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Member postings for Colin Heseltine

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Thread: How Do I Open Walker-Midgeley Documents Please?
01/05/2021 14:33:57

Office 365 running under Win 10 (latest update) opens and reads my WM insurance files without any problems.


Thread: Engineering Courses - Midlands
28/04/2021 11:52:32

Due to low numbers at both sites, the courses were amalgamated and held at Cannock Site. There were 9 of us, four others on this site had joined as a result of me publicising the course. So MEW site members made up 5 of the 9 attendees.

The machine shop has all new machines. The workshop we were in had one training lathe (all manual) and then 5 or 6 XYZ Proturn lathes. These are CNC/manual machines with spindle speeds, range of machining options, DRO's all run from the touchscreen computer screen. These were interesting machines to use as the carriage and cross-slide handles did not have any feel/feedback. There was also a joystick for rapid movements of carriage and cross-slide.

They also have new XYZ milling machines, again these are CNC/manual machines of similar size and design to Bridgeport knee mill.

Within half an hour we were all getting practice ( or playing) with the lathes and looking at the plans of the first machining exercise.

An interesting evening, good to meet everyone and looking forward to next week.  Actually just had email to say next session will be 11th May not 4th.


Edited By Colin Heseltine on 28/04/2021 11:56:26

19/04/2021 17:02:44


Looking forward to meeting you on the course next week.


19/04/2021 13:48:10

They are a bit short on numbers for this and are trying to possibly merge the Cannock and Tamworth courses. If they cannot sort numbers, it may get cancelled.

Is anyone else interested.


Thread: Laptop with a SD card slot
13/04/2021 21:01:22

My most recent laptop Dell Latitude 5414 is about 2 years old. Dell had to replace my previous one as they could not get some spares. They struggled to match my original high spec. Processor was unfortunately only 2-core (high clock speed), but manage to match memory. But I ended up with 14" very high res touch screen, Main battery and internal second battery, PC/EC card slot, usb x 3, network x 2, hdmi, sd slot, VGA port, serial port, SIM slot, external power outlet port, smart card slot, fingerprint recognition, solid state hard drive, dust proof, semi water proof and 2 meter drop proof. They had to provide an external CD drive and spare charger packs. So you can find laptops with all the bits you need but unfortunately it will cost you. It cost Dell £5500 (well thats what I would have had to pay if it was not a warranty issue) to replace my faulty laptop.


Thread: Engineering Courses - Midlands
12/04/2021 19:07:54

I must admit the welding courses are of interest to me. I have done gas, mig, stick and spot welding over the years but would like to be able to use the TIG set properly. As Andy says the dates clash at present, so may try and do the welding later this year or next.


12/04/2021 14:10:22

Just pushing this back to top of thread. Assuming they had enough students this starts in two weeks on the 20th.  Is anyone else interested.


Edited By Colin Heseltine on 12/04/2021 14:11:49

Thread: BCA m3 jig borer Linear scales
09/04/2021 15:12:54


I would also be interested in seeing the DRO installation on your BCA. It is something I am considering for mine.


Thread: Engineering Courses - Midlands
26/03/2021 16:54:45

Be good to meet you Andy.

Lets hope we get some more.

I have no connection to the college, I just thought this was a good thing to publicise.


Edited By Colin Heseltine on 26/03/2021 16:55:42

26/03/2021 15:39:42

Thats great. It would be a shame for them to cancel due to lack of support. I'm not sure how many they need to make up a class.


26/03/2021 15:07:58

They also have some beginners welding courses. Also a slightly more advanced course where a certificate can be gained and you can concentrate on whichever option you wish to take up, MIG, TIG or MMA.


26/03/2021 11:35:27

The topic of engineering courses for beginners to this hobby has come up a number of times and people have lamented the unavailability of courses.

South Staffordshire College with campuses in Cannock and Tamworth is running Introduction to Milling and Turning Courses. The Cannock course is on a Tuesday and the Tamworth course on a Thursday. Both run from 6pm till 9 pm. The course lasts 10 weeks and costs £100 according to their website prospectus (for some reason their Facebook page says £150). I have let them know there is a discrepancy in their pricing, not 100% sure which is correct.

Cannock course starts Tuesday 20th April and the Tamworth course Thursday 22nd April. Contact phone number: 0300 456 2424.


I have had my machines for a number of years but still think I am likely to learn something so have enrolled.

Course description: Working in our advanced engineering workshops, you'll learn using industry standard machinery and equipment. You will learn the practicals of turning and milling, health & safety, drawings and measuring equipment, feeds and speeds, work holding, tool setting and a range of turning and milling operations.

I understand these have not always run due to low enrollment. We cannot complain at not finding course if those that are being advertised are not supported.

Hope this will be of interest to some of the new starters to this hobby.


Thread: Covid 19 and the DVLA
24/03/2021 16:28:54

I have been trying to put a registration number on retention. Because I built the car as a kit it appears they will not do this online. Ring up to query the situation and get told to use the webchat facility. A robot works out whether he will allow you to converse with an actual person, and if so you still have to talk over the webchat. Its an appalling way to have to do things. There is enough technology available now to have call centre staff working from home and answering telephone calls. Eventually had to send V5C and other paperwork along with a cheque and just wait for a response.


Thread: BCA m3 jig borer Linear scales
17/03/2021 16:51:11

If you look at the link below on the modelenginemaker site you will see how Jo has fitted a DRO to her BCA.,2401.0.html


Thread: T slots
14/03/2021 16:59:37

I've just printed 4 out of 5 'T' slot fillers from one of the thingiverse links. It is the one with the little raised pimple to hold them in the slot. Seems to fit well. Just need to print one last one.


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.


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