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Member postings for Bob Perkins

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Thread: New member from Sherborne Dorset
08/04/2020 13:29:55

Hi Tiger

l'm in Yeovil, and a member of the Westland and Yeovil District Model Engineering Society (google us). Once the restrictions are lifted feel free to come along and see us at one of our tack running days. We have a range of interests, mainly loco based in various gauges.

kind regards


Thread: Mini mill riser block
29/01/2020 20:54:12

Hi Phil H

I think there will be adequate travel on the spindle. I'm looking to overcome similar issues when I'm using a rotary table in the horizontal or vertical. I bought an 80mm swivel vice at the Ally Pally, and it's great, but has reduced the clearance I have a bit more than my old vice.

29/01/2020 20:27:43

Hi all

I would be interested to have some feedback on your thoughts, experience or comments on fitting a 50mm riser block at the base of the column of a mini mill to add a bit more distance between the spindle and table.



Thread: Making leaf springs
14/01/2020 12:53:27

Does anybody know if there are any articles on making leaf springs in the Model Engineer archives?



Thread: Hello from Somerset
23/06/2019 20:46:38

Hi Chris

Westland and Yeovil District Model Engineering Society is an active group of fifty plus Model engineers based in East Somerset with a varying range of interests, have a look at our website for details, photos and videos ( We meet regularly at our site in Yeovil, which is centre of our activities. We are always happy to welcome visitors if you would come along for a chat and to see what we get up to?



Thread: Beginners new build questions
27/09/2018 07:04:09


You can download the ME articles from here


Thread: Power Feed For My SX3 Mill
24/09/2018 20:07:06

I used an old B&D battery drill motor, plenty of torque at low speed. Took the leadscrew out, drilled and tapped the end and loctited in an extension piece. This connects to the motor with a simple pin to couple the two together. This is easy to pull to disengage the drive. Drilled and tapped 2 holes in the end of the bed and made spacers to mount the motor and cover. Controlled from an PWM controller and old laptop PSU. Total cost @ £30. Been working reliably for several years now.


Edited By Bob Perkins on 24/09/2018 20:08:44

Thread: North Dorset Newbie
21/10/2017 15:49:30

Hi Jon

Where about in north Dorset are you?


Thread: Hi from Dorset
29/04/2017 21:50:51

That's fine, you can away send me a message via the contact form on the website site, as I maintain that. I can always let you have my contact number if you need it.


29/04/2017 16:59:07

Hi Martin

We have an active club in Yeovil, which is not too far from you. Have a look at our website There are details of running days, other events and contacts. You would be more than welcome to come for a look around and see what we do. The will be plenty of advice and expertise available to help you with your maid of Kent.



28/04/2017 20:13:59

Hi Martin

Welcome. Where abouts in Dorset are you?


Thread: Hello from Dorset
24/02/2017 09:48:31

Hi Tim

We have a thriving club at Yeovil with several members from Dorset. Have a look at our website at


Thread: SX2P Mill Power feed
26/10/2016 16:28:23

built my powerfeed from a 12v battery drill motor and an eBay speed control unit. Cost @ £30 in total. I drilled the end of the leadscrew, tapped it and screwed and loctited an extension piece. This has a hole drilled through it which I just push a pin through which engages in a hole in a collar fitted to the drive shaft. Powered from an old laptop psi. Not over engineered but works well and has been reliable.


Thread: Model Engineering Club Contact Details
05/07/2016 20:43:41

Please find below the link to the Westland and Yeovil District Model Engineering Society website. Please feel free to to provide links to our site. If you send me a message via the contact page we will be happy to reciprocate.




Thread: New website for W&YDMES
03/07/2016 21:10:44


We have added a new video of a club track running day to the website gallery.

Thread: Power Feed For My SX3 Mill
01/06/2016 13:40:23

I built my sx2 powerfeed from an old 12v B&D battery drill, a speed controller from eBay and some bits I had lying around the workshop. Cost was @ £40. There are some pics in my machines album and some video on my YouTube channel.

Thread: New website for W&YDMES
21/04/2016 20:43:37

Westlands and Yeovil District Model Engineering Society has a new club website. Please have a look and we would be grateful if you would share the link.


Thanks Bob.

Thread: oxygen concentrator, pressure swing absorption, system
13/12/2015 08:18:37


what sort of flows/pressure and concentration are you expecting from your design?

Thread: Rotary table for mini mill
10/12/2015 19:43:31

I am using a 4" on my SX2. I feel any thing else would be too big.

Thread: New to modelling
07/07/2015 19:05:35

Hi Mike

Welcome. whereabouts are you in the world and what are you interested in building?


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