Model engineering on television

Now that I've got Sky+ (in the same room as the lathe!!) I can access roughly 11 billion TV channels. Are there any that show programs on
model engineering or do I have to buy the DVDs?
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To sorta quote Bruce Springstein, 400 channels and nothing on.
I've never come across anything remotely close to useful on actuall doing model engineering. (I still remember 'Model World' from the 70s but that was more airfix, radio control and model railways - good fu though, got the book somewhere.) The Open University used to have som quite watchable general technical stuff, but that's mostly gone now.
As Robin asks, can any one recommend DVDs on introductor milling/lathework?
Although it would be very naughty to encourage copying, perhaps um, e a group of us could buy one each and pass them round... I'm sure yo know what I mean.
Mat
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Myford Matt wrote:

The Camden Miniature Steam series have 'Fundamentals of Lathe Operation' and 'Advanced Lathe Operation' DVD titles, amongst others. I've seen both - our library service in Lincolnshire has them on VHS as part of their stock.
The videos are OK, but are american and based on SouthBend machines - the concepts are pretty much universal though. The quality does suffer a little in the conversion from US to UK format, and in some instances, what ought to be close-ups of the tool or process mainly feature the narrator's sleeve.
I was at the Myford open house over the weekend, and enquired about the availability of beginner's lessons in turning and general lathe use. Myford don't offer this, nor could they recommend anywhere vaguely local for instruction. I suggested that they ought to look into offering a one-day intro course, but the interest from the company wasn't there.
There is a big hole in the market for something of this nature with a UK slant, though personally, I'd have thought that a few short clips of someone who knew what they were doing performing these procedures with basic explanations in plain English would be fantastic to put on the net for download.
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A perfect task for SM&EE I would think.
Perhaps you should petition that Mawson chap, he's always hanging round here talking about kippers and this would give him something useful to do <g>
Peter
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Peter Neill wrote:

Some tutorial type videos here:
<http://www.me.mit.edu/Lectures/MachineTools/outline.html
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Already happening old chap! There is a Polly course running currently which is the 'second level' course for people who have got a workshop together and need a tad more help - during the duration of the course they make an oscillating engine but the real meat is in techniques and methods. We are taking bookings for the next 'first level' course which is an Introduction to Model Engineering. Details to be found on our web site:
http://www.sm-ee.co.uk /
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Hi Matt
I Like the idea of a "Library" of DVD`s that could be loaned to people. The cost of some DVD`s is quiet high and It would be great if you could borrow a DVD and return it after viewing. I think that a lot of the instructional DVD`s would only be watched a couple of times after purchase anyway. I have a couple of Videos from Ebay, "Fundamentals of Milling Machine operation" and a Basic lathe video both by Ruddy Kouhpht - sorry can`t remember how to spell his second name, both OK videos but only watched a few times. If anyone is up for getting together a library count me in.
Cheers
Paul
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On Wed, 1 Nov 2006 10:33:56 -0600, Myford Matt
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Some good information here. Plenty of short video clips throughout the different sections. http://www.jjjtrain.com/vms/library.html
Peter
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Better than TV and DVD's Join a model club most have some members that have engineering background. I am sure some of them would lit you have a day watching them in the workshop and then a day them watching/helping you in your workshop. Or both days could be in your workshop. You can ask the question and get the answer not so with the TV/DVD's. It might cost a coffee or two and if you supplied a bit to eat it would still be cheaper than a DVD. I do it for our members and also answer questions. Give it a go.
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There are plenty that show well engineered models... ;-)
Regards, Tony
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Robin wrote:

Try 912 after 21:30 :D
Dave
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I certainly agree that getting involved with other model engineers is a good way to pick up some experience. I recently started a course at Stafford college which is excellent. Most people there seem to work on their on projects ranging from restoring old lathes, steam engines, old cars motorcycles etc. The college gives you access to all types of machines including millers, all sizes of lathes, surface grinders, tool cutter grinders, radial arm drills etc. If anyone is interested contact Rob Cooper at Stafford college - I don`t have the phone number to hand but I can find it if needed. On the subject of Dvd`s etc. I don`t think they are a substitute for hands on but I do regard them, along with books, internet, etc, as further sources of information and a look at different techniques and ideas.

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I have a 'sort-of related' question to this thread.
Way back in the days when Bob Symes was known as Bob Symes-Schultzman (the early 80's) there was a series on BBC called 'Model Magic'. I videod the entire series on tape. I used to quite enjoy dipping into it... there wasn't a great deal about 'proper engineering', but it contained a good mix of short pieces on various aspects of modelling. As written, I had this on good-old Betamax, until I came home after one trip away to find that SWMBO had bought a VHS the week previous and had immediately tossed the Beta in the bin along with all the tapes.
This is a helluva longshot.... but was anyone here as sad as me, and has a copy of the series on video (or converted to DVD)? ... and if so... any chance of a copy? We don't have Sky, but my son has and he thinks the series was repeated on sky about 2 years ago.
Am I barking up the wrong tree, or just plain barking?
Ian
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