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Member postings for Jon Lawes

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Thread: Vickers Bl 8 inch Howitzer cannon of 1917
19/05/2022 20:05:46

Looks like the technique is still the same now!

Thread: Oil can (again)
19/05/2022 19:09:13

Although I think a lot of people are very pleased with their Reilangs, there are a few dissenting voices. I see one chap on this forum ended up making a new seal arrangement.

Thread: The Workshop Progress thread 2022
19/05/2022 14:52:21

Excellent work, thanks for the information.

Thread: Oil can (again)
19/05/2022 13:56:12

I buy old Wesco cans cheap on ebay, clean them out then solder on attachments suitable for the requirement. I have a row of them for each job in hand, total cost about £25. They are not pretty but its very handy. Only one of the lot needed any tweaking to make it work, every other one worked as soon as fresh clean oil was pumped through a couples of squirts.

The one with a cone on for the myford nipples is a godsend.

Thread: Tyres
12/05/2022 23:32:29

Aircraft too, but that was less to do with efficiency and more to do with safety.

Thread: Code of Conduct
12/05/2022 22:22:13
Posted by Mike Poole on 12/05/2022 18:31:34:

A trip to our stores as an apprentice was likely to result in being enveloped in a cloud of French chalk or a soaking, there would be trouble these days. The world seems to have had a very successful sense of humour bypass.


Is it a sense of humour bypass? I've never found humiliating someone very witty. Obviously I don't have a sense of humour.

Pratical jokes on apprentices seemed to be more commonplace when our workplace was a government agency, as soon as we were made a company and profit became important wasting time was taken a bit more seriously by managers.

Thread: Researching Godalming's Old (Goods) Railway Station
12/05/2022 21:04:13

I've spent many a happy hour trawling through the National Library of Scotlands maps on this page. Change the drop down menus at the top to change the reference maps (don't forget to change the country, there are many options that unexpectedly work).


Edited By Jon Lawes on 12/05/2022 21:04:28

Thread: Sealing Brass?
11/05/2022 20:44:21

We used Incralac for brass letters on the stern of a boat; they have retained their polish nicely with no sign of cracking or crazing yet, and its been on there longer than I can remember.

Thread: Anyone know what these are called?
10/05/2022 02:36:44

I put it through Google Image Search and it just called it a paper Polyhedron.

Thread: Tyres
09/05/2022 19:34:07

Bit of a sweeping generalisation there. Maybe if yours is a bit of a cowboy outfit they just fill it without checking the pressure.

Thread: Small (9cm x 9cm) home-made CNC plasma table
09/05/2022 13:18:50

As I sit in my UK Rabbit Hutch my jealousy doesn't extend to just the plasma cutter.

Thread: Tools needed to build a 3 1/2in gauge Tich
06/05/2022 12:14:09
Posted by John MC on 06/05/2022 11:53:22:

I would agree that joining an ME society would be a good, didn't work for me all those years ago but thats another story.......

Our club runs sessions for novices which is very useful; I think if the club has the right mindset (and realises that without young members there will be no club) it's a very supportive environment

Thread: Advice on piping up to a 5"G steam locomotive whistle
06/05/2022 10:35:23

I should imagine the water will be gone within a fraction of a second of hitting the valve. As long as you have a slight inclination to the whistle itself to facilitate draining I think it would be ok?

Mine clears fairly rapidly with a few horizontal sections, albeit no u-bends.

Thread: Tools needed to build a 3 1/2in gauge Tich
06/05/2022 09:02:05

Hi Steven,

Can I suggest you get yourself along to your local model engineering society? Most are able to assist with tools (for example I don't often use metal rolls, but our club has some members are free to use). Most model engineering societies are delighted to see new members, especially those lucky enough to be starting young!

My Model engineering society is Westbury, Wiltshire (the WWSME), if you can get your parents to bring you along to ours or one like it you would certainly be made most welcome, given assistance, and find a good source of cheap second hand tools.

Edited By Jon Lawes on 06/05/2022 09:02:18

Thread: Roolo Elf lathe
05/05/2022 12:35:55

Earn it's keep doing what?

Thread: Which beginners lathe is best
05/05/2022 06:58:48

Welcome Phil. This is without a doubt the most asked question on the Forum; it crops up a couple of times a week, and the forum has been around a long time!

Have a go with the search function (either in the top right for a basic search or the google search box on the home page) and you'll find you have enough data and opinions to keep you reading for hours. Best of luck with your research and purchase. There are a lot of people on here with lots of varied opinions, so keep an open mind!

Thread: Ping - and a screw is lost
05/05/2022 06:25:07

I uses to buy cheap Seiko watches that were not working and gently investigate. At the price I was picking them up for you could afford to buy a few of the same type, and usually build yourself a nicely working watch at the end of it. India was a good source of these; they had cornered the market on cheaply repaired Seiko that seemed to keep time for a few days then go haywire. I learned quite a lot from those. After a while I started buying broken higher end but unfashionable watches, like 1970s Omega, and doing the same thing. Ladies high end watches are brilliant for practicing on as they tend to be a fraction of the price of the Mens variant.

It all changed when the 1970s Omegas suddenly became fashionable again, so I sold the lot and bought a modern one that I don't (and won't) touch. It was a good fun learning experience. I wish you the very best of luck.

Thread: newbie to M.E.
04/05/2022 17:51:31


Thread: Emergency Radio Format
04/05/2022 06:37:27

So I guess the answer is, the general populace don't know...

I use the terms analog and analogue interchangeably as I can never remember which is which (despite being in avionics for years). I guess if I haven't learned by now I don't have much to gain by nailing it down!

03/05/2022 11:59:38

Very much a Tea Room Thread as it isn't model engineering, but I figured it would have more potential experts than most of the forums I visit.

While Idly browsing some data on the contents of American survivalists stashes I notice they often have a small radio for receiving emergency broadcasts from the government. In the UK I think we used to use AM radios for this, but suspect its all FM now.

What has happened to the UK emergency radio transmissions now that Digital is replacing analog radio? Has that shifted over too, or is it running in parallel with Analog transmission?

After a brief search I found some documents discussing and making recomendations to the government on the issue but nothing actually concrete.

To précis, If the sirens went, what kind of radio should I take down to my shelter to listen for the All Clear?

(I don't have a bunker, most sirens went away for scrap long ago, this is all out of interest!).

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