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by Oily Rag
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: Chronicles of the Dirranbandi & Toowoomba Light Railway
Replies: 66
Views: 3112

Re: Chronicles of the Dirranbandi & Toowoomba Light Railway

Hi Graeme, Its been a bit of a wrench really to do this but needs must. I have stored all the bits for the mini-lathe with maintenance spray and have prepapred the lathe to be moved tomorrow. I have had to have a bit of a move around in the workshop but I am sure I am not alone in constantly running...
by Oily Rag
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: set-track advice
Replies: 11
Views: 267

Re: set-track advice

I would suggest a look through the temperature coeficients of expansion before a total committment to this product. I was thinking of this route regardless of cost but a number of very experienced people some of whom were re- building their railway(s) had serious reservations and did not proceed wit...
by Oily Rag
Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: General Garden Railways
Topic: A bit of time in the shed
Replies: 49
Views: 1172

Re: A bit of time in the shed

Hi Steve, I wouldn't presume to explain but the best one I have seen is here:- http://www.homews.co.uk/index.html Harold Hall is quite an amazing engineer particularly in the model engineering field and you will find a large range of gizmos and gadgets that can easily made in the home workshop. Simp...
by Oily Rag
Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: Chronicles of the Dirranbandi & Toowoomba Light Railway
Replies: 66
Views: 3112

Re: Chronicles of the Dirranbandi & Toowoomba Light Railway

Thank you Steve. You would be welcome anytime here when you are in the area.
by Oily Rag
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: Chronicles of the Dirranbandi & Toowoomba Light Railway
Replies: 66
Views: 3112

Re: Chronicles of the Dirranbandi & Toowoomba Light Railway

You are correct Steve. The Warco model is manufactured by WEISS. They make all the OPTIMUM badged lathes which are allegedly doctored in Germany before sale and it is claimed they have German engineering supervision on site. Plus there is a WEISS in the Netherlands doing the same items. Its all a bi...
by Oily Rag
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: Chronicles of the Dirranbandi & Toowoomba Light Railway
Replies: 66
Views: 3112

Re: Chronicles of the Dirranbandi & Toowoomba Light Railway

Hi Graeme, There are a fair number of mini lathes which have destroyed peoples' interest in model engineering. The original design by the Russians was very sound btu the bean counters, China and cost cutters in the Western world got to it and undermined any thoughts of a quality useable product. The...
by Oily Rag
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Bandsaw up to cutting metal?
Replies: 7
Views: 331

Re: Bandsaw up to cutting metal?

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by Oily Rag
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: Chronicles of the Dirranbandi & Toowoomba Light Railway
Replies: 66
Views: 3112

Re: Chronicles of the Dirranbandi & Toowoomba Light Railway

I thought I would include the pictures sent to the said supplier to clarify what I have said above. They accompanied a pretty curt and forceful e-mail. But its a disgrace BEWARE! before parting with any money. No longer can our suppliers be trusted CAVEAT EMPTOR! lathemods10.JPG The scarp lathe spin...
by Oily Rag
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: If We Don't Have Internet
Replies: 16
Views: 237

Re: If We Don't Have Internet

I agree with and support your comments Phillip. life for me would be a little more inconvenient without the 'net but yes I could manage without it. I forgot one thing however above which is not insurmountable and that is our only direct family son and grandaughter (besides them I now have no close r...
by Oily Rag
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: If We Don't Have Internet
Replies: 16
Views: 237

Re: If We Don't Have Internet

Sounds a similar story here as well Phillip. I now use the 'net mainly for research or pointers in the correct direction. I do not use "soshul meeja" at all and I have dropped all forums except this one. I belong to a dedicated e-mail group for Central American railways because of the long term and ...
by Oily Rag
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: Chronicles of the Dirranbandi & Toowoomba Light Railway
Replies: 66
Views: 3112

Re: Chronicles of the Dirranbandi & Toowoomba Light Railway

The parcel arrived this PM from the well known machine tools supplier. The saga does not cease. The "new" headstock spindle was in fact secondhand. It was filthy. It had been bashed out of another somewhat well used lathe by the dirt and damage. The correct equipment had not been used to remove cert...
by Oily Rag
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Becoming a loco manufacturer
Replies: 5
Views: 267

Re: Becoming a loco manufacturer

Something you may want to look into Michael. If you are establishing yourself as a legitimate business and you register (even voluntarily) for VAT in whatever EU country you operate in, you are entitled (if you have the invoices) to reclaim the VAT on machinery and I think materials you have purchas...
by Oily Rag
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Wild Rose ~ Quarry Hunslet
Replies: 182
Views: 31708

Re: Wild Rose ~ Quarry Hunslet

Hi Dave,
Can I ask if you have achieved a "blue cone" at every hole yet? The pictures seem to show only certain select holes having a correct flame. The blue cone attached to the burner is a pretty sure way of knowing you have the correct mix and ratios.
by Oily Rag
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: Chronicles of the Dirranbandi & Toowoomba Light Railway
Replies: 66
Views: 3112

Re: Chronicles of the Dirranbandi & Toowoomba Light Railway

Today's little efforts have moved some way forward. However it also proved the point of keeping notes of what has gone before. I almost dropped a complete error and wasted a day but had the forethought to check my original drawings for the workhorse locomotives. For expediency (mainly because I had ...
by Oily Rag
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Wild Rose ~ Quarry Hunslet
Replies: 182
Views: 31708

Re: Wild Rose ~ Quarry Hunslet

Arrrgh! I have just lost a reply with pics. I think we both pushed the button at the same time Graeme. However I have attached some photos for clarification. micro drill chuck.JPG This is the sensitive micro drill assembly, homemade of course, to drill tiny holes like jets. The chuck on the nose is ...