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Thread: Impressive Workshop in Germany
14/04/2019 21:27:18

Sour grapes? Nah! not really. I just don't need all that stuff to do what I want to do. Another thing, his mastery of English is far better than my German. All in all, he seems a lot cleverer than me and I wish him luck.

14/04/2019 16:08:18


Is he a tool salesman?

Thread: Gear cutting
10/04/2019 22:50:47

10/04/2019 22:44:15

Way back in the 60's(?) a gear manufacturer by the name of Muffett, Tunbridge Wells, used to regularly advertise in ME. I had some very nice small gears from them in more recent times - very satisfied customer.

Thread: Changing Broadband
10/04/2019 22:17:20

A club I belong to, have had no end of trouble trying to change things after AGMs and new committee members.

The bank wouldn't change to the new Treasurers name and address even though it was all done and signed for by the old and new Treasurers on their form. Then the employee very reluctantly agreed to put the form in their internal post. The were still addressing statements cheque and paying in books to a long deceased previous Treasurer, in his name but to the new address of the (female) new Treasurer 8 years later! They have now got it all correct at long last.

BT would not supply a phone service unless it was in the name of the Treasurer who they held liable for payment and ever escalating charges like all organisations, so we disposed of them and now use a pay as u go mobile in the clubhouse for emergency communications.

It just doesn't seem to register that customers will only put up with so much before they look around for cheaper/better alternatives.

Thread: Drill too high? Use a milling machine stand!
10/04/2019 21:46:17


Wow, what a very nice job you have made of the subject but the background electricals also look very good.

Hang head in shame! I fixed power sockets to my shed walls, fed by a cable strung around the walls at the same height as the sockets. Lighting circuits even more Heath Robinson but they have worked OK for years.


Thread: Just desserts
10/04/2019 21:09:45

Curious this, "desert" as in arid wasteland the " s" is pronounced like it's a "z" but so is the other word with 2 "s" s, as in "just desserts".

Usually, a double letter is the soft version, like the double f in Ffestiniog. The single letter is normally pronounced in a hard/ harsh sort of way, but my first example appears to break the 'rule', hence I said its curious.

Thread: Issue Reading New Digital Viewer
01/04/2019 14:26:53

The SMEE manages to supply printable copies of their Journal back numbers.........

Thread: Castings
09/03/2019 21:12:54

About 40 years ago, I had some iron castings made at Haven Foundry in Newhaven, Sussex. They have long since gone. Whilst there, I saw a lot of professionally made patterns painted in red and yellow. Yellow was about the shade of primrose flowers and the "red" looked a sort of orange-ish shade. Nothing like as dark as in the picture above.


Thread: Machining cork!
04/03/2019 20:07:33

Cant help with making corks to size,but if and when you succeed, a light smear of vaseline will waterproof the cork.

Thread: Model trains stolen - Kent
17/02/2019 15:37:25

Police are undermanned and being swamped with rising levels of crimes. No alternative but prioritise investigation of serious crime and issue an incident no. for low level stuff where victim needs to make insurance claim. The blame lies with MPs and their depts who have created funding cuts in every sphere including law and order.

It's a case of everyone look out for themselves. Review security and increase it.

Safeguard it or lose it.


Thread: Telephone / Internet Scams
16/02/2019 22:20:19

If someone phones you, emails, texts, dodgy letterbox mail, door knockers, they want something from you, your money, loads of it!

A very tempting offer? Just think, "what's in it for me v. what's in it for them?"

Just turn the lot away and go direct to the company of interest to you. Careful use of Google or others should get you to the genuine website of that company and not a spoofed one.

Certainly don't click links in emails. The scum are getting craftier, so look and think before you open an email; doing so could automatically load malware.

You have to be in it to win it, so if you haven't taken part in some strange named lottery, how on earth could you possibly be a winner? I have personally known an acquaintance who fell for that one. I also knew of someone renewing their annual Kaspersky subs where a screen popped up claiming to be part of K in Australia, giving instructions to send the money there. That mistake cost the victim £150.


Thread: Model trains stolen - Kent
16/02/2019 21:47:47

As regards lists of foreign clubs, maybe this is an area that could be covered by The SMEE, SouthernFed, NAME,        7 1/4 Assoc, 2 1/2 Assoc etc. And share their joint knowledge.


Edited By DMB on 16/02/2019 21:48:59

16/02/2019 21:47:46

As regards lists of foreign clubs, maybe this is an area that could be covered by SouthernFed, NAME, 7 1/4 Assoc,

2 1/2 Assoc etc. And share their joint knowledge.


16/02/2019 21:43:35

Of course we all care. Reports such as latest one seem to be getting less frequent, probably because other clubs are taking more precautions and thus putting off would be burglars and because so much has gone before, its possibly getting harder to fence models. Tools are different, just take them along to the next boot sale.

If there are no or few ID marks and its a fellow model engineer, an engine could have its appearance changed either a different colour paint or simply change the logo from BR to GWR or vice versa.

Best that we can all do is probably to go and see any Speedy or Springbok type design for sale and see how well it matches photos of the stolen example, or not. If you think yes, go away and call local police.

From the clubhouse photo, it looks like no window protection. Need secure shutters to (a) block view of contents, (b) prevent entry. Maybe belt and braces; weld vertical 10mm steel bars to the inside of the windows, taking advantage of the steel construction. They could/should have an alarm which uses a sim card to auto dial the alarm company and a nominated member. Really good padlocks on the door and at least two preferably different makes or at least not with a common key.


Thread: Contacting members who have items for sale or wanted.
16/02/2019 18:23:24

peak4 and JasonB,

Thank you for your replies an I have now sent a message to Eric.

Many thanks,


15/02/2019 22:23:19

I followed David Jupps advice above but "Eric Clark" not listed, so now what?

Can Jason/David help, please?


Thread: Is it just me?
23/01/2019 15:51:13

Not just "contact us" and similar rubbish but I have noticed, when phoning companys there seems to be a recent trend in a lot of additional waffle before you get anywhere with the call.

Currently, I'm having trouble with a well known bank, who I keep phoning to chase up action on a form which they had well before Xmas. Every time I call, the voice says it will be dealt with today and I need not worry about it any more I now believe they tell me any old b....x to get me off the line and get rid of me. Unfortunately it concerns a club account so I cannot just walk away and take business elsewhere.


Thread: Yet more confusion!
12/01/2019 20:29:58

What do you expect? Absolutely ridiculous for over 7 billion of us wrecking the place. Completely unsustainable in my opinion. In the animal kingdom, numbers rise and fall, controlling populations but us humans have got too clever for our own good, using science to create cures for illnesses which should have bumped off untold numbers of us.

Thread: Garage Condensation
11/01/2019 23:40:50

John Paton 1,

I note your comments about forthcoming cold spell but bit early for Feb - could change again by 2/2.

Let's see if Candlemas on 2/2 is dry and bright, meaning Winter coming back for another fight! Or if wet or dull, worst of winter is over? Maybe it's about as accurate as the superstition about St Swithins 40 days of rain! One thing more certain is better weather is on it's way and damp rusty conditions will soon recede.


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