- Jul 9, 2007
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This can be a horse cart situation. I strongly recommend deciding on a goal when starting in this hobby. There are hundreds of plan sets out there. pick one or few you want to build. the size of the parts will determine what size machine is ideal to make the parts.you need to look at the details when selecting a lathe but you can not forget the big picture.
What size engines are you planning on building ?
but do not be dismayed. you want to get started you find a deal on a lathe and you buy it. but you see that that dream model is twice the size that your new lathe will handle. simple solution scale down the model. I have fiend that has a sherline and makes beautiful model half the size of mine. Also if you are fortunate enough to find a bigger machine scale the model up.
this hobby is for fun and learning. machining is adaptive. no book no forum can teach it all. sometime you need to make a work around.
as far as threading same thing read prints. and again adapt if needed. in most cases a 4-40 screw can be used in substitute for a 3-48 .