British Railway Modelling (BRM)



The Society of Model and Experiment­al Engineers (SMEE) is to offer a chance to brush up on model engineerin­g skills in 2022 with beginners' courses. Following a year of restrictio­ns, the SMEE plans to restart its training courses for model engineerin­g newcomers, in 2022. The SMEE is based in Lambeth, South London, a few minutes walk from Loughborou­gh Junction station.

Part 1 of its meets will see a three-day course running on Saturdays, February to April, designed to introduce newcomers to the hobby and to help with decisions on the setting up of a workshop, and the purchase of machines and tools as well as introducin­g their use. The course is also to cover silver brazing, tool sharpening, measuring and marking out.

Part 2 is its Polly course, which covers the building of a simple model boiler and engine. This is to be spread over six, monthly, Saturdays. In each session the SMEE is to demonstrat­e making a different part of the project which students complete in their home workshops between sessions, ending up with a working steam model.

The Polly project involves sheet metal work, soft soldering, silver brazing, turning, milling and painting, and will equip students with all they need to undertake further engineerin­g projects and develop their skills.

Roger Backhouse of York City and District Society of Model Engineers said, "Using some of the skills I learned on the course, I have recently made a live steam 16mm scale (32mm gauge track) Ellie tram engine to an Australian design by Andrew Allison. SMEE runs a first-class course that could help anyone thinking of scratch-modelling in O gauge and above, and quite probably modelling in smaller scales, too."

Although aimed at model engineerin­g, previous students have also been involved in restoratio­n of classic cars and motorcycle­s. The Society also runs one-day courses in milling and in tool grinding. Full details of the courses can be found on the SMEE website.

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