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by Guy Rixon
Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Area Groups
Topic: Area Groups and Zoom
Replies: 20
Views: 744

Re: Area Groups and Zoom

Using the free account, once the initial 40 minutes ends, the meeting host is able to log back in and revive the meeting, such that the others can rejoin within a few minutes. It doesn't seem to require re-inviting the participants.
by Guy Rixon
Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Socially-distanced challenge: SER 27' close-coupled stock
Replies: 15
Views: 3998

Re: Socially-distanced challenge: SER 27' close-coupled stock

After a long hiatus, the brake parts are back from the printers and seem good to me. IMG_2025.JPG IMG_1319.JPG One print gives enough assemblies for four axles, so the cost is about £4 per coach before adding shipping. Not cheap, but for me it's worth it firstly because I am rubbish at assembling cl...
by Guy Rixon
Wed Nov 11, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Bill Bedford underframe.
Replies: 10
Views: 699

Re: Bill Bedford underframe.

I haven't built this underframe kit, but I did build a similar BB underframe that looks to have the same basic design. I'm basing these remarks on the fret image shown on the Eileen's site. If I'm reading this right, the parts bearing the axleguards locate laterally against the folded-up spring supp...
by Guy Rixon
Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Bill Bedford underframe.
Replies: 10
Views: 699

Re: Bill Bedford underframe.

It seems to carry the LNER's standard rigging for fitted wagons. That means: - probably not a pre-grouping vehicle; - probably not built after the mid '30s, when the wheelbase standard changed to 10'; - probably not built at Shildon, where wooden frames were normal until quite late. The LNER had qui...
by Guy Rixon
Tue Nov 10, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Scale Length Conversions
Replies: 34
Views: 1131

Re: Scale Length Conversions

Thanks John, that's nice and neat and saves some mental arithmetic. It's traditional at this stage of the software life-cycle to respond with suggestions for extra features, so if I may? 1. It would be nice to distinguish 2FS (1:152.3) from British N, and possibly to add European/American N. Working...
by Guy Rixon
Sun Nov 08, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon Identity
Replies: 12
Views: 528

Re: Wagon Identity

The large fittings on the wagon door, which are also present further along the sides, look like bobbins for attaching ropes. These are seen clearly in Plate 76 of Southern Wagons v3 (showing a D1347), albeit in a different distribution along the side.
by Guy Rixon
Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon Identity
Replies: 12
Views: 528

Re: Wagon Identity

If the grey wagon is intended for the SECR, then it's probably a model of (SR) diagram D1345, which was the last open design of the Wainwright period. They were 16' o/h on a Fox pressed-steel frame of 9' w/b, 5 planks in the sides and with the vertical braces in the doors and the sheet rail. The bra...
by Guy Rixon
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: 17/18 October - Missenden Virtual Autumn Weekend
Replies: 10
Views: 1118

Re: 17/18 October - Missenden Virtual Autumn Weekend

Where is the page pictured in this thread? Doesn't seem to be on, or associated with the link given.
by Guy Rixon
Wed Sep 23, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Boiler Bands
Replies: 14
Views: 1301

Re: Boiler Bands

If you don't fancy the home-printed waterslide transfers (some brands of paper are awkward to use with inkjets, apparently), you could print onto self-adhesive labels and then varnish them.
by Guy Rixon
Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Lathe Work
Topic: Toyo ML1: any use?
Replies: 6
Views: 612

Re: Toyo ML1: any use?

Thanks for all the advice. The opening bid is £100, which is worth a punt, and collection from Welwyn is OK for me (if Covid restrictions allow). I shall probably bid minimum on if if nobody else shows interest.
by Guy Rixon
Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Lathe Work
Topic: Toyo ML1: any use?
Replies: 6
Views: 612

Toyo ML1: any use?

There is a Toyo ML1 lathe currently for sale on eBay. Some commentary on the internet suggests that this is original design produced by Toyo to support their manufacture of cameras; i.e. it was designed to work, not to extract money from fools like me. I have never had a lathe and was considering bu...
by Guy Rixon
Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: andrewnummelin
Topic: Little & Large - The Socially-Distanced Challenge
Replies: 33
Views: 6030

Re: Little & Large - The Socially-Distanced Challenge



This video, around 8:00, shows making a spring from scratch.
by Guy Rixon
Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Vehicle dynamics and trackholding
Topic: Wheel loading
Replies: 1
Views: 1023

Re: Wheel loading

See also the previous derailment in Lewisham, a few years ago, where a bogie wagon came off because of a twisted bogie and a sharp curve.
by Guy Rixon
Fri Aug 21, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Branchlines SER/SECR Class O kit
Replies: 17
Views: 1591

Re: Branchlines SER/SECR Class O kit

I don't know what you would do to strengthen the chassis topline, though, but providing more metal above the hornblock positions would be a start. I would be inclined to solder on brass angle, but I fear that if added inside the frames it might conflict with the suspension. Presumably it could be a...
by Guy Rixon
Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Bill Bedford 3D wagon kits
Replies: 17
Views: 2171

Re: Bill Bedford 3D wagon kits

... I might still try the hot/cold water treatment on them, unless someone tells me they will dissolve into messy plastic puddles). It would help if Bill could tell us what kind of resin he's used. I assume it's some kind of polyurethane, but I don't know which grade. It should have a spec sheet on...
by Guy Rixon
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Solder paint
Replies: 13
Views: 1787

Re: Solder paint

If the flux in the paste was a solution, then would it not be sufficient just to add water?
by Guy Rixon
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Socially-distanced challenge: SER 27' close-coupled stock
Replies: 15
Views: 3998

Re: Socially-distanced challenge: SER 27' close-coupled stock

The coach has been turned purple at the second attempt. The first go was trashed at the varnishing stage by a busted airbrush-nozzle and only turned the air blue. Pictures when I get back to base. Meanwhile, from exile, brakes: Screen Shot 2020-07-11 at 10.16.59.png The etches in the kit have blocks...
by Guy Rixon
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Suspension for bogie coaches
Replies: 28
Views: 2748

Re: Suspension for bogie coaches

Looking at the assembly sequence for the Brassmasters bogies, I'm wondering about the best way to paint them. It seems there is soldering to do after fittings the wheels, suggesting that painting comes after assembly. This might require masking of the wheels (Mansell pre-painted as varnished wood), ...
by Guy Rixon
Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chivers Kits Return...
Replies: 18
Views: 2450

Re: Chivers Kits Return...

Has anybody a list of their kits from the previous incarnation of the business? They're asking for votes for reintroductions, but I don't know what moulds they have.
by Guy Rixon
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Suspension for bogie coaches
Replies: 28
Views: 2748

Re: Suspension for bogie coaches

If any kit does not include any type of suspension and if I subsequently decide that I do want suspension is it possible to retro fit? Please excuse me if this is a silly question. If you might want later to fit springs between bogie and body, you need enough vertical space for a little movement. S...
by Guy Rixon
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Suspension for bogie coaches
Replies: 28
Views: 2748

Re: Suspension for bogie coaches

My take is that the real thing had springs between the axleboxes and the bogie frame, and between the bogie frames and the body. If you cannot, or do not want to see the difference, then why bother? Personally, I find the difference worth the extra work. Some real things do not have the springs bet...
by Guy Rixon
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: andrewnummelin
Topic: Little & Large - The Socially-Distanced Challenge
Replies: 33
Views: 6030

Re: Little & Large - The Socially-Distanced Challenge

A while ago you asked about print special wheel-centres. It's certainly possible and might also be feasible if the right material can be selected. First off, I suspect that the resins commonly used in desktop printers that have become popular are not quite what is needed. My experience of these part...
by Guy Rixon
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Socially-distanced challenge: SER 27' close-coupled stock
Replies: 15
Views: 3998

Re: Socially-distanced challenge: SER 27' close-coupled stock

IMG_8252.JPG The brake-3rd now has a roof, by a different method to what I'd originally planned. The roof is made from the wooden section in the kit, heavily sanded down to fit the etched profile and to accommodate gutter strips, the latter from 0.020" x 0.060" styrene strip. The wooden p...
by Guy Rixon
Sun Jun 07, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Spraying Lifecolor
Replies: 33
Views: 3307

Re: Spraying Lifecolor

Just found this thread. I have been using the Lifecolour rail weathering set for ages all across Cadhay and it's all been fine, thinned either with water or acrylic thinner. Horror of horrors I actually let some dry completely in my (best!!) airbrush at one point. Thinking back someone had rung the...
by Guy Rixon
Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Spraying Lifecolor
Replies: 33
Views: 3307

Re: Spraying Lifecolor

Acrylic varnish over enamel has worked for me in the past, so I don't see why acrylic paint over enamel should go wrong, especially water-thinned acrylics. I suspect that acrylic washes and dry-brushing work less well on glossy surfaces, independent of the paint chemistry. I know that water-based ac...

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