Model 0.1cc internal combustion engine

Made:
1945
maker:
Bert Martin
Model 0.1cc internal combustion engine

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Model 0.1cc internal combustion engine
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Model internal combustion engine, 0.1cc, by Bert Martin, Southampton, Hampshire, England, 1945

The model is of a very small internal combustion engine, inspired by news of new designs coming out of Switzerland after the Second World War which did not require a conventional ignition system to ignite the fuel and air mix.

The model is extremely small but hugely powerful. It measures approximately 3cm in height, but was capable of blowing all the papers off a desk when it first ran, at approximately 18,000 revolutions per minute.

The model is an impressive feat of miniature engineering, being developed by a man who worked on Spitfire aircraft during the Second World War, and who gained three silver medals from the Model Engineer for his work in miniature.

Details

Category:
Motive Power
Object Number:
2014-510
Materials:
aluminium alloy, brass (copper, zinc alloy), mahogany (wood) and steel (metal)
Measurements:
overall (prop standing vertically): Height = 140 mm x Diameter = 50 mm
type:
model - representation
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication