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Thread: how to unsubscibe
15/02/2014 10:59:45
Posted by jason moore 1 on 14/02/2014 08:39:12:

Thankyou all for the replies. Looks like email or phone then.

Yes i am paying by direct debit so i would like it sorted before the money is taken out of my bank account.

Hi Jason (moore),

For info, my subs to MEW was due to expire on the 28th Feb 2014. I'm on direct debit and was waiting until the 14th to see what the special offer would be (I already have the Foundation book). I knew if I took the special offer my subs would increase but thought it might be worth the extra if it was something I wanted. Anyway, on the 7th Feb the subscription was automatically renewed so I didn't get the chance. I'm not bothered as I use my caliper as a depth gauge. Just warning you that it might be sooner than you think.


Edited By GaryM on 15/02/2014 11:00:19

Thread: Stuart 'Victoria' : a beginners tale..
13/02/2014 14:11:51

Echoing Jason & Martin's pleas. You can't stop posting now Allan. We're all waiting to see it run. The thread has contributed so much useful info to beginners like myself it would be a shame to stop now.


Edited By GaryM on 13/02/2014 14:12:31

Thread: Announcement re: Model Engineers' Workshop
11/02/2014 00:03:36

All the best for the future Neil. In the few years I've been reading this forum I think your posts have only been a positive addition to it.


Thread: 4D printing
09/02/2014 13:26:25

Just as some of you are getting to grips with 3D printing it looks like 4D printing is emerging as the next big thing. Early days yet but an interesting introduction here;


8 minutes but stick with it, more interesting at the end.

The future possibility of flat-pack furniture that builds itself will appeal to many non-practical types (of which there appear to be many). Although on second thoughts, if you have to soak it in water maybe not.


Thread: Open thoughts
05/02/2014 19:00:46
Posted by Rik Shaw on 05/02/2014 14:12:52:

...........In the little draw under the phone ..........


Hi Rik,

Sorry I couldn't resist this but the square box with a handle on the front, usually in a chest is a drawer not a draw. This crops up over and over again and I always have to resist the urge to correct it. But not this time. wink

And I know I make mistakes. Meant in good humour.


Studying for a nit-picking degree.

Thread: Holding small items
02/02/2014 13:51:07

Well here is the result. It fits and seems to do the job, but it's not pretty. In the end I adapted Jeff's idea and drilled a piece of 3/16 bar with 7BA clearance so I could use a 7BA screw to hold it, which made working with it much easier. Slot still ended up rounded even with a flat needle file. If I decide to make another I'll try slitting it before the turning operations and while still on the stock. Might be a good learning exercise anyway as it's only a small part. I didn't fancy soldering or gluing as I thought it might take me longer to get it clean afterwards.

John S - I thought I knew the Arc catalogue inside out but hadn't spotted these small clamps. Worth having some at the price (that should get you your £2 back).

Again thanks for all the suggestions, even though I didn't use some of them they are stored away for the future.


forked end with slot.jpg

Thread: First lathe project completed!
02/02/2014 00:51:09

Hi Jim,

Very nice little engine with a few unusual touches. Just curious, but why have you recessed the crank into the frame/stand?


Thread: New Mill
02/02/2014 00:35:12

That Commando looks to be in very nice condition, Steve. You're beginning to make me jealous. sad


Thread: Holding small items
01/02/2014 14:41:36

Thanks for the suggestions chaps. For this project I have been following a Tubal Cain article published in ME Aug 92 to May 93. His instructions were for someone who only had a lathe and for this part he suggested mounting on a vertical slide and using a 3/32 slot drill. With hindsight, it may have been easier to mill the slot first then part off last. I could have then tapped the hole afterwards. As Jason says you don't get much to play with in Stuart kits (about 5/8" in this case) but obviously that doesn't stop me using another bit of brass bar. Jeff's mandrel idea sounds appealing if the vice won't hold it well enough. I've got some 7BA screws so I could just fasten it to a short piece of 3/16" bar as suggested which would give extra support.

Bazyle, my problem would then be finding it again in my brain. wink

As I said above I'll try holding it in the bench vice first and sawing and filing it but thanks for the ideas. I'll let you know how I get on.


01/02/2014 11:23:40


The photo below is a part-made forked end for the S50 I'm building. I need to cut the slot for the eccentric rod in the square end. I'll probably hold it in the bench vice and use hacksaw and file but I was wondering how you would do it. I thought about holding the round end in a collet block and using a slitting saw but thought the clamping might not be good enough. Any suggestions welcomed.


forked end.jpg

forked end dwg.jpg

Thread: New Mill
31/01/2014 13:46:48

Hi Steve,

Welcome to the forum. If you can borrow an engine crane it might be easier than taking the head and table off. Or even hire one for a day from HSS.

Enjoy playing with your new toy.


Thread: Open thoughts
30/01/2014 01:09:24

I left school with O levels in Art and Maths, amongst others. I thought I'd end up painting computers. wink


Thread: Has the world gone mad
25/01/2014 23:17:17
Posted by Richard Marks on 25/01/2014 18:10:12:

....... CO2 should have suffocated everybody on the planet by now......


Hi Dick,

Concentration of CO2 in air likely to be immediately dangerous to life through displacing oxygen is about 50% (Source HSE). Current concentration is about 0.04%, so there's a way to go before we need worry about asphyxiation. Other effects might concern us sooner though.


Thread: Stuart 'Victoria' : a beginners tale..
25/01/2014 12:20:15

Hi Allan,

You might find this series of videos by Keith Appleton interesting/useful when you get to the final assembly and running stage.


He's started refurbishing a twin Victoria that doesn't run at present. Only started in December so it's a work in progress.


Thread: Ally Pally show
24/01/2014 23:30:27

As I've only been interested in model engineering for the last two years I've only been to the Harrogate and Midlands shows, which I've enjoyed. My wife and I treat them as a holiday. We stay two nights and as they are both near to attractive towns, my wife spends the day having some sort of spa treatments and doing a bit of retail therapy and I get to spend all day at the show. Costs a fortune but I think of it as a holiday with an exhibition nearby rather than an expensive day trip. I was a bit disappointed when the Manchester show (admittedly modelling rather than ME) was cancelled after only two years as there were quite a lot of youngsters with their dads and it reminded me of going to shows with my dad when I was a boy. I think there is a good chance that the 'Maker fairs' will replace them and the ME shows will die off, just like lots of us.


Thread: To dump or de-rust?
24/01/2014 15:26:09

I think you have all our sympathies Bill. I'd be devastated. All the forum can do is offer support and encouragement, but if everyone on here lived within a few miles of you then you can guarantee there would be a working party round there sharpish.


Thread: Has the world gone mad
24/01/2014 15:12:27
Posted by John Baguley on 24/01/2014 01:04:03:

Playing Devil's advocate here:

How much pollution and 'wastage' of the planet's resources are we model engineers causing?

Millions of pounds are spent and valuable resources are used each year producing machine tools that are of no use to anyone but us so we can produce stuff merely for our own use and personal satisfaction. We burn coal etc. running our locos, traction engines, etc. again, for our own amusement, and use tons of materials in their construction. Most of what we produce is of no real benefit to the human race and could just be considered an extravagant waste.


Edited By John Baguley on 24/01/2014 01:06:23

But we don't get out much, do we John. wink

Think of all the saving in carbon emissions from travelling, apart from ME shows that is.


Thread: Some advice on Mild Steel types please
22/01/2014 20:26:36

Hi Paul,

Postage charges can be quite high for small quantities of metal bought on-line but Chronos include postage and packing in their prices making them quite cheap for small quantities.


Thread: MT v R8
22/01/2014 20:18:05


One can be fitted to the other end of the table, but at £300 I don't think I'll be fitting one in a hurry. It kept disengaging while traversing quickly.


21/01/2014 21:41:57


As this is the only milling machine I've ever used, I'm not sure my observations count for much but here goes. I bought the long table version which Arc have since stopped supplying (not sure why) but the rest of the machine is the same as the SX3. I find the extra space on the table useful as I can leave the vice bolted to one half of the table and have the other half free for clamping work direct. So far, I can't find anything to complain about and I think this mill should be capable of doing any work I'm likely to ask of it. When I first got interested in model engineering I bought a mini-lathe and am now wishing I'd gone for something bigger (upgrade looms). The only minor thing I've done to the mill is to add four M12 washers to the X-axis feed handle to keep the dog clutch permanently engaged (see below). I think a DRO system might be on the horizon. A borrowed engine crane was handy for lifting it onto the bench.


sx3 feed handle mod.jpg

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