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Member postings for Bill Dawes

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

Thread: Steam raising blower
11/01/2022 10:17:40

When i first started in this ME lark I bought copies of MEW as well as ME, seeing all those exciting projects for tools, jigs, fixtures etc, but I soon realised that I would be spending all my time making things to make things without actually making anything other than things to make things!!!

Riding trolley is my next step, see my other post on Phoenix.

Bill D.

10/01/2022 22:11:25

Well guys, as I have posted before, I should be embarrassed at buying a fan, I am a semi retired engineering manager at an industrial fan and blower company!!, albeit a few hundred kw larger than our steam raising ones.

Truth is I can't be bothered, a nice cast ally one better appeals to me, have limited time to make models let alone anything else.

Polly models are helping me on this.

Thanks for replies.

Bill D.

Thread: Phoenix Locos
10/01/2022 22:03:16

Worked that time, had an email from Keith, he is calling me tomorrow.

Bill D.

10/01/2022 14:48:29

Ok thanks for that, will try again.

Bill D.

09/01/2022 22:49:23

Dave, take your point about covid and hols but this goes back several weeks.

Encouraged by experience of Baz however so will persevere although I am puzzled why my emails don't get answered, have tried on Yahoo and GMail accounts in case there was an issue with spam.

Bill D.

Thread: Steam raising blower
09/01/2022 18:32:55

My last couple of posts lacking in checking of grammar/spelling, must do better.

Bill D.

09/01/2022 18:30:41

Hi all, anyone know of a secret supplier of these, seem to be in short supply, just waiting for response of Polly and hope they might be able to help.

Assume as with most things in life they come from China.

Bill D.

Thread: Phoenix Locos
09/01/2022 18:25:43

Numerous emails have gone unanswered, phone call just rang out. Will have one more try phoning and then give up I think, All I want to do is spend my money, why is it so difficault sometimes.

Bill D.

Thread: what happened to...
06/01/2022 21:27:57

No Neil no intention of starting it again.

Not seen it for a few days so sorry if it got out of hand, that was not my intention, just concerned about application of the law but I can appreciate this sort of subject can develop badly.

Bill D.

06/01/2022 19:47:24

What happened to the post on the colston statue issue, censored?

Bill D.

Thread: Internet Speed ?
05/01/2022 18:50:16

We live in a rural area in Somerset and up until a year ago had to make do with BT slow band (8mbps if lucky) in our area Truespeed began digging up roads in earnest in lots of villages, we now get nearly 80mbps having subscribed to the Truespeed lowest package.

Contracts are fixed price for the duration compared to BT 'contracts' which puts the price up mid contract if they feel like it.

Bill D.

Thread: Do you "still" enjoy driving?
30/12/2021 16:35:36

I always find it slightly amusing listening to people moan about driving standards, as I do frequently to be fair, driving standards generally are abysmal in my opinion but the thing that amuses me is that everybody agrees, has anyone ever come across someone that has said yes I'm one of those, my driving is terrible.

Bill D.

Thread: Rivetting
29/12/2021 21:44:58

Alan, sorry only just revisited this post, thank you for your kind offer, I will see how I get on (haven't got back to it yet) and let you know if I need info.

Bill D.

Thread: Do you "still" enjoy driving?
29/12/2021 21:36:19

Peter, your driving philosophy and length of experience pretty much mirrors mine. I remember my early days of motoring when I used to go for a drive just because I wanted to. My youngest son does the same thing, something my wife just does not get.

I am from Birmingham originally, lived in Somerset for the last 25 years where I can drive 10 or 12 miles across the levels in no time at all, trips back to Brum are not enjoyable, wonder how I used to manage to drive in these conditions day in day out to work. With a good run I can get up to outskirts of Brum not that much different in time to the last leg down the A45 sometimes.

We do have the M5 down here of course which I try to stay well clear of in the summer, a weekend car park, however I have many memories of trips to the west country in the 60s and it could be pretty awful then down the A38.

When I see the narrow high street through Highbridge I can't believe that all that traffic went through there every summer.

So in answer to you original question Peter, I do not enjoy driving like a used to but is that entirely due to traffic conditions or, as many things, the way we see life in our teens compared to older age.

I very often wish I had the outlook of my teen years, without all the things that annoy and irritate me know.

However at 80 years and a couple of weeks old driving a couple of hundred miles does not phase me although I hate driving on these dark winter nights especially if it is wet.

Bill D.

Thread: Guided bus lane
24/12/2021 18:23:20

Just noticed your posting by chance Martin, assume you live in area, terrible news about two deaths, do you know any more detail. Fortunately my wife and I were just shaken up by this totally unexpected incident, (as well as damage which must have been over £1k) can't imagine the deaths were to do with car trap but bearing in mind we had only just pulled away from traffic lights so just a few mph, assume it would have been more serious with damage and possible injury at higher speed.

Bill D.

Thread: Macc Models Excellent service
21/12/2021 18:34:51

Yes, as I said before Macc excellent service and very well packed, takes longer to get it out of the wrapping than making the part!!! Good read of the local newspapers though.

Bill D.

Thread: Rivetting
19/12/2021 19:06:19

Thanks guys, I did wonder if there was a tool available, not looked yet but guess it would need to be quite large to fit to rivet on front of cab and then round the roof to inside of cab.

Think I will stick with Jason's suggestion, more or less how I have done it before when just hammering over plain end but with supports for cab so I can position set and hammer over.

Usual story I suppose, take a bit more trouble in setting up to make job easier in the end and achieving a good result.

Bill D.

18/12/2021 17:58:12

Hi all, about to rivet window frames in place in my Emma Victoria 5" gauge.

Now you all know how many operations require more than the two pairs of hands most of us are equipped with, I have had similar rivetting problems but most of them I could get away with holding the rivet set in a vise and with a bit of dexterity manage to hold the work and a hammer to just flatten the other end over, it was hidden but I can sense the purists cringing at the thought of that.

In this case both ends of the rivet will be in view so a neat job is called for, any tips guys. I could just use screws and nuts I suppose but thought that might not look right.

Bill D.

Thread: Hello from Bromsgrove
13/12/2021 22:19:00

Building your own kit is ok if you have the time, when I first started in ME about 10 years ago I had all sort of plans to build tooling but soon realised if I did that I wouldn't have time to actually build any models.

But of course we all have different interests and time availability.

Bill D.

12/12/2021 19:00:36

Welcome Stuart, exiled Brummie now living in Somerset, also lived in Bromsgrove for a while.

I have a Clarke (machine mart) bandsaw I bought a few years ago, now you could argue that it is inferior in quality to more expensive ones but I have to say it has proved more than adequate for me on many occasions, mine is a vertical/horizontal type and I have probably used it mainly in the vertical position, saved me hours carving out pieces of plate, not had that many rounds that large that required a bandsaw but certainly useful cutting pipe or angle iron compared to handsawing.

Bill D.

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