Re: [z_scale] ties and glasses to see them
- Hi Ole,
Thank you for your very interesting reply to my letter! It is always a
pleasure to hear from you.
About the magnifying lenses, at present, I am setting up for a product demo
meeting with a representative from the optical company I will be dealing
with. I do not have a price quote from them yet, however I know that it
will not be cheap. In my case, it is now a necessity and not a luxury. So I
will have to go ahead and bite the bullet.
Some times it is good to not rush into projects without fully thinking them
out and so it is with your ties. I believe that I have come up with a
method for making them that will be quite simple and allow me to make them
by the thousands in just a few hours! I remember you mentioning that they
should be 1mmX1mm. Am I correct, or is it 1.5mm? I have your old letter
buried in my cyber files but it would be quicker if you could just give me
the size again. If it is OK with you, I would send you the ties uncut for
length which would allow you to cut them as needed. A simple guillotine
chopper with a stop for length should do the trick.
I am saddened to report that my friend and mentor Rolly Kalyjian passed away
of a heart attack last week of a heart attack. I mention this to you
because Rolly was the best craftsman I have ever known. Whether he was
designing or building a boat or a model boat he was unsurpassed as a
craftsman. He gave me a job pushing broom in his boat shop when I was
twelve and always was there to help a kid who loved the trade. Without him I
most likely would have ended up being an auto mechanic. But fate has turned
me into what he was, a person who will accept only the finest work be it
full size or miniature. My wife Anne and I did and article on him for
Wooden Boat Magazine several years ago. I was about a scale model he had
made of his own sailing yacht WHITE WINGS. It is so accurate that in the
photos, it can fool the eye into thinking it is real! All metal parts are
gold plated. The lights work and the tiny Diesel engine runs, via a hidden
electric motor. He won the International Model Yacht competition in 1998 as
being the best model builder in the world. I would be pleased and honored
to send you a copy of the article if it would be of interest to you.
Well, I think I have chewed on your ear long enough.
> From: Ole Rosted <Ole.Rosted@...>
> Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2000 23:55:46 +0100
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: Re: [z_scale] milling
> On Sat, 28 Oct 2000 10:23:40 -0700, you wrote:
> Hi Jay,
>> I'm back home from the hospital and very glad to be here!
> Great news! Glad to learn of you being home again.
>> like you have been very busy whilst I have been away.
> I think my activities can best be described as "Much ado about
> nothing". I have been busy, all right - but not much has come out of
> it. Yet.
> I'm busy practising in milling techniques. These attempts has been
> halted for a while, but the pause will not last a second longer than
> it will take me to get some new cutters from Germany.
>> What kind of mill
>> machine do you have! Those 1mm mill bits do indeed break easily.
>> I would be
>> delighted to be brought up to speed as to what you are doing with them.
> It is a German machine made by Proxxon (www.proxxon.de) Yesterday
> evening I made a new page to be added to my homepage, (2 pics of my
> milling station and one of my grandson) It was something of a surprise
> to find, that it's still there (haven't been looking for months) but
> for some reason I cannot get the addition uploaded. "You must use a 32
> bit TCP/IP connection", it says. Which is exactly what I am using. I
> have checked it a thousand times. I guess that, what I get is one of
> the idiotic error messages warning about everything else than the
> actual reason for the failure.
> My first milling project is a jig to make frogs. The shortage of
> cutters has stopped the project in the middle of its progress, though.
> I had 1 (one carbide center cutting iron of 1 mm. diameter).
> I hate to tell you this, but I broke it when lowering the motor to its
> working position. Damn... To get on with milling I bought a dozen
> cylindrical dentist's burs in a nearby town. They are no good - I'll
> have to await the arrival of the cutters ordered. In the meantime I
> ought to invent some arrangement to outbalance the motor-head of the
>> Incidentally, I have decided to trade in my ten power magnifying hood and
>> replace it with the binocular style magnification used by surgeons. They can
>> be adjusted to any desired angle to allow me to sit upright and still see my
>> work. They also have a fiber optic lighting option.
> That's the outfit I always wanted, but can't afford. At least not now
> after my milling station entered the scene How much will you have to
> pay for the outfit and where can you get it?
> I'm banging my Opti-Visor against my milling station every time I try
> to get close enough to see what's going on on my coordinate table.
>> I'm lucky to still have my nose where it belongs.
>> As soon as I am recovered enough I will
>> launch into cutting your Z ties.
> Do not let the ties bother you. I'll be happy to get some when you are
> fully recovered, but no need for haste. Althoug I'm getting closer to
> begin actual track-laying, I'm not ready for the wooden ties yet.
> regards Ole
> "Z" WARNING! HANDLE WITH CARE! Highly addictive in Small DoseZ!