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by Jol Wilkinson
Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.
Replies: 33
Views: 1676

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: 33
Views: 1676

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: 33
Views: 1676

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: 2958

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: 15021

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: 591

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: 591

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: 5405

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: 2231

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: 761

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: 15021

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: 15021

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: 727

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: 846

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: 384

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...
by Jol Wilkinson
Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 263
Views: 43682

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

We should try access the tartan paint technology that figured so often in the Beano and Dandy. I once read a post in that other place by someone who eagerly looked forward to the day he could put a B&W photo of a loco onto the scanner before retiring for the evening to find the following mornin...
by Jol Wilkinson
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 263
Views: 43682

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

Bill, the "slow" sales of etched coach kits was ever thus. In my experience there is usually an initial sales "rush", followed by a steady, slow trickle. I doubt that there are many layouts where the ration of carriages to locos, whether kit built or RTR, gets anywhere near the r...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 257
Views: 33728

Re: Crab Comet conversion

Thanks Dave,

I've ordered some to try out.

Odd that they don't give that information on their website, or at least I couldn't find it.

Jol
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 257
Views: 33728

Re: Crab Comet conversion

Jol, I experienced the exact same problem with my first two locos. They would run sweetly, then after disassembly and reassembly, during construction, they would bind and limp along. The loose fitting AG bushes were determined to be the problem. This appeared to be made worse if the bush was shorte...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 263
Views: 43682

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

I prefer separate door and commode handles. So a kit with holes for these (or markers showing where to drill) would be my choice. Commode handles can be made from wire, not too difficult if a folding jig is part of the kit. Door handles are easily made from brass lace pins with a file. Now here's a...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 263
Views: 43682

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

What are the options for 3rd-party door furniture these days? I seem to remember etched T-handles and loop-handles being available back in the '90s. Personally, I would have no problem gluing in etched door-handles, but filing up a train's worth of handles from pin heads would be a bit daunting. Gu...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 257
Views: 33728

Re: Crab Comet conversion

A little late to the conversation but does anyone else find that the loose fit of the crankpin bush on a AGW (or even Sharman Wheels if you still have any) can cause a problem. Loco "chassis" that will can be propelled or run smoothly when the crankpin nuts are loose sometimes develop a ti...
by Jol Wilkinson
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 263
Views: 43682

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

I don't like the effort involved in removing moulded details to replace them with more realistic items. That's why I have only one Ratio LNWR carriage in my stock. Painting and lining complex liveries with handles already fitted makes life more difficult too, for me at least. Brass paint doesn't loo...
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: North East Essex (NEEAG)
Topic: NEEAG February meeting
Replies: 0
Views: 406

NEEAG February meeting

NEEAG's February meeting will be held on Thursday 28 February at 7:00 in the usual venue:

The Colchester Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Clubhouse
13a President Road
Colchester
CO3 9ED

Tea, coffee and biscuits served, itinerant modellers welcome.
by Jol Wilkinson
Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Suitable paint for goods vehicles
Replies: 12
Views: 1031

Re: Suitable paint for goods vehicles

David, LNWR wagon grey was also known as Invisible Grey, apparently because it was the same as camouflage grey used by the Navy. LNWR Liveries (HMRS) quotes the grey as being 50:50 white and black. As an experiment I had an aerosol produced by Halfords to that ratio. It is quite a dark grey, so I am...

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