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Everything posted by ManofKent

  1. Season's Greetings

    Season's Greetings to all. Life's been busy, but I'll catch up with you in the New Year. Richard
  2. Mostly Pix - Akro

    Gorgeous colours
  3. Starting the JABO sort

    Too tough a task for me.
  4. It's football season again!

    I'm enjoying these, but I'd just like to point out that a Football is round: It's Rugby balls that are elongated:
  5. Color Of The Month

    Fentonacres - I love that subtle one.
  6. Mostly Pix - Peltier

    Lovely collection Ed.
  7. It was an article on Jelle's marble races on the BBC web site that led to several hours looking at YouTube videos of some marvelous creations by Jelle and others of marble runs. I thought I'd love to have a go at that, then went through the negatives: Limited time Limited space Limited tools Limited engineering skills Inquisitive cats who will wreck anything Not wanting to give up I decided that the best solution was to keep it small and keep it contained in a box... A box does limit the size of the run, but scaling down the balls helps. I found a source of 8mm marbles (probably Czech glass designed for crafts rather than games) ordered those and also picked up some steel and brass ball-bearings. I found some reasonably priced birch ply boxes on Amazon and decided to go ahead... The box: I gave the box (smaller than visualized...) a quick coat of stain and thought about design. My engineering and woodworking skills aren't the greatest, but I used to make models as a kid and decided that maintaining an aesthetic would be the best option for a small space. With a bit of spare copper pipe and a few fittings left over from a boiler replacement I decided an industrial feel would work - hopefully the finished project will have a slight 'steampunk'/'mad scientist' feel. Two holes drilled (one for the inlet pipe and one for the outlet), I'll use the lid to store a removable release gate and capture/finish line piece (having a hinged bridge and using the lid as part of the run was an initial idea). The interior has been painted black to increase the illusion of depth and set off the metalwork. The outlet pipe and inlet pipe have now been roughly positioned. To be continued...
  8. First project - ball run in a box

    It's sitting in a corner nagging me to get back to it when the weather gets worse.
  9. Shipping cost

    Ouch. I assumed they still accepted tracked delivery evidence. I think in the 17 years I've been using ebay I've had one international package not arrive (and a handful of UK packages out a few thousand transactions).
  10. Shipping cost

    As a UK buyer I just wish sellers would do their own international shipping - using ebay's global shipping programme it's generally 18-20 USD on a 2 dollar marble and you can't combine shipping...
  11. Mostly Pix - Master-Made

    Keep them coming folks - I'm loving these
  12. Mostly Pix - Master-Made

    Lovely examples folks. There's something about Masters that says 'sophisticated'.
  13. Mostly Pix - Akro

    That is sweet.
  14. First project - ball run in a box

    I'll be back on it as the weather turns. Too much to do in the garden for my wife to let me play at the moment
  15. Mostly Pix - Akro

    Another with a couple of colours:
  16. A few new creations

  17. International Beer Day

    Bob, but Miller Light is stretching the definition of beer a little Enjoyed a Sierra Nevada Torpedo last night.
  18. Mostly Pix - Akro

    Lovely tones in that one.