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Old May 08, 2007, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by ozace
After just getting a mill and lathe myself i am in awe of such an undertaking. I cant wait to see more as this takes shape.
Believe me, this is a big learning process for me... I've worked metal before, owned a lathe for years, but 'till I bought the mill, I'd never used one.

Lessons learned so far...

A mill is almost useless without a dial test indicator.

Swarf is rather difficult to get out of the carpet.

Wood router bits make quite good end mills for ally - they're dirt cheap. It's a good job because...

Buying the mill is only the start of the big money spend. The list of extras - tooling, clamping stuff, vices, collets, arbours, etc. is a never ending one.

This heli is going to cost me a fortune...

Progress so far...

The head looks like the pic below. There's a lot more metal to be removed now I've had a look at it (I'm not that good at visualizing things on the CAD machine). The bolt is going to nip the head to the shaft to take up any (tiny amount) play - there's a slot to cut of course.

So far, I'm quite pleased with myself...
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