Here is a list of all the postings Nick Clarke 3 has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: I wish mine was like that!|
I am quite the reverse - If I need it, it is not silly bad value and I can afford it, it gets bought - and after that the price is forgotten - especially in the case of things bought to do one job - any use after that is a bonus!
The only problem is when 'if I need it' morphs into 'I want it'
|Thread: Where Can I Get Machine Handles?|
Arc Euro do some, but just the same as those from wds above they are metric thread - look under machine spares
|Thread: A change of scale.|
What is the drawing of?
If it is a traction engine or an engineering model then 1" scale is used - but if it is a locomotive then 5" gauge is not always 1" to the foot - as Wikipedia says -
For standard gauge prototypes at 5 inch, the "official" scale is 11⁄16 inch per foot or approximately 1:11.3. Alternatively 1.1/8 inch per foot is adopted, allowing a scale of 3/32 inch per full size inch.
|Thread: Apologies for raising this again|
Attach the flywheel to a faceplate as you suggest but turn the teeth off with a trepanning cut so no intermittent cut. In effect you are cutting off what amounts to a thin 'ring gear'.
Edited By Nick Clarke 3 on 19/01/2020 14:31:37
|Thread: Lathes as bling!|
My Francis Barnett hardly moved at all!
|Thread: Electric welder at Lidl|
Totally agree with the comment on gasless wire, but horses for courses - if you are lying on the drive trying to repair a rusty car the shield gas can disappear with the slightest breeze while a gasless weld, although far more grotty to look at, will have welded OK.
Its what angle grinders were invented for
The issue with cheap gasless welders is that they are often gasless because you don't pay for a regulator or a bottle of gas in the box and that all helps to make them that few quid cheaper.
|Thread: Lathes as bling!|
I agree - Slimbridge is not too far from here so I shall make a point of going there with my lathe hanging around my neck
|Thread: Online ME index|
Indexes for the magazines used to be available printed on paper for a nominal sum plus SAE from the publishers - references in the online ME index to indexes appear to be exclusively to announcements of their availability, not an index as an article in the magazine. The online index at **LINK** suggests that indexes exist for many years from volume 4 onwards.
Bound volumes usually, but not always have the printed indexes included - that is what they were produced for so the easiest way is to find a bound volume and look for the index in there. Some ME clubs have complete sets of bound volumes.
My local library used to be able to get loan volumes from the Library for Science and Technology at Boston Spa in the UK, but I don't know if this even exists anymore. A local university might be another option.
|Thread: Steam operated drain cocks|
Looking at the index to Model Engineer at **LINK**
There are two references to 'Steam Operated Draincocks' but that doesn't mean there are not others under references to particular model designs.
Model Engineer 2007 Volume 198 Issue 4292 Page 143
|Thread: why does my makita go pop occasionally ?|
Have you had the drill from new?? Although not the same brand, it was not uncommon to add the variable speed switch to B&D drills that were originally single or two speed - I have done several myself.
Edited By Nick Clarke 3 on 16/01/2020 21:50:57
|Thread: Windows 7 support ends|
Buying porn????? - I have a hard enough job avoiding the stuff falling into my inbox as spam without going out and actually wanting to pay for it.
If you are a club secretary, treasurer or similar you may need to update to receive security updates to be seen to be ensuring data security under GDPR - but that is an entirely seperate minefield still!
I am not certain these are available for retail or OEM customers - only volume licencing or Cloud Solutions
|Thread: British Transport Canteens...|
At school 50+ years ago the school Railway Society (an amalgamation of the Locomotive Society and the Model Railway Club) used to meet Friday lunchtimes and several times a year we used to show British Transport Films - free to the school except for the return postage. All are now availble on dvd and many on Youtube or BFI as well.
We used to charge a nominal fee as far as I can remember, but as projectionist (they were all on 16mm) I got in free.
Favourites included 'Elizabethan Express', 'Giants of Steam', 'Snowdrift at Bleath Gill' and 'Lets go to Birmingham' and of course 'Night Mail' if the Benjamin Britten score is not too modern for you.
'A Letter for Wales' is only available on dvd but has some good shots of steam locos and a Hunslet quarry tank at work in its original setting.
An amazing film showing exactly what NOT to do to stay safe near the railway is 'The Finishing Line' Full version is 20min with lots of fake blood and gore!'
|Thread: Myford ML7 clutch|
Not certain what happened to me then, being a fifties model myself - and not only that, my late mother used to meet Cecil Moore, Myford founder at parties given by Patty Coleby, landlord (landlady??) of the Nottingham SMEE's workshop in the seventies.
Edited By Nick Clarke 3 on 12/01/2020 11:54:13
A Myford ML7 can (depending upon condition) be an excellent lathe but can it please be looked at in the cold daylight of its history.
It was designed in the later years of World War 2 and put on the market in 1947 - a long time ago! The comments about steel are not necessarily true, and in the case of a lathe where the major proportion of its construction is cast iron or zinc alloy probably irrelevant as well. Like many other products introduced around that time the choice of materials was probably decided as much by what was available in immediate post war years as by engineering need.
If you read the review of the Myford Super 7 in ME Jan 15 1953 it clearly suggests that the ML7 was designed to provide the best lathe that was affordable and the Super 7 was introduced to try to address some of those compromises. It specifically mentions the clutch as being necessary for 'a lathe running at high speed' suggesting that its inclusion is less important for a ML7 with its slower top speed.
Many Myford lathes are now of pensionable age and unless preserved in good condition may well be past it - I can think of two I have access to now - one has a bed worn to the state that there is 1/8th swing on the saddle when cutting and another with a parallel bore to the nose of the spindle because that was necessary to accommodate a job in the past.
The basic technology of a Myford ML7 is 19th/early 20th century while that of Chinese lathes seems to be more (but not that much more!) recent.
A Myford or similar lathe can be a joy to use - but in the same way that I find my ridiculously expensive Leica film camera more pleasant to use than a far cheaper digital SLR - but the quality of image doesn't differ in the same way. Similarly comparing a Myford with accessories and motor ready to run with a Chinese lathe at a half or a quarter of the cost may not produce better work. I certainly could not have afforded a Myford lathe for the price of the new Sieg machine I bought - and restoring one I could afford to accuracy would probably have been beyond my skills.
Please don't think I am against Myford lathes - but their age and older design, and the times they were designed for must count against them today, except in a few very well cared for or little used examples.
|Thread: Watch servicing|
When I worked at a motor factors in the seventies we sold trim clips which came in boxes of 100 direct from Tucker's - the manufacturers.
One clip was a T shaped plastic thing that had a hammer in stalk and was used to hold chrome strips onto the side of cars. Round the corner was a Ford dealer and customers told me that this clip, if you said you wanted one for a Cortina or similar was twice the price there. Curiosity set in and after making a few enquiries over the phone I discovered it was dearer again at a Triumph dealer, and more expensive than that if you went to the other end of the counter in that same dealer where they sold Rover spares.
A friend (Chairman of the local ME club at that time) ran an independent Rolls Royce and Bentley garage and we sold him trim clips. I wonder what he charged for them?
|Thread: Choice between cheap mini milling machines.|
I bought a Sieg SX1L from Arc which has since been updated. It is a bit small for what I might need at some stage, but I have occasional access to a larger one at the club and I could not fit a larger machine in my own workshop. It is very useful and extremely convenient if accept it's limtations.
|Thread: Colour matching.|
From some hard experience in matching car paint (part of my job in the seventies before scanners were ever thought of) 'Some degree of colour matching would be required' reads to me as 'This needs to be exact but I can't tell you what colour it is'
I would go back and get it confirmed if I were doing the job.
|Thread: A Santa Special to forget.|
One can possibly sympathise a bit with the person who uncoupled the train - They had probably done exactly what they should have done, just as they had been trained and quite likely in the correct order too - but did their training include the corridor connection as that is only found on a Gresley tender?
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