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Thread: Muncaster entablature
30/09/2020 09:22:14

I would highly recommend building Jason's design, it is a proven engine and a very nice runner. I am 3/4 the way through mine with not much left to do.

The real bonus with Jason's is all the advice, methods and pictures he has produced for the making of the parts and the build. I learnt a lot on both the lathe and mill in following his how to make advice.

I looked at the Julius design but at my level of experience I think I would have struggled.


Thread: Class 22 Diesel (next project)
28/09/2020 10:27:39

Haven't had much shop time of late but started modelling up the cab glazing frame in card at the moment.

Starting to look a bit more like a class 22 now.


Thread: Horizontal hit and miss engine
27/09/2020 12:11:54

Excellent and such a sweet runner, it also speaks volumes for what can be achieved on a Chinese Mlini Lathe.

Great stuff.


Thread: Spindle Speed
26/09/2020 09:04:44

I added one of these to both the mill and lathe, cheap as chips reliable and accurate. Comes with a 4 digit display and easy to fit, there is always a place somewhere on the mill and lathe where it can go.



Thread: WM16 or SX2
22/09/2020 10:06:53

Another +1 for the ARC DRO, s

I fitted them to the 3 axis on the SX2P they have been 100% reliable and accurate or at least as accurate to what I will ever need.

Protecting them against swarf and coolant is easy on the X and Y, I fitted a length of 25 x 25 x 1.5mm alu angle along the top to act as a swarf guard. The Z is not quite as easy but I used the same method and slotted the angle for the reader bracket to fit through and its worked well, picture below.


Edited By Ron Laden on 22/09/2020 10:08:20

19/09/2020 08:44:51

I have had a SX2P for coming up 2 years now and my experience with it gives it a big thumbs up. For a small mill I have found it to be excellent, its done all I have asked of it never let me down and been 100% reliable.

Over time there are a number of mods/additions you can add to it which improve it further but mine was good straight out of the box.

I can't speak for the other mills but my experience with SX2P has been all good.


Thread: Class 22 Diesel (next project)
18/09/2020 19:38:48

The body slowly coming together, the sides, base plate, bulkheads and cab end plates all connected and aligned.

Click twice to enlarge.


Edited By Ron Laden on 18/09/2020 19:42:27

Thread: Tachometers sensor magnet
17/09/2020 06:59:34

I have fitted one to my mill and one to the lathe ( dry with no adhesive) and neither have budged yet.

Edited By Ron Laden on 17/09/2020 07:07:17

Thread: Class 22 Diesel (next project)
10/09/2020 13:39:34

Our club track is open again (with restrictions and limited numbers) so I thought I would put a few hours in and make a start on the body. A picture below of one of the side panels in its early stages, base material 6mm MDF faced with 1.5mm birch ply. The top third of the panel is angled inboard by 5 degrees and the apertures cut for the numerous louvered vent panels and doors, 20 vent panels, 4 double engine bay doors and 4 cab doors on a class 22.

I considered fitting the 1.5mm facing as a one piece but went with cutting it into three and added one at a time, used 4 parts PVA / 1 part water to allow it to spread a bit easier when clamped and weighted down.

I found an old tin of cellulose sanding sealer which I tried on some MDF off cuts, 2 or 3 coats with a light sanding in between seems to work really well especially on the edges it soaks well in and seals the surface.


Edited By Ron Laden on 10/09/2020 13:41:02

Thread: Power Hacksaw
28/08/2020 08:37:42

I have the small Femi SN105XL, although compact it has 4 inch capacity and I have found it to be excellent, very good vice on it to.

Also got mine from Stakesys.

Thread: 1.0mm 2 flute cutter HSS or Carbide.
27/08/2020 07:07:46

Obviously a 1.00 mm cutter is small but having received the ones I ordered and seeing them in the flesh it's a bit scary how small. I am trying to pluck up courage to give one a try.. frown​​​​​​​​​​​

24/08/2020 07:14:12

Thanks Andrew, 6082 it is didn't realise 1050 doesn't machine well.

Going to go up to 1.2 mm maybe even 1.5 mm if I can find a supplier who offers cut pieces in 6082 they all seem to do 1050 in the smaller thickness and I only need a couple of square feet.


23/08/2020 10:29:05

Thanks for the advice guys, looks like I need to change material for something more machinable. I will see what's available in 0.8 though I can go to 1.0 mm if need be.


23/08/2020 08:53:28

I have a good number of 1.0mm wide through slots to cut in 0.8mm 1050 alu sheet.

Top speed on my mill is 2500 which is obviously slow for a 1.0mm cutter but I did try a 2.0mm (smallest I have) HSS yesterday and it seemed to cut ok.

I am wondering do I go with HSS as it should be a bit sharper and 1050 is quite a soft material plus the speed will be down, or with such a small cutter would Carbide be a stronger tool and give a bit better feed rate.

It's a light duty job and there may not be anything much to choose between them..?






Edited By Ron Laden on 23/08/2020 08:58:08

Thread: decent 4 jaw chuck to fit myford speed 10?
17/08/2020 06:47:42

If I was looking for a 5 inch 4 jaw independent chuck I would go with the one from ARC at £55 plus they stock Myford backplates.

Yes it's Chinese but going by the 3 and 4 jaw chucks I had from them for my mini lathe I wouldn't hesitate, quality was very good indeed and the 3 jaw had next to nothing in terms of runout.

I have a 6 inch PB 4 jaw which came with my 918 lathe it's very good but at 8X the price of the ARC one it needs to be. Will it be 8X better of course not and assuming the ARC one is as good as the 2 chucks I had from them I doubt that there would be any difference in use apart from having a PB badge to keep looking at.. wink


Thread: Help needed - Video editing software for free.
14/08/2020 10:17:29

Glad this thread came up as I was looking for a video editor and I downloaded the free Open Shot. I have had a play and I,m very impressed, even I can understand it, very user friendly I think. The youtube tutorials (by Open Shot) are excellent and get you through the basics really quickly.


Thread: Further Adventures with the Sieg KX3 & KX1
13/08/2020 07:27:52

Very neat Jason, I can see you will be doing brass engine nameplates next, should be good for that shouldn't it.

Thread: Rotary Table Choice 36:1 o 90:1
12/08/2020 12:28:17

Peter, I have the SX2P mill and apart from it having 25mm more height between table and spindle the table size and X and Y travel are the same as your SX1LP. I started out with a 4 inch rotary table (a cheapie dont go there) but I found it a bit too small. A 6 inch would be too big but came across a 5 inch which is what I went for, came as a set with chuck, tailstock and plates.

A picture below showing its size against the table which gives you some idea. With the 4 jaw chuck and backplate fitted and a Jacobs in the spindle there is only 45mm between the two chucks so I have had to resort to shortening one or two drills in the past. There is more space of course with collet mounted drills and cutters and without the 4 jaw there is 205mm between the rotary face and spindle.

Just thought I would mention it should you want a bit bigger rotary though a 4 inch version may well suit your work.


p.s. The 5 inch version is 90:1


Edited By Ron Laden on 12/08/2020 12:37:53

Edited By Ron Laden on 12/08/2020 12:52:21

Thread: Tapping Mode on Mill
11/08/2020 08:04:13

Where possible I do most of my tapping on the mill, I don't have the built in tapping mode but I could see myself using it a lot.

I only have the smaller SX2P at the moment but is was very easy to fit a reverse switch. My range is up to M6 in steel and I can manage M8 in aluminium providing its not too deep.

I also machine tap most blind holes, I measure the hole depth, knock off 2mm and set the DRO with the tap contacting the start of the hole. Seems to work fine though it does concentrate the mind when close to the bottom of the hole, like Jason says you just need faith.

Thread: Airbrushing advice needed
10/08/2020 16:36:45

Sorry to interrupt but Barries pulse jet has me intrigued is that a control line model..? I can only see one elevator and no ailerons, if it is how on earth do you keep up with that..?


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