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by Enigma
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 68
Views: 4440

Re: Scaleforum 2019

David T., if you have all the skills that you profess to have (and I don't doubt you) then why not offer yourself as a demonstrator at one of the society's events? Nice of you to suggest it! However, it's a case of Jack of All Trades and Master of None, I'm afraid, although I am quite a good bodger...
by Enigma
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 68
Views: 4440

Re: Scaleforum 2019

David T., if you have all the skills that you profess to have (and I don't doubt you) then why not offer yourself as a demonstrator at one of the society's events? In this way you will - a - meet lots of interesting people b - have your expenses paid c - wear a badge for a good reason I discovered t...
by Enigma
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.
Replies: 33
Views: 1478

Re: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.

I posted this on the RMWeb thread but it could also be of interest here. I always like to be able to drop axles out while chassis building and the fixed axle on a compensated chassis incorporating the gearbox is no exception. I ream out the axle hole to take a close fitting top hat bush then careful...
by Enigma
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 62
Views: 2830

Re: Track cleaning

(there should be an acute accent over the 'e', but my keyboard can't do accents) Martin, it's not your keyboard, it is which keys and what order you press them... Press "Alt" and hold, press "e", let go of the Alt key, and press "e" again. - é Doesn't work for me I'm a...
by Enigma
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Uncompensated 16T Bachmann Minerals in P4
Replies: 18
Views: 1197

Re: Uncompensated 16T Bachmann Minerals in P4

I've just finished track laying and wiring my new 'Enigma' replacement which, typically of me, flies in the face of perceived P4 wisdom. When testing wagons, the best running by far is an old Mainline tank wagon with straightforward replacement P4 wheels. No bearings, no compensation, no springs. As...
by Enigma
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters J94
Replies: 28
Views: 1965

Re: Brassmasters J94

philip-griffiths wrote:Some illustrations, but Morill was better known for its text.


You mean as in transposing complete paragraphs, losing others and thereby making no sense of the articles?
by Enigma
Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 62
Views: 2830

Re: Track cleaning

For some time now I've used a piece of thin MDF rubbed along the rail top. On plain track a piece approx. 20 - 25mm wide and then around point work etc. the same is used on edge along the rail top. Just cut the dirty area away when required. I have also used a piece of cotton cloth and MekPak or sim...
by Enigma
Wed May 08, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: An etched chassis for the Hornby Peckett.
Replies: 64
Views: 12047

Re: An etched chassis for the Hornby Peckett.

Yes please Mr A. Just the one for me - and there's no rush :thumb
by Enigma
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: Turning a chimney
Replies: 19
Views: 1659

Re: Turning a chimney

Thanks to Terry Bendall's excellent lathe tutorial class I am the proud owner of a fly-cutter and also have all the parts to make a Geoff Helliwell version of the flare turner. How long it will be before this actually gets made is another matter! I have a 'commission' to make a pair of domes for a B...
by Enigma
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: 2019 S4 North
Replies: 37
Views: 5472

Re: 2019 S4 North

It was my second visit to S4 North and every bit as enjoyable as the first. I'd like to extend thanks to all who made it happen, and especially Jeremy Suter and his wife for a very warm welcome at the Stores stand and Paul Gittins for very patiently answering my beginner's questions on chassis cons...
by Enigma
Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: 2019 S4 North
Replies: 37
Views: 5472

Re: 2019 S4 North

I had a good weeknd, thanks to all who dropped by and talked chassis. However, I have returned home without my venerable orange anglepoise lamp. I don't really understand how I could have done this as I packed everything away and stacked it while I went to get my car. Please let me know if it has ap...
by Enigma
Sat Mar 30, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: 2019 S4 North
Replies: 37
Views: 5472

Re: 2019 S4 North

Thanks for the link but there doesn't seem to be the 'dirty urban industrial northern city' design that I need. I'll have to get some photos and a paintbrush out!
by Enigma
Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Rivet Press
Replies: 5
Views: 1053

Re: Rivet Press

I had one once but goodness knows where it is now! I mark the rivet position on the sleeper from the template using a pointed scriber (gramophone needle in a pin-chuck) and then open out with a 1.2mm drill. If the hole is slightly tight a fine round needle file rotated in the hole works wonders. I s...
by Enigma
Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: close up photos of GWR tubular signals
Replies: 13
Views: 1046

Re: close up photos of GWR tubular signals

The box at Llangollen is right at the other end of the station with footbridge, platform canopies and a slight curve between it and the signal in the photo.
by Enigma
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Modelling loose heeled switches in 4mm
Replies: 34
Views: 3134

Re: Modelling loose heeled switches in 4mm

I was told a couple of evenings ago by one of our members that he uses a C&L brass fishplate as the 'pivot' point, fitted loose to both rails. I might try this myself as I have some very tight industrial points to build.
by Enigma
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Frame Spacers for P4 and EM
Replies: 7
Views: 1028

Re: Frame Spacers for P4 and EM

My home made chassis construction 'jigs' have a between frames width of 14.5mm which, with 'normal' thickness frame material provides anything from 15 to 15.5mm overall width. Some kit spacers fit perfectly, some are to wide, some are to narrow. All EM ones I've tried are far to narrow but I have so...
by Enigma
Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Nottingham Area Group (NAG)
Topic: NAG Meeting 31st January 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 372

Re: NAG Meeting 31st January 2019

I would have liked to come down but I'm afraid the weather put me off. Perhaps next time.
by Enigma
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: DEFine Modellers Day 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 2795

Re: DEFine Modellers Day 2019

I agree fully with Terry. It was an excellent day out and the distances some people had come was remarkable. (Spain anyone?).
by Enigma
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: flat bottomed rail - advice please!
Replies: 9
Views: 1034

Re: flat bottomed rail - advice please!

There is plenty of advice on FB trackwork building on American websites and this one (Model Railroad Hobbyist) is good as an online source. It's a 'magazine' format and lots of it is probably of little interest to a UK P4 modeller but some of the 'technical' features are interesting and useful. Addr...
by Enigma
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: DJ Models 14xx on High Level chassis
Replies: 32
Views: 4617

Re: DJ Models 14xx on High Level chassis

Philip Yes indeed this is really a labour of love rather than a commercial proposition I would have to accept, although if you did a batch of say 5 the last 4 might be a little quicker; it's the filing under the footplate at the cab end and the fiddling about fitting the chassis that took the time....
by Enigma
Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Any Wheel and size!
Replies: 62
Views: 7627

Re: Any Wheel and size!

This is all very interesting to read. But in practical terms, how much variation in design is possible? For example, how about flat fronted spokes as per Barclay wheels? One of their 'standard' sizes was 3'5" which is a bit of an oddball but I suppose 3'6" (which is a tyre size that would ...
by Enigma
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: DJ Models 14xx on High Level chassis
Replies: 32
Views: 4617

Re: DJ Models 14xx on High Level chassis

I've just completed a High Level 14xx chassis for my Airfix body and used a 1224 motor 'flat' so as to allow easy fixing and removal. I first tried a Mitsumi which had to be fitted at the 45 degree angle but this seemed to foul the chassis and impeded suspension movement. This meant partly dismantli...
by Enigma
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: The Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 2488

Re: The Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2018

I have yet to see the completed layout, but it's good to know it's operated in a way that shows what the prototype did. :thumb :thumb I had always assumed it was a fictitious location. :? Didn't appreciate before that it was a real place. I’d understood from a chat to Geoff that is is a fictitious ...
by Enigma
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: DEFine Modellers Day 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 2795

Re: DEFine Modellers Day 2019

Hoping to get there again this year - but as a visitor this time. A grand day out, well worth going.
by Enigma
Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: The Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 2488

Re: The Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2018

So, as I like shunting, I shunted. And what shunting! Every wagon on the layout, and Geoff K is known for wagons, has a load. Every empty wagon that arrives at Black Lion Crossing departs loaded and every loaded wagon is unloaded and departs empty I have yet to see the completed layout, but it's go...

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