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Thread: What sort of things inspire you?
24/02/2020 10:44:33

Many years ago a countdown device for the start of TV programs inspired me to build my Fibre Optic Clock. At the time of seeing the device, I had neither the time, or equipment to enable me to build the clock, and over the years the idea of just how I would go about making it changed many times. It took about 40 years before I finally got the time and equipment to make a start. As the thing was made almost entirely from scrap, it then took about 4 years to complete, because I often had to wait for the right size lumps of brass to arrive at the scrapyard. The end results can be found in the clock section.


Thread: Model paints.
24/02/2020 10:23:09

Thanks for your thoughts on the subject gents. A bit of info on the project might be helpful. There is an ad for a model spitfire on TV that, should you be daft enough to attempt it, will take you 2 years to complete and cost around £1200.00. A very poor attempt has been made to provide some movement to the model, and it was this aspect of it that got me thinking that I could do a much better job for about £50.00. I have many hundreds of small motors with which to animate same, so in order to assess dimensions I bought a Revel model spitfire with a 351mm wingspan. I now have everything I need except the paint for the spitfire. The stated requirement for painting is 15 colours, many of which need only cover about 2square mm, but will still need an outlay of around £2 per colour, more than the cost of the model kit. Once mounted the model need never be touched, so I am thinking I will go for the cheap option and take the risk. Health problems place severe restrictions on workshop time and the size of the projects I can tackle these days and this one needs very little time spent standing at the lathe and mill, so it should keep me from going mad watching daytime TV.

Cheers, Dek.

More info was posted whilst I was typing this post, so I thought I would mention that I intend air brushing most of the model and I will now have to rethink my approach. sad

Edited By magpie on 24/02/2020 10:29:48

23/02/2020 22:15:26

I am hoping that someone amongst the many experts on here will know if there is any difference between the small pots of acrylic paint for painting plastic models, and the acrylic paint in tubes for artwork. There is a big difference in price, with the small pots costing around £2.00 per 18ml pot, whilst a box of 14 x 12ml tubes cost around the same amount. Being on the basic state pension I have to look after the pennies but need some acrylic model paint.


Thread: What sort of things inspire you?
22/02/2020 09:13:30

The TV ads for a model spitfire that will cost £1200.00, and take over 2 years to build. As I am now limited to a max 2 hours a day, if I am lucky, in my workshop, I thought there must be a better way to add movement to the model than the one in question. With that in mind, I have bought a plastic model spitfire, and I will enjoy finding a much better way to add movement to it. It will involve a minimum amount of lathe and mill time, because I can't stand for more than a few minutes at a time, but it will make use of a few of the many hundreds of small motors I have in my stores. Total cost should be no more that £40.00, quite a saving on the cost of the TV advertised one. wink 2

Thread: Tapping drill sizes?
11/02/2020 10:30:45
Posted by Bob Stevenson on 11/02/2020 10:20:35:

....Am I the only one who reads the tapping tables in Zeus and then tests it out on a piece of scrap before touching the workpiece...always!......and not afraid to change the drill size until I feel happy.

No Bob you are not the only one.crook

Thread: gauge plate
10/02/2020 13:36:06

I spent many years in the music business at the very top level, and worked with lots of reed instrument players. Almost without exception they used those one sided, stiff backed razor blades to shave reeds to suit their needs. They used the blades at right angles to the reed, and it didn't take them too long to achieve the right result. Admitted these were pros, but they had to start somewhere.


Thread: New member saying hi
27/01/2020 15:24:16

Welcome from a retired coachbuilder in South Cheshire. Ask any question and stand by for at least a score of contradictory answers. Most folk have their own way of doing things, and their own preference for new or old machinery. Just chose the answer you think will work for you. wink 2

Thread: New to Forum
15/01/2020 16:50:45
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 15/01/2020 09:48:37:

Welcome to the forum Glyn,

I get the feeling traction engines (including in more modest scales) are becoming more popular.


It surprises me that it has taken this long for traction engines to get as popular as locos, because you don't need a track to enjoy them.


Thread: New legislation that could affect us all.
08/01/2020 10:03:11

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Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
01/01/2020 12:08:03

I made some PVC bushes for a standard lamp I am making. I wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.

Cheers, Dek.

Thread: Stanley Blade Lathe Finishing Tool
26/12/2019 10:26:02

Many times I have tried to coordinate saddle and cross slide to turn curves, all have ended in failure. After watching the video, it occurred to me that it might be possible to remove the cross slide leadscrew and move the slide by hand.

I am probably talking rubbish here but I may just try it sometime to see what results I get. I believe our A&E dept are not too busy.


Thread: Stevensons original collet blocks & Arc Euro 6" grinder
14/12/2019 21:43:12

It's surprising how many people don't know how to insert an ER collet into the nut.

Thread: my first lathe.
08/12/2019 16:28:13

Hi Jamie. I had a MD65 some years ago but sold it when I needed to work bigger things. There is plenty of good advice on here about any problems you may have. Regarding cutting tools, I use both HSS & tipped tools but these days I only use HSS for plastics. Lots of tipped tools to be had from lots of suppliers and my main reason for using them is because I am getting very lazy in my old age, and can't be bothered re-grinding HSS despite having a Quorn. JB cutting tools would be a good place to look for tipped tools and their various tips for different jobs. I have no connection to them, just a satisfied customer.

Thread: Astro-skeleton clock project
06/12/2019 23:30:35

Excuse me while I just go and bury my fibre optic clock and give up my workshop. Absolutely incredible.face 3

Thread: Greetings from Edinburgh and advice about Unimat Model 3 Lathe needed
05/12/2019 16:46:07

Austin, good advice from Dave, and an excellent choice to buy from Arc Euro. Our local Men in Sheds bought a mini lathe from them about 4 years ago, it really gets tested by some of the most ham fisted blokes I have ever encountered and is still running well. Although my machines a bigger, I have been buying tooling from Arc Euro for very many years and always found the very helpful and good on price. No connection to the company, just a satisfied customer.


Thread: New here but into clocks
27/11/2019 11:09:34

Hi Derek. I am not really into clocks, but I did teach myself to use a lathe, with a lot of help from this forum, whilst building my Electro-Mechanical Fibre Optic Clock.

You can see how useful the forum was if you take a look at my build thread in the clocks section.

I had never used a lathe or milling machine prior to building the clock and some of the strange shapes were my way of experimenting with ways of using the two machines. I am still learning with the help of all the many very skilled men on here.

Cheers, Dek.

Thread: Soldering BZP.
09/11/2019 18:02:00

Emgee, the same thing happened to a tin full I had some years ago, but I bought some in a plastic bottle from the Midlands show a few years ago. It is still clean with no leaks.

Thanks to Mike Poole for the info, and to mechman48 for the laugh.

The nuts and threaded tube are new ones and were by my standards expensive, which is why I didn't want to try something I have never done before with them, IE solder on zinc plating.

09/11/2019 10:18:35

A simple question. Is it possible to soft solder BZP items. I want to solder some BZP nuts onto some BZP threaded tube. I have a small solder bath, and both bakers fluid and solder paste. Would this be possible of should I use Locktite.


21/10/2019 22:58:08

Neil, Ketan has in the past given full explanations of the cost, and reasons for not attending the shows. I know his explanations to be true because I owned a company some years ago, that specialised in exhibition work. Although I complained about the catering, it was more a case of it not coping too well with the number of visitors, rather than the quality of the food. I enjoyed the show, and I attend both the Midland and Doncaster shows whenever my health allows. It would be a great loss if we were to lose either one.


19/10/2019 15:30:38

With regard to the age of those attending, I am 79 and the shows are one of the few places where I don't feel my age. Being surrounded by other senior citizens means I don't stand out as an old codger. wink 2

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