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Richard P

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Hi there, mi name is Richard and I have just joined the forum.

I retired last June and am now spending much more time in the workshop - hoorah! After a few steam engines and some workshop tooling, have recently embarked on my first IC engine - Westbury's Kiwi Mk2 using castings from Hemmingway. I have found the extended thread from vcutajar and the inputs of many forum members to be invaluable so far!

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Richard
 

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Welcome Richard.

I used to know Ealing quite well as a child. Memories of picking up conkers on the Common ! I even lived there briefly before coming here.
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Thanks Peter,

Yes those mature conkers trees are still all around Ealing Common. It’s a nice part of the world we think!

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Richard
 

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Welcome to the group
Hope you post photos of your shop too.

Dave

Hi there, mi name is Richard and I have just joined the forum.

I retired last June and am now spending much more time in the workshop - hoorah! After a few steam engines and some workshop tooling, have recently embarked on my first IC engine - Westbury's Kiwi Mk2 using castings from Hemmingway. I have found the extended thread from vcutajar and the inputs of many forum members to be invaluable so far!

Regards

Richard
 

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Hi Richard.. Welcome to the group know the area well, i used to go to school down The Avenue halfway to St Stephens church. Played cricket at Perivale park and Football at Gunnersbury... and the obligatory cross country run around Horsenden Hill. Its changed now from my day.....far too busy... Have fun!
Pst some photo's of your projects
 

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If you like a good read try Nevil Shutes book "Trustee from the Tool Room". I picked it up when I was about 13 and it changed my life. I told my mother that I was going to be a Tool Maker and after a five year apprenticeship with Vickers and BAC and an engineering degree course with Loughborough Uni. I finished up in the tool room at BAC at Hurn working on the tooling for Concord. Am now 73 and still working and loving every minute. The main character lived at Ealing and the last pages of the story brings a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye. Well worth a read.
 

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I also have to recommend the book. Towards the end, the main character is on the Olympic Peninsula where I live now and have my shop. Slide Rule by Nevil Shute is another good read.
 

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Hi Richard.. Welcome to the group know the area well, i used to go to school down The Avenue halfway to St Stephens church. Played cricket at Perivale park and Football at Gunnersbury... and the obligatory cross country run around Horsenden Hill. Its changed now from my day.....far too busy... Have fun!
Pst some photo's of your projects
All very familiar haunts for us!
 

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If you like a good read try Nevil Shutes book "Trustee from the Tool Room". I picked it up when I was about 13 and it changed my life. I told my mother that I was going to be a Tool Maker and after a five year apprenticeship with Vickers and BAC and an engineering degree course with Loughborough Uni. I finished up in the tool room at BAC at Hurn working on the tooling for Concord. Am now 73 and still working and loving every minute. The main character lived at Ealing and the last pages of the story brings a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye. Well worth a read.
Interesting re Nevi Shute, I'll have to look that up.
 

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Slightly off topic for this forum, but I thought it might be of interest to a few. Last year I had fun restoring a 1952 LE Velocette motorbike that my father-in-law bought as a wreck 20 years ago and never did anything with. It was quite an involved 'lockdown' project that required a complete stripdown of body and engine, together with fabrication of some bits and pieces for the internals of the opposed twin.
 

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If you like a good read try Nevil Shutes book "Trustee from the Tool Room". I picked it up when I was about 13 and it changed my life. I told my mother that I was going to be a Tool Maker and after a five year apprenticeship with Vickers and BAC and an engineering degree course with Loughborough Uni. I finished up in the tool room at BAC at Hurn working on the tooling for Concord. Am now 73 and still working and loving every minute. The main character lived at Ealing and the last pages of the story brings a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye. Well worth a read.
Seeing Ealing from a Model Engineer, "Trustee" was my immediate thought also. One of my overall favorite reads, and the top pick of my NSN collection (although lately I have been thinking that the concepts presented in In The Wet may be worth trying). Other authors' physical books have been replaced with eBooks (more portable), but I'm keeping Nevil's hardcopies!
 

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If you like a good read try Nevil Shutes book "Trustee from the Tool Room". I picked it up when I was about 13 and it changed my life. I told my mother that I was going to be a Tool Maker and after a five year apprenticeship with Vickers and BAC and an engineering degree course with Loughborough Uni. I finished up in the tool room at BAC at Hurn working on the tooling for Concord. Am now 73 and still working and loving every minute. The main character lived at Ealing and the last pages of the story brings a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye. Well worth a read.
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One of my all time favorites.
I first read this as a kid, sparked my interest in machines.
I read it again as an adult, liked it even better.
When Covid-19 started I was reminded of his book “On the Beach”. Although this book scared me as a kid, i really enjoyed it.
BTW I am also 73.
But I digress...
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If you like a good read try Nevil Shutes book "Trustee from the Tool Room". I picked it up when I was about 13 and it changed my life. I told my mother that I was going to be a Tool Maker and after a five year apprenticeship with Vickers and BAC and an engineering degree course with Loughborough Uni. I finished up in the tool room at BAC at Hurn working on the tooling for Concord. Am now 73 and still working and loving every minute. The main character lived at Ealing and the last pages of the story brings a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye. Well worth a read.
I've got that book somewhere. I thimpfks I started it. I'll have to have another go at it.
 

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I also have to recommend the book. Towards the end, the main character is on the Olympic Peninsula where I live now and have my shop. Slide Rule by Nevil Shute is another good read.
ANOTHER person from Washington? there must be a hundred of us.
 
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