OK. Here is an update. And Vic I am doing this also for my own 'review'. As I take these pictures I often realize something that I could have skipped over and learned the hard way later.
But first, here is the machine after cleaning it with some 'mineral spirits' or paint thinner. It was messy but not too bad. I then applied a thin coating of special oil designed for just that purpose. Then I started to assemble the various parts and learn what the controls and some of the features are. My admiral helped me steady the top when we mounted the top to the base with four screws. Note this is a rigid base model, not the type that you can rotate 45 degrees in both direction. Ones the unit is secured and checked for squareness, it should stay that way.
You can see that the overall design is simple and compact. The controls in front include a digital readout of the spindle speed, a forward/reverse switch (something I may never use), an emergency stop button and the speed control potentiometer. The large round disk you see to the left is the fine adjustment knob for the z-axis movement. The coarse adjustment is with a wheel similar to what you see for the x and y. The z wheel is in the back. The start/stop buttons are along the left side.
The table is 15.7 x 5.7 inches, a lot larger than the other machines I looked into when I did my search. Likewise the x travel is 11.8 inches, the y =5.9 inches and the z=8.7 inches. What I like also is that the screws and the wheels you see are in decimal inches (not fractions such as the Grizzly mini mill). You can also get the machine with mm, I believe.
There were a couple strange things while assembling some of the parts. The draw bar that pulls the collets up into the quill was loose inside the quill and not visible. When I tried to insert a collet, it would not work. I climbed on top and found the drawbar sitting loose but upside down. Then when I tried to mount the vise (a nice 3" precision type) the two special pieces, that fit into the holes of the vise, would not make proper contact. The feet of the serrated plates would not go down further. I had to take them apart and flip the feet over to let me make the correct adjustment.
But these were just little things that is part of my learning lessons.
The next step I want to take is to make some adjustments of the gibs, the thin strips of steel in the dovetail beds in all three axis. There are some set screws along each direction that can be loosened or tightened to reduce the backlash and stiffness of the bed.
In addition I want to check the squareness of the table and mount the vise so that it is parallel with the x-axis. It involves using a good dial indicator and a magnetic holder that I happen to have.
All of this is described in the manual that is included, of course.
So more later.