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  • Birthday 08/04/1988

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  1. What have you received today?

    Are we talking about the same Dremel Micro? Model 8050? Mine is pretty quiet comparing to a corded version, and vibrations are pretty low. But I am not doing anything heavy though, using a corded version when I need power (aggressive sanding, for example). The mini version is perfect for light tasks where precision is important - drilling, cutting, light sanding. It is used 80% of the time, with corded version collecting dust. The battery capacity is impressive as well - I charge it roughly once per month.
  2. just what is a "scratch built model"?

    Maybe another way to look on it is "build from step-by-step instructions" vs "built using some generic drawings, books and other research"? But anyway, let's not turn it into an attempt to put everything into boxes, groups and teams... It is like people - they are different, and all attempts to classify people by some sort of criteria are doomed to fail under a burden of asterisks and exceptions She blushed a lot when I read this Thanks! Now she looks forward to Saturday to continue the build! You hit the nail right in the head, finding a time for modelling is increasingly difficult. Anecdotical evidence: I have a pretty simple life and schedule - one kid with few afterschool activities, regular 5 day-per-week job, living in apartment (so house maintenance time is minimal). And it is still very difficult to find a time slot for modelling - in the evening you have few hours of family time, and after that - too late to make any noise. On the weekend - 3-4 hours available on Sunday for making some noise, and that's it! So I need to carefully plan - pre-cut all parts on the weekend, to massage them with quiet hand tools and finish in the evenings during the week. And if some plans override that 3-4hr spot - then no modelling this week. I can only imagine how it is for people with more complex life than mine (second job, additional education, relatives to take care of, long commutes, etc etc etc). It will probably become way easier when kids become teenagers and don't want to spend too much time with their parents. Until then I sort of enjoy it. Sacrificing the modelling time, though. Doubt I will finish my model until kid(s) turn 15..
  3. September photos. The planned launch is in Spring 2018, but who knows Deck and hull caulking is already in progress, figurehead is installed.
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    The clamp design is incredible! So simple and elegant, great solution for the clamping puzzle Will definitely use it in my build, especially since it is Hahn, upside-down - asks for being clamped this way.
  5. Would appreciate some first impressions, rookie mistakes and setup experience!
  6. Thanks, that was quick! Works like a charm now, donation came through.
  7. Same for me. It is The National Salary day (25th of the month), so a donation time! But the URL that I am redirected to looks suspicious - https://www.sandbox.paypal.com/ Sandbox is a development test environment, not a real paypal. So I can't login to it with my account, and even if I do - you will get a test money instead of a real one That is quite important, I guess. MSW is loosing donations
  8. Congrats! Please post some review after a few months of usage! That would be very beneficial for the modelling community on this side of the pond
  9. Also a good video on the bandsaw setup:
  10. Well, all bandsaws of that class look the same - Proxxon just made a smoother shape the difference is is quality (materials, bearings, alignment), which impacts the noise, vibrations and accuracy. the bearing guide is very important in my opinion, it greatly impacts the cut accuracy (so the blade will not drift to the sides). I never used a saw with the old style of guides though... But the axminster saw has the ball bearing guides, it is clearly stated in the description and photos (both upper and higher guide, while proxxon only has an upper guide). So seems to be good to go? http://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-hobby-series-hbs250n-bandsaw-508204 Edit: sorry, right, the cheaper saw (HBS200N) does not have a bearing guides and the fence is optional, while the next model (HBS250N) has them. You might need to dig through various reviews to see how it works without the bearing guides...
  11. Andi, no worries part of the problem is that most of the US brands are not available in Europe (if you do bot want to pay for internetional shipping and customs). for example, this saw is really nice (saw it in person, saw some reviews, but no firsthand experience): http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=75264&cat=1,41036,75262 but I was not able to find it on this side of the pond. Maybe your googling skills are better? But the main question that is left unanswered - what size are you looking for? 8 inch? 10 inch? Larger? And what are your main priorities when looking for the bandsaw, how are you going to use it? I really want to help, but it is hard without a proper starting info
  12. Andi, the decision is simple - go with the biggest bandsaw that fits your space and budget limitations I do not recall any reviews of Axminster on this forum (MSW), but from the reviews on youtube it seems quite good. See https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=axminster+bandsaw
  13. Hm, I probably have a newer version of the saw. I saw the previous version of it, it looks slightly different, maybe that is what you have? The blade guides are proper bearings, not a round brass rods. And I never had a single issue with that bearing guides - they work properly, easy to adjust and they keep the adjustment. No extra noise from them either. Zero complains to that part of the saw Also no issues with the alignment of the blade guide arm. So the only issues I have with my saw are: 1) Lack of fence (and not so easy to clamp smth since the underside of the table is not flat, but full of shapes to increase its rigidity). 2) Screaming upper bearing (cheap and easy to fix, just buy proper bearings from, say, SKF instead of the crap that is provided out of the box) 3) Super rare blade size, which means you can't buy any aftermarket blades. The Proxxon blades (3 or 4 types of them) are quite ok, not that I don't like them, but they do not offer any resaw blade, and you can't find it anywhere else due to a small size of it But for the shipmodelling use it is more than enough. We do not need a resaw capability or a fence, it is mostly used as a sort of a powerful no-vibration scroll saw. And it is really good for that - even with regular blades you can make pretty fine curves, while the narrow blade will allow even more. Pros: 1) Speed alignment 2) Overall construction is quite good and precise 3) Blade guide 4) Size. It is the smallest bandsaw in the market (excluding some chinese plastic crap). 5) Quality is good (except bearings). The table is flat and level. 6) Pretty powerful for it size - never made it stall or bog down when cutting smth big. Few years ago there was no alternatives to this saw (at least in Europe). Nowadays I see more and more 10 inch saws of decent quality, according to the reviews. And cheaper than proxxon.
  14. Andi, do you have a space for a slightly larger saw? There are plenty of models in 10 inch range, starting from the one sold by axminster in UK. They are even cheaper than proxxon, have a fence, you can find more blades in that size. The only reason to buy the Proxxon saw today is if you can't find a place for a slightly larger saw. That is basically the only reason I bought mine, and the only reason I haven't switched to anything else. The saw is OK, but the lack of blades (like a resaw blade, etc) is annoying, and the lack of fence as well.
  15. What have you received today?

    Had a trip to Canada and visited a physical LeeValley store in Toronto. Wow! If only I had it closer... I was very limited in what I can buy there - was flying with hand luggage only, so all tools must be TSA friendly. I was worried that some of them would be confiscated (Toronto airport rules limits the length of the "tool" to 6cm), but I got lucky - security guys were distracted by a small brass ship cannon in 1:24 scale that I had in my bag as well. So they forgot about other tools Got some high quality tools - Starett combination square, few very flexible clamps that work on various angles (larger version of infamous Ed Tosti clamps), and a new miniature plane from Veritas - this time it is a copy of a bench plane. Slightly bigger than their block plane (pictured on the same photo for comparison), but it fits better in my big hand and have a better blade adjustment mechanism. I use the miniature Veritas plane a lot, so this one will get some use as well. Links: Combination square: http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=57065&cat=1,42936 Miniature plane: http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=75057&cat=1,230,41182,75057 Clamps: http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=69825&cat=1,43838,47843