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Speedy Builder520/02/2011 16:21:25
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I live in France and take ME and enjoy etc etc, but does anyone know of a FRENCH magazine with similar content ?
gedeon spilett20/02/2011 20:15:05
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"L'Escarbille" may be the first one and for the others, but they are no others.
Look at here
but almost exclusively devoted to live steam loco, large and small scale and linked to an association of live steam enthusiasts (C.A.V). They sometimes struggle to fill up issues. I'm not a subscriber, too redundant with ME, being near of my loco-limit.
Speedy Builder521/02/2011 11:36:03
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merci Gedeon, je suis le link.
Norman Willcox25/04/2011 11:05:39
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Hi Bob,
Did you find the magazine. Did you rate it?
Does it advertise suppliers of materials? I have great difficulty finding easy-cutting steel and almost any other materials in small quantities here.
I resort to College Engineering Supplies in UK.
Speedy Builder528/04/2011 19:36:34
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Didn't find the magazine up to it. You could try POLLY ENGINEERING (France)

De Wyn Peter

Le Moulin des pauvres Coté Grégois 46330 - Sr Cirq Lalopie

My best bet would be to take a drawing round to a small engineering firm, talk about what you are making, and ask if you could raid their scrap bin. You would have to take a chance on what you picked up. Sometimes the bit thrown away has a painted end with the batch number on it.
Follow the link for UK colour codes
gedeon spilett28/04/2011 21:02:20
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You can find small amount of metal here :
1) l'Octant
2) Tartaix ( brass and copper)
3) weber métaux
(a large variety of metals, and centrifugically cast iron, a first class stuff)
4) Sidermeca also,
sell metals “matières premières” cut from bar stock in the required amount

however, I have no address for castings, it’s a pity
we don’t have here a dedidated trade for model engineers.
I also order At CES without problems, but for heavy items.
(I ordered last week small loco wheels at Walsall Model Industries in UK,
no faster deliveries and no better quality, amazing)


John Olsen29/04/2011 08:42:38
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Well you know if you live anywhere in France (excluding colonies) then you can drive to anywhere in the UK within two or three days, so castings should be no problem at all, provided you want a British prototype of course. Try shipping them across the world to NZ or Australia, you are likely to pay as much for shipping as for the bits. Not to mention getting taxed for the shipping costs themselves.
There are, or at least were when I was over there ten years back, suppliers on the Continent, mainly Swiss or German, who could supply suitable screws and nuts and other bits in metric sizes for ME purposes. I picked up all sorts of price lists at the Sinsheim show. I realise that for a French speaker, Sinsheim itself and mostly the brochures would be in the wrong language, however when I was there I had about zero German language and I got on fine with folks by taking along a Stuart 10V as a "conversation starter".
France has a wealth of interesting engineering history, and it would be great to see some French projects make their way into print....
Norman Willcox29/04/2011 11:11:10
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Thank you all for your useful replies and information.
I have filed the suppliers addresses.
Speedy Builder510/09/2019 18:47:18
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Bump to help Noveau membre vapouriste


Speedy Builder528/10/2020 08:40:36
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Any more forum members living over here? I am at the stage of needing to find someone to approve and test my 5" loco boiler and also find some track "local" to me in the LOT region. Regarding track, I will probably start to make some portable stuff during the winter for testing the loco.


Nick Clarke 328/10/2020 08:48:33
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Posted by Speedy Builder5 on 28/10/2020 08:40:36:

I am at the stage of needing to find someone to approve and test my 5" loco boiler and also find some track "local" to me in the LOT region.

If you are confident in your own workmanship and don't feel it needs checking the reason for boiler testing is to acquire insurance to run in public, so finding the insurance would be your first step which might lead you to a suitable tester.

A year or so ago it might have been possible to extend testing and insurance from a UK source to cover you in Europe, but I suspect that this has gone the way of many other things with Brexit.

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