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About MEM => Introduce Yourself => Topic started by: Muddy Rutter on March 18, 2019, 01:41:23 PM

Title: Hello from Surrey, UK
Post by: Muddy Rutter on March 18, 2019, 01:41:23 PM
Hi All,

I joined the forum last year but have been lurking for a while. I am building a Westbury Wyvern engine and was brought here initially by Rod (Tangler's) Wyvern build and more recently David (deltatango's) blog.

My working life started in the Merchant Navy when I was 16 and I am now a retired plumber & heating engineer. I could have retired about four years ago when I was 65 but chose to keep working which meant that I could buy and restore some machinery and build a workshop. I will be posting pictures of this later when I have some photos.

As a schoolboy I used to avidly read the library copy of Model Engineer cover to cover and could only dream of model engineering. I am grateful now to have a well equipped workshop and be able to actually build something - it's not often in life that one gets to have dreams come true!

I am really impressed with the quality of the work on this forum, its international membership and the welcome given to newcomers.

Nick
Title: Re: Hello from Surrey, UK
Post by: Roger B on March 18, 2019, 01:57:01 PM
Welcome to the Forum  :ThumbsUp:  :ThumbsUp: I'm glad you have decided to become active  :)
Title: Re: Hello from Surrey, UK
Post by: Jo on March 18, 2019, 02:47:26 PM
 :hi: Nick

Will the Wyvern be your first engine or have you built others in the past?

Jo
Title: Re: Hello from Surrey, UK
Post by: b.lindsey on March 18, 2019, 02:54:45 PM
Welcome Nick. Looking forward to seeing your shop and the Wyvern, when you can.

Bill
Title: Re: Hello from Surrey, UK
Post by: Kim on March 18, 2019, 08:19:45 PM
Hi Nick,
Welcome!  Glad you decided to post :)
As others have said, I'm looking forward to seeing your Wyvern!
Kim
Title: Re: Hello from Surrey, UK
Post by: Don1966 on March 19, 2019, 01:27:29 AM
Welcome to the forum Nick!



 :hi:
Don


Title: Re: Hello from Surrey, UK
Post by: Dave Otto on March 19, 2019, 12:16:26 PM
Hi Nick, welcome to MEM!

Dave
Title: Re: Hello from Surrey, UK
Post by: cnr6400 on March 19, 2019, 12:19:59 PM
Welcome Nick!
Title: Re: Hello from Surrey, UK
Post by: RayW on March 19, 2019, 01:25:42 PM
Hi Nick,
Welcome to another Wyvern builder from the South East (I am in Kent). This is my engine. It was my first attempt at building from castings and really taught me a lot. Looking forward to your photos and video in due course.

Title: Re: Hello from Surrey, UK
Post by: Tom1948 on March 19, 2019, 08:00:02 PM
Welcome. I am about the same age. Lots of guys that are into this hobby are retired
Title: Re: Hello from Surrey, UK
Post by: Muddy Rutter on March 20, 2019, 06:45:42 AM
Thank you everyone for the warm welcome, which is much appreciated.

When I finished the workshop about three years ago I started building a 5" Sweet Pea loco and got as far as a rolling chassis. I didn't use laser cut frames, preferring to learn by marking it all out by hand. Typical me I just dived in feet first with no previous experience of metal machining and learned a lot in the process.

I decided not to continue with the Sweet Pea for a variety of reasons and decided on a Wyvern about this time last year. I am hoping to get soem photos up this week.

Regards, Nick
Title: Re: Hello from Surrey, UK
Post by: deltatango on March 20, 2019, 08:05:04 AM
Hi Nick, Glad to see you come out of the woodwork!

Welcome to the forum and I look forward to seeing the workshop pics and following progress on the Wyvern.

David
Title: Re: Hello from Surrey, UK
Post by: Art K on March 20, 2019, 02:12:28 PM
Nick,
Welcome to the forum. I think you will find a great, helpful bunch of folks here.
Art