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by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: North East Essex (NEEAG)
Topic: NEEAG January meeting.
Replies: 0
Views: 21

NEEAG January meeting.

Our regular monthly evening get together will be held at 7:00 on this coming Thursday, 30th January at the usual venue: The Colchester Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Clubhouse 13a President Road Colchester CO3 9ED Any S4Soc members who would like to see what we get up to are welcome to ...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension
Replies: 14
Views: 524

Re: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension

As Tim says, the w-irons need to be vertical and parallel for the sprung bearing carriers to move freely. I find that I usually have to go through my collection of pin-point bearings to find some that will provide that with whichever axles I am using. Using "deep" bearings with packing was...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 2931

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

Drilling soft materials such as plastic normally calls for a drill with a smaller rake than standard drills. I wonder whether the small diameter drills we use are likely to wander off centre while drilling plastic, even with a jig in use? Drill speed may also have an impact on the accuracy of the dr...
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Tools
Replies: 46
Views: 3044

Re: Tools

Just to re-suggest (agreeing with DT) sets of broaches are a lot more useful and long lasting than a set of drills of every half millimetre increment. The latter just get blunt. I had batches of 0.5 mm and 0.8mm drills. Nice simple vernier is invaluable. Supply of NS or brass or wire of every 0.1 i...
by Jol Wilkinson
Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Tools
Replies: 46
Views: 3044

Re: Tools

Few but good quality, especially files and drills. Cheap micro drill sets are a poor economy in my experience. Cheap files are okay for use on white metal or removing excess solder but, having been down the road of buying too many tools over the years, I now rely on half a dozen Vallorbe or Klein Sw...
by Jol Wilkinson
Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Vehicle dynamics and trackholding
Topic: Masokits Track Defect Detection Vehicle
Replies: 7
Views: 1514

Re: Masokits Track Defect Detection Vehicle

Steve, the Exactoscale wagon or carriage wheels have a short 2mm OD, 1mm ID "stub" in the wheel centre that projects inwards by about 1.7mm. The 1mm axle with the moulded plastic centre "casing tube" is fitted into this stub. This stub might be long enough to provide a running fi...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 202
Views: 25682

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Mike, I also avidly follow your entries in this thread and very much enjoy both the photos and exoplanetary text. Very much looking forward to the continuation of the B1 saga as they are much more to my taste in prototypes and, also, I've got one to do myself. I can sympathise with the chore of fil...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Farther on down the road
Replies: 9
Views: 4117

Re: Farther on down the road

It's a long time since I started this thread and it has been dormant for a long time, despite London Road's extension having been completed and appearing at a number of shows. The first was at Scaleforum in 2013 when it was far from finished and the last at Scaleforum 2019 when it was pretty much co...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 64
Views: 4425

Re: Plywood disaster

My experience with noise levels is similar to Philip's. When building the extension for London Road I found that when testing the track while temporarily held in place with pins there was very little noise, as the track was effectively decoupled from the underlay. When glued down with rubber carpet ...
by Jol Wilkinson
Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Chris Wesson Cellulose Paints
Replies: 13
Views: 1607

Re: Chris Wesson Cellulose Paints

It might be worth spraying up a test price with PPP enamel if you are happy with their colour and taking that to your local supplier to get a colour match. I have done this in the past with LNWR Coach Lake. When spraying cellulose I have also found it important to use good quality "high gloss&q...
by Jol Wilkinson
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR 44xx Kits
Replies: 20
Views: 1730

Re: GWR 44xx Kits

....There was a note that the Mitchell range had gone back to Pete waterman .... I suspect Pete Waterman has many other pressing priorities, so I wouldn't expect any Mitchell kits to reappear any time soon. The Manor kit is unfortunately unlikely ever to reappear; it's my understanding that the art...
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: North East Essex (NEEAG)
Topic: NEEAG September 2019 meeting
Replies: 0
Views: 1634

NEEAG September 2019 meeting

NEEAG's next meeting has been postponed for one week and will now will be held on Thursday 3rd October at 7:00 in the usual venue: The Colchester Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Clubhouse 13a President Road Colchester CO3 9ED We will reviewing progress on the group's Lavenham project, di...
by Jol Wilkinson
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 25954

Re: Scaleforum 2019

That appears to be the A413, not the A41, so those travelling around the M25 from the East shouldn't be affected. Other than, that is, by the usual clog up at certain times where the A41 dual carriageway joins the old Aston Clinton Road a couple of miles outside Aylesbury centre.
by Jol Wilkinson
Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Chassis kits for CSB
Replies: 37
Views: 3412

Re: Chassis kits for CSB

Julian,

why don't you ask Chris Gibbons, he will know.

Jol
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 113
Views: 14798

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

Hi Dave, I have a 60ft turntable etch from LRM which I started to assemble a couple of weeks ago after it had been sat on my work bench for some time. However having checked the main girders on the etch I find them not deep enough by 2mm. The Cowans Sheldon drawing I provided shows the girder plate...
by Jol Wilkinson
Thu Jul 25, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: North East Essex (NEEAG)
Topic: NEEAG July 2019 meeting
Replies: 0
Views: 1277

NEEAG July 2019 meeting

NEEAG's next meeting will be held on Thursday 25th July at 7:00 in the usual venue: The Colchester Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Clubhouse 13a President Road Colchester CO3 9ED Since the last meeting, several members attended the Tendring Show (effectively the Essex County Show), in su...
by Jol Wilkinson
Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.
Replies: 40
Views: 3832

Re: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.

There is nothing to stop a kit designer taking a holistic approach to their work and provide the modeller with a kit that 'just goes together' The fact that they don't, seems to me, a lot to do with a 'this is the way we have always done it' attitude together with the economics of sourcing wheels e...
by Jol Wilkinson
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.
Replies: 40
Views: 3832

Re: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.

Providing a solution that meets everyone's best interests isn't so easy. Having designed a number of 4mm loco kits and assisted a supplier of etched kits at shows for too many years, I have become aware of the modeller's needs, wants, foibles and concerns. For those with experience of kit building a...
by Jol Wilkinson
Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.
Replies: 40
Views: 3832

Re: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.

You have to build this into the chassis when you construct it. I think it is poor practice from frame designers that this feature is not included in their kits. It does result in a lot of extra work for the constructor. Tim, if designer/manufacturers didn't have the commercial need to take into acc...
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 62
Views: 5176

Re: Track cleaning

Xylene was a constituent of Floquil paint and apparently the reason it was discontinued.
by Jol Wilkinson
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 96
Views: 18811

Re: Resistance Soldering

Michael, the RSU's on Ebay at present are all from the USA and mostly of the expensive American Beauty brand. For those who prefer to do their own thing and save money, there are various websites and forums describing how to make RSUs from car battery chargers, microwave ovens, etc. Otherwise there ...
by Jol Wilkinson
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: laser welding
Replies: 11
Views: 1191

Re: laser welding

Alan, despite appearing in a search for "jewellry laser welder" the ones from Cooksongold are, on further viewing, described as pulse arc welder, so possibly not laser technology. This is the least expensive they list; https://www.cooksongold.com/Jewellery-Tools/Orion-Mpulse-Welder-30-prco...
by Jol Wilkinson
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: laser welding
Replies: 11
Views: 1191

Re: laser welding

A quick web search turned up one LW unit from China for £150. However, you need to wear an Arc Welding helmet when using it, which may reduce its usefulness for our needs. Cooksongold do list one, which looks rather more suited to the amateur model maker/jeweller, but at £2300 it may be beyond most ...
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon May 27, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: RAILEX 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 7326

Re: RAILEX 2019

Tim,

I believe that the venue is now managed by Serco, who have a policy of not replacing failed lighting units. It was noticeably dim on Friday evening during set up without layouts and trader lighting to add some brightness.

Jol
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon May 20, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Show attacked
Replies: 33
Views: 3501

Re: Show attacked

The event has attracted a remarkable amount of national media interest. BBC R4 6 p.m. News had what was probably the most grown up handling of it, while Sky News dealt with it in a positive, grown up, way. Jeremy Vine's Radio 2 lunchtime Radio 2 programme also featured a piece in which Tim Watson of...

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