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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 *

28/04/2020 07:01:07

Wile cleaning one of my favourite .22 rifles (a Russian Izhmash Biathlon Basic Review ) I noticed that it has hammer forged barrel with a pattern like spiral wound carbon fibre, It is deadly accurate both at the range and in a paddock,

Due to lock down boredon I asked Mrs. Google and found some interesting stuff about the machinery that can produce a rifled barrel bore to an accuracy of 0.0001".

The video referred to in the link below (U.S. Army Watervliet Arsenal) is also fascinating as it shows field gun and tank barrels being forged into shape at 2000 deg C How Hammer Forged Barrels are made

* Danny M *

Thread: ANZACS - We will remember them!!
27/04/2020 10:22:04

Thanks Bruce and all the other considerate people who remembered ANZAC Day.

It is strange to think that us people down-under remember a military disaster (Gallipoli) but it was a bonding moment for the people of the new nations in the southern seas.

My late uncle-in-law Maurice Jessop landed at ANZAC Cove aged 15 with the 4th Bn. I was quite honoured to be his mate after I married. After Gallipoli Maurice served on the Western front and the only thing he told me was that it was a bit scary to go 'back-packing across no-mans-land behind the German lines to grab a prisoner or just to creat a bit of merry hell'.

Myself joined the Australian Army when the Vietnam War was winding down and the recruiters made me count cogs and gear ratios and decided to make me into an electronics techo.

Many happy hours were then spent machining basics. I loved the lathework but filing a steel cube with 1" sides soon got a bit tedious.

I managed to pass this phase and once I got into a unit life just got better. The mates I made back then are the best blokes that I ever worked with, Ended up doing 30 years with a bit of Emergency Reserve duty.

If I had my time again I would probably do the same again.

Here is a great rendition of The Last Post by a talented young lady Last Post

Lest We Forget

56783 Danny M


Edited By Danny M2Z on 27/04/2020 10:24:29

Edited By Danny M2Z on 27/04/2020 10:24:54

Thread: Old car parts. Throw them or keep them
26/04/2020 07:11:51

I found that a steering rod tie rod end works nicely if one is building an HH basic grinding rest. The one in question came from a friend whose teenage son managed to crash his car. It was easier to find than a plastic ball, much more robust and had a spigot which really came in handy to mount the thing.

rest 1.jpg

rest 2.jpg

* Danny M *

Thread: Aging rubber and plastic
19/04/2020 07:59:36

After my binocuar grips degraded I found this which might explain a bit Rubber Reversion

* Danny M *

Thread: Coronavirus
18/04/2020 08:01:38

It took just one cruise ship to wreak havoc in Australia Ruby Princess .Some state borders are now closed but things are now getting under control. Australian state and territory border closures with a decrease in infections.

Some isolated communities also have locked theselves down Isolated Communities but then might become some of the safest places to be nowadays.

Similar for New Zealand.

Our Australian Govt. has been pushing a phone app today to 'track possible contacts' Contact Tracing App but despite all their promises I just do not trust them to delete data once they have it so shall not avail myself of this hastily concocted snoopware,

So for all our members and your friends and families please keep yourselves safe and healthy.

* Danny M *

Thread: Cicada 1.3cc "diesel\2
17/04/2020 05:14:33

Keith, a mate of mine (Ed Holly) just finished his Cicada and it seems to run nicely Ed's Cicada

Maybe you could swap notes.

I am currently building a Sparey .8 diesel after I discovered the plans in this lovely ancient edition of Aeromodeller magazine Aeromodeller May 1947

IMHO we should all count ourselves lucky that we have our hobbies to help keep our sanity during these difficult times.

* Danny M *

Thread: Help with Maths ratio problem?
16/04/2020 09:47:33

A more practical question (for an aeromodeller) that I have sometimes seen published goes along the line like this:

"I have 5L of 25% nitro (nitromethane) model car glow engine fuel and want to dilute the nitro to 10% to suit my XYZ model aircraft engine. I have the correct oil and methanol. So how much of each do I need to add and how much fuel would I end up with?"

* Danny M *

Oops! fForgot to mention that the oil is15% of the mix



Edited By Danny M2Z on 16/04/2020 09:58:57

Thread: Coronavirus
10/04/2020 09:49:07

I cannot believe that every visitor arriving in the U.K. is not isolated for 14 days! .

* Danny M *

Thread: Homemade Lathe Tools
09/04/2020 06:46:22

A home made lathe tool grinding rest from Harold Hall's great design HH grinding rest was a very worthwhile project and not too difficult to make but has repaid the effort in spades.

* Danny M *

sutton toolbit 18? front grind - s.jpg

Thread: How to void the virus.
09/04/2020 04:30:14

I was talking to my neighbour over the garden fence when her 4 year old daughter proudly told me "We are staying home for Easter as we are self oscillating"

Maybe a future engineer?

* Danny M *

Thread: Australian Crayfish?
09/04/2020 04:19:34

Many years ago (early '70's) while taking annual leave from the Australian Army in Western Australia a mate asked if I would like some paid fun by riding 'shotgun' on one of the lobster trawlers operating out of Geraldton.

Apparently Indonesian and other foreign fishermen were flouting Australian maritime laws and so a few well aimed shots usually scared them off.

I passed up on the offer but I know of a few Vietnam Vets who became proficient at taking out radar dishes and antennae on the fishing boats who violated the Australian Maritime Zone.

* Danny M *

Thread: Coronavirus
02/04/2020 05:43:14

l had a few words with my postman/junk mail person today,

He saw me removing the junk mail from the mailbox and asked why was I wearing rubber gloves and remarked that he was fine so I was being a bit paranoid.

I told him that even if he was fine, he should buy and wear his own gloves as he had no control over who handled the letters/advertising material before him and suggested for him to be careful.

I also remarked that all junk mail and (especially) my bills should be printed on toilet paper which should save me shopping for the stuff and also be useful for appropriate re-cycling purposes.

Well he got a bit snarky.and stormed off in a bit of a huff.

I was actually trying to do him a favour but then some people just don't learn.

What's more important, if he does get the WuFlu then every letter that he touches could spread it around my little township like wildfire.

Am I really being a bit too paranoid?

* Danny M *

01/04/2020 08:13:52

It is actually people like this who make me feel a bit sad QLD billionaire gives no rent relief to affected tenants

I know a few wealthy people, some are sympathetic such as this bloke Twiggy Forrest

If I had a $1 million tucked away for a rainy day then maybe cutting a bit of slack to the people who helped me make such a fortune would be the decent thing to do.

But then, some people get to be billionaires by just being ruthless bast***s.

That's the world that we live in, unfortunately!

* Danny M *

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