Post by durhambuilder on Jan 17, 2009 13:15:21 GMT
I think a set of loco drawings would have limited appeal and whilst perhaps gaining new readers may not be sufficiently tempting for some of the 'established' readers. Personally I would prefer to see prints from the tools range or perhaps a £1 off coupon every other issue which I could collect over time and get a bit of money off the plan I really wanted.
Sorry if this is the new boy poking where he shouldn't, but I wonder if "model engineering" is equal to "steam based models".
I would love to see a set of plans, for example, for a set of tools for model boat making ( 1/2 sized chisels. Plank benders etc etc ). And I would pay a good amount of money for plans for things like better drive shafts and suspension supports, or even a full lower plate for some of the more common Radio controlled cars like a Losi 8 or the Savage family.
Neither of these is trivial - in fact the R/C car stuff is probably very complex. And it *is* model engineering. But very different to todays ME readership desires
Hi There 4346 will have the first sheet of a 5in. gauge Metro and the back will be Zephyr, a Westbury petrol engine. The following 5 issues will have the remains of the Metro set and also Trojan, The Corsair, Cygnet Royal and two sheets for The Centaur gas engine. regards David
Free Plans - an excellent idea. I am working on the Simple 2-stroke I/C engine from the free plan published last year and having a great time in the workshop.
So long as the plans are free can anyone complain? I think the readership of ME is so diverse that any plan would be well received by some. Just wait and there will hopefully be something for all, given time. I shall look forward to the Centaur Gas Engine.
A great initiative David, you will surely please ".....all of the people, some of the time" - eventually!
I agree that the free plans is a great idea and that seems like a good mix of subjects but then I'm biased because I've got a set of Metro frames seasoning somewhere.
Some tooling would be nice if that doesn't tread on MEW toes too much.
Since these models were presumably the subject of build series originally are there any plans to make the rest of the "words and music" available? It would make the drawings of more practical use and might even be a sales opportunity. I am sure you could sell it to the bean counters on that basis David.
Hi There I will be putting the Metro articles as PDF's free on the web site when it is up and running. I don't have copies of ME withZephyr in, that is the next step together with the articles for the remaining plans. regards David
Brilliant idea, putting the free drawings in ME, and also putting the articles on the web site as PDF files (can you say when they will be available?). Particularly as I'm dithering over what engine to build next - I suspect it might be a Metro!
I haven't bought ME for years (I'm almost ashamed to say) this could be the stimulus for me to become a regular reader again.
Finished a Simplex in 2008, gradually learning how to drive it.
Started a Metro.
Member of North London Society of Model Engineers
Hi There I have 35 years worth of Model Engineer back numbers arriving within a fortnight. All as PDF files on a memory card.
The Metro PDF's will hopefully be available very soon.
Assuming we do another drawing set, what would you all like to see? The drawings will be double sided so we can have a series on one side and a different drawing or series on the other side. regards david
That is some memory card! It must have been a great effort for someone to scan 35 years worth (~840 mags )
Simon. Tich, Invicta, Clayton lorry, 0.3cc Diesel, FD3/64 gas turbine. Weise Flying Scotsman part built, Seal 15cc part built. Currently researching 8th scale 14xx 0-4-2t and a 7.793 scale 2-6-2..... Now got a 3/4 acre garden to put a track round :-)
Hi David Making articles available in pdf format is a great idea. Have you considered offering subscriptions to Model Engineer in pdf format? A good friend of mine has been a model engineer for over 40 years. Last year, he had to give up his long standing subscription to ME, as the smell from the printing ink affected his asthma. Maybe there are others who have similar problems. Regards David