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Member postings for Nick Clarke 3

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Thread: Relmac Lathe Help and advice needed.
05/07/2018 11:52:44

Drummond recommended 250 rpm as the speed of a countershaft so perhaps 400 rpm might be at the top end?

Thread: Hiding a PIN number
05/07/2018 11:49:42

As an IT professional and trainer for more than 35 years please do not hide your password, no matter how well disguised, in a phone number. It is the first example of 'what not to do' in many security training sessions, followed by a word or number that can be related to you - wife/child/pet's name favourite sports team etc.

The good news is that most thieves cannot be bothered to try to find out a PIN - but in the odd exception do not leave your PIN in the same wallet as your card.

If you carry a phone with you put the number in that, with a screenlock on the phone.

Separation of card/PIN is the key point here.

Thread: Workshop in this weather..?
04/07/2018 18:27:31

And while on the subject of memorable winters -

1963 when with my brothers and sisters we created a superb slide around a corner of the path that surrounded our house - full speed and then almost on one elbow as we went round the corner - unfortunately this was the corner where patients came in through the gate leading to my father's GP surgery.....!

After the first casualty we all got belted and the slide was salted!

Andmuch later on in 1982 when my flatmate at uni came back from Christmas to find that while his car (1963 mini) ould start it was frozen to the ground and stalled every time you tried to move it!

04/07/2018 18:09:41

Regarding the winter of '47 ( way before I was born I hasten to add!) go to Youtube and search for the British Transport film 'Snowdrift at Bleath Gill'.YI first showed this to the school railway society as a 16mm film borrowed from the British Transport Film Library more than 50 years ago.It is still great!


Thread: 5 1/2 pint blowlamp
04/07/2018 18:02:55

I enjoy reading old ME magazines and LBSC frequently mentions 5 1/2 pint blowlamps as if they are the ultimate before moving up to oxy acetylene.

Purely out of curiosity what would be the equivalent in propane burner - 50mm????

Incidentally Amazon still lists a 2 lt paraffin blowlamp, and another where the capacity is not mentioned, but it looks strikingly like the paraffin blowlamp I used as a teenager 50 years ago with the burner on the end of a flexible hose (and with which I nearly incinerated a group of friends - long story!).


Thread: Battery Packs for Remote Control
28/06/2018 11:18:09

You may find you need a different charger for NiMH.

Some information here:

Thread: Body filler on brass?
27/06/2018 18:27:57

A long time ago I used to work in a motor factors selling to the body trade. Bodylead came in sticks about 1" by 1/4" by a foot long ( or thereabouts) The idea was to use a blowlamp to put knobs of solder in the area where it was needed and then use a wooden stick dipped in tallow to smooth out the lead using a soft oxy acetylene flame (usually the only source of heat in a workshop) - ideally from behind so the metal was warmed up gently. Bakers fluid was the flux of choice. Any roughness was sorted with a bodyfile. As well as the Rolls, FX3 and to a lesser extent FX4 taxis used a lot of lead to hide seams.

Down at the 'fag end' of the motor trade the process was modified and the wooden stick was sometimes the top six inches sawn off the top of the yard broom - it had a nice rounded end, and resin flux in a tin like shoe polish. I have even seen multicore solder or the thin plumbers solder in sticks about 3/16 wide used to tin the area first.

Visiting a customer/friend once I tried to use body lead. Just the once. What didn't end up on the floor ended up in and on my (non safety) trainers - painful!!.


Thread: Is embarking on any 7 1/4" loco other than madness ?
15/06/2018 17:43:33

I am just beginning a 7 1/4 Tich and I suspect that it will be easier to build and drive than the original one.

A Hercules or similar is far easier to build and handle than a 5" mainline express engine.

Finally - a Highlander 7 1/4" Black Five was designed to be built on a Myford lathe

Is it sensible, of course not, but I suggest you start any conversation with someone outside our hobby with the phrase "I'm building a model steam locomotive ................. " Their expression will say exactly what they think!


PS With the current availability of tracks, possibly a more interesting question would be 'Is embarking on any 2 1/2" loco other than madness?'

Thread: Making Parallels
15/06/2018 17:31:07

In an old ME article Tom Walshaw (Tubal Cain) suggests taking a large ball race from a car hub, nicking it in several places on the grinder, wrapping in sacking and hitting it with a hammer to make some parallels

Thread: Clean hands?
15/06/2018 17:26:24

When I mixed car paint for a motor factor in the 1970s we kept a large aluminium washing up bowl of cheap thinners handy for washing our hands in.

What it did to our hands, and what H&S would think today about a couple of gallons of cellulose thinner sitting there heaven only knows.

After a week or so the more volatile part of the thinners would have gone and it wouldn't clean as well - so we tipped in another gallon to refresh it ........ !

Thread: Myford ml7
15/06/2018 17:16:45

In the dim distant past I seem to have a recollection of a cream Myford lathe - old age or what??

Thread: Trolley wheel arrangment
17/04/2018 18:08:25
Posted by Tim Stevens on 14/04/2018 14:56:18:

PS was there ever a locomotive with a differential?

While not a differential in the sense that a road vehicle has one, the Fell Diesel Mechanical locomotive BR 10100 certainly used a differential arrangement to couple its engines together.

Thread: English dialect
17/04/2018 18:01:46

Although I live in south Birmingham now, in the 90's I lived in Tividale - between Dudley and Oldbury. encouraged by locals I soon agreed that it was possible to distinguish many variants on 'Black Country' Coseley was different to Sedgeley, and yes, Lower Gornal was different to Upper Gornal! our butcher, who retired well past the normal age told me that when he moved to Coseley he fiound it hard to understand the 'locals' - about 5 miles away.

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