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Thread: MEW 300 IS HERE !
16/01/2021 14:27:57

My copy of MEW300 arrived in S.W France this morning

Thread: Coronavirus death stats
15/01/2021 20:21:26
Posted by not done it yet on 15/01/2021 10:21:38:

What we have going forwards now is probably the new normal

I think that is the most likely scenario. Maybe a combined flu/covid jab might turn out to be the norm, when everything settles down?

At 76 y.o I wish ! but unfortunately that combination would involve two sets of guesswork. With the 'flu virus ( another coronavirus ) the virologists already have to make an educated guess each year as to which mutations the coming winter's 'flu virus vaccine should address, most years their guess is well-targeted, other years not so much so.
To add estimated covid-19 mutations to those guesses would be a step too far, I feel.
All hope of a vaccine for the 'common' cold (you guessed it - another coronavirus ) has long been abandoned due to the rapid mutation character of that virus

Thread: Standards of Electrical Wiring
14/01/2021 20:47:49

Back in the mid-seventies I was a frequent visitor to Tehran for installation and maint of message switching equipt.
With experience we removed the long-line connections to our equipment and installed connection blocks with auto type fuses before reconnection to our equipment. Instructions to the office staff that before reporting any line faults to the PTT they MUST disconnect the fuse links until the line was reported fixed.
This was because the PTT routinely used a Megger to test/fix line faults !
I narrowly missed avoided a full-time on-station Comms tech position in November 1978.

reminiscent of the wiring shown above was the cabling atop telephone poles at the Haj terminal outside the old downtown airport in Jeddah.

Edited By Meunier on 14/01/2021 20:52:37

Thread: Interest in pictures of models
13/01/2021 19:07:23
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 12/01/2021 21:23:49:
Posted by Meunier on 12/01/2021 21:10:16:



Allow me, Dave : **LINK**

... I too was fascinated


Ahh, yes. Thank you Michael for the link and for your contributions to that thread, I did appreciate the research and craftsmanship shewn but had forgotten how disappointed I was at the abrupt ending.
Would have liked to have seen the conclusion of the project.

12/01/2021 21:10:16

One of the most interesting construction series I have seen for years followed the construction of a bridge model.
Memory falls down on the job yet again but think it was a creek/river bridge, maybe Australian ?
I was well impressed.

Thread: Another car
09/01/2021 15:17:52
Posted by noel shelley on 09/01/2021 11:33:52:

.......I have been involved in I/C engines all my life, most recently 15 L V8s...... Noel.

If we were playing Top Trumps (as was ) you take it over my old Corvette C3 (7.4L ) !


08/01/2021 20:29:30

Mine, sold in 1978 before buzzing off to Saudi Arabia for 7yrs with nowhere to store it, was reliable except for a replacement fuel pump. The bonnet developed a crack, extending through the semi-circular reinforcing tube which I repaired (bodged) by enlarging the crack, whittling a flat on a length of broom-handle, inserting the broom-handle all the way into one part anointed with Brentford's best f/glass resin and finagling the part back into the other side of the crack and levelling the repair with f/glass resin.
The spark plugs hidden in tubular holes in the depths of the rocker-covers were a pain to remove/re-insert. (does anyone now remember the days of sooting/oiling-up spark plugs, SU carbs, the frequency of punctures and wet-morning starting problems ? My word, how things have advanced !

Thread: Look out, here comes a woodturner
06/01/2021 20:58:26
Posted by Roderick Jenkins on 06/01/2021 20:00:52:
Posted by Tony Wright 1 on 06/01/2021 18:34:46:

What next ? Today’s post how to milk a cow using a milking machine made in a shed !

Amazing! How did you know? I'm writing it now. Shall I send it to ME or MEW?

Best wishes,


Good on you Rod,

I would be interested to know how you successfully managed to scale the vacuum system. wink
Shed ? Men's shed, or....


edit how not if

Edited By Meunier on 06/01/2021 20:59:20

Thread: Change display font size?
28/12/2020 20:29:03

Additionally, Ctrl + mouse scroll-wheel fwd and backward achieves font size change.


Thread: Delay to Issue 299
18/12/2020 20:11:50

Happy to report that issue 299 arrived yesterday, 18th, here in S.W.France.

Thread: Message from ARC to our customers in the E.U.
11/12/2020 20:00:34
Posted by ChrisB on 11/12/2020 18:28:16:
Posted by Sam Longley 1 on 11/12/2020 17:40:33:

It would be interesting to know what % of the goods that ARC sell into the EU is actually made in the Uk.

Probably none, but then how many products are actually manufactured in the UK, built with UK tools and machines and by British people? I really doubt there's any piece of electronics, tooling or clothing in the planet which is not made entirely or partly in China.

My perusal and use of JB CuttingTools website shows many ( I haven't checked every one )   cutting tools as being made in Sheffield and displaying the Union flag.

Edited By Meunier on 11/12/2020 20:01:17

Edited By Meunier on 11/12/2020 20:01:57

10/12/2020 17:42:25

To put into monetary terms, I am expecting a consignment from UK, paid in GBP, total cost GBP618.31
Have just done a comparison if the same consignment arrived after Jan 1 2021. Some rounding up of pence/centimes.

Bought at GBP 515.26 incl GBP30 shipping and no VAT charged -
all following in GBP

485.26 items cost
30.00 freight cost
1.20 freight cost rise (4.9% extra)
3.50 shipper export documentation
total on leaving UK = 520.26

over the channel, all in Euros

GBP 520.26 becomes Euro 572.29

13.20 shipper import docs (GBP12 x 1.10)
58.55 10% import duty (assuming no deal and WTO rules apply)
21.00 customs paperwork fee for collecting import duty
now up to 665.04
133.02 VAT
Total Euro 798.06 or equivalent GBP 725.51 to my door, compared with GBP618.31 today,


Edited By Meunier on 10/12/2020 17:45:55

GBP 107 more expensive -- OUCH

Edited By Meunier on 10/12/2020 17:46:36

Edited By Meunier on 10/12/2020 17:47:20

And after all that I forgot to send a big thank you to Ketan and the team for good past services

Edited By Meunier on 10/12/2020 17:49:32

Thread: Useful MEW Table
08/12/2020 20:24:20
Posted by Brian Wood on 08/12/2020 10:37:15:

Just to be different, I have such charts pinned to the ceiling, the only place left that has room for them


I thought for one moment there Brian, that you were going to say that looking up Metric sizes was a right pain in the neck......


Thread: Glasses
02/12/2020 20:16:01
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 02/12/2020 13:03:04:
Impossibly tricky for my eyes, as I have fixed-focus [cataract replacement] lenses installed cool


One of those rare occasions when the 'smiley' on closer inspection actually matches the comment !

Thread: What Metal is this?
24/11/2020 21:00:06

Am reminded of a bargain length of steel at the club auction many years ago, which was mine for the sole bid of 50p.
I rejoined my chum, who was chatting with his brother, to celebrate my win when they remarked one to the other 'I see somebody bought the boomerang' Didn't see a boomerang said I. It transpired that I had bought the very boomerang in the form of the steel bar that had apparently been bought, attempted unsuccessfully to be machined, before being returned to the next auction, several times over. Sad to relate, it was later returned yet one more time.

Thread: Bench Drill identification
24/11/2020 20:40:59

Are you seeking a replaicement for the dear departed goldie ?
I only ask since I am certain I spotted a fishing boat in the background of your piccies


just catching up with updates - congrats !

Edited By Meunier on 24/11/2020 20:42:29

Thread: Exercise for old folks
21/11/2020 18:58:06
Posted by pgk pgk on 20/11/2020 20:20:47:

Sadly had to part with my ancient hound last month and worry now about getting a new one that might outlast me. On the lookout or a suitable secondhand dog. I don't have the same access to spare pets now I've retired....


Many rescue/adoption organisations have great difficulty finding new 'owners' for senior dogs. Could fit your circumstances and be a two-way benefit. smiley

Thread: Last Night's Astro Image
21/11/2020 16:05:32

A query please Neil, nice pics by the way.

Have googled without success to identify a fuzzy star cluster which appeared low on eastern horizon some months ago and has gradually elevated until now it is just passed the overhead heading westwards.

Edited By Meunier on 21/11/2020 16:06:26

Thread: Drummond M type
17/11/2020 20:22:36

With acknowledgement to David George 1, here is what an M-type can look like !


could also help if pic was attached


Edited By Meunier on 17/11/2020 20:43:16

Thread: Greatings from Swden
15/11/2020 15:49:13

Hi Anders, have you seen this info on ?

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