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Thread: A change of scale.
20/01/2020 18:30:06

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 1​116 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
19/01/2020 14:30:39

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!
19/01/2020 09:45:26
Posted by larry phelan 1 on 18/01/2020 16:36:01:

Mike, we all know what happened to the English motor bikes, they never moved with the times, but the Japs did !

My Francis Barnett hardly moved at all!

Thread: Electric welder at Lidl
18/01/2020 13:09:12
Posted by Dave Halford on 17/01/2020 21:05:53:

Usual issue with cheap welders - a high-ish minimum current so it might be a hole blower on thin or rusty stuff.

Gasless wire is nearly as messy as stick welding.

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 smiley

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!
17/01/2020 13:56:40
Posted by JA on 17/01/2020 13:30:16:

When I go to Slimbridge to look at the ducks there are people wandering about the place carrying £10,000+ of camera equipment around their necks so I feel the money is there. OK, I know it is bling. Perhaps we should do the same!


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 smiley

Thread: Online ME index
17/01/2020 13:48:07

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
16/01/2020 22:00:09

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
Model Engineer 1985 Volume 155 Issue 3758 Page 165

Thread: why does my makita go pop occasionally ?
16/01/2020 21:50:33
Posted by gerry madden on 16/01/2020 19:49:51:

I found the original instruction booklet at home from when I bought the tool and the diagram in respect of the switch and capacitor didn't match with reality very well at all. Its almost as though my variable speed version was a short-term upgrade that wasn't expected to be in production for long so they didn't waste too much time on documentation But if some OE parts are still available I might just buy them to keep the old girl going.


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
16/01/2020 12:15:04
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 16/01/2020 11:11:12:

................. hideously dangerous if you bank online, do lots of online shopping, blab on Social Media and buy porn from the Russian Mafia...


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.

16/01/2020 10:17:29

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!

16/01/2020 10:15:50
Posted by Bandersnatch on 15/01/2020 22:01:08:
Posted by Windy on 15/01/2020 11:08:41:
PC World recommends not using IE if still on Windows 7 as not security supported on that 7 system.

FWIW, according to Microsoft, security updates for Win-7 are only ended through Windows-update. They will still be providing Win-7 security updates via a paid subscription. (I won't bother).

I am not certain these are available for retail or OEM customers - only volume licencing or Cloud Solutions

Thread: British Transport Canteens...
14/01/2020 13:53:55

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
12/01/2020 11:49:14
Posted by Steviegtr on 12/01/2020 11:08:59:

You may have a point there. That is maybe why I like the Myford so much being the age I am. I am sure if I was younger I would like the Chinese looking ones better. They are obviously more bling with the square type design headstock & control in one unit. I take the point of bedwear. There is a guy in I think Sweden who rebuilds them including regrinding the beds. He is on youtube. Sven something or other. He has a workshop full of them. Does anyone know what year they started using the hardened beds.

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

12/01/2020 10:15:57

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
05/01/2020 15:35:29
Posted by Robert Atkinson 2 on 05/01/2020 14:06:23:

As to labour costs, near me there are a Jaguar and Ford Dealerships on the same site. The Jaguar labour rate is twice that of the Ford but a Jaguar X type is basically the same car as a Ford Mondeo,,,,,,,,

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.
04/01/2020 11:50:11

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.
03/01/2020 09:39:47
Posted by Robin Graham on 03/01/2020 00:32:03:

The 'customer' actually said "some degree of colour matching would be required" so maybe it doesn't need to be exact.

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.
31/12/2019 08:54:43

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?

Thread: Removing superglue from an oak table
30/12/2019 17:21:59
Posted by Mick B1 on 30/12/2019 16:28:54:

... or make her buy the house a new table ?

(Good luck with that...) wink

Unfortunately father daughter cashflow is unidirectional - and not in my favour 😥

Thread: Aldi Metal Bandsaw
30/12/2019 14:57:05

I know it is a bit of an old thread and Aldi are not listing this saw at present, but after buying one a month or so ago this is the first time I have tried it out.

With the standard Aldi blade 1 1/4" round steel bar cut through (truly enough) in almost exactly a minute.

Sweating over deep cuts with an Eclipse 20T hacksaw is becoming a memory already!

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