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kc17/06/2018 17:30:10
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Well Proops sell a 12 inch version of the traditional depth gauge for 6.70 pounds which might be handy for aeromodelling.  Or a 6 inch version for just 3.30 pounds including post and freepost no quibble return.

Edited By kc on 17/06/2018 17:34:17

cymaz17/06/2018 17:32:07
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Posted by Gary Manuel on 17/06/2018 17:21:44:

I'm lucky enough to have a Rabone Chesterman 3 feet straight edge which I use for cutting and drawing straight lines.

My digital vernier has a depth gauge, which I regularly use - but it doesn't go beyond 153.88mm.

Edited By Gary Manuel on 17/06/2018 17:27:44

Have a a look at this

cymaz17/06/2018 17:35:48
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I bought one of these ages ago....wouldn’t be without it.

Gary Manuel17/06/2018 18:12:57
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Lots of useful tools out there. I could use all of the ones above.

Don Fry17/06/2018 19:22:19
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I'm lucky enough to have a pile of 1 metre fence posts for straight edges. Double up as straight weights to hold wing skins down.

Gary Manuel17/06/2018 19:33:15
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Posted by Don Fry on 17/06/2018 19:22:19:

I'm lucky enough to have a pile of 1 metre fence posts for straight edges. Double up as straight weights to hold wing skins down.

They are also quite good for supporting fence panels, or so I'm told wink.

We modellers do get to be quite good at improvising .

Stuart Coyle17/06/2018 23:11:52
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Cheapo rules are cropped at the end. The burr can add 15 thou to the zero, and is not necessarily square to the edge. Good tools are worth paying more for, but finding them these days is not so easy.

Joe Beavis20/06/2018 21:35:48
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I think you have done the best you can on that rule, Gary. Isolated patches of rust like that can go so deep!

People have mentioned digital calipers. Though I normally despise tools that need a battery, sorry, cell to work, I have to admit they are a revelation, and will reliably split a thou. But to split a hair, calipers they are, verniers they are not!

Gary Manuel20/06/2018 21:51:44
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Posted by Joe Beavis on 20/06/2018 21:35:48:

I think you have done the best you can on that rule, Gary. Isolated patches of rust like that can go so deep!

People have mentioned digital calipers. Though I normally despise tools that need a battery, sorry, cell to work, I have to admit they are a revelation, and will reliably split a thou. But to split a hair, calipers they are, verniers they are not!

You are quite right Joe.

Vernier calipers don't need batteries (or cells) - just good eyes.

Tom Sharp 220/06/2018 22:50:47
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God it's getting technical here, next thing is they will be going metric

Engine Doctor21/06/2018 09:37:06
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Hi Gary . You could try giving your rules a quick dip, a couple of minutes or so in a copper plating bath. .Copper acetate for electrolyte and an old piece of copper pipe for anode . The plating will not be attracted to the markings and they will stand out/well against the copper .. Its a bit of faffing about or some may say extreme but if it helps your visibility of the markings its worth it. Loads of vids and info on Youtube. Beware of some of the hillbilly videos as they can be dangerous .

Gary Manuel21/06/2018 10:11:17
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Thanks for the suggestion ED, but they are much more usable now that I've cleaned them up.

I'll make sure they are given the occasional drink of oil in future.

Martyn K21/06/2018 13:30:29
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Posted by cymaz on 17/06/2018 09:24:33:

Gary.....go and treat yourself

I just did - order a 150mm and 300mm - great link - thanks

Martyn

David Ovenden21/06/2018 14:10:36
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Still using my 30yr old Rabone Chesterman and Mitutoyo satin finish stainless steel rule. Still going strong after all the use and abuse they have had! rules 2.jpg

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