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Thread: Unknown Make and Model of old lathe
11/06/2021 12:16:20

Good to see identified Stephen

Fine looking lathe and well worth restoring.


Thread: Lack of material and prices
11/06/2021 07:55:06

Travis Perkins is warning that around 40 per cent of its branch network does not have enough cement to supply UK customers.

They have since increased their price of a bag by 15% this week .


Thread: Complete newbie
10/06/2021 17:03:33
Posted by Brian H on 09/06/2021 09:00:18:

Hello Alex and welcome. I can vouch for MaccModels, they are very good and as Andy (above) recomends, local suppliers can also be good, but you need to know what specification of material to ask for. If you are working to a published design then this should not be a problem.

As you are new to road vehicle models then I would strongly advise looking at established published designs such as those from Live Steam Models (

There is a North Staffs MES ( although most MES' are railway oriented but some cater for road vehicles and most will carry out boiler testing and offer advice.

Please keep us up to date with what you decide and ask any questions on here.


Pllus one for Brian's suggestion for LSM for the larger scale traction engines. Good people to deal with

In 2inch scale, the Durham and North Yorkshire from Blackgates is anice engine.


Thread: Gidday All
10/06/2021 16:41:14

Gidday Damien and welcome on board.

Howard has provided a most comrehensive reply which all makes good reading.


Thread: Brazing Hearth
09/06/2021 11:26:55


Excellent suggestion and one that. i never thought of

J B = In hindsight, had I used Nick's method it would definitely made life a lot easier.


PS. my hearth stood on a pump up and down table for ease of use ref working height.

09/06/2021 11:26:54


Excellent suggestion and one that. i never thought of

J B = In hindsight, had I used Nick's method it would definitely made life a lot easier.


PS. my hearth stood on a pump up and down table for ease of use ref working height.

Thread: Stuart 10v valve rod
09/06/2021 08:55:55

Last resort - Stuart can supply as a fully machined item


08/06/2021 20:56:21

Bit puzzled

1/8 rod is less than 3.3mm ?


Thread: Brazing Hearth
08/06/2021 20:51:13

John B

Forgive me for stating the obvious but it need to be capable of being used in the vertical plane as well as the horizontal, hence the need for the packing blocks to contain the vessel in either.


08/06/2021 19:48:15
Posted by John Billard 1 on 08/06/2021 19:30:23:

Thank you all for your comments - much appreciated. I have some Thermalite blocks or similar that I might use. Plan to mount them in an angle iron frame - I just wonder what the best size would be? I can visualise a 5 1/2" boiler barrel red hot - I don't want it going anywhere else!

John B

If this is the largest boiler you intend making then suggest overall length plus a small working allowance .

I made mine so, and for smaller boilers I then added offcut spacer blocks to reduce the working space .


Thread: Best place to buy materials
08/06/2021 17:53:54

25mm bar , but what thickness and lengths ? Also , are you needing steel or aluminium ?


Thread: Brazing Hearth
08/06/2021 07:38:54

Wooden frame lined with Celcon white insulating blocks, 100mm thick. Wood kept below block level.

Mine were all free from Travis Perkins - just ask for damaged ones and cut to size.


Thread: Filing machine uses?
06/06/2021 16:57:59
Posted by Bazyle on 06/06/2021 16:17:04:

There is also a kit available I think in the USA. The only non tapered files you can now commonly get are shainsaw sharpening files. Queue someone saying the y just picked up 50 for tuppence at a car boot sale yesterday.

Hemingway in the UK do a kit

Sawing & Filing Attachment

Ref: HK 2140

Price: £83.20 (Including VAT at 20%)


06/06/2021 11:28:13

Several interesting videos on YouTube showing them in use , may be worth a peep.


Thread: Scalped on my doorstep - it left an unpleasant taste in my mouth.
06/06/2021 10:59:53

CCTV camera and camera warning signs work for us .


04/06/2021 20:02:19
Posted by Graham Titman on 04/06/2021 19:15:40:

Hope you had a happy birthday Bill

Thanks Graham - indeed I did. One of the best in years, thanks to my new wife .

Take care . Best wishes


04/06/2021 18:44:01
Posted by Harry Wilkes on 04/06/2021 16:31:51:

Thanks everyone for your replies placed order mid day not long recieved email to say my order been dispatched yes



I like good news on my birtday . Well pleased.

Take care


Thread: Hinckley C
04/06/2021 15:48:56


We were there at the same time . Had a pal called Roland Law - I think he was in R & D but may be wrong

Arrived at 79 today, so memory not as good as it used to be.

Caustic soda and acid and oil as you say is how I remember it .

Found the process at BFF on the same site interesting

Thanks for bringing back happy memories


04/06/2021 13:47:29
Posted by Steve Skelton 1 on 04/06/2021 11:11:54:

I am very grateful to BCL (British Cellophane Ltd) or smellyphane which used to be part of Courtaulds - they had a brilliant personnel development programme and paid me to go to university. Miss the old place.


Interesting post Steve as they sent me to UNI as well in the late 1970's.

The old steam loco, an .0-4-0 was on display by the security hut on main gate at the BCL had its own siding into the factory frpm the main line as you may well recall.

My most welcome Akzo Nobel pension still arrives monthly.


Edited By br on 04/06/2021 13:48:54

04/06/2021 07:39:26

Endorse above comments

Used them often when I was active without any problems .


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