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by Jol Wilkinson
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Phoenix Paints
Replies: 26
Views: 2405

Re: Phoenix Paints

Horsetan wrote:
Jol Wilkinson wrote:Ref. Sharman Wheels.

They're just selling off the remaining stock. Once they're gone, they're gone. I had the last BR 9F wheels.


It therefore seems odd that they have catalogued what seems to be most, if not all, of the range, including quite a few that I haven't been able to buy for years.
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Aug 04, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Phoenix Paints
Replies: 26
Views: 2405

Re: Phoenix Paints

Ref. Sharman Wheels. The renewed availability of the range of Sharman wheels is a great benefit, especially for those of us who model the pre-group railways. AFAIK, the tyres are turned on a auto lathe, not one of Mike's original Myfords. Mike originally turned the tyres with a locking groove on the...
by Jol Wilkinson
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Motors for locos
Replies: 19
Views: 2098

Re: Motors for locos

An interweb search for Minebea Motors turns up;

https://www.minebeamitsumi.com/english/ ... _6224.html

which would appear to indicate that Minebea and Mitsumi are one and the same. There is a link on their site to their products including small dc brush motors.
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Motors for locos
Replies: 19
Views: 2098

Re: Motors for locos

A search on Ebay for 12 volt micro motors turns up quite a selection such as this which is proving quite popular with the RMwebbers; https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-x-6v-12v-Hobby-motor-Type-030-Micro-Motor-UK-SELLER/254224730014?hash=item3b30f9879e:g:5N4AAOSwiehc0y4f t is important to note that many o...
by Jol Wilkinson
Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Rigid Chassis Locos?
Replies: 70
Views: 5486

Re: Rigid Chassis Locos?

I consider the Markits P4 axles are a poisson rouge. I know that some people use them to build and test chassis with Markits wheels before finally committing to fitting AGW, Ultrascale or other "push on" wheels. Where tolerances are tight (valve gear, splashers, etc.) then it is bad enough...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Announcement thread
Replies: 40
Views: 3335

Re: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Announcement thread

Yes Paul, but some are stacked three or even four high so not so easy to get to. The single garage is literally full and there are still other unopened "domestic" boxes in the house. We ave plenty to get on with in the new (to us) house. We got in paint and other DIY things last week. We h...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Announcement thread
Replies: 40
Views: 3335

Re: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Announcement thread

I need to get a new workshop built first, will that count? If you build a 4mm version of it for planning purposes, then sure. Will it have a model of London Road in there, though? If so, the track gauge of that should be 0.247mm. And just to reassure David Barham, creating drawings of a proposed mo...
by Jol Wilkinson
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Announcement thread
Replies: 40
Views: 3335

Re: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Announcement thread

I need to get a new workshop built first, will that count?
by Jol Wilkinson
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: London Road Models postal charges
Replies: 0
Views: 1004

London Road Models postal charges

John Redrup has revised London Road Models' postal charges , to support customers who are now unable to buy at the shows that LRM usually attend, owing to the Coronavirus outbreak. Orders up to £30 will still be subject to a £2.00 P&P charge, orders over £30 will be sent post free. LRM will shor...
by Jol Wilkinson
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: North East Essex (NEEAG)
Topic: NEEAG meetings suspended!
Replies: 0
Views: 2349

NEEAG meetings suspended!

NEEAG has suspended all meetings until further notice. Partly our own decision but also as the Colchester SMEE has closed the club rooms where we meet, until further notice.

Best wishes to all members of the Society at this difficult time.
by Jol Wilkinson
Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Best wire for collectors
Replies: 14
Views: 2135

Re: Best wire for collectors

Perhaps Mike Sharman knew something from his RAF days?

I generally use PB (strip preferably) with a small brass pad as the contact point. I've also used brass wire and can't say I have noticed a difference.
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: North East Essex (NEEAG)
Topic: NEEAG February meeting
Replies: 0
Views: 1289

NEEAG February meeting

Our regular monthly evening get together will be held at 7:00 on this coming Thursday, 27th February at the usual venue: The Colchester Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Clubhouse 13a President Road Colchester CO3 9ED S4Soc members are welcome to attend and enjoy the tea, coffee and biscui...
by Jol Wilkinson
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: 3D printing track
Replies: 10
Views: 1442

Re: 3D printing track

I think Bill's last sentence probably gives a fair indication of where we are with 3D printing. It is probably comparable to the early days ofetched kits. However, some people don't seem to recognise (or are willing to ) that we are still fairly well down the development/learning curve and that the ...
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: 3D printing track
Replies: 10
Views: 1442

Re: 3D printing track

Apparently SLA resin printing is a rather more "messy" process than the filament technique. The dream of the 3D printer on the desk which produces perfect images of 3D artwork without any "fuss" may be a little way off.
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: A question of colour
Replies: 18
Views: 2736

Re: A question of colour

Blackberry Black was the description given to LNWR locomotive black. According the the LNWR Liveries book, it was simply "drop black", with several coats of varnish. The blackberry hue is thought to be a result of cleaning and final polishing with oily rags. Phoenix Precision Paint's LNWR ...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: North East Essex (NEEAG)
Topic: NEEAG January meeting.
Replies: 0
Views: 1376

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: 54
Views: 4870

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: 6160

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: 5592

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: 5592

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: 4632

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: 215
Views: 36491

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: 4805

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: 7588

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: 2535

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...

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