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  1. mklotz

    Canada Day

    Happy Founding Day to our friends in the frozen North. I've heard tell that some of you tilt a few back on this day. If that's true, have one for me.
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    Cheap and quick solution to a problem

    One of my birthday presents was a long-wished-for Foredom flex shaft tool. It didn't come with a hanger post so I spent a lot of time mentally designing an overcomplicated thing that would require hours of machining. After a couple of martinis rationality returned. I went down to Harbor...
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    USS IOWA

    Some of you may be aware that the USS IOWA (BB 61), namesake of the Iowa class battleships of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam fame, is to become a permanent museum ship here in the San Pedro harbor of Los Angeles. Recently renovated in Richmond, CA (a port city in the upper San Francisco Bay), she was...
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    Need a tool chest?

    Rivett608 makes some beautiful ones... http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/general/i-finished-miniature-machinists-chest-245554/ and, best of all, they're really easy to carry around with you.
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    Wire tie tool

    Clamptite makes a neat tool for forming wire ties. It's function is described on their website... http://www.clamptitetools.com/ [Be sure to watch the videos describing its use.] I had an application for such a tool but I really didn't want to lay out the $70 for what seems to me to be a...
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    5C collet indexer

    In another thread, http://www.homemodelenginemachinist.com/index.php?topic=18084.msg187863#msg187863 one of our members, hmember, asked for more detail on the 5C collet divider I made. Not wishing to hijack the thread, I started this one to pass on some more photos of the device. Shown...
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    Enco 20% discount

    Just received this... Use promo code: STPA for 20% OFF your order of $99 or more (excluding machinery). Hurry! Offer ends Saturday, 3/17/12.
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    MOVED: Wine oppener

    This topic has been moved to The Break Room. http://www.homemodelenginemachinist.com/index.php?topic=17917.0
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    Want a challenge?

    A friend sent me this... http://www.circlecycleice.com/ Get to work, guys. It's a guaranteed POM if you build one.
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    MOVED: Something I came up with...

    This topic has been moved to Tips and Tricks. http://www.homemodelenginemachinist.com/index.php?topic=17393.0
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    Happy Birthday, Bobby

    Today is the birthday of Robert Stirling, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Stirling the inventor of our much-beloved Stirling engine. Since he was a Scot, I'm going to lift a dram of single malt to his memory after the sun is over the yardarm. For history buffs, it's also the anniversary...
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    Minor gloat

    This is why I go to the local library book sales... $3.00 in as-new condition, no fingerprints or oilstains. Over the years, I've found at least half a dozen MHs of various vintages and never paid more than $5 for one. I've also collected a number of other machining and engineering texts for...
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    Question for our Australian cousins

    How on earth did "arvo" come to mean afternoon? This inquiring mind wants to know.
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    Fully functional HYDRAULIC excavator model

    http://www.gardentrucking.com/Excavator.tpl and it's only $4840 without the radio control system. Alert your SO now so yours can be delivered before Xmas. And here they are in action... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8R7o7t_en0
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    I need a word

    I'm not normally lost for words but this one has me stumped. Perhaps one of you folks can help. What is the proper name for one of those map distance measuring devices - the type with the tiny wheel that you roll along your path and a hand rotates on a large 'clock' face to show the accumulated...
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    MOVED: Mikron collets

    This topic has been moved to Buy / Sell / Trade / eBay. http://www.homemodelenginemachinist.com/index.php?topic=15129.0
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    Running my programs

    Some of my programs (e.g., PROFILE and CAM) use a third party graphics library that won't run on some (all?) versions of Windows XP. In fact, these programs won't run properly on my current computer. DOSBox, http://www.dosbox.com/ is a free DOS emulator that can be downloaded from the web. It...
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    Running my programs

    Some of my programs (e.g., PROFILE and CAM) use a third party graphics library that won't run on some (all?) versions of Windows XP. In fact, these programs won't run properly on my current computer. DOSBox, http://www.dosbox.com/ is a free DOS emulator that can be downloaded from the web. It...
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    Carmaggedon

    Here in Los Angeles we have everything - earthquakes, wildfires, serial killers and the witches of Beverly Hills. But, just when we thought it couldn't get any worse, now we have CARMAGGEDON. The authorities, in their infinite wisdom, have decided to completely close I405, one of the most...
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    Photographing your treasures

    Photographing model engines or, indeed, any sort of small metallic object, can be difficult. Even if one turns off the dreaded flash, hot spots and reflections can make for an unattractive photo. One way that photographers solve this problem is with a light box. I had long intended to make a...
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