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Ches Green14/10/2021 16:12:05
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Just a quick hello to all the members of this excellent website and forum.

I've been reading the forum for months and learning a lot. Interests include hobbyist machinery and making models. My background is designing special purpose machinery and aircraft parts. Now retired.



Oldiron14/10/2021 16:44:05
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Hi Ches. Welcome to the forum. Plenty of answers to any questions you may have in the forum. You can search specifics and get at least some background info into buying machines, trouble shooting or making models and other parts.

Where do you hail from & what areas are you interested in ? regards

Edited By Oldiron on 14/10/2021 16:44:32

Brian H14/10/2021 16:45:35
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Hello Ches and welcome.


Ches Green14/10/2021 16:50:48
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Thanks chaps for the kind welcome.

I'm based in Scotland. Interests are re-learning basic machine shop practice (I have a Sieg lathe +milling machine, bench drill etc ) and am investigating what models (eg Stuart etc) one can tackle.


Howard Lewis14/10/2021 19:06:41
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Until you have become familiar with the machines, their use, and measuring, I would suggest making small accessories and tools, rather than diving straight into models.

Making an error on a piece of mild steel will be cheaper and less daunting than an expensive casting!

And, as you learn you can be making tools and accessories that will be useful in the future.

A Centre Height Gauge, a Mandrel Handle, Saddle Stop, or Tap Wrenches will always be useful for any project, and give you experience and confidence..

If you can find a Model Engineering Club within a reasonable distance, joi it. You can get advice face to face, and sometimes members will demonstrate techniques.


Ches Green14/10/2021 19:21:08
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Hi Howard,

Thanks for the advice. I've built a few non-metal models since I retired and have also build a Stuart 10V.

I've been fettling the Sieg lathe since I got it eg adding a saddle lock, sorting out the gibs, aligning the tailstock works fine and bangs for bucks it's a good buy.

As a retired engineer I already have a good collection of tools, taps, dies, wrenches and so on. But one can always find something else to buy/make.

As winter sets in I'll probably be spending a bit of time rearranging the 'workshop'. And reading some 'model engineering' books I've recently acquired. And reading this very helpful forum








Edited By Ches Green on 14/10/2021 19:23:52

victor mcconville14/10/2021 20:24:58
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Hi Ches, You will find many friends here and much help for any problems you may find in your travels
.I am from Arbroath, where in Scotland are you based?
I have almost completed a Vee 8 Glow Engine of 10.5cc capacity, half way through manufacturing a brass clock.
I also fly RC model aircraft (& crash them) super glue is great stuff!
Ask anything at all there are no silly or stupid questions just some of the answers.

All the best
Vic McConville

Ches Green14/10/2021 20:52:45
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Hi Vic,

I'm based in the Edinburgh area. The Vee 8 looks awesome... it should make whatever it is attached to motor along quite nicely, to put it mildly.

I did 2 or 3 years of mini RC helicopter flying, but not to any great standard. The world class helo guys on YouTube are incredible.

Clock makinng is an artform and you have my respect.

I wouldn't say I have homed in on any particular branch of 'model engineering' yet, and may never....still feeling my way.



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