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Thread: Bending brass - hot, warm or cold?
13/04/2021 16:28:11

So, finally I did it. The cocks came out quite well I think (but far away from Clive's works). I did not check if they are tight, but anyway they are more a decoration on a small Stuart 10H.



Thread: Loctite or Draper? Much difference?
11/04/2021 23:05:16
Posted by Clive Foster on 11/04/2021 18:12:37:

On a side note I opened one of the inexpensive LiDL "Pattex" own brand (?) bottles of cyanoacrylate adhesive because the delivery tube appeared to have become blocked and found a tube of a good specification Loctite adhesive inside. The "bottle" turned out to be a well thought out tube holder with an effective squeezer mechanism.

Just to remember, if someone doesn't know: Pattex is a brand from Henkel, and Loctite is (today) also a brand from Henkel


Thread: Bending brass - hot, warm or cold?
07/04/2021 21:50:16

Well, that's a lot of stuff to digest! In the meantime I decided to go the easy route and am making new cocks from some stuff I have which is called (by the supplier, Bergeon) "Nickel". I believe it is not really pure nickel, but rather German Silver. I could bend a sample easily without breaking. But as I expected, getting the same angle again on the conical part was almost impossible. I think applying a dab of Timesaver will be necessary.

If the drain cocks (now I know the word, thanks) come out only half as good as these from Clive Brown, I will be happy!

Many thanks to all for your help,

Edited By Versaboss on 07/04/2021 21:50:54

Edited By Versaboss on 07/04/2021 21:51:16

06/04/2021 22:23:02

Hello all,

I'm trying to produce two small cocks (for relieving cylinder pressure at the ends of a steam cylinder, I'm not sure what the correct name for these is). Anyway I tried to bend the actuating stem (brass, 3 mm dia.) about 30°. I warmed the place where the bend had to be with a small gas burner, but the brass broke already after a very small bend.
I'm wondering now if there is a better method - either VERY hot or cold?
I'm trying to save the part by building it from two parts, soldered together. it would be difficult to reproduce the part, as I lost the angle for turning the taper.

Any help appreciated,

Thread: Tether car
25/01/2021 14:14:00

A couple of months ago I wrote a short report about my visit at the Swiss F2G Championships (Electro Speed),
where a world record of 302 km/h was attained. To my surprise this report found no interest - or at least no one commented.

Here it is (hope that works as intended - I miss a preview!)


Thread: American Sites for you
18/01/2021 21:33:04

Accessing without problems from Switzerland (not in EU). Let's hope they realise the change soon...


Thread: Binocular loupe
14/01/2021 21:51:24

I have several lsmall oupes with LED lights, they are good for very short distances. I have also one similar (or possibly the same) as that in Nealeb's link. One problem with these is that it is difficult to adjust the lenses to point at an angle (hope you know what I mean) so that they focus at one point, the other is they are very heavy. Even with the rubber ribbon they don't keep position in front of the eyes. I have also very different sight between left and right eye, that's another problem. The adjustable light is good - well at least one positive remark!


Thread: The Old One - Broken Tap Removal?
02/12/2020 16:29:36

Supposed you own a grinder, it should be easy to test the remnant of your tap if it is carbon steel or HSS?

The sparks are very different looking...

I would mill it out with a carbide cutter,


Thread: Designspark 2.0
17/10/2020 12:04:39

Can it be that you are a bit in behind, Adi? Here I am on DS Mechanical 5.0...


Thread: Overseas Distribution to restart
13/10/2020 22:22:01

peezee, I went through the same problem. But quite by accident - because it is NEVER mentioned here in this forum - I discovered that all surplus mags go to an (unrelated to MTM?) organisation called .
There is a small link on the second page of MEW (at least usually, I think).
Through this firm I could get the two (in my case) missing numbers, although I had to pay them again. But it was worth for me.

Kind regards,

Thread: Does anyone watch Mr crispin
06/10/2020 22:33:37

I saw one of his videos just a couple of days ago. What did astonish me was his dialect. Can someone here tell me from where he comes?


Thread: F2G Swiss championship, 19/09/2020
25/09/2020 16:15:39

Well, as I was quite active in control line flying, many years ago, I was quite 'electrified' when I saw that one of the very few events this year was the Swiss championship in Electro speed, class F2G. This class is only about 8 years old and maybe not so famous up to now, but I was really surprised! There were only 4 contestants, but the event ended with a world record of 302 km/h, and the 'slower' ones were not much in behind. This is even more astonishing because these motors have only about half the power of the best 2.5 ccm I.C. engines.

Here a couple of pictures, you may also see the reports in MG Breitenbach


In German, but G... is your friend, you know smiley



The record holder:


The contestants


And we also had the honour of a visit by Mr. Bond, James! (or at least his car)


Kind regards,

Thread: Emco 8.6 - Tumble Reverse Position for Screwcutting?
05/09/2020 00:25:43

Reading that stuss above from Avery, (hi A. use that translator!*), I'm beginning to loose my will to live...

- the knob on the tumbler reverse lever is not the one which changes the feed speeds!!! This is on the side of the cover, see Jason's picture.

- I am old and cannot always trust my memory, but I am quite sure that for screwcutting that double gear is always removed, or in other words: a screwcutting setup never transmits over that double gear. The picture on p. 28 of the manual above shows the setup for normal turning., and the feeds 0.12 and 0.05 mm work only in that setup!

Jason displayed all very clearly in the piccies above, so I retreat now...

* ok, I do it for you: a nice word I found is balderdash...


03/09/2020 22:58:40

I'm quite sure what Avery mentions is the push-pull knob which changes between the coarse (0.12 mm) and the fine (0-05 mm) feed .

Many years ago I owned a Emcomat 8.6, and I am absolutely sure the tumbler gear didn't change the pitch of a thread.

I would be interested to see that >>visual indication/guidance/reminder cast into the change gear case door. It shows when the tumble reverse is in the up position, less screw threads result.<<


Thread: HSS replacement tool tips.
09/08/2020 16:32:56

Another, not very well known manufacturer, is Alesa

Here, the HSS inserts, but beware: they are not cheap! It is possible to get them piecewise, though.

HSS tooling


Thread: Arduino low power alternatives
08/08/2020 14:39:05
Posted by Andy Stopford on 07/08/2020 20:53:10:

Lastly, do yourself a favour and ditch the Arduino IDE - there are much better, easier to use alternatives, with full code completion, hints, colour coding, etc.

I use PlatformIO; it's available as a code editor plugin. I like the Atom editor, but you can use it with VSCode, and, possibly, others.

Hi Andy,

as a sometimes Arduino user I'm always interested in such stuff. However, all is not so easy. I managed to install the Atom editor, and then tried in vain to cooperate it with PlatformIO. What I now have, if I start Atom, is a black screen with a menu bar. There is also a menu point for PlatformIO. But after say a minute I get the message 'editor isnot responding.
I deleted Atom and re-installed it, with the same result.
And btw, IF that system would work, how could one compile the code and load it up into an Arduino? Copy/Paste to the Arduino IDE?


Thread: Emco FB2 Quirks and Additions
30/07/2020 22:51:16

I have sold my Emco mill, but know the buyer. For an easy solution to the oil problem, would it be possible to drill a say 1 mm hole through the hex key opening, and then fill that opening with a piece of foam or plastic sponge. Air can escape, and dirt cannot go in.

Kind regards,

Thread: Overseas Distribution to restart
24/07/2020 12:53:32

Ok, I was away from home for a couple of days, and something has happened in between.

It must be clear now that the missing MEW issues had been edited and printed, they just did not make it to the post office. First hint was the post from Mr. Dias Costa, stating that he managed to byi these issues. So I started searching around and found - just to the left side from the Editor's bench! - a line in the imprint with a web address for 'Current and back issues'. : I don't know if this is part of MTM, at least it was never mentioned in this thread. So I went there and could place an order for the two issues I miss, and as the order was accepted I hope I will get them some day.

My thanks goes to Neil, he at least wrote that he could do something also. I suppose this is not necessary now. But this email story he mentioned: I never got an email from MTM - until last Tuesday, 21/7.,when the ball was already rolling here. It came from a Ms. Kate Parkes, email customer services, stating: " I'm sorry to read that you haven't been receiving your magazine. I have arranged for replacement copies to be dispatched, please allow up to 10-14 days for these to arrive within Europe and up to 28 days for the rest of the world."
So it seems that in a couple of days I will mot only have the missing issues, but TWO of them... I just hope there is not a subscriber getting nothing because of that. In case, he can write me...

Here we have a saying: where there is a will, there is a way. But sometimes the will is missing...or working very slowly at least.


20/07/2020 22:58:14
Posted by JasonB on 20/07/2020 18:22:30:

Tim, all subscribers who did not get the mags were given free access to the digital versions plus the whole of the rest of the digital archive.

Jason, it would be VERY nice of you if you could explain in detail how we all, which miss MEW 293 and 294, can get access to these digital versions. Does somebody over there REALLY know that we didn't get them? At least I, as a 'paper' subscriber, have heard nothing from MTM. That they are unable to supply the missing paper issues is a shame. To the left from the 'Editor's Bench' there is a tel. nr. and website for 'current and back numbers'. Is that futile?

A bit miffed greetings,

Thread: cateracts.
15/07/2020 14:53:27

Ok, don't think I want to spread panic among the prospective users of silicone replacement lenses - but it must be said. Well, seems that I wrote about this somewhere in 2016, but repetition does not hurt.
Fact is, the docs always tell you about a surgery with absolutely no problems, but that is not always true. And when something goes wrong, then it is too late.
In my case, somehow the retina was badly damaged, and now in my left eye I have a totally distorted view. What it makes even worse is that there are none of the so-called positive effects of the cataract surgery, e.g. diminished blending and reflections. The only difference is that the untreated (read undamaged) eye sees white as just a little bit yellow.
I had then a second eye surgery, removing of the glass body (Leo says vitreous body), but with no positive result.
Just about a month ago I had again a scan of my eyes (retinas, to be exact), here are the two pics, so you can judge for yourself. Sorry, I didn't manage to bring both in the correct orientation, I can rotate the pics on the screen, but found no way to store them afterwards.

right (normal):


left (damaged):



Edited By Versaboss on 15/07/2020 14:54:40

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