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Thread: Durham compensating
10/07/2020 07:49:11

Big thank you to Rod.

I can no make these items.



09/07/2020 21:04:00


Does anyone have a copy of this ME issue? I would like to make the diff for my engine but i do not have the mag?


1982 149 3684 33 John Haining compensating gear for 2" scale Durham engine,

Edited By Boiler Bri on 09/07/2020 21:04:41

Edited By Boiler Bri on 09/07/2020 21:05:57

Thread: Hermes Parcels
13/06/2020 17:58:28

There is a distribution centre for Hermes in our yard at work.

It is a free for all every day and all types of vehicle and people fill the yard and try to load parcels into their vehicles.

We have watched stuff being crammed into their vehicles stuff dropped presumably breaking the items inside. The company is a shambles.

Personally and professionally we would never use them


Thread: NiMH charger
30/04/2020 21:01:35

Duncan. Model boats forum/ website has very useful information about electrics and batteries. Dave Milbourn has some excellent advice

It’s under features


Thread: Warco WM16 and Chester 20V owners
27/04/2020 17:55:12
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 27/04/2020 15:01:52:

As give the FB2 and clones a decent write up probably worth chasing down whatever is causing yours to misbehave. That 1mm movement is a major issue, perhaps wear or damage, maybe something just needs adjusting.

Although the FB2 is a small machine, in good condition it should be able to plunge with a 2 flute cutter, cut to size and do dovetails. But plunging and dovetailing both require rigidity; any lack of rigidity in the set-up will multiply the difficulties.

Can you put up some photos, including the end of your 2-flute cutter. Not all 2-flute cutters are designed to take centre cuts, there has to be some arrangement for dealing with cutting and swarf at the centre.

I have a WM18 and pleased with it. It has an 1100W brushed DC motor, no problems after 6 years! Always dangerous to generalise but blown controllers and damaged motors & gears seem to go with chaps who push too hard for too long, and those who start & stop the motor without winding the speed-control up and down. (My mill's electronics aren't smart enough to cope with this : it's roughly equivalent doing a boy-racer burn off at the traffic lights, not good for the innards!)

Mills are never rigid enough! It's a good question though because the WM16 / 20V family are a compromise. Better than most round column types but less stiff than a knee mill. Driven within it's capabilities my WM18 does all I want of it but it sure does have limitations.

Main shortcoming from new - no DRO. Once in a blue moon it would be nice to have power traverse, but not essential for what I do.


I have the wm18 with the dro. It’s suitable for my 5” loco modelling. I usually have the dive lock nipped up a bit when I dive into a cut. I would always drill a hole first then put the slit drill down it.

Bigger stuff I do at work on a Bridgeport. Things for my 4” traction engine.

Yesterday I made some parts for hydrostatic lubrication and they came out ok even with winding the head height up and down.

I bought a drive for the table from Warco. It was NOT a direct fit so be warned If you decide to buy one.

All in all it suits my purpose and I get what I want from it

Made at a price to suit home use if I had the space I would look out for a Bridgeport


Thread: Fantastic British engineering
23/04/2020 21:36:00

No PPE. No blame claim culture in them days.


Thread: Delay in dispatch and delivery
21/04/2020 06:45:19

Strange but in our area HD9 the services have improved. Postman is now coming before noon every day where as before it was around 1pm.
Milkman is still annoying at 2.30am clanking up the road.


Thread: The good bits coming out of the Covid epidemic
21/04/2020 06:40:27

And hopefully crappy machine tools will stop coming out of China which will mean a reduction in forum posts on here 😂

Ever hopeful?

Thread: Sino readout
15/04/2020 19:09:10

Thank you for the replies. It all helped.
I did overlook that one turn of the handle may measure 2mm but it’s taking 4mm off the diameter. Once I realised that. I was on the right road.
The button that I must have pressed was1/2 which I took as a selection of one or two. This actually divided the measurement by half, so half of 8 was the four I was looking for and half of that which was the traverse movement gave me the result. It took me about an hour to stop laughing.
I am not bright at the best of times 🤭

If you all understand the above your better men than me



Clive you are right it was strange. But it was me who made it so. I can get carried away and should have thought about it more instead of pressing buttons straight away.  

Edited By Boiler Bri on 15/04/2020 19:11:09

15/04/2020 10:32:56

Last night i accidently pressed a button on my readout and was not sure how to go back to get out of it, so like a fool i pressed anything on the panel. This was the wrong thing to do, call it a senior moment.

The x axis for one turn of the handle on the lathe gives me 2mm travel.

The readout now only shows 0.8mm of travel for the full revolution of the handle.

Readout is a Sino SDS6 -2v Unit.

Can anyone guide me as to how to re-set the calibration so that one turn of 2mm travel shows the same on the readout please?

The Y axis is fine??

one revoluion.jpg

Any help appreciated.


Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
13/04/2020 11:15:53

My Warco wm18 saw a little TLC today.

The rubber cover had perished over the years and cracked into two parts.

Nice new one fitted made from silicone.

new rubber.jpg

The new power drive that i fitted in December is working ok. Saves my arms a lot of work. For the money i think it a worth while piece of kit. If you buy one make sure you give Warco the serial number and they are not universal fitting.

I have re positioned the limit switch and at the same time cut the box so that the cable comes out of the side. I did not like it being scraped along the bed when moving the table in the Y axis.

re positioned switch.jpg

drive fitted.jpg


Thread: Steam valves
13/04/2020 10:13:23

Thank you very much.

Great stuff,


13/04/2020 09:24:46

Yes it is Nick. No prob with the magazine. Someone will have it.


13/04/2020 04:55:56

Does anyone have a copy of this that they could copy for me please?

Its about steam valves etc

2004 issue 4433 Terence Holland


Thread: What are these for
05/04/2020 18:47:35


05/04/2020 18:45:52

I have had these kicking around for ages. Does anyone know what they are?


Thread: Source of Small Extension Springs
01/04/2020 21:03:12

Is that 1/2 + loops.

I have a box of assorted springs which might have one. ??


Thread: Chester lathe as my new lathe anyone
01/04/2020 20:56:04

Hi. I have a Chester crusader de lux. It took me a while to get used to it.
made to a budget and some bits are pretty poor. The chucks are massive. Overcame this by buying blank d4 plates and mounting smaller chucks and collet chucks. Be care full to leave the back plates as long as possible as the lead screw cover prevents you winding the apron up to the new chuck.

I could go on but up until yesterday it’s run everytime I turn it on.

Dro is a bonus and improves your accuracy.

I would go for the Warco if I was to change as there more suited to modelling.

Really miss my 5” model A metric Boxford


Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2020
30/03/2020 16:43:45

I have to agree with Brian H, its very nice.

It would make a change from Locomotive parts. And you only make one part not multiples.

Nice wood work Rod.


Edited By Boiler Bri on 30/03/2020 16:44:04

Thread: Back issues
30/03/2020 16:30:42

No point in adding a new post.

I was given a copy of ME recently which had part 18 of a series by Doug Hewson on improving Britannia kits.

I own a kit Britannia and would be interested in getting hold of the series. Does anyone know how long it ran and the magazine numbers?


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