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Thread: Super 7 questions
13/10/2021 19:49:40


My MLS7 is older and grey like its owner! (1971) It has BSF threads all rounds except some locations that call for something smaller than 1/4"BSF, where 2BA has been used. The leadscrew brackets, felt wiper brackets on the left hand side of the saddle, retaining screws on the ends of the changewheel spindles and there could be more.

Grope around behind the left hand mandrel bearing and you will find the locking pin.

Hope you have many happy hours using it.


Edited By DMB on 13/10/2021 19:50:50

Thread: Fuling Elec & Machinery VFD
06/10/2021 19:33:40


Have you tried to find a website for the manufacturers? They just may list manuals in lots of languages. If all else fails and you end up with one in say Mandarin, could you not feed it through an online translation. Just a thought, I did it with German language model engineering books to decipher some of the words that I didn't already know.

Thread: Walker Midgley Prize Draw for Model Engineers
06/10/2021 19:24:13

Agree with Kwill.

Trouble is, any culprit only gets a slap on the wrist. If only management had the balls to put up a header in large print advising culprits will be banned from the forum for a year for the first offence and do it again, 5 years! Also, a heading saying that the forum is strictly for the private use by members and no non-advertising. Whilst not actually preventing a advert from appearing, it would at least delay it happening by a year, or 5!

Thread: Chain Protection Sleeve
05/10/2021 23:24:33

One model engineering club has passenger cars on the 5"G, which are stored vertically in a shed against the wall. A chain around them is fixed to the wall, semi permanently one side and quick release hook on other side, the purpose being to prevent them from toppling over causing injury or damage. To prevent the chains from damaging the cars, the chains are in clear plastic tubing, maybe about 5/8"? diameter, as far as I can recollect. I think it was from either a DIY shed like BnQ or a small ironmongers shop, not expensive. As Treasurer, I've just rummaged this year's purchasing receipts but no trace so must be in archives, previous year.

Thread: KNEW Piercing-Saw Frames
01/10/2021 09:20:19

Women, bah, how frustrating, they're always right!

30/09/2021 23:21:55

Thanks for the mention, Michael, just Knew it would likely be beyond what I'm prepared to pay for a saw even if it does have fancy design features and of course a matching price. Bet someone tries to flog it in UK at an exchange rate of 1:1 to catch a mug. Probably blame shipping costs etc.,etc. Remember that TV programme, Arthur with his "overheads".

30/09/2021 23:10:18

Talking about clocks, the Big Ben restoration team now taking up residence in Brighton, repairing the old Q. Vic. clock in its tower at the South end of Queens Road which leads straight from main station to seafront. (South of road junction next to clock tower, road is called West st.) Apparently, the golden orb on the top rises up a spike then drops down on the hour. I've lived here 70+ years and never seen that spectacle. Ball contraption designed by Magnus Volk. Local newspaper, "Evening Argus " shows photo of clock's works with 1888 on the cast iron frame.

Edited By DMB on 30/09/2021 23:11:29

30/09/2021 23:00:34

Gauge plate = high carbon = harder + 6mm thick, would that be asking a bit too much of such small saw blades?

30/09/2021 22:57:27

I have an Eclipse piercing saw, bought new about 4/5 decades ago. Has a couple of small levers to twiddle the blade around to any angle of users choice. It looks like the first one on Cooksons site and under the "you may like" section, is a picçy of a different design.I bought an el cheapo one like this from Proops' stand at the long defunct Brighton Modelworld exhibition. Used it satisfactorily.


Thread: Apple recipes
30/09/2021 22:34:42

Thank you, pgkpgk and Diogensil for your recipes, much appreciated. Being on my own now, can only rely on recollection of my late Mother and late Wife used to make and their methods, together with what else I can pick up. Surprised at how much info I absorbed without realising. I have a bit of a lazy meal method which I did last week.

Bought a couple of large cooking apples, went BlackBerry picking on edge of South Downs. Simmered apples til soft and turned into ovenproof dish, raw blackberries layered on top, packet of Aunt Bessies crumblemix on top, sprinkled with Scott's porridge oats for crunch and shake of cinnamon for extra flavour. Luverly!

Model engineering club widow recently advised me how to make own crumble - simply rub together butter and flour, any type, plain or self raising. Porridge oats topping idea came from late wife. Did some shopping in Sainsburys today. They're flogging 225g of raspberries for £2.25 (£10/Kg) but blackberries were £2.85 for 225g = £12.67 /Kg! Streuth, they're currently free everywhere and fresh picked. Dearer than raspberries.

I had a favourite old wartime recipe handed down from my Mother for a very tasty tart, but temporarily mislaid it. Hope to recover it soon and post it. Won't be using the dried egg though! I get big fresh eggs from Dave Ovett's shop in Brighton's Open Market. Remember Steve Ovett? His family's shop.


Thread: Making milling vise jaws
22/09/2021 09:12:50

Hi, S.O.D.,

I have some fibre jaws. OK, but no good for holding round work vertical for threading - work just slips.

Normally have 2 pieces of 1 1/2" steel angle sitting on the OEM jaws. Downside is, have to close vice when finished with or one small knock and I'm locating them from the floor!

Also got some nice home made Ali ones with ends bent around OEM jaws and they tend to stay put.

Hi Steve,

See you have vice mounted on swivel. I dont use a swivel facility much but daylight 'tween chuck and top of vice a nightmare, so use vice without the swivel base for a little more space above.


Thread: Back to Imperial
21/09/2021 09:24:29

School science lessons were so much easier in metric, rather than buggering about with archaic rubbish like BTUs. One of the best events of recent years was dumping duodecimal money. Fart-hings, x 2 = one ha'penny, x 2 = one penny, x 3 =a threpenny Joey, x 2 = a tanner(6 pennies) x 2 = a Bob/ one shilling, x 2 = two Bob or x 2 1/2 = a half crown. Then 10 Bob notes × 2 = £1note x5 = £5note, which we still have.

What a load of old crap dating back donkeys years. Nothing wrong about the age, just the awkwardness of calculations. Same goes for weights and dimensions. For those who don't know, old penny noted as a 'd' which is an abbreviation of denarius being a Roman coin. The shilling likewise, was an 's' Roman solidus.

We just need to stop Networkrail from continuing to use 'Chains'. No doubt there are many more examples of the old medieval system.

I am happy to use whatever I am confronted with, all my machines having Imperial leadscrews and dials to match. Model engineering metal stock much easier to obtain in Imperial sizes and use metric screws or Imperial, depending upon what their use is. Tools/ accessories for mills/lathe etc use metric easily obtainable locally. Use conventional Imperial screws on models. Loco and clock drawings all Imperial, doesn't matter too much to me. Harold Hall's books and grinding jig drawings in metric with metric threads. Fine by me.


Thread: Making milling vise jaws
21/09/2021 08:33:40

Hi Steve,

Me again, just to add that 'Blondihacks' also does a video on making a vice jaw stop.I prefer Joe's version. It's all part of repeatability, which is so essential to producing identical parts.


21/09/2021 08:02:48

Hi Steve, welcome to the forum. Go on YouTube, tap magnifying glass symbol and type in Joe Pieczynski. Think I'v spelt it right. All his workshop videos will appear. Look for vice stops and note how he fits a removable sliding clamp to the top edge of the fixed jaw. Seems a brilliantly simple idea but suggest it may call for a jaw that sticks up above the vice body by 3/8" or more. So you will need jaw material slightly wider than suggested. I would have made one long ago, if I could fit it but my vice jaws don't project high enough to enable it. So annoyed, thinking about replacing the commercially fitted jaws.

Good luck,


Thread: Back to Imperial
17/09/2021 14:27:06

Stuff Empire Day - Lord Beaverbrook hasn't been around for sometime......let's have a new Bank Holiday and call it Independence Day and thumb nose at the Brissels crowd.

Thread: March cutter Grinder
12/09/2021 22:11:02


"Orses for Courses" I would take the easy way out and clean it up and the toys, if needed and flog the lot for as much as it will fetch then use the dosh to get a real mill.

Of course it's your choice, if you want a shed load of work and headaches trying to convert it to a mill........ BTW, I dont want it so that's not why I reckon you ought to flog the lot for what you can.

Good luck in whatever decision you take


Thread: They see you coming
05/09/2021 17:16:13

Wonder what fiddles will come to light with new all elec. cars? Crooked/incompetent garages sure to find something or rather, many things!

At one time, there seemed to be a craze for claiming that the tracking was out and needed work done.

Thread: Hello Chuck
05/09/2021 17:06:22

Yet to try that!

05/09/2021 17:02:45

Keyless checks? Not yet given them house - room apart from one, a no choice on my first 18v battery drill bought recently. Slowly moving with the times!

Large Jacob's on Myford tailstock and another similar on Fobco drill but an even better one for drilling on the Sharp mill. This chuck is same capacity as all the Jacob's but seems superior quality in that it will hold much smaller drills. Made by locals, CVA in Hove, many years ago. Site now EDF Accounts HQ. All of the chucks are key - op. , including a few odd spares, mainly much smaller capacity and not yet broght into use.

Not found fault with the one keyless, seems to work OK, same as the keyed type.  The Dore - Westbury currently has a self centering 4jaw, lathe - type rather than "drill."

Edited By DMB on 05/09/2021 17:05:16

Thread: Whirlpool cooker
02/09/2021 22:44:17

I had a double oven and grill by Hotpoint, fitted just 2.5 years ago with new kitchen. Main oven started smoking so knowing that the make is an 'also ran', if I got parts replaced under warranty, how long would I wait and how long would they last? I decided to make use of my Which? mags and selected a highly recommended Zanussi, delivered installed and tested by a local retailer who took away the busted one for free, normally charge £18. Very happy with the much better quality version.

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