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Ron Laden16/03/2020 05:30:43
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Thanks guys and thanks Phil and Bill for the pointer to the MetalGuard I will get some on my next ARC order.


AdrianR16/03/2020 08:49:22
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You can also get it from Axminster

Former Member16/03/2020 09:14:34
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SillyOldDuffer16/03/2020 09:19:30
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Posted by Cornish Jack on 15/03/2020 10:30:55:.


Keep up the mediocre work - it makes the others look better!wink



Hadn't thought of it that way Bill, but you're right. At exhibitions it's possible to walk past wonderful work without spotting just how good it is. Looking at one made by me first would bring out a well-made model's true qualities.

It's a marvellous a business opportunity! For a price Sloppy Duffer Ltd will sell semi-skilled lazy models to anyone who needs to make their version of same look good!

I can offer:

  • Saw, file marks and scrapes
  • Broken taps left in holes
  • Obvious body filler
  • Soft soldering and Brazing done with insufficient heat on dirty metal with the wrong flux
  • Perfectly finished mirror image parts
  • Leaks, with badly run bent pipework.
  • Electrical bad practice of all kinds
  • Paint runs, wrinkles, and bubbles tastefully executed in the wrong colour with fingerprints
  • Inappropriate fixtures and fittings. Screw-slots chewed and hexagons rounded. Giant metric bolts substituted for tiny imperial rivets a speciality,
  • Holes wrongly placed and sized
  • Wheels that don't touch the rails
  • Oval gearwheels with an extra ½ tooth
  • Taper bored piston cylinders
  • A collection of left-over parts that can't be fitted without completely disassembling the whole model.
  • Many other eye-catching errors guaranteed to annoy judges and public alike.

My fortune is made!


Former Member16/03/2020 09:38:06
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Cornish Jack16/03/2020 09:49:36
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Dave - Spot on!!

I would set up in competition but for one major problem - failure to complete any meaningful projects! However I can plead mitigation m'lord, in that I indulge in 'Model Engineering' as a hobby, a pastime, an intentionally non-productive 'playtime' exploring areas which were denied to me earlier in life. Pleasure for me in this area is the very occasional accurately spotted hole or retrievable error. Enjoyment comes in many forms!



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