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    If you're hungry, I won't give you a fish. I won't give you a fishing rod, either, but I may show you how to build a trawler.

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  1. It is listed on the current coopercraft web site, that is why it no longer exists, I expect. Most likely, it was only the stock, if any that was bought from the previous owner.
  2. It was the guy in London, mentioned a few posts back. I bought a few O gauge kits back then, from a supplier. I wanted to find out more, so i phoned him up a couple of times, he knew what he was doing, which is probably why he got out of model railway kit manufacturing..
  3. I visited his 'works' some years ago. It was a cow barn with leaking roofs. It was apparent that whatever he had bought, he had no clue. There was a strigon pantograph machine, I have a later model. My intention was to show him how to use it. The condition was such that I suggested he traded it in as scrap metal. There was quite a decent myford lathe, in the corner, rain dripping on it. He didn't know how to use - he tried to demonstrate it to me by grabbing a rusty 6 inch nail, shoving it in the 3 jaw, and jamming in the tool. Stacks of soggy cardboard boxes for kits, two injection moulding machines, one not working, the other 'leaking a bit', numerous brass mould plates, with nice green patinas. The floor of the shed was the usual stone and compressed cow muck, in the usual agricultural setting. Back then, what he had was pretty worthless, and I expect he's made it more so. There is no way that you can earn a living from any of it. From the very beginning, it was completely beyond help, imnsho. The photo on his website, was either a stock photo, or from a previous coopercraft. I dread to think of how much of his and other folks' money was wasted.
  4. I've no local knowledge, so can't work out the place name, but I guess a map would get that, the rest of it, by by squinting and generally messing with the image, I make it out to be 'Notice The footbridge leading onto wherever place is the only proper way for workmen coming to and leaving duty. Any man disregarding this sign will be liable to dismissal.' I guess it means it's ok to use the bridge if you are not a workman, or if you are but not going on or off shift. I think it doesn't say what they mean to say. I think you should up-date the message it to make it more 'inclusive' ...
  5. Not sure if it's been mentioned before, but just came across this, old photos of Bristol
  6. Because he is a modeller?
  7. If you can use another font, search on-line for stencil font, there's hundreds of 'em. Or find a font generator to generate your own. If it is only a few characters, then scale them up in your favourite drawing package and add the appropriate tabs and scale 'em back down again. Here's a link to a truetype font editor which may help https://www.softpedia.com/get/Others/Font-Utils/TrueType-Font-Editor.shtml#download
  8. I am puzzled as to how the van by the railway crossing, managed to park so precisely, and I can't see the cafe where presumably the rest of the police are sojourned.
  9. simple adapter change of sizes for ducting - I've used it a number of times to connect woodworking machines to shop vacs, etc. Get a plastic drinks container, the one litre size with a gradual taper from the body to the cap works nicely. Cut it at appropriate diameter places, and gaffer tape it on, if necessary. For my purposes, it gives a gradual change of diameter.
  10. any help? http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_WDzpveFz0gk/TIzJ3oPSHcI/AAAAAAAAAZY/dLJfi0IQ8m8/s1600/662+HarmansCross+11Sep10+b+web.jpg
  11. Not very relevant, but the OKI printer I had, was not a laser, although most referred to it as such. It had rows of multicoloured leds, light onto a selenium? coated band, no separate oiling for the fuser, the ink contained the oil. I had to change it for a 'normal' laser. I was printing on 'foliac' transparency, for pcb trackwork, and the ink would not stick, but an ordinary laser's ink would. If I could remember where I put the printer, I could say what model it was.
  12. simple basic servo control
  13. Probably not the UNO font you need, but Bing or google throw up a few if you shove 'uno font' in the search.
  14. raymw

    Dapol 08

    If he wants to develop modelling skills, the four to five foot is big enough. Depends if you can help him, I guess. Jim Reid, and others build very nice models out of nothing much at all, and Jim has been very helpful to others who wish to do likewise in the past. As the search on members does not seem to working too well at the mo., just search on 'cardboard' and see what turns up.
  15. There are a few reasons why you want to hire a consultant. The first is to be able to pass the blame if it doesn't work out. The second is because you know sfa about the project. The third is because you accept bribes. Historically, the folk on most councils have never been the sharpest knives in the box, certainly few have any technical knowledge, and often they promote themselves since they have vested interests in the area, builders, whatever. So, to someone whose main interest is possibly drinks at the golf club, a railway line construction will be highly complex. The trouble is, that not all idiots are harmless. I have no knowledge of the people involved, just my general opinion of this sort of situation. Maybe those directly affected do a bit of digging into the apparent can of worms.
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