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Member postings for John Penfold

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Thread: Steam fittings
13/02/2019 10:27:10

Hi Peter

I recently bought a 1/4 x 40 syphon and banjo fitting for a steam pressure gauge -

If it works have a look here on page 38 of 60.


Thread: Completed Twin Inline IC Engine
02/01/2019 08:07:50



Thread: Electrolux vacuum - Need to make a missing wheel
05/11/2018 17:24:44

I bet you didn't ask the indoor manager if she wanted it fixed. Most likely would have asked for a more efficient, more powerful, lighter and cordless.

I'm sure that Mr Grumpy bragging about his repair got a lot of muttering angry 2.


Thread: I finished a project!
07/09/2018 22:16:07

I am sure that felt good. Well done.


Thread: Mystery lathe on eBay
04/09/2018 20:29:00

Good one ☝️


Thread: Really hope this finds a home....
03/07/2018 15:05:18

Looks a bit time expired to me.


Thread: LBSC "Dot"
02/05/2018 07:31:09

Dragbeam bracket 2.jpegHere are the pictures.

Dragbeam bracket 1.jpeg

Thread: Mobile Networks
01/05/2018 08:53:18

I think the answer is yes - if you still have your old PAYG phone / sim card.

The latest is you pay monthly use it or not.

If you do not use the phone much then there are cheap deals of £5 to £8 /pm giving enough data, texts and calls to keep a low user satisfied.


Thread: LBSC "Dot"
01/05/2018 08:46:48

Thanks again Phil.

I have had a GOOD look at the plans with my workbook close at hand. This is what I came up with. The bracket material looked the same thickness as the loco frame (1.6mm - 1/16". There wasn't any lower bracket for the drag-pin mentioned previously. With some head scratching, I measured out a piece of 1/16 and cut & bent into the shape shown in the red sketch on the part plan. When it is a bit further progressed - through trial and error as I am on the second cutting and bending - I will post a picture.


dragbeam detail 3.jpg

30/04/2018 08:05:32

Thanks Phil.

I’ll work with this.


29/04/2018 16:41:58

Oh dear - these bits must “unmentionables”


29/04/2018 06:44:28

I have at long last, progressed my LBSC Dot build to the missing build detail of running boards, cab dimensions and the loco - tender drawbar.

The narrative and plans of both the loco and the tender do not show a drawbar nor provide a clue of the fittings required.

Would someone be so kind as to give me a clue of what the drawbar looks like and how I may work out it's length and connections.

Thread: what is this tool for?
09/04/2018 17:41:05

A pensioner’s tool to use on a burglar?


Thread: Lift-span Bridge
07/04/2018 06:34:46

Hello Peter

I have been watching with interest as you took (what I thought would be a simple project) into something really impressive.

Maybe I should have commented (?), but you were doing well enough and I was hoping for a final video of the system in action.


Thread: Yet another what am I !
17/03/2018 17:57:15

Thanks Bob

17/03/2018 14:40:53

Forgive the ignorance, but what would an inlay stringing tool do?

Thread: 6" Burrell, Finished at last !
16/03/2018 07:29:43

Really nice.

Thread: Medding MF4 drill pulley
13/10/2017 06:26:25

Sorry if it seems silly - are you really sure there isn't a small grub screw hiding at the bottom of the hole. I've been caught by a seemingly empty little black hole only to find a short grub at the bottom.


Thread: Warco Mini Lathe Emergency stop / Direction control not resetting?
02/10/2017 05:37:12

Hello Chris,

Try giving the stop button a pull. I found that the stop button mechanics had loosened so that the switch located in the bottom portion of the switch assembly had moved so that it did not work correctly.


Thread: Hello, I'm John
25/09/2017 14:53:29

Hello all,

I'm John in Chippenham Wiltshire and recently taken up model engineering. Being fairly new to machining, I signed up at the local college for evening classes to learn how to use the lathe and milling machines.

I have started making a two cylinder flame eater as a college project, and a gauge 1 "Dot" to see how it is done.

I have enjoyed following some threads and thought it time to say hello.

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