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Robin Pulham29/12/2021 10:46:11
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Hi All,

I joined a few weeks ago just before I collected a Sieg SC3 lathe. I bought the SC3 used and it represents a step along from my previous lathe which was a Unimat 3. I also have a Sieg SX1LP Mill (Bought New)

My main interest is 7mm scale railway modelling and I am still very much a novice where machining is concerned. Prior to the last couple of years, like many expect, I last used a lathe for my metal work O Level in 1980.

That said, for Christmas I will be receiving a Stuart Models 10V kit so I am making a tentative way into model engineering.

Regards Rob

Brian H29/12/2021 10:55:11
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Hello Rob and welcome. The 10V is a very good starter in model engineering, it was my first steam model.

If you have any questions or come across any snags, just post them here and someone will be along to advise.


David George 129/12/2021 17:47:37
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Hi Rob welcome to the forum. You only have to ask on here and you will get help but putting the right question and pictures help very much. A good grinder for sharpening tools and getting the center height is very important on a lathe.


noel shelley29/12/2021 18:19:29
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Hello Rob, welcome, the 10V is a good model to start with even better if you fit reversing gear. There is a small book on building the 10V by pengwern. If you have questions someone here will have an answer for you ! Seasons greetings Noel.

Peter Simpson 329/12/2021 18:26:54
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Welcome Robin another member from gods country North Yorkshire. Loads of us started with 10v kits.

Howard Lewis29/12/2021 18:49:15
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Lots of help on here if you have a problem.

You will find a set of Zeus Charts extremely useful.

If you are not familiar with lathework, may i suggest some reading, to help?

Ian Bradley "The Amateurs Workshop"

Stan Bray "Basic Lathe Work"

Since you have a mini lathe, you have a choice of booiks. Both Dave Fenner and Neil Wyatt have written books about the mini lathe.

As a useful reference, Tubal Cain's "Model Engineers Handbook" is worth having.

The "Workshop Practice Series" contains a lot of titles which you may find useful. Harold Hall's bo0oks are always good.

S B was the founding Editor of Model Engineers Workshop.. H H, and D F are previous Editors of Model Engineers Workshop, and N W is the present Editor, so a lot of experience there.

H H has also written a book on Milling, which you may find useful.

If you can, find a Model Engineering Club near to you and join. You can get a lot of face to face advice from fellow members.

You can learn a lot, and make mistakes less expensively, by making some of your own tools. Better to mess up a lump of mild steel rather than a casting from a kit!

And, the tools that you make will be useful in the future, such a Sliding Tailstock Die Holder, Tap Wrenches, Centre Height Gauge, or a Mandrel Handle. Eventually, you could make a sliding Tailstock Tap Holder.

(I made a simple extension to the Mandrel, so that any swarf drops outside the gear cover, rather into the plastic gears )

There have been various articles in M E W on making accessories for the mini lathe, to enhance its usefulness.

Some are simple, some are a little more complex, but can be made as you gain experience and confidence.


Howard               Fat fingers strike again!


Edited By Howard Lewis on 29/12/2021 18:50:27

Steve F30/12/2021 11:43:58
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Hello Rob

Welcome to the forum.

There are plenty of clever people here to help you. A proper font of all Knowledge.

Earlier this year you welcomed me to your forum. I have just received my first 7mm gauge kit for Christmas and i am currently building a RSU so may post something there soon.



MongerJA30/12/2021 11:47:56
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Hello Rob,

Welcome to the forum. It's good to have another member in North Yorkshire. I'm in DL8 whereabouts are you? send a PM


Robin Pulham30/12/2021 16:48:18
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Thanks for the kind world of welcome Gent's, they are much appreciated.

Regards Rob

the artfull-codger30/12/2021 18:18:17
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Hi Rob welcome, ,good bunch here I'm in N yorks myself [ts15 area.]

Regards Graham.

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