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Member postings for Neil Wyatt

Here is a list of all the postings Neil Wyatt has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: 3 phase query - for a charity project in Africa
13/05/2022 15:47:01

Agreed, with some calculation a phase shift capacitor should allow the motors to run. A fan is an ideal l.load for such a purpose, low starting torque, no shock loadings.

The heater elements look like standard 1800W hob elements to me, but no guarantees.


Thread: Annoying Anonymous Phone Calls
13/05/2022 15:38:20

If you get an unknown phone number, just enter it in Google. There are numerous websites that will tell you if it is a regular scam number.

Take care as some legitimate businesses use diversions or non-geographic numbers (e.g. my landline usually diverts to my mobile).

Also, if rung by a scammer, don't argue or engage with them, best to just put the phone down. They will get bored of the game before you do.


Thread: Re-boring Grind Wheels
13/05/2022 15:26:29

And never mount without a card washer between flange and wheel.


Thread: Drone advice needed, please
13/05/2022 15:23:02
Posted by bernard towers on 13/05/2022 12:52:23:

plus you need a licence to take photos with it!

Only for commercial purposes.

13/05/2022 15:22:34

Kite aerial photography...?

I recall a magazine publishing an article on the subject some little time ago.

Thread: Screw Jack Casting
05/05/2022 13:56:07
Posted by John Haine on 03/05/2022 15:48:58:

Don't hold your breath waiting for CES, I think they've stopped doing castings completely.

Sadly most items lask prices:

Including the screw jack...

I suggest making an enquiry.


Thread: Call for Classified Ads for MEW
05/05/2022 11:40:20

Bumpety bump!

Thread: Visibility of latest ME
05/05/2022 11:39:54
Posted by JasonB on 05/05/2022 10:01:53:

Neil Pocketmags is also running late. The last ME they have was put up on the 19th April and that was a about 4 days late, over two weeks now and no sign of 4690

Edited By JasonB on 05/05/2022 10:13:03

Mortons have reminded MTM, unfortunately it hasn't all moved over yet..


05/05/2022 09:10:58

Archive access will continue. The old issues can't be sorted until the system is transferred to Mortons.

We are reliant on MTM uploading new issues on our behalf until the change and although this should happen, it does mean the process is now less straightforward.

In the meantime, please use pocketmags to access new issues.


Thread: Call for Classified Ads for MEW
04/05/2022 09:59:50

It's that time again, but now please send your free ads to ASAP



Thread: Lever operated tailstock for Clarke CL430/500M
04/05/2022 09:56:55

Nice job, John.


Thread: Looking for a non-magnetic, strong, easily glued material
03/05/2022 15:04:58

Drop 'software' from the query.


Thread: Visibility of latest ME
03/05/2022 14:15:06

Hello, folks,

I'm afraid I will have to clarify the situation regarding the archive. I think this make take a while. I am expecting it to be moved to a new platform, and we may not see the oldest and latest issues added until this is resolved.

In the meantime all subscription issues are available through PocketMags.

Thanks for your patience.


Thread: will Mortons honour subscriptions paid the Mytimemedia
28/04/2022 15:02:12

Hi Frances

All subscriptions will be honoured.

Issue 315 was published by Mortons as will 316.

Subs are currently still being handled by the same agency for now,

Please see THIS LINK until I have information on new arrangements to make an enquiry.



26/04/2022 20:41:31

There's a hefty overlap in readership, but there are many readers who prefer one or the other.

Horses for courses.


26/04/2022 17:23:21
Posted by John P on 26/04/2022 13:44:59:

Hi Neil

Just to put the record straight on some of the points that you have made above.

1/ I have never directly offered you the article for the Universal grinding machine,
the proposed article was offered to Diane around 11/09/2013 at the time
of her first posting on the above thread ,about 6 months before you were editor of MEW ,
it was submitted to Model Engineer on the 19th September 2014 and
then again resent to Martin Evans in the middle of October 2019 after
he said that he had no record of it.
I don't know it it was offered to you at some point via Model Engineer.

2/ The last article that i had published in MEW was in year 2017 /18
mew 257 . I have not written or submitted an article since before that date .

The balancing machine that you were interested in i never bothered to
write up as the page length you required was far too short, however
one forum member benefited from this as i sent him the drawings and an
explanation of the operation of this unit ,i must say i received some useful
feedback from him and friend on this , but of course every one else has
missed out on this.

I was writing up the second half of this Universal grinding machine but have given
up now as there seems little likelihood of it ever being published and
less so if the page rate has been cut.


Hi John,

My apologies, you are correct, Martin Evans sent me the Cylindrical Grinder article in April 2021, as he felt it might better suit MEW, it didn't come direct from you.

Even at £45 a page, the author fee would have been a considerable investment for the magazine, given the article would have to sustain the interest of most readers for the best part of two years. Two thirds of it is drawings, which will mostly interest the few willing and able to take on a challenging, specialist project.

I can suggest alternative routes to publication, but I think those would be best discussed by email.


26/04/2022 12:05:23

My understanding is that customer service will be brought in house by Mortons.

Until this happens, please continue to use the old contacts: THIS LINK.

If they cannot solve your problems, please email me,, and I will do my best to help, but please be aware that this is a time of great change with subscriptions being moved between two systems. This will cause delays in responding to reports of missing issues etc. but i am sure that everything will get sorted out as soon as possible and everyone will receive their subscription entitlements in full.

Thanks for your patience,


26/04/2022 12:01:14
Posted by Brian Wood on 25/04/2022 15:39:37:

I can now answer my own question. Mortons pay £45 per article page, MTM uses to pay £50

Hi Brian,

When covid lockdown hit, my contributor budget was greatly cut to keep the magazine afloat.

To maximise the amount of content, I had to go to the bottom end of the normal rates, £40. It was not cut by Mortons.

The rate since rose to £45.

The rate has remained at that as we changed nothing material for the handover issue.

My budget has now been confirmed, and I expect to be able to restore the old page rate.


26/04/2022 11:53:38
Posted by John P on 26/04/2022 11:08:06:

I know how difficult it can be to write a long construction article,to get the
sequencing for machining operations do all the drawings etc ,unfortunately
magazines don't seem to be interested in publishing these any more .

Hi John,

When I came to MEW, the commonest gripe from readers was that there were two very long ongoing series occupying a significant part of each issue. Naturally, I responded by going the other way.

Since then, I have relaxed a bit, using some medium-length constructional series in three to four parts, or asking authors to split longer topics into shorter instalments. When I have exceeded the three to four instalment length, I generally receive negative comments.

As I explained, the article you submitted to me last year would have run to around 170 pages. At eight pages per issue, that would be about 21 issues.

Could I justify about 20% of the contributor content of each issue being occupied by the same author and project for nearly two years? I think the majority of readers would prefer to see greater variety.

My advice was that the article, which was very well written and presented, would best be published as a book.

Model Engineer, with its two issues a month, can split ongoing series into alternating issues and its readership seems more content with series lasting over several years.


26/04/2022 11:41:41


I'm sure with your past experience you will be well aware I can't leave up posts with potentially commercially sensitive information in.

I understand you have an axe to grind and that your approach to editing MEW was different to mine. Can you just accept that and move on, I'd rather not have to endure petty sniping.


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