Model of Pitstone windmill

When the National Trust were restoring Pitstone windmill in Buckinghamshire, David Wray produced a set of measured architectural drawings of the mill.

The copyright of these drawings now rests with the archives of the Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading. RG6 6AG, and they can supply the set of 8 drawings as plan-sized photocopies, for £40 including postage (price accurate as of April 2004) - cheque payable to the University of Reading.

Something over 20 years ago, Eric Edwards, an experienced model maker, purchased a set of the drawings, and set about building a 1/12th scale model from them. The construction took over two years, and when complete, Eric entered it into the 1991/92 Model Engineering Exhibition in London where it received a Silver Medal Award.

The model stands approximately 60 inches high from base of round house to tip of sails and is mounted on a base 44 x 24 inches. The roundhouse is constructed of individually cast bricks, and the wooden structure is of wood carefully chosen to simulate the grain of the original construction materials, but to scale. The model is constructed with a cutaway section to allow inspection of the inner workings of the mill.

The model

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