I have just acquired a small lathe which I want to use for making model engines. After doing my homework I decided to go with a Proxxon SD 300, with is a remarkably precise German made 12" lathe, yet it is affordable since it has been out of production for about 10 years.
I am aware that I first need to familiarize myself with the basic operations and I am in the process of building a small Stirling engine to do just that. Still I am very excited about getting started on a "real" engine. Because I would like to build something that actually runs, I have been looking for the most simple and beginner-friendly plans on the net.
One candidate is certainly the Webster here http://home.comcast.net/~webster_engines/ but being a four stroke I fear that it might require more expertise than a simple two-stroke.
The only two-stroke I could find reasonably accurate plans for is the "little dragon" here http://modelenginenews.org/lildragon/index.html
Its a design from the 1950s, but I guess that a first engine does not have to be cutting edge.
Would this be a good design to go with, or is there something else I should have a look at?