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by decauville1126
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Motor Shorting
Replies: 32
Views: 1647

Re: Motor Shorting

Interesting in that Dave Bradwell mentions the brakes.

I've found this sometimes when opposite sideplays make contact, often with brake shoes, sometimes even on straight track. I found that running a loco in a totally darkened room can show up various sparky points, often intermittent.
by decauville1126
Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Track for battery/radio control?
Replies: 28
Views: 2486

Re: Track for battery/radio control?

Re: the question about wheels not being metal. Correct. Those of us using rc in 16mm narrow gauge can happily use plastic wheels, which has the advantage of not causing problems when used on conventional 2-rail track.
by decauville1126
Sun Nov 24, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: fitting small driving wheels
Replies: 13
Views: 1504

Re: fitting small driving wheels

I always deburr the axle ends, and pass the axle into then back out of the wheel after a quick wipe round the back of the axlehole with a scalpel at an angle. And I lick the axle end just before fitting. Then when final assembly and quartering is to take place I know they will go together. Some 1/8&...
by decauville1126
Tue Nov 12, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control
Replies: 44
Views: 6204

Re: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control

I've used the boost boards that Nick shows ok with 12v motors after he "put me right" at Scaleforum as to why a Mashima 1020 would run but not start on a single lipo, and they have an advantage that you can adjust the output voltage. But I've also used these: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DC-...
by decauville1126
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss
Replies: 24
Views: 3028

Re: P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss

Unread postby Dave Franks » Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:23 am Ultrascale do lengths of ground steel axle material and I just chop to suit whatever wheels I'm doing EM or P4. Dave Franks. En1a leaded ground stock. Machines like a dream! If anyone has a source without buying-in huge quantities then please sha...
by decauville1126
Sun Sep 29, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 34611

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I had a cracking day there yesterday. The Radio Control chaps were incredibly helpful and I learnt a lot from them as I too have standardised on the Deltang system. Never knew that my BT wifi router could interfere with it though which answered one of my hopefully not-too-naive questions. Thankyou T...
by decauville1126
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Fret Saw Blades
Replies: 13
Views: 2457

Re: Fret Saw Blades

I use Anchor brand and they are cheap enough when bought in bulk, ie: by the gross. Shop around as prices vary - I usually get mine from clock restorers suppliers. And I echo the comment about chucking a blade immediately it goes off course. Even some Anchor ones I've binned! Reckon 5% wasted. I usu...
by decauville1126
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Manning Wardle wheels
Replies: 34
Views: 9795

Re: Manning Wardle wheels

The Berntsen wheel was cast brass, nickel plated, had ten spokes and very thin tyres, which looked just like some of the pictures I had of K and I classes. There were Manning Wardles with eight spokes which until this was the only type available. I don't even think Sharman did them. I can't imagine...
by decauville1126
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering mazak
Replies: 15
Views: 4283

Re: Soldering mazak

Just came across my Carr's solder 'pile' - it was listed as Carrs 179 for aluminium, and instructions are for Grey flux and then sealed with Electrofix after washing to prevent electrolytic action. Never did do the last bit though ....... and no signs of surface activity when I last looked. Don't kn...
by decauville1126
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering mazak
Replies: 15
Views: 4283

Re: Soldering mazak

As a slight aside, Carrs - back in the old days - sold a solder for aluminium/mazak and an appropriate flux which needed copious washing after. I used it successfully to do a cut-and-shut on some spare Lone Star 000 Amercian F7 bodies to produce an uncabbed intermediate unit. And 20 years or so on i...
by decauville1126
Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Frank Allen Radio Control?
Replies: 2
Views: 5713

Re: Frank Allen Radio Control?

I copied slavishly his method for doing a 009 Narrow Planet Baguley diesel body kit on Kato chassis. It works beautifully as intended, with what to me was a bonus of incredible slow running - far slower than I can drive a full-size hydraulic loco without stall. I use Deltang rc stuff with confidence...
by decauville1126
Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Progress of Inset Track - Girder Rail
Replies: 7
Views: 3080

Re: Progress of Inset Track - Girder Rail

Andy,

Can I take it from your posting above and reference to your website that us p4'ers can use the P87 components as are, there being enough 'slop' to cater for the tad extra gauge when using the etched inner and outer curved rail sections?

Thanks,
Peter
by decauville1126
Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Lastest High Level Loco Kit
Replies: 12
Views: 3843

Re: Lastest High Level Loco Kit

Paid for mine within minutes of the email from Chris. He's already emailed me the instructions - quite a complex one this time it seems. But having had the privilege of looking at the pilot model at Scaleforum the decision was made there and then. Followed by a trip over to Gibsons stand to buy the ...
by decauville1126
Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2017
Replies: 129
Views: 26383

Re: Scaleforum 2017

Thankyou Danny & Kelly. The Law of Turves says I'll find it after the show!
by decauville1126
Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2017
Replies: 129
Views: 26383

Re: Scaleforum 2017

Sudden panic as I've just found out I can go but can't find my membership card! I know my number so is there a list on the door to verify me for entry at member's rate? I can provide other photo id to cross check address if required.

Thanks.
by decauville1126
Sat May 20, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Any Wheel and size!
Replies: 79
Views: 15078

Re: Any Wheel and size!

A possible candidate for centres would be the W4 Peckett. Tyres can be had from the Gibson WD tender wheels which eliminates much tedious turning. All that said, how well does the printed material accept axles? Is it rigid or with some give like the Gibson ones? Cheers, David My son did some custom...
by decauville1126
Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:31 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Carrs' Solder Stripper
Replies: 9
Views: 4944

Re: Carrs' Solder Stripper

I too have been wondering just what it was based on. I even asked Hubert Carr about this a year or so ago but he explained he didn't know what it was formulated from as he simply acquired it from a manufacturer and rebottled it for modellers in smaller quantities. The best info I managed to find was...
by decauville1126
Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:26 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby Peckett saddle tank
Replies: 30
Views: 7965

Re: Hornby Peckett saddle tank

There is a substantial thread on the Hornby Pecketts running over on RMWeb. Somebody has already EM'd one and the options for P4'ing are being discussed. I'm loth to take mine apart, taking the coward's way and waiting for someone else to claim the development - and bragging - rights. Seems to be th...
by decauville1126
Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:38 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2016
Replies: 115
Views: 27836

Re: Scaleforum 2016

We regret to announce that the fine model of the Ouse Valley Viaduct and the nearby Balcombe Station will not now be appearing at Scaleforum 2016. The layout is the work of two people, Rod Cameron and John Farmer and for various very good reasons, which it is not appropriate to make public, they ha...
by decauville1126
Tue Aug 30, 2016 7:59 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2016
Replies: 115
Views: 27836

Re: Scaleforum 2016

Might I please ask if the P4 Risborough Club test track will be there? Sorry the test track will not be there this year. Due to the need to fit in everything else, including the Ouse Valley layout there was not sufficient room. If the locos are to P4 standards then you may be able to get a test run...
by decauville1126
Sat Aug 27, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2016
Replies: 115
Views: 27836

Re: Scaleforum 2016

Might I please ask if the P4 Risborough Club test track will be there? Just thinking about whether to pack a few chassis that need a gallop ......
by decauville1126
Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Carr's Acid Dip Surface Conditioner
Replies: 17
Views: 4924

Re: Carr's Acid Dip Surface Conditioner

I tend to use this: http://www.priorypolishes.co.uk/shop/front/metal-clock-cleaning-materials/no-1-brass/clock-cleaning-concentrate.html well let down and sometimes left overnight in the ultrasonic tank after a few cycles. BUT! Being ammonia based it can eat into the solder if over-cycled and I have...
by decauville1126
Tue Feb 16, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: 28mm pinpoint axles
Replies: 12
Views: 2879

Re: 28mm pinpoint axles

The Society stores also stock axles of this length... Are they on the Stores list? I didn't spot them. They used to be but I gave up asking for them at successive Scalefora. Thankfully when they were in stock many years back I bought a lot. I did ask Alan Gibson direct when he ran the business (who...
by decauville1126
Mon Dec 22, 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: LNER Y6
Replies: 16
Views: 6148

Re: LNER Y6

The January 2015 issue of British Railway Modelling has an article by Philip Parker on building the Silverfox J70 and he does turn out a pretty nice job of it. Definitely a J70 as it has the turn-under to the bottom of the side skirts. Another couple of versions have since come to mind - the Hornby ...
by decauville1126
Sat Dec 20, 2014 2:32 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: LNER Y6
Replies: 16
Views: 6148

Re: LNER Y6

Sorry, forgot about this one, even though it's HO rather than 4mm:
http://www.hielscher-dampfmodelle.de/en ... 9fcb442f6f

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