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Member postings for Ian Skeldon 2

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Thread: How Many People Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb on the Forum?
17/02/2021 20:49:22

I admit to being a very poor gardener but isn't it a bit early for bulbs? Cast a clout or whatever...

Thread: General Aeromodelling Discussion
03/02/2021 20:13:28

super sixty.jpgBelow is my son holding my modified Senior Telemaster with a laser 100 up front. Above  is a super sixty with a 30 four stroke up front, possibly an ASP.

telemaster and son.jpg

Edited By Ian Skeldon 2 on 03/02/2021 20:14:08

Thread: Bolton triple expansion engine running at last
01/02/2021 19:47:15

Nice work.

Thread: Eagle Surface grinder - who here uses one?
31/01/2021 19:59:52

Wow great job Pete.

Thread: Have You considered getting a 3D printer
30/01/2021 16:05:43
Posted by Tony Wright 1 on 29/01/2021 23:00:11:

Mr Skeldon, you seem to have lost the plot! What has MODEL engineering got to do with your statement ?. Who would suggest the “amateur “engineer would be involved in brain tumor ? You would leave that to experts not some one who makes models.

To quote the late great Terry Wogan. Is it me ?

Tony wright model maker not neurosurgeon !!!!

ps instead of model engineering why not call it Any thing you might do in your shed !

Tony it's you who has lost the plot and possibly your temper if your actions are anything to go by.

A model isn't just a small scaled reproduction of a steam engine, the fact that steam is no longer used is because engineering is dynamic, the really clever people seek to innovate and find new ways to design and create things that we have not yet seen, then many years later others will make those very same things for pleasure. If you don't wish to embrace the changes that's fine, your not going to lose the skills you have or be thought any less of, but don't knock others for doing things that you can't or don't wish to do.

Now how about you reinstate your membership and continue offering help when it's asked for.

29/01/2021 21:47:15
Posted by Tony Wright 1 on 29/01/2021 09:54:34:

The skills required for 3d are computer skills not model engineering ! Using a band saw or a hacksaw you still have to physically do it .Carving a piece of wood is hardly engineering is it . I was Just taking it to it’s logical conclusion.Like cnc it’s the computer program that’s doing the work.

When you can stick a persons head on your lathe or mill, scan it and produce the equivalent of a 3d radium mask to accurately pinpoint a tumour inside a brain, give me a shout I will happily come along and watch how a real old fashioned engineer does it.

Thread: Coronavirus death stats
14/01/2021 20:50:42

Well you can all believe or disbelieve whatever you like, however as someone working in a hospital all I can say is something is filling our beds and the three temporary morgues we have alongside our permanent one. It is nothing like the flu, the flu tends to make most of the people that catch it feel really ill for a week to ten days, covid 19 makes you wish it was the flu, at times patients give up the fight, other times it attacks or damages major organs causing a full failure, as if that wasn't bad enough we have patients with us who have been in hospital for months and will never have their old life back.

So don't worry about the figures or stats, just take real care and take sensible precautions, I really hope we will all be on this forum for many more years to come, stay safe.

Thread: Where do the parcels go ?
09/01/2021 11:46:47

The best way to think of Hermes is to see it as a typo, it is actually Herpes and any contact should be avoided at all costs.

Seriously, they lose things, they lie, they have no idea, I am mildly impressed that their workforce can find their way into work, everything else ends up in the wrong place frown

Thread: Which Laptop
22/12/2020 19:58:52

I hope whichever laptop you buy you get many years use from it and who knows maybe ask the same question again in years to come.

I would whole heartedly say do not buy the bag of crap I bought 4 months ago. My old ASUS laptop gave good service for about five years and then died, I needed a laptop in a bit of a hurry and there was not a lot of choice left on the shelf so I bought a HP 17-CA2 XXX it has an AMD Athlon CPU and 4gb of RAM, Windows 10 installed on it. It is the slowest machine I have ever owned, I mean really, really slow and it hangs at least once a session. I don't run much on it either so just a terrible machine and the last HP product I will ever buy.

Thread: Milton Keynes Metals?
19/12/2020 14:48:15

Call me cynical if you wish but I don't think being a shopping partner on here means bugger all except that they use this advertising medium.

Thread: banners
18/12/2020 20:27:32

That's the reason I binned firefox and went to opera instead.

Thread: Chester MF42B multi functions
05/12/2020 18:44:47

If you post your location there will probably be someone living nearby who can run through the basics.

Thread: Advice appreciated
28/11/2020 21:10:26

Hi Sharon,

I am sorry that I can't help with your enquiry but I want to offer my sincere condolences at such a sad time for you and family members.

I hope you sell all of the items and I offer my very best wishes for your move to another house.

Thread: Moving a Myford VMC advice needed thanks!
03/10/2020 16:51:21

Hello mate, I have a Myford VMC, they are pretty damned heavy, however they also break down really easily and are then easier to move and then re-assemble. Head comes off easily and the motor comes off the head really easily, table also comes off easily, knee will come off but is a bit time consuming and finally body will separate from the base.

Good luck and hopefully many years of use.

Thread: Living with a Chester DB10 super lathe
28/09/2020 19:21:54

I've had a standard DB10 for several years now and it's ok. I had to do a lot of work to get it as accurate as it should have been, on it's own that doesn't mean much, mine may have been a poor one yours might be a great one, I would advise that you don't site where you can't get all the way around it. I needed to strip it and take the head off the bed and for this you need access to the rear.

I am disappointed with the thread cutting capabilities but if you have checked for sure that the range is all that you will ever need from it then that's not going to be a problem.

As mentioned by Brian G the mounting of the tool post could be better but equally this will apply to most of these size/type of lathe.

Buying one is safer than buying a used British but you may want/need to tweak here and there to get it to the level you require.


Thread: How to stop scam phone calls for good?
26/08/2020 21:55:08

Please do be aware that sometimes it is necessary for your local hospital or gp surgery to contact you, call blocking such as mentioned means we can not get through to the intended recipient, so then they have a wasted journey and car parking fees, there is a reason hospitals and doctors ask for your contact details.

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
24/06/2020 20:26:12
Posted by Nigel Graham 2 on 23/06/2020 23:54:10:

Ian -

Thank you for showing us progress.

I am following it with particular interest as I own a Myford VM-C too and you might be able to help with a couple of small snags.

The first is that the leadscrew appears to miss a beat now and again. It's an odd effect, as if somehow the leadscrew occasionally saves all its backlash up and releases it in one go, in mid-wind in one direction. Any clues?

The second is one that came with the machine but fell down the priority list, and that is a very stiff quill, making sensitive drilling difficult. The stiffness is enough to prevent the quill springing back up. The problem may be as simple as congealed grease on the rack and pinion, but Myford did not make it particularly accessible. I am also very reluctant to interfere with the wound-up spring. I do not have the tools or knowledge for handling clock-type springs and past experience dictates leaving it well alone in its little housing, still clinging to the shaft! Would I right thinking the rack and pinion are accessible but only by removing the entire unit from the head of the machine?


Hi Nigel,

Firstly I have to tell you that I am not an expert with any piece of machinery, I just knew that although mine is in good nick it was about time to check everything over and adjust or replace as required.

I would think there could be a number of reasons for the table jumping first thing to check is that the gib is correctly adjusted and the table ways are lubricated. From your description it could be a broken or missing section of thread on the lead screw. It could be a particular area of wear that gives out when the load on the thread and half nut is sufficient or it could be an accumulation of wear in the screw and half nuts. Have you tried adjusting the half nuts to see if that helps? If adjusting the half nuts does not fix the problem then it would be best to take the table off and check everything out.

The quill being stiff could just be down to lack of lubrication or miss alignment with the bearings. Maybe it has been stripped and put back incorrectly before you bought it. I would undue but not remove the inspection cover screws, check that there is nothing pushing against the cover before removing it, if it is free moving slip it off and take a peek.

Hope that helps.


Edited By Ian Skeldon 2 on 24/06/2020 20:30:09

23/06/2020 21:52:49

img_20200623_173452.jpgimg_20200623_173411.jpgToday saw the start of a strip down and service of my Myford Mill. Table off to check the lead screw, turns out that it's not too bad at all, a quick tweak of the adjustment screw on the half nut block saw the backlash greatly reduced. The gib seems to be in good condition as well. I have taken out the oil cups in the table to be replaced with new ones, the ways will be cleaned up and checked and the table checked for any little issues before I strip anything further.


Thread: boring head and tools
19/06/2020 21:28:15


I did look at rotating the tool within the holder but the cutting geometry isn't correct.

NDIY, yes I did exactly the same thing, even down to the fact that it was a piece of MDF cut out a hole slight larger than the hole I need in the sheet of plastic.

Using the tool held vertical in the holder gives the right geometry but not the required diameter. I think I will need to run up the grinder and see what I can do with a piece of HSS, although for now I have completed the task I initially set out to do so it will have to go onto the list of things to do.

Thanks for all the suggestions.


19/06/2020 18:26:54

Hi Martin,

I was thinking about buying a M2 or straight shank so that I could use it in the lathe at some point, but thank you for the suggestion.


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