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by Jol Wilkinson
Thu Feb 11, 2021 1:21 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: LNWR Problem 2-2-2 CSBs
Replies: 13
Views: 683

Re: LNWR Problem 2-2-2 CSBs

Richard, I designed a set of etched CSB adaptors for John at LRM, to fit his horn block bearings but I think they will also fit the HL ones. The design diameter of the hole to fit over the horn block is 3.8mm. The etch includes some frame fittings which may enable you to bring the CSB down to the le...
by Jol Wilkinson
Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:26 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: LNWR Problem 2-2-2 CSBs
Replies: 13
Views: 683

Re: LNWR Problem 2-2-2 CSBs

Richard,

whose hornblocks are you using and how are you "attaching" the CSBs to them? I may be able to suggest a way of dealing with the CSB mountings on the frames.

Jol
by Jol Wilkinson
Sat Feb 06, 2021 8:28 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: GER Society list of 4mm models
Replies: 33
Views: 1567

Re: GER Society list of 4mm models

Daddyman wrote:CRASSOC is behind a paywall:
https://www.crassoc.org.uk/web/node/86


Which seems a bit pointless if you are trying to attract people to modelling the Caledonian Railway.
by Jol Wilkinson
Thu Feb 04, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Honeycomb soldering boards
Replies: 22
Views: 2055

Re: Honeycomb soldering boards

The current contact path through the co-ax connector isn't that good, as I found when I had an early Exactoscale RSU probe (still in a drawer somewhere for that matter). I found it odd that Bernard Weller produced such a Heath Robinson item. It is also the reason that John Redrup designed a probe wi...
by Jol Wilkinson
Thu Feb 04, 2021 10:05 am
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: GER Society list of 4mm models
Replies: 33
Views: 1567

Re: GER Society list of 4mm models

As David says a tremendous effort. I agree that some indication of what is no longer readily available who help, much as the LNWR Society does in the Modelling Information section of their website (introduced many years ago!). Justin may feel justifiably aggrieved but knowing of every product that i...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: advice on casting needed
Replies: 16
Views: 1015

Re: advice on casting needed

I would suggest that the best and safest option is to make the master patterns and send these to a casting company. The attached (not very good) photo shows the cylinder/slidebars/motion bracket for the LRM LNWR Jubilee. The cylinder rear plate/piston rod gland/slidebars are a one piece N/S casting....
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Shallcross Yard
Replies: 20
Views: 6582

Re: Shallcross Yard

Hello Neville, the LRM Chopper kit was designed by Ian Rice and originally sold (I think) in his Riceworks range. I presume he wrote the instructions although John Redrup of LRM may have updated them. I'll pass your comments on to him. Having designed a number of etched kits, I now consider writing ...
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon Dec 21, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 220
Views: 48880

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

Julian, thanks, but I already have the current Masokits catalogue downloaded on my pc, together with two older versions. When I built the extension to London Road I started with Colin Waite etched fishplates (no longer available). These are held together by a small strip which forms a loop under the...
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon Dec 21, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 220
Views: 48880

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

Terry, that method of attaching droppers was used on the original London Road, built in the mid 1980's. When I bought and "resurrected" the layout, exhibiting it from 2008 we found that the droppers developed dry joints under the rail. Although apparently still attached a good pull would r...
by Jol Wilkinson
Sun Dec 06, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Axle diameters for Mitchell and Finney 4mm Loco kits
Replies: 3
Views: 458

Re: Axle diameters for Mitchell and Finney 4mm Loco kits

The kit manufacturers "follow" what the wheel manufacturers supply. 1/8" for steam loco driving axles and 2.0mm for bogie/tender wheels is the norm, although Sharman (and others?) did 3/32" bogie/tender wheels initially (many years ago).
by Jol Wilkinson
Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Kernow Beattie Well Tank to P4?
Replies: 31
Views: 8849

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: 3225

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: 672

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: 158
Views: 20597

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: 4078

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: 4078

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: 3331

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: 3331

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: 9427

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: 5718

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: 5718

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: 5718

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: 1718

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: 4300

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: 3151

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.

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