I am new to model engineering, and live in Brisbane Australia.
My experience rubbing shoulders with model engineers started in Maryborough Queensland in 1976.
Maryborough is an historical engineering town for building railway engines and ships, though these activities are much downsized now.
The live steamers association there have a 5" gauge track in a public park.
My activity was limited to assisting at running days and other general help in the club.
Now I am older I have recently purchased a 3 1/2 gauge live steam engine which I imported from the UK.
It works OK (on compressed air), but requires inspection and refurbishment to allow running in public.
I will join a local model engineering club when I have completed the majority of what is necessary.
I am willing to learn from this group as much as I can. My experience so far is from using a watchmakers lathe for HO/OO small scale detail parts, and drilling and tapping. I have never mastered the art of die cutting and my lathe does not do thread cutting.
Welcome to the forum Kimball, there is a lot of very knowledgeable/helpful folk on this forum. Die-cutting is pretty straightforward if you can find a tailstock die holder for your lathe. If not you may find it worthwhile making one to fit, they come in all shapes and sizes, there is even a simple chuck held die holder available from people like Arceuro although this type is limited to how long a thread it can cut.
Hi Kimball and welcome. I made lots of tools and equipment for my lathe when I first started in the hobby. This gets your skills up to par and helps with the finances. George Thomas books 'Workshop Techniques' and 'The model Enngineers Workshop Manual' are essential reading for me.
Lots of knowledge and helpful people on this forum. Enjoy!!
The joy of this forum is that 99.9% of the time you will get good advice and suggestions. however by law we must have at least one old curmudgeon to 'pee on your chips' Other we all go to prison lol
Seriously i have learned so much new stuff and little tips along the way. Whilst my skills have not improved in proportion to the amount of help given, i can. hand on heart, say that the local scrap dealer is getting less of my custom.