BAY AREA ENGINE MODELERS
WHO ARE WE?
BAEMis a group of enthusiasts who make, discuss and share information on collecting and building miniature engines.
WHAT TYPE OF ENGINES?
Mostly gasoline, ignition engines. Some internal combustion glow plug engines, and occasionally, a steam or a jet engine.
WHERE DO WE MEET?Tech Center Mid Peninsula in Redwood City and Golden Gate Live Steamers in Tilden Park. See homepage for details.
Meetings are 3rd Saturday of the month alternating between sites.
Doors open at 9:00 and meetings start at 10:00 AM
WHO IS WELCOME?
Anyone with an interest in miniature engines.
WHAT WILL IT COST ME?
WHAT GOES ON AT A BAEM MEETING?
Each meeting is different and determined by member participation. Engines are shown, engines are run, "bits and pieces" are discussed by members bringing it. These might be new projects, tools, fixtures, and works in progress, old engines, or anything that might be of interest to the group. Often a member will give a short talk on his area of expertise.
ARE THE MEETINGS FORMAL?
No, they are informal and participation is invited. Our president guides the meeting. The interchange of ideas before and after the meeting is particularly useful and enjoyable.
DO WE HAVE A NEWSLETTER?
Yes, our newsletter usually precedes the meeting by a week and includes photos of the engines displayed at the previous meeting along with information about making engines. Steve Jasik is the editor of this publication, Carl Wilson is the secretary.
WHAT ELSE DO WE DO?
Our club puts on miniature engine displays at car shows, namely the Palo Alto concours, Hillsborough concours, and the Goodguy's west coast nationals. We also appear at national engine shows in Oregon and Michigan.
WHAT DOES IT COST TO BE A MEMBER?
$25.00 a year which just covers the cost of the newsletter and club insurance.
WHAT TYPE OF EQUIPMENT IS NEEDED TO BUILD A MODEL ENGINE?
At the least: a lathe with a milling attachment, a drill press, and a grinder plus hand tools. English builders have done remarkable work with this minimum for decades. However, a milling machine is extremely helpful and a necessity for more advanced projects.
HOW DO YOU START?
A single cylinder steam engine (which can be run on compressed air for convenience) is the simplest, and often the first engine project. internal combustion engines follow. Occasionally a beginner is successful with a first effort being a complex, multi-cylinder engine.
ARE KITS AVAILABLE?
Yes. Kits usually include plans, rough castings that you will machine, and often some bar stock.
ARE THERE ANY MAGAZINES COVERING THE SUBJECT?
Model Engine Builder Magazine is the premier magazine of model engine builders. modelenginebuilder.com"Strictly I.C. magazine was published for 14 years starting in 1988. They ceased publication at the end of 2002. However, they continue to offer all 84 back issues for sale. Contact them on the Web: firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> or WebPages: www.strictlyic.com <http://www.strictlyic.com/> You will get or find all necessary information about back issues from Bob Washburn or the Web." This information, you know, is never dated!
Model Engine Builder Magazine
MODEL ENGINEER (ENGLISH) A lot of steam engine and railroad emphasis.
MODEL ENGINE WORLD (ENGLISH). Mostly 2-cycle engines.
MODELTEC (U.S.) STEAM AND INTERNAL COMBUSTION www.4w.com/modeltec/
IS THIS A NEW HOBBY?
Not at all. THE MODEL ENGINEER, An English journal, started in 1898 and is still published! It clearly documents active building not only in England, but in the United States over the last century. There was an active engine modeling club in Los Angeles in the 1920s!
WHY AREN'T THERE MORE BUILDERS?
Unfortunately, it isn't a simple matter to machine a functioning internal combustion engine. However, beginners have accomplished this many times. There is a wealth of knowledge available within our club to help the novice machinist. However, there has never been a "user friendly" kit with step-by-step instructions available to the public.
WHAT IS AVAILABLE?
A web search for model engines will bring up links to a wide variety of related topics. Check out YouTube and EBay
PLEASE COME TO ONE OF OUR MEETINGS!