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Thread: Coronavirus
02/06/2020 05:20:24

I have refrained from commenting about this pandemic for a while as I am fortunate? to be living in Australia but as I have friends and family living in the U.K. and the U.S.A this is getting a bit to close to the heart.

What prompted this post was a TV program that I viewed recently that reviewed the history of the Spanish Flu epidemic of just over 100 years ago in Australia and the lessons that can be learned from tha t outbreak.

There are many similarities in the mechanism of the spread of Covid-19, in the case of Australia it was maritime and apparently a shipload of troops that were recalled en route to Europe when WW1 ended was instrumental.

On return to Australia, the ship berthed to refuel in New Zealand and although only officers and medical staff were allowed to disembark, that was enough to permit at least one individual to return to the ship and spread the virus.

Once the ship reached Australia (flying the yellow flag) the flu virus was not effectively contained and so slowly spread around the country Australia 1918

Now in 2020, Australia has (apparently) learned this lesson from history and a strict maritime lockdown has been implimented again, even using the same quarantine stations dating back to over 100 years ago. This did not however prevent the Ruby Princess **LINK** from slipping through the ropes, just like the troopship in 1918

100 years ago international air travel was not an issue but nowadays it is under the same lockdown and isolation measures as maritime restrictions. Only Australian air passengers returning to Australia from overseas are permitted to land and they are immediately isolated to selected locations.

The scary part of the program was that (just like discovered in Sorth Korean nightclubs nowadays) one has to be very vigilant when relaxing restrictions as it only takes one person, the so called 'Super Spreader' **LINK**

So lessons to be learned - Stay home, stay safe and be sensible and be careful all my fellow model engineering friends and your families.

The pandemic has not ended, just the goalposts are being moved to get the economy of all countries moving a bit but we are all just as vulnerable as we were last week.

Regards from Australia * Danny M *

Edited By Danny M2Z on 02/06/2020 05:21:33

Thread: Hello from Moray
30/05/2020 12:02:55

Hello from Australia Louis.

it is always useful when a qualified tradesperson joins this forum so am interested to learn about electric welding tips and tricks from a pro..

You are most welcome!

* Danny M *

Thread: Covid19 - Overseas Subscriptions
26/05/2020 13:53:39

Oh dear!

Does this mean that my (Oz) newsagent won't recieve my monthly favourite magazine?

I really prefer the 'hard copy' for my library and do not subsrcibe as I like to keep my local newsagent in business!

Failing all that, is anybody who does not collect their magazines whom is prepared to send any missing issues to Australia for fair recompence? PM me please..

* Danny M *

Thread: Terabyte Internet Speed
26/05/2020 08:33:13

Duly noted and edited Michael. It's still a fantastic development in communication technology.

* Danny M *

26/05/2020 08:12:04

I wish that I had this at home Terabit Internet

* Danny M *

Edited By Danny M2Z on 26/05/2020 08:30:39

Edited By Danny M2Z on 26/05/2020 08:31:01

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
23/05/2020 12:24:50

Today i started machining a Sparey .8cc model diesel engine from plans discovered in this ancient Aeromodeller magazine. Aeromodeller May 1947

The cover painting is quite amazing considering that the magazine was printed 73 years ago,

Thread: Sort of a Straw Poll
14/05/2020 10:12:14

LOL. I am A SKIN Spending the Kids Inheritance Now

As my children have done well for themselves I would not like to saddle them with disposing of my hobby equipment and getting ripped-off so I decided leave it to my model club who could value and sell off the gear for realistic prices.

In return the club gets to keep 50% of the proceeds. Balance to my family (less costs for my wake).

Club readily agreed, club treasurer has a naughty gleam in his eyes though.

* Danny M *

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
14/05/2020 07:18:36

Stripped, cleaned and lubed my fishing reels.

Re-spooled a few with new Japanese J-Braid X8 as it has a good reputation locally J-Braid X8

Rigged up a clip for my drone so I can fly the tackle much further than my casting abilities.

Yep - Yesterday the Vic. Govt. permitted fishing and after nearly 3 months of lockdown I can get some fresh air and excercise at last.

During lockdown I have literally made hundreds of flies and lures so now I can see if any work as planned.

* Danny M *

Thread: Siemens does not like me...!
14/05/2020 06:58:05

Thanks Raymond.

I read the technical specs before attempting to download it and as my HP laptop only came with Win 10 I decided not to waste by time.

But if as you say, it works, then I might have another try because it does appear to be quite a useful program (even if one does has to trade details with Siemens to join their mailing list).

* Danny M *

14/05/2020 04:12:48

It might be worthwhile checking your Win 10 version.

System requirements state Win 10 Pro and note that Win 10 Home edition won't work.

* Danny M *

Thread: In Sydney
09/05/2020 13:12:48
Posted by XD 351 on 07/05/2020 13:28:05:

The feeling of catching a fish regardless of size on something you have created whether it be a fly , lure ,float , rod or reel is something only a Fisho knows !

Ian.

Oh how so true.

Here is my favourite little spinning rod. I built this over 20 years ago and as Boris said a decent rod is not cheap.

G.Loomis IMX graphite blank, Fuji gold plated titanium/cermet guides, Fuji reel seat and grade A cork grips it cost me about $400 at the time but worth every penny in the satisfaction of using it over the years.

I have made a few similar for special mates as birthday presents..Usually do the thread art in the colours of their footy team and add ther name in gold Letraset..

my two favourite hobbies.jpg

* Danny M *

Thread: Where do you put your chuck key?
09/05/2020 07:57:36
Posted by Sam Spoons on 08/05/2020 13:03:15:

The things you need close at hand when working in the lathe? Things like keys for the QC tool post and tool inserts and the toolholder needed for the job but not for the current operation?

The obvious place for the chuck key on the Boxford is on top of the headstock with the spare tool holders on the back of the cabinet behind the bed but is that good practice (I always stop the lathe before reaching for anything but leaning over to get a different toolholder seems wrong somehow)?

Circular magnet from a pre-loved floppy drive attached to the gear cover of my C3 mini-lathe,

You can see it at the left end of the lathe in this photo

.mini-lathe on stand 2.jpg

* Danny M *

Thread: VE Day - 75 years on
09/05/2020 07:39:52

I saw the Queen's VE Day speech today and found it very inspirational and uplifting.

This speech shall go down in the history books.

I grabbed a copy from YouTube Queen's VE Day Speech 2020 using this handy tool 4K Video Downloader

Cornish Jack, I already have researched my late father's service records. I agree it was disgraceful that their service to Britain was not recognised due to politics.

Time to move on

* Danny M *

Thread: In Sydney
08/05/2020 13:07:55

Yes, that is the stream where I caught my first trout at Pretty Valley Dam but a tiddler compared to your beauty.

A neighbour had a garage sale a couple of years ago, Among the bits was a Hardy split cane 6wt fly rod, he was asking $300 Au so I passed up and waited until the price dropped..

Unfortunately I also set up his Internet and taught him how to use it.

Ebay did the rest, it sold for about $900 Au

* Danny M *

Thread: VE Day - 75 years on
08/05/2020 10:59:09

When I saw that today was the 75th anniversary of VE Day my thoughts immediately went to my parents and grandparents and how relieved they must have been to survive,

If they (my parents) had not been lucky then I would not be here to tell you how my dear mum was evacuated to what became known as 'doodlebug alley'.

Missed her bus to work one day when some V1's came over the house so mum stayed in the bath until the buzzing stopped. A V1 hit her usual bus.

Dad flew in Wellington bombers as one of the Poles who joined the RAF. Apart from that, he managed to get from Poland to England in 1941 (or as the family tells it "The Germans were one day to the west and the Russians were one day to the east, so the family walked south for a few months to the Black Sea. Ended up in a place named Odessa and caught a freighter to Beiruit)"

Dad made a crash landing in a damaged Wellington and managed to survive although not all of the aircrew were so fortunate,

When I was very young, mum took me to see the a bombsite in Bow, East London, It was the place that her school used to be before she was evacuated.

After all that I have no right to complain about the times that we live in and so am just greatful to be here in the first place!

So let's just all get on with it!

* Danny M *

Thread: In Sydney
08/05/2020 04:58:19

Hi Boris,

G'day from Lake Hume.

Plenty of decent fly fishing places nearby, Mitta, Indi and Pretty Valley Dam among others.

Due to Vic, lockdown rules not allowed to fish or travel but sure have tied a lot of flies during the last few months!

Regards * Danny M *

Thread: Alloy joining
04/05/2020 04:30:35

Many years ago i offered bed and breakfast to the late Mr. Brian Winch who was visiting Albury for the annual model floatplane festival.

As penance he was required to demonstrate using Lumiweld after he wrote a glowing report of it's usefulness in the Australian Airborne model magazine.

I invited a mate along and at midnight Mr.Winch showed us how to repair a broken out engine lug on a DC Dart engine usind my jeweller's propane torch.

As a reward at dawn I managed to catch a nice trout for his breakfast and soon discovered that he was an accomplished cook.

R.I.P. Brian.

* Danny M *

Thread: New member in Switzerland
04/05/2020 04:16:59

G'day Mark and welcome from Australia. This site has the whole planet covered

Amazing what can achieve with such basic kit as a well fettled C3 mini-lathe and an X2/3 mill

* Danny M *

Edited By Danny M2Z on 04/05/2020 04:17:34

Thread: ANZACS - We will remember them!!
29/04/2020 14:56:06

As an old digger I would politely like to remind people that ANZAC is a contraction of the initials of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and so is usually reffered to in capital letters ANZAC

Not usually pedantic but this is close to my heart.

* Danny M *

Thread: Hammer Forging Firearms Barrels
28/04/2020 08:09:39

LoL ndiy.

I was not suggesting that somebody would want to use this process to make their own backyard barrels.

The engineering aspects of making a long accurate hole are of interest to me and maybe a few other people so this was posted in regard to the engineering techniques. It is interesting that the accurate bores formed are also work hardened due to the manufacturing process.

I doubt if a 'gang' could afford one of these machines.

Anyway, I am in Australia and permitted to own a firearm for legitimate reasons after a police background check and new licencees are also required to attend an approved training course.

* Danny M *

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