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  1. As said above, qc is increasingly becoming a thing of the past. My employer built their reputation on the quality of the finished product, but as the company has increased in size and demand for our products gets greater every day, the required standard has been reduced. Training and improvement of staff has been steadily worsening over the last few years, as overheads were reduced meaning we could only attract less skilled workers, with the inevitable effect on output. The company target used to be 99% passing qc, its now 95%, and the criteria for passing has been downgraded too. When I started 10 years ago, there were 3 full time qc technicians out of 40 staff, there's now 2 full and one part time out of 125 staff. Also, to attain 'expert' status, you were supposed to complete 7 years service with at least 5 years out of the 7 attaining the 99% pass rate. Now you are considered an expert after 4, pass rate 95%. A lot of the time served guys are absolutely devastated by what has happened and staff turnover has never been higher.
  2. Yes, subaru discontinued it pretty quickly. They now turbocharge that engine (as seen in the levorg) with the auto box that is much more usable. Shame, as the rest of the car is spot on.
  3. Not sure if Alan is still running the fortnightly shoot at watery Lane near Litcham. Haven't been for a few years, but he always showed some good targets.
  4. Grew up on a farm, roaming the hedgerows with an air rifle when I should have been at school. Fishing and netting in the stream which ran along the boundary. Waking up early and listening to the birdsong. I miss that place, all been built on now.
  5. So easy to criticise, and I'm sure you and others like you will always find a way to continue to do nothing and fail to find ways to fight our corner. At the moment, the long term plan is to keep fiddling while Rome burns. Shooting will never get good PR, no matter how angelic we are.
  6. I've no idea but then I'm not a lawyer. But seeing as people are suing other people all the time for all sorts of things, surely it wouldnt take much for some clever barrister to dream up a scenario where they could pursue the group or the individuals and tie them up in court for as long as it took to ruin them financially. I don't think the crowd funded money would last as long as BASCs 'fighting fund'. The major difference between us and them is that they fight dirty and we do not.
  7. Been saying this for ages. You can't negotiate with terrorists, there is no middle ground. Sadly the damage is done now, the appeasement was never going to work, and instead of going after them as aggressively as they have gone after us, we have let them gain too much ground. What was the point of the likes of basc schmoozing with MPs who couldn't give a fig, whilst sitting on millions which could have been spent bankrupting these loudmouth bullies with the same lawfare tactics they have employed so successfully against us.
  8. I've just bought (this week) a stihl RM248 online from world of power for £233. Replacing my 30+ year old Atco Admiral wasn't an easy task, but I think this could be a worthy successor. They do a self propelled model (the 248t) for about £40 more. The blurb says its good for 1200sq meters, so would probably do what you need. I have only used it once but its impressed me so far.
  9. Don't get too hung up on tank size, 50l is plenty enough for home use. Free air delivery measured in Cubic ft/min (cfm) is more important. To do most shed tasks comfortably you will want over 9cfm. Most DIY compressors will only go up to 11cfm anyway, above that you'll be looking at 3 phase mains machines or ones with big hp petrol or diesel generators. I got mine in a sale at machine mart, a sealey bandit 50. Does all I need it to (belt sanding, cutting disc etc). Sgs engineering do good home use ones, I get a lot of tools from there now, search online for them.
  10. Personally, I don't think it matters what we as a group say or do, it won't make the slightest bit of difference. The time to stand our ground went by a long time ago and we have been fighting unsuccessful rearguard actions ever since just delaying the inevitable. The rights and wrongs of this potential legislation and how they apply to shooting are immaterial, as our detractors will find a way to use it as another stick to beat us with no matter what we say otherwise, they always do. As alluded to above, facts should be used to win the argument, but we now exist in an age where feelings and emotions are far more important and you may as well scream into the void as try and win an argument using logic and reason. We could try yet more appeasement, but its not getting us anywhere, just more self inflicted wounds in the death by 1000 cuts we are subjecting ourselves to on a daily basis. If we had been more vociferous in defending what we do when we had some sway, we probably wouldn't be where we are now, but who knows? With our lobbying groups looking after their own interests and being infiltrated by the very people looking to destroy us rather than coming together and fighting a united front, we don't have a chance now. Sorry to be so downbeat, but make the most of it while we are still allowed to do what we do, cos it won't be here much longer.
  11. Bit late to the party, but I too love my a612. Thousands of rounds through it now and absolutely no complaints. Another chalk farm regular....
  12. I work in F1. Been working with composites (mostly carbon fibre) for years. As to the original question, there are many expensive cleaning agents you can use, but we often use isopropynol or methylated spirits to remove heavy soiling. If it is lacquered, this might not be appropriate, but carbon will stand up to vigorous scrubbing, so as also suggested, warm soapy water will do a job. The dust (not just from the carbon but also the resin) is highly toxic. When I first started in the industry, trimmers would often work all day with flimsy paper masks on, no gloves and wearing housecoats. Constant pressure has lead to us now having airfed full head masks, tyvek boilersuits, kevlar gloves etc. Too little too late. 90% of the products we use are extremely toxic, from contact adhesive to mould sealer. If it didn't pay so well, I would have got out years ago.
  13. For any of the pw crew in the mid Norfolk area, I'm seeing large flocks now on the rape and new drilling, near Dereham I saw upwards of 300 get up off a large field of poor looking rape, and just north of Wymondham at least 200 on some spring barley drilling. The birds are about in bigger numbers than I have seen for a long while.
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