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Member postings for Dennis D

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Thread: What started your interest?
23/07/2019 13:16:30

Had been making Airfix kits ( 60 odd years ago) and then later on Tamiya and Historex (detailed model figures) modifying and detailing them following articles in magazines. One of the magazines must have had details of the London shows as I then started going to the Seymour Hall swimming baths and later on Wembley when every aspect of modeling was on display. It was there that I then decided to move on to metal but it was another 50 years until I had enough disposable income to buy machines.

Thread: small belts
24/06/2019 07:03:45

Try these people looks like they may be on holiday at present but have had fast delivery when ordered **LINK**

Thread: Mini-Lathe setup for an absolute beginner?
21/05/2019 16:31:43

I have a Warco 180 in an upstairs bedroom which looks to be about the same size as the SC2 . It was a 2 person lift but by removing as much as possible from the machine i.e. chuck, tailstock and tool holder it drops the weight a bit. Also wind the slide towards the tailstock end to help balance the weight slightly . I also used a thick strap under the headstock end so that we could keep it as level as we could

Thread: SX2p mill gas struts
20/02/2019 16:07:08

Check out this video **LINK**


Thread: WM180 Saddle adjustment
12/02/2019 14:07:28

If you have the space go for the bigger machine. It has been said on here many times you can make small parts on a big machine but not big parts on a smaller one. There are plenty of article on the internet for poor mans DRO using digital tyre depth gauges

Thread: Learning CAD with Alibre Atom3D
30/10/2018 10:47:30

Thanks for that. I was deleting the dimension to avoid cluttering up the sketch as I progress I will have another go leaving them in place to see the difference.

30/10/2018 10:14:30

I am a first time user of any cad package and am enjoying at 70 learning something new.

While waiting for the next tutorial in MEW I came across the exercise manual that comes with the package. Drawing circles is easy as a box comes up allowing you to input the required diameter (manual written for the US so dims are imperial but AA3D converts to metric) but not with a rectangle you need to watch the dimension coordinates to get the size you want.

Way I do it is to draw a rectangle then click on DIMENSION then click the cursor on the side I want to adjust I then move to one side and click again and now a box appears with the length drawn I can overtype it to get the size needed. I then have to select the dims line and right click to get a delete option. Is this the way to do it or have I missed something in a drop down menu.


Thread: Ryobi 'String Trimmer/BrushCutter'
28/09/2018 17:29:46

I have one of these as well and from new to get the heads to run after changing I have found that by pulling the drive spindle out as far as it will come and then carefully pushing the driven end over the square gets it running 9 times out of 10. As Simon says it need that bit of extra length to engage.

Edited By Dennis D on 28/09/2018 17:31:07

Thread: Best type of material to use for beginners
03/09/2018 14:53:48

I would agree with JohnF get a piece of metal of known type from one of the many suppliers who advertise on here. Then you can experiment with different speeds and feeds ,tool types (Carbide / HSS ), coolant to see what finishes you can get. With an unknown piece from the leftover box it can be discouraging when you can’t get a decent finish . I now use a bit of masking tape around any decent lengths of stub bar and write on it the material type. Telling the difference between Silver Steel and Stainless when it’s got a bit grubby in the box under the bench is one example where I have come unstuck.

Thread: Hand files for aluminium
05/08/2018 12:34:16

When I was an apprentice the very coarse files were known as "bast**d files" . Mind you this was nearly 60 years ago when we were allowed to call them that. Don't know what the PC name would be now.

Thread: reel mower sharpening?
16/07/2018 18:21:45

Looks like someone had the same idea as Alan **LINK**

I had one years ago when I had a petrol mower.

Thread: Where do modelers get their blue prints?
17/05/2018 10:44:05


The MAP plans were taken over recently by this company**LINK**


Thread: Steam powered Landrover
29/01/2018 15:33:32


Thomas the Tank Rover (affectionately christened 'Mildred' by its creator, Frank Rothwell) has had its 2.25-litre petrol engine replaced with a custom-built steam engine. The vehicle is now fully coal-powered, makes all the required chuffing noises and is capable of 15mph.

Rothwell, a 67-year-old traction engine enthusiast, said he was looking for a project to keep him out of the pub in the evenings. "We all need a hobby and I like doing things that are difficult," he said.

"I'm always looking for challenges, something that hasn't been done before. And there's not many things that have not been done before!"

Rothwell thinks the project took him around 400 hours – split between building the engine from scratch, and converting and restoring the Land Rover. The 50-year-old machine looks remarkably close to stock, but the tall funnel protruding from the bonnet marks it out as rather special.

'Mildred' gets through coal at the rate of around 45kg an hour, with the firebox accessible from the driver's seat. Currently, top speed is only around 15mph, but Rothwell reckons with some fettling higher speeds could be achieved.

"We've just increased the pressure to 200psi," he said. "I'm expecting it then to do about 12 or 15mph max. And, if I'm going from here to work, I don't do much more than that anyway. There might be a couple of bits where I might hit 25mph but that's it, so... I'll be able to go to work in it in summer."

Thread: Januarys MEW?
23/12/2017 14:33:02


Every time a new mag is published I have to re-enter my subscription number in Pocketmags. Did this morning so I could look at the latest MEW. Haven't checked to see if PM have released an update to the app yet as I can keep going back. As I said only seems to happen on new issues.


Haven't had an email from PM the last couple of times even though the email box is ticked

Thread: What Did You Do Today (2017)
16/12/2017 13:34:41

Remind me of when I was in the TA 40+ years ago, I had been sent to Aldershot to collect a Landrover and Wombat A/Tank gun from workshops. The Wombat was towed with the Venturi and breech facing the rear. I pulled up at some traffic lights and a driver from behind came up and said did I realise the gun was loaded. Dropped the breech down and found someone had left a practice round in. They were full size made of wood but with Brass tip and charge case at rear and that is what he could see through the Venturi, think he was worried I would hit a pothole and set it off.

Thread: Britain invents worlds most advanced head protection technology
09/12/2017 09:04:18

Darwin awards for those of you who haven't come across them before.


Thread: ME 4573
25/11/2017 17:13:50

Hello Neil , yes you can pass it on. I also sent a copy to the museum and they are adding the information to their records.

25/11/2017 15:02:08

In ME4573 Roger Blackhouse wrote about a visit to Hulls Streetlife museum. He mentioned that Hull transport engineers built a model displyed at the British Empire Exhibition. My wifes grandfather Samual Garton is one of the men in the photo he is wearing the apron standing at the rear of the model.



Edited By Dennis D on 25/11/2017 15:03:58

Thread: Warco GH1236 vs Chester Crusader
15/10/2017 15:49:21

Hi Otley

Both Chester and Warco are shown as being at the Midlands show at the end of the coming week. It might be worth dropping them both an email to see if they are bringing either of the machines you are interested in so you can compare them on the same day.

Thread: JD Metals
26/09/2017 18:24:01

Checked out Ali bits and whatever you want whether sheet or square bar you only get the option to order by dia. not that they have any anyway.

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