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Member postings for Ian S C

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Thread: Ian S C Back again
21/01/2020 12:00:46

Hi I'm back again, been off since mid October having brain surgery, radio and chemotherapy for a brain tumour.Thought it was time to get back to the forum. Had to get a new password, the old one died. Looks like I'll need to do the same on the Stirling Engine Forum, they have had BIG change over there.Hope I'll be around for a while yet, Ian S C

Thread: Pulley material
03/10/2019 11:57:48

There's not alot wrong with making a V pulliey from ply wood. Keep it dry and in line. Ian S C

Thread: How many Hammers
27/09/2019 13:04:03

Had a rough count, and gave up after 18.

Ian S C

Thread: Water in fuel
26/09/2019 12:38:40

Part of the daily inspection of a light aircraft is to check the fuel forOne rule is to keep the fuel tank full, this helps to minimalise the build up of water in the fuel system. If the plane is parked up over night with partly empty tanks quite a bit of water can form as condensation.

Ian S C

Thread: Trip to New Zealand
19/09/2019 10:35:24

There is a new bit of red tape being advertised for people coming into the country it's called NZETA, New zealand Electronic Travel Authority, your travel agent will know what is required, if you get it wronge they might not let you go home. Welcome to NZ. Ian S C

Edited By Ian S C on 19/09/2019 10:41:15

Thread: Living Van Plans
18/09/2019 12:16:53

This is a type of waggon made in NZ 1920/30s in Christchurch, there are a few still around at Traction engine rallys.No plans. Whare Maori for house

Ian S C

Whare, also known as the Stinky

Thread: Telescopic tubing
18/09/2019 11:49:32

I used a bit of 1.5" galv water pipe for a power cylinder of a hot air motor, got to just on the right bore then ping and the weld let go. I closed it up with a jubilee clip then ran a weld down the outside of the tube, the motor still runs well with a cast iron piston. After welding and boring to size it was honed with a brake cylinder hone, then lapped with a wooden lap.

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Thread: Any interesting lathe projects for beginners?
18/09/2019 11:32:32

I mae a double headed penny whe I first got my new lathe, Gripped the coins in the three jaw chuck and faced them off to half thickness, Then sweatted them together with solder.

Ian S C

Thread: Stirling hot air engine.
17/09/2019 13:23:13

The steel case of a used NiCad battery. Make sure it is flat, zero volts before you attack it there is every thing from AAA to D size. Alkaline batteries also have steel cases, but the + tit is on the closed end of the case.

Ian S C


Thread: Scissors
17/09/2019 13:01:09

I have a pair here that were used by mum's aunt who was a glove maker. The adjusting screw is missing, and I doubt if I have one that fit in my collection of thousands.

Ian S C

Thread: Stuck oil filter
12/09/2019 13:02:14

A few years back a neigbour had a similar problem changinging the filter on his partners car, and after about 4hrs into the evening he was just about to take the engine out, I went over with a big screwdriver and 10 minutes later the new filter was on.

Ian S C

Thread: Diecast/white metal model.
07/09/2019 13:34:10

I assembled a Fine Scale model of a ALCHIN royal CHESTER traction engine, the kit had been bought about twenty years pryor to me getting hold of it somewhere about the mid 1990s. It's around 4" long, and rather pricy, 3 or 4 hundred pounds. Made for a wealthy farmer who had owned a full size one until about 40 years ago. His son now owns the farm, and I think there is still some coal in one of the sheds.

Ian S C

Allchin Royal Chester

Thread: Aluminium cylinder, Viton rings
05/09/2019 11:19:57

Rather than O rings, maybe try Teflon plumbers tape. I would use a harder grade of alloy for the cylinder.

Ian S C

Thread: Decent Demagnetiser?
05/09/2019 11:04:15

I made a demagnetizer using a primary coil from the transform,er from a microwave oven, powered by a 12v transformer from a low voltage electric blanket. The coil is in the ply box on the left.

Ian S C

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Thread: Trip to New Zealand
30/08/2019 12:44:03

In the far north I remember Clapam's Clocks(C or K?) when on holiday up there early 1960s.

Ian S C

Thread: Aircraft General Discussion
30/08/2019 12:36:12

Neil, they are keeping an eye on you, a fairly brief one at that. It's rare to see military aircraft around here, last one was a P-3 Orion a couple of years ago at least, atv about 10,000ft.

Ian S C

Thread: Home Made "Inserts" -Feelin' Groovy.
30/08/2019 12:11:18

A piece of saw blade with a tip on it, and a hole in the side would make a parting tool of your holder. You should grind the end of the tip square(green grit wheel or diamond). With a little tool like this take things quietly, don't just rip into a great big lump of steel bar at a million rpm..

Ian S C

29/08/2019 11:35:02

A useful insert can be made from a piece cut from a carbide tipped circular saw blade (note that each alternate tip is handed left and right. These blades are regularly thrown out when a tip is damaged). I have used these tips in ordenary lathe tools and boring bars, I choose ones that are about 1.5 mm squ x 3 mm long, they come in smaller and larger sizes.

Ian S C

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Thread: Naerok milling machine manual
28/08/2019 12:10:17

Put Naerok mill in the window with keyword in it, click down all topics and you will get the Naerok mill manual, could be useful.

Ian S C

Thread: Trip to New Zealand
27/08/2019 12:10:15

Christchurch: Steam Scene, and Ferrymede and the Airforce museum, the later do the full restoration hanger tour, And have a go on the Mosquito flight simulator, it was tuned by ex mosquito pilots to be as near to the real thing as possible without actually flying. Ferrymede are actualy rebuilding a Mossie for static display along with a Hudson bomber ans a F27 Friendship. Both the museums at Ashburton are worth a visit. While you are in Wellington, go see Weta Workshops. I,m not sure of the status of the two WW1 exhibits, but if either is open go to it.

While your in Canterbury, think about taking a day trip on the Trans Alpine rail trip, it's not cheap(you may think you just bought the train, Ideal trip is road one way, and rail the other, 9am the train goes west about 100M from my place, and about 6pm it comes back, it carries on another 40K to Christchurch.Considered one of the top train trips in the world.

Ian S C

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