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Member postings for Bob Rodgerson

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Thread: Buying online delivery problems.
30/03/2020 10:43:31

Dave, you don't have to buy it, We have shopped online for groceries for at least the last five or six years and until the Covid-19 outbreak had no trouble getting what we needed. However, as soon as panic buying in the supermarkets stared we noticed people all around us that never, as far as we knew, had home delivery were suddenly getting deliveries thus extending the panic buying to home deliveries.

What we have noticed since is that the supermarkets are getting to grips with the situation by limiting deliveries to a maximum of 80 items, since this has been introduced my wife has been able to arrange a delivery slot much sooner than the previous shop which had something like a 10 day wait. Also we were able to get almost everything we needed so I have no doubt that you should be able to get your Gluten free Cereals from the likes of Tesco or Sainsburys fairly easily and certainly a lot cheaper than those shipped from Greece

Thread: Miller Machine -
18/02/2020 16:20:59

I had an Axminster round column mill that was very much like that.

Thread: marine steam engines
15/02/2020 11:20:33

Governors are used to provide a constant or near constant RPM. A marine engine has to be able to use various speeds whilst manoeuvring hence no governor.

Thread: Anyone in NW UK able to offer simple Fusion 360 help?
14/02/2020 14:11:10

Fizzy I have sent you a PM

14/02/2020 12:22:05

Fizzy I am in Cheadle Hulme, (South East side of Manchester0 Whereabouts are yo

14/02/2020 08:39:29

Fizzy, what is your aim with Fusion 360 ?

I am self taught and learnt how to use it so that I could generate G Code for my CNC Mill. I am no genius with it but can manage to produce most shapes that I want for motorcycle restorations etc. I gave a few of our ME society guys a few lessons last summer, after a while I found that most of the guys had picked it up well.

If you are using it for producing drawings only I don't see much point in learning it. I still have not mastered animations, whenever I try things fly all over the place.

I might be able to help you with the basics.

Thread: TE winter storage
26/01/2020 09:48:14

Spray with ACF 50 prior to storage. When ready to take out of storage simply wash off and dry prior to using again.

It works for my motorcycles and prevents salt corrosion when riding on salt treated roads.

Thread: Too ambitious or achievable?
18/01/2020 16:11:35

I agree with what David Noble says about taking it slowly one piece at a time. One of the biggest regrets I have was making a Simplex 5" gauge loco as a first locomotive project when I really wanted to build a 4-6-2 locomotive. I built a second locomotive straight afterwards that was more complex but that didn't require any additional skills to build. With IC engines I built a flat twin four stroke engine as my first build, this was followed by a 5 cal radial and another much larger flat twin.

Do what your heart tells you and you will succeed.

Thread: Hello from Luxembourg (with a Russian flavor)
15/01/2020 17:17:10


I forgot to add that Maykop was a lovely city to work in. We were based there even though the rigs were about 100Km north near the small vilages of Dondukovsokoye and Koshekable. The Caucasus mountains were only 40Km or so south and were very beautiful, I made several trips to the mountains with the guys from work at weekends.

In summer time the weather was lovely though somewhat hot in July with temperatures over 40 degrees in July common.

15/01/2020 17:03:21

Hello Gene,

I worked for a joint Anglo Russian Venture in the Oil & Gas industry. We were repairing some old Gas wells that had stopped producing and restoring the field back to working order. The British company was JKX petroleum and the Russian parent company was yuzgazenergie. My job there was Drilling Coordinator, basically I was JKX's eyes on the job.

My normal job was Drilling Supervisor and I worked on all different types of drilling rig from small workover rigs to twin Derrick HydraulicOffshore rigs with D.P. Positioning.

14/01/2020 22:20:49

Dobra dien Gene. Welcome to the site. There are quite a few people on this site that are into Motor cycles as well as Model Engineering and t am sure you will find plenty of good advice you need it.

I had then pleasure of working in Maykop (Adegaya) for a couple of years but during my time there

I never met anybody that was into Model Engineering.

Thread: Indoor R/C Flight & a whole lot more
09/11/2019 21:43:27

Indoor RC Flying has been going on all over the UK for many years ands I see no reason why the H & S Staxzi, as you call them would object to it.

Thread: Boring bar toolpost.
03/11/2019 10:18:42

Read Vee Blocks not see blocks. Predictive text rules.

03/11/2019 10:17:42

I have used my Warco BH600 to rebore several motorcycle cylinders. I use a heavy 1 3/4" Dia boring bar mounted in couple of see blocks with strap clamps over the top of the bar to hold everything in place. nAll seemed to work well for me.

Thread: How can this work?
22/08/2019 09:48:57


is it a possibility that the manufacturer supplied the machine with a two speed drive from the motor requiring two belts when new and they were shipped like this. The owner would then remove one belt and keep to one side till a change of motor ratio was required.

Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion
17/08/2019 13:09:40

Has that BMW monstrosity got a matching ash tray fitted somewhere?

Thread: Blower pipe V blower ring.
14/07/2019 21:59:01

From what I have seen a slower ring usually has nozzles that can be unscrewed making it easier to experiment with various nozzle sizes.

Thread: Is CAD for Me?
04/06/2019 11:01:19

Just before I retired I bought a CNC Mill in order to give me a challenge. In order to use the mill properly I had to educate myself on how to draw 3-D having had no experience other than a 3 month course in Auto Cad many years ago which I used infrequently over the years.

I also had learn how to use the mill and generate G-codes etc. It took me the best part of two years to get to the stage where I can now draw most components I intend to machine, and to generate the G-code necessary.

I do not see age as a barrier to learning stuff like this, a lot depends on how keen you are to do so and how long you are prepared to persevere.

Edited By JasonB on 04/06/2019 16:06:37

Thread: First attempt at threading on a bantam - all didn't go well
12/01/2019 11:44:51

When cutting a thread and using reverse i always set the cross slide dial to Zero at the start of each cut. When you get to the relief at the thread shoulder. Stop the lathe, move the cross slide back to clear the already cut thread then reverse the lathe to bring the cutter clear of the front end of the work before moving the cross slide back to zero then apply another cut with the cross slide and re-zero. I rarely use the compound slide set over at an angle but if you use this method then the same will apply.

Backlash will get you every time if you try just reversing without moving the cutter back.

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
12/01/2019 11:33:48

Today I did some Model Engineering instead of Motorcycle Engineering. I did this for one of the members of our local society. It is a splasher for a 5" gauge Stirling Single to the Clarkson Design, I machined it so that the brass strip edging that would normally be soldered into position is left as an unmachined area whilst the rest of the part has about .015" machined off all over.

dsc_4544.jpgI had some difficulty generating the G-codes for both left and right hand sides however, perseverance won the day. I think it had something to do with the mirror image of the opposite side to produce left and right splashers and the heights selected.

I have the other side to do and also the front bogie splashers but these will have to wait for a while because holidays are due.

Edited By Bob Rodgerson on 12/01/2019 11:46:29

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