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Thread: Wanted - Someone to make some screws
25/10/2021 17:29:03

Have you looked in Brownells They have a lot of torx screws.

Thread: gr 8.8 ht bolt steel which carbide tip
05/10/2021 19:06:34

I use 8.8 and 12.9 regularly sharp hss works well and if you want a really good finish do as Jason B says. Use good quality bolts as a source of material and the same goes for the inserts if you use them.

Thread: Shock at low pay for high skill
13/07/2021 08:42:03

We had a vacancy for a maintenance engineer apprenticeship in a plastics factory. Three budding hopefuls turned up all similar academically, the practical test was to wire a 3 pin plug complete with wiring diagram attached. Only one managed it and he got the live and the negative the wrong way round but he did spot it in the end. He got the job.

Thread: Uniflow Engines
07/07/2021 15:01:39


If you have a look at the Expermental Flash Steam book, on page 171 you will see a drawing of F Jutton,s engine as part of the piston valve it includes to allow the engine to exhaust on the up stroke. It’s quite an interesting engine with the quick return motion to the piston valve.

Thread: advice old British motorcycle
06/07/2021 12:29:50

What about a new Indian made old British bike probably no spares required.

Thread: Uniflow Engines
30/06/2021 18:45:54


Have a look at Frank Jutton,s flash steam engine for TNT that has a piston valve and from memory it has a pressure relief as part of the piston valve. It’s detailed in Experimental Flash Steam book. I have built his engine but struggled with the piston valve seizing. I now have his boat TNT and power plant.

To solve the seizing problem I built a poppet valve engine, my steam was hot it turned the top of the engine blue.

28/06/2021 20:55:16

Both my class B (8lb max weight dry) flash steam hydroplanes exhausted into a silencer to meet the noise reduction requirements. If you heard one running you would think it was an internal combustion engine. My engine ran at somewhere around 10,000 rpm to achieve just under 80mph.

Pauls (windy) hydroplane is a class A 16lb max weight.

Thread: Myford 254 S
11/06/2021 19:28:07

I bought a D1-3 chuck from Rotagrip replaced the pins as described above for my 254 even managed to get soft jaws to go with it. Same chuck as the one I already had it does not have a name just some numbers.

Thread: Porsche 951
10/05/2021 13:40:17

It is see top left.

What a nice looking car it’s the Porsche I would like to own. Interested to here about the engine it’s amazing what you can get out of an old block.

Thread: model engine world magazine
23/04/2021 19:11:12

It has been out of print for a long time, it only had a life of a few years.

Thread: "TINKER" tool & cutter grinder
09/04/2021 22:10:52

Their site says they will take Western Union, it’s not expensive if you do it by bank transfer. I know it’s not popular but I use it to buy model car parts from Russia with no problems they won’t take anything else.

Thread: There may be a delay in some deliveries ...
29/03/2021 20:17:05

In my merchant navy days the ships captain was always responsible for the ship the pilot was there for advice. The only exception was the Panama Canal. But that was the 1970,s

Thread: Part of a series on a two stroke engine
11/03/2021 22:20:32

I didn’t hear an output figure mentioned, would be interested to compare it against our tether car engines. No nitro just methanol and castor.

Thread: Chinese End Mill Grinders
06/03/2021 20:16:47

I have one at the moment I am halfway to,paying for it. It is going to my son next who has a box full of blunt cutters if you can salvage some it helps towards paying for itself.

I have a tool and cutter grinder it works well but setting it up for each cutter is a major draw back.

Thread: Indexable tool insert replacements
26/02/2021 12:33:22

This where I buy my inserts from, and milling cutters for my cnc mill the quality and service is good. But they supply industry and a lot of inserts are only supplied in boxes of 10, some are available in model engineer quantities.

I also use Arceurotrade for inserts their own brand for me perform well for me.

Thread: 10 BA
17/02/2021 21:32:37

10BA steel studding on eBay 300mm lengths.

Thread: General Aeromodelling Discussion
26/01/2021 19:57:17

Keith it’s the nickel plate that has gone rusty in places, perhaps giving it a run might improve its looks.

25/01/2021 22:08:24

Keith I have a Juggernaut pulse jet complete with a battered box, it’s never been run but time has not been kind to the tail pipe.

Thread: Tether car
25/01/2021 22:04:42

Yes I did run at Hull, it could have been me or more likely Bob Kirtley.

Thread: F2G Swiss championship, 19/09/2020
25/01/2021 15:35:33

Hi Hans

Very little interest on this site for the speed type modelling, the Americans have had an electric tether car well over 200 mph some very clever model engineering and electronics to control it.

The Swiss tether car guys probably have the best of both worlds a fast tether car track and a Gauge 1 local track that most people only dream about all on the same site. I have met some of the Swiss controline flyer there.

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