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Member postings for Jon Lawes

Here is a list of all the postings Jon Lawes has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

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!).

Thread: Galvanic Corrosion
03/05/2022 11:05:30
Posted by noel shelley on 01/05/2022 11:51:06:

Working on LARC XVs ...

I'd certainly like to know more about this, maybe in a separate thread if you haven't covered it already.

Thread: IC Engine Liquidation
02/05/2022 09:17:27


Thread: Reversible Marine Engine
29/04/2022 14:15:09

Very nice.

Thread: Cheap stuff
29/04/2022 14:14:04

I did briefly consider making some youtube videos of my own to help amateurs (if its a scale with complete novice at one end and expert at the other, I reckon I'm almost a third of the way up it now) but to be perfectly honest I don't think i'm mentally robust enough to deal with the sheer tidal wave of criticism I'd be likely to attract. Like all of these things, detractors shout louder than supporters.

I'm helping some novices get started at the moment, I'll stick with one to one support as it makes me feel less vulnerable!

Thread: Looking for a non-magnetic, strong, easily glued material
29/04/2022 14:07:51

It's all got a bit silly. I think we need to remember we are all here because we support an enjoyable, inclusive hobby.

Thread: Workshop warming
28/04/2022 13:19:09

I have the same system as Nigel (but integrated), I drilled a hole in the brick wall for the exhaust and have two outlet ducts in the workshop. I also have two carbon monoxide detectors of different brands because I'm rather paranoid about fumes having had a friend brain injured by Carbon Monoxide.

It's very effective, some people have had varying reliabilty but I think making sure you run it for a decent amount of time so it doesn't soot up helps.

Thread: Create a "transfer"
28/04/2022 11:34:39

Interesting. I assume you have to stick it in some way?

Thread: Need advice on clearing Dads shed
27/04/2022 19:51:04

My condolences.

You can get companies in to do workshop clearances, it means minimum effort for you but less return.

My suggestion is that if he belonged to a model engineering society you request that they come and assist; they will be able to identify components to either sell within the club (which may earn you less but will mean the items will be kept local, and possibly among his old friends) or guide you which items to sell on ebay (more clinical, and subject to 14% or something fees, but may get a greater return.). Another advantage of going to his local club, assuming he was a member of one, is that people are more likely to be able to collect rather than having to box up machinery to cart across the country.

Be wary of people flashing offers at you, you may end up selling things under their value. I'm sorry to hear about your loss, its a difficult time.

Thread: Looking for help to value items
27/04/2022 14:36:06

One thing that may help us assist is location, that obviously makes a difference. Are you in the UK?

Thread: Work Holding for Facing
26/04/2022 17:41:46

Please yourself. I'm getting too old for cryptic games. Luckily this forum makes it quite easy to block people who play them.

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