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by Wizard of the Moor
Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Making a specialised D-bit
Replies: 15
Views: 425

Re: Making a specialised D-bit

+1 for Gibson buffer bushes. Much easier than drilling 0.5mm through whitemetal buffers, at least. It helps to use a 2mm drill to lightly countersink the forward face of the bush. This helps the buffer tail to find the hole. Do you think that the 0.5mm hole in your printed buffers fills up because i...
by Wizard of the Moor
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Compensating slaters NE hoppers help
Replies: 12
Views: 752

Re: Compensating slaters NE hoppers help

Miscellany Models do a nice underframe and detailing etch that allows you to ring the changes a bit with these wagons. https://miscellanymodels.com/wagons/ner-lner-br-dia-p7-detailing-pack/ I haven't got round to building any yet, but they look the part. I do notice that instructions are still to be...
by Wizard of the Moor
Tue Dec 01, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: T.W. Ward - Rails and Rail Accessories
Replies: 8
Views: 1025

T.W. Ward - Rails and Rail Accessories

Whilst sorting through some stuff, I found this brochure from Thomas W Ward. I think it's from 1964, so I assume that there are no copyright issues. However, If anyone objects then please let me know and I'll remove it. Whilst it's aimed at companies wanting to lay in private sidings, rather than ma...
by Wizard of the Moor
Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Pin Chucks
Replies: 30
Views: 10071

Re: Pin Chucks

I use one of these and find it excellent for drills and taps. I got mine from Squires a good few years ago, but they don't seem to do them anymore.
by Wizard of the Moor
Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Lathe Work
Topic: 321 (or is it 123?) Blocks
Replies: 3
Views: 784

Re: 321 (or is it 123?) Blocks

Another use for 1-2-3 blocks that I found today is using anpair of them to hold components to file an accurate right angle. FF4A31B4-9627-4346-9A29-215927903B4A.jpeg Here you can just see the excess part of a stanchion sticking out above the blocks ready to be filed. More details can be found in my ...
by Wizard of the Moor
Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Wizard of the Moor
Topic: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers
Replies: 37
Views: 5844

Re: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers

The next job is to clean up the end or corner stanchions. These are simple bars bent to an angle so that they rest on the top plate. The instructions suggest that they need to be lightly filed to achieve the correct angle that enbles them to sit on the top plate. ABC6E5F0-BCAD-4678-8F79-7CDF2542ABB9...
by Wizard of the Moor
Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Wizard of the Moor
Topic: Tool Reviews
Replies: 1
Views: 481

Tool Reviews

It's no secret that I'm a tool junkie. I know that some people can make wonderful models with just a craft knife and a straightedge, but I'm not as talented as them, so finding ways to get things done more quickly and easily is fine with me. RP Toolz Punch & Die Sets Some time ago I found these ...
by Wizard of the Moor
Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Wizard of the Moor
Topic: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers
Replies: 37
Views: 5844

Re: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers

Some decent progress has been made this weekend, with all the central stanchions attached to the wagons. A3CBC829-6D46-43F3-B866-FE8BA58C5B12.jpeg Now, looking at photos of the real thing shows that there's a pretty substantial skirt that goes along the hopper sides. I've replicated this with length...
by Wizard of the Moor
Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Craig Warton
Topic: wagon building progress.
Replies: 114
Views: 46520

Re: wagon building progress.

Looks very nice. Is the underframe made like other Oxford wagons, where the axleguards and brakegear are on a separate moulding between the solebars?
by Wizard of the Moor
Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Wizard of the Moor
Topic: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers
Replies: 37
Views: 5844

Re: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers

Thanks, Craig! I must admit, getting on with live-steam Gauge 1 projects was much more fun for a while. However, I set out with the mindset that I was going to build a rake of D1/163 wagons from the supplied components rather than assemble some kits. Now that the etched components are out of the way...
by Wizard of the Moor
Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Wizard of the Moor
Topic: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers
Replies: 37
Views: 5844

Re: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers

With the hoppers now fixed to the underframes, then the stanchions can start going on. They're beginning to look like hopper wagons now. CD49564E-6D1F-4664-AE64-10697C5EC0F1.jpeg In this picture, it's possible to see where some of the whitemetal castings have been affected by the ultrasonic cleaning...
by Wizard of the Moor
Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West Scotland Group's Weathering wagons part 2
Replies: 6
Views: 672

Re: West Scotland Group's Weathering wagons part 2

Those are really great tutorials. Thanks for sharing them! I especially like the effects on the wooden bodied wagons. The only comment I have is that polished steel buffer shanks are only found on hydraulic or pneumatic buffers, such as those made by Dowty or Oleo. Many steel mineral wagons did have...
by Wizard of the Moor
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Wizard of the Moor
Topic: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers
Replies: 37
Views: 5844

Re: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers

The second time around I wasn't going to be satisfied with the scrap fret and wire approach for those hopper levers. A bit of a think and a rummage in my stock of bits brought up some 3mm square tube, 3 mm I girder and some 18 thou by 10 thou brass bar. Slices of the tube were parted off in the lath...
by Wizard of the Moor
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Wizard of the Moor
Topic: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers
Replies: 37
Views: 5844

Re: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers

Well, it's been a while and Jim has made a great job of his kit. Carrying on from the last instalment, the next task was constructing the hopper operating levers and their supports. The instructions state that these would be too difficult to etch and so they should be cobbled up from bits of wire an...
by Wizard of the Moor
Thu Oct 01, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Lathe Work
Topic: 321 (or is it 123?) Blocks
Replies: 3
Views: 784

Re: 321 (or is it 123?) Blocks

They are very good for use as temporary fixtures. You can bolt them together to form a right angle and then use that for aligning parts when resistance soldering (or glueing, or whatever). They can also be used to bolt a piece of work to, either on its own or mounted on a sub-base. The 1-2-3 block c...
by Wizard of the Moor
Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Layouts
Topic: Drighlington and Adwalton
Replies: 15
Views: 1084

Re: Drighlington and Adwalton

Very nice video, Steve. There's been lots of progress since my last visit. The chap standing on the footbridge looks pretty pleased with it all ;)
by Wizard of the Moor
Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Society Stand and Stores
Topic: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand
Replies: 91
Views: 4742

Re: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand

Reading instructions? What will they think of next?! :)
by Wizard of the Moor
Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Society Stand and Stores
Topic: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand
Replies: 91
Views: 4742

Re: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand

I'm back again on the Society stand for the next half hour. Just need to find somewhere to park my mug of Earl Grey...
by Wizard of the Moor
Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Society Stand and Stores
Topic: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand
Replies: 91
Views: 4742

Re: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand

Just saying Hello, as I'll be hanging about on the stand for the next 30 mins or so, then back again at 16.00.

Hope everyone's enjoying the day so far :D
by Wizard of the Moor
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Another B1 chassis
Replies: 31
Views: 4273

Re: Another B1 chassis

. If you're hesitating buying a mill there's another use for one. Of course, when you've bought a milling machine then, if you're anything like me, you are likely to stall the cutter, leading to a large current in the motor windings and the discovery that the power transistors on the motor control ...
by Wizard of the Moor
Sun May 17, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Swanage (again)
Replies: 99
Views: 19462

Re: Swanage (again)

Square socket screws were the original 'timesaving' fasters for industry. One of the big US car companies used them on their assembly lines and the US military also took them up. However, the guy who patented the idea charged a royalty for their use. That's why the rest of the world uses hexagon dri...
by Wizard of the Moor
Sun May 10, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Wizard of the Moor
Topic: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers
Replies: 37
Views: 5844

Re: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers

Having dealt with all the hopper door control castings, I decided it would be a good idea to work out how the hopper bodies should be attached to the underframes. There is no provision in the kit for getting the two aligned. Geoff Kent describes how he used a rectangle of 20 thou platic card glued o...
by Wizard of the Moor
Sun May 10, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Wizard of the Moor
Topic: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers
Replies: 37
Views: 5844

Re: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers

I see that there have been 1883 views of this thread, so time for another update. Andrew from Wizard Models has been very helpful (as always!) in helping me understand the castings for the hopper door control gear. You may remember this picture, where I highlighted the two different casting shapes t...
by Wizard of the Moor
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Collet chuck for lathe
Replies: 16
Views: 2109

Re: Collet chuck for lathe

It's probably an ER11 collet set, rather than ER10. Something like this might do if you can find or make a suitable adapter.

https://www.arceurotrade.co.uk/Catalogu ... kJT1-Taper

James
by Wizard of the Moor
Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Wizard of the Moor
Topic: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers
Replies: 37
Views: 5844

Re: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers

Having got the handwheels polished to my satisfaction/limit of attention span, they were added to the hopper door cross-shafts and then fixed to the underframes. 7EB4F585-2190-41BE-8BFE-D0864CCBCC90.jpeg This shot highlights the ends of the outer vee hangers sitting in mid-air, rather than being jus...

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