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    10-12-2019, 06:16 AM
    Friend of the family was a retired, moneyed sort, and took up aviation as a pastime. He was very experienced, had a lot of time in puddle jumpers,...
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    10-12-2019, 06:07 AM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread DIY Fab shop in General
    I hate to say it, but there's only two ways it could work: One, like the aforementioned idea where the person is basically just renting workspace....
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    10-11-2019, 07:10 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread DIY Fab shop in General
    -This is one of the main reasons I'd personally like to see something like this. Not just the "men's social club" aspect, but the pure knowledge...
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    10-10-2019, 03:35 AM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread JC Hannum auction in General
    -What nonsense to be speaking out of turn. :D The fact is, the auctioneer they brought in for the college has what is apparently a well-earned...
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    10-09-2019, 03:06 AM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread JC Hannum auction in General
    When the local community college closed and auctioned off all the machines, the teacher- who had been maintaining them for 35 years- offered to help...
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    10-09-2019, 03:01 AM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread JC Hannum auction in General
    -That's probably exactly what happened. Not many get the chance to properly close down their shop (or house, or farm, or whatever) before passing on....
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    10-07-2019, 04:29 AM
    An engine seizing would be an issue, but again, it's a warbird- it's designed to be able to fly with one or more engines out. The prop should be able...
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    10-07-2019, 04:25 AM
    It's a warbird. It has multiple separate and redundant systems specifically to let it keep going after battle damage. I believe- again, not...
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    10-02-2019, 09:00 PM
    I don't profess to be any sor of an aviation expert, but I have to admit I was always surprised to hear that these things were still being flown at...
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    09-30-2019, 12:09 AM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Amazing talent. in General
    Actually those air gravers have something absurd, like 40K strokes per minute- and for that matter, the hand gravers are usually tapped along by...
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    09-23-2019, 03:26 AM
    There was an article, years ago, about newly-rich types having a big expansive house built, and including a large library. And, of course, as the...
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    09-23-2019, 03:12 AM
    -If it's actual gold, and I have no idea if they used actual gold for that sort of thing, then hit up YouTube for "gold recovery" videos. They're...
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    09-13-2019, 02:15 AM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Turret Lathe Tooling in General
    -I've found the same thing. Turret lathes were largely made obsolete by the first NC/CNC machines over forty years ago, and even before that, were...
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    09-11-2019, 02:31 AM
    In order on the machines, the lathe (10x36 Sheldon) the mill (9x36 Bridgeport clone) and the bandsaw (16" DoAll.) The machines should be no...
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    09-11-2019, 02:15 AM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Least used machines in General
    Hoo boy. I got a shopful of 'em. :D For a while there I had two of the little double ended "tool grinders", one was a classic Baldor 500, the...
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    08-30-2019, 03:46 AM
    Quick update, hit a bit of a bump in the road. Declined at the bank because I have, effectively, no credit. Not "bad" credit, I mean no credit- I...
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    08-29-2019, 02:21 PM
    -Only if you have the market for the product, or the potential clientele. Personally, it'll take me a while to fully utilize the capabilities of...
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    08-29-2019, 04:33 AM
    -The Logan turret got converted to a CNC, using a Centroid Acorn control board. It was actually incredibly useful when it was a turret, and the sad...
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    08-27-2019, 05:06 AM
    Thought about it, but I don't have the insider's knowledge like I do with paintball. Plus, the airsofters don't customize or upgrade to the extent...
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    08-25-2019, 11:41 PM
    -Very few parts I'll be making will be in steel. It's aluminum for like 90%-95% of it, with brass the bulk of the rest. When I get a CNC lathe,...
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    08-25-2019, 02:58 PM
    -That is an excellent question, and one that's kept me up for more nights than I can count. :D I'm already in a niche market- paintball- and I...
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    08-25-2019, 03:57 AM
    -And that starts the chase all over again. The 1100 is significantly larger, and I'm already going to have serious trouble finding room for the 770,...
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    08-24-2019, 07:11 PM
    -I honestly have no idea. I'm hardly an expert here, as this is the first time I've taken out a loan- for anything- since the turn of the century. :D...
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    08-24-2019, 03:15 PM
    -Supposedly the new MX's have been released for sale, but it says 4 to 6 weeks for delivery. I'm assuming that means they're done with their...
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    08-24-2019, 05:18 AM
    -Yes, yes, that's what everyone has said. And I do mean everyone. :D Every single time this subject has come up- and I've been talking about...
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    08-24-2019, 01:26 AM
    Nearly a year later, the Tormach MX Series machines have finally been released. As I've mentioned several times on this board, this is the one I've...
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    08-19-2019, 01:38 AM
    -That's basically the strategy for anyone with an active weapon. Generally that's the heaviest-built part of the robot, being designed to strike the...
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    08-18-2019, 07:16 AM
    -Well, first off, if you're referring to Warhead's "dome", keep in mind that was the robot's primary weapon. The dome was a spinning flywheel with...
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    08-18-2019, 02:57 AM
    Easy. Ti is seen as tougher than aluminum, but lighter than steel. The robots have a hard weight limit, and it's always a balancing act between...
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    08-05-2019, 02:37 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Rotary Broach in General
    :D I made my own several years ago, specifically for my turret lathe. The broach was built off a spare bushing-type drill holder, and worked well....
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