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Miles Patience

In July 2013 Miles Patience purchased a group of engines from an auction house based near Watford. In the group was a ‘made from solid’ ETA 5 look-alike along with 2 x 3 bolt crankcase engines that had a lot of ETA ideas within them (see ‘unknown’ photos that were unknown at the time of taking the photos). There were several commercially made engines such as Elfin, Amco, Foster etc and a bag of miscellaneous parts and gaskets (several being ETA parts). Whilst collecting the group Miles asked if the auctioneer would tell him where the engines came from – he was not allowed to tell him however Miles asked if he knew of the Bedford family that had made model engines in the area. His reply was ‘...as it happens I’m visiting a member of that family in a couple of weeks to look at some similar stuff, I’ll send photos when I can’. So roll on to early October and the photos of the group of engines arrives which Miles ends up buying. In it was several ETA factory drawings, the hand drawn power curve charts you see in the adverts, various factory photos (including the original photo of the 1.5 shown in the May ’68 Peter Chinn write up on ETA’s), books and of course quite a few engines and related spares including experimental engines such a few crankcases & parts for the 3 bolt ‘unknown’ engine mentioned earlier and various cut away test castings.

Have fun browsing Miles's pictures and, as always, information about the engines on display is most welcome.

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Not content with rescuing what is believed to be Ken's brother Eric Bedford's collection of engine parts, in March 2016 Miles revealed the first new batch of ETA engines built in probably 40 years using ten out of the eleven ETA 1.5 FRV crankcases pictured in this gallery (click on image for more pictures). He gives credit to Gavin Carter for making some of the missing parts and to Peter Valicek for completing the remaining missing parts and carrying out the final assembly.

Truly an impressive achievement by all concerned.
Eta Drawings
:: Eta Drawings ::
ETA 1.5cc FRV Diesel
:: ETA 1.5cc FRV Diesel ::
ETA 15 GP
ETA 15 GP
ETA 15 GP
ETA 15 GP
ETA 29 FRV
ETA 29 FRV
ETA 5 proto RR
ETA 5 proto RR
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
July 2013 group of engines_8-001
July 2013 group of engines_8-001
July 2013 group of engines_8-002
July 2013 group of engines_8-002
July 2013 group of engines_8-003
July 2013 group of engines_8-003
Model aircraft engines_9-001
Model aircraft engines_9-001
Model aircraft engines_9-002
Model aircraft engines_9-002
Model aircraft engines_9-003
Model aircraft engines_9-003
Model aircraft engines_9-004
Model aircraft engines_9-004
Model aircraft engines_9-005
Model aircraft engines_9-005
Model aircraft engines_9-006
Model aircraft engines_9-006
Model aircraft engines_9-007
Model aircraft engines_9-007
Model aircraft engines_9-008
Model aircraft engines_9-008
Model aircraft engines_9-009
Model aircraft engines_9-009
ETA 29 with car flywheel
ETA 29 with car flywheel
ETA 29 group shot
ETA 29 group shot
ETA 29 group shot
ETA 29 group shot
ETA 5 Cut-Away
ETA 5 Cut-Away
ETA 5 inverted
ETA 5 inverted
ETA 5 castings on jig?
ETA 5 castings on jig?
Eta 29 crankcase being machined
Eta 29 crankcase being machined
Eta 29 FRV
Eta 29 FRV
Eta 5 with modified front housing
Eta 5 with modified front housing
Eta 5 and mounting arrangement
Eta 5 and mounting arrangement
Rough Castings
Rough Castings
Eta 15 cylinder
Eta 15 cylinder
Boxes of rings
Boxes of rings
Eta 1.5 sectioned crakcase
Eta 1.5 sectioned crakcase
Mechanical rev counter
Mechanical rev counter