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Member postings for Gerard O'Toole

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Thread: Shipping to the EU - beware!
06/05/2021 17:54:55
Posted by Mike Poole on 06/05/2021 16:07:24:

I understand the situation and to get things running smoothly again will take work from both sides, the suspicion is that one side is not working to the same goal and possibly actively undermining the situation. Many businesses are walking away from the hassle, some maybe for ever and some until things are sorted out. We won’t see the wood for the trees until the covid situation is under control all over the world. I recently bought some fairly low value items from the USA which near doubled in price with the various charges but none were a surprise and the process worked as expected, it shouldn’t be that hard to get things working smoothly and transparently but it will take both sides to make the effort.


BBC reporting that the EU Commission are saying that the new conditions imposed by Jersey are in breech of the Brexit deal. I assume they will begin the legal process .which is probably better than having embargos etc.

06/05/2021 10:26:23
Posted by mgnbuk on 06/05/2021 09:30:16:


Plastic model specialists Hannats have been documenting their problems exporting to the EU - latest cause of items being returned was apparently due to items transiting France to Austria & Italy having the Vat demanded by the French, with no way for the Austrian or Italian customers to claim back against the French.


Nigel B.

Why would the Italian and Austrian customers expect to reclaim the VAT?

Thread: Repair It? Wossat Mean, Like?
05/05/2021 12:43:16

I think rules are changing to make manufacturers make their products repairable.

Thread: Anyone else having problems printing from Pocketmags this month?
03/05/2021 10:22:59

Hi John,

The correct process is outlined in Luis Trincao's post of the 20th above and restated by Robert Walker.

If you could clarify the following questions then someone could probably provide more help

Are you following their process, i.e. opening the magazine with the alternative viewer( linked at the bottom of the page)?

When you get to the print stage , are you printing with Microsoft PDF printer?

When you get the pdf file created how are you opening it?


Thread: Printing digital edition pages
02/05/2021 06:37:03

It is explained near the end of this thread

Thread: Faulty? NVR Switch
23/04/2021 17:20:00

Thanks to everyone for all the adivce.

I have rewired the switch and fitted to the lathe and everything is working as it should.

Much appreciate all the help


22/04/2021 21:03:50

Thank you both, Andy and Kevin,

I will rewire and hopefully get it working

I really appreciate the help



Edited By Gerard O'Toole on 22/04/2021 21:04:15

22/04/2021 17:04:07

I am trying to fit an NVR Switch ,with Emergency stop, to an older lathe. I have checked the wiring against diagram and against other advice here and elsewhere on the internet and i believe i have the switch wired correctly.

However the switch does not 'latch on' ( if that is the correct term ). i am actually testing with a 220v lamp and when i press the 'on button' the lamp will light but goes out as soon as I take my finger off the 'on button'.

I suspect it is faulty but wanted to check if I have wired it incorrectly.. There is a small fifth terminal on the NVR switch which is not connected and i wonder if that is the problem..

Any help would be much appreciated. The photograph shows the wiring testswitch.jpg

The NVR switch is marked CK21 .



Thread: Anyone else having problems printing from Pocketmags this month?
21/04/2021 06:54:24

Thanks Luis

i have just tried that with the current edition and it worked .



20/04/2021 15:19:43

I have tried in both edge and Chrome on a Windows 10 laptop. tried editions 298 to 303 .

I could print no inside pages on from any magazine. I could print the cover from Magazine 299 ( but no other page)

( in contrast, i could print all pages from Real Classic, a motorcycle magazine)

So it appears that it is not fixed yet.


14/04/2021 17:01:17

Thanks Neil.

13/04/2021 13:51:56

Thanks Neil,

i have two replies one each from Pocketmags and

Pocketmags say

"Currently the printing problem is being sorted with the publishers, there was a reader update but the publishers PDF was not updated in accordance with the changes we had explained to them. This is with our technical team getting fixed currently."

And this reply from

"I'm sorry to have to advise that the printing facility is no longer available,"

i also read the "Real Classic" motorcycle magazine on Pocketmags and the printing is working fine with that magazine.

Would be great to get this working again as I had hoped to print the inserted tables in the centre pages of the more recent editions.



07/04/2021 17:02:14

I agree Paul. However the reply I got from Pocketmags puts the blame with the Publishers. I quote

"Currently the printing problem is being sorted with the publishers, there was a reader update but the publishers PDF was not updated in accordance with the changes we had explained to them. This is with our technical team getting fixed currently"

I can print from other magazines, eg. Real Classic motorcycle magazine. The problem seems to be limited to the Model Engineer magazines. I have emailed to the subscription help but no reply as yet.

But you are right, everyone affected needs to email Pocketmags to start the ball rolling.

07/04/2021 08:18:09

I wonder of there is any update from the Publishers here about giving permission to print on Pocketmags?

Pocketmags say they still awaiting permission from the Publishers to allow printing. I am keen to print the centre pages of my digital magazines, i.e. the four pages of data tables currently in each issue.

I have emailed to help at subscription help and , while i got an acknowledgement, I have gotten no reply to date.

Any update would be nice.

Thread: BSW
02/04/2021 16:11:45

I have similar lathe . i have never tried to cut imperial threads on it but i did work out the pitch the lathe actually creates for the settings in the thread cutting table. ( using maths rather than practical engineering).

A 11TPi should have a pitch of 2.309mm . In fact the lathe, with the gears suggested by the table( A= 72, B=H, C=50, D= 60, E= H, F=52), creates a pitch of 2.585 mm and that equates to 9.8 TPI.

I have never tried to work out the gears needed , nor am i sure they are supplied, but , if your lathe is the same as mine, then the thread cutting table is a little inaccurate for imperial size threads..

Thread: RH vs LH threads
30/03/2021 09:18:26
Posted by Andy Stopford on 15/03/2021 12:14:40:

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance?

Too much Zen, and not enough motorcycle maintenance, I thought when I read it as a teenager.

And he completely blew it for me when he's doing an oil-change and just lets the old oil run out onto the ground.

Quality, Robert, quality.

I Think Pirzig addresses that in the very first page of the introduction/preface when he writes

"it should in no way be associated with that great body of factual information relating to orthodox Zen Buddhist practice. It's not very factual on motorcycles, either"

Thread: Honda 125 electrics
29/03/2021 13:48:39

Agree Tim, converting to 12V might be a good idea. It certainly makes finding bulbs etc easier. Having said that, I have two motorcycles with 6V electrics ( one a Lucas dynamo the other a Miller dynamo) and they both work ok. But i don't generally use at night and they have very simple electrical circuits, simple lights and horn. No indicators , no ignition etc.

If you do move to 12 V then you should be able to source a suitable voltage regulator/rectifier. Originally , Zenor diodes , as supplied by Lucas, were only available for Positive earth systems . No sure what is available now but the combined regulator/rectifier seems to be the recommended way to go. I have fitted one to a 12V motorcycle and it all works quite well.and has done for over 10 years

29/03/2021 07:23:34

I think your electrics are performing as designed. I remember the flashers flashing slower at tick-over if the battery wasn't great.

The fact they are working with a full battery would suggest you don't have ant earth problems either. Although i always run extra earth wires from the rear lights and headlamp shell.

Fitting led lights will affect the balance of the circuit and might result in an overcharge battery. Fitting a modern regulator would sort that. They are available for lucas 6v systems - i am not too sure for Japanese electrics.

Thread: Anyone else having problems printing from Pocketmags this month?
27/03/2021 09:59:27

Thanks Paul, That might explain it.

Thanks Anthony, I will email Pocketmags helpdesk. regarding previous subscribed editions. editions.

I am using Windows 10 and Edge. I do have an Android phone and I could try that too.

27/03/2021 08:22:48

I have same problem.

Up to now, I have always read the magazine directly from the tis site as i couldn't get Pocketmags to accept my code. i have now managed that but I am getting the same error as you when trying to print.

Is there a way of printing directly from the magazine on this site?

Additionally, I noticed that I cannot get access to my full list of subscribed editions, only the current one, on Pocketmags. Is that the way it should work?

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