Want to know how a radial engine works? Then look no further than the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre where a working engine in miniature is now ‘running’.
The creation of Sunderland Trust Volunteer Paul Tomlinson, of Freshwater East, the miniature engine is a work of art, and a must see.
Paul has modelled the nine cylinder Pegasus radial engine using metal parts, and acrylic tubing, faithfully recreated in his workshop. These include a crankshaft and nine connecting rods and pistons, all fashioned on Paul’s lathe.
He has connected the working parts to an electric motor and LED lighting. At the press of a button the engine – complete with three-bladed propeller also made by Paul – fires up.
This is the second model Paul has made for the Trust’s Flying Boat Workshop area – a smaller hand operated version has been on view for some years and has fascinated visitors.
Both models take pride of place alongside the real thing – a Pegasus radial engine from Sunderland T9044 recovered from the Haven waterway and conserved by the Volunteer Team in the Workshop.