Category:Bowman stationary steam engines

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Bowman's range of stationary steam engines for Hobbies seems to have started with the Demon stationary steam engine kits, advertised in Hobbies Weekly.

When Bowman and Hobbies eventually parted company, Hobbies made a similar arrangement with Mamod.

~1931 catalogue text:


There is no pastime so interesting and beneficial to the would-be engineer as the making of models, as, whether he builds from raw materials or from such constructional sets as Meccano, Erector, etc., he is faced with the same difficulties as those which confront his big brother. Their common enemy is "friction", and in learning to overcome this mechanical bugbear, the model engineer is going a long way toward fitting himself for real engineering. All models should be designed with this end in view, and having decided on the best and freest design, no bearing should be passed until the moving part will spin round freely with the slightest push.

Bowman stationary steam engines are especially designed for use with such models, the bases being drilled with equi-distant holes so that they can be erected as an integral part of the Meccano crane or other model under construction. it was recognised that to meet all demands, such engines must be sound, simple and powerful at a reasonable price, and we have now succeeded in placing on the market a range of engines suitable for all, from the beginner to the most advanced model engineer, every one of which is up to our approved standard of power and finish. Their success was instantaneous and many thousands of model workers have, for the first time, experienced the joy of seeing their models running under actual working conditions. We acknowledge with thanks the courtesy of Messrs. Meccano Ltd. in allowing us to use their standard drilling.

— , Bowman Models, , The Bowman Book of Steam Models, , ~1931

Models (@ ~1931)


  • 832 Press, steel
  • 833 Circular Saw
  • 834 Bandsaw
  • 835 Grindstone
  • 839 Dynamo with Meccano-style base.


  • 844 Electrical Motor with Bakelite casing.
  • 845 Electrical Motor for Meccano models, battery powered.

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