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by Enigma
Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Rigid Chassis Locos?
Replies: 62
Views: 2230

Re: Rigid Chassis Locos?

Lima chassis might have been a mechanical abomination but my memory of them from a very long time ago was that they would pick-up power and start more reliably than anything else available at the time. There was method in their madness somewhere.... They did seem to have a fair few cable runs insid...
by Enigma
Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Rigid Chassis Locos?
Replies: 62
Views: 2230

Re: Rigid Chassis Locos?

I once converted a Lima 08 simply by pushing the wheels out on the axles and skimming the back of the wheel so that the depth of the flange approximated the one on a P4 wheel, A wipe with a file on the edge of the flange as it was spinning in the lathe - and they ran fine. However, the mechanical ab...
by Enigma
Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Rigid Chassis Locos?
Replies: 62
Views: 2230

Re: Rigid Chassis Locos?

The late Roy Jackson wasn't a believer in 'flexible' chassis either and his locos ran on 'Retford' faultlessly. I remember him saying that he did try compensation at least once, possibly more, but he wasn't convinced by it. But then both Roy and Tony model in EM and OO which could make a difference ...
by Enigma
Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Lanarkshire Models & Supplies
Replies: 23
Views: 4942

Re: Lanarkshire Models & Supplies

iak wrote:Take it easy David, just keep the medicinal beverages handy... :thumb

If all else fails you can always wash your hands in them - although I'd rather take them internally and hope the alcohol will seep outwards.............
by Enigma
Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Rigid Chassis Locos?
Replies: 62
Views: 2230

Re: Rigid Chassis Locos?

Hi Jon. My thoughts are similar to Tim and Philip. If building a kit or scratch-built chassis I always include some form of compensation. For the extra work involved, the results are worth it. If converting an RTR item, the option of swapping wheel sets is worth trying for quickness. I have been kn...
by Enigma
Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: andrewnummelin
Topic: 0-4-0STs
Replies: 10
Views: 1766

Re: 0-4-0STs

My take on simple compensation 0-4-0 chassis (or even 0-6-0) with a 'fixed' but removable axle. The axle hole is reamed to a good fit for a top-hat bush. The hole is extended downwards to become a slot taking care to make it just wide enough to slide in the bush. A length of small bore brass tube is...
by Enigma
Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: andrewnummelin
Topic: 0-4-0STs
Replies: 10
Views: 1766

Re: 0-4-0STs

Many thanks Andrew, a very interesting idea. I've always thought that milling with a 1mm cutter could be a bit fraught! Plenty of light cuts I suppose.
by Enigma
Wed Mar 04, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Fixing Steel Axle to Plastic Gear
Replies: 10
Views: 987

Re: Fixing Steel Axle to Plastic Gear

I just toughen up the axle where the gear will go by rolling a file over it. I’ve never glued a gear in place on any RTR conversions HTH Jim Just what I was going to say. Use the serrated edge of a coarse file over the location point of the gear by rolling it on a hard surface. And once fitted - le...
by Enigma
Mon Mar 02, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: andrewnummelin
Topic: 0-4-0STs
Replies: 10
Views: 1766

Re: 0-4-0STs

Interesting 'crankpin jig'. Could you provide some more details? I also found the same problem with small wheels' crank throw - but I can't remember how I got over it! I've always fancied one of these K's kits but they go for silly money these days - and as you've noted, there's a lot of work to be ...
by Enigma
Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 3520

Re: Scalefour North 2020

It's my wife's birthday on the 28th and when I 'booked' my layout for this year I was anticipating the date to be a week later. I think I've got away with it - but it's costing a spa day for her and our daughters! You will come back to happier wife and daughters at least though as they'll enjoy you...
by Enigma
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 3520

Re: Scalefour North 2020

It's my wife's birthday on the 28th and when I 'booked' my layout for this year I was anticipating the date to be a week later. I think I've got away with it - but it's costing a spa day for her and our daughters!
by Enigma
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: DEFine Modellers Day 11th Jan 2020
Replies: 14
Views: 2430

Re: DEFine Modellers Day 11th Jan 2020

One last minute change. Due to illness "Braynerts Sidings" will now not be appearing at the show. In its place we have the excellent "Manston Brewery" created by Rob Milliken and operated by Bevis Heap. Cheers Sorry not to be bringing 'Braynerts' - but Pete has found an excellen...
by Enigma
Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Adjustable trestles
Replies: 7
Views: 667

Re: Adjustable trestles

These are available very readily on the tinterweb at competitive prices and are used on virtually all the layouts in the Wakefield club, even on a very heavy 'MDF box baseboard' design American O scale layout. If you need more adjustability then jig drill some more holes.
by Enigma
Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 3665

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

I'm sure I've posted this before somewhere but in view of the development of this thread this is my take on crankpin hole drilling. The wheels in the AG range that I have come across with no pin holes are the ex-GWR 4'7.5" ones for the 57xx pannier and 66xx tank. I understand that these may wel...
by Enigma
Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: fitting small driving wheels
Replies: 13
Views: 1037

Re: fitting small driving wheels

I screw the crankpin into the wheel after cs'ing the hole and then back it out third/half way, put a tiny drop of Loctite 601 just below the head and quickly screw it back in. Any excess Loctite will be around the screw head and can easily be wiped of as 601 only goes off when starved of air (or som...
by Enigma
Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Compatibility of Plastic chairs
Replies: 6
Views: 799

Re: Compatibility of Plastic chairs

The 'half chairs' that result from brittle C&L chairs splitting can still be used on track built with some rivets (eg every 6th sleeper?) by fitting the halves from either side. The rail is still quite adequately supported.
by Enigma
Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: DEFine Modellers Day 11th Jan 2020
Replies: 14
Views: 2430

Re: DEFine Modellers Day 11th Jan 2020

Totally agree with Terry. A great little event well worth attending.

'Braynerts Sidings' will be having its first outing as a 'work in progress'. How far the work will have progressed by then you'll have to come along and see!
by Enigma
Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 64
Views: 5066

Re: Plywood disaster

Dave and Flymo’s thoughts about timber ring true for me too. I bought some very long lengths of 2x1 many years ago and left it on the stairs leading up to the (then) workshop. It didn’t get used for the layout in its new location, but when we used it for supports and suchlike it was still dead stra...
by Enigma
Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Duchess test build
Replies: 30
Views: 3208

Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

Looks so good it almost make me want to buy one! And that's something for a GWR man to admit.

Although, at the end of the day, it's only a glorified King innit.............................. :twisted: ;)

I used to love seeing them at Crewe and Chester when I was a lad.
by Enigma
Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: David B
Topic: Lost Property
Replies: 14
Views: 6904

Re: Lost Property

First time I've visited this thread but the mention above of heat guns is interesting. If anyone watches 'The Repair Shop' on BBC 2 you might have seen the repair of an Antimony jewellery box with low melt solder (Antimony has a very low melting point) and the guy doing it used a high temperature he...
by Enigma
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: None specific model products
Replies: 27
Views: 3853

Re: None specific model products

The use of Shellac to harden card was extensively recommended in all the magazines when I was a lad and it became a process that was undertaken with a semi-religious zeal by many people - me included! I think I bought the flakes and the meths from the chemist aged around 10 years old and had to answ...
by Enigma
Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Fret Saw Blades
Replies: 13
Views: 1923

Re: Fret Saw Blades

I believe the angle of the teeth on a piercing saw blade should face the handle, the cut being made on the 'back' stroke.
by Enigma
Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Chassis kits for CSB
Replies: 37
Views: 3803

Re: Chassis kits for CSB

The Branchlines/South East Finecast 16xx chassis has CSB points etched in - but as it was designed by Justin then I'm not surprised!
by Enigma
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Track Laying
Replies: 32
Views: 3865

Re: Track Laying

PhilipT wrote:Always used butanone without problems.


+1
by Enigma
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 28530

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...

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