Here is a list of all the postings OldMetaller has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Treadle Lathe- ID Please?|
Thank you gentlemen, I knew you would come up trumps!
I have passed a link to this thread to the owner of the lathe.
Good morning- a friend of mine has this old treadle lathe in his barn and is thinking of disposing of it. He has been unable to locate any maker's name and nothing is known of it's history. Any observations on it's likely identity or value would be gratefully accepted.
I have been unable to see the lathe for myself as it is in a remote part of Wales, a long way from me.
Thanks in anticipation,
|Thread: Book Your Covid Booster! Errr, How? Where?|
Just booked mine on the NHS website. It helped that I still had the texts on my phone from the first lot of vaccinations, as entering the number they gave me then made it really quick and easy.
|Thread: We thought the Aliens had landed …|
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 20/07/2021 10:58:21:
OldMetaller in particular may be interested to know that I have ‘rationalized’ the surprising location of the TRENT DVOR
It is very close to the Madge Hill triangulation point and is only three metres lower … and it has good vehicular access.
…All things considered; this seems a jolly good place to put a beacon.
I did wonder why they called it Trent, surely it's nearer to the mighty Derwent?!
I've often driven past that and wondered what it was, thanks Michael!
|Thread: Gauge '3' Society AGM & Show - Flitwick 29th May|
It was my first visit, having just joined the G3 Society. A great show, and a nice video capturing it!
|Thread: Best place to find a replacement vice?|
Some years ago I bought a Record No 5 from my local bric-a-brac market in Chesterfield, it is used but sound and I have found it invaluable. I think I paid about £25 for it, but the thing I remember most was what felt like an approaching coronary after carrying it to the car!
I still see Record vices at this market, I don't know where you live but I'm sure you have a local market you could visit.
|Thread: Looking for a book|
I agree with Neil, Abe Books are pretty good.
The Tich book is well worth owning, even if you don't build a Tich. Just noticed that my copy is on the table behind me- I rest my case!
|Thread: Machining Wheel Castings|
Hi Nick, I've just finished turning the wheel castings for my next loco, in 1/2" scale they are 2&3/4" diameter and from Walsall Industries. They came with the solid back you have on yours, which I'd never encountered before. I used a carbide tipped tool and just took it steady when I thought I was close to breaking through. I noticed that as the cut became intermittent the sound changed. There were no problems, but I was a bit shocked when I realised how little allowance there was for thickness- I'd very nearly 'overshot the platform', as The Master used to say.
|Thread: Mystery 2&1/2" gauge 2-2-2 locomotive rolling chassis|
Thanks gentlemen, so it's, 'Gee up, whoa back' then. I agree about the oversize boiler, it looks like a six foot bloke with size 3 shoes!
I will follow up the Dairymaid lead thank you, I don't know much about that engine.
I'm just dipping my toe in the 2&1/2" gauge waters at the moment, I'm trying to find a small engine with proper valve gear and a coal-fired boiler that will suit the projected light railway I've got room for in my new garden.
I've been reading The Chronicles of Boulton's Siding by Alfred Rosling Bennet- a cornucopia of small, old engines that one Isaac Boulton bought from the big companies, renovated, and hired out to other companies, and I'm all fired up about small, old engines!
Thanks again for all your invaluable help- you've saved me a wild goose chase!
Fantastic! Thank you Dave, I'll have to have a ferret about in my old ME backnumbers!
Can anyone please tell me what prototype this locomotive represents?
I'm very tempted to buy it, but I know I'd struggle to complete it unless there are plans available.
It's on the Station Road Steam home page right now, that's where I borrowed the photo from.
Sorry I can't post it as a hyperlink.
Edited for 04:00 vagueness.
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|Thread: Starting out a young enthusiast|
Hi Viv, this forum, The Unofficial Mamod and Other Steam Forum-
...is an excellent, well-moderated place for youngsters who are fascinated by steam models. I was a member for years and realised my own dream of becoming a model engineer with the help of one of it's members. There were many older children on there, the moderators were very assiduous in keeping them safe.
They used to have an annual Toy Steam Fair at Owston Ferry, if you are in Lincoln this would be quite close to you.
Good luck to your budding engineer, and tell him: I always wanted to be an engine driver...and now I am one!
|Thread: Any idea on what this item is?|
All I could think was: Mukkinese Battle Horn.
|Thread: Myford ml7 about to buy|
I got my ML7 about ten years ago, it had no change wheels. I always meant to source them, but found I could cut all the (small) threads I needed with a tailstock die-holder and taps in the chuck. I use the lead screw hand wheel instead of the (non-existent) self-act, and find it quite therapeutic and 'hands-on' for what I am doing.
Of course, I'm not a 'proper' engineer, just somebody who loves being in my workshop.
Posted by jacques maurel on 01/01/2021 05:47:51:
Happy new year and best machining wishes with center drills this year!
Bonne Annee Jacques... You have a alarming number of centre drills!
|Thread: Parting off with a 5/6" toolpost|
I bought one of these:
Sorry it won't paste as a hyperlink.
I use it in my four-way tool post on my ML7 and it is fantastic! For bigger jobs I use RDG's rear tool post, but for the smaller stuff I make, the Arc tool is absolutely unbeatable, and inexpensive.
|Thread: Cutting Small Discs out of Glass|
I don't know if this is any help but, when I want small circles of glass to make, ie, spectacle glasses in miniature locomotives, I use watch glasses, available from jewellers' merchants. They are quite inexpensive.
|Thread: New Myford ML7 Tray-drain plug thread?|
You were right Mike- it's 3/8th BSP!
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