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Member postings for John McCallum 1

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Thread: Source for small scale Aluminium chequered plate
25/05/2020 10:18:47

Thanks to all for your help


24/05/2020 09:13:09

I,m building a Mill engine model with various engines etc and I am trying to locate a source of small scale chequered plate . Can any of you good folks suggest a supplier

Thank you


Thread: Any Ideas please?
13/05/2020 14:54:04

NDIY.......I too am a non active Radio Ham G4VNG/9H3GS

73 John

12/05/2020 18:44:38

RS, many thanks for suggested I found the info on t’internet

NDIY, one day I’ll learn how to use the camera !

Regards John

12/05/2020 12:23:12

dscf0006.jpgdscf0005.jpgdscf0004.jpgI recently bought this as part of a loose lot of parts & it measures 3 1/4" in height....can anyone identify the maker please

Thread: Any Ideas please?
18/03/2020 11:16:57

Yes, that's what my thinking is now. The cut out in the base plate is, I assume where the battery once lived and is now used to hold a piece of absorbent cloth

Whoever built the engine was a Craftsman


18/03/2020 09:33:25

I think I'm getting somewhere now. There is an advert on Evilbay for Bray Developments dated 1969. The ad shows a Barograph fitted into an identical case and cover to mine.


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17/03/2020 17:44:42

Bill, I’ll photograph it tomorrow


17/03/2020 16:19:20

I disagree, the box bed has not been modified in any way

17/03/2020 14:21:27

I was wondering about that too, hopefully someone will be able to give me more information

17/03/2020 13:09:08

dscf0004 (1).jpgdscf0003 (4).jpgdscf0002 (6).jpgdscf0001 (6).jpgI have recently acquired this lovely engine which has no identifying marks that I can see. The only clue is on the underside of the baseplate which is printed, Bray Developments Co, Penny Farm, Holwell, Nr. Sherborne, Dorset. Tel., Bishops Caundle 335.

Does anyone have any knowledge of this fine engine?


Thread: Why the differential?
17/02/2020 18:46:19


Thank you for your observations and my crash course in Chuck commerce. Very interesting indeed.

I’m going to call in at Arc for the chuck and some other items.

Regards to all


17/02/2020 13:52:58

I have just bought an Axminster Seig SC4 lathe. As an afterthought I realised that I need a 100mm 4 jaw independent chuck for a project I’m about to embark on.

The one from Axminster is £132.50 and yet the one from Arc is £48

There is no evidence of gold plating or, indeed inset diamonds to mark the positioning of the jaws on the Axminster so, as I’m keen to preserve my Pensioner pounds can anyone give me a valid reason to buy it ?


Worried and confused of Alfreton

Thread: projects
22/01/2020 11:30:34

Bob and Howard,

Yes, I like the idea of the Worden but I think i'll cut my teeth on a tool grinder by Richard Rex first.

Now I need to buy a small mill

Regards to you both


21/01/2020 14:49:18

Hello Bill,

On the bay of evil I have bought both TC’s books

When they arrive, plus the Stuart catalogue hopefully I’ll be able to choose a project

Thank you for your help


21/01/2020 10:05:07

Hello Bill,

The Progress looks very interesting ,as do the Elmers engine. I have sent off for the Stuart catalogue.

A simple, with the emphasis on simple, tool grinder would be of interest.

Regards John

20/01/2020 18:20:12

Thanks for the info John, but looking at the price of the 3 volumes, at my age I really don’t want another mortgage

Regards John

20/01/2020 08:59:03

Thanks Paul

19/01/2020 18:33:33

Thank you Neil.I really enjoyed your book on the Lathe. Very helpful



19/01/2020 12:58:29

dscf0003 (1).jpgdscf0002 (1).jpgdscf0001 (1).jpgAt the age of 74 i have just purchased my first lathe, one of China's finest!. Seeing some of the excellent work on here, my efforts look pretty basic. My interest is in fishing and especially Centre Pin reels. I had a damaged 90 year old wooden reel and I have now turned it into a Composite reel and I am quite pleased with the result. I'm now looking for some simple projects to increase my level of skill on the lathe. Can you tell me where I might find some ideas?

PS I tried to put some photos on of the reel but don't understand how to do it

Regards John

Edited By John McCallum 1 on 19/01/2020 13:03:02

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