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by Tony Wilkins
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chairs and Rail
Replies: 50
Views: 3748

Re: Chairs and Rail

There was a quality control issue with part of the 2013 batch which exhibited a significant twist along the length of each metre or curvature in the vertical plane. My understanding is that it was due to a tensioning issue as the wire was drawn. Once identified it was extracted and either returned ...
by Tony Wilkins
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 197
Views: 16039

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

After the recent break for several reasons, I have began to make progress again. There has been some sorting out achieved although this is still ongoing. Further sanding of baseboard tops to improve levels has been done. The main focus now is on fitting the layer of cork to the storage siding boards...
by Tony Wilkins
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 149
Views: 10414

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

Hi Richard. Yes, it was a good evening. I was on the train towards the front outbound. I spent a pleasant day wearing my other hat in the Derby Lightweight power car sat in platform 1 at Wirksworth station for the weekend. Shame I missed you. Today by comparison was wet and cold with rather less int...
by Tony Wilkins
Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Nottingham Area Group (NAG)
Topic: NAG Progress Workshop 15th September 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 306

Re: NAG Progress Workshop 15th September 2018

Another interesting day at the club!
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Scalefour lever frame & Cobalt point motors
Replies: 9
Views: 479

Re: Scalefour lever frame & Cobalt point motors

Split potential or dual rail power supplies are commonly used in audio amplifiers. I used them on Green Street for the Fulgurex point motors. This has the advantage of only needing one wire to feed a point motor (rather than two) and a common return. Diagram of the power supply wiring attached. Dual...
by Tony Wilkins
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 887
Views: 68284

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

Hi Tim. DSC_0204.jpg Nice picture, but I would be suspicious about the caption for several reasons. Lea Bridge GER was near my old stamping ground in North London about 6 miles south of Brimsdown. What would a MR loco with what appears to be a rake of MR wagons be doing there? A trip working from Cr...
by Tony Wilkins
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: A cautionary tale re Exactoscale RSU
Replies: 13
Views: 991

Re: A cautionary tale re Exactoscale RSU

I am not a great fan of screw terminal connectors in general. They may be all right for short term testing, but as a long term or permanent arrangement, no. The biggest problem is that people don't do the screws up tightly enough to begin with and wires have a habit of coming loose causing failures...
by Tony Wilkins
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: A cautionary tale re Exactoscale RSU
Replies: 13
Views: 991

Re: A cautionary tale re Exactoscale RSU

I am not a great fan of screw terminal connectors in general. They may be all right for short term testing, but as a long term or permanent arrangement, no. The biggest problem is that people don't do the screws up tightly enough to begin with and wires have a habit of coming loose causing failures ...
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: A cautionary tale re Exactoscale RSU
Replies: 13
Views: 991

Re: A cautionary tale re Exactoscale RSU

Only people who really know what they are doing should delve inside mains equipment of this sort. Paul definitely does know what he is doing, having spent his career in electrical/electronic engineering. He could no doubt build his own RSU from scratch if he were so minded! My own RSU is the London...
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 197
Views: 16039

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Tony, You have chosen Sundeala as a surface. I am looking at a softboard surface, laid on top of a Contiboard base, for the scenic parts of the railway. Could you suggest a supplier for the board you use please? Philip Hi Philip. I obtained my Sundeala from Ashford Model supply centre, but it appea...
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 197
Views: 16039

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hello Tony, Thanks for posting your Templot plan. I will have look at it later. The fact that you are only 1" out on the dimensions of such a large project seems quite acceptable. There is that person up in Scotland modelling Kings Cross and in an article he said the builders had made the inte...
by Tony Wilkins
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 197
Views: 16039

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

To see the full effect, you will need to go to the Templot forum to be able to download the background shapes.
http://85a.co.uk/forum/view_topic.php?i ... orum_id=12
Regards
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 197
Views: 16039

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

To bring this stage to some sort of conclusion, here is the result of the last day or so's progress. The top sheet of Sundeala was cut out and glued down yesterday evening and left to set overnight. Today it has been sanded down to the edges of the baseboard frame. It is funny how one sometimes has ...
by Tony Wilkins
Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 197
Views: 16039

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hello Tony, That all seems very complicated, but you have come around the full circuit of boards with a remarkable degree of accuracy by the looks of it. In the picture of the boards which cover your designated 'flat area', is that going to be the fiddle yard side? Perhaps in due course, you will m...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 197
Views: 16039

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

I suppose it was inevitable that I could only stand looking at that gap for so long. As I had already cut some of the required parts when making bits for previous boards the temptation to assemble them won out. A trial dry fit was then made showing some discrepancies between theory and fact. After d...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Ballasting ply sleepered track
Replies: 28
Views: 1785

Re: Ballasting ply sleepered track

it can be highly recommended if you want a really noisy layout, with the grinding and graunching of motors and gears amplified to an amazing degree. I must be going deaf :? ....my track doesn't seem vastly louder ballasted than simply on the cork .... yet I seem to have committed the whole gamut of...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Balcombe testing
Replies: 16
Views: 1357

Re: Balcombe testing

Steve Carter wrote::thumb
dcockling wrote:
Serjt-Dave wrote:Who says you can't have big p4 layouts?


Idiots!

Certainly there are several of us having a go at proving them wrong.
I have viewed the videos several times and it doesn't become any less impressive!
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Ballasting ply sleepered track
Replies: 28
Views: 1785

Re: Ballasting ply sleepered track

Having attempted to lift PVAed track with varying degrees of success in the past, I think you are being overly concerned about potential problems. To remove the track, it was well soaked with water (use a brush) and covered with a layer of plastic, sometimes for several days whilst the glue softens....
by Tony Wilkins
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 197
Views: 16039

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hi Terry. A third option is wooden cocktail sticks, which worked wonders. Shorten the pointed end, insert into hole and snap off. Reinsert screw. I have used plastic wall plugs in the past though if that didn't work. Well this is where we are now. I dare not show a picture of the view behind me. Sti...
by Tony Wilkins
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 197
Views: 16039

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Investigation of the difficult joint revealed the following. DSCF0710.jpg Note how out of line the edges of the baseboards are, so I am not surprised there was a problem, I wonder in retrospect, how it went together in the first place. Replacing one with a thicker piece of packing has cured the prob...
by Tony Wilkins
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 197
Views: 16039

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hi Terry. Thanks for the advise and tips. The problem I have with some of the screws is that I stand a good chance of stripping the threads (as has already occurred with several) if I attempt to tighten them up too much more. Some of the packing pieces had paper or card layers as well so it looks as...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 197
Views: 16039

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hello Andrew. Thanks for your encouraging words. It is always nice when ones efforts are appreciated. The world of model railways often seems to be a small one. It was not an easy decision whether to post this thread here or on the Templot forum. It is probable that some subjects will be more suited...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Balcombe testing
Replies: 16
Views: 1357

Re: Balcombe testing

Oh boy. That certainly is well impressive, both the scale of the enterprise and quality of running. Love the wheel beats in the first video.
Look forward to seeing it for real at some point.
Thanks for posting Rod.
Encourages me to get on with my project.
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Vehicle dynamics and trackholding
Topic: Do we need 1:20 Rail Inclination
Replies: 38
Views: 2910

Re: Do we need 1:20 Rail Inclination

Hi Tim.
Indeed, results speak for themselves. When I think back to what model track used to look like..............................
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Vehicle dynamics and trackholding
Topic: Do we need 1:20 Rail Inclination
Replies: 38
Views: 2910

Re: Do we need 1:20 Rail Inclination

so it will be very interesting to see if there are any noticeable differences in the running between the different track sections and rail profiles. Hi Tony, And interesting to see if anyone can see the visual difference. Bearing in mind that the most obvious rail ends are on check rails, which sho...

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