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by Jol Wilkinson
Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Kernow Beattie Well Tank to P4?
Replies: 29
Views: 7535

Re: Kernow Beattie Well Tank to P4?

Thanks both. It sounds like a replacement chassis is required then.... You'll have to make your own then, as no chassis kit for the Beattie Well Tank currently exists. There used to be one available from Westward/Perseverance but it didn't have much room for compensation or springs and anyway, sinc...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: DCC
Topic: Poor running with TCS decoder
Replies: 18
Views: 2560

Re: Poor running with TCS decoder

I cannot comment on Sappers problems but would like to point out that DCC Supplies and DCC Concepts are, AFAIK, totally separate and unrelated businesses. I would also endorse Dave Bradwells's comments regarding the help and support offered by DCC Concepts and Coastal DCC. I have always found Richar...
by Jol Wilkinson
Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Bearings in MJT Torsion Bar CCUs
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: Bearings in MJT Torsion Bar CCUs

I solder the bearings into the side frames before setting the whole thing up (as per the instructions). An additional comment. I have found that the pop studs used in later (and possible current) CCUs tend to have a square cross section in the male part which prevents smooth rotation of the CCU/bogi...
by Jol Wilkinson
Wed Oct 07, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Rebuilt Royal Scot, 46109
Replies: 85
Views: 9219

Re: Brassmasters Rebuilt Royal Scot, 46109

Dave, three cylinder locos had the coupling rod crankpins set at 120 degrees to equalise the push/pull from the three pistons. For model locos, 90 degrees gives the optimum transmission of forces between the crankpins, from the gear driven axle. While too late in your build process, I suggest that a...
by Jol Wilkinson
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Phoenix Paints
Replies: 26
Views: 3352

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: 3352

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: 2732

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: 2732

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: 7475

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: 4560

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: 4560

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: 4560

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: 1294

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: 3150

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: 2625

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: 1570

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: 1866

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: 1866

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: 3419

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: 1662

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: 6433

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: 8097

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: 6827

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: 6827

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: 4931

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...

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