Edgar T Westbury designed the Seagull as a water-cooled, side-valve four-stroke of 10cc capacity for marine use. He later detailed an air-cooled head and cylinder for other applications, and it was this version which Graham Meek (UK) decided to build. That the project was a labour of love is evident from the quality of the work, the attention to detail, and the way in which Graham has foregone certain third-party items in favour of making his own. For example, the spark plugs, gears, and even the exhaust/inlet manifold (usualy provided as rather agricultural aluminium castings).
The photos below show some of the parts and demonstrate Graham's ability as a machinist and his inate attention to detail. Consider the conrods. As the crankshaft is a"full" shaft, the rods need removable caps, just like big engines. As these are reamed as a unit, the cap and rod must be marked so the parts don't get mixed up.
Less dedicated model engineers would probably just bang in a couple of center-pops.
Not Graham. Not only are the rods and caps stamped with a number, the numbers are perfectly aligned with the part, and with each other! After the engine is assembled, nobody is going to know by Graham, but I know exactly where he is coming from and can only hail his achievement through this little tribute page.
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