It is a misnomer on both counts. It was never 'post war England'. WW2 as such waa over but in months our former Allies were our enemies. Conscrpription in the UK lasted and lasted as did rationing and the last of the conscripts would have been born in 1938 and those who survived would be old ruins like me in mid 80;s and errrrrrr older! Many would die s fresh faced youths in the many conflicts from Russian occupied Berlin to as ffar as the Far East. Communism was rife and deaths on- as a WW1 poet would have said 'On a Foreign Field that is for ever England' I'm sorry but as someone who was in a bit of it after 6 years of WW2, I was there watching some of us horribly burn to death- and would be forgotten.Of the engine castings or the guys days in postwar England?
This echoes the book about a pair of Merlins in a gunboat after the WW2 as Nicholas Montserrat's the Dhip that Died of Shame. So long ago, and I almost forgot!What kills me the most is that the US offered surplus P-51's for $100 a piece in 1946. After the Korean war they re-offered them for $500. Imagine the investment if you tucked a hand full of those in your back yard!
Many of the Merlin screws are #2. Are you sure you can thread mill the holes? And give up the trill of tapping a casting you worked on it for 200 hrs.thread-milling instead of 2000 tapping
Harvey Tools sells them down to #00 thread, $73 USD With a mill that small you wouldn't want too much backlash in your machine! Harvey ToolMany of the Merlin screws are #2. Are you sure you can thread mill the holes? And give up the trill of tapping a casting you worked on it for 200 hrs.
Grin - - - - that's one reason my welding skills also improved!As an apprentice, one of my early machine shop supervising artisans gave me some sage advice - he was watching me charge into a job without really thinking it through and he said "You can't put the machine in reverse and put the material back on !".
That thought always hovers into my mind each and every time I take a cut.
Sadly it hasn't always stopped me making mistakes.
But time spent planning sure as hell beats time spent remediating errors.