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
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.
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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
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
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
I Like the idea of a "Library" of DVD`s that could be loaned to
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.
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:
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.
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
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?