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Gerald Gardiner
Aug 18, 2017

Toronto Society of Model Engineers



The Toronto Society of Model Engineers (TSME) is a non-profit group which meets from September to June on the 2nd Friday of the month from 7:30 to 10:30 P.M.

There is a wide interest in good craftsmanship of any sort so that past programs have included topics like: pattern-making, tools, foundry work, lost-wax casting, pumps, ball-turning, piston rings, bearings, tool sharpening, marquetry, horology, scale models, boomerangs, and painting, as well as a few auctions of used tools. Electronic topics must not be overlooked. Stepping motors, spark-erosion, light-beam control, counters & dynamometers, have all been featured. Traditionally the aims of the society have proved to be the encouragement of good craftsmanship and promotion of model making. The kind and quality of models is very broad. The tyro is encouraged and the expert admired.

Over the years, emphasis has varied from sail boating, to locomotives, to tethered hydroplanes, aircraft, clocks and stationary engines, with various forays into tool making, and experimental engines including Stirling’s. Steam engines have always been favorites and some member's triumphs can be seen at the Museum of Steam and Technology in Hamilton. However, other models that have shared the spot-light have included boats of all types from exquisite "glass-case" ones to sailing, or powered boats, even including the perpetually puzzling "toc-toc" boats. Sometimes optical items grasp attention such as optical comparators, or telescopes. Cars and internal combustion engines have been center-stage and sometimes dioramas.

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