Twenty Years of Modelmaking

| March/April 2001

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2114 Alamance Church Road Greensboro, North Carolina 27406-7917

These pictures were taken in October, 2000, at the Cotton Ginning Days in Gaston County, North Carolina. The models are transported in the adjacent enclosed trailer in carpet padded bins. All models are from casting kits furnished by advertisers in Gas Engine Magazine and also some who attend shows but do not otherwise advertise. The models shown represent about half of the ones that have been built during the last 20 years.

In the pictures can be seen the following models: Fuller-Johnson, Associated, stovepipe Domestic, Olds, Galloway, Perkins water-cooled, Witte, 1905 upright Domestic, Stickney, IHC Mogul, Canfield, Allman, Gray, Hagan, Meadows Grist Mill, and a replica model of Henry Ford's 1896 first kitchen sink engine. The plans for this engine are from the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

I do all the machining, painting, woodwork, and other details. As can be readily seen, I do not follow paint schemes of the original engines necessarily, but use colors and trims to suit my fancy.

The wood bases, also, are not conventional. They are made to my own design and sculpted to suit. The handles provided on each end make the loading job easier for my wife and me, considering that these models weigh from 40 to 90 pounds. The woods found in these bases are white oak, walnut, white mahogany, and purple heart. The handle type bases have hand cut mortise and tenon joints and wooden pegs. The finish on the wood is three coats of clear polyurethane.

Often the question is asked about the time required to build a model such as these. Time varies according to the complexity of the engine, and usually an estimate of 350 hours minimum is a good answer.