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Model Engineer 4506

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In the Latest Issue of Model Engineer

In Issue 4506 - IN THE SHOPS NOW!

In this issue ... An Engineer's Guide to Clock Making: James Buxton who has won awards at Model Engineer Exhibitions writes about setting up the wrokshp with horology in mind and encourages those who may never have thought about it, to consider the rewarding hobby of clock making.
In his occasional series, Doug Hewson returns with some more hints and tips on completing kit locomotives but this time looks to enhancing the tender by getting the detailing right.
John Smith (regular readers will recall his excellent series on detailing the Martin Evans 'Dart') offers a neat alternative to silver-soldering small sheet metal items.
We are invited to two late Spring events: the Spalding Model Engineering and Hobbies show this week - 25 and 26 April and on 14th June, the Rob Roy Rally at Andover.

Regular features include our course on Understanding /C, Theory and Practice and more from Alan Crossfield on his award winning 5 inch gauge locomotive.


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In the latest issue of Model Engineers' Workshop

The May issue of your bigger and better Model Engineers' Workshop, number 228 is on sale soon!

The cover features the revolutionary EMG-12 Endmill Resharpening Machine from Arc Euro Trade – see inside for John Stevenson’s exclusive report on this new machine.

Highlights of this bumper issue include:

CLEANING COOLANT - John Pace explains how he cleans his coolant and describes an oil skimmer.

SCULTURA MECCANICA RIPRODUTTIVA - The workshop art of Fulvio Levati.

USING SLITTING SAWS IN THE LATHE - Keith Johnson describes an assortment of useful accessories you can make.

TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES FOR RESTORING OLD MOTORCYCLES - Some handy gadgets with wider applications from Adrian Filmer.

ANY NUMBER YOU LIKE - Making division plates by co-ordinate drilling need not be hard says Ted Knight.

IMPROVEMENTS TO A POPULAR BANDSAW - Mike Cox continues his short series on bandsaw improvements.

A DRILL CHUCK FOR A BUDGET MINI-DRILL - Alan Wain details an inexpensive way to boost the performance of a cheap and cheerful tool.

AN INTRODUCTION TO SHEET METAL WORK - In the final part of his occasional series Dave Fenner looks at various techniques for joining sheet metal.

MAKING A CLOCK DEPTHING TOOL - Glen Bunt give further details of his horological accessory for horologically minded readers.

ONE MAN AND HIS LATHE - John Freeman tells the tale of his Chester Challenger lathe.

REPAIRING ROB’S OLD DRESSING TABLE - Peter Shaw concludes the tale of his excursion into furniture restoration.

A CLUTCH FOR MINI LATHES – Newcomer Tyro offers a convenient solution to disengaging the gear train on mini lathes.

ADVICE ON MILLING VICES - Alec Payne describes some of his vices, including testing a self-centring one.

TIP TOP TAP TIPS - If you are starting out and need to build a collection of taps and dies, here’s some useful advice from Stub Mandrel.

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