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by Enigma
Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 160
Views: 15867

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

I think I used a section of throat pastile tube (or similar) for my boiler section. Happened to be just the right diameter.
by Enigma
Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: East Midlands Area Group
Topic: HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL
Replies: 4
Views: 315

Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL

I would like to wish everyone 'A HAPPIER New Year!'
by Enigma
Sat Jan 02, 2021 2:07 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: 3-foot radius curves in P4
Replies: 26
Views: 1914

Re: 3-foot radius curves in P4

Years ago I had a 'roundy' layout at home 12' x 10' with 3' curves and everything of mine ran OK including RTR coaches with just wheel changes. Mind you, I ran mainly pannier tanks and a small prairie (modified Lima with scratch built chassis) but visiting locos usually went straight on at the curve...
by Enigma
Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:10 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 160
Views: 15867

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

I often use old staples to make fire iron hooks.
by Enigma
Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Best Glue for the job!
Replies: 35
Views: 4528

Re: Best Glue for the job!

I think shellac was recomended for use as a damp proofer, especially BITD when few houses had central heating. It certainly made card a lot stronger as well. These days I use a Ronseal wood hardener when modelling in card which mostly tends to be for building construction, often using a hybrid card ...
by Enigma
Sat Dec 26, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 160
Views: 15867

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

I have found that the steam heat pipe on mine hangs to low and catches on point blades etc. I wondered about cutting out the 'link wire' and bending it up but reading what's been said about it representing a length of chain I'm not so sure now.
by Enigma
Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 220
Views: 44625

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

davebradwell wrote:It's all in the word "now". They weren't like this originally as my first post described although they used what is a very common arrangement.

DaveB

Ah, I now understand what you were saying. Sorry!
by Enigma
Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 220
Views: 44625

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

davebradwell wrote: Your method of attaching droppers, Enigma, is exactly how most of mine are done....now but I'm still getting failures of the few surviving originals.DaveB


That's interesting. How are they failing?
by Enigma
Sun Dec 20, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 220
Views: 44625

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

Yes, re-inforcing plastic chaired pointwork with a few soldered sleepers concentrates stresses caused by thermal expansion and leads to failures so would suggest that you need Philip's or Enigma's mix for safety. But isn't that exactly what Philip's and Paul's mix does - reinforcing plastic chaired...
by Enigma
Sun Dec 20, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 220
Views: 44625

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

I've used the hybrid method for many years, since the first plastic chairs appeared on the market probably. In point work I use a rivet either side of a rail break and at intervals of 4-6 sleepers depending on the size of the point and on plain track. Rivets are threaded on prior to soldering but, i...
by Enigma
Mon Dec 14, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Eileens Emporium Newsletter December 2020
Replies: 4
Views: 561

Re: Eileens Emporium Newsletter December 2020

I'm really trying to look after my 'elf at present.

I need to, she makes a cracking cup of tea................... 8-)
by Enigma
Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 160
Views: 15867

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

steve howe wrote:If ever we can get together for a Scaleforum, we should have a 'parade of 14xxs' there must be quite a few out there!

Steve

Let's all of us hope we can actually have a Scaleforum! I reckon a parade of 14xx's would be great. I wonder what the collective noun for 14xx's would be...? :)
by Enigma
Wed Dec 09, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Di-limonene supplier in UK?
Replies: 12
Views: 1385

Re: Di-limonene supplier in UK?

Limonene I find useful for jobs where you don't want the solvent to evaporate quickly. It seems to stay 'fluid' a lot longer than butanone etc. I got mine from Hobby Holidays back in the good old days when you could buy direct from them at an exhibition.

Remember exhibitions..................? ;)
by Enigma
Sat Dec 05, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: 00/EM wheels turned down to 18.83 standards
Replies: 19
Views: 1865

Re: 00/EM wheels turned down to 18.83 standards

Do you have a lathe Simon? Are these wheels all metal or with a plastic centre? I'll admit I'm not familiar with them so I need to ask. I have successfully adapted OO wheels by skimming off the back to reduce the flange thickness to the recommended P4 width and then reducing the flange height a bit ...
by Enigma
Fri Dec 04, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: My first p4 loco build mercian barclay diesel.
Replies: 31
Views: 3103

Re: My first p4 loco build mercian barclay diesel.

PM me your e-mail and I can send you my photos of the cab interior from Foxfield.
by Enigma
Thu Dec 03, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: New range of chaired bullhead turnout kits in 00 and EM
Replies: 17
Views: 1861

Re: New range of chaired bullhead turnout kits in 00 and EM

I've already raised the question of a P4 version with the manufacturer who says he may well consider it once he has the OO and EM versions well under way. None of the 4mm parts appear as yet on his website - or at least they hadn't 5 minutes ago! Give Wayne a break - he said Jan/Feb for the first o...
by Enigma
Thu Dec 03, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: New range of chaired bullhead turnout kits in 00 and EM
Replies: 17
Views: 1861

Re: New range of chaired bullhead turnout kits in 00 and EM

I've already raised the question of a P4 version with the manufacturer who says he may well consider it once he has the OO and EM versions well under way. None of the 4mm parts appear as yet on his website - or at least they hadn't 5 minutes ago!
by Enigma
Thu Dec 03, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: T.W. Ward - Rails and Rail Accessories
Replies: 8
Views: 879

Re: T.W. Ward - Rails and Rail Accessories

Enigma wrote:
grovenor-2685 wrote:NB. Its only slide chairs that are shown for FB, all the rest of the FB fittings are called baseplates as usual.


Bottom of page 8 shows an FB chair Keith. Not described as a slide chair.


BTW, it all takes a long time to download on my computer!
by Enigma
Thu Dec 03, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: T.W. Ward - Rails and Rail Accessories
Replies: 8
Views: 879

Re: T.W. Ward - Rails and Rail Accessories

grovenor-2685 wrote:NB. Its only slide chairs that are shown for FB, all the rest of the FB fittings are called baseplates as usual.


Bottom of page 8 shows an FB chair Keith. Not described as a slide chair.
by Enigma
Thu Dec 03, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Design for Shunting
Replies: 5
Views: 675

Re: Design for Shunting

Would 'WeTransfer' work? I've sent some big images this way.
by Enigma
Thu Dec 03, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Recommend a Primer
Replies: 22
Views: 5985

Re: Recommend a Primer

andrewnummelin wrote:For extra security I often chemically blacken metals before any painting. Do others think this a good approach or not?

I do this as well. I use a blackener from Hobby Holidays which seems to work on virtually any metal and solder.
by Enigma
Wed Dec 02, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: T.W. Ward - Rails and Rail Accessories
Replies: 8
Views: 879

Re: T.W. Ward - Rails and Rail Accessories

Interesting publication. I can admit that I have learned at least one thing from it - I never knew that chairs for FB rail were/are available.
by Enigma
Wed Dec 02, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: My first p4 loco build mercian barclay diesel.
Replies: 31
Views: 3103

Re: My first p4 loco build mercian barclay diesel.

This is the one I made for mine. There weren't any parts in the body I obtained. Perhaps the original version of the kit didn't have any. Barclay Diesel Control Desk Painted.1.A.jpg I've a feeling the 2 levers are a bit to long but they won't be easy to get out now! At least it fills the cab and eli...
by Enigma
Wed Dec 02, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Winter scenes - snow vision
Replies: 14
Views: 1445

Re: Winter scenes - snow vision

Aye Hudson Road. https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/30971-hudson-road-ner-1998/ https://www.facebook.com/Hudson-Road-NER-179262925452712/ Though OO it is visually rather effective, as well as having a poignancy due to vignettes given its setting during WW1. That's it. I think we had...
by Enigma
Tue Dec 01, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Winter scenes - snow vision
Replies: 14
Views: 1445

Re: Winter scenes - snow vision

..if you are really short for time, Phil: Okehampton, Winter 62/3? Just the snow.........? Steve I remember that winter! Still managed to get out on me bike though - although I was also off it quite often! Wasn't there an exhibition layout set in the snow? Can't remember the name although 'Hudson R...

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