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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 5:17 pm    Post subject: Key models and details in Mamod history  Reply with quote

PRE-WAR

The company was started in 1937, incorporated in 1939.

Pre-war engines initially used a lighter paint colour scheme of red and green to differentiate them from the darker colours of Hobbies. Undersides of some bases remained in the darker Hobbie colour, this also applies to the FB linehsafts.

The pre-war SE1 had no exhaust to the base-mounted chimney.

Pre-war engines had no Mamod logotype on the brass engine frames.

Early Hobbies SE4s had cast cylinders.

Some early SE4 engines had the whistle opening blanked off on the boiler.

SC series engines could be found without linehsafts, this applies to all three engine types in this series.

All pre-war engines had no superheating. This was not introduced until 1949.

The earliest Hobbies SE4 engines had no inline displacement lubricator.

The rare Minor 2 twin can be found with larger and smaller baseplates. Some have evidence of two wick lamps. Two con-rod/engine frame configurations are known.

Pre-war Minors had bare brass engine frames. Disc cranks were silver.

It is possible pre-war engines such as the SC2 did appear immediately after the war to use up parts.

The pre-war blue oval decal was still being used after the war up to c1948.

The first commercial premises used by Mamod were Geoffrey Malins back garden shed, then they were based at Price Street, Birmingham. They moved to St Mary’s Row just before WW2.

Pre-war linehsafts came in two sizes the C1 and Larger C2. (4 and 6 PTOs) 


POST WAR

Immediate post SE1 and SE2 engines had base mounted chimneys.

The logotype of the company appeared on the engine frames c1946.

SE4 prototypes (there were two) made c1946/7. Put together by G Malins

Hot stamped brass flywheels appeared in 1948.

Blue oval decal (block type) c1948.

Long pressed steel engine frames appeared in 1949.

Superheating appeared at the same times with the above feature.

Malins Engineers moved to Camden Street in 1949.

Post war Minor 1 engines had gold, green and finally red disc cranks.
Engine frames were painted Mamod green.

Mamod move to Camden Street, autumn 1949.

The Meteor pond yacht appeared in 1949, it had an SE1 drawn tube boiler.

Post war Minor 1 had a raised base from 1949.

Early post war tools used cast iron bodies.  All had raised bases from 1948/9.

The grinder appeared sometime around 1948/9.

Conqueror electric powered yacht appears in 1952. 200 or so made.

Mazak flywheels replaced the hot brass types wheels from 1953.
Tool bodies were Mazak from roughly this date.

Red oval decal 1953.

Raised bases on the SE1, SE2 and MM2 appeared in 1954.

Early raised based engine have the thick rimmed type Mazak flywheel.

The raised base lineshaft appeared in 1954.

The Mamod SE3 appeared in 1957. Early versions have larger nickel plated steel lamps and one-piece (barrel) type cylinders.

A wider and more substantial firebox was introduced in 1958 to the SE1, SE2 and MM2.

Turned brass whistles appeared in 1957, they replaced a number of different long and short arm designs.

The SE1, SE2 and MM2 had vapourising spirits lamps from 1958.

Large rectangular decal 1958.

Two part/soldered cylinders appear in the late 1950s.

Transitional engines from c1958 have new firebox coupled to old wick type burners. (SE1, SE2 and MM2).

The ME1 and ME2 marine engines appear. Early engines have oilers incorporated into the engine frame.

Wire boiler securing loops were introduced in 1958. They disappeared sometime in the early 1960s.  Replaced by wide bands as before.

The oiling holes on the lineshaft and tools gradually disappeared in 1960s.

The SR1 roller appeared in 1961. It had a one-piece scuttle/burner.

Malins Engineers move to Thorns Work, Brierley Hill, 1962.

The TE1 tractor appeared in 1963, the very first version had smooth canopies. Early versions also exhibit poor machining in the form of ‘grooves’ on the rear wheels.

Nearly all screw fixings are dropped in 1965. Pop rivets being used instead.

Compressed scalloped edge decal and long version 1965.

The MEC1 in introduced, the design is based on the 1929 vertical boilered engine.

The ME2 is replaced by the SEL 1560 engined ME3 in 1965.

Reversible cylinders appeared in 1965 with the MEC1.

The SE1a and SE2a appear in 1967. SE1 and SE2 dropped.

The SR1a and TE1a appear. Early version have long arm control lever.

The roller gets Mazak wheels in 1968.

The short-lived ‘push-button’ whistle appears about 1967. This was used as a stand in for when production of the spring reset whistle and turned brass whistle were changing...

The initial TE1a tractors, c 400 or so, had TE1 smokboxes. Later smokeboxes were cast in two parts.

Hammered green paint is used on all stationaries bar the Minors for the next 2-3 years from 1967.

1969 the Griffin and George SE3 appears, made in batches up to approx. 72-73. 2,000 made. The first silver soldered Mamod.

The OW1 open wagon and LW1 log wagon appear in 1969.

The Minor 1 gets a vapourising burner in 1970.

The SW1 Steam Wagon appears in 1972 along with the spring reset whistle.

The Minors get overflow plugs in 1975.

The SA1 roadster goes on sale in 1976, early models have meths burner and 6-spoke artillery wheels.

Mamod start to export engines with solid fuel burners (1976).

1977 solid fuel burners introduced for the home market.

1978 sight glasses replace all overflow plugs, bar the Minor 1.

Revised Roadster appears with updated wheels and boiler sight glass. Split rear drive is replaced by a simpler drive side set up.

Blue SW1 appears in 1978.

The SP range of engines is introduced in 1979.

WS1 workshop introduced.

The RS1 and RS2 railway sets go on sale.

Malins Engineers in receivership January 1980.

Brass roadster appears in 1981. 1,170 examples are made.

The first Mamod kit, the TWK1 appears in 1982.

TWS1 appears in 1982 a rare non-kit version of the TWK1.

Large hub/redesigned wheels on the TE appear early 1980s.

Limousine introduced in 1984.

FE1 fire engine appears in 1985.

1985 and the SP1, SP3 and SP5 dropped from the range along with the ME1 and separate tools.

DV1 (green) and DV2 (blue) delivery van appear in 1989, along with the LB1 bus.

Terry family takes over Mamod 1992.

1996 and the SR1AK kit appears.

The Post Office van appears in 2000.

Le Mans racer appears c2001 available in blue and red. Two radiator designs known.

The revived SP5 appears 2001 with and without dynamo.

The SP2D appears c2002; complete with clear or red Led light on chimney.

Long boilered SR1a appears 2002.

The short boilered, ‘stubby’ TE appears 2002.

2006 the SP6 appears, complete with first piston valve engine for Mamod.

TE1V piston valve tractor appears 2006.

TE1AC Centurion variation of the tractor appears in 2007.

SR1AC piston valve roller appears in 2007.

SP7 twin cylinder piston valved engine appears c2009.

SP8 James Watt beam engine appears May 2013

c2013 Production of Le Mans racers ends, due to problems sourcing the metal bodies.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent post idea, making this a 'sticky'.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aye, moved the rest into the members only area.

This can up edited and updated, a fear it will need it!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some minor updates 23/10/12.
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Minor edits and updates November 2013.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this date correct Mike, I thought Mr Malins was makeing engines before 1937
"The company was started in 1937, incorporated in 1939."
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mamod Collector wrote:
Is this date correct Mike, I thought Mr Malins was makeing engines before 1937
"The company was started in 1937, incorporated in 1939."


Yes, Mamod were established in 1937, or rather the name was. They became Malins Engineers in 1939. From 1936 to c1937 Malins just made Hobbies branded engines, the first engines with a Mamod badge appeared sometime around 1937. First catalogue and MM1s appeared 1939.
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Updated November 2013. I hope members make use of this as it helps to scotch pointless rumours and idiotic assumptions...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As an addendum to this list, can I point out that there has NEVER been a TE1 pre-pro/prototype engine. I have this information straight from the horses mouth so to speak. It simply does not exist, except in the minds of some overly exuberant fantasists... If it did exist it would be in the hands of Malins.  

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just read some utter rubbish. Rolling Eyes

Please note pre-war 'round' spirit burners did have threaded brass plugs as well as open types with none at all, to the top of the reservoir.

Check out the SE1/a and SE2/a comprehensive ref sections.


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Some minor tweaks carried out 27/08/15
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Some minor tweaks carried out 27/08/15
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Minor tweaks and updates 10/11/16

Just one point, I can categorically confirm that there are NO pre-pro or equivalent TE1s or TE1a engines in circulation, hence why they do not appear in this definitive listing.  None were made. Please bear this in mind when reading other mis-informed, speculative conjecture peddled elsewhere.

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PS Any errors or omission - please let me know!  Smile


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