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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 *

Thread: Mars Insight has Landed
26/11/2018 21:45:52

I am pleased that it got down safely, it has my name on it.

Just over a year ago NASA offered the public a chance to have their name engraved on a microchip aboard the lander so I applied and they sent me a boarding pass and a mission patch.

It's a strange feeling to know that the family name is on another planet, I have not told them yet as I did not want to admit to being spread all over the Mars-scape if something went wrong.

* Danny M-Z *



Thread: Ni-Cad batteries
26/11/2018 05:26:07

Ady1. I have some 600 MAh nicads that have been on continuous charge for the last 15 years (an experiment) using an Ace SUPER Smart Charger. It is a pulse charger.

The main problem with nicads (apart from venting when overcharged) is dendrites, nasty little filaments that grow between the electrodes so an occasional blast with a high current pulse blows them away.

I have some electron microscope photos of dendrites but unfortunately unable to publish them here.

Solar chargers are the way of the future, I use a solar brick to recharge my phone and drone r/c when in the bush.

* Danny M *

Thread: What did you do Today 2018
26/11/2018 05:00:55
Posted by CHARLES lipscombe on 25/11/2018 23:25:53:

Danny M2Z you have a PM about the Bandiana Sale

Thanks Charles, you have a reply. What amuses me is the 'Black Friday', 'Christmas in July', 'Father's Day' etc sales.

All were invented and promoted by business interests trying to push/promote sales during slack periods.

* Danny M *

Edited By Danny M2Z on 26/11/2018 05:01:27

24/11/2018 05:44:26

Today I went to an auction at a nearby military base (I did my trade training there many years ago).

Many items were on pallets so I did not require a pallet of 2000 Timken taper roller bearings or army boots/socks/skirts (all the same size) but this aroused my interest **LINK**so I checked it out, as yer do.

Bed wear not much apparent visibly, minor damage limited to a few dings in the topslide, a scored centre on the tailstock live centre and a bit of surface rust on the PB 3J chuck.

Opening the compartment underneath revealed a few spare gears, a chuck key and a few bits and bobs.

Biggest drawback for me was the 3Ph motor.

A decent inverter (or a 3Ph supply to the workshop) would cost more than the lathe (as I found out when I purchased a Boley5 LZ) so I let this one go but it is a nice machine.

I was allowed to take a few photos, it will go for about $1000Au. I hope that I made the correct decision.

* Danny M *

sheraton saddle and topslide.jpg

sheraton tool drawer.jpg

sheraton saddle and topslide.jpg

1977 sheraton conquest lathe 3 ph.jpg

Thread: Lead Bearing Solder is Banned
18/11/2018 23:04:08

Legislation banning lead wheel weights is already in place in some jurisdictions **LINK**

I actually put a few in the lead pot (about 5%) when casting lead projectiles for my muzzle-loader, the antimony content gives harder projectiles.

So I wonder when lead fishing weights are going to be banned, can't be good for the waterways with people deliberately chucking lumps of lead into them.

Lead shot for duck hunting is already banned here in Australia but not for clay target shooting.

* Danny M *

Thread: Mini-lathe dying..?
18/11/2018 06:46:10
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 17/11/2018 11:50:44:

Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 17/11/2018 10:31:06:

My mini-lathe had a hole in the control box where it went over the leadscrew. Bad design because it allowed swarf inside where a streamer of aluminium dropped on the electronics could blow the board! Newer mini-lathes are fitted with a grommet.

Tell me about it... happened to my CL300M, I converted it to a VFD and 3-phase motor but used teh same control box, with added grommet.


One of the first mods that I did to my mini-lathe was to make a cover for the hole in the control box by punching a hole into the lid of a 35mm film container, waxed the leadscrew, removed the saddle and tail bearing, slid the device along the leadscrew then filled the cap with neutral cure silicon rubber before pressing it into place against the control box.

This was over ten years ago and it's still functioning quite well. It is flexible enough for when I occasionally swap between metric and imperial leadscrews

Also, while the saddle was off the lathe I made a perspex cover for the saddle traversing gears, a very worthwhile mod imho.

Months of perusing the mini-lathe forum **LINK** was invaluable when setting up the little beastie

* Danny M *

Thread: What did you do Today 2018
13/11/2018 06:26:17

Today I put my newly repaired 1947 Mills 1.3 onto the test stand.

With an ancient 8"x5" laminated wooden propeller and a Cox 0.049 spinner nut it started and ran sweetly within four flicks.

Sweet music.

* Danny M *

mills 1.3 test run - 2s.jpg

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Thread: Solution found to the World's biggest problem . . .
12/11/2018 09:46:50

The world's biggest problem is overpopulation.

Between Trump, Putin and China they might alleviate this problem but the result may not please the survivors!

* Danny M *

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