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Thread: Mamod Locomotive Rebuild
23/12/2021 09:59:25

I think the key word in your comments Chris was 'traditionally'. Regardless of how much people like us may appreciate the models, I have a feeling the the vast majority of young folk given a straight choice between a Mamod engine and an X-Box or Playstation the choice would be quite simple these days!

They're collectors pieces or toys for much-older-boys now! (I've got one on the shelf in my workshop).

Thread: DRO's and mental agility
22/12/2021 10:47:22

A bit of not too serious rambling (Hence why it's posted in the Tea Room), as it's too cold to go into the workshop.
Having just finished fitting a VFD to my lathe & being very impressed with the end results from this technology, my thoughts turned to DRO's for the lathe or Mill - or possibly both.
Have gone back over a multitude of postings on ideas, tips, methods & comments etc and the consensus always seems to be 'never know how I managed without them' or suchlike.
There seems to be many, many plusses and very few minuses from what I read. Started looking around for suitable units and was surprised with the range & quality on the market.
I initially thought of starting with a very simple one for my lathe cross slide - then depending on the success or otherwise, 2 or 3 axis for the mill in due course.
The crux of the matter is two - fold. Firstly, reasonably priced units (from reputable suppliers) often state accuracy figures of + or - .02 or .03mm. My x-slide calibration dial is .04 / div. now, I'm quite happy that even I - with my less than perfect abilities - could get repeatable mechanical accuracy to .01 using that alone, particularly as I am 'used to' the backlash on my machine after many years of use. So, would a DRO necessarily be the magic bullet for accuracy? (I'm not commenting on nice features like metric - imp conversion / zeroing etc)
The second point (more frivolous, but still relevant I think) is without these techno - aids, does having to rapidly calculate and compensate on the fly help keep our elderly brains more sharp? You frequently read articles about this sort of thing (brain training etc. and there seems to be some good science behind it), and it really got me thinking - is this an underlying 'benefit' of our hobby?
OK. industrial environments, CNC etc - yes, I fully understand the needs and benefits of the technology, but for a hobby, is what I've just mentioned an overlooked feature that is good for us?
Something to ponder over the Christmas period.

Have a good Christmas - fingers crossed for a better 2022.
all the best Mike.

Thread: A great Victorian BRITISH Scam!
21/12/2021 10:20:23

Ok, there was obviously a lot of dodgy wheeling and dealing going on over it's lifetime, but the way i read it was that as a concept it was a good idea but not fully thought through / engineered before rushing to try and patent it - which always seemed critical in those days.

Lets face it, have you ever bought anything that after a few uses you don't start to think - oh, it would have been better with the control knob on the left, or that receptacle could do with being a bit larger etc, etc Nothing is ever 100% perfect to suit every user. Just have to give people some credit for at least trying!

Edited By Mike Hurley on 21/12/2021 10:35:52

Thread: Mamod Locomotive Rebuild
21/12/2021 10:03:48
Posted by Martin W on 20/12/2021 11:34:00:

Just had a Google search and it would appear that Mamod is still going strong, see here, but they are not cheap to buy


Edited By Martin W on 20/12/2021 11:35:18

Is anything cheap these days? To be fair, if you look up a short video of them making these models (youtube) you can appreciate the number of processes they go through to complete, test etc so are bound to cost a few quid.

I wonder if they are still made in this country, or like everything else - the far east?

regards Mike

20/12/2021 10:39:36

Hi William, welcome to this useful forum. In case you hadn't come acreoss them there have been several threads about Mamods on this site, some which may be of interest. Literally put 'Mamod' in the search box

reagrds Mike

Thread: warco 16 b advice
20/12/2021 10:30:52

Lots of related info in this forum, but without knowing the type of work you are thinking of doing it's impossible to give useful guidance.

Some peoples expectations of these 'hobby' standard machines is far too high and they end up dissapointed with the capability. so

- types of items to be worked on generally ?

- materials (e.g. mainly steel or non-ferrous) ?

- Size and 'duty' e.g. just the occasional repair job on small machine parts or lots of continous use on very big bits (definately a no-no) ?

Thread: Casting
20/12/2021 10:16:24

+1 for Owl. Very good service - they did several for me and was well pleased. Reasonable prices and good turnaround time. They'll draw up, protoype & cast from originals if you want.

Regards, Mike

Thread: Steam kits
19/12/2021 11:03:44

I'm sure it says somewhere on the site something about '10 pages in English' (Instructions) when it was outlining the contents of one of the kits I just happened to look at - can't remember which I'm afraid. Perhaps have a look at the full details of any model and see if it says similar.

Thread: going carbide on a Myford
19/12/2021 10:56:53

I obtained a couple of these non-ferrous inserts a while back and was initially pleased, but then had an iffy finish on a couple of jobs in Aluminium. On close inspection, i could make out a tiny peak of alloy built up on the cutting tip which was quite a job to chip off. Once cleaned, worked fine until the next time it happened again some time after.

I can't say what grade alloy was in use as I just have a general stock that was bought at shows etc, generally was cutting at high speed, so a bit bemused at the cause of the problem. Any ideas on the reason behind this anyone? Think I purchased them from a normal on line tool dealer I use regularly.and don't remember them being cheap & cheerful!

regards. Mike

Thread: G’day from Queensland Australia
19/12/2021 10:06:43

Welcome to the forum Ray. Lots of info here and plenty of knowledgable folk who can advise on most issues! I think most of us are trying to keep our heads down and avoid this bloody covid, but life has to go on.

Keep safe. All the best Mike

Thread: Pin-hole in oil pan - which product to patch it?
18/12/2021 17:47:18

I don't think any kind of epoxy or sticky stuff will adhere to the metal properly unless you can totally get rid of any oil residue. You must get the surface thoroughly clean & dry before trying or it just won't be reliable. Like Jimmy B, I would suggest JB weld but only in conjunction with my previous comments.

Another possibility may be Ultra-Violet cured patches. Do an internet search for ' UV patches for metal ' ., but again the surface being repaired must be pristine. There is no magic fix t.o an oily surface that I'm aware of..


Thread: A great Victorian BRITISH Scam!
18/12/2021 17:25:51

Definately worth a read, but do put enough time aside! ( It's almost as long as the T's & C's you end up agreeing to with things on-line! ) I never realised that the collecting / historical study of sewing machines was so in depth.

As a side issue. (related to the mention of Isaac Singer near the end of the article) - if & when things get back to normal, if you're ever around Paignton in Devon do try and visit his old ' house ' (Oldway mansion). Fabulous building (currently closed to the public) but with super gardens & great tea rooms. Lovely way to spend a few hours!

regards. Mike



Edited By Mike Hurley on 18/12/2021 17:30:07

Thread: Hello from Bromsgrove
14/12/2021 09:40:18

Having retired 5 years ago, I can tell you now that any grandiose ideas of ' all that time on your hands ' is total fallacy in my experience!. All the thoughts of ' when I retire, I can spend hours doing all those things I meant to do - models of this, engineering projects etc etc ' never seems to come about. Other 'jobs' seem to be always getting in the way.

Mind you, there is an element of time stretching a bit - I think when you were at work and only had perhaps evenings and weekends free you used to have to use the time effectively or things didn't get done, wheras now without that pressure the pace tends to be much slower - which to be fair is how it should be after 40-odd years of putting in graft!

Just keep your fingers crossed that you keep healthy and can enjoy your retirement.

All the best, Mike

Edited By Mike Hurley on 14/12/2021 09:41:33

12/12/2021 11:33:58

Welcome Stuart. I'm just down the road from you near Stourbridge. As an ex-toolmaker you must be pretty skilled for starters as I know how demanding that sort of work can be (my late father-in-law was one).

Building a band saw? Is this purely an initial idea or a specific project. The reason I ask is that if it's for just general cutting metal for other projects have you considered it may be better to look at buying one of the quite modestly priced ones currently availabe. If you do a search on articles on this site you'll come across many recent postings on the topic - including often quite reasonably priced versions purchased through Aldi & Lidl!

I obviously don't know your personal circumstances re finances, but it may be worth looking into the real cost comparisons of all the raw materials you will need versus the sort of thing I mention above.

In the past, I've learned that in many cases, when I have made workshop equipment they rarely come up to scratch compared to good commercial items (perhaps its just me? ) OK if its something unique, or beyond the normal depth of my pockets - fine, I'll have a go. but generally I prefer to use tools and machinery to make things of more direct interest to myself. Not many people will consider making a lathe or mill from scratch would they?

Anyway, whatever you decide to do, enjoy! You will always find a wealth of useful information and helpful folks herein.

All the best. Mike

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2021
10/12/2021 10:37:08

So have I. regards Mike

Thread: Hello
08/12/2021 10:24:57

As a follow up, if you are interested - the story about your late grandfather being contacted by the US Navy is totally believable as Sterling engines do have a place on navy vessels (especially submarines) as they are inherently very quiet compared to Internal Combustion engines.

Have a search on the web about the ' Goatland class ' submarines used by the Swedish navy!

regards, Mike

Edited By Mike Hurley on 08/12/2021 10:26:59

08/12/2021 10:11:53

These look fascinating Samuel. Perhaps you might find it worth your while contacting one of the model engineering auction houses who deal with specialist items like this. They sometimes advertise through this site / associated magazines.

OK you'll pay commision etc but could get better prices than an ' open ' advert on places like ebay.

Just a thought. Regards

Edited By Mike Hurley on 08/12/2021 10:12:41

Just remembered - try

Edited By Mike Hurley on 08/12/2021 10:14:49

Thread: Windows 10 "upgrade" to Windows 11 Anyone tried it?
05/12/2021 12:29:42

Thanks for the info Clive. I never had to manually accept the offer of a download - it did it in the background some while back. I didn't even know - just thought when it went into super go-slo mode it was just doing usual security updates etc!

Its useful to know that it will abort early if it finds issues though.

regards, Mike

05/12/2021 11:37:27

If the update icon on windows 10 says ' upgrade to Windows 11 is ready for your pc ' do I assume that this machine is fully compatible anyway , ( its 2 -3 years old ). ?

I don't want to waste any more of my life waiting for an upgrade to take place and then it to tell me after 2 hours that it can't complete due to xxx or xxx,

Thread: Drilling and filling of the Dental kind.
04/12/2021 12:25:40

My dentist works for a group, based locally. He is excellent, cannot praise him enough.

He does all the NHS work at 'list' price, but gives the option of certain work privately with an clear estimate. e.g. having ' white ' crowns instead of the standard NHS metal ones. ( The NHS will not pay for the white ones) So it's your choice and no pressure at all. He's also a really nice chap.

Count my blessings some time!

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