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A Train is Born, Part 5

Final Finished Train Built to Scale

Author: Luke Ronne I really enjoy speaking to the visitors at the Rand Society of Model Engineering (RSME) club. If you want me to carry on for ages just keep the conversation technical and away from what the latest celebrity did to make the headlines. I had a gentleman ask me where the trains come […]

A Train is Born, Part 4

Author: Luke Ronne I was a little hesitant about writing the following article. Sensitive readers may be offended; this article may contain words like steam, boiler and welding. Words like these tend to make people throw their hands up, close their eyes, and run for the hills. My personal view is boilers should instill a […]

A Train is Born, Part 3

In the last article I promised to continue with some machining examples including the cylinders. I’m also going to try and demonstrate how versatile my lathe (ELATHE 613) and milling machines (EMILGH/130 and 045) are if they are set up correctly and, of course, used correctly. The cylinder assembly The cylinder assembly is one of […]

A Train is Born, Part 2

Pattern making for casting

In model engineering there is a cost scale that comes to mind before I continue with the technical bits. It’s simply, the more you make yourself, the cheaper the hobby, and I do this hobby on a boot strap budget. Most people get a set of castings and machine them to drawing, along with other […]

A Train is Born: Part 1

Steam Train

By Luker Introduction If I were to attend a group helping people with addictions my introduction would sound something like this… Hi, my name is Luke; I’m addicted to making things. Any complex mechanical system that moves on its own steam (pardon the pun) will have me lost for hours solving the equations, then making […]

How to choose the right size of generator

The first thing you need to do is to decide what you need to power when the power is out. This will rank depending on personal preference and situation but usually ranks like this. Lights>Refrigeration>Cooking>Entertainment>Heat>Cleaning. Remember cooking and heating equipment takes ALLOT more energy than anything else in your home. If you must power those appliances (if […]

Woodworking Product Showcase / Meet & Greet at Adendorff

Adendorff Machinery Mart wishes to invite you, the woodworking enthusiast, to join us at our Johannesburg Head Office for a meet and greet on Saturday the 14th of November 2015. We would like to spend the day showcasing our range of woodworking equipment whilst getting to know you over drinks and snacks. We also want […]