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This article by Mike Haughton in Model Engineers' Workshop 215 was well received. It's a very practi...

Use of Magnetic Chucks for Milling and Turning

PROCESSES: Use of Magnetic Chucks for Milling and Turning

Following questions on the use of magnetic chucks for milling and turning, we have been supplied the...

Light Duty Filing Machine

ARTICLE REPRINTS: Light Duty Filing Machine

This neat little filing machine is another design from Stan Bray, the original editor of Model Engin...

Nicholson The Guide to Files and Filing

TOOLS: Nicholson The Guide to Files and Filing

The Nicholson File Company has been producing guides to the use of files since at least 1878. Here a...

3-Phase Conversion and Other Alternative Methods of Powering a Mini-Lathe

MACHINES: 3-Phase Conversion and Other Alternative Methods of Powering a Mini-Lathe

After much experimentation with different ways of powering my mini-lathe on a keep it going basis, I... Subscribers Only

Mini Lathe Changewheel Tables

PROCESSES: Mini Lathe Changewheel Tables

These tables complement the article "Universal Thread Cutting on a Mini Lathe" by Neil Wyatt in Mode...

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MEX 2014

This year's Exhibition dates are 12, 13, 14 Decmber. See you there!


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In the latest issue of Model Engineerů

Major Patrick Puttock won a Gold Medal at the 2013 MEX for his magnificent model of HMS Isis of 50 Guns. In this issue he starts his decsription of the history of the ship and the making of this beautiful model which features on the front cover this time.

Ashley Best explans and illustrates the making of the tramcar frame and body.

Cliff Almond resuemes his series on the design of a 7.25 inch gauge locomotive that was used in the Guinness plant in Dublin.

Also in this issue ... Your Index to Volume 212.


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In the latest issue of Model Engineers' Workshop

Custom bikes will always have a fascination for hobby engineers, whether we make them or just spectate. So, in the cover story for this issue we’re delighted to bring you an article by Ken Sprayson on the design of motorcycle frames.

Bike fans can also look forward to our next issue, which will feature a contrasting article by Shaun Wainford on the very different approach he takes to producing his custom bikes, such as the Barbarian, largely using a CNC approach.

We can now bring you the concluding parts of Alan Jackson’s acclaimed Stepperhead lathe. Over the next two issues we will complete this description, and later Alan will return to describe the milling head and review his overall experience in using Stepperhead.

In this issue:

  • John Garnish gets to
 grips with some very tiny components, turning small items on a Unimat SL lathe.
  • Marcos Diniz took a practical approach when he needed a small centrifuge.
  • Neil Greenway brings new life to his collection of boot-sale G-clamps.
  • Marcus Bowman concludes his description of the etched brass folder using CNC.
  • Harold Hall encourages us to make an effort and avoid generating short ends.
  • Glenn Bunt looks at the beauty of acrylic and suggests we should make more use of acrylic sheet.
  • Malcolm High prefabricates a laser-cut toolpost holder.
  • Ed Corley suggests that metal bashers try their hand at basic woodwork with two easy cabinets.
  • David Graves continues his take on the classic universal pillar tool.
  • Martin Berry combine ingenuity and determination to ‘conquer’ the challenge of a siege machine.

Also, David Clark continues his guide to milling for beginners, Stub Mandrel brings us another ‘made in an evening’ project – a depth gauge, and Henry Hicks describes his method for making traditional spade drills.


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Jamie's by Jamie Jones


JasonB'S album by JasonB


1" Minnie Castings by Brian Abbott


Various Stuff by Neil Wyatt

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Model Engineer Exhibition 2014

This year’s Model Engineer Exhibition will be held over the 12, 13 and 14 December. What a marvellous opportunity to do all your Christmas shopping in one place? Last year’s exhibition was big success with numbers up and excellent feedback from visitors, exhibitors and traders. The new ‘Maker Fayre’ section was very popular and We are delighted to confirm that Marc Barto has agreed to organise its return again this year. For those of us who want to learn more about topics such as 3D-printing this is a great opportunity. The pictures show models from recent exhibitions.

STOP PRESS! We can now announce that the Gauge 1 Model Railway Association (G1MRA) and the Gauge 0 Guild will be attending with working layouts at this year's exhibition!

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