Craftsmanship Links

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 Castings— View and purchase classic engine casting kits designed by Bob Shores.

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.

William R. Smith—Visit the homepage for Master Clock Maker W.R. Smith to see his work, or purchase items and books related to clock and model making.

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.

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.

Steam, Stirling, and IC Engine Plans—Plans and detailed CAD designs from the late Jerry Howell can be accessed on this site. The Joe Martin Foundation chose to build his V-4 engine as a shop project.

Toys and Joys—Hundreds of excellent woodworking model plans and kits.

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship