Mark Batchelor’s


The trend in recent years has been for model engineers to build larger traction engines that perform well in a field. For model engineers with a typical workshop, building such large pieces is not possible. Smaller designs such as the Allchin Royal Chester by Bill Hughes and some of John Haining designs are within the scope of more workshops. But the one design which can be built in the small workshop with a 3.5” lathe, with much of it capable of being fabricated to maintain costs at a reasonable level is the 1:12 scale Minnie. Designed by Roy Mason it is truly a classic, built in large numbers around the world. It is not difficult to see why, when looking at the results like those produced by Mark Batchelor here. It is all Mark’s own work apart from bought in gears and pressure gauge.

This week MEWS also begins description of a metric version of this amazingly popular freelance agricultural engine.