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  • Member since
    May, 2008
  • From: Cincinnati Ohio
New Modeling Tools
Posted by Tracy B on Monday, January 01, 2018 4:19 PM

I thought seeing what modelers have added to their arsenal of tools lately. I had a dear Uncle that I spent a lot of time with pass away in August. He was a clockmaker in his retired years. I used to watch him make the most precision parts on his Unimat lathe. I was honored and choked up when his family presented me his lathe after his death. I don't harbor ANY illusions that I'll ever be as good with it as he was, but I get satisfaction every time I look at it, knowing all the hours he spent working with it! 

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  • Member since
    March, 2010
  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Monday, January 01, 2018 4:32 PM

Hmmm, that lathe sounds interesting and I'm sure in time you'll be able to make parts to your satisfaction on that machine. I haven't used a lathe since the early 60's and it was a wood lathe in my high school woodshop class. Be sure to wear the proper eye protection, or better yet a full face mask.

High octane

  • Member since
    August, 2016
Posted by mini man on Monday, January 01, 2018 5:14 PM

I would love to find an English wheel in 24th for bodywork.

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...

Nigel.

P.S.N.I. Officer.

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgQw3s2b-6E

  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Monday, January 01, 2018 8:24 PM
I miss that certain 'background odour' from lathe work ! thin oil & swarf . *Sigh* I've worked with lathes , drills and most types of power tools all my life , its in the blood ( Should be more careful LOL !) I've just brought an Archemedes screw drill which takes " UP TO a one m.m. drill bit . " I have a tungsten 0.5mm bit for it . I might do plug wires on a micro machines dragster ????
  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 8:01 AM

With a decent lathe you could make one. Wink

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

  • Member since
    January, 2008
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 9:59 AM

That is really cool that you got your uncles lathe.  I suggest keeping your eyes open for Gerald Wingrove's book on the Unimat.  The prices are through the roof right now, but they turn up now and then with realistic prices.  Good luck and let us know what happens.

Just keep picking away at it...

  • Member since
    August, 2016
Posted by mini man on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 6:12 PM

Bainford

With a decent lathe you could make one. Wink

 

Yes....But a wheel costs around £300 while a lathe costs £800+Laugh

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...

Nigel.

P.S.N.I. Officer.

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgQw3s2b-6E

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