The Wingrove Workshop
News & Comments

March 2018

As regular viewers to these pages know I have two 
projects on the go at this time, the ‘Current Project’ 
featuring the final set of Duesenbergs for my own 
collection, and from time to time on this page, an 
update on the progress on the final model of the 
trio of Falls of Clyde recreations, a fully rigged 
waterline model, that will be featured in full when
 the Duesenbergs drive off.

You will also have read my philosophy of ‘no such 
thing as problems’ - just a series of answers, of 
which you need to select the one that best suits 
your abilities and facilities.  This can be any grade 
of make it your self, to ask Jeff down the road, 
if he can make it on his CNC machine, as I did with                                    
the Bilge Pump Cams.                                                                                           Pantographic Copier for Emco-3

The Falls of Clyde has produced some interesting answers to the ‘problems’ that came to light, with regards  to “how do I make this”  Although most of the machine tools that I have made to date with regard to working my way though it’s fascinating construction, will be of little use to the general model maker of other subjects. But for the past few weeks I have been working up to the ships wheel, and those 10 turned spokes - in wood.  I have made these before, but one at a time in brass - this time I wanted to do-it-right, a week later it was up and running with the wheel complete and a set of stanchions for the Poop as well.

The first answer that came to mind was a copier for the lathe, and there is available - and I have one - a copy attachment made for the Unimat-3, principally for screw cutting.  I  fitted it up and did not like what I saw, the detail is so small, my thoughts then turned to some way of magnifying the detail to be turned - and the Pantograph - I had used one in the past to rescale plans, came to mind.

So a Pantographic Copier was the answer.  I took a look on the internet, where most things can be found these days, but could find nothing, so it was down to the drawing board - or rather the sketch pad, I never get around to doing dimensioned working drawings for these tools. They are all built from scraps I have available - size is not too important but proportion is.

Full details of it’s construction will be covered in due time, on my return to the FofC model as the Current Project.  But I was so pleased with the end result and the general possibilities of it’s most versatile usage, that I decided to give you a glimpse of it here, to whet your appetite for more. And for those with some imagination, to consider making one for them selves of there own design to fit their particular machine.

With a lot of these things, once you have seen it is possible, your own clockwork brain will soon adapt the workings to your own abilities, available materials, and to what you wish to attach it to.

Basically it is 4 arms linked together to give a two to one magnification, the follower tracing a pattern twice the size of the part being turned.  The Pattern in this case a flat plate of brass, with the required shape filed to shape on one side - linked to a pointed tool trained onto a spinning brass or hard wood bar to do the turning dictated by the master pattern.

The beauty of it is that once made a new pattern plate can be filed up in minutes to produce two, twenty, two hundred, identical copies of what ever you wish to make on the lathe - and for ship modellers, there can be plenty of those.

The first example up, was the ships wheel spoke, first in brass, then in pear-wood, and finally in Lemon-wood - the latter being preferred although it had to be stained for the finished wheel.  In that timber I was also able to inset a brass ring on both sides, as per the original. The minimum diameter of the spoke just below the handle is 0.010”  The second try was the stanchions for around the Poop deck - Hay-presto and I have thirty, all identical with knobs in the correct place, ready for drilling, for which a simple drill jig will be made.  The diameter of the stem is 0.018”, still a little over scale but should not be noticeable among the rest of the detailing and rope work.

These things are never as complicated as they look.




An After Sales Service to my book readers
Should you have found inspiration, ideas, or just picked up new techniques from my books, plans, and/or web site Galleries, and have photos of your work built as a result, and would like to give me the honor of showing them to others here, please drop me a line, and I will let you know how to proceed.
NOTE - Very poor photo copies of some of my books (among a number of others) have been sold on eBay as originals, and eBay, up to this point in time, are protecting the criminals, even though they have ample evidence of my copyright infringement. Should any one have had dealings with- Nicholas Thomas alias - phantomoftheauction09 - and/or  Michael Thomas alias plaininspain9 - or anyone else passing off fake copies of my books, I would be most pleased to hear from them.  eBay UK have now removed both of the above individuals, from their web site, but will not, as yet, provide me with the details I need to put them permanently out of business.  Until they do my advice is DO NOT SHOP FOR BOOKS ON eBAY-UK - Go to AMAZON and get satisfaction.

I am often asked about the availability of plans.  The following web sites have been brought to my attention, and I am pleased to pass them on here. Some of my own plans are available in my books.  For details, click on the ‘Books’ button on the ‘Home Page’

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Ships wheel spoke in Lemon-wood

96th scale Falls of Clyde Stanchion in brass

Falls of Clyde ships wheel - Prototype in brass - and

  finished Lemon-wood and brass wheel in 96th scale