Surface Treatment of Mild Steel

April 26, 2019 Nigel 0

We all use a lot of mild steel in model engineering and so I thought I would list and discuss the surface treatment options: galvanizing electroplating powder coating nitriding flame spraying electrocoating painting Black Surface [more…]

Durafix Easy Weld

March 23, 2019 Nigel 0

If you want to weld aluminium then you really need a TIG welder… Some jobs are not suitable for TIG welding and a soldering or brazing would be more useful where you can flood a [more…]

Phosphor Bronze

September 3, 2018 Nigel 0

An alloy of copper with 3.5 to 10% of tin and a significant phosphorus content of up to 1%. PB1 is a continuously cast product used for machined components washers and bushes. PB2 This has [more…]

Vital Bond

August 27, 2018 Nigel 0

This is a thick super glue designed to be use with porous materials such as woods and for gap filling. I tried this on some metal parts where I wanted to ensure the glue covered [more…]

EN8

August 26, 2018 Nigel 0

I needed to make some long double ended bolts for a friend who’s restoring a motorbike. After some searching we decided on EN8: EN8 Engineering Steel is an unalloyed carbon steel with reasonable tensile strength. [more…]

Steel

August 11, 2018 Nigel 0

An iron-based alloy containing carbon, and other alloying elements eg manganese. Steel contains anywhere between 0.2% carbon for soft wire and sheet steel and 1.5% carbon for cutting tools. A work in progress as I [more…]

Plasti Dip for Tool Handles

June 10, 2018 Nigel 0

I bought this pair of pliers at the boot fair for a really low price of just 25p. The quality is superb as they were made by H. Brindley Birmingham, the issue is the handle [more…]

Truloc 268

March 17, 2018 Nigel 0

“Truloc Superfit 268 is a single component high viscosity anaerobic adhesive designed for high strength fast curing thread locking and retention of cylindrical parts. It has been designed for applications requiring maximum static strength high [more…]

High Speed Steel

January 14, 2018 Nigel 0

Abbreviated HSS and commonly just listed or desicribed as HSS. A hard steel used for metal cutting tools as it remains hard even at dull red temperatures. It normally contains: Tungsten 12 to 18%, Chromium [more…]

Pewter

May 28, 2017 Nigel 0

The image shows a pewter flywheel on a solenoid engine. The outer surface has a hammered finish. Traditionally pewter is an alloy containing 80% tin and 20% lead. Modern pewter is 85 to 95% tin with [more…]