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Member postings for Ian Skeldon 2

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Thread: Merry Christmas!
24/12/2017 17:33:15

My heads all fezzy sorry meant fuzzy with all the bannter, quite bowled me over.

A Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year to one and all.

Thread: 'What LatheXXXXX sorry 3D Printer should I buy'
23/12/2017 20:45:03
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 22/12/2017 21:02:08:

Here we go, this is a brim, it looks chunky but the brim is the thickness of a couple of sheets of paper.

Actually, that's a good test of Z-height and levelling, start a sizeable print and stop it after one layer. If you can peel off a flexible sheet with no holes or splits and reasonably consistent thickness, then your machine is well set up.


What are the two lines running across the internal diameter Neil?

Thread: RC hobbyist
23/12/2017 20:43:19

Started off with control line when I was about 15, then old timers with very basic rc when I started to work at 16, I then included helis about 10 years ago, also love model gliding in electric, thermal and slope disciplines.

Thread: A listing of potential helpers
20/12/2017 20:55:47

The names on my ignore list is growing, is there a limit to the number that I can addwink

14/12/2017 21:01:34

Hi again Ken,

I thought what would I do if I had your skills and abilities and wanted to earn just a little extra without working full time. I think I would put together a concise covering letter and then go and visit local engineering companies offering to look at customers requesting small runs or one off jobs that were impractical for the engineering company to do. I would also look at local garages of the none franchised type and let them know what I could do for them, I would also consider checking out cycle shops etc and offer some customer bespoked work etc. I would follow it up every few months and maybe take examples of smaller items that have been made/repaired/modified.

Best wishes and good luck,


14/12/2017 20:18:08

Hi Ken,

I for one would possibly use your services if I needed such help and dependant on where you were located and how much you would charge. However what you are actualy asking for, boils down to free advertising, it really is that basic, and so the organisers of the website and magazine are completely right to decline your suggestion.

Maybe a better solution would be to follow the advice of contacting people who are asking for advice or a particular service and state that you feel that you could assist or produce x, y or z at an estimated cost of £whatever.

Please don't be offended by my posting, I am sure you are a very capable engineer, but the business of running teh mag and website is a very different matter.

Best wishes for 2018,


Thread: HELP what is it ????
07/12/2017 21:27:04

Thanks Alan, for some reason I just assumed that the photos were embedded into the post and I couldn't see them, all made clear now.

07/12/2017 20:04:28
Posted by ALAN STAMMERS 1 on 04/12/2017 20:13:30:

Hi recently bought this mighty item off ebay as a project for the winter. or 2 or 3 or more...the whole thing weighs around a quarter of a ton and totally seized up.

however I have been working on it for 2 weeks now after removing the roof and some of the smaller parts to take in my shed, taking many pics so I will know how to put the bits back when cleaned and painted.

to get an idea of size, the height to the curved roof iron beams are 44" tall...I would love to see any pics of the original plant that this was a model as it is very old and looks worth seeing to , even if I am 84 ,it gives me some thing to keep the old brain ticking over. I must be potty


Why can't I see any image(s)?

Edited By Ian Skeldon 2 on 07/12/2017 20:05:09

Thread: Total CAD
03/12/2017 20:08:51

Ahhh thank you Dave, might give it a go before paying for MOI 3D.

02/12/2017 21:25:51

Hi, fusion 360 free? the best I could achieve was a free trial, can anyone post a link for the free package or explain how its obtained?



Thread: Grayson Lathe refurb
30/11/2017 20:09:26

Good point Muzzer, IIRC when I wuz a lad (long, long time ago) we were told in most instances think of CI as hard wearing but brittle and easy to break, you can take away as much as you like but you can't put anything back.

Thread: Arc euro and parcelforce. Great partners
30/11/2017 20:05:24

Had a nightmare with Herpes on several occasions and now won't buy anything unless it's being deleivered by PF or DPD, although as I said, DPD have dropped the quality of service in my area a lot and wouldn't be first choice. I had to make a return to ARC recently as an item I received was not as good as it should have been, it wasn't expensive but ARC quickly refunded my money and the postage I paid to return the item, top service.

29/11/2017 22:42:26


Just thought I would share an update on the subject from my POV.

It would seem that a change in events has now favoured Parcelforce. Recent parcels being delivered by DPD are proving almost impossible to get hold of. They have reduced the pick up options available to me by about 600% leaving just one local option. The only option now for collecting my parcels is open between 09:00 and 18:00 making it totaly useless for such a purpose. So a complete turn around in quality of service has taken place as at least the local post office is available outside of usual office hours.

I would have to be really struggling to get hold of something now to choose a supplier NOT using Parcelforce.

Thread: Milling a square channel
29/11/2017 22:18:13
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 29/11/2017 21:58:08:
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 29/11/2017 20:44:37:
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 29/11/2017 11:31:57:

(in Watts per second)

Edit - just realised you mean Watt-seconds not watts per second.


Edited By Neil Wyatt on 29/11/2017 20:46:20

Doh - good job there's an editor about to spot these blunders! I'm definitely past my 'Best Before Date' - yesterday I caught myself looking for teabags in the fridge...

That's NOT how you make iced tea !

Thread: Chester or Warco.
22/11/2017 22:39:41

Thanks David, job done.

22/11/2017 22:19:57

Mods how do I ignore posts from Rockets, he's getting on my tits now.

21/11/2017 20:30:34

Just to offer some sort of balance, just over twelve months ago I went to the model engineering show at Stratford, I looked over the offerings from Warco and I was generally ignored, I walked across to Chester and had all my questions answered, I checked over their machines and was happy to order a DB10 Super. Since that time it has performed very well, accuracy is very good. Sure I have re-set the gibs, adjusted a few bits and fitted a larger QCTP, I use a ER32 collet chuck and have achieved very good results.

The machine is not without a concern, please note I said a concern, not a fault or an issue. The concern is that the gears used for screw cutting are not completely concentric on their shaft, I imagine using them for screw cutting could throw up a problem as the gear selector is a rigid arm and idler gear. I have no connection with Chester other than buying the lathe from Chester and being happy with it and I fully understand that some others have bought machines that they are not happy with. I decided to buy Chinese after lots of searching unearthed mainly well worn, noisy, neglegted and over priced used british machinery.

Edited By Ian Skeldon 2 on 21/11/2017 20:32:19

Thread: New Lathe Problems advice needed
19/11/2017 20:35:10

Sorry to hear of your issues Ady, the general advice on the forum is bang on, you will always have a sub-standard machine even if you bodge it so that it stops chattering. If you take the individual parts and have thne re-ground then fair enough, BUT, you shouldn't have to. I belive the phrase "misrepresentation" applies here, they sold you a machine quoting various facts and figures to show it had been tested and was working to those tolerances, so you are fully entitled to walk away and let them have it back.

Thread: A model engineer gone wrong?
19/11/2017 20:23:41

I wish I lived in the same world as SOD and Mick B, ban guns instantly, then we will all be safe, phew good thinking chaps, it never occured to me that criminals are far too stupid to import them illegaly, or have them made illegaly or use other devices like explosives, vehicles, chemicals oh yeah knives, nearly forgot them.

So I am with you all the way, but just to be sure we should also ban any sharp instruments, any use of engineering equipment such as lathes, mills etc in case the're used to make weapons and what about 3d printing, I bet the people owning them are printing off undetectable guns as I type, better ban them as well, now if we could also get rid of the internet and mobile phones we can stop criminals communicating and buying all the things we just banned.

Ahhhh safe at last laugh


Edited By Ian Skeldon 2 on 19/11/2017 20:24:44

17/11/2017 22:48:43
Posted by Chris Trice on 16/11/2017 03:08:49:
Posted by David Standing 1 on 15/11/2017 15:38:20:
Posted by Chris Trice on 15/11/2017 15:30:21:
Posted by Tony Pratt 1 on 15/11/2017 12:27:18:

Unfortunately many people are murdered by knives in this country no chance of them being banned.


Knives do not exist to kill people. Guns solely exist for that purpose.

Actually, they do not.

Amongst other things, I shoot clays, paper targets, pigeons, deer and much more. All of the guns used in those pursuits were designed for exactly that, not to kill people.

Guns don't kill people, people do.

Edited By David Standing 1 on 15/11/2017 15:39:01

Actually, guns WERE designed to kill whether it be animals or people. They were always a weapon the same as bows and arrows or crossbows. They weren't designed to shoot clay pigeons. The safer forms came later specifically because of the risk of hurting someone with a lethal weapon. No one designs an ineffective tool.

Actually I am pretty sure knives were equally up there with the intention of killing when invented, probably animals for food, and probably flint tied to a branch in it's very early stage of conception. As pointed out earlier although guns were undoubtedly invented to kill they have also become popular for sporting activities. I don't recall hearing or reading that any crime has been commited by way of a sporting target rifle being used, possibly because it would be virtually useless in such a scenario. Out of interest, I happen to own several bows, two or three of which would do far more harm to anything or anyone than any of my target air rifles, yet there are very little laws governing the buying and using of the bows and certainly no licensing. If all guns were banned maybe the odd lunatic who legally owns a gun would be filtered out, but the law abiding people would still be at risk from the criminals who have a tendancy to not register their weapon or apply for a licence.

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