Non-subscribers to MEW may have missed the note on the latest directive, 104/2015, from Brussels, one that could have a direct impact on our hobby. In a bid to finally lay to rest the problems converting between imperial and metric units, from 2019 we will instead be using the metric inch or ‘metrinch’. This is exactly 25.6mm long, a figure chosen so that fractions of an inch are nice round metric sizes – five sixteenths of an inch will now be exactly 8mm instead of 7.9375mm, for example. I imagine there will be a grace period, and probably some confusion, while traditional inch measuring kit and materials are phased out in favour of the new metrinch standard, which will be about 2% larger.  For the full story click HERE

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