Bench fighting in the modern world.

I'm currently teaching bench fighting to a load of 14-18 year olds (we call it hand skills these days) but I cant find a decent bit of literature on it. I remember when I was taught it back in SEME not that long ago, they produced a decent precis on the subject. It included reading a micrometer, securing devices, thread types, that sort of jazz. If anyone could get hold of a copy and possibly email me some scannned images or photocopy it and chuck it in the post, I would be more that willing to meet any costs incurred. Any ideas on stuff to fabricate would be most welcome too as the current plans we use are looking a bit old fashioned.
Anything from the last, say 15 years would be ideal.
Perhaps it's a tougher version of chair fighting.

Well if you've got to explain it....... Never mind, bench "fitting".
Perhaps it would be worth getting in touch with the technical side of SEME to see if they can lend a hand and send over some information.
Spoiler: This post is unhelpful; don't expect the answer to slap you on the arse as you read it.

Don't bother trying to get anything out of SEME, they're programmed to self destruct if anyone still in uniform asks for info. God only knows what'll happen if a civvy askspresumably it'll be a Matrix stylee reset of the whole mainframe.

Sorry but all my old SEME precis went up in the Donningon blaze. Good kindling...


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Is this something to do with FIGS - Fighting in Gyms and Sportshalls?


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No, that is fighting in a trench.

Or even frightening a tench,i'm so confused.
No, that is fighting a fish. A novel concept but a mate of mine had a right ruck with a giant fish in the Volga. Or so he claims. I think the **** drowned because he was pissed as a rat. But in Russia they do not have CSE's so we will never know.

To the OP... try this lot. And prepare to be bored. Some of them own sheds.

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Just give them hammer


Nothing wrong with stationary engines. At least you know that you can walk away from it to have a beer and it'll still be in the same field when you get back.
Surely any tech college would help you out, try the National School of Blacksmithing at Holme Lacey near Hereford - they teach general fitting, or Warwick College do a simiar thing.

Or there'll be books aplenty written by proper craftsmen, usually just after they retired.

T'TIDS idea isn't a daft one, that or the railway restoration bunch or the traction engine lunatics.


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Nothing wrong with stationary engines. At least you know that you can walk away from it to have a beer and it'll still be in the same field when you get back.
You have not met my Blackstone 16hp hot bulb engine have you? Turn your back for a moment and the ****** will be rocking up in Coventry.

But the OP makes a good point. One of the firms I have an interest in maintains and repairs centrifugal equipment. That is big pumps. If they go down the whole job goes down. Which can cost an eye-watering sum per hour.

So we do predictive maintenance. We agree a schedule. Shut down, go in and service the pumps.

Problem is, 60% of the work force are Polish. Because they can wield a spanner. Which is pretty well what is needed. The Brit apprentices we take on appear to be filling in time until somebody can spot that they are the new David Beckham. Or Jordan. Or they can get onto X-Factor.


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Try drawing them some diagrams in a colouring-book.
After induction they are issued with tablets. A wi-fi connection enables them to check off a tick-list which is downloaded to the mainframe and linked into QA and QI protocols. Which is whacked across to the numpty sitting in front of a screen in the fat controllers office. Who may or may not, press the big red button.

This is a complex and multi disciplined operation requiring absolute precision.

My chaps tend not to do colouring books.


There's your problem, right there. Too much technology. I bet you'll find them texting their bankers back in Warsaw when they should be spannering.

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