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Thread: Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition
23/10/2018 11:02:10
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 23/10/2018 10:46:38:
Posted by mike T on 22/10/2018 20:51:32:

We could always admire the organisation team if there are no exhibits

Well you won't admire the exhibits if there's no exhibition team - it takes two to tango!

Totally agree. Both the organisers and the exhibitors need to lean how to work more closely if there is to be a future , otherwise there will be no tango

22/10/2018 20:51:32

We could always admire the organisation team if there are no exhibits

22/10/2018 19:39:29
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 22/10/2018 16:47:10:
Posted by mike T on 21/10/2018 22:19:19:

Derek, you would not believe how difficult the show management make it for an exhibitor. If they decide to accept your request to exhibit a model, they insist on the exhibit being there for the full duration of the show. If you do not live locally, that can mean four nights in a hotel on top of your fuel and food bills. They do give you two entrance tickets, you are expected to buy the tickets for other two days. That's not much of an incentive for an exhibitor.is it?

Mike

It's important to remember the implications of people removing or adding models outside the normal times.

It's not as simple as just taking it to a spot and popping it on a stand, they need to be properly booked in, typically wired into a security system and the rest of the display may need to be adjusted to accomodate them. The reverse has to happen when they are removed with the added burden of security to ensure that they really belong to the person who is taking them away.

Having seen just how complex making up and breaking down an exhibition is I can fully understand why exhibitors don't want the extra burden of handling models arriving and leaving while they are trying to concentrate on looking after visitors and keeping the show running smoothly. Also, part-time models potentially mean gaps in the displays which attract negative comment from show goers.

You wouldn't expect artists to remove some of their paintings half way through an exhibition, would you?

Neil

​I had not realised how much hardship it makes for the organisers when I exhibit me engines.

I will not do it again untill I can afford the expense of four nights in a hotel on top of the travel expenses

21/10/2018 22:19:19

Derek, you would not believe how difficult the show management make it for an exhibitor. If they decide to accept your request to exhibit a model, they insist on the exhibit being there for the full duration of the show. If you do not live locally, that can mean four nights in a hotel on top of your fuel and food bills. They do give you two entrance tickets, you are expected to buy the tickets for other two days. That's not much of an incentive for an exhibitor.is it?

Mike

Edited By mike T on 21/10/2018 22:24:43

Thread: ME Shows in UK for private exhibitors
12/10/2018 17:17:01
Posted by steamdave on 12/10/2018 16:08:21:
I am looking for a similar type of event to Bristol where I can have my own space and run engines if desired. As you say JB, the Midlands show is not like that. Looks like I'm out of luck.

Dave
The Emerald Isle

Dave,

Now that the Bristol Show has gone, like so many other shows; you and I and some others are all looking for somewhere else where we can have our own table and a chance to run engines.

Good hunting

Mike

Thread: Roy Darlington
05/10/2018 14:58:44

Very sad news indeed. Roy was always a perfect gentleman and a pleasure to talk too. He will be greatly missed.

Mike

Thread: G-Code editor with back plotting
02/10/2018 17:07:00

I have been using DesKAM 2000 by Carken for the last 18 years and would not change it. DesKAM 2000 creates G code toolpaths with a backplot from a .DXF file. It's old software which runs well on my Win XP machine. If, you can find a download of this rather old software you will not be disappointed.

Edited By mike T on 02/10/2018 17:08:11

Thread: Mystery French Medical ? Item
10/08/2018 23:35:08

I was once clever enough to flatten my thumb with a hammer blow, made a right mess of the thumb nail.

A medic at the local RN base treated my injuries. He had a small glass bottle of chloromethane which expelled a jet of the liquid as the liquid inside the bottle boiled off. The medic directed the jet ot liquid chloromethane at my damaged thumbnail. Intensely cold at first but I soon lost all sensation, moments later he removed the complete thumbnail. All over and done within a few minutes, I did not feel a thing.

He said I was lucky, in a previous era I would have been given a piece of wood to bight on instead.or perhaps a tot of rum.

Thread: Ring Light for mill/drill
03/08/2018 23:34:21

Hello Bernard,

This is what I use on all my machines

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/7Sizes-Universal-Car-LED-Halo-Ring-Lights-Angel-Eyes-DRL-Durable-Headlight-Lamp/223015314547?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3Da162edbc64be4e19968ff6f73d80a3a7%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D132200509432%26itm%3D223015314547&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3Aa62f74ac-976c-11e8-bf69-74dbd1804ddb%7Cparentrq%3A01e8b8881650a9e8318380c5ffeab070%7Ciid%3A1

I use the 120mm diameter version and drive it with a 12 volt 'wall wart' power supply. I glue on some aluminium brackets and magnets.

Mike

Thread: Doncaster show
15/05/2018 20:58:56

Howard,

Thanks for your uninformative post.

You had a problem, now you and Gary have fixed it.

Well done.

Thread: Cnc conversion of WARCO WM18
16/02/2018 17:36:07

I have used this company several times when I have upgraded my Emco F1 mills.

http://www.motioncontrolproducts.com/cnc-components/cnc-driver-kits.php?cat=7

They supply all the necessary electronic components as CNC kits which contain the steppers, controllers PSU's and the all important 25 pin breakout board. The kits contain almost everything you need for the electronic installation other than the wires.

Very pleased with their service and the equipment has given many years of reliable service.

Mike

Thread: RC Tanks
27/12/2017 16:16:17

Here is a video of my 1/6 scale STUG 111, a German anti-tank self-propelled gun.

You will need to cut and paste the address into your browser

The gun uses 50 cal cartridge cases. The gun made to be incapable for firing live rounds or blanks,(Home Office Rules) so the simulated firing is achieved with compressed air (or CO2) and a small quantity of baby talcum powder. It smalls sweeter than cordite. The recoil and recuperation are also powered by the compressed air supply

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Edited By mike T on 27/12/2017 16:20:29

Edited By mike T on 27/12/2017 16:21:43

Edited By mike T on 27/12/2017 16:24:23

Edited By Neil Wyatt on 27/12/2017 16:35:29

Edited By Neil Wyatt on 27/12/2017 16:36:28

26/12/2017 22:22:45

You are more likely to find infra red combat systems fitted to the smaller 1/16 scale Tamiya plastic tanks sold by model shops and toy shops. The large 1/6 scale, all metal, tanks you would have seen at Bovington are made by a British company called Armortec. They cost between £5K and £10K on the road. I don't know of any which are used for 'battle system' games

Thread: Tank Cupolas...
16/12/2017 17:56:14

Neil you have a PM

Mike T

16/12/2017 16:46:27

British tank crews normally wore woolen berets, not tin hats during a fight. If you were hit by an anti-tank round, you never heard it coming and it did not matter much whether your head was inside or outside the turret. Small arms fire was all you protect yourself from, the rest of the time the commander was 'head out' and looking everywhere.

Mike the tank

16/12/2017 16:17:45

In the years leading up to and even during WW2 it was normal (the done thing) for the tank commander to have head and shoulders outside the turret or cupola at all times. That was the only way he could have 360* vision and situation awareness of the battle going on around him. If you could not see your enemy or your target, you would soon be dead.

If the tank came under direct small arms fire or a concentrated mortar bomb attack, then the commander could duck down inside. He would still need to put his head outside from time to time to identify his attackers and return fire.

A fixed cupola aligned with the main guns would have worked. Perhaps the cupola could be unlocked and rotated but straight ahead would be the normal position for it.

Mike the tank

Thread: Duplicate Articles?
22/11/2017 22:00:31

Running exhibitions and publishing require very different approaches, but that said we haven't given up on MEX!

Neil, We have only had one MEX in the last three years. Are there any plans for another?

Mike

22/11/2017 21:30:28

Strange?

EiM are said to be in decline, yet they run the majority of the remaining model engineering exhibitions.

ME and MEW claim to be doing well but seem to have given up on the once presdigious MEX

Edited By mike T on 22/11/2017 21:32:13

Edited By mike T on 22/11/2017 21:32:33

Thread: John Stevenson
23/10/2017 14:42:13

The world of model engineering has sadly lost one of it's truly great characters.

Big John, you will be missed by us all.

ike

Thread: Which Bandsaw Blade should I buy to cut aluminium plate?
13/08/2017 17:16:58

I find 14 TPI is a good all round compromise for most metal types. Good for thick aluminium plate and does not clog the flutes.

Mike

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