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Thread: Which slideway oil is best?
27/12/2010 20:42:59
My ML7 gets the Myford recommended lubricants, as far as I'm concerned our machines cost good money and we spend plenty on, materials, tools etc.
So why cost cut on lubricants or mess about with different grades?
Thread: Merry Christmas from Model Engineer Magazine
24/12/2010 19:31:23
Yes Happy Christmas and New Year to one and all.
May we all have lots of this:-
Thread: Humidistat? for Andrews De-humidifier
24/12/2010 18:05:42
Possibly Richard is describing a Masons Screen Hygrometer.

I use a small domestic de-humidifier with built in stat control, which works fine for my shed type workshop (about 3 x 2.4).
De-humidifiers do need to be roughly sized to the application, hence my comments about the Andrews machine and workshop size.
23/12/2010 16:24:13
Crikey as the saying goes thats a bigun!
Have you got a very sizeable workshop? because this is suitable for drying out large areas.
If your workshop is not large then this unit might be less than suitable for the job, it might cut in and out too frequently and be uneconomical as well.
These are sold by Andrews-Sykes so they might be able to supply humidistats, and advice on suitability for your application.
One place I used to work at they attached wall mount humidistats to basic (domestic size) de-humidifiers, that idea worked quite well.
RS list a wall mount humidistat.
(sorry, couldn't manage a link to the actual page so search for humidistat).
You would have to check that it could switch the load of this unit, plus of course all the usual safety aspects of doing something like this.

Edited By V8Eng on 23/12/2010 16:49:21

Thread: Aircraft General Discussion
22/12/2010 16:15:16
How about the Avro Vulcan? What an amazing sight that is. 
There is a UK one kept flying and maintained by The Vulcan To The Sky Trust, they rely on private donations to keep her airworthy.
Watch out for this at some air displays next year.
There is a website at.

Edited By V8Eng on 22/12/2010 16:17:38

Thread: Late delivery of magazines due to adverse weather
20/12/2010 19:28:46
No trouble getting mine at Smiths!
Thread: Comments on the Exhibition
20/12/2010 19:02:38
Micromodels, oh how that takes me back!
Hope the following comments are not just my memory playing tricks (an age thing):
They were in something like a stiff envelope and the cover illustrations were amazing, tempting us to expect great things.
My thoughts are of tiny fiddly cut out parts, and trying to stick them together with the glues available at the time was an art in itself, but if everything worked out they were really rather impressive little objects.
I was proud of the few sucessful ones I made, but they got lost in a house move decades ago, expect they got chucked out with the cardboard and old newspapers.
I do remember seeing a box of these kits for sale on a Sandown dealers stand a few years ago, but it might have been at the much missed Symposium rather than the ME exhibition.
P.S. we did enjoy the recent Sandown ME exhibition, nice range of models upstairs, good for inspiration, and jealousy!
As to the comments on here about cardboard or plastics: remember we all started somewhere, in my case it was things like Micro models, Meccano and Keil Craft rubber powered aeroplane kits.
Do not be quick to dismiss peoples interests, which might progress in time to become large scale Traction Engines or such like.

Edited By V8Eng on 20/12/2010 19:24:34

Thread: Tears as last Harrier jets leave Ark Royal
30/11/2010 13:01:59
I've often wondered if Concord might still be flying, and a worldwide sucess had it been built and marketed by somebody like Boeing.
Thread: Chinese lathes
27/11/2010 18:44:29
This is how Pam Ewing must have felt when she woke from the worlds longest nightmare, to find Bobby safe and well and taking a shower
She should have been in there with him, saved a lot of bother.

Edited By V8Eng on 27/11/2010 18:51:06

Thread: Tears as last Harrier jets leave Ark Royal
25/11/2010 11:05:52
It's not just countries that have this problem,  it usually happens to me after a visit to one of the ME exhibitions.

Edited By V8Eng on 25/11/2010 11:10:55

Thread: Small Metric Screws
19/11/2010 13:50:18
Not sure if this is still relevant, found the following possible suppliers while looking for something else.
Never actually used them.
Thread: Restoring a steam engine
10/11/2010 21:50:05
Some years ago I helped a friend in restoring older cars, stuff that looked this bad often needed more than penetrating fluids, heat (awful fumes), nut splitters, etc, usually came into play.
Lots of it was along the line of Peters comments.
Good luck with an interesting project, look forward to seeing photos when it's finished.
Another supplier of Plus Gas.

Edited By V8Eng on 10/11/2010 21:58:14

Thread: Why is everything you buy such rubbish!!
10/11/2010 16:09:22
My Grandfather had an excellent saying which was:-
"You don't get owt for nowt".
This is something which seems to hold true in life generally.
09/11/2010 19:02:51

Edited By V8Eng on 09/11/2010 19:09:13

Thread: The Case for Clocks
01/11/2010 20:02:36
Don't know anything about Oz, but in the UK we have craft fairs where small workshop type glassblowers exhibit, I wonder if that is a feasible route for getting a glasss dome made.

Edited By V8Eng on 01/11/2010 20:03:54

Thread: Metric vs Imperial - Practical or Traditional?
28/10/2010 18:26:05
Sorry folks, yes it should have been Kilometres.
Same as they use on the UK roadwork information website.
As somebody who went metric decades ago I would be quite happy with a single system, what we have at present is just a silly mix.
27/10/2010 22:16:09
I notice that UK based TV programmes seem to be trying to metricate us by giving distances in Kilometers. 
Thread: Dial Gauge
27/10/2010 21:58:27
If you look at tool suppliers websites you will find magnetic bases with swivel adjusters to support your dial gauge, the choice available is very wide.
Or if you live within range, go to one of the upcoming exhibitons to see what's available, and get good advice about all this into the bargain.

Edited By V8Eng on 27/10/2010 22:10:12

Thread: Are steam engines better now in preservation than they were in ordinary service
20/10/2010 20:51:29
Just after leaving school I worked for British Rail (WR), some steam locos were still in service as well as diesels.
The Castles etc certainly hauled passenger stock along very rapidly, trailing steam and smoke they were a delight to watch .

Edited By V8Eng on 20/10/2010 20:54:47

Thread: Small Metric Screws
08/10/2010 19:11:53
Have you asked the following suppliers?
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