I think that this would be an asset to all exhibitors and help to improve further the running quality of exhibition layouts.
Tony mentions that he is “tempted to make a gauge out of steel to improve the setting accuracy one more step up.”
Now, I certainly do not have the engineering skills of Tony to confidently make an accurate gauge myself so wondered if this could be an opportunity for some entrepreneur to consider producing said accurate gauge for us mortals. Fancy a production line Tony?
Tim V wrote:Here is mine, I knocked it up in a few minutes
That's a Studiolith BB gauge.
Mike Garwood wrote:Tony
Count me in as well, very, very interested in the concept. Thought the article in snooze was excellent...but I have to ask - what is the mechanism by which the axles are held in the bogies/wagons, is there a common thread there as well?
Tim V wrote:Hi Tony
Great little tool, the wheels run down the slope, some stop on the gauge but some jump up and run off the end. Certainly works well though.
the fatadder wrote:Sounds a really good concept (will be getting an order sent to S4 stores in the morning!) Looking forward to getting it set up and finding out just how far off the back to back settings on a lot of my stock actually are.
Rod Cameron wrote:...horrified when testing a random selection of wheelsets from the cupboard
Rod Cameron wrote:Just got mine from Stores and made it up on Saturday - horrified when testing a random selection of wheelsets from the cupboard! This could well be one of those 'can't do without' pieces of kit, up there with the choc-block track gauge.
Have yet to try it with wheels already in vehicles, will do at DRAG tonight, but I feel that's going to be less convenient to do.
But well done from me Tony!
Russ Elliott wrote:Rod Cameron wrote:...horrified when testing a random selection of wheelsets from the cupboard
Rod - for the wheels that come to rest in the 'right area' of the gravity gauge, how do those wheels feel like in a conventional back-to-back gauge?
modelmaker87 wrote:The gauge is not designed to be used with finished stock. I know it can be used that way ...
Rod Cameron wrote:This is going to vary with the exact dimension of the conventional gauge of course.
I wonder how many gauge problems are really down to measuring across the whole of the inner face where it could be significantly undergauge because of the inserts.
Russ Elliott wrote:Rod Cameron wrote:This is going to vary with the exact dimension of the conventional gauge of course.
How thick is the plate in Tony's gravity gauge?
modelmaker87 wrote:Russ Elliott wrote: How thick is the plate in Tony's gravity gauge?
I called for ground stock Max 0.047" (1.193mm) Min 0.044" (1.117mm) Steel supplier came up with alternative of 0.043" (1.092mm), which I accepted.
Bob Ellis wrote:[color=#0000BF]The instructions recommend mounting the gauge on a piece of styrene or plasticard to provide smooth running and fixing this onto "a piece of stable and smooth timber". A simpler method, in my opinion, is to dispense with the styrene and wood and mount the gauge instead on a piece of tufnol carp of suitable dimensions, which can be bought on eBay at a reasonable cost if you don't have one to hand. Mine was 340mm x 60mm x 10mm and cost £4.30.
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