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Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion
30/10/2015 18:11:39
Posted by Roger Williams 2 on 30/10/2015 17:29:41:

Did anyone see the Rossi - Marquez saga from Sepang on Sunday !!. I reckon Marquez was asking for it.....

What knee on what front brake lever?


Another take...

Love the Fazers. This one is mine....

Dorking Erly Nauties to see a Steam Excursion

Thread: The Ass is out of the stables
29/10/2015 22:28:11
Posted by Roy M on 29/10/2015 22:02:10:

. It's comforting to know I'm not alone!

You're never alone........



Thread: Central Heating Leak, Grrrrrrrr!
22/10/2015 20:02:03
Posted by Alan Waddington 2 on 22/10/2015 17:12:52:

Easy to check if leak is on system rather than boiler, just switch off isolation taps on flow and return under the boiler and wait 24hrs, if pressure on boiler stays up, leak is definitely on system.

With the boiler turned off, of course.

Thread: Unboxing\Installing\Lifting a Warco 250V
17/10/2015 19:26:53

'time to bring out the wife'.

She looks very fetching in green but a trifle 'angular'!


Thread: What to do with a wrecked 3 jaw
02/10/2015 17:48:52

I have three sets of new jaws, inside, outside and soft and they all rock in the guides.

It's broke.


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.

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