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Hi Peter, Nice piece! Darts was a very popular game in that factory I assume!!

By Tony Mould (07/02/2012)

Thanks Peter for another informative instalment about the local machine tool manufacturer CVA/KTM/FMT. I'm sure the older ex employees will find it nostalgic looking back at the products in the pictures. When I started working there in the early 70's, the auto lathes were still manufactured in Brighton and I remember Gil Percy teaching us in the training school how to mill cams for the autos. The die sinking mill still looks a useful machine for a workshop today, ideal for one off and prototyping.

By Michael Brittain (08/02/2012)

I believe the constant throw turret came in with the MK3 NO. 8. I spent six weeks at Hove in the late fifties on secondment as an apprentice. I did look over the wall to watch cricket.

By Ken Jones (09/12/2012)

Thank you for this page, I have just purchased a model 75 lathe which seems to have survived all these years in pretty good condition. It is minus the H drive and has step pulleys in it's place. When I get it home and running I will send you some photos if you wish. Regards Graeme

By Graeme Askew (02/06/2014)

I would love to see the photos:

By Peter Groves (03/06/2014)

Hi. I worked at Eaton Road in the early sixties building TF mills, but they were still building a couple of 1a Lathes. I was told they were the last ones to be made, I am sure my memory is not playing tricks although its a long time ago

By Dennis Fielder (03/06/2014)

You could be correct Dennis, my date of mid 1950's was based on when they appeared to stop promoting it!

By Peter Groves (04/06/2014)

Hi, I was an apprentice 1969 (5yrs) and then worked in the NC Maint dept Hollingbury until 1979.  Anyone else out there remember those days. Saw Gil in Brighton appox 10yrs ago. What a great man to have been taught by, stood me in great stead for my working life.  Some great memories too would love to catch up with anyone who was at K&T in the early 70's. 

Chris Ross (still in engineering in Sussex).

By Chris Roos (15/06/2014)