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Thread: Coronavirus
15/03/2020 10:06:55

I'm still at a loss to understand the universal greed for bog-rolls!.

Certainly in the UK (and, probably, worldwide) there is a surfeit of suitable material poured out daily by our newspaper publishers. The 'war-time spirit' of 39-45 brought into play the 'fold into 4 and cut, with a hole inthe corner for string' process. Not, perhaps, as soothing as the latest triple layered quilted, pretty-coloured product touted by the hype merchants, but it worked satisfactorily for 5 or 6 years, and has the extra satisfaction of the product being suited to its content!

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Bill

Thread: Aircraft General Discussion
13/03/2020 23:34:23

Witnessed 2 and a 'half' bang seat events when I was S&R instructing at Valley - all from Gnats. The 2 were 'Bloggs' and his instructor when the pitch control jammed. Their departure straightened up the trim and the Gnat continued circling on its own and descending slowly to end up close to a batch of holidaymaker swimmers ... no one hurt!

The 'half' was the climax of a three ship formation take-off when No. 3 selected gear up too soon. He went back onto the runway sans gear and skidding on the slipper tanks. They caught fire and produced a travelling fireball about 20-30 yards behind him. He eventually came to a stop on the peri track just behind a queue of traffic waiting to cross the runway threshold. Bloggs was out and running just ahead of the fireball. Gnat bang seats were pneumatic in operation and after the fire had cooked the firing tube for a minute or so, the tube worked! Our resident Whirlwind had rushed to the spot to see if they could help and the departing seat missed their rotor by 'not a lot'!! We later heard that the head of the traffic queue was a a fuel bowser and,. seeing the Gnat plus fire ball heading towards him, he stripped every gear in the box trying to get moving!! Valley had its 'interesting' moments1

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Bill

Thread: ML7 Main Shaft Slipping?
11/03/2020 14:08:42

Make life simple - fit your VFD to a TriLeva - works a treat! cheeky

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Bill

Thread: Coronavirus
11/03/2020 13:07:56

I'm not sure what I am being ask to stop here...

Simple - the troll ouput such as " my friend ... ; I heard ...: I saw in the paper ... etc. etc. "

There is rarely a problem which cannot be made worse by these unattributed claptrap posts. They should be stamped on immediately. The need is for more of the robust humour from 'dunnunder' ... good on yer, blokes!

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Bill

Thread: Complicated post
09/03/2020 11:52:14

The perils of self-glorification coupled with dispensing toys from perambulators on public forums has rarely been demonstrated more fully. We are blessed with liberal moderators!

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Bill

Thread: Coronavirus
09/03/2020 11:37:14

I'm sure that SOD mean't well by his last ... but QED!!!!

Trying to evaluate rubbish is ........rubbish!

Can the mods stop this PLEASE

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Bill

09/03/2020 10:29:11

"... A Friend with dealings in China and friends in highish places"

and .

"Now that does sound logical. Wipe out the human race. My god what is it coming to."

The internet is a valuable asset but the ability to publish anonymised, unsubstantiated tosh and piffle , AND support such, makes it as problematical as the virus.

A forum dealing with practicalities ought to be better than that!angry

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Bill

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
07/03/2020 12:16:56

Nigel Graham 2 - I share both your 'problems! The solution to the jar opening came by accident - buying an 'interesting' device (purpose unknown!) in a charity shop. It turned out to be one of these **LINK**

There are similar available at different prices. They are both extremely efficient and (for overgrown schoolkids like me) fascinating in action. Worth the price just to watch the action! Definitely designed by an engineer!!

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Bill

Thread: Complicated post
06/03/2020 11:25:41

Absolutely amazing!! I don't have 'a dog in this fight' (D-W for the second time) but I cannot recall EVER, in any sphere of commercial activity, a supplier making a reasoned case for competitors in that field!! Ketan has, for years, appeared 'above the parapet' and offered unbiased advice and assistance to forum members and customers (both his and others). There MAY be other, similarly public-spirited commercial endeavours but (in 80 + years) I have yet to come across one!

Were I in Stevie's position, the answer would be simple!

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Bill

Thread: Coronavirus
04/03/2020 13:53:50

JA, Bill Chugg and Peak4 - should i assume that you reacted similarly to the confirmed statistics for the annual influenza toll? To paraphrase ... 'morbidity is as morbidity does'.

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Bill

Thread: Recovering from disaster
20/02/2020 11:47:09

An additional thought re disasters in general - one of our contributors some years back suffered a garage/workhop fire which gutted the building. He was Terry D (?) and I haven't seen anything from him for some time. His original posts may well be of help in forming plans etc.

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Bill

20/02/2020 10:48:09

Where to start ... both in actuality and summary?

In my case it was just one part of a complete destruction, so it wasn't the first consideration for recovery. It was actually three workhops, one 14 x 8 wooden shed and a larger, concrete and asbestos garage with an adjoining 6 x 10 'build-on'.

The wooden stucture ended as shown, complete with contents(!) and a kind neighbour 'secured' it as shown. The other two were both damaged from inundation.

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The first action was by the 'recovery' team who deal with clearing up the initial mess and they were very helpful but, perhaps, disposed of some items too readily. It's not a good time to be making decisions. There were a number of new and nearly new items 'went into the skip'. Once the cleanup was complete, recovered items needed to be stored securely an, eventually, losses assessed ... how's the memory!!?

Individual circumstances are so diverse that it is impossible to offer hard and fast rules for action but one suggestion could well be to make an inventory - ...I hadn't!

Final point - at the end of the day, it is only a collection of objects which may, or may not, be replaceable.

Insurance aftermath will depend on the company involved - not an area for optimism!

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Bill

Thread: Linked belt for Myford 7
18/02/2020 18:03:26

+1 for Martin's observation - can't now remember which way is correct! I have a Brammer for motor to counter-shaft and no problems. Can't use them on main drive 'cos it's a Trileva.

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Bill

Thread: Why?
18/02/2020 17:55:28

Thank you to everyone for their replies

Michael - as you will have gathered, the 'double-sided' form is correct.

From the info given, I had a look through the 1974 edition of Serjeants' tool catalogue and they have a similar set labelled as 'American pattern'. I still wonder why the stock is so much heftier than an equivalent 'normal' stock and die set.

Thank you all again

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Bill

18/02/2020 13:55:40

Thank you for the replies - Phil, that sounds reasonable; what I find particularly odd is the extra size versus 'normal' dies stocks. Clive - the lower one is the obverse of the upper and each is similarly formed.

I suppose the real question is, what process would require this specialised form and the extra heft (twice as much) to produce the thread? Odd!

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Bill

18/02/2020 12:34:18

Recently bought a set of dies with die stock. Something of a surprise when they arrived and I discovered the size and form. Not seen similar previously and don't understand why they should be made so. Range is 1/8th to 1/2. Any thoughts, please?

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Bill

Thread: Did i make the right choice buying an old banger Myford lathe.
15/02/2020 14:12:20

As I recall it, the saying was "comparisons are odious" and none more so than Spitfires and Hurricanes. Superficially for the same purpose, they were, operationally, 'chalk and cheese'. The Hurricane was, essentially anti-bomber, the Spitfire anti-fighter. Each served its own purpose well. The speed advantage of the Spitfire came with a complicated repair process for battle damage - the Hurricane needed a few patches of maddapolam and a coat of dope - almost 'apples and pears'.

It is constantly demonstrated, on this forum and elsewhere, (not by me!!) that quality of output is dictated by operator skill, rather than quality of machinery.

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Bill

Thread: What a nightmare
14/02/2020 18:35:00

Only just come across this thread and, specifically, S O D's extraordinary views re. ex-Servicemen (and, presumably, women). I possibly missed somehing because I stopped reading after the first ludicrous assertions.

He appears to claim expertise in some undefined area but I would respectfully suggest that assessing ex-Servicemen is not one of them! Based, apparently, on one anonymous 'experience' he damns a cohort of exceptionally well qualified people as being somehow unable to operate without guidance and lacking motivation.

Having left the 'cosy protected world of Service life' after some 34+ years, much spent dangling on a wire attached to a helicopter (and waitng for 'higher orders' as to how to rescue the unfortunate victim!!angry) I tentatively ventured into an area of expertise only marginally related to previous experience and only managed to cope for a further 12 years!

On a personal basis. my user name is based on my working experience of having operated in every aircraft crew function apart, from gunner, plus Air Traffic Control, and technical and handling expertise on 3 and 4 engined aircraft with both major airlines ... and, yes, I do understand the concomitant dictum!!

S O D's 'drected supervision' must have been light indeed, 'cos it didn't impinge noticeably on the majority of my working life - Service or civilian! What on earth possessed him?

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Bill

Thread: Delays in Shipping from China
07/02/2020 10:22:40

Had a message from a Chinese supplier that my order had been "detained by the Security Company" - presumably part of the ongoing restrictions. Going to be a while before things are back to normal.

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Bill

Thread: New Nimrods arriving
06/02/2020 12:42:46

Aircrew in the Middle East in the 50s had to carry sidearms plus 6 rounds. My firearms skills were more throwing than firing, so I took 'someone's' advice that I leave the first chamber empty i.e. TWO pulls to fire. Did so for nearly two years before another 'someone' pointed out that we were issued with Colts OR Smith & Wessons ... they rotate in opposite directions! Probably wouldn't have mattered anyway - the ammo was issued from stock manufactured decades earlier and on the first range sessions I needed 11 'pulls' to get the first shot away!! Throwing would have been a good move!

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Bill

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