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Member postings for Diane Carney

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Thread: Etching brass
18/01/2021 13:25:27

No, your'e right, Michael. Point taken.

I wasn't so much answering the OP, but the thread has rather gone into the usual territory of setting up to etch metal at home which so often involves huge effort, and sometimes expense, for often mediocre results. Not always, I hasten to add, but often.

Take care ... x

16/01/2021 16:26:10

Whilst I fully understand that there is a lot of time to be spent and, indeed, fun to be had by researching, drafting, collecting equipment, trying it out, obtaining a suitable 'mask', sourcing and purchasing the chemicals (for pre - during and post actual etching), finding somewhere where no other family member is ever going to tread to practise this sorcery and (if using ferric chloride) spending the best part of the following week trying to get the stuff off your hands, there is probably a far simpler way. I understand that some suppliers of etched brass plates are very approachable and charge very resonabl prices - and may even offer a small discount to readers of the M.E. community forum. No equipment needed other than a thumb nail sketch. Just saying ....


Thread: Article on profile tooling for a lathe?
23/11/2020 22:34:23

Thanks for those useful posts. I might have difficulty referring him to anything on this forum as he doesn't seem to have access to anything online ... but it's whiled away most of my evening!.
Thanks for the MEW reference, Jason. That sounds a similar method to that shown by Nigel for his Lion con rods.

I found this here also of iterest.

Thanks again

23/11/2020 17:41:02

Should have said ... he has no computer.

23/11/2020 17:40:11

I've just had an elderly gentleman on the phone looking for directions to an article on how to make a 'copying device' in a lathe. I think he means a profile tool, but he was struggling to describe what he wants to achieve. It sounds as though he wants to make some matching bronze cnadlesticks. He was sure there has been an article on how to make the tooling in either ME or MEW but he doesn't have an author's name.

He lives in rural Cornwall (near St Austell) with no family or 'Workshop' friends or club near by but is a magazine subscriber. He's a jeweller/silversmith to trade, not an engineer.

Can anyone remember any articles on profile tooling? I don't recall anything in my time at ME, but it's possibly been in MEW. Any ideas I'll pass on.

Many thanks

Thread: Nameplates for 5" Merchant Navy
11/11/2020 23:25:52

Is anyone presently constructing a 5" Merchant Navy?

Some years ago I made a full set of plates for a 5" gauge Merchant Navy. The builder has sadly passed away before the loco was built (I have no idea how far on it was) and his daughter is interested in selling the plates. They are fully finished, even the flags are painted in enamels in full colour and they are ready to fit.

If anyone is interested - or you know somehone who may be - please contact me and I will put you in touch with the lady.


Thread: WAHYA ME 4639
22/05/2020 16:56:02

You can now download Fig 1 - it's an A3 PDF I'm afraid, so not good for printing - from the home page, near the bottom under 'Look out for ...' on the right hand side.

(You know when you try to do something and it should take 10 minutes but it takes an hour because you only ever do it once a year, if that, .... ....)


Link to PDF


Edited By JasonB on 22/05/2020 18:33:08

22/05/2020 14:27:34

The problem has been noted. It may be reprinted next time but I am going to try and get it onto this website ... somehow.


Thread: WANTED: Clockwork mechanism
07/05/2020 21:52:30

I think the term is 'bump'!

If there's nothing forthcoming, can anyone suggest another line of enquiry?

Many thanks

Thread: Amateur VE Day films on TV
03/05/2020 00:06:04

Did anyone catch the programme on Channel 5 this evening showing old cine film - much of it in tremendous colour - made during the VE Day celebtrations? There were two or three bits of footage of what looked like 5 inch raised track (could have been 3 1/2", not sure). I think the photographer had come from Kings Langley where most of the rest of his film was made. Did anyone recognise where the track might have been? It's such a rarey filmed subject, it was great to see.

Edited By Diane Carney on 03/05/2020 00:06:54

Thread: WANTED: Clockwork mechanism
21/04/2020 22:08:35

I have been asked by eminent Scottish railway historian, Ann Glen, whether anyone might have available a clockwork mechanism for a Bassett-Lowke Pecket-type locomotive (Gauge 1). Her father bought the little loco in the 1930s and it was much played with until he decided to attemp a conversion to electric. This wasn't successful but sadly the clockwork mechanism was thrown away. Ann would like to return it to its original condition. If anyone has any suggestions as to where a suitable mechanism might be obtained I'd be delighted to hear of it.

Best wishes

Thread: Making nameplates
15/03/2019 13:58:18
Posted by John Rutzen on 13/03/2019 17:06:24:

Hi, I am trying to make the nameplates for my 5 inch gauge Crampton Locomotive ' Le Continent'. It's not a produced design so i can't buy a set.


Some lovely work illustrated in this thread, but just to corect th OP (an to let anyone else know who may be looking for 'odd one-offs' ) - that isn't necessarily the case. There is a supplier who will photo etch anything and will create the artwork in the first place. PM me if it's of interest. I'm told she's pretty good!



Edited By Diane Carney on 15/03/2019 13:59:19

Edited By Diane Carney on 15/03/2019 13:59:45

08/03/2019 23:25:06

Yes, of course. (Note to self: Read before pasting!)

Now edited.



08/03/2019 18:21:11

The Homepage now has the correct version of Rule 6 which previously stated that (more or less) anything that had ever been entered into any competition previously was not allowed to enter this time! This has now been clarified to read:

Past Winners of an award at any previous exhibition promoted by the Model Engineer Magazine will not be eligible for re-entry unless substantially altered.

Now that's more like it!!
Apologies for the confusion.


Edited By Diane Carney on 08/03/2019 23:22:29

17/02/2019 16:49:52

Sadly there are no future exhibitions currently planned at Brooklands.

17/02/2019 10:06:57

The Model Engineer Competition will make a welcome return this May.

MyTimeMedia are collaborating with the National Model Engineering Exhibition and the Society of Model and Experimental Engineers (SMEE) to stage, once more, the esteemed Model Engineer Competition. The setting will be the ever popular National Model Engineering Exhibition at Doncaster, 10 - 12 May and the competition will be organised and overseen by members of SMEE who will, as always, provide the judging panel.
As in previous years at Sandown and Brooklands, Competition entries will be handled by Mike Law and Steve Eaton.

Time is very short and you have little opportunity to complete a model before May, but the organisers are mindful of this. Your entry need not necessarily be a newly completed model - although they are very welcome - but why not consider entering something that may (or may not) have been seen in exhibition before?

The Model Engineer Competition is open to model engineers throughout the world. Please give it some thought: we look forward to receiving your entry forms by 10th April.

Entry Forms and competition Rules are available to download from the M.E. website Homepage and will be printed in Issue 4607 (1st March) of Model Engineer.

Edited By Diane Carney on 17/02/2019 10:09:34

Edited By JasonB on 17/02/2019 10:19:40

Thread: John Stevenson
23/10/2017 13:52:17

A genuinely, genuinely helpful guy and such a dry sense of humour that never failed to make me smile.
John was never slow at jumping to my defence when I started in this job at first. For that I'll always be grateful.

RIP John. Hope you've found peace ...

Thread: contact
13/09/2017 17:35:05

Thank you Harry

We are now on - the 'myhobbystore' is an old address.

Thanks again for the reply. I will give you a call.


Thread: STOLEN: 4" Sentinel, Kent
07/08/2017 09:25:11

Ian Day's beautiful 4 inch scale Sentinel was featured in M.E. issue 4557. Following Ian's attendance at the Weald of Kent steam rally over the weekend of 5/6 August, the Sentinel was stolen from his home over night, Sunday/Monday 6/7 August 2017.


The lorry was at Ian's home in the Lordswood area of Chatham, Kent,  in a securely locked box tralier parked on the drive, fastened in between the house and a car and motorhome but the thieves have cut through the box trailer and removed the Sentinel, possibly by means of horesebox.

Naturally the family are devastated. This is a unique and eye-catching model: if you can help in any way - if you see the model or hear of it being offered for sale - please inform the police or, if you prefer, myself immediately (I am trying to get a crime number).



Edited By Diane Carney on 07/08/2017 09:27:00

Thread: Ferrabee Pillar Engine
04/07/2017 23:59:46

I should add, by the way, that there are two further cylinder drawings in the next instalment. It's been a bit tricky getting it all in these early parts so unfortunately the three had to be split up. It will all make sense in the end wink


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