Model maker Neal James of rural Elk River, Minn., has built 27 engines, including seven gasoline engines.
Neal James with his 1/3-scale 4 hp Monitor model engine.
This odd-looking contraption is a 1/2-scale model of a 1918 Maytag “fruit jar” 5/8 hp engine.
A pair of hot-air engines made by Neal James. They work off the heat from the hand. He scaled down larger hot-air engines, and sells the plans for these two. The greater the temperature disparity between the hand and the air, the faster the engines turn.
Neal James demonstrates operation of his Huff ‘n Puff hot-air engine.
This 1/8-scale 4-cylinder Wall C601 model engine is the first model Neal James ever worked on. Neal plans to finish it by this spring.
This 1925 Briggs & Stratton Model F-H gas engine is a 1/2-scale of a 5/8 hp engine.
The first model engine Neal James completed was this 1/3-scale Associated 1-1/2 hp engine.
Top view of the 1/8-scale 4-cylinder Wall C601 model engine that started Neal James in his model engine hobby.
Neal James built the “Almosta Engine” because he wanted to see what it was like to make an engine from scratch, using scrap cast iron.
Top view of the 1/3-scale Associated 1-1/2 hp engine.
Top view of Neal James’ scratch-built “Almost Engine.”
Neal James crafts quality oak skids to complement his model engines (here, a 1/3-scale 1912 Quincy 4 hp engine model).