WEEK ENDING 
26 OCTOBER  2017

By David Carpenter

2017 MIDLANDS SHOW PREVIEW

As we go to Press this week one of our favourite events, the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition, is about to begin.This show is on for four days to accommodate the thousands that are expected in this, the 40th year. Lots of great models, and plenty of shopping opportunities.



NEW HSS TOOL SETS

Chronos has introduced   several new HSS tool sets. Just the job for most model engineers.


ETA ENGINE BUILDS

MEWS missed out on the ETA 15D Mk 1 and 2 engine builds. However, we now have the Mk 3 and Elite 1 and 2 versions for you. Designed by Ramon Wilson these are double sized versions of engines we coveted as youngsters.


IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM RAMON FOR ETA BUILDERS

I had two really super very fast and extremely consistent runs with the Elite Mk2 at last week’s Forncett annual ME Day which was very pleasing. However, when cleaning down on the Monday I had course to strip the Mk 1 down as the rotor pin had come loose. I removed it with intention to add a drop of Loctite then, when cleaning the oil off, it snapped in two at the thread relief. Despite tempering well it obviously was quite brittle.

“I now intend to strip all engines and replace the pins with new ones made from EN24T without any further heat treatment. ( I would think making them from a high tensile cap head would be a suitable alternative). 

“All heat treated to the same standard this is the only one that has failed but the risk of potential damage to an engine while running is too great to take.

“I think it might be a good idea to bring this to the attention of your readers.”

Thank you, Ramon. We have added a note to the page which includes the rotor pin.

Note the drawings for the Mks 1 and 2 were published in Model Engineer magazine.


YOLLA 2.5” GAUGE NG LOCO

Julius de Waal has another set of drawings, this time for a simple narrow gauge locomotive in 2.5” gauge.


JENNY LIND LOCO

Our model of the week is a super 3.5” gauge Jenny Lind by Peter Wardropped to the LBSC design



IRMA

Donate at https://beta.redcross.org.uk/appeal/hurricane-irma-appeal


SAFARI ODDITY

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TRAPLET

Traplet Publications, has ceased trading. Traplet recently took over the Model Engineer plans service. We understand that another company has now taken over the ME plans business and is working to make them available again.


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EDITOR

David Carpenter is the editor of Model Engineering Website, the weekly web magazine for model engineers.