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  1. Pony

    One more Aussie to the fold....

    Thank you bmac2 - info filed. Pony
  2. Pony

    One more Aussie to the fold....

    Hi Tinkerer58 - No chance of me doing any hobby metal courses, or any other courses. I like being an independent learner and now with the Internet anything is possible. I do enjoy electronics - playing with Arduino at the moment, and intend to purchase a RaspberryPi when the "Boss" isn't...
  3. Pony

    One more Aussie to the fold....

    I made a wonderful plumb-bob - a good project for learning different machining steps. Funny that you mention "TAFE tries to become another university", I worked as a photography teacher, sorry, lecturer for both the Photography Degree and the Forensic Science Degree. Only the Forensic course...
  4. Pony

    One more Aussie to the fold....

    Hi TopEndScaper, you have probably constructed your Arduino based steppers by now, I too have joined the Arduino revolution - good fun. Scratch built a Tricopter last year with a Multiwii based controller. Thinking of a stepper driven indexer. Pony
  5. Pony

    One more Aussie to the fold....

    Hi Bill - sorry for the late reply, my better half contracted Non Hodgkin Lymphoma shortly after my last post. She is now in "complete remission" and I can get back to playing in the shed. When was I at CIT? 1977-2013! I started as a Photography Certificate teacher then moved into Instructional...
  6. Pony

    One more Aussie to the fold....

    Hi Jim, I'm sorry for not replying sooner - thank you for welcome. Seem to be a great bunch indeed. I will get onto an engine build soon, but amateur radio has gotten in the way at the moment. I've just qualified for the Foundation licence. Cheers, Allan
  7. Pony

    One more Aussie to the fold....

    Thank you Tin Falcon!
  8. Pony

    One more Aussie to the fold....

    Hi nowramfg, The wrenches are much better, the cold feel of steel! I must post a pic. We are the same era, 12 years in The Navy for me and several years at Nowra. Cheers, Pony
  9. Pony

    One more Aussie to the fold....

    Hi Tinkerer58, Thank you for your welcome. I did in fact attend a hobby machining class here at Canberra Tafe. Unfortunately hobby classes here, like the trade classes are basically defunct. Made a nice plumb bob. Cheers, Allan
  10. Pony

    One more Aussie to the fold....

    Hi Paul, Yes it does,17 grains then Semolina as a filler with the ball pressed into the chamber with about 2 mm clearance. The revolvers do have an inbuilt ram but are really hard to use and can be easily bent. The .44 calibre ball is in fact .451 so that there will be a shaved ring as the ball...
  11. Pony

    One more Aussie to the fold....

    Hi Steamboat Willie, Thank you for your kind words. I must apologise for not replying sooner but my excuse is that I did retire in December - poor excuse I know! I'm interested in all things turning and milling as a learning experience. An engine will come but in the meantime I have designed...
  12. Pony

    One more Aussie to the fold....

    Pony Update: I have been quietly working away building my tooling stock, mainly from CTC. Boring heads, ER32 collet chuck with 20 collets - end mills, ball end mills, edge finders, the list goes on and my wife has no idea of the cost! Two things have gotten in the way: RC helicopters (450 & 600...
  13. Pony

    One more Aussie to the fold....

    Yes Bob it was COLD - all of the Yanks (friendly term) were in great coats, ear muffs and hats! Loading film in the freeze was not fun! Barry Young - Stoker, is a neighbour of mine. Hi Ruzzie - what a wonderful place GI was! Attended the decomm for the "Brisbane" Pony
  14. Pony

    Another metal turner from Australia

    July 1961 Terry - joined the Navy. All family now gone. Snow Trenchard the butcher was a schoolmate. Allan
  15. Pony

    Another metal turner from Australia

    Welcome Terry, I'm a newby here too, and was born/schooled in Wingham! I'm still collecting tooling for my mill - no construction yet. Allan (Moore)
  16. Pony

    One more Aussie to the fold....

    Thank you all for kind welcome! I'm sure I have come onboard at the right place. Dave, one the 'friends' recently wanted some stub axle mounts milled level - sounded easy. But he wanted 10 mm off each side! Multilply that by 2 and with metal that was HARD - all day, job done, worn out tool, see...
  17. Pony

    One more Aussie to the fold....

    Found this great site during my morning "surf" and have signed on. I have had a LAM lathe for several years and recently purchased an older Taiwanese mill. I have not made much, friends find me very useful, but that IS going to change! I have just discovered CTC Tools in Honkers and am ready to...
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