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by nigelcliffe
Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 40
Views: 2293

Re: Plywood disaster

Options I can see: 1) Wait for it to dry. 2) Wait for it to dry, but also add weights to flatten it. 3) Glue some matching foam on the other side with similar quantity of glue (as one does with plasticard to even out warping) 4) Make a vertical piece to glue to the underside, to form a T-section bea...
by nigelcliffe
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Exactoscale wheels and axles.
Replies: 7
Views: 819

Re: Exactoscale wheels and axles.

Yes, 601 and 603 are available. 601 is expensive, and overkill for the job. 603 a more sensible price, and arguably a saner choice. Its holding a plastic model train wheel on a metal axle, not fixing a bit to a full sized airliner. So, if lacking 601/603, then I'd use varnish, shellac, runny supergl...
by nigelcliffe
Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: LNER Y6
Replies: 16
Views: 5108

Re: LNER Y6

don't really know what I'm talking about .... but what about 3d printing (Bill Bedford) and the made to order wheel rims from Ultra scale? Clearly possible. Bill Bedford is one of several possible routes. David Lane (Big Cheese Plant) has shown wheel generation CAD software, various people have sho...
by nigelcliffe
Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR 44xx Kits
Replies: 20
Views: 1393

Re: GWR 44xx Kits

The ones you mention are not in the same league as the Mitchell - would be like buying a 1970's Triang against this year's Hornby releases. Placing a "wanted ad" in Scalefour News and/or MRJ, or searching ebay and other s/hand sales outlets may be a better bet: the vast majority of loco ki...
by nigelcliffe
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Armstrong Whitworth Demonstrator
Replies: 3
Views: 435

Re: Armstrong Whitworth Demonstrator

The models are rather nice - or they will be if assembled like the test examples Chris had at Workshop Wise in Northumberland a few weeks ago.

From a very quick measuring, there is room for sound chip, speaker, etc.. in the bonnet area.


- Nigel
by nigelcliffe
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control
Replies: 26
Views: 2000

Re: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control

I think I'd want to see a bit of medium term testing of the motor. Run it up/down the speed range, bit of low speed crawling, and attempting to simulate train load for a few days. What worries me is the product description of "precious metal brushes". That can mean all sorts of things, but...
by nigelcliffe
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Movement detector?
Replies: 9
Views: 912

Re: Movement detector?

Beam-breaking IR detector would seem to be pretty simple - needs a transmitting IR LED and receiving device. Plus power and an indicator (a visible LED) somewhere. Just check that the beam is broken by your stock, some plastics can be transparent to some wavelengths. Typical components need a 5v DC ...
by nigelcliffe
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23224

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Tony W wrote:
Captain Kernow wrote:
If you're that short of material, why not just tell everyone that you need more articles for the journal?

You mean a whole album of alternative lyrics? :D

Tony


You may regret that.... I often end up with alternative lyrics to songs whilst doing something else.
by nigelcliffe
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23224

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Tim V wrote:
nigelcliffe wrote:If you're going to The Scaleforum
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
……….


Can I put this in the News?


Yes, if you want to use it.
It isn't that good - scope to improve the syllable stress patterns.


- Nigel
by nigelcliffe
Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23224

Re: Scaleforum 2019

If you're going to The Scaleforum Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair If you're going to The Scaleforum You're gonna meet some model people there For those who come to The Scaleforum Autumntime will be a compensated affair In the aisles of The Scaleforum Model people with flowers in their hair...
by nigelcliffe
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Track Laying
Replies: 32
Views: 2988

Re: Track Laying

I know this is still "test bench", but before starting layout track-laying, I suggest experimenting with ballasting techniques. There are basically two approaches: ballast before or after fitting the chairs (and rails). The are advantages of ballasting with just sleepers in place - clearin...
by nigelcliffe
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Wheel cleaning
Replies: 11
Views: 1046

Re: Wheel cleaning

My hobby horses include this alongside track cleaning, see another thread. I have used a number of methods over the years and found all to have drawbacks. I met Matthias from Germany last weekend at the superb Perth show. He was launching his machine which uses a cunning jiggler to rub wheel treads...
by nigelcliffe
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Railmotors, Railcars and Multiple Units
Topic: Why the big windows?
Replies: 23
Views: 3922

Re: Why the big windows?

philip-griffiths wrote:The one scene looked like Blencathra.


Nah, its the Gog Magog near Cambridge (which is slightly off-route for Norwich). If you get the camera angle right, it can look a bit like the lake district :-)
by nigelcliffe
Tue May 21, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters J94
Replies: 42
Views: 4310

Re: Brassmasters J94

Very Nice Jim, :thumb If it comes with the full motion, even if it does not operate that's great. I have just been making dummy ones, the main part you notice below the boiler is the large balance weight which moves according to the setting of the gears for forward and reverse motion. In DCC and us...
by nigelcliffe
Thu May 09, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: DCC
Topic: DCC Bus Wire
Replies: 10
Views: 3101

Re: DCC Bus Wire

One small detail on the MERG DCO - if you have a RailCom based command station, you need the alternative firmware in the DCO's processor, otherwise it doesn't work with RailCom being present. You can turn off RailCom in the command station, but then loose the features it offers. With the alternative...
by nigelcliffe
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: problems making wagon brakes
Replies: 8
Views: 1311

Re: problems making wagon brakes

I wouldn't rule out 3D printing. I've been experimenting with iMaterialise.com, and their stainless steel option. [...] One of my friends has produced connecting rods and other chassis parts for a working 1:160 scale narrow gauge locomotive through this method. Interesting! Are there any photos in ...
by nigelcliffe
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: problems making wagon brakes
Replies: 8
Views: 1311

Re: problems making wagon brakes

I wouldn't rule out 3D printing. I've been experimenting with iMaterialise.com, and their stainless steel option. Main cross-section limit is about 0.5mm by 0.5mm (can be less in some cases). Detail is much finer than that. Provided you can keep the total volume of component and supporting/surroundi...
by nigelcliffe
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: 2019 S4 North
Replies: 37
Views: 6575

Re: 2019 S4 North

Is Terry studying the results on his pools coupon ?
..... Rolvenden 3, United Mills 3


- Nigel
by nigelcliffe
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Mini Cutting Broaches
Replies: 5
Views: 2738

Re: Mini Cutting Broaches

if Cousin's won't play ball, then their competitors Cooksongold may have something suitable.
by nigelcliffe
Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: flywheels or DCC - Oops
Replies: 6
Views: 812

Re: flywheels or DCC - Oops

I didn't intend "practical patch" to be a negative connotation. Apparently they make a huge helpful difference for sound decoders. (which I don't have). Personally I would opt for small keep alives rather than large. I hate the idea of a heavy fast moving train to be disconnected from it'...
by nigelcliffe
Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: flywheels or DCC - Oops
Replies: 6
Views: 812

Re: flywheels or DCC - Oops

With DCC there is another choice: use the space for a mechanical flywheel or use the space for an electronic flywheel (aka "stay alive module"). The electronic version can work when the motor is stationary (see Zimo's very clever "nudge the loco along when it looses power on stopping...
by nigelcliffe
Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: flywheels or DCC - Oops
Replies: 6
Views: 812

Re: flywheels or DCC - Oops

Just wanted to make a small clarification. It's bemf that controls motors well without flywheels, not DCC per se. You can have bemf on DC controllers and DCC decoders without bemf - although nowadays its almost standard on newer DCC decoders. However if you want closed loop motor absolute speed and...
by nigelcliffe
Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: best insulation material in loco?
Replies: 4
Views: 1111

Re: best insulation material in loco?

I'm forced to put a DCC chip next to a tiny Mashima motor because of the small size of a loco. Any suggestions for an effective insulating material that will be no more than a millimeter or so thick to separate them and keep the chip as cool as possible? I use Tamiya masking tape. If there is space...
by nigelcliffe
Sat Dec 22, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Any Wheel and size!
Replies: 79
Views: 11064

Re: Any Wheel and size!

I think form-tools are over-stated in their usefulness. Unless doing an awful lot of rims, and owning a very rigid lathe, they're not going to give you any benefit over a conventional tool held at the appropriate angles. The coning angle can be set on a top-slide on all but the most basic of lathes....
by nigelcliffe
Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Any Wheel and size!
Replies: 79
Views: 11064

Re: Any Wheel and size!

The tyres on an AG wheels are indeed an interference fit from the back, just how much of an interference fit has changed over the years. In the good old days there was a fair bit of criticism about tyres falling off ie being a loose fit. Colin Seymour has done something about this and the fit is no...

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