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Member postings for Zane Crowther

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Thread: Horizontal engine
24/06/2019 11:57:36

Hi Richard

My magnetic screw driver has been a great help when I've been working with small screw sizes. I got mine with a big set of drive bits: **LINK**.


20/06/2019 09:45:02

I've never been before and really looking forward to it now that I've read the comments. I'm just starting to build my first layout and can't wait to see what other people have been making.

Thread: Thomas from Hornby
19/06/2019 15:16:43

I didn't have an alley key that was the right size, so I bought an iFixit driver kit in the end. I didn't want to risk stripping the screw head with a flat head screw driver that only went across two of the points.


13/06/2019 14:41:41

I didn't think of an Allen Key. I'll try that first before splashing out on a security bit set.


13/06/2019 13:46:11


My son's Thomas The Tank Engine from Hornby has a triangular screw on it and I need to open it up. Where I can get a triangular screw driver for it please?

Thread: Oversize ER collets
04/06/2019 16:58:02


It might be worth contacting this precision engineering company to ask for advice and get a price on an oversized collet? : **LINK**


Thread: " 4TPI lead screw nut
30/05/2019 14:29:12


There are lots of trapezoidal screws and corresponding nuts online. Maybe have a look at these: **LINK**


Thread: Old member returning
23/05/2019 09:30:27

Welcome back to the forum Graham!

Best regards


Thread: Variable Speed Drive belts - acceptable dimension tolerance
21/05/2019 14:16:50

I'd definitely give it a go before splashing out on an expensive import. Maybe have a look at these belt and pulley suppliers:



Thread: Long time reader, newly joined
16/05/2019 10:39:13

Welcome to the forum DC.

Thread: ACME vs lead screw
18/04/2019 09:28:58

There isn't much difference as mentioned above, its just that the American ACME form has an angle of 29 degrees, while the metric trapezoidal is 30 degrees. So trapezoidal lead screws are more common in the UK.

Thread: Removing a grub screw
17/04/2019 16:16:01

I've also recently had a stripped grub screw, I got it loose with the pin punch method.

I've been told to use a thin wide rubber band, duct tape for extra grip. I've even known people to use a bit of glue to create friction.

Thread: 3/16 bsw screws
17/04/2019 16:01:36

I've got single machine screws from Accu before, so they might be worth a try.

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