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Manbench Industries; Purveyors of general mayhem since 1994, a blog to follow the crazed, possibly deranged projects and emotive musings, of an undergraduate engineer, and an apprentice organ builder who have always felt they were born in the wrong age. Follow us as we, re-write history, learn lost skills, discover strange new worlds, break things, rant at things, mend things, make new things and generally find ways of passing the day instead of doing "proper work" !

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Richard Trevithick's 'Pennydaren' Locomotive in Airfix

Richard Trevithick seems to crop up here a lot - we think very highly of the great engineer and his works here at Manbench Industries. Anyway, today I thought I'd show you a project I did last year when I should have been revising for my A-Level maths exam. I had gone to a vintage flea market and picked up a few things - this was one of my purchases, I think I paid about £8. After opening it up, I had the thought to keep it mint in box as it was...for all of about...say...10 seconds, after which I got the glue out and started making!

As you push this model along, everything works - it is really quite satisfying. Definitely the most enjoyable Airfix kit I have ever built. I still am yet to fit the motor - will do it at some time! Need to fettle everything to be running very smoothly as the motor is low powered, and the drive only by friction on one of the driving wheels.

The Engineer.

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