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Member postings for Colin Heseltine

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

Thread: Fuel Resistant Filament
25/02/2021 10:54:16

Certainly have a few ideas now.

The float is (I understand) 2 1/8" diameter, 1 5/8" tall, and with a 1/2" bore through the middle (for the bolt holding the float bowl in place). It has a concave base and a convex top.

Not sure my CAD ability will let me draw this up. I have Alibre Atom.


Thread: A milling anomaly
24/02/2021 21:46:15


Glad you have sorted the job but as you say, still a mystery. If nothing else it will make those of use with Clarkson Autolock chucks take a moment to double check our milling cutter fitting and tightness in our chucks.


Thread: Magnetic v-blocks - how useful these are?
24/02/2021 20:39:54

I have used mine to hold a length of rod whilst it was cross drilled, and it worked a dream. I was struggling with standard v blocks as the clamps kept getting in the way of the drill chuck.


Thread: Fuel Resistant Filament
24/02/2021 20:25:20

I have seen a couple of pictures of the float but will hopefully get a look at the car very soon. Carving of balsa or rohacell sounds a possibility.


Thread: How to hold work for drilling on an ML7 using tailstock pad
24/02/2021 13:20:32

I have used a small V pad on the Cowells lathe for drilling cross-holes in pins. I used a very small machinist clamp to hold the item being drilled. The holes was only .75mm dia.


Thread: B.C.A Jig borer VS Warco WM12
24/02/2021 13:13:50

Just spoke to Tenga this morning following their advert in back of ME regarding stock clearance. I would have liked a 3/8"threaded collet but the last one went a few weeks ago and they are not having any more Imperial ones made. They could offer me a Metric 6 or 10mm threaded. How does £195 each plus VAT and postage sound. I politely declined the offer.


Thread: Myford ml7 strange serial number
23/02/2021 20:11:38

Nigel B

you phrased my thoughts better than I did.

Thread: Fuel Resistant Filament
23/02/2021 15:10:25

I have been asked whether I could print a float to fit in a Solex downdraught carburetor. Other than the issue of whether I can draw it in CAD, which remains to be seen, is there a filament available which would be fuel resistant. Would it even be feasible to produce a completely airtight/fueltight float, that would float.



Thread: Myford ml7 strange serial number
23/02/2021 14:42:21

Would this be some form of casting no., especially as Johann and Matts machines both have the 1104.


Thread: Storing tools in bisley drawers advice
23/02/2021 10:48:14

I’ve just ordered set of the trays. If okay will be ordering a few more sets.

Thread: Skynet is Coming
23/02/2021 10:37:41

MC Black,

Im with you there. I want a manual where can look back and forwards easily but if more importance would be a size of print I can actually see. I am fed up if having to use big magnifying lenses to read tiny print.


Thread: Oiler from lamp Bulb
21/02/2021 12:54:30

I just looked at that link and spotted what might be a good shape on another advert.

Have a look at :

DIY Globe Glass Bottle Pendant 25mm 30mm with Bronze Base Memory Locket Wide Mouth

Item: 142763588344


20/02/2021 16:36:01

I must admit I was quite surprised how few comments I had on my Resurrecting a Stuart 10V. Having said that the comments I did receive were extremely helpful. In turned in to much more of a basket case that I expected but came out very well in the end after major surgery to the cylinder. Well major surgery as far as I was concerned maybe not to others.


Thread: Dickson holder storage
19/02/2021 22:06:03

Mine all sit on the splashback. I milled slots in a few lengths of 1/8" 1" x1" ally angle.


I was fed up of them being spread all over the suds tray.


Thread: B.C.A Jig borer VS Warco WM12
17/02/2021 15:41:42


Funny you should mention the M6 clamping set. I have just bought one to use on the small fixture plate I made to use in the vice of the large mill. Its very handy that they also fit the Cowells Mill and I found yesterday they fit the BCA rotary table slots. So quite pleased.

I can concur with the comment re collets creeping out of the standard collets. I have a couple of the threaded ones but not the other two. When I milled the GHT pillar tool table on the BCA I had the collet creep.

I spoke to the guys at Tenga a couple of years ago and they were thinking of closing down then.


17/02/2021 12:39:53

My thoughts are similar to Phil's. I admit I am in the lucky position to have Bridgeport sized machine and also a BCA. Before I had the big machine my previous machine was a Chester Super Lux and I had a major problem with the motor failing so I machined (slowly and carefully admittedly) the slots in a table for a GHT Pillar Tool on the BCA.

As Phil said the BCA should hold its value.


Thread: Plans for updating the archaic forum?
16/02/2021 20:06:42

I have just looked at the link Jason has put up earlier on this page. Yes it is a little better, but I still feel there is way to much white space. All the sections looked at so far on there are fairly short comments with lots of white space. many of our postings are quite detailed and you can get a lot of "READ" on one page. l feel you seem to have to do a lot of scrolling around to read the same quantity of text. This would be a real pain on a small mobile device.


15/02/2021 22:00:05

I've got to admit seeing them side by side I still prefer the current site layout. To my mind the two pages you have compared are not a very good comparison as the ME/MEW has lots of text and the flying one very little. My eyes prefer to see a distinct difference in text colour to the background (and preferably black text on white or pale background. I am yet another of the 40% of males who are colourblind. I remember many years ago going to a large meeting with over 150 people and we were being given a financial report. A lot of the graphs and figures were in smallish text and were red/green. I raised the point that many of us could not actually see/distinguish what was being shown.

I have to admit whilst we have such a good website (whether or not it migrates) I do not see the need or use of a Facebook Page or Twitter a/c.


Edited By Colin Heseltine on 15/02/2021 22:02:17

Thread: Resurrecting a Stuart 10V
15/02/2021 20:52:50

Run for over hour and half now. Really loosened up. Have it running with air pressure know set to zero and inline air valve on manifold half open. Runs nice and slow.

15/02/2021 19:23:35


Thank you.

Yes it certainly has had its issues. But got there in the end I'm p[leased to say. Very happy with it. Will now add reversing gear and a base. Then try it on steam. I have a number of other casting sets (including various Stuarts) awaiting build as well as some hit and miss and hot air engines. Think I will possibly do an Alyn Foundry Sphinx or RLE next.


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