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Thread: How to machine out a metal channel by hand?
24/06/2022 22:55:39

I have used grinding stones and rotary burrs in a router to remove metal which did an excellent job UNTIL the bearings gave out. (warning: wear safety gear, routers spin at 20,000 + rpm and stones can shatter)

So I would recommend that you do as advised and use a file, emery paper and elbow grease. Removing 0.2mm from either the channel or pipe should not be too hard.

Edited By Paul Lousick on 24/06/2022 22:58:53

Thread: Blowlamp replacement
24/06/2022 10:08:07

A quick search shows them for sale on Amazon and also on the Campingaz website. But I doubt that you will find a better torch that uses your old gas canisters.

Edited By Paul Lousick on 24/06/2022 10:28:58

24/06/2022 01:08:03

I have used a Benzomatic torch for a number of years which has been excellent. (also use by professional plimbers). It can be used with propane and MAPP gas for a hotter flame for silver soldering. Instant on and off by pressing the button. (also used in the kitchen to char a steak after slow cooking in a sous vide)

benzomatic torch.jpg

Edited By Paul Lousick on 24/06/2022 01:15:35

Thread: How to achieve a clean edge when shortening small screws using a Dremel Cut off Blade Dremel EZ S
21/06/2022 23:20:37

Why not take off the burr and add a small chamfer with a fine tooth or diamond file ?

Thread: Book on lathe operation ?
18/06/2022 22:59:02

Lots of excellent videos about setting up and using a lathe on Youtube, especially those presented by Joe Pieczynski.

Edited By Paul Lousick on 18/06/2022 23:01:20

Thread: Edge finder lubrication
18/06/2022 09:04:33

Lubricate an edge finder ????

I normally have the opposite problem of wiping excess oil off it. surprise

Thread: Help Needed - Reversing a 240 Volt Motor
17/06/2022 04:58:13

Do a search on MEW for revering motors. Lots of articles have already been posted. (Note.Not all motors can be made reversible)

Thread: Engine scale
16/06/2022 07:39:18

Your lucky to have rallies so close Paul.

I live in Sydney and belong to a local club but regularly go to another 180 km away. Our next annual model traction engine rally is being held near Adelaide in South Australia. Only 1400km away (870m) (might have to pack a snack to eat on the trip)


15/06/2022 13:12:15

It's not so much what a car can pull but how big a load it can stop. Many modern cars (in Australia) can tow a trailer and the maximum unbraked load is specified by the manufacturer. Heavier loads can be towed if the trailer is fitted with brakes.

The combined weight of my engine and loaded trailer weighs about 900kg and is easily pulled by my Mazda 6. The car is only rated for an unbraked towing capacity of 750kg and I have fitted electric brakes to the trailer to make it legal. Now the trailer will stop the car.

The biggest problem I can foresee with an electric vehicle is having enough battery power to tow a load over a big distance on one charge.

Edited By Paul Lousick on 15/06/2022 13:15:27

Thread: 2" Traction Engine Boiler
14/06/2022 14:01:33

Hi Andrew,

Its not possible to tell what the boiler is for without more information. It could be for anything.

Photos would be a great help.

Thread: CAD - Accessories Worth Having?
14/06/2022 13:13:53

The 3DConnexion SpaceMouse is more than a mouse. It combines features of a mouse and joystick to manipulate 3D models.

With the main knob/post, twist it to rotate left or right or spin the model. Raise or lower the knob to zoom in and out. Pan left and right or a combined move in one operation.

Details here: **LINK**

14/06/2022 10:46:32

When I worked as a CAD jockey, I bought a 3DConnexion SpaceMouse when they were first introduced and big monitors and still have them but no longer use it now that I have retired.

I still use Solidworks every week to model the projects which I build but now use a standard mouse on an old 17" Core2 Duo laptop. A bit slow but fast enough for what do.

Mastering the use of a multiple button 3D mouse and instinctively using the appropriate finger to operate is a very long learning curve and requires constant practice to remain efficient.

The one thing that I taught myself when I first started CAD was to use the mouse with my left hand so I could type with my right. (can't type left handed), making modelling much faster by not having to keep putting down and picking up the mouse.

Thread: Engine scale
13/06/2022 00:42:38

As already mentioned, the size of your model depends on the size of the original engine. I have a 6" scale Ruston Proctor SD which is about the size of a 4" Fowler 4NHP engine and took 7 years to build.

The capacity of the lathe in workshop should not be the limiting factor for your build. You can get the larger parts made elsewhere. I only have a 9" x 20" Southbend lathe (4 1/2" swing) and the flywheel is 15" diameter, which I did on a bigger lathe owned by a fellow club member.

I found that the majority of the machining was a milling operation and not turning.

Build of my engine found here: **LINK**

rus and trailer 2.jpg

Thread: Help: Cordless angle grinder keeps shutting down?
10/06/2022 03:25:33

Simon says it starts but shuts down when applying a load.

09/06/2022 23:32:09

Angle grinders use a lot more power than a drill. I have a Ryobi angle grinder which would only work for 3-4 minutes with a fully charged 2ah battery. When I use a 5ah battery I can get more than 10 minutes of heavy use.

Thread: How to display an 80 character line length on my Android phone
04/06/2022 23:16:25

This is not a model engineering question and it would be better to try a search on Google for an answer.

Like this one: **LINK**

Thread: Welding helmet
04/06/2022 10:30:17

I need to wear reading glasses for close work and have an auto darkening helmets but find it cumbersome to wear glasses under the helmet.

I recently bought a magnifying lens on ebay and attached it to the inside screen with double sided tape and can now clearly see the weld without wearing my glasses. The lens is available in different magnifications and not expensive.


Thread: 2" Fowler plough
04/06/2022 08:38:51

My mistake Jason, it's not a BB1. Ross describes it as as just a 16HP Single cylinder ploughing engine in 1/4 scale on the data description sheet that he sent to our club. He started work on it in January 2015 and took 5000 hours to build.

Some good photos of a BB! found on the Station Road Steam site which has some similar features Alexanders engine.


03/06/2022 23:40:45

 Hi Alexander, Your engine appears to be a standard traction engine as it does not have a winch.

3" Single cylinder Fowler BB1 ploughing engine **LINK**

fowler 1.jpg

fowler 2.jpg


Edited By Paul Lousick on 03/06/2022 23:50:43

Thread: Layout tool
02/06/2022 05:33:06

This article describes it as not just for designers and drafters but more as a child's toy. Made from brass before the use of plastics became available.


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