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Thread: Shipping delays and costs
21/01/2021 21:42:57
Posted by Nicholas Wheeler 1 on 21/01/2021 21:33:36:
Posted by Frances IoM on 21/01/2021 20:57:58:
there was a large amount of publicity about a year ago to a regular ?weekly rail link between China + Europe/UK - has this not proved economic or have global politics intervened?

When the largest ships hold 20,000 containers(according to Google) just how economic do you think shipping them by train will be?

According to reports it's being looked at it very seriously.
Train & Railway Freight from China: A Complete Guide (


Edited By Brian Oldford on 21/01/2021 21:45:00

Thread: GWR green
19/01/2021 16:58:41

In trying to colourise a photo that pre-dates 1927 several factors need to be borne in mind.

In that era colours where invariably mixed by "eye" from pigments of far inferior purity than available today leading to subtle variations even when brand new.
With dirt and atmospheric pollution the original colour often rapidly darkened resulting in a locomotive that had been in service two or three years being a very different colour to one that was ex-works.
One has only to look at engines on heritage railways to see the colour variation that occurs with time despite far more precise chromatography available to paint makers today.

In very simple terms "don't stress it".

Just to confuse issues further there are several shade of black.

Edited By Brian Oldford on 19/01/2021 17:00:40

Thread: Anyone recognise these.
24/09/2020 20:30:03

They look quite dangerous to me. Send them here immediately for safe disposal. laugh

Thread: Looking for foundry in Bolton area
06/09/2020 10:01:36
Posted by Bo'sun on 06/09/2020 08:59:20:

Might be worth thinking about the foundry at Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Telford.

For some years I've used Roger and Noel several times satisfactorily for simple stuff. They have little control of the iron spec and are not really geared up to deal with cored work. I go to Wolverhampton or Dudley for anything a little involved..

Edited By Brian Oldford on 06/09/2020 10:02:58

Thread: Calling all Apple Experts....
27/08/2020 15:16:47

Check out Louis Rossmann on Youtube for the trails and tribulations of fixing Apple products.

Thread: Rotary phase converter
26/08/2020 12:50:33

Have I missed a trick? I'm sure there is a reason but just can't help wonder why anyone would want to run a rotary converter in this day and age.

Thread: Machin Myford quick change gearbox kit from Hemingway Kits.
24/08/2020 10:14:53
Posted by not done it yet on 24/08/2020 09:19:46:

Quite time consuming, if making all those gears on basic hobby kit? Possibly a job for 3D printing as an alternative?

John, did you cut the gears with profiling using the shaper, as opposed to making cutters for the different tooth counts?

I would expect aluminium gears would likely suffice, so easier to cut.

Still a good, satisfying project, all the same - this from someone who already has a QCGB on his lathe.🙂

Even 3D printed might work OK.

Thread: Any idea what this is guys & gals
24/08/2020 10:11:17
Posted by Roderick Jenkins on 24/08/2020 09:22:12:
Posted by Hopper on 24/08/2020 09:06:20

That would be my best guess as a former hospital engineer. Or it could have been part of an early rectal endoscopy probe.

Perhaps it was left behind by a visiting flying saucer wink


Were you to tell us where it may have been left could be "far too much information" winklaugh

Thread: Who trains these ideots?
18/08/2020 11:33:28

I know how I would respond when his bill arrives and my bank balance wouldn't alter. If he argues SYIC.

Thread: epoxy resin preventing from sticking.
15/08/2020 08:10:44

*1 for Meguiars Mirror Glaze 8 mould release. Great stuff!

Thread: painting - preparing to paint
14/08/2020 19:39:35

Since Speedy is very closely based on the BR built (but GWR designed) 15XX pannier tanks you shouldn't have any trouble in sourcing the correct colour.

Thread: Proxon KS230 table saw motor 'kaputt'.
14/08/2020 09:17:28
Posted by Barrie Lever on 14/08/2020 08:37:53:

I am afraid I have to agree with John about Proxxon being under engineered.

I have popped a couple of Proxxon tools with motor issues similar to Dave's.

They have a useful range of tools and the price point is OK if the tools work reliably.

I needed a small hand held electric polisher and Proxxon had the only product at a price that I could justify, I bought the polisher and it works really nicely but for how long ?

About 20 years ago I had a series of Dremel tools have motor problems and vowed to never buy another Dremel, they did sort out the motor issues and I have had Dremel tools again.

What really needs to happen is for Proxxon to be bought out by Bosch like Dremel where, and then some people in Bosch would get the issues sorted out in short order.


Edited By Barrie Lever on 14/08/2020 08:39:59

I'm sure the likes of Makita or DeWalt could also sort them out too.

Thread: Left handed lathe?
12/08/2020 20:58:31
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 12/08/2020 17:16:01:

. . . . . . .

They want £3250 for a lathe that HASN'T GOT A PROPER BS1363 PLUG. This CANNOT be allowed. I'm shocked, or might be if I plugged it in.

. . . . . . .

Actually Dave the plus illustrated is to BS1363. A plug with sleeved live and neutral pins is BS1363A

Thread: Painting on old galvanize
05/08/2020 10:11:07

T Wash is the stuff to use. Used extensively as body preparation by many heritage railways.


Thread: Cleaning emergency !
03/08/2020 11:19:52

I can recommend a good divorce lawyer.

Thread: Adrian Rawson's Divider
27/07/2020 12:50:48

Nice project but isn't a Raspberry Pi somewhat overkill? An Arduino Nano would eat the dividing task

Dons tin hate etc.

Thread: Can anyone tell me what this might be?
24/07/2020 19:11:16
Posted by Mike Donnerstag on 24/07/2020 18:54:07:

. . . . . . . . . . I attempted to blow into it, but I couldn't get any air to enter.


Blow harder. . . . . . .with about 40+ psi.

Thread: Is This a Tooth?
23/07/2020 17:37:21

Nah! This is a tooth.




Edited By Brian Oldford on 23/07/2020 17:37:52

Thread: Benchmaster Senior Donkey Saw
19/07/2020 20:11:58
Posted by Bizibilder on 09/07/2020 09:24:49:

A swift google seems to suggest it is a Kennedy product.

Could you be confusing it with the Kennedy Hexacut? Or did they also do another design?

Thread: DTI accessory threads - Mercer - Verdict etc.
19/07/2020 20:09:21

Maybe **LINK**

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