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KWIL16/12/2013 10:17:02
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Overheard at the Sandown Park MEEX, that this Forum is populated by "Armchair Model Engineers".. Discussdevil

John Stevenson16/12/2013 10:22:14
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Something I have said for a long while.


John Rudd16/12/2013 10:23:56
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Sticks and stones..... Buddy!

i couldn't care less what people think of me personally, life is too short and so is this reply.

but that said, the forum does provide a lot of info and help....

Springbok16/12/2013 10:35:38
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Well into my B1 but I do like to sit at my desk and brows this site


Ady116/12/2013 10:45:11
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This forum will be whatever you make of it

Some people avoid ME clubs because of politiks and personalities

c'est la vie

The great thing about the netty is that even if you live in the middle of nowhere you can still participate

RJW16/12/2013 10:59:29
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Comments obviously made by navel (and ME Forum) gazing armchair critics, 'people who live in glass houses' and 'Sour grapes' comes to mind!

Every forum such as this has its fair share of 'armchair engineers', many of whom are so because they have no alternative due to age and other physical limitations, but it doesn't stop them offering much valued and appreciated advice!

In fact one frequent poster on this very forum has stated quite openly he hates armchair model engineers, which for me, totally undermined his considerable contribution to this forum!

"In my own personal experience", individuals that utter complete crap like that are the same anal toads that gather in their nasty little cliques and get model engineering clubs a bad name causing many a youngster (and those not so young) to feel both unwelcome and inadequate!


Ady116/12/2013 11:13:56
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At least in here you can avoid the negative elements and focus on the useful productive interesting bits

Negative or irrelevant posts can be scrolled across and the most appropriate helpful posts absorbed

At the end of the day it's only a bunch of old guys opinions, the relevancy of which will vary from reader to reader

RJW16/12/2013 11:19:49
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Posted by Ady1 on 16/12/2013 11:13:56:

At the end of the day it's only a bunch of old guys opinions, the relevancy of which will vary from reader to reader

Unfortunately Ady1, those opinions aren't confined exclusively to 'a bunch of old guys', some of those 'critics' are only half way to retirement!


Ady116/12/2013 11:38:29
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Well the young feisty folk are bound to spice things up sometimes, I don't know any youngsters anymore really

Got a WW2 veterans funeral tomorrow. 2 days "survivor leave" after getting blown out of the water on the way to Aberdeen(lucky once) then shipped off to Singapore, ships turned back a few days before Singapore because it surrendered(lucky twice) then 50% of them got shipped to the Jungle in Burma and the lucky half including him got Egypt(lucky thrice !)

He had an interesting story about after the Victory in the Desert war

The British Army took a load of used artillery and armour across the Suez and into the middle of nowhere in the Sinai Desert and handed it over to the Jewish chappies

They did it all at night, and rested up in the daytime so the Egyptians couldn't observe

Edited By Ady1 on 16/12/2013 11:40:26

Bazyle16/12/2013 12:17:29
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Took day off today as I have to use up leave by end of year. Absolutely /insert rude word/ with rain. Sitting in ARMCHAIR in front of nice wood burning stove reading forum and a 1902 volume of ME. Yes I know I should be digging the foundations for new shed but this fire is so nice and warm..........

Ady, nice to know my father was shot at with British supplied weapons in Palestine. Still if not he might not have been in hospital to eventually meet my mother.

Edited By Bazyle on 16/12/2013 12:18:07

FMES16/12/2013 12:33:45
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Yes, I freely admit it, I DO sit in an armchair when I'm reading the forum posts.

Terribly decadent

Carl Wilson 416/12/2013 12:37:52
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Interesting viewpoint. As someone who is an "outsider" I have to say that the model engineering world is quite possibly one of the most unwelcoming and discourteous I have ever come across.

I have had a lathe, mill, welding equipment etc and have been making things for many years. Since I was a teenager in fact. I am trained in engineering and spent a lot of my life in the aircraft industry. Despite all this I have never felt that the ME magazine was aimed at me and I still feel that way.

Now in my 40s, I have finally taken the plunge and become a part of this forum as I can put up with the pedants in exchange for the useful and helpful information passed on by those who are amenable to teaching and sharing.

John Stevenson16/12/2013 12:58:45
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You would be surprised by how many times I hear this when I meet people who have workshops.

Many have visited their local clubs but found out that unless you are building loco's or prepared to run them on club days you don't fit.

OTOH many don't know the clubs exist and are desperate for a helping hand, the internet is fine but hands on face to face works a lot better.

I know one guy who is now a firm friend and travels from the back of beyond about twice a year just to have a day sharing ideas that started as emails and a bit of hands on. I reciprocate about twice a year as well, hopefully as things slow down it may be more often.

Bazyle16/12/2013 13:29:55
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I am really disappointed by the adverse comments about clubs made above. Nothing could be further from the truth as I think the 'brotherhood' expressed in the book Trustee from the Toolroom really does exist.

Every club I have ever made contact with has been friendly. At Sandown I spent half an hour after closing chatting with a member from the Carterbury stand who invited me along if I could get there. At the Taunton show last year I was able to meet a different set of clubs from the regulars at the London shows and every single one extended a friendly invitation to visit. Next September i will be visiting Australia and finding the relevant guys in Melbourne will be on the list of activities (so you've got 9 months to build a track

Of course it is possible to get off on the wrong foot if you turn up and collar the first person you see who might just be very busy or the sort of person who does have difficulty with social interaction or flumoxed by detail questions about the club. However if you ask to be pointed to a committee member they will be pleased to help you.

Yes, I am the Membership Sec for St Albans DMES and you are all welcome but don't worry there is no pressure to pay up and join we just like meeting fellow modellers and engineers. (Existing members though I want your subs in January)

Edited By Bazyle on 16/12/2013 13:30:49

Carl Wilson 416/12/2013 13:34:44
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Hello John,

I would tend to agree strongly with your comments. I had my engineering training and education in the Royal Air Force. There was a great emphasis on teaching and passing on knowledge. Indeed, as I progressed through the ranks teaching became so important that I was to do specific courses and modules on it.

When I left the military and started working in civilian industry the difference couldn't have been starker; here I found a "knowledge is power" culture. I have worked hard to change this. In my view, if I know one more thing than the guy standing next to me, I'm going to tell him that thing.

The model engineering world suffers from this condition to a great degree. There are lots of individuals who proudly state that they "do not suffer fools". Not knowing something does not make one a fool.

I am currently trying to compose an email to the ME magazine editorial staff. The ME is not worth it's cover price in my opinion. Drawn out serialisations of loco construction projects, one after the other, ad infinitum. Absolutely nobody is going to learn anything from this, with perhaps the occasional exception of an interesting set up in a photograph, sometimes in the background. Most people who want to build a loco are already doing so and do not need to follow these articles. I doubt whether anyone even is doing. Added to this, the articles are not particularly well written or informative and the photographs often leave a great deal to be desired. As an aside, many of the Workshop Practice series of books suffer from this flaw, perhaps because they've been culled from ME or MEW articles.

Rather than trawling through a loco construction article looking for interesting set ups or something that we can employ in our own workshops, lets have shorter more informative articles that are stand alone; when one of your usual contributors is building a loco and they devise an interesting set up, lets have that as a one to two page article. How to set up a milling vice or a rotary table, something that perplexes many. That might make a couple of pages. TIG welding and TIG brazing are techniques coming into this hobby, we could have something on that.

As a magazine it is unique in having almost nothing to READ.

Carl Wilson 416/12/2013 13:45:46
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Hello Bazyle,

I just saw your post and felt I had to reply, purely because you have read "Trustee from the Toolroom"! What a fantastic author Nevil Shute was. I would recommend his books to anyone with an interest in engineering. Shute was himself an Aeronautical Engineer and worked on the R100 airship. Later on he formed his own Aircraft Manufacturing company, Airspeed. One of his books, Round The Bend, includes a mention of one of his own aircraft, the AIrspeed Ferry.

Shute often included an engineering element in his work as he was a great believer in "write what you know". As well as this, he is without doubt one of the finest observers and chroniclers of the vagaries of human emotion that I have ever read.

I don't agree with your views on clubs I'm afraid. They are a closed shop in my experience.

Edited By Carl Wilson 4 on 16/12/2013 13:46:20

John Stevenson16/12/2013 14:03:35
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With all due respect you are a loco guy, one of those that the clubs are built around and therefore you will fit in.

What about a beginner who approaches with an interest in say some new techniques like CNC ?


One of the best books I have 'read' [ well looked at the pretty pictures ] is a Treatise on Milling by Brown and Sharpe.

The first chapters are on how to set up work in the vice, dividing heads etc, all text book stuff, but later on in the book are actual machining photographs of various jobs where you get to see in the flesh [ is that word allowed here by the PC police ? ] just what was explained in earlier chapters.

I often think a book purely of photographs of different setup's is worth far more than the beginners books that just reiterate the same old.

Carl Wilson 416/12/2013 14:13:02
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Hi John,

Thank you for taking the time out to pass on that information. I'm alright with setting up my tooling but I know that it can be a puzzling thing for people who are just starting out. Especially when many buy equipment from Arc, Chester etc and you get very little in the way of useful accessories with these machines.

I think the ME would be a good place to pass on this kind of thing.

While we are on the subject of book recommendations, I have found both these very useful:-

Basic Machining Reference Handbook - Meyers/Slattery - Industrial Press:- a great book full of how to's for when you haven't done something in a while and you have forgotten the process...happens to me a lot!

Machine Shop Trade Secrets - JA Harvey - Industrial Press:- Lots of great machining hints, tricks and tips from a chap who was an injection mould maker. Very good for the beginner and experienced alike.

Both of the above books are American so expect the usual slight differences in terminology etc, they are though extremely useful.

My two mainstays are from my training days, Workshop Practice Vol. 1 and 2 by Dr WA Chapman.

Bob Perkins16/12/2013 15:56:30
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Hmmm. Has anybody published an article on building model armchair, or have I misread the thread?

Carl Wilson 416/12/2013 16:03:49
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Thanks for that useful and informative post that has added to and enriched the debate.

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