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Member postings for Simon Cook

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Thread: Power Hacksaw
26/08/2020 12:42:12

You could build one......

Hemingway kits have a very nice one if that floats your boat. See here:- **LINK**

Usual disclaimer here, just a very happy customer. I've actually built this, and it's a very nice kit and drawings.

Thread: Plans for 3.5" gauge Vera
26/02/2020 23:04:12

Adam, it's your lucky day.

I have an in ticket Vera, and a complete set of drawings. I'm not the original builder, just the current custodian. I'll send you a pm.


Thread: Hello from Northampton
16/01/2019 14:18:14

Hi Graham,

I'm a member of Northampton (NSME). If you haven't already, head over to our website **LINK** drop an email to our secretary (email on website), and pop along.

We are a friendly bunch with all sorts of interests to do with engineering, not just rail/road locos. We meet on a Tuesday evening in the club house from about 7:30 onwards.

Hope to see you there


Thread: Atlas shaper
02/01/2019 18:34:39
I for one would be interested if you where in the right part of the country.
Thread: Canon Printer in Aldi
12/09/2018 11:21:30

The thing is, £23 is good value in mind.

Not only do you get to use the printer until the demo ink runs out, but then you've got a whole host of brand new parts which can be harvested from it.

Straight off the bat, there will be two motors. Then there will be some half decent steel shafts, not to mention some (plastic) cogs and pulleys and maybe one or two toothed belts. Additionally if you want to keep them, other little bits like springs etc which can all be useful.

My printer cycle tends to be:-

Buy wife new cheep printer -> wait for ink to run out -> harvest printer for parts -> buy wife new cheep printer

I go though that cycle every 18/24 months.

Thread: Teaching a 17 year old how to use a lathe
02/07/2018 15:38:38


I consider myself to still be a beginner. I'm 30, so older than your 17 year old, but (perhaps misguided) still consider myself the same generation. I've been making things and parts for a few years now.

Anyway, I have largely taught myself, and YouTube has been a huge influence on my learning. Tubal Cain / MrPete222 is great, Toms Techniques is no nonsense, Keith Rucker of Vintage is very informative, and then there is Abom79 which is great from a practical industrial type of view point. Having said that, I do get a lot of guidance from my Dad who is a life long machinist.

Tubal Cain/MrPete222 is hot on safety, I think it's because he is an ex-teacher. My first project (on an ML7) was a plumb bob, by following a MrPete tutorial. - It was also something I could realistically finish in a day.

Thread: Clarkson LNER V2 Boiler
23/03/2018 21:41:05

Hi all,
I'm in the middle of rebuilding a Clarkson LNER V2 in 3.5 inch. I've got to the point where I need a boiler.

I'm currently toying with the idea of either building one myself (blackgates can provide a boiler kit) or getting one built professionally. My point being is that the drawings can sometimes be a little lacking in some respects.

First off, is there any people out there with experience of building the boiler for this loco - are there things to look out for, changes to the drawings which are worth making?

I also want to have a go at drawing it out on CAD to flush out any errors, and also work out any missing dimensions. I also thought as a result I would have a complete set of drawings that I could give to a professional boiler maker. - Second question, has anybody done this already?

As I progress through this project, I intend to update this thread. First job though is to appeal to the greater collective for any other information out there, second is to get cracking on the CAD.







Edited By Simon Cook on 23/03/2018 21:41:57

Edited By Simon Cook on 23/03/2018 21:42:46

Thread: sodium bisulphate as a pickle for copper?
31/01/2018 15:26:50
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 28/01/2018 12:14:27:

One Shot Drain Cleaner is mostly concentrated Sulphuric Acid. It's not pure; presumably there's something else in it to help unblock drains or discourage misuse. I've no idea what the additives are or if they're detrimental to pickling. Has anyone tried it?

I use One Shot Drain Cleaner. In fact I have a gauge one boiler sat in some as I type. I have diluted a bit, about 50/50 as I also want the increased volume to drop in a 3.5inch boiler too.

It cleans up lovely. I use Easy Flow flux. I tend to drop things in over night, and in the morning, it's all cleaned up.

I brought this latest batch from a shop in the high street. One of those cheep shops that seems to sell absolutely everything, but nothing you really want to buy.

Thread: ML7 Cabinet\Stand
24/10/2017 11:07:37

Hi Chaps,

That is a great response, you have thrown up some ideas that I had not considered. I spent a long time last night measuring up to see how much more of the garage\workshop\wife's dumping ground I can take up with another work bench. - turns out I can comfortable fit a 5' bench.

My current thinking is to draw up a home made bench and cost it out, but keep an eye on the auction site that shall not be named for a Myford Industrial cabinet if one pops up at a reasonable price.

Thanks guys smiley

23/10/2017 13:31:29

Bizibilder and Alan, thank you for your thoughts. You have re-enforced what I think I already knew, but my wallet refused to believe....

The auction site that shall not be named, is already being searched yes

23/10/2017 12:18:10

I currently have my ML7 mounted on a homemade bench. The bench is fine as it is, but I'm having a bit of a workshop move about, and I want to use this bench somewhere else and have a new bench for the lathe.

I was at the Midlands show last week measuring up the Warco cabinets. They seem fine if a little flimsy. Any experience with these cabinets for a ML7?

Has anybody had any experience with mounting a ML7 onto a Boxford cabinet? how is it for size and mounting holes etc?

My current list\thinking is below:

  • Warco cabinet - Ok size wise, good price, a bit on the flimsy side
  • Myford cabinet (industrial\home machinist versions) - Good quality, 3x the price of a Warco, are they worth the extra money?
  • Boxford cabinet - Appear to be quiet large, reasonable price, lathe mounting unknown
  • Make my own - monetary cost potential lowest, costs time, any good examples to follow?

Any help or advice would be much appreciated.

Thread: Help need to identify gauge 1 loco parts
11/10/2017 13:39:00

Hi Martin,

What you have there is a G1 Dee loco frames and G1 Project wheels and boiler. The boiler looks to be a commercially made item.


Thread: A bit of humour
28/09/2017 13:12:42

I just ordered a chicken and an egg from amazon.

I'll let you know......

Thread: Hi from Milton Keynes!
22/08/2017 21:55:23
Sounds good, I will keep my eye out for it.

Many thanks for the heads up.
22/08/2017 14:29:29


I'm from Milton Keynes. First time poster long time lurker!!

Interested in G1 and 31/2 live steam. I have a half decent workshop with a ML7 and a Unimat SL1000 (which I love!). - Also pillar drill and a bunch of other bits and bobs.



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