Vice President - Tom Moore
Treasurer - John Hoff
Secretay - Ed Gladkowski
Web Master - Dick Kostelnicek
Editors - Keith Mitchell, Jan Rowland, David Whittaker
By Dick Kostelnicek - Secretary
Vance Burns - President presiding
Attendance: 31 members, 1 visitor - Don McManus
Vance Bums started the continuous display of a silent video on Barrel Making by Thomas Smith. Presumably you could watch the show in case the meeting got boring.
Ed Gladkowski donated a video and CD on building a small cupola furnace to the club's library. George Marsden immediately checked it out.
Vance Burns opened the floor for election of officers. The results follow:
|Vice President||Tom Moore
|Web Master||Dick KOstelnicek||unanimous|
Doug Blodgett, president of Houston Area Live Steamers, offered the use of a portion of their back shop located at Zube Park for use by our foundry group, provided a sand floor is installed in the interest of safety.
Dennis Cranston invited all foundry group participants to get together
alter the meeting in order to discuss Doug's offer.
Art presented 98 slides taken during at the 12th annual North American
Model Engineering Society
(N.A M.E.S) convention. held April 28-28, 2001 in the Yack arena in Wyandotte, Michigan http://www.modelengineeringsoc.com. Most of the attendees were from the Midwest as evidenced by the license plates witnessed in the parking lot. Art indicated that many people drove all night to attend. The entrance fee was $6 which afforded the visitor a lapel button which allowed unlimited entry during the two day event.
Art elaborated on the various kinds of internal combustion model engines having multi-cycles (up to 6) that competed with the Otto 4 cycle during the later part of the century. Each in its own way tried to get around the fiercely defended Otto patents. When the patent protection ran out, all the contenders went by the wayside in favor of the now ubiquitous 4 cycle IC engine.
There were three rows of vendor booths (about half the floor area). Art covered nearly all of them with a tale or two of how he knew the proprietors or an antidote about their products. Among Art's favorites were the Logan Lathe booth (run by a third generation Logan) http://www.loganact.com, and Nation Builder Books (my favorite, ea.) http://www.nbbooks.com.
The engineering models were on a zig zag row of tables running the width of the arena. A continuous 3/4 inch compressed air pipe attended all the tables with air taps for each display position. Art showed a slide and gave a description of many of the models on display. His description of the model Monitor gun ship engine with a differential reversing valve gear mechanism was of timely interest as this engine was recently recovered from the Atlantic off the US east coast in surprisingly good condition.
Joe Scott brought a magazine container for machine gun bullets. It was fabricated with numerous contorted sheet metal folds. Joe wants to know if anyone has any ideas of how to build a bending jig to replicate this particular gun part. He says there is a big market for then on the internet. Joe also showed a Jacobs chuck that had some internal burs that he removed in order to restore the concentricity of the chuck. He says "check out http://wwwJacobschuck.com/service.html [excellent tip! Look at that! Editor] for information on chuck disassembly and removal from arbors". Another favorite site, http://www.bbico.uk. features rust removal with tanic acid (tea bags).
Bill Kimbrough brought in a pile of drill bits and end mills for distribution, onto which the members descended with a vengeance.
John Hoff brought back his drill grinder; still a work in progress. He has recently developed the drill bit flute grabbing mechanism.
At the July 15th 2000 meeting, a survey was passed out to get an indication
of members' equipment. From the meeting, we had 26 responses. For comparison,
I'm showing the results from John Richardson's poll on the Internet with
|4 - 10"||50%||13%|
Reference: John Richardson's web site: http://www.qaccess.net/
Later, (long, quasi-relevant story), I joined the editorial team to produce the newsletter, "every third turn". One of us-three had sad personal reasons to be excused for a while (hopefully, he will begin again, soon!), and, details beside my point, here, I found myself needing to produce a month's issue "out of turn", and had no Article to include. The Meeting Minutes always provided by then-secretary Dick K in properly prepared "electronic form" were sufficient alone to easily produce an issue just-adequate to mail, even though it contained no Article. Keith and I have since taken turns doing the newsletter, and he had some material for his issues, but I have not been so fortunate. Therefore, I have made pleas at meetings and on the HMSC Internet site for Articles, and only one person has responded at all, our current president, Dennis C! He e-mailed me this Survey article in this issue, and I agree with him, it is still interestingly relevant! Looks like those of us in this HMSC have considerably more home-shop gear and space than the rest of the population, as he includes for comparison a [national.?] survey a John Richardson published on his web-site.
So, it obviously follows tint, if so many of us are so busy with so many machines and so much equipment, there are surely enough smarts and stuff out there for us to expect at least one good Article per month in this newsletter! Just reading-through this survey, some topics come to mind, which would surely benefit those of us (me!) who are self -taught and haven't a clue which end of an electrode to clamp in the handle! (That's one reason I got myself a MIG welder, since stick-electrodes are not used in that!)
Maybe some of us members "who could" are able to write good articles,
but must first have someone urge them with a particular topic? Dennis'
survey is a good list to use for a beginning! Topics for Articles we could
use: Turning Techniques and/or Caveats; How to Get More Life Out of Your
Mill-Bits; Advantage/Disadvantage Difference Among Stick, MIG, and TIG
Electro welding Methods; Examples [with photos/drawings?] of Turning Projects
on Small Lathes [HF 7x10, Sherline, Unimat, etc?]. These are just one cum'
ol' boy's guesses. Surely those of you who can write such articles can
offer better topics, yet! DO!