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Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
31/05/2020 20:24:01

Inspired by the excellent casting articles by Luker and Gerald Martyn today I cast the front smokebox ring for my Black5. And I'm still buzzin. Thanks guys.



Thread: Tool for rivets
29/05/2020 22:11:30
Posted by Richard S2 on 20/02/2018 14:00:13:

I made various shaped Rivet Closers for my Minnie jobs. They are a common design still (i believe), as I made them back in the mid 80s-

rivet set.jpg

I made the relevant parts interchangeable to save duplication.


I need to close some rivets on my loco that I cant really get at so I need a rivet closing tool. Does anyone know how this one works or does anyone have any other tools that can close up a rivet when you cant use a hammer.



Thread: Milling a 45 degree 'v' slot
21/05/2020 10:14:49

I have often wondered how you are supposed to acurately position a V on work with a head tipped over or even with the work tipped over. None of the usual edge finding techniques that I know of would work.

Thread: Aircraft General Discussion
20/05/2020 12:49:03


It was over Marston Moretain. I think it was spelling Tom. But I only saw TO

20/05/2020 10:59:51


20/05/2020 10:55:56

Someone is drawing smiles over Bedfordshire at the moment.20200520_103634.jpg

Thread: Inherited lathes
11/04/2020 20:25:29

Look on ebay, advanced, search, completed listings to get an idea of what they go for. Wait until this virus is over and then sell on ebay. A video on youtube will help you to get a good price. List all the accessories that go with them. Also time the sale to end on a friday or saturday night. Make it the first weekend of the month as people have just been paid.

Good luck

Thread: Last Night's Astro Image
03/04/2020 20:53:04


I see Venus is in the Severn Sisters tonight. Are you planning to get an image?


Thread: Good reading from DYSON.
30/03/2020 15:11:21

Didn't he move all his manufacturing to Singapore or Malaysia just after supporting brexit. If so I wonder who's going to make them.

Thread: Last Night's Astro Image
28/03/2020 08:49:11

Well not quite at Neil's level but last night my 11 year old and I went out to take a photo of Venus and the crescent moon with an SLR and a 50mm lens. It wasn't that spectacular but what we did get was a busy night for satellites. Just about every other photo we took had one or more satellites on it. On the first two they show satellites moving close together and on a parallel track. Do you think this could be space junk? Maybe a satellite and nose cone for instance. Top right corner in the first photo.




Thread: Record no 1 vice jaws seized - removal?
27/03/2020 09:06:22

I got the stuck screws out of my number 1 with heat on the casting and a hammer impact screwdriver.

Thread: Any ideas please
25/03/2020 19:46:29

I bend the spike on the trap over slightly so it's a little bit hooked. Then push a nice raisin or sultana on there for them. The mice round here love them and they can't slip it off carefully.

Thread: What are you reading?
19/03/2020 21:32:42

Pace yourself Pete. At that rate your going to run out!

19/03/2020 20:23:47

I have just finished Les Miserables. You certainly need to skim some of it as its not relevant to the plot. Otherwise its a brilliant story.

Also last year I really enjoyed reading all the Sharpe stories by Bernard Cornwell. They are based on the Napoleonic Wars but Mr Cornwell drops his character in to take all the glory! They can be found very cheaply on ebay or amazon.


Thread: Tech Support
17/03/2020 13:16:50


If anyone is thinking of getting into CNC conversions I have just had some great tech support from CNC4you when my home switches just wouldn't work. You don't get that when you buy bits from China.



Thread: Sieg SX3 Mill Oiling the Z axis Nut
26/02/2020 18:45:31


Has any SX3 mill owners worked out a way of oiling the z nut? It seems to me you have to take the black electronics box off the back just to get at the nut. Is there any clever mod' anyone has done to be able to lubricate this easily.



Thread: What sort of things DO NOT inspire you
22/02/2020 13:59:47


Thread: What sort of things inspire you?
22/02/2020 09:00:53
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 21/02/2020 17:37:27:

Saw this old breech loading coastal gun from Drake Island on the BBC news website today, woudl make a great model:

What sort of things get you contemplating new models?


Neil you will like what's on my drawing board at the moment then.

Thread: camlock back plate
21/02/2020 07:19:43

Nice job. How about filming that big shaper you have.

Edited By Buffer on 21/02/2020 07:20:14

Thread: Did i make the right choice buying an old banger Myford lathe.
14/02/2020 20:43:52

The stupid plain bronze bearing as you put it is actually really good as you will always be able to adjust its fit with the two nuts on the other end.

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