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Thread: 11cc Wall
18/05/2022 17:45:30

Fantastic work Jason - well done!

What about using an electric starter, I am sure there are some still about that are (or were) used to start reluctant model ic glowplug and diesels.....



Thread: Code of Conduct
11/05/2022 15:30:55

Let's create a list of engineering terminology and have suitable "modern day speak" alternatives...

Nut (s)

Nipple (s)



Anymore to add and the alternative words suitable for those that are easily offended???

11/05/2022 09:44:14

Many years ago at Colchester railway station there was a sign directing passengers to the platform for the boat train to Harwich.

It said "Harwich for the Continent"

Underneath was scrawled "and Frinton for the Incontinent"

I suppose some would try to ban or be offended by that now.

By the way in case some of you were wondering Frinton is a quaint old fashioned seaside town that many people like to retire to....

All the best


Thread: New To CAD? No, but....
07/05/2022 06:04:49

I dont decry or want to come all negative about 3d cad, it's used for drawings where I work.

They are very useful as others have said, to test a design, create easier to understand parts, how they fit together and their relationship with each other.

I really wanted to know how long in time does it take to become reasonably proficient? What spec PC or laptop? and then what choice of software?

Peter Greene mentions a course - all well and good if you can find one - I suspect the company supplying the cad package would run courses but no doubt expensive and maybe geared to more to the "professional".

I would love to have the time to learn 3d cad but not sure how useful it would be to me as I dont do a lot of design work but have great admiration for those that do !

Best wishes


06/05/2022 17:46:47

There does seem a huge investment in time not only to learn how to use cad but also to produce drawings. Most of the examples shown on here by Jason and others, look fantastic but how long did it take to produce these drawings?

I think I would sooner use the time left to me and what £ I have in making stuff in the workshop....

But horses for courses and all that

Hopper your drawings look like mine!

Regards to all


Thread: SENIOR Mill for someone?
06/05/2022 17:35:20

Wow that is a bargin, for both machines. I would bought the mill!

I am also interested in which auction house this equipment was listed.....



Thread: Late digital issue
17/04/2022 09:33:01

Thank Jason, really appreciated !



17/04/2022 08:24:27

Hi Jason

Thanks for your reply.

I am a bit confused though as I bought the digital sub via this website.

Isn't pocket mags a separate thing altogether? If I register with pocket mags can I still access my digital copies via this site?

I dont want to pay for another digital sub via pocket mags as I already have one via ME!

What is the connection or relationship between pocket mags and ME?

Sorry for all the questions !



16/04/2022 18:08:16


I have a digital only subscription of the Model Engineer that expires at the end of this year (2022), the most recent issue available for me to access is no. 4685 dated 25 thFeb - 10th March...

Is this related to the takeover? Anyone else not getting access to latest digital copies of the ME?



Thread: Myford Lever Action Tailstock Design and Build
07/04/2022 16:18:19

Terrific job!, well done!

So much better than projects you see comprising of lumps of BMS held together with cap head screws with no finesse...yes they do work just as well...... but you cannot beat a well designed and finished tool it gets used more frequently and generally a pleasure to use.

All the best


Thread: MEW, ME, RCM&E and Model Boats under new ownership.
06/04/2022 18:42:26

I used to subscribe many years ago to ME, but let it lapse 20 odd years ago, I did take up an offer last year for a digital subscription but I am disappointed that it is almost completely dominated by endless loco construction series.

EIM, a magazine I also occasionally look at in the local newsagents to see if there is anything other than loco construction articles and there is generally even less of interest for me in that magazine.

MEW is becoming more dominated by CNC, electronics, CAD 3d printers and programming, none of which I am interested in to be honest.

I totally understand that you can only publish submitted articles and you cannot be something for everyone. It is difficult to please everyone.

The term "luddite", being used in this forum does seem to appear derogatory to those of us who wish to continue with manual machining - most of which are one offs...

Not sure what would be gained by joining EIM and ME, they have different publishers and wouldn't we just get a slightly larger magazine with even more locomotive construction series......?

Regards to all


05/04/2022 15:47:51

I think the reason is why I am more aligned with the post that Nicholas made is that there seems to be an awful amount of CAD software to buy and hours spent learning how to use it (and more heated discussions on which is the best), what electronics are needed? how to convert manual machines to CAM etc.

And the issue with all the above is that it all goes out of date so quickly, software needs updates sometimes you have to pay for it, electronics goes faulty and are virtually impossible to repair and replacement bits are unavailable or not made any more.

So while I seem like a luddite I will continue to be a "manual" machinist but I would like a DRO on my Emco mill sometimes....

I use laptops and computers at work, I have had enough of them by the end of the day!

Horses for courses though and all that!

Regards to all


Thread: What size are my nipples
03/04/2022 17:06:34

Nearly choked on my cup of tea when I read the title of the thread!

Thread: Tapping straight
25/03/2022 09:40:49

Hi, I agree yes you only leave the Mandel handle in once....!

Roderick, the George Thomas pillar tool and drill attachment is like mine. A fantastic bit of kit, normally used mainly for tapping but the sensitive drilling attachment is very useful.

A great project and well worthwhile in the time it takes to construct



Thread: Simple grinding rest.
19/03/2022 20:01:57

I made the simple grinding rest and I have to say was dissappointed with it.

The grinding rest itself was easy to make but it was such a faff to mount and set it up to work on a grinder, the instructions on how to build it were ok but details were light on how to use it. Pictures were poor in the book and it was not obvious how to set the rest up even to grind simple HSS lathe tools. It seemed that so much of the rest gets in the way of the actual grinding process and there is a requirement to keep adjusting the rest to try and present the tool at the required angle which became very frustrating and time consuming.

in some attempts the HSS tool had to protrude so far from its holder it was not thought to be a safe practice to be honest.

Most HSS lathe tool angles are not required to be accurate for general machining, most of the time I have gone back to freehand grinding.



Thread: Measure twice Cut once
16/03/2022 13:07:04

As an apprentice many years ago, I once cut a 6 inch dia hole in the wrong place in the hull in the very bottom of a new ship.....fortunately it was in dry dock at the time....

I still have that piece of hull on my table as an over large industrial coaster for my mug of tea, to continually remind me to measure twice cut once !

Regards to all


Thread: How Many People Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb on the Forum?
11/03/2022 18:28:07

Hopper……your post……that was brilliant!

all the best


Thread: Hammer Handle Supplier??
11/03/2022 18:24:39

Yep I also worked in a shipyard in the 1970’s…toughened me up working out in all weathers. Mind you my hearing is not what it was !

all the best


09/03/2022 15:40:17

During my apprenticeship in the shipyard many moons ago I was given a new 1lb ball pien hammer and told to cut 2 inches off the length of the shaft as it was deemed "better for close controlled hammering"...

I think the main issue William has is the business end of the wooden shaft. Surely it has to be shaped to size to fit the hammer head before the wedge is knocked into the end grain? Never bought a new wooden handle for a hammer to be honest, when the handle got damaged I bought a new hammer.

My grandfather used to make handles for hammers etc but sadly I dont have his skills in woodwork

Regards to all


Thread: Engineering Industrial Training Board EITB
02/02/2022 12:15:19

I had a very similar experience to you Colin.

Regarding the EITB and at the risk of straying off topic.

I did my apprenticeship 1974 to 1978. First year of apprenticeship many of us spent away from home (at 16) and I was based at Lowestoft College, living in "digs" and based full time in the machine shop for our first year basic training. During this time we did have one day a week "day release" either doing the Craft based course, or Technician based course or if you were really brainy, the ONC course.

At the end of this year we went back to our place of work, but in my case I was changed over to the S.I.T.B (Shipbuilding Industry Training Board) very similar to the EITB apart from marine bias... We still had to go one day a week to a local Tech college though..

Day release used to be 0900 through to 2000 (as it included an evening class)...a long day....

We used to have practical phase tests such as making a dovetail male and female bits using hand tools and a drill and the gaps had to be good enough to not allow a feeler gauge in (no idea what the size of feeler gauge was though). We also used to make several tools in the first year that I still use!

I agree about the distraction of young ladies attending nursing, art and other courses - Day Release at Tech always had its distractions and we used to try and arrange our breaks to coincide at the same time !!

I don't recall the 40 hour practical test though, maybe my course was slightly different.

I still have my log books!



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