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Member postings for Ian Abbott

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Thread: Long term rust prevention
10/07/2009 18:10:47
Take a look at Workshop Heaven, they have the new generation rust treatment and prevention products from Shield Technology.  They are very good and not expensive.

Usual disclaimers.....

Thread: Latest Special is in Smiths
02/07/2009 17:18:42
I finally picked one up from Smiths in Torquay this afternoon, they had ten on the shelf.

29/06/2009 20:25:53
I checked Smiths in Totnes this afternoon, who didn't have any.  I did find a couple of the current ME stuffed behind everything.

What I did find, was a special on "Tornado".  I only allowed myself a quick look inside to verify and now I'm anticipating sitting down to relish slowly.
Thread: To Web Master
29/06/2009 09:40:08
Hi David,

I usually do compose off line, but y'know what it's like, you're just going to write a couple of lines, get carried away.........

I should do a quick select and copy, but there go the senior moments again... my wife worries....

Thread: good beginner book - timing diagrams, etc
28/06/2009 11:45:09
Ok, senior moment there, with losing the post.

The correct title of Newton & Steeds is "The Motor Vehicle". 

I checked on Amazon and a 2004 copy, which now has Garrett as an additional author (I think the other two kicked the bucket a long time ago, as the first edition was 1929),  is priced at $74.99.  Something like the 13th edition.  I did see a fourth or fifth edition in a bookshop in York, I think, at something like five quid.  I'll look in Totnes on Monday, the used book shop there has some good stuff.

I haven't seen a later copy to compare with my  4th edition, so I can't comment on it.

28/06/2009 10:51:26
Did a thoughtful post about the best book for learning.  When I tried to post it, the page logged me out and lost the post.

Can't be bothered to think it all out again, so,  find a copy of Newton and Steeds, Automobile Technology.  It's out of print, I think, mine's from 1963.
Best book ever written on engines and chassis.

I also have Audels Automobile Guide from 1917, which has some interesting diagrams and information on old engines and carburation.  

I can't check in them right now, they're still packed away from the last move.

As well,  have the books we used when I was teaching automotives in Canada, they're rubbish. 

You see both books in old book shops and car boots.  EBay might be a bit pricey.

Thread: To Web Master
28/06/2009 10:41:58
Sat here typing for half an hour, working out a posting.

When I hit add posting, it logged me out and dumped the post.

That's the second time that's happened.

Thread: New Subscription Freebies
28/06/2009 10:14:17
On the other hand, none subscribers pay more for the magazine and keep small newsagents in business.

Plus, readers who move frequently, where subscription isn't practical, can never get the perks of the "Subscribe  Now" pitch.  I think that enclosures in the magazine are a far better deal.

And,  "Watercraft" magazine have joined the band wagon, with drawings and offsets for a Paul Gartside 16' cruiser in the magazine. 

Thread: Model Engineer Page Count increase and free plans
24/06/2009 21:22:50
There's no way that I'd get permission for either the big one, or Jay's.   I take it that this is his workshop at the bottom of the garden.

Occasionally, if I'm waiting for the boss to get out of the library in Dartmouth, I go and stare at the Newcomen engine across the road.  It has crossed my mind that they might not miss a bit disappearing at a time......

Which brings on another thought.  A Newcomen engine would be a straight forward project, no castings, everything could be fabricated, even the addition of a sectional flywheel if water pumping isn't one's thing.  Everyday plumbing supplies should take care of the steam and water side.  One interesting point would be that it can be a big engine that could be dismantled for moving to exhibitions.

Am I talking myself into a design project here.  They do have schematics and illustrations in the little museum, so I might go down there and mull it over later in the week.

23/06/2009 18:06:15
Damn....   Now I have to start the long process of convincing she who will be obeyed that we really do need a beam engine..... And an engine house to keep it and the boiler.

22/06/2009 19:12:29
I've always fancied procrastinating over a largish beam engine along with the other projects that will never be finished.  The 4F is at  33 years right now, but I did finish a few boats and a couple of printing presses in the meantime.

'Bout 18"ish flywheel would do. Of course, the 4 1/2" of the gap in my old Randa Model "A" would mean a new lathe, which would take about ten years to wheedle past the boss.

On second thoughts, a beam engine with a nine inch flywheel.

And, is there anything along the lines of a single cylinder Lister diesel that would run a small generator.  I love those old engines, takes me back to the farm.

Thread: Budget storage
14/06/2009 17:33:22
What is a "SWMBO"?  Are they dangerous?  Should I avoid train carriages with them in residence?

Thread: C A D for Mac
06/06/2009 20:47:01
I ran the CADintosh trial on my Intel MacBook and it seems to have a shallow learning curve, with some interesting tools.  It's not Vectorworks, but neither is the price and if I were looking for a simple drawing program I'd give it a go.

On Vectorworks, my V11 works equally well on the Dual G5 tower and the Intel, if anyone needs to consider that for upgrading in the future.

31/05/2009 20:54:48
Try this one.  It's shareware at $30 US, that's about £12 I guess.
I've downloaded a copy to try, but I use their other products such as Graphic Converter and they are good.
It's only 2D, but perhaps in conjunction with the 3D Google Sketchup it might work.

31/05/2009 09:47:49
I found a couple of programs for the Mac.  Google Sketchup isn't so much of a CAD program as a 3D modeling one.  It looks as though it could have some use though. 
It's at   <>

Another is FreeCad  which apparently has programs for both Mac and PC. I haven't tried it yet, but from reading the gumph, it seems to need something like Parallels, which makes it a bit pointless.

I'll keep looking 

30/05/2009 10:11:15
Sorry, hold that thought, the search engine lied, it's Windows stuff.

Handy for you PC guys though.

30/05/2009 10:08:38
Ok, go to....

There is a whole page of free CAD stuff.  I haven't checked any out yet, but I'll troll through some, for my own information.  If I see anything else, I'll post it here.

30/05/2009 09:58:13
If you ever have the spare cash, get hold of Vectorworks for the Mac.  It'll work with pretty much any program that will import and export DXF and EPS files PC or Mac.
It's one of those things that you don't regret investing in once you have it.

I do also keep an old Windows laptop for my boat design software, but like most things PC it won't transfer to anything, even on the same computer. 

Check on the web, as there used to be some free draughting software for pre-Intel Macs and I would imagine that there should be something upgraded by now.  I do have copies of the free stuff on my G5 Mac and it should be ok to pass it on.

I'll take a look around and if I see anything for Intel Macs, I'll post the URL.

Thread: GWR Metro pdf copies of the orginal articles in ME
19/05/2009 20:26:03

If you have difficulty with PDF's on this site, adding a link to a separate URL would work, it seems a lot of sites do this, probably to keep things easier to handle.

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