The Bluewater Model Engineering Society was
founded in 1985 by a group of professional and amateur machinists, as well as
others skilled in many crafts, for the purpose of promoting and advancing our
Our club meetings are held in the Machine shop of
Northern Collegiate in Sarnia, Ont. Canada on the second Monday of each month from September to May,
unless the school is closed in which case it will be the following Monday, with
meetings starting at 7:30 PM. Meetings are informal and are for the purpose of
sharing information and help on model making matters as well as a “show and
tell” session. The club has access to an elevated 3 1/2" & 4 3/4" track for trains. The school machine shop equipment is not accessible for our use.
Everyone is welcome whether you are a current modeller or may be just
interested in this hobby.
What we build
Our members build a large range of models, from
trains and traction engines to farm equipment, boats, gas and steam engines, shop equipment and tools.
There is no limit to the types of models that can be built. The types of tools used are generally a metal
lathe and possibly a light milling machine, as well as woodworking and foundry
equipment along with an assortment of hand tools and machine accessories. These
vary from the very small and inexpensive to quite large in capacity with the type
of models being built determining the type and size of the equipment used.
investment to start
can be quite small. Additional tools and equipment added
A Short History of the Model Engineering Hobby
Model Engineering has been around since
the late 1800’s with practitioners and clubs in almost every country of the
world. Models built in
Drummond 4" round bed lathe
Typical of the type of lathe used in the early days of the hobby. Many are still in use today.
the early days of the hobby tended to be simplistic and
were made with a limited amount of tooling and commercial support. Today’s
models have become more sophisticated and there are a large number of companies
that sell specialized parts, castings and plans which are available over the