By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more

Member postings for Simon Barr

Here is a list of all the postings Simon Barr has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: Too ambitious or achievable?
17/01/2020 18:45:09

I'm relatively new to the engineering world and mostly self taught, but enthusiastic and need a project. My lathe is sitting there just begging to be used but other than making practice swarf it's mostly idle.

I love the I/C engine in all it's forms so I thought that may be something I could aim for. After spotting an advert in the magazine I've looked at the Hemmingway kits site and the Kiwi Mk2 has caught my eye. Am I being too ambitious with this choice?

I have my lathe (Warco mini) with assorted tooling, 3 and 4 jaw chucks and a face plate, lots of hand tools and access to a pillar drill. Also a vertical slide but it's an older one and doesn't have a vice as such. Am I well enough kitted out for such a project or would a mill be needed?

Any suggestions welcomed.


Thread: CAD for a Chromebook
13/01/2020 20:19:57

Just a quick update regading QCad. I can confirm that QCad (Linux release) appears to run just fine on my Pixelbook. I downloaded and extracted the .tgz file from the website and extracted it. QCad ran with installation So in theory any Chromebook that can run Linux will run QCad. The best of both worlds IMHO.

I'm unfamiliar with using it or any CAD program really so I think I'll buy a printed copy of the book and have a play.


12/01/2020 11:26:37
Posted by Kiwi Bloke on 11/01/2020 21:22:47:

ChromeOS is designed for an on-line existence and is too limiting (and annoying) for general use (and would you trust Google anyway?), so why bother with a dual-boot set-up?

Edited By Kiwi Bloke on 11/01/2020 21:25:05

While that is true Chromeos is becoming increasingly useful offline. You can create email, edit docs, run Linux apps etc offline nowadays. How well that works for an individual is down to their needs, and for me it works just fine. Are you aware that you don't need to dual boot Linux on the chromebook? You can enable a virtual machine and just run Linux apps, then you have the best of both worlds. I'm a long time Linux fan and have used it since kernel 1.2.8.

I spoilt myself and got a pixelbook so local storage and processing power are both available, along with the most amazing piece of laptop hardware I've experienced. Very happy


Thread: Hi from Bedfordshire
11/01/2020 19:55:04

Hi Martin.

I love engines of all types and used to own a Petter A2 (I think). Single cylinder side valve, weighed a ton sort of thing. It had to go a couple of years ago when I moved here though. I'd forgotten that I did make some bushes to account for wear in the carb/governor linkage on it. Hopefully one day I will have another.


11/01/2020 18:53:58

Hi, new member here.

I've had my Warco mini lather for just over ten years now but not given it much use so I'm here hoping to inspire myself and learn new skills. I have made the odd part and also tuned my air rifle with bits made on the Warco. Motorbikes are a love of mine but as yet I've not made anything for any of the ones I have now or previously owned.

That may change in the future...


Thread: CAD for a Chromebook
11/01/2020 18:35:31

Hi, my first post here

With Chromebooks you don't dual boot Linux, but you can seamlessly run Linux apps in a virtual machine. Not all Chromebooks can do this so research the models before buying. The feature is considered beta and things like cut and paste can be slow but I find it works well.

I may be teaching you to suck eggs but Chromebooks have an 'expiry date' after which they will no longer receive updates from Google. Personally I love their simplicity. I worked in IT for nearly thirty years and got entirely fed up with windows. I have a pixel book myself so I may look at qcad and see if it runs.


Magazine Locator

Want the latest issue of Model Engineer or Model Engineers' Workshop? Use our magazine locator links to find your nearest stockist!

Find Model Engineer & Model Engineers' Workshop

Latest Forum Posts
Support Our Partners
JD Metals
Eccentric July 5 2018
rapid Direct
Eccentric Engineering
Subscription Offer

Latest "For Sale" Ads
Latest "Wanted" Ads
Get In Touch!

Do you want to contact the Model Engineer and Model Engineers' Workshop team?

You can contact us by phone, mail or email about the magazines including becoming a contributor, submitting reader's letters or making queries about articles. You can also get in touch about this website, advertising or other general issues.

Click THIS LINK for full contact details.

For subscription issues please see THIS LINK.

Digital Back Issues

Social Media online

'Like' us on Facebook
Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
 Twitter Logo

Pin us on Pinterest