Here is a list of all the postings Henry Artist has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Is it ok the hold a small lathe chuck in a larger one|
Depending on the size of the larger chuck you may also like to consider using a six sided collet block if you need to hold round stock...
|Thread: Encouraging new hobbyists|
That's good to know Neil.
Most of the people I encounter who wish to become involved in model engineering have NO engineering background whatsoever. They never learned it at school or college, never saw it in their daily work. Indeed they seem to come from every walk of life except engineering! There may be a distant childhood memory of playing with a Mamod engine or Meccano but that's about it.
Often they have become involved in toy steam and wish to progress to model steam. There's not a lot out there for these people to help them make the transition and they are often acting in isolation. They don't know anyone in the real world they can go along and talk to in person. Forums like this one can be a useful resource of infomation for absolute beginners, especially if it has an easy-to-find "How To..." section. You'd be amazed at how young* people would much prefer to look up information on the web rather than go read a book.
Questions I often get asked include:
As has already been pointed out most model engineering clubs and societies have a distinct predilection for railways which operate outdoors. Given the unpredictable nature of our climate engines, devices, models and other contraptions which can be run indoors on a table top hold a significant appeal especially if they are easy to construct and operate. This is, after all, about encouraging people into the hobby...
*From my perspective anyone under the age of 40 years is "young".
One of the biggest stumbling blocks for people wanting to get into model engineering is the percieved cost of setting up a small workshop. Another is what they can then, as novices, construct with the tools they can afford.
Someone entering the world of model engineering today is more likely to buy a mini-lathe (C3, CJ18A, etc.) than a Myford. When was the last time Model Engineer magazine ran articles on making models specifically with a mini-lathe?
I believe more people could be encouraged to take up the hobby if the makers of casting kits offered pre-machined flywheels. Bengs Modellbau do this but no-one else seems to have realised it is a good idea.
Another thing not yet mentioned in this thread is the role toy steam can play in getting people interested in model engineering. Mamod, Jensen and Wilesco are alive and well and still making wonderful steam toys. Of the three only Wilesco offer an extensive range of accessories and tinplate toys that can be driven by toy steam engines. I think it would be a good idea if plans were published of simple accessories and devices that can be driven by small engines. Sometimes people need inspiration...
|Thread: Musing About Oils|
Rapeseed oil is still sold as an inexpensive vegetable oil by other supermarkets in UK.
I know this because I had to buy some last week. I mix it with 460 grade Steam Cylinder Oil for use as a general lubricant on my little steam engines.
|Thread: Beginners lathe|
Something else to consider...
Not everyone who has an interest in model engineering is fortunate enough to have a garage or shed they can install a lathe and other machinery in. Some people live in small apartments often up several flights of stairs. A small lathe which is compact and light enough to be put away in a cupboard when not in use may be more practical than a larger lathe.
Having a lathe you can make things with is better than having no lathe at all...
Well I do have a Sieg C0 so I'd like to offer my thoughts on it...
The Sieg C0 is effectively an updated version of the Unimat 3 with a more powerful motor and few other refinements. It is a perfectly good (if tiny) model engineering lathe. I got mine from Arc and it came with their tailstock adaptor which neatly gets round the tailstock alignment issues some people encounter. I originally bought it to make fittings for my small toy and model steam boilers. I quickly realised that it could do a whole lot more...
I added a compound slide and an Emco QCTP (quick change tool post) which allows me to use 8mm indexable tooling. Most Unimat accessories are compatible with the C0. Unlike the Sherline and Taig lathes which are made from aluminium the C0 is made from steel and cast iron. Because its physical dimensions are small it is very rigid and therefore surprisingly accurate.
There is no thread cutting facility on this little lathe but such tasks can be handled with taps and dies. Tailstock travel is only 20mm. The maximum diameter it can turn is 50mm though you'd be surprised just how many things that model engineers want to make fit within that dimension. Cuts have to be very light which means it can take a while to make something but if you're using it for a hobby is that such a handicap?
If you plan on retiring to your shed and building a Stuart Major Beam this is not the lathe for you. However, for making small parts it's fantastic.
|Thread: New Member|
Thank you for the warm welcome.
My interest in model engineering as a hobby was reignited just a few years ago. It all started when like everyone-and-his-brother I built an Opitec 420...
Hello. * Friendly wave *
I am Henry and I have been making all kinds of models for a long, long time. I do like small steam engines and have a particular interest in toy steam. I have a modest collection of Mamod, Wilesco and Microcosm engines as well as things I have made myself in my tiny workshop.
I have many projects on the go. Some are waiting for parts, others for funds, and in some cases for enlightenment to happen...
I look forward to meeting you all and joining in discussions on the forum.
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