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Thread: Logging in to forum
11/03/2019 14:31:21
Posted by Andrew Tinsley on 11/03/2019 13:42:15:

Because I read the site, maybe several times a day, I never log off (bad security maybe!). I find that at times I need to log on several times a day and then I will go several months without having to log on at all! This has been going on for years. I don't think any of the explanations cover this observation!


My experience exactly.


Thread: Mechanisms in modern engineering design Artobolevsky
07/03/2019 14:59:07


Wow nerd

Will keep me interested for hours !!!!!!!!! clock


Thread: New coffee maker - disgusting taste!
17/02/2019 12:36:22
Posted by Mike Poole on 17/02/2019 11:09:13:

It seem a novelty these days when a tea shop makes tea in a pot with loose tea and you get a tea strainer, seems a long time ago when this was normal at home.


That's with fresh cream and strawberry jam to go with the newly baked scones I take it?wink

16/02/2019 15:16:19

What ever happened to Lyons Individual Fruit Pies?

Square and singly boxed.


Edited By Watford on 16/02/2019 15:17:07

Thread: Filling defects in slideways
12/02/2019 19:29:13

Which of the vast selection of 'Devcon' products are we talking about here?


Thread: What Wonderful machinery was made back then!
02/01/2019 14:24:15
Posted by Phil Whitley on 02/01/2019 12:59:12:

I think this "home made" lathe takes some beating, both beautiful and scarily accurate!

Edited By Phil Whitley on 02/01/2019 13:42:31

What else but a very loud WOW! can you say about this???


Thread: Angle checker
28/12/2018 19:18:26
Posted by Martin W on 28/12/2018 18:32:59:

It will be in the very last place you think of looking.

Well, its always the last place you look - - - unless you go on looking after you have found it!

Should I leave now???


Thread: Merry Christmas
25/12/2018 07:01:06

An absolutely splendid Christmas to one and all.smiley


Thread: Best way to turn long, thin brass job
21/12/2018 18:09:29


If you can get to the above it might just be helpful.



Edited By Watford on 21/12/2018 18:17:05

Thread: Gatwick Drone 'Attack'
21/12/2018 12:32:18

Drone(s) not shot down because of the risk of a stray bullet, we learn. Who ever does these 'risk assessments' and then allows armed police with (presumably loaded) weapons to roam around the very crowded concourse just a few hundred yards away?


20/12/2018 15:11:44

Whoever it is has shown that it is possible to get away with it. Where to next? Westminster, with a load of Salisbury juice?


Thread: Unnecessary waste of paper
28/11/2018 14:46:38

Not just the banks. Just renewed my car insurance. Two large envelopes received, one to invite renewal, and the second to send the insurance certificate. Counting the total sheaf of papers that this involved I found that they had sent thirty-nine sheets of A4.

My input was a solitary bank transfer. question


Thread: Lead Bearing Solder is Banned
20/11/2018 14:49:20
Posted by Robin on 20/11/2018 14:32:05:

I'm not sure I want to tell, because you lot might tell me it isn't what I bought it as and burst my bubble. I really enjoy owning the rifling cutter for a Lewis gun indecision

Would that be the Lewis of Morse fame I wonder? note

Thread: DIY Epoxy Frame based CNC MILL
18/11/2018 10:54:14

Absolutely and completely fascinating.

Thanks for all the effort.


Thread: Nickel plating
13/11/2018 22:35:04

Try Frost....................

Go to Plating Kits 

Heard good results from vintage motorcycle restorer.



Edited By Watford on 13/11/2018 22:36:43

Thread: A New Golden Age of Model Engineering Exhibitions
22/10/2018 22:37:20
Posted by Mike Poole on 22/10/2018 13:09:08:

Is a show for model engineering too much of a niche these days? Are the shows for Model Railways, Model Boats, Model Aircraft, Maker Shows etc. all in a similar predicament of falling attendance from punters, suppliers and exhibitors? It is apparent from the threads on this forum that many of the model engineers actually have wide ranging interests so maybe a bigger show with a wider range of interests represented might solve everybody’s problem. Punters would have plenty to look at, suppliers could use their budget on a big show instead of multiple small ones or none at all.


Mike Poole makes perhaps a very valid point in his long appreciation of the situation. May be the diversification of modelling titles has led also to the diversification of shows.

I went (was taken !) to my first Model Engineer Exhibition immediately after the war, in 1946, at the tender age of ten. Things were then very much as Mike has posited. Pretty much all branches of modelling were represented, and whilst the level of my pocket money precluded much more than a tube of balsa cement there were many trade stands. In the following years the show spread to both Horticultural Halls and you got a pass out to cross the road to yet more exhibits. I was a regular attender until the Queen insisted that I go and play with her other troops for a couple of years. Later, at Seymour Hall, we even had the benefit of a splendid swimming pool for the boats, though a portable pool was usually set up elsewhere. Usually there was live steam along one side of the hall at most of the venues. Model Aircraft were not left out with a cage for control line flying, and RTP cars used the same area. There were many aircraft models on display, and associated trade. The clock-makers were there in force.

Enough of this nostalgia !!!   And I have only got to about 1976. But I just wanted to emphasise Mike's point. regarding the many branches of our hobby vis-a-vis the half dozen or so My Time Media modelling titles. Perhaps by bringing some or all of these together in a good suitable venue the rot could be arrested.

This would no doubt require some sanction from a high level but I believe that Mr Owen Davies to be a very reasonable guy and might very well see that this could be a useful venture. Perhaps the various title editors should talk to one another on the subject and ask for a meeting.



Edited By Watford on 22/10/2018 22:39:47

Edited By Watford on 22/10/2018 22:40:38

Thread: Fruit pickle......
29/09/2018 19:23:35

Having purchased some brick cleaner, as mentioned in previous posts, it worked well. However a word of warning I had it in an open tray, and without giving it a thought left it on the bench for a couple of weeks. Imagine my horror to discover that many nearby items, including my apprentice scribing block, had all been attacked by the fumes. Fairly serious de-rusting and clean up job was the result. A cautionary tale perhaps.


Thread: Doncaster show
28/08/2018 19:51:57
Posted by Mike Poole on 28/08/2018 17:02:08:

Does anyone know if a date has been confirmed for the 2019 show?


Leaving a line .............

That would be the next ME/MEW show would it?

Mike 2.

Thread: Songs for the Workshop
26/07/2018 19:29:10

Also from G&C., from the Mikado.... " Now here's a how-de-do " . Probably to be sung after a major parting-off dig-in.

25/07/2018 22:44:42

From Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance - " I am the very MODEL of a modern Major General "

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