By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more

Member postings for magpie

Here is a list of all the postings magpie has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: Forgotten engineering techniques
11/01/2015 16:50:34

Using lead as a filler on car bodies is still being done. I am often called on to perform this task on vintage cars. many years ago Rolls Royce allowed 120 lb of lead per car on the Silver cloud & Bentley "S" series. Rolls Royce also helped to develop the body filler that is so common today, for use on the aluminium doors, bonnet, and boot lids.

Cheers Derek.

Thread: Lathe and societies.
01/01/2015 22:42:02

Thanks John, better put your armour on too John, I fear the worst is yet to come.

Cheers Derek.

01/01/2015 20:31:38

From what I can gather (and my own experience), most ME clubs in the UK are friendly, PROVIDING your brain runs on steam and tracks, otherwise expect to be ignored once you have paid your fees.

Cheers Derek.

P.S. now going to don my armour.

Thread: A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
24/12/2014 19:10:01

Well said, I second all the above.

Cheers Derek.

Thread: Sandown photos and thoughts on the show
23/12/2014 16:31:35

ArcEuro was one of the first to stop attending the shows, and Ketan has explained his reasons for no going many times on this forum. It would seem that the main reason is cost of stand space for which the venue owners / organisers take the blame. However no one has yet mentioned the cost of the RATES on venues which is also a major factor in most of the empty shops in the high street. Just a thought !!

Cheers Derek.

P.S. Also the VERY high cost of heating and lighting ?

20/12/2014 16:49:54

I don't make locos or traction engines, but I do love to see and admire the workmanship in both. I have a good machine shop and very much like to see the trade stands (even if they do always relieve me of much cash). In my youth I built many model aircraft and still enjoy every aspect of modelling, so I would love to see an exhibition like the one staged at Manchester in recent years, however that only ran for two years due to the lack of traders attending. I will NEVER attend any show in or around London as A) I no longer have the patience to deal with traffic jams, and B) all support services (IE catering Etc.) are a total rip off. So I will stick with the best of the lot, Harrogate.

Cheers Derek.

Thread: Favourite old tools.......
18/12/2014 15:13:35

Just found this thread. My favourite old tools are 74 years old, they are called fingers and thumbs and I am lucky to still have a full set in good working order, although the left hand ones do sometimes "lock up" whilst reading a newspaper these days.

Cheers Derek.

Thread: Tooth count on 2 second clock
02/12/2014 17:22:36

Hi Ron, Welcome to the forum, I am sure you will find an answer to your question on here. The thread just needs to be kept in view long enough for all the clock makers to see it . I understand that Russell is really good with clocks so should be able to answer your question given a bit more info.

Cheers Derek.

Thread: Help locating small bulb
21/11/2014 22:21:54

If the torch has a reflector then a bulb is the way to go, as Ian said, LEDs only emit light in one direction making a reflector a waste of time as very little of the output hits it. I have tried many times to use reflectors with LEDs and never managed to improve beam width.

Cheers Derek.

21/11/2014 17:15:38


Cheers Derek.

Thread: Where to start?
19/11/2014 16:19:49

Hi pgk, as John said, you are very welcome to pop over anytime, but please send me a PM beforehand as I spend a fair bit of time at "men in sheds" these days but if I know I am due a visit I will make sure I am home.

Cheers Derek.

19/11/2014 16:12:03

Nice one Robert ! I couldn't agree more.

Cheers Derek.

17/11/2014 22:26:55

I think John (bogstandard2) has a crusader, perhaps he could give you some advice on that. I will have a word with him in case he does not see this post.

Cheers Derek.

15/11/2014 17:31:55

Hi pgk. If you are not too far away, Chester UK have an open week from the 1st--5th December, would be a good chance to have a good look at all things Chinese as most of the items are very much the same wherever you buy from if you do decide to buy new, just minor changes and different colours. I have had a Chester UK lathe and mill for over three years now with no problems so far. Happy hunting.

Cheers Derek.

Thread: Roller combined shear and press brake
09/11/2014 22:14:27

I have had the 24" version for many years now and use the shear & press a lot. Never used the rollers and a mate of mine said he had to make up new bushes for the rollers before he could use his. The ones that came with the thing were much too slack. I would recommend spending a little time setting the thing up then it should give good service.

Cheers Derek.

Thread: New addition to the family.! ;)
17/10/2014 17:26:21

Steve, MichaelG, I agree, a taper pin is much better than a straight dowel, but any wear at the point of rotation will still mean the head will have to be reset. Just me nitpicking, as I hate having to do the job myself.

Cheers Derek.

17/10/2014 12:00:52

Graham, agree with you about the merc. Daughter is on her third one (all less than 12 months old when bought) and has had nothing but trouble with them all. You would think she had learned her lesson by now !!!!!

Cheers Derek.

17/10/2014 11:55:19

Nick, if the head is nice and square on, leave it where it is and buy a tilting table or a tilting vice. Unless of course you don't mind spending ages traming the head up again every time you tilt it.

Cheers Derek.

Thread: A night for watching TV. ???
13/10/2014 15:51:27

Well I really enjoyed the programme as I am sure you did John. Sadly, by the time my dad died he had just about learned which end of a screwdriver to hold, but he was a really great pub landlord.smiley

Cheers Derek.

12/10/2014 18:46:09

Afraid I will be sat in front of the "box" tonight for Guy Martin's Spitfire (c4 @ 7.30), then BBC 4 @ 9.00 pm for "Mechanical Marvels" (Automata). Something must be going wrong somewhere, two interesting programs in the same year !!!

Cheers Derek.

Magazine Locator

Want the latest issue of Model Engineer or Model Engineers' Workshop? Use our magazine locator links to find your nearest stockist!

Find Model Engineer & Model Engineers' Workshop

Latest Forum Posts
Support Our Partners
Eccentric July 5 2018
JD Metals
walker midge
Eccentric Engineering
Subscription Offer

Latest "For Sale" Ads
Latest "Wanted" Ads
Get In Touch!

Do you want to contact the Model Engineer and Model Engineers' Workshop team?

You can contact us by phone, mail or email about the magazines including becoming a contributor, submitting reader's letters or making queries about articles. You can also get in touch about this website, advertising or other general issues.

Click THIS LINK for full contact details.

For subscription issues please see THIS LINK.

Digital Back Issues

Social Media online

'Like' us on Facebook
Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
 Twitter Logo

Pin us on Pinterest