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Thread: Soldering a front tube plate
19/10/2021 16:43:54

Nice video Blondihacks. Question: What is the black flux she was using. I have seen White, pink, but never black.


Thread: Austin 7 in France
18/10/2021 19:28:13

Just a bump as my friend is organising an alternative centenary of the Austin 7 here in SW France and we are looking for Austin 7 owners down this way.

Anyone out there ?? PM me if you prefer.


Thread: Boxford ?
16/10/2021 08:44:16

I am afraid that you may have to re-arrange things a bit. The left hand door swings wide open, and you will need to open it on occasion to change the odd gear or two to swap between metric and imperial screw cutting.

Your wooden bench is somewhat in the way !


16/10/2021 08:13:53

looks to me to be an ex schools lathe. At the left hand end of the lathe is a cover which has been locked shut to keep kids fingers out of the way. Remove the small bracket held by an Allen screw and open the cover. I think that you will find that the gear drive has been disconnected.

Most covers/doors on the lathe have microswitches on them. When opened, the power to the lathe will be cut off and you will need to shut the door and re-start the lathe. (May also shut off when you select / change the top lever which engages back gear for slow revs) Ps back gear may be blocked off with an Allen screw - typical schools modification!

You have one of the best small lathes - lucky lad to have picked it up.

Thread: Accuracy of BDMS
14/10/2021 21:04:00

Perhaps Martin needs some "Dead straight" bar ?

Two hairs width over 5.5" - that's not so bad. Now if that was ground bar, I would be worried.

Thread: Super 7 questions
14/10/2021 16:20:35

Mmm Ramon - are you allowed to take a spur off of a spur ?? Ridiculous really as the spur could have been to a 4 gang socket, BUT I agree, nice clean wiring installation.


Thread: GDPR
12/10/2021 17:41:11

Yes, even here, we may be labelled as moaning old Gits and held in some databank and sold on - but to who ???

And I am sure that if these footballers are awarded compensation, that they will immediately pass their awards to charity.


Thread: Transporting 5 inch live steam loco
12/10/2021 06:38:41

Following others, I have built a detachable frame which 1) allows the loco to be securely fixed to it and 2) also allows it to be suspended for running on air etc.



And bought one (but its in the post at the moment ! ) of these trolleys for transport, shed to car / garden etc.

Thinking about a rail clamped to roof rack overhanging the back of the car so I could hoist loco and frame into the car ??


Edited By Speedy Builder5 on 12/10/2021 06:40:39

Thread: French Model Engineer
09/10/2021 17:43:43

Well, its been a while, but my SPEEDY boiler has passed its hydraulic test and once our club has ratified the results, it will pass onto the steam test. If all goes well a certificate should follow later this year.

The working pressure is 5.6 Bar (11.2 Bar test pressure).


Thread: Paint stripper
07/10/2021 19:43:28

Old fashioned car brake hydraulic oil did a good job at stripping paint - don't know about modern oils though.

Thread: Mill power feed using stepper motor
06/10/2021 16:29:36

power feed 1.jpgpower feed 3.jpgpower feed 2.jpgAs stated, several projects. I wanted a display to indicate where on the 'X' axis the table was, so I used some ARDUINO code from the net (Saunders & Reig) and ELECTRONOOBS and modified them to my own requirements. [apologies if I have miss quoted authors].

Basically I have a pair of Arduinos, one which controls the stepper motor and the other for the display. The advice I was given was that a single processor didn't have the speed to doo both tasks.

The "clutch" for the lead screw is just a simple pin between the timing wheel and hand wheel. The piece of wood is a crude guard to keep chips away from the toothed belt.

Ps,  this is fitted to an old Warco Economill.

power feed schematic.jpg

Edited By Speedy Builder5 on 06/10/2021 16:30:45

Thread: Chain Protection Sleeve
06/10/2021 08:41:54

Just an idea, why chain as opposed to steel cable - Stainless if you like ?

Thread: To Cap It All
04/10/2021 21:04:38

Martyn, sent you a Private Message


Thread: Grinding tool bits
01/10/2021 19:29:20

If you are a beginner in tool grinding, do pay attention to the tool and its rest. Always keep the free air distance of the wheel as close to the rest as possible which will prevent a hot piece of HSS jamming in between rest and wheel with possible wheel bursting. And of course wear eye protection. Nice set of safety glasses at £30 seem expensive until you loose an eye !!


Thread: T'Internet - T'Wonders Of
28/09/2021 06:37:39

And we havn't even talked about "smart" thermostats in houses that reduce power consumption when the overall house demand reaches the supply limit. I have been trying to help a friend whose electrically heated house has a "Gestionniere". This unit is a "CALYBOX 220" feeds up to 4 different heating circuits. When the max supply current is reached, it sends a signal to the 1st circuit to reduce its consumption by 50%. If that isn't enough, it does the same to the 2nd, 3rd .. circuits etc. This is all programmed by a thermostat that also monitors temperatures by time of day, day of the week, etc etc. BUT if you cut the power off when you go on holiday, and the little battery in the thermostat goes flat - you loose the lot. And of course, the thermostat only has 4 buttons to allow the programming ....

Thread: Information
27/09/2021 15:21:31

Comment from BIKECHAT Forum:-

All depends, I paid £150 for mine which was a round-column WM15. A photo would help. Be advised, the build quality is terrible.


More here Warco WM15

Edited By Speedy Builder5 on 27/09/2021 15:24:02

Thread: Cylinder Head Combustion Chamber Template
24/09/2021 11:15:36

You could have drilled a couple holes in your template well oversize and close enough to the valve centres, then make a couple of "penny" washers which fitted the valve stems exactly. Place your template carefully in the valve chamber, apply epoxy adhesive to the penny washers and position the washers over the oversized holes and drop your valves (With oily stems) through the penny washers and let it all harden off.


Thread: Boiler water level
24/09/2021 06:53:40

This is a bit of a busy copy of the beachhead. (Backhead)

The distance from top of crown to inside of wrapper is 2 1/2"

The centres of the water gauge fittings are 5/16" from the inside of the outer wrapper and then 2 1/8" appart.

Distance from end of union nut to centre of fitting is 7/16", Visible glass length 1 1/4"

backhead drg.jpg

23/09/2021 06:51:58

Thanks for that, that's a definite for the bottom of the glass, now need the level, as I don't know if LBSC's designes matched todays standards for the mid point. There is nothing in his book or drawings indicating levels.


22/09/2021 20:04:05

Where should the boiler water level be on a 5" SPEEDY loco. Ie, how much higher than the crown of the firebox.


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