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  1. No thanks. I'll take a nice bushfire over snow any day! After nearly 2 weeks of severe bushfire warnings, the rains came in and cooled things down a bit. Fires are still burning in spots but no danger at present.
  2. Two more severe fire warnings today with fires out of control to the north and the west. The evacuation centre is to the north! I do have what's considered a safe refuge just next door (a large park) so if things do take a turn for the worst, I've some where close to go. I'm in the centre of town and there are buildings here over 100 years old so I think I'm fairly safe.
  3. 36°C yesterday, pretty hot for Tassie (it was 6C overnight on Wednesday!) Severe bush-fire warning for my area (Huon Valley) which means I probably should leave for the nearest evacuation centre but I'm staying put. Uncontrolled fire about 20 kms away. Cooler today (16°C at the moment) with lighter winds (gusts to 70 km/hr yesterday). Perfect day to stay indoors building models although I'm building a computer for a new 3D printer instead.
  4. Apart from plastic kit model building as a teenager, I've only just strated to look at model building. I only got into this due to a recent downsizing and losing the shed I used to have that was full of woodworking tools. With my current space, models are about the limit of what I can do.
  5. geoffs

    The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Look like the Dremel 4300 does not fit the Vandalay ACRA mill ! I'll ask Larry if he makes an adapter for it. If not, I might just have to get the Marathon rotary tool instead as well.
  6. geoffs

    The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Just hope he has insurance...
  7. Spotlight do carry these knives but not the swivel ones. https://www.spotlightstores.com/embellishments/embossing/fiskars-fingertip-precision-knife/BP80096455
  8. geoffs

    Your favorite saying

    My mum had a similar one: 'A blind man and a galloping horse '
  9. geoffs

    The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Spent far too much time today upgrading my computer. Received some ordered new drives today but prior to putting them in, needed to replace some fans in the hot-swap cage that holds the drives. I'd ordered some 50mm fans on eBay but when I removed the disk cage, found the fans are actually 60mm - in my defence, it has been at least 10 years since they were last replaced so I'd forgotten a few details. . A quick trip into town (60kms each way) to pick up some suitable fans. What should have been a 1 hour job has taken all day! Downloading the latest Ubuntu Linux to install on the new disks, that will be another 45 minutes so looks like a late night 😞 One bright point, I took the opportunity while in town, to pick up a new Dremel 4300.
  10. geoffs

    micro drill adapter for mill

    Wish I still had my mill for stuff like this 😞 The minimum speed of these types of tools is usually around 5000RPM. Do you find that too fast for some work?
  11. Give RapidSizer a try. Free and does qite a good job.
  12. With some plans I recently had scanned, I used Gimp to do the clean up. Fairly time consuming but did a great job. I then turned some of them into vectors using Inkscape. The cleaned up images from Gimp made a big difference to Inkscape's ability to do the bitmap to vector conversion.
  13. geoffs

    Pirated CAF LeRenommee to Be Available

    As a beginner, I find threads like this to be very helpful. I was lucky in that to get me started, I was given a couple of kits from legitimate suppliers to build. Had I been looking for a model to start with, my lack of knowledge of the market could have led me to buy a rip off copy from China, not knowing any better. A lot of my tools are probably made in China but bought from a local reseller that is at least getting some benefit from the sale,
  14. geoffs

    What have you received today?

    Received my new VandaLay mill today! 7 working days from California to Tasmania is pretty good, normally takes 3-5 days to get a parcel from the mainland. Got to work at the library this afternoon (volunteer) so can't put it together until tonoght 😞
  15. geoffs

    Twelve inch to the foot dinghy

    You've done a beautiful job on that build, well done. I like the tammie norrie design (or Grebe as it used to be). I'm a member of the Living Boat Trust here in Tasmania and we have 6 grebes, all built by local school students under supervision of a boat builder from the LBT. These boats get a lot of use and we always have one or two out of the water for a clean/repaint.

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