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Thread: What to do with a wrecked 3 jaw
02/10/2015 15:52:12


You'd better duck!

02/10/2015 13:38:35

David, Russell, I don't think I could be so brazen! Even the tapered adjusting screws are badly scored. I just can't imagine how it got into such a state!

Clive, on more inspection I have found that both the teeth on the scroll and the drive pinions are also very warn. They're around £200 from Rotagrip

Maybe I WILL try David's idea afterall!

01/10/2015 20:31:52

Best not show the Good Lady that reply!

01/10/2015 19:52:57

I have been fiddling with a PB Griptrue which came with some other stuff and have decided that it is probably scrap or a doorstop!

Having seen an ad on the Homeworkshop site to sell what I would evaluate as a totally destroyed 3 jaw with just one jaw for £35 I am now thinking I could cash in?!

At least there are no chunks missing from the body of my chuck but even new jaws rock and then 'push up' when they are bought together. The scroll hasn't lost too much of its ends but it is a very loose fit in the body. It has had a very hard time!

Is there a use for such an object other than its scrap value?

Thread: Beginners' steam plant
23/09/2015 20:01:31

Send them on the SMEE Polly course?

Highly recommended.

Thread: Dick Stockings Dock Tank GWR Class 1101 Dock Shunt 7.25"
19/08/2015 11:57:47

M.E. had the George Gentry version around 1935.

It started in volume 72,number 1775, I think and went on to volume 77, number 1888.

Info from here:-

Thread: Startrite Drill
30/06/2015 19:03:08

I have put some pictures of a Mercury and a Mk 2 in my album. I can't see the differnce either. Perhaps it was somethintg to do with a motor spec change or the difference between an MT or screw chuck mounting?

Not much help I suppose but there is also a description in the album from a copied handbook which maybe of use which I got from these people when I needed some spares.


Edited By Old Elan on 30/06/2015 19:04:33

Thread: Bob Symes RIP.
20/01/2015 10:36:08
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 20/01/2015 09:34:39:

I always remember him as Bob Symes-Shutzmann


A Baron as well!.

Robert Alexander Baron Schutzmann von Schutzmansdorff

20/01/2015 10:28:00

What a shame. I regularly used to cycle past his house with the most impressive 'garden' railway shown in the above link, Green Dene.

Loved his TV appearances too.

Edited By Old Elan on 20/01/2015 10:30:47

Thread: MECCANO compatible pieces, any ideas?
16/01/2015 14:58:30
Posted by Mick Henshall on 15/01/2015 12:12:24:

When I was little my Gramps bought me a "Trix"set , similar to meccano, probably not compatible but I had loads of fun with it

Mick H

I have quite a bit of Trix.

Definitely not compatible with Meccano.

Smaller nuts, bolts and spindles and the strips have three rows of holes on a different pitch.

Thread: What did you Get Today
26/12/2014 16:09:16
Posted by Ian Welford on 25/12/2014 17:27:51:

Also 7mm brake allen key, I didn't believe it but in my "modest" ( _ SWMBO views it differently sad) collection of allen keys I had no 7mm one! Why Volvo chose 7mm ????

Yes, the same as Ford Mondeos and Jaguar X Types amongst others.

Bosch braking system...

Their fault!

Sadly no engineering stuff! sad

Thread: LBSC design a 2-8-4T loco?
16/02/2014 16:09:35
Posted by JC Uknz 1 on 08/11/2012 04:26:33:

Did LBSC or anybody else design a 2-8-4 tank loco in 3.5" gauge? I have found Heilan Long [or somethingindecision] but she is only a 2-8-2T

Helen long is a 4-8-4 in 2.5".

Look here for a good example of the model.


Edited By Old Elan on 16/02/2014 16:10:42

Edited By Old Elan on 16/02/2014 16:13:37

Thread: New Look
01/10/2013 23:14:54
Posted by modeng2000 on 01/10/2013 17:15:00:

Is it possible to have a 'Mark all posts read' button please?

This is available on a lot of forums and is very useful to quickly show new posts since the last visit. The latest forum posts block on the right does not fulfill this very well.


Old Elan, I'm sorry a 'latest unread' is beyond the scope of this layout change, and in all honestly is not likely to be implemented. This would require us to store information every time a user views a post, and maintain a lot more data. The database would probably crawl to a halt accessing and processing that information for all the users on all the MTM forums.

For such a 'revamp' that this site is supposed to have had..... WELL!

The above issues do not appear on any other forum that I use.

Really surprised that such a lot of time and effort hasn't put the site up to date.

The update, for me and my browser and settings, has not changed other than in page layout. Useability is still as dire as it used to be.


30/09/2013 16:13:45

P.S. Just noticed that the thread titles change colour when the thread contains unread posts. A useful facility although I would prefer a bigger colour contrast to make it easier to see.

Sadly still no 'first unread post', though....


Thread: May be worth watching?
21/09/2013 15:18:17

Thank you, Norman.

21/09/2013 14:26:50

I wonder if there are those among you who do not know of this resource?

Sorry, not sure how to do a 'link'

I find it very useful.

I receive it every week by email.


Edited By Old Elan on 21/09/2013 14:29:37

Thread: Angle Measurement in the Workshop
19/09/2013 14:50:24

Ah, yes, the gent that gave me his sine bar also provided some of those angle plates along with lots of other goodies.

So it seems I have the basics but as there is an offer on an M & W bevel protractor from Allendale, I might just make a purchase.

Thanks for all the opinions and ideas.


18/09/2013 18:05:55

I hadn't thought of a sine bar!

I have a set of slips. I also have a sine bar that was made by a friend as a toolmakers apprentice piece. I assume he made an accurate job of it.....

It all seems a bit of a fiddle though and not easy to use on my weeny Centec!

A smart mod, by the way.


18/09/2013 17:37:45

What is the most useful means of angle measurement when setting up in the workshop?

Is a bevel protractor necessary or is a combination set or even a digital angle gauge the way to go?



Thread: First Unread Post
22/04/2013 18:37:30

Not so dense, then!

Ta for the reply.

Apologies for the tardy thanks. I've been away for a week in windy Yorkshire which is why a first unread would be very welcome after breaks in site visits.

I suppose we will just have to put up........

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