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JasonB29/01/2014 16:15:39
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Allan, I have moved your question to a new thread see here

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Speedy Builder529/01/2014 19:31:33
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Finished off a 3 times full sized copy of a Lego Man - as requested by my 7 year old grandson. I don't think Lego bosses will chase me as they are not for sale.

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Andrew Johnston29/01/2014 21:57:43
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The new toy arrived by courier today:

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It could do with a thorough clean, but first impressions are good. The spindle turns smoothly without shake and the slides are also smooth operating. Next thing is to sort out a motor and drive system, and then start collecting collets, chucks and so on. Although pictured in the hall, the lathe will eventually reside in the kitchen (sorry, assembly room) which is a darn sight cosier than the workshop.

It was necessary to buy the lathe to even things up; it's now three lathes and three mills.

Regards,

Andrew

Michael Horner02/02/2014 12:11:53
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Built myself a tap wrench driver because my tailstock one I bought didn't cover all the sizes of my taps. I bought the tap wrench for £3.60 so wasn't going to make that.

Cheers Michael

John Stevenson02/02/2014 13:01:54
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Posted by Andrew Johnston on 29/01/2014 21:57:43:

It was necessary to buy the lathe to even things up; it's now three lathes and three mills.

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Andrew

Damn, No one told me you had to do that.

Need another 4 lathes then.

JasonB02/02/2014 13:11:49
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Or get rid of 3 millssmile p

Jo02/02/2014 13:19:10
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Posted by Andrew Johnston on 29/01/2014 21:57:43:

It was necessary to buy the lathe to even things up; it's now three lathes and three mills.

Regards,

Andrew

Just a beginner then, give it time wink 2

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John Stevenson02/02/2014 13:24:43
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Posted by JasonB on 02/02/2014 13:11:49:

Or get rid of 3 millssmile p

How can i exist with only 9 mills then, give over man.

John Stevenson02/02/2014 13:25:14
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Sorry 10, forgot one out on loan.

John Stevenson02/02/2014 13:26:30
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Do 4 CNC routers count as mills ? if so make that 14

JasonB02/02/2014 16:01:00
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Yesterday I completed the Bearings for the Monitor, had to fiddle with the widths a bit to make sure the crank could turn within the undersize casting but turned out OK, you can see the recess cut into the caps to allow a decent flange width to the bearings.

Today I finished off the last couple of items on the Galloway and then there was no excuse not to try it out. I have a few Minimag LT coils with different windings to try out, spent about 1/2hr cranking it over with a low amp one with not much sign of life then changed to a higher ampage and it soon kicked into life. Still needs some tweaking but its going in the right direction.

J

PS its not the number of toys that count, its what you do with the ones you have gotwink 2

Edited By JasonB on 02/02/2014 16:13:15

tractionengine4202/02/2014 19:00:09
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Jason, your Galloway is looking and sounding good.

Extreme slender turning today as I made my 3" Allchin regulator reach rod in one piece.

Material En57T

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Jo02/02/2014 19:37:33
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Posted by JasonB on 02/02/2014 16:01:00:

PS its not the number of toys that count, its what you do with the ones you have gotwink 2

True, yesterday whilst the Colchester was on a slow power cross feed, the Harrison was busy using its power feed to do a spot of facing, I was setting up/doing the next jobs on another couple of my lathes smile p.

Jo

Andrew Johnston02/02/2014 20:22:09
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Posted by Jo on 02/02/2014 13:19:10:
Posted by Andrew Johnston on 29/01/2014 21:57:43:

It was necessary to buy the lathe to even things up; it's now three lathes and three mills.

Regards,

Andrew

Just a beginner then, give it time wink 2

Jo

I freely admit that I'm a beginner; there are always new things to learn. But I have been diverted from buying machine tools over the years, and consequently find myself the owner of several sailplanes.

Still, at least JohnS hasn't rubbished the Pultra yet, unlike some of my other machines. sad

Regards,

Andrew

ian cable02/02/2014 20:51:53
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fun all round then including attepted suicide ha ha ha good way to pass sundays.

Andrew Johnston02/02/2014 22:12:01
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This morning I went to a seminar at the local gliding club on the new EU pilot licence regulations. A complete nightmare as you might expect, but with some glaring anomalies. The big thing was that I thought I needed to get it all sorted out by April 2014, but I've actually got until April 2015. It's just the power stuff I've got to sort out by April 2014. I also talked to my syndicate partners, who were busy working on the Nimbus 3DT, but who declined my offer of help, other than to repair the tail dolly. So I came home, had lunch, and disappeared into the workshop.

This afternoon I cut keyways in the parts in this picture:

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Why is the bevel gear the odd one out? Because I'm making an extra set of bevel gears and a differential centre for a friend, who is building the same basic engine. I cut the keyways in my bevel gears some months ago. I also finished hand fitting the crankshaft gears. Here is a close up of the gears in situ:

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The 'rust' spots on the pinion gears are a trick of the light. The 'rust' spots on the gear bottom left are .... rust. sad

Right, nearly time to go and watch the Super Bowl, although I doubt I'll last until 3am.

Regards,

Andrew

TSH03/02/2014 00:03:42
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Andrew,

This EASA stuff is truly a pain - and of course we'll all be safer as a result...won't we?

However, I think there has been some misinformation doing the rounds (not helped by what seems to be an incorrect statement in the CAA's 'Clued Up' magazine—a bit of a misnomer I'd say). AFAIK conversion of PPLs to EASA Part-FCL licences can be done up to April 2015. What changes in April 2014 are the privileges of old PPLs. After April 2014 up to April 2015 these privileges change to LAPL privileges; i.e. no more than 3 passengers, aircraft with MTOW less than 2000 kg, day only etc.

Having said that, I have applied for my EASA licence (two or three weeks ago) but haven't had a reply yet. I hear tell that the Glider Towing rating was causing some problems in the CAA, so I hope that isn't going to mean a rejection.

Apologies to all those who thought this is a ME forum and to whom this flying stuff is of no interest.

Regards,

Trevor

Michael Gilligan03/02/2014 08:46:48
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Posted by Andrew Johnston on 02/02/2014 20:22:09:

Still, at least JohnS hasn't rubbished the Pultra yet

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Andrew,

I think it's safe to say that a decent Pultra is "above" criticism.

Assuming that it's not been abused; it should be a joy.

MichaelG.

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I was going to add: "They don't make 'em like that any-more" ... But on second thoughts, have a look at the Levin and the Derbyshire.

Windy03/02/2014 09:56:05
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Picked up a petrol engine leaf blower from my friend it had not run for 10 years and had little use.

Gave it a blow off with the airline etc. a drop of petrol and away it went.

Just waiting for the manufacturer to tell me the capacity and air speed of it as only a parts list is available on the net it does seems very powerful.

Next to arrange a cradle on my hydro bench for it to blow into the generator burners venturi.

Hope it will give me clues to the behaviour of the burners and engine at speed as the bottom burner seems suspect it not being in the air stream on last years boat.

It will take a few months to set up as a new hull, generator, cylinder head have to be finished.

There are no major changes to the dimensions only to the weight if I get it wrong it could become a flying boat or high speed submarine on it's first competitive run of 2014 in June

Paul

Clive Farrar03/02/2014 22:16:30
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Well my first day of retirement has produced a 2 cavity lead head sea fishing lure mould, approx 2.5 oz

A bit rough in comparison to what i have seen above but I am pleased with it.

Tomorrow I will make a 1.5 oz then i just need to cast some ready for the good weather.

Regards Clivelead head mould

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