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The lathe as a modeling tool

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  • From: Third rock from the sun.
The lathe as a modeling tool
Posted by Woody on Sunday, July 25, 2004 4:11 PM
I have a scratchbuild project in the works for the Star Trek group build.
I thought you would enjoy the post I made about the use of my Clisby
lathe for this project.

http://www.finescale.com/fsm/community/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=24894

The lathe is a great tool for model builders.Wink [;)]

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, July 25, 2004 5:02 PM
Been eyeing these things up for a while (Clisby). Gotta get one...

Murray
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  • From: United Kingdom / Belgium
Posted by djmodels1999 on Sunday, August 1, 2004 4:21 AM
Wow, that is cool!!! What did you use to glue plexi together?

Is this lathe expensive? Where did you get it? Easy to use?
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, August 4, 2004 4:26 PM
Domi,

Woody is using a Clisby lathe (www.clisby.com). They're from Australia. Very tiny, and very much on my 'want' list too...

I've been scanning around the web for other alternatives and haven't found anything that would be comparable for the low $ of these things. They do require an external 12v power supply though...

My birthday's coming soon... now that my leg is broken, I don't really have too much use for that whipper snipper I asked for.... I wonder if it's too late to change my order?

Murray
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  • From: Third rock from the sun.
Posted by Woody on Wednesday, August 4, 2004 6:27 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by djmodels1999

Wow, that is cool!!! What did you use to glue plexi together?

Is this lathe expensive? Where did you get it? Easy to use?


Cool and a lot of fun!Big Smile [:D]

I glued the plexi together with straight acetone.

No the Clisby was a great deal in my opinion. I bought the lathe & mill combo for about $500 S/H included.

My machines shipped right from the Clisby factory. Mr. Clisby's daughter is in charge of the lathe production and provided excellent communications.

The lathe is small but functions as a full size lathe does. I think it operates easily.

As Murray noted above you will have to provide a 12volt/2-4amp power supply. I'm using a small battery charger as a power source and it works great. Another thing I would like to mention about the 12volt DC motor and lathe in general, it is very quiet. I did all the work you see next to the room my wife was watching TV in. No complaints from the family about noise.

" I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way." --John Paul Jones
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, August 5, 2004 3:06 PM
Have you been using the mill much Woody? I'm considering just ordering the lathe, cuz I'm not really sure how much I'd use the mill??

Murray
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  • From: NE Georgia
Posted by Keyworth on Thursday, August 5, 2004 5:20 PM
I knew you'd eventually find something to use your new toy for, Woody Wink [;)] The build looks great! Can't wait to see the finished product. Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]Cool [8D]Big Smile [:D]Tongue [:P]
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Posted by Woody on Thursday, August 5, 2004 5:33 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by Murray Kish

Have you been using the mill much Woody? I'm considering just ordering the lathe, cuz I'm not really sure how much I'd use the mill??

Murray

Murray,
I've just played around with the mill and have yet to use it for any projects.
I have several ideas of things it will be useful for. I would just order what
you feel like you need.
Where I work we have a machine shop and I enjoy
using the full size machines. I thought it would be nice have a desk top
mill for hobby projects.

Ed,
You know it! Thanks for the encouragement.Big Smile [:D]

By the way I've updated the URL at the start of this thread. It now has pics
of the last steps of the lathe work for this part. Here it is again.
http://www.finescale.com/fsm/community/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=24894

" I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way." --John Paul Jones
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, October 11, 2004 12:51 AM
i have been got the TAIG micro lathe and mill with most of all the tooling its made in the USA and is one of the best engineered for the money. just do a google search for TAIG lathe you will find the website. good luck
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, October 11, 2004 12:52 AM
oops sorry about my english
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  • From: Hayward, CA
Posted by MikeV on Monday, October 11, 2004 7:16 AM
That's pretty cool Woody. Thumbs Up [tup]

I wonder how good this one is from Harbor Freight?
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=4019
I am not in the market to buy one but this one seems like a good deal for $209.

They also sell a complete one for $499.99
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=44859

Mike

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. " Charles Spurgeon
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