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Thread: Which Digital Compact Camera?
22/05/2020 08:33:10
Posted by Steviegtr on 21/05/2020 15:42:40:

I think it must be a compact fixed lens camera I need......

It is one of those times I think yes it would be great to have a super all singing large camera & a small pocket one too, but that is not possible .


Steve, I think you are really making an argument for a ILC camera system. i.e. where you can exchange the lens and give you the benefits of the larger camera when needed but can be smaller when required..

As already been mentioned, I would recommend you look at the micro 4/3 range of camera. I toured Europe by motorcycle with e Panasonic GX1 and 17mm lens in my jacket pocket all the time. Not much bigger than a packet of cigarettes . But the camera could happily take the largest lens in the micro 4/3 range if needed.

I currently have the Olympus EPL8 which is only slightly bigger. There is a suggestion from some photographers that Panasonic are probably better for video but personally , for my simple needs, I have found no difference .

Just be aware that photography can be as addictive as model engineering and before you know where you are you have a drawer of lenses and spare bodies , flashes adapters , sd cards etc.

I can post photographs of the EPL8 but you would probably find better information on the internet

Thread: Lawn weed and feed. How much is 35g?
27/04/2020 17:03:11
Posted by roy entwistle on 27/04/2020 14:55:21:

Gerard You appear to be weighing the cup as well cheeky

Why would you think I would do that?

27/04/2020 14:03:31

I think that will be too little

Below is 35grms of lawn food in a 60ml container and it takes up about 2/3rds so 40ml. . A table spoon is about 15 - 20 ml.and a desert spoon would be smaller.

35 grms small.jpg

Thread: Corona virus testing
24/04/2020 17:37:27
Posted by not done it yet on 24/04/2020 12:25:59:

When the dust settles, awkward questions will have to be answered, for example, why are Brits three times more likely to die than Germans?

One simple reason, apparent to most, if one thinks about it carefully. Testing and number of infections cf deaths.

Germany infections include other than already hospitalised patients.

UK only reports those that are already poorly enough to be admitted to hospital, none of those that have the infection but are not seriously ill. Those admitted to hospital are (generally) from the older age groups - and their susceptibility to death from this virus is far higher than those younger members of the population who have shown symptoms and have been tested positive. Underlying medical conditions generally increase with age group, as well.

Hence, the number comparison in the news is severely flawed. It needs rather better analysis than that applied thus far.

Actually , I think the older patients are in care homes and the stats don't count these at all. Apparently the total for these deaths is about another 40-50% of those reported for NHS hospitals

Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion
23/04/2020 13:08:20
Posted by mgnbuk on 16/04/2020 19:54:38:


the Kawasaki W800.

Now there is an overweight, underpowered, over priced motorcycle ! Frumpy styling and dull colour schemes as well. Shame they ended up this way, was the original W650 was a lovely looking bike - a more "authetic" retro bike than the Thaiumph Bonveville of the same period. The RE is screw & locknut valve adjustment too, though not sure why that is a great selling point - shims tend to stay in tolerance longer in my experience.


Nigel B.

Edited By mgnbuk on 16/04/2020 19:55:14

The W800 is neater and has a lower seat than the W650.

It's power and weight are almost exactly the same as my A65 , so not really 'overweight, underpowered. '

Styling is perhaps in the eye of the beholder , to me it looks pretty good

Edited By Gerard O'Toole on 23/04/2020 13:09:17

Thread: Lawn weed and feed. How much is 35g?
22/04/2020 13:38:27

I just measured 35g lawn feed and it 2/3rd filled a 60ml cup - so approx. 40ml container.

I took a photograph but not sure how to attach

Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion
14/04/2020 17:49:36
Posted by mgnbuk on 14/04/2020 15:52:17:

There is always scope to reduce weight. The Interceptor is the RE companies first effort at designing a bike from scratch


Also expressed an interest in a BMW F800ST with the belt drive system when they were newish (early 2000s ?). I asked about the cost of replacement parts & was told a belt & both pulleys cost £700 parts only, at a time that a top quality X-ring chain & sprocket kit was around £120. My enquiry proceeded no further & I don't see many belt drive F800s around. Wonder why ?

Nigel B.

I have one and am generally happy. The belt was replaced by a BMW main dealer, cost €400, with a service at the same time , so I think you might have been quoted a very excessive price. I don't think the pulleys needed replacing.

Have to say , I do like the look of the RE twin. I found the original 350 Bullet rather low in power and I think the later 500 was more usable on modern roads. And I am used to riding old bikes but still felt the 350 Bullet too docile.

12/04/2020 09:22:06

Thanks Thaiguzzu, Steviegtr,re. the advance retard unit

My model AJS, 1964 single, rotates anticlockwise. I think earlier models rotated clockwise A little fettling and new springs, which somehow I had, has restored normal function but I will try and get a new one in the future.

11/04/2020 12:45:53

Just wondering if anyone has knowledge of the Lucas advance retard units fitted to coil ignition motorcycles in the 60's?

My unit, on a 1064 AJS needs a lot of repair. I cannot see a replacement for the AJS but I see units advertised as for BSA/Triumph etc. I wonder if the unit was a generic Lucas unit fitted to many bikes or of they are all slightly different?. Photos do show unit similar to mine but no dimensions are given


Thread: New design of mains plug?
31/03/2020 12:51:23

I hope I am not being pedantic, but CE markings apply to EEA not just the EU

However I think it is incorrect to place a CE marking on a UK plug. See here

Thread: The Home Workshop Dictionary - FREE E-BOOK
26/03/2020 09:22:30

Thank you Neill. I just downloaded the dictionary and it will be very useful to me.

Thread: This is exellence
25/03/2020 06:46:12

I have been following Clickspring for a few years now. Unfortunately , he seems to have slowed down in his posting.

Agree that is amazing.

Thread: Query using Turbo Basic
03/03/2020 10:11:37

Not sure it helps, but I think if you separate items within a PRINT statement with a semicolon they are printed on the same line. But each separate PRINT statement will add a cr/nl sequence .. You need to use PRINT a;b to get both a and b on the same line.

Could you use PRINT USING or use TAB or LOCATE ?

Finally, it might depend on the output device. Are you displaying the information or printing to a printer.

Sorry but that is about all I can remember from Turbo BASIC days. (It might also vary depending on the version of Turbo BASIC)

This archive might help

Thread: Metric V Imperial Measurement
09/02/2020 17:26:22

.The Americans actually use two different definitions of foot, , the customary foot and the US survey foot. But both units are defined in relation to SI units. There is no independent, primary, American or Imperial standard. All are simply defined as so many metres, etc.

For most of us, dealing in major divisions or multiples of the metre is easier. But I appreciate some people like to work in multiples ( or divisions) of 0.0254metres.

Edited By Gerard O'Toole on 09/02/2020 17:29:57

Edited By Gerard O'Toole on 09/02/2020 17:38:45

08/02/2020 13:48:17
Posted by Steviegtr on 07/02/2020 22:56:00:

Wouldn't it be awesome if we went back to imperial. Stuff the rest of the world. Rule BRITANNIA. Britannia rules the waves.


I am always open to be converted.

Can you tell me what advantages using the Imperial measurement system would afford me?

Thread: 1/4" BSF v 1/4" CEI
04/02/2020 10:59:28

Keith, have you tried Dragonfly motorcycles. They have bought up some old triumph and BSA stock and also supply spares for Triumph and BSA. Although they might not have the allen heads you want


Edited By Gerard O'Toole on 04/02/2020 10:59:57

04/02/2020 08:51:04

Steven at AMC Classic spares can supply 1/4 BSC(26TPI) nuts and screws/bolts

I am constantly working on both BSF and BSC and the 1/4 have the same pitch but are still not a good fit. Steven will supply all the nuts you need and quality is excellent. ( I have no connection other than as a customer. AJSMathless club will also supply these but you will need to become a member)

Hooper wrote "Most old Brit bikes I remember working on used the coarser BSW on case screws going into aluminium."

The motorcycle must have been very old. I have never seen the courser Whitworth thread in any motorcycle I have owned. AMC studs are BSF into the alloy and BSC for nut. However I notice similar studs on Velocettes are BSF along the full length.

BSA (and presumably Triumph) switched to UNC threads late 60s early seventies when their main market was USA.. They seemed to have changed gradually as i have a 1969 A65 which has both.

Thread: Creality 3D For Christmas - Impressions so Far
02/02/2020 19:13:07

The filaments I bought were from Flashforge. I just noticed they felt harder than I expected but I have had no real problems. Like you, I will experiment a bit first before I try any expensive filaments. I am just looking at YouTube for instructions! So far it is all working okay and it is definitely an interesting technology.

02/02/2020 14:27:21

Hi, just new to 3D printing too. I have used the PLA filament that came with the printer, Ender 3, but I find it a little brittle. I wonder if anyone has any experience of using PLA-Plus , which is apparently less brittle?

Thread: Ink jet printer woes
30/01/2020 09:52:31
Posted by Simon Collier on 30/01/2020 01:53:03:

i just tried RMA's method. It did not work. It is still demanding a new black ink cartridge.


Will it print.

I have the same error message on a Canon printer, but I have the option of printing anyway . Can you just attempt a print anyway or does the printer stop you doing that?

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