Born, raised and still living in Roosendaal, the
father of two sons and one daughter, also grandpa of five grandchildren; see movie. Retired
from October 2001 at the age of 60.
I studied physics at the Technical College in Eindhoven. During 40 years I worked
at the Philips Company in Roosendaal, mainly in the field of the development and
the implementation of physical TL lamp-making processes. With that I cooperated
very closely with the mechanical department where the lamp-making machinery is
designed, based on that new developed processes. In that collective work I picked
up a reasonable knowledge of mechanics, or at least a sufficient good feeling
for it, to start my modeling work at the moment I retired.
Almost the first day of my retirement I set up a
workshop in my inside garage with an EMCO lathe and milling machine. I could
buy up this machinery from an ex colleague,
inclusive a lot of accessories and working tools, so that I could start immediately.
Initially I made and renovated steam engines; see the page "Various
other modeling work". But rather soon I switched over to the less complex
but very fascinating hot air engines according to the Stirling and "Flame-eating"
(Vacuum engine) principles. From 2007 I ventured myself also to 4- and 2-stroke
internal combustion model engines; till now I designed and build 16 of them.
I am a member of the Dutch Association of Model builders (NVM) and I publish regularly
in their monthly magazine "De Modelbouwer". As an appreciation I could
receive the so called "Glacius" award 2004; see the picture right under.
I also published several times in the UK magazine "Model Engineer" and in the US magazine Modelbuilder".
Almost always I make my own designs, based
on general working principles and ideas, mainly acquired at surfing
on Internet websites in this field. In fact, the background physics fascinates
me more than the mechanics as such. A good notion of the working principles can
lead to creative and unique solutions, according to my explicit parole: "simplicity
is the characteristic of the real truth". So I always strive for ultimate
simplicity, reliability and friendly behavior of my models, other than for great
performances. Additional a nice looking design, suitable for demonstrations in
domestic environments. So my pursuit
is more aimed at a piece of "technical jewelry" than at a "robust
First I generate some
ideas with rough sketches. After that I make somewhat more detailed drawings of
the most essential parts of the engine. On that basis I start building and add
already doing the rest of the engine components, until an active model arises,
mostly with trial and error.
If the engine is working as I intended and runs reliable I make a complete set of CAD drawing plans afterwards for interested
colleague model builders. Till now I made 33 of such drawing plans; see the concerning pages or the drawing
plan overview on this website. Drawing plans of a specific model are freely available on request
via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org