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Thread: Merry Christmas
25/12/2018 00:06:20

A merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year to all the forum members yes

Thread: Forum under constant siege
24/12/2018 23:05:40

Dear Neil, your computer has a virus. Please click on this link to solve all your problems surprise


Merry Christmas from Australia, Keep up the good work mate, it's a lovely mag!

* Danny M *

Thread: Gatwick Drone 'Attack'
24/12/2018 16:39:16
Posted by Sam Longley 1 on 24/12/2018 15:48:29:

I just think it seem weird that with all the technology they cannot jam the 2.4 channel for just enough seconds to crash the drone. I know that modern transmitters (like my Futaba) change frequencies within the bandwidth quickly but surely they can beat that. Or is it a case that doing so may disrupt some other important systems operating on the same frequency?

A pre-programmed flight such as this one does not rely on the r/c transmitter, just a link to GPS satellites **LINK**

The chase drone just had the Litchi co-ords offset by ten feet. An impressive flight but probably quite illegal where I live.

In fact one could theoretically fly the Gatwick mission from Australia given a Google map of the area and somebody to place the drone for take-off.

Scary but true,

* Danny M *

24/12/2018 15:17:47

So here is the typical knee-jerk reaction from our local muppets based on the 'facts' **LINK**

* Danny M *

23/12/2018 07:40:33

Many years ago (1978) I used to fly r/c 'targets' in front of a line of M60 machine guns, a few 7.62 Bren's and a few AR -15's thrown into the mix. Admittedly they knew that the target was approaching which is more then the Gatwick operators knew.

About 1 in 800 rounds hit the a/c and when one did it usually caused little damage. A drone would be more susceptible to a hit though. **LINK**

I agree with Neil. Track down the idiots and then throw the book at them. Locked up for five years with 'Bubba' should sort out the idiots.

Maybe a bit cynical but a company selling anti-drone devices would see this as a windfall dont know

* Danny M *

Thread: Merry Christmas from Australia
23/12/2018 04:28:13

Just wishing everybody a great and safe Christmas.

I could not find a card so here's a linky to a great Aussie Christmas song instead, enjoy!


* Danny M *

Thread: Bought it, never used it.
21/12/2018 22:37:41

Posted by Lathejack on 21/12/2018 20:30:08

..............I now have a job for it, and plan to make a short internal grinding spindle for it. The 80mm diameter grinding wheels that came with it are all 80 grit, I wonder what sort of finish they will produce.

Has anyone else used one of these little Toolpost grinders? It has a 250 Watt motor, with a grinding spindle speed of 6000 RPM. It all seems fairly well made.

Edited By Lathejack on 21/12/2018 20:32:55

Lathejack, I have the same C3 TPG that I purchased about ten years ago for finish grinding hardened model engine crankshafts.

It works quite well at this task as long as one remembers that it's only a finishing tool, used to take off the last 0.0005" - 0.001" or so. I cover the ways in oily paper towels btw although there is very little residue.

The resultant finish is excellent using the 80 grit (pink) wheels.

The only problem that I have encountered was last year when the the drive belt disintegrated so a few replacements were located and ordered from LMS. As the postage from the U.S. was a little steep I took the opportunity to fill out the order with some 120, 180 and 240 grit wheels plus a pile of 6mm ball oilers to suit the mini-lathe took up some spare room in the package.

The items arrived in about ten days in good condition.

(The ball oilers cost me about $1.50 Au btw, **LINK** the local quote was $6.50 each so no wonder I shop overseas).

I have not tried the finer grit wheels in anger yet as the finish from the 80 grit wheel gives a fine enough surface for what I was doing.

* Danny M *

Thread: Telephone / Internet Scams
18/12/2018 06:46:34

This scam is becoming a favourite here in Australia. Unfortunately a few people have been sucked in. **LINK**

Last night on the local TV a reporter engaged such a scammer and the abusive language that was hurled at the reporter was bleeped out as it was quite vile and disgusting.

Each month at the Day Club where I volunteer a Scamwatch **LINK** update is presented to the elderly people, The feedback is scary as many are targetted. Luckily, the warnings seem to have worked.

Older people, likely to own their own home, cashed up and not online are quite vulnerable and often targetted, so keep an eye on them please.

* Danny M *

Thread: Year of Engineering
16/12/2018 10:45:10

Even a model engineer would appreciate this song from down-under, It's a Christmas favourite where I live **LINK**

* Danny M *

Thread: Mini Lathe Rear Tool Post
16/12/2018 04:06:09

I realise that this has already been mentioned in the past but as a reminder, an upside down front mounted parting tool mounted in a QCTP (to get the centre height correct) with the mini-lathe run in reverse is very effective.

I have tried this as an experiment and it worked although it's a bit of mucking about setting up the tool height on centre.

I found it easier to tighten the gibs and just plunge in with a sharp tool and plenty of lube. A 'V' groove in the tip of the parting tool seems to help.

grooving parting tool - 1.jpg

P.S. Do Not try this with a screwed on chuck!

* Danny M *

Thread: Telephone / Internet Scams
15/12/2018 01:51:23

Some scammers one has to feel sorry for **LINK**

* Danny M *

Thread: Cost of deliveries
14/12/2018 07:09:13

Re: Cheap shipping from China.

I was told/read a few years ago that their government policy was not to allow a ship to leave China with unused space in a shipping container.

The surplus space was allocated to smaller exporter's at a vastly reduced rate to encourage exports/local industries and to gain overseas currency.

Whether this is factually correct I am not certain but it does make economic sense.

* Danny M *

Thread: It's not rocket science
14/12/2018 06:59:11

G'day Neil, If a MEW member is already on Mars, do they get a discount on the postage for edition 550?

Enquiring minds need to know

* Danny M *

Thread: Interests other than Model Engineering
07/12/2018 06:43:24

XD 351, the guides were Fuij, I like the ceramic inlays. I decided to treat myself so went top shelf on all the components,the guides were not cheap but no regrets btw,

The only thing that gave me more satisfaction was tying a fly that actually a fooled a dumb trout and my little X3 mini-lathe and X2 mill made it possible to manufacture a decent fly tying vice.

Here is another trout from the lake.

* Danny M *

yummy trout_1.jpg

Thread: Flycutters: help to understand 3 different types
07/12/2018 05:29:29

Nothing is sweeter than a flycut lump of 2034-T4 aluminium alloy under a well sharpened and honed HSS tool with a flush of kerosine, Try a backcut if you are brave enough to check your tramming or just check the dials, wind the table back and start again.

Keep the rpm low, that little bit covers a lot of surface at it's radius.

'Softly, softly catchee monkey'

* Danny M *

Thread: Interests other than Model Engineering
07/12/2018 03:14:57

Fishing, model aircraft and target shooting.

My workshop activities are a means to furthering these ends. I hand made the rod btw, it's my favourite, Loomis high modulus graphite blank, turned cork handle and gold plated titanium guides (they don't rust) face 1

* Danny M *

my two favourite hobbies.jpg

Thread: Windows 10 again
01/12/2018 08:11:02

Like I told my computer customers many years ago; In a thunderstorm unplug your your landline phone and modem as there are no devices readily available that can withstand the energy of a nearby lightning strike.

Even the power companies cannot prevent outages when a thunderbolt hits their lines.

* Danny M *

Edited By Danny M2Z on 01/12/2018 08:12:15

Thread: Workshop security - CCTV
29/11/2018 09:51:09

I have a few of these installed around the house **LINK** No recorder required and they even phone you and transmit video when motion is detected in the area under surveillance.

I installed a few for a friend on his farm and soon identified the neighbour's son who was pinching his diesel fuel at 0230 Hrs. The IR means a b&w picture but it shows reflective number plates up nicely. (The lad wore his hoodie with a recognisable logo anyhow, it's a small community)

Something like this should be available in the U.K.

* Danny M *

Thread: Mars Insight has Landed
28/11/2018 07:46:45
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 27/11/2018 16:52:05:

I was disappointed that I only found out about that yesterday!


Neil, I actually submitted 'Model Engineers' Workshop' back in November 2017 but it got knocked back (no reply) so I assumed that NASA were rejecting commercial applications to prevent a company using it as a promotion.

I was looking forward to announcing that MEW was on Mars, but 'twas not to be. (Plus it would have driven the subscription dept. crazy) thinking

There is another mission planned soon so maybe NASA shall repeat the exercise. Best to keep an eye on the NASA website.

I just told the family.

* Danny M *

Thread: What did you do Today 2018
26/11/2018 21:49:52

Today I landed on Mars -:

* Danny M *

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