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Thread: Coronavirus death stats
16/01/2021 07:40:09

Thank you Vic. I don't need an internet connection thank you. I can watch and comprehend live from No 10 on the television.

I have never made any claim to knowing everything.

But I do have memory and will check and verify from the sources. There are a number of formal Freedom of Information requests lodged for the full findings of Exercise Cygnus which would give us all a much better understanding of what is really going on. There is at least one major legal case before the courts, Dr Qureshi (I hope spelt correctly) represented by Leigh Day lawyers. DHSC are using every method to delay access to that information. What has been leaked so far is as quoted terrifying. And we are actually seeing it being played out.

I have been in business in the model and model engineering field and gladly will go back to my shed. I know of other authors, mag contributors and ex suppliers who are pretty disgusted with the whole scene of ME as it has become.

Glad to be gone from where verifiable facts are denied because they dont quite suit.

16/01/2021 06:47:18

Sad that people only listen to sound bytes. Cummings actually recruited Andrew Sabinsky to be a senior No 10 advisor. An extreme believer in Eugenics as Cummings was also an advocate and affionado. Sabinsky is so extreme he had to resign Feb 2020. There is no doubt what eugenics actually is.

Ferguson could not manage without bedding his mistress breaking the lockdown laws.

Van Tam's statement in a number 10 press conference. Ruth May's answer to a journalist in a broadcast press conference. The question directly about who would be left to die.  I.E euthanasia.

Herd immunity was a vain hope with tens of thousands of deaths being vaunted by Whitty and Vallence when the wider scie tific community stated that herd immunity may never occur.

As regards Stafford. Just how short is memory? A scandal of epic proportions with major repurcussions in the Commons. The failure to act upon and implement the findings of Exercise Cygnus of October 2016 the results of which were so terrifying , I quote, that they could not be made public. And still are kept secret. We are now seeing that worst case being acted out every day with more to come.

John Bell knows nothing does he?

Front line staff in the NHS are lions led by donkeys and thats an insult to donkeys.

Edited By Ian B. on 16/01/2021 06:55:11

Thread: Real Bull CJ18, metal spindle drive gear (Pulley)
13/01/2021 14:08:07

Gazz I can recommend the WM14 mill. Had mine 2 years now having had to downsize from industrial stuff.

Very happy with mine. My other lathe is a WM180. Long story and that worked straight out of the box as well. Clean, oil, start work. I have made a few changes but nothing significant. Purely to suit me as nice to haves.


13/01/2021 09:08:06

H'mmm? I have read through the thread and there is a lot of useful and commendable information. However having owned 2 mini lathes of differing pedigrees over long years, there are two modifications which dramatically improve successful parting. One was sort of OK the other was a complete dog. Both initially impossible to part off with.

The first. Is to change the shears to solid bolt up types properly shimmed. May entail carefully lapping of the underside faces of the bed.

The second. Change the mandrel bearings back to the original Russian design and that is quality taper roller bearings and adjust them and grease them properly.

I never use a rear toolpost and have regularly parted off 32mm diameter EN3 in quantity with HSS blades for rolling stock wheels.

I have never smashed any standard plastic gear.

I know an awful lot has been written about angular contact bearings as replacements but I took the view that the original designers actually knew what they were doing and have proved it in practice even with a very difficult Friday afternoon car machine.

These are not costly in terms of finance but may require investment in time and patience and then practice.

With Real Bull machines as the CJ18 be very careful of the alignments of the motor pulleys and change wheels. There often is tweking of bracketry to be done and the leadscrew shaft end is not really long enough on the 14 inch bed machines.



Thread: Yet another scam lathe sale on ebay to be aware of
12/01/2021 07:45:48
Posted by MC Black on 11/01/2021 17:59:01:

This may be a naive question, but why does he have 100% good feedback if he scams people?

Why have the people scammed NOT left bad reports?

Sadly simply for the reason that E bay favour and are biased towards the seller. The seller is their paymaster. Their complaints procedure is set up to deter buyers from complaining. A seller can have any bad feedback removed simply on request and it will be removed if you have made a formal complaint. Been there had it done. Fingers burned and have never used the dishonest cesspit again. Had to recover my money using card procedures here in the UK.

Thread: Cleaning Brass?
09/01/2021 16:30:26

That is good advice Michael. I am (and have been for years) fascinated with mechanical clocks. I have never really felt good enough to make them. I have just had success in repairing a Mayer three train clock. The anchor escapement had slipped a little on its shaft. When I asked I was surprised to learn that they are made from "standard" parts and to measure items and then look at suppliers like Cousins for new parts. I thought originally before stripping it that the suspension was damaged as I could not achieve an even beat and the clock would stop after a couple of hours. Mayer were pretty good and sent the information. Some gentle adjustments has it going again and it runs 7 days until the strike slows enough to be annoying.

However I digress. I will get parents clock going again and fit it onto a new display stand.



Edited By Ian B. on 09/01/2021 16:32:17

Edited By Ian B. on 09/01/2021 16:33:16

09/01/2021 10:50:07

What a fantastic amount of knowledge and information. A very genuine thank you to all of you.

The original clock was not quite a Napolean's hat but very similar. Rounded top with "silvered" dial. The abutments did not sweep out but were hard shouldered in shape very much like those chimney breasts outside houses right behind the fireplace.

As regards the movement, the plates are smooth for the front plate, the rear looks to laquered badly and there is a pattern of what looks like tiny centre pop marks. The wheels and other motion work appear to have been blanked out on a press with only the teeth and pivot holes machine cut. If the apertures in the wheels are examined you can see the rough shear lines and marks. The pinions are lantern pinions which I sought of understood were a sign of the cheaper clocks. I could be wrong.

I escaped a number of guard duties in military training because I had polished the internals of my belt buckles. Ho ho. Hence I started with one wheel. It really was frustrating. I could see no way of making the plates reasonable and the job was put aside. Till being inspired to look again by The Repair Shop and the wealth of help here.

Thanks again.


08/01/2021 09:12:41

Thank you all for your input. I too would be a little worried about ammonia based solutions. I keep citric acid anyway for hard soldering. That seems to produce the pink effect on areas where the flux has been pickled away.

I have a small ultrasonic cleaner and perhaps a good clean in that to remove the dirt and then a citric acid clean.

I am a little nervous as to the intrinsic quality. It was an engagement present to my mother and father in 1930. The case was very poor and all my life I cannot remember it running properly. The pendulum is a rough cast piece of lead painted black which grows something akin to white to pale green mould. I salvaged the movement way back in the late 70s and thought it might be nice to make a good job of it.

Thanks again



08/01/2021 07:11:43

Hello. I would like to ask perhaps those with clock making/repairing experience about cleaning brass brightwork or what should be brightwork. I have a 3 train clock dismantled and put aside for too many years. I have spent time all that while ago physically trying to clean and polish the parts, needle files cleaning out wheel spokes and the like. Terribly disappointed with the results. Hence just shoving the parts in a box.

A couple of days ago, taking a shed break eating lunch I watched "The Repair Shop". Steve, I think his name is, was dismantling and repairing a beautiful skeleton clock. With amazing results as to brightwork. All the wheels, plates etc. I noticed at one stage he was wearing heavy rubber gloves.

I have some of Donald de Carle's books but can find nothing to suggest replicating this finish.

Can anyone guide me in the right direction please? Is it some form of electropolishing, physical rubbing with polish, chemical dipping or just elbow grease over a longish period off camera?



Edited By Ian B. on 08/01/2021 07:13:49

Thread: Another Telephone / Computer scam?
07/01/2021 19:32:13

Yep me as well. But usually about every 2 weeks telling me something is amiss with my internet connection. If I do not press one and boot up my computer so they can sort it out, my internet and phone connection will be terminated immediately.

Usually bait the b**g*rs for a bit then tell them to urinate.

Life can be fun.


Thread: Yet another scam lathe sale on ebay to be aware of
06/01/2021 07:40:07

Do e-bay really take any notice? No they don't. Problem 8 years ago. Complained. They appointed a bent lawyer in some obscure Los Angeles law firm that the Bar Council of LA said did not exist. My transaction took place here in the UK on UK soil with UK card in sterling. They did everything to wriggle. Then this 5 star fine upstanding e bay seller was arrested and convicted with a long sentence for having a house full of pirated child pornography and stolen video machines. Sceptic tank lawyer sooned zipped her gob and I had to reclaim my money via the card company.

Lesson learned. Never use this disgusting outfit. Good luck to those who do. I assume all are scammers and crooks.


Edited By Ian B. on 06/01/2021 07:42:24

Thread: Odd thread
05/01/2021 07:05:38

Might be worth a talk to Tracey Tools. They are often able to help with off standard threads. I needed a tap for Ronson gas filler valves. They supplied. Then I had access to buy really cheap pencil gas soldering torches when the Ronson supply of valves dried up for a bit. Yep the gas filler valves were an even odder thread. Tracey were able to supply the taps I needed.


Thread: Amadeal lathes - Any good??
04/01/2021 08:39:29

Tim, For my twopennyworth, I am intrinsically a Mini lathe fan. For that is what they are in many guises liveries and badges. There is ahuge amount of knowledge out there about these originally Russian designed machines.

I have recently just had to deal with a real dog bought new from a reputable supplier advertising on here as well, but had previously iwned one which did sterling service. Remember that over a periodthe real money gets spent on tooling and accessories not on the original machine.

I have never dealt with Amadeal as such but Warco, ARC, have always given excellent service with lots of support. Chester supplied the dog. However even that has been turned into a very tractable machine with patience and improving skills as we went along. I also have a Warco WM180 which is a fine machine straight out of the box. Amadeal do similar.

For information Dave Fenner's books on the mini lathe in The Workshop Practice Series are a fine start. Our own Neil Wyatts writings on the subject are good as well.

These machines will turn out good work. Just be aware of their limitations and accept whatever the badge they will require a little TLC to get the very best from them. There are many sources of information with exact detail to help you with that.


Thread: 2021
03/01/2021 19:42:58

I became ill with all the symptoms 1st October. Tested 2.10. Result 4.10 negative. Getting worse by 5.10. Sent to GP hot hub for negative tests. O2 levels below 93, temp 39.6. Examined in a car park no shelter in pouring rain. Handful antibiotics. Go home and die. 6.10 so ill GP ordered paramedics. Blues and twos to hospital. Full day raft of tests bloods x rays the lot. Sent home same night. Seriously ill do not leave house at all for two weeks at least.

Now to the numbers. GP called 10 days later to ask if I was still alive. They have 29% false negatives. I had Covid, pnuemonia etc. Heart damaged again.

Overlaying the current vaccination programmes with the proven historic performance curves of all else like test and trace and other false promises using the statistical models we have been brain washed with, it will take them 10 years and 4 months to vaccinate us all and that is without the exponential growth of numbers requiring a second dose.

Van Tam stated in March in public in answer to a journalist that "absolutely" a certain committee had met and made decisions on the 30th FEBRUARY. Think about it.

Lions led by donkeys when it comes to NHS senior managers.

I hope for all of us I am wrong. Tomorrow is a bonus if it happens.

Edited By Ian B. on 03/01/2021 19:45:12

Thread: A white xmas
30/12/2020 21:16:53

Yep was out there last Christmas Danny. Just about to send grandaughter's partner a real "cool" photo. He was saying the other day on Skype how muggy the nights were at the Gold Coast and Surfers.

Pic is of a very white very cold (-3° back garden of ours here in UK. Snow angels at dawn?


Edited By Ian B. on 30/12/2020 21:17:21

Thread: Tool identification help please..
30/12/2020 16:19:40
Posted by NIALL HORN on 30/12/2020 15:33:04:

It would be worth contacting Jenny Blackwell at I have bought similar inserts from her at shows, and their postal service is super-efficient.


I am with Niall on this. There are few in the world of ME that are as knowledgable as Jenny at JB Cutting Tools. Service and pricing are excellent. If you want to pay top dollar but get branded Kennametal stuff try MSC (J & L) at Wednesbury. They carry a huge range of inserts.

Sandvik also publish data that you can wade through. Get the insert spec and ID then look through the readily available conversion charts. If it was originally purchased from Chester then it will be Chinese. Even their inserts generally match proper standards.



Edited By Ian B. on 30/12/2020 16:25:29

Thread: Workshop time
26/12/2020 12:45:11

Try to be in the workshop by 10 in the morning at least 4 days a week. Lunch is 1pm. Try to get 1 1/2hours pm.

Sadly getting slower with age and enjoy contemplating what has just been made for too long. Compounded a bit by two brushes this year with the old geyser with the hour glass and grass cutter.

Hence fatigue is top frustration factor. Never give up I will pass on wiping the oil from my hands and trying to free my trousers from being superglued to my legs.

Thread: Christmas Cracker Jokes .. and similar
26/12/2020 12:37:50

What do you get if you cross a burger with a cheetah?

Fast Food!


Thread: Christmas Disasters!
25/12/2020 11:33:02

Just the two of us this year like many other years I am pleased to say.

Last year was the worst we have ever had. Went to Australia as it was also our 50th wedding anniversary. Son broke, we paid for everything and more. His partner and her daughter the obnoxious brat, were appalling. Her family around which everything had to revolve are all some sort of strange headcases. Christmas had to be moved to Boxing Day. Our private family business had been blabbed half way around Queensland by that crowd. Embarrassing or what?

What is the Australian fetish with raw carrots? And bad food?

I now have only one relation on the planet and that is our grandaughter and now her newborn. Thats it there has been no other contact. Total monetary cost of trip baling that lot out of destitution nearly 30 grand with flights. We are glad to be alone. Door firmly shut and Wills changed and formally engrossed.

Speaking with G daughter and GG daughter later as a highlight. Despite COVID 19 and the sadness that has brought to us, this will still feel like a vintage year. Smelling the chicken cooking and the homemade stuffing cooking as I write.

Live for today for tomorrow may never come. Make the best of it and all have a GREAT day!


Thread: EON customers
25/12/2020 06:26:00

I hate to say after the recent political strife, are they not continental errrr French?

Getting their money in before the big due date.

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