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(For some time we have been trying to get some of our good Model Makers to give us some articles on Model Building. Mr. C. C. Campbell comes up with a good one on shop equipment. We are proud to present it. Ed.)
Model building is an art requiring skill and practice, but no matter how skilled the builder might be, he can not produce a real model on the kitchen sink or the back porch. He must be equipped with at least a fairly good outfit of precision machines and hand tools in order to do good modeling and any job that will not photograph to the extent that the experts take it for the original is not a true model, it is just another engine.
To build a model that you could really be proud of, it must look exactly like the prototype, not just similar to it. This requires patience and practice, but Will pay off in the end and you will be happy that your efforts and expenditures have produced something that you and your friends can admire. To some, this may sound like wasted effort, but those of us who knew the old traction engines, 'in person' will settle for no less than a precision scale model. The J. I. Case Co., has a live steam scale model of one of their engines which required most of two years to build and which they value at $'3500.00. When you build, build right and you will have something of real value as well as a fascinating hobby piece.
For the benefit of those who may be planning to enter the modeling field the following list of equipment is necessary to do good work and make any headway. This is only a nucleus and other items will necessarily have to be added from time to time as needed:
Bench lathe, Drill! press, Set of drills, Nos. 1 to 60; Set of taps and dies, numbered sizes, machine screw; Micrometer, 1 inch; bench grinder, Blow torch, vise, small anvil, electric soldering iron, the usual assortment of hand tools including cold chisels, punches, hammers, hack saw, pliers of various kinds, jeweler's hack saw, screwdrivers, scale, small square, files, set of small wrenches, including at least one size of small 'Crescent Type' adjustable wrench, etc.
With a fully equipped shop it still requires much so-called hand work and major parts such as castings, etc., have to be obtained from a foundry or hobby supply house.
Model locomotive building started in a crude way, but has now reached a high state of perfection. Model traction engine builders can do equally as well in less time and with less effort. The traction engine is much more versatile than the locomotive, giving the Operator a wider range of possibilities and a greater amount of all-around pleasure.