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by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 174
Views: 21263

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: 3904

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: 34
Views: 1934

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: 1386

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: 1381

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: 814

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: 23143

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: 2982

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: 109
Views: 13050

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: 1017

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: 3274

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: 3274

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: 3274

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: 4426

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: 17608

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: 977

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: 977

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: 6665

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: 3023

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...
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Keeping those wires and rods in order
Replies: 4
Views: 921

Re: Keeping those wires and rods in order

When buying 12" wire or strip from Hobby Holidays at a show, Phil puts it in clear tubes with black plastic caps to avoid damage. I now have sufficient for all the standard sizes, suitably labelled.
by Jol Wilkinson
Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 96
Views: 17608

Re: Resistance Soldering

David, the price is given in the "Gears, motors, etc., soldering materials and tools" section., £210 complete including probe, leads, etc. The transformers for the LRM unit are manufactured by a company specialising in custom transformers, so ongoing supply of RSUs shouldn't be a problem. ...
by Jol Wilkinson
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 96
Views: 17608

Re: Resistance Soldering

Anyone know a source of suitable transformers that could be pressed into service for resistance soldering ? Dave The subject of building your own RSU to save money has never, as far as I know, identified a suitable, readily available, transformer. Twenty or more years ago Maplin used to sell a 100v...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: North East Essex (NEEAG)
Topic: NEEAG April meeting
Replies: 0
Views: 1259

NEEAG April meeting

NEEAG's next meeting will be held on Thursday 25th April at 7:00 in the usual venue: The Colchester Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Clubhouse 13a President Road Colchester CO3 9ED We will be working on the group's Lavenham project, having a "show and tell" session with members ...
by Jol Wilkinson
Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Miscellany Models
Replies: 7
Views: 1082

Re: Miscellany Models

Mark, those all look great. It might be a good idea to remove the reference to Coopercraft for the axlebox/springs for the present as there seems to be some issues over his ability to supply products, unless you have recent knowledge. Externally sourced parts such as etches and lost wax brass castin...
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon Mar 25, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: North East Essex (NEEAG)
Topic: NEEAG March 2019 meeting
Replies: 0
Views: 691

NEEAG March 2019 meeting

NEEAG's March meeting will be held on Thursday 28 March at 7:00 in the usual venue: The Colchester Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Clubhouse 13a President Road Colchester CO3 9ED In addition to doing a bit more work on our project layout of Lavenham Station set in the the late days of st...

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