It's my firm belief that the secret to long life and happiness is to keep learning, discovering new ideas and building new skills. This is a place where I hope to share many of my hobbies and interests, and hopefully encourage others with creative and enquiring minds to have a go as well.
Stub Mandrel is Neil Wyatt, amateur model maker and astrophotographer, over-enthusiastic bass player, and Chartered Environmentalist.
LATEST UPDATE: Changing the Bearings on a Mini Lathe
Image(s) of the Month for October 2021: The Threadgate Star Party.
Something a bit different this month, a selection of my images from a very special star party organised by a bunch of astro rebels - You know who you are folks! 😎
The Elephant's Trunk Nebula:
Bubble Nebula and Friends:
Triangulum Galaxy, M33:
Nightscape (single exposure with Samsung Galaxy A51):
The Milky Way (Single exposure with Samsung Galaxy A51):
So far the topics covered by this website concentrate on four main areas:
Model engineering - the making of working models essentially using the same materials and techniques as the prototypes.
Metalworking workshop - not just for model engineering, all sorts of hobby engineering
Projects - mostly boats so far, but I will be adding other stuff! All the things that aren't mostly made of metal.
Astronomy - a hobby that offers opportunities for photographic, engineering and electronic projects while also opening my eyes to the vastness and variety of the universe.
That's not everything though, I will be adding reviews of some of my favourite music, and perhaps a few of my own tunes, some of my photography, and you will also find the obscure Adept Lathe Register on these pages.