running of an Ohrendorf V-12.)
View an Ohrendorf OHV V-12 from Germany. (A similar engine is on display in the Craftsmanship Museum.)
Paul Knapp starting his Challenger V8 engine at the PRIME Show in Oregon.
Running a model V-twin motorcycle engine.
Watch a Conley V8 being revved. (There are two Conley V8’s on display in the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum.)
Ron Colonna’s Challenger V8 was run at the NAMES show.
Watch a 3D animation of a fuel injected Chevy V8 engine.
Watch the assembly and running of an extremely tiny V12 engine. The engine consists of 261 pieces, 220 fasteners, and took 1,220 hours to complete. Though it runs on compressed air rather than ignition, it is still quite a triumph of miniature model engineering.
Watch Paul Knapp’s Bentley BR2 9-cylinder rotary engine flying a model airplane for the first time.
Steam and Stirling Engines
Watch a video of the Rider-Ericsson Sterling pump engine, which is on display in the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum. This propane-fired, 1/4 scale engine is one of two built by Bill Fowler in 1982, and donated by Les Cade in 2010.
Other Model Engines
The 2008 Craftsman of the Year award winner, Ron Colonna, has his own YouTube channel where you can see several of his engines in action. These include a 1/4 scale Offenhauser 270, a 1/8 scale Bentley BR2 rotary, and a 1/5 scale Gnome rotary. More are being added by Ron’s son, Dale.
Starting a Holt 4-cylinder inline engine. (A similar engine is on display at MECM.)
Watch a computer animation showing the assembly of an in-line auto engine.
Plans, Kits, and Resources for Building Your Own Project
Aschi’s Workshop—Plans for various wooden toys and scale models.
Arek’s Murray Clocks—View a large selection of clock kits, plans, and fully assembled pieces.
MiniSteam—A wide range of steam engine models, toys, and accessories available from a variety of manufacturers.
Steam Engine Plans—Download free steam engine plans from the late Elmer Verberg.
Toys and Joys—Hundreds of excellent woodworking model plans and kits.