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by Terry Bendall
Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: David B
Topic: Delivering the Goods
Replies: 16
Views: 5993

Re: Delivering the Goods

Looking very nice David. Try taking a few photos of your own wagons then enlarging them up the computer. It's frightening. My son and I have found this when taking pictures for future publication. Enlarging these on the computer for cleaning up the image shows up all sorts of very small things such ...
by Terry Bendall
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: North East of Scotland (Grampian)
Topic: January 2020 Workshop
Replies: 4
Views: 529

Re: January 2020 Workshop

I think it is always useful to hear what area groups are doing and there are often useful snippets of information to pick up. I do think that far too much emphasis is put on compensating/springing short wheelbase bogies in P4 - my Bachmann coaches running on their Bachmann bogies run perfectly satis...
by Terry Bendall
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: DEFine Modellers Day 11th Jan 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 2008

Re: DEFine Modellers Day 11th Jan 2020

It was our pleasure to come Pete and as always it was a very good event. It was also good to be able to offer a few words of advice to those visitors who asked questions which is often what small events like this are good at doing.

Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Lever frame mk 2 and the locking frame
Replies: 79
Views: 4496

Re: Lever frame mk 2 and the locking frame

With apologies for diverting the thread... If I had a pound for every time I started again from scratch ... I think this comment is true of much of what we do in our model making and should be an encouragement to those who are fairly new to the game. if those who are fairly experience - whatever the...
by Terry Bendall
Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Hold and Fold Tools
Replies: 16
Views: 1608

Re: Hold and Fold Tools

I would point out that they weren't available when etched kits first started to appear and you can do a perfectly good job without one. Will is of course quite correct and you can do a lot without one of these tools. They do have their uses and some years ago I obtained the largest Hold and Fold to...
by Terry Bendall
Thu Dec 26, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Manchester AG
Topic: Progress with Slattocks Junction
Replies: 102
Views: 29648

Re: Progress with Slattocks Junction

But the bad news is that I don't think much of the coal would have been carried by rail. There is of course modeller's licence ... . :) A private siding with a wagon or two, bottom discharge doors or even a tippler. A (working) gate across the private siding. Then a narrow gauge system with tubs pu...
by Terry Bendall
Thu Dec 26, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: Turning a chimney
Replies: 28
Views: 3696

Re: Turning a chimney

A very useful video and set of pictures. I was very taken with Jeremy's idea, shown in the video, of the setting up tool held in the chuck to ensure that the bar is set at right angles to the centre line of the lathe before the seating is cut. A very simple idea which I shall adopt. Learn something ...
by Terry Bendall
Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Adjustable trestles
Replies: 7
Views: 500

Re: Adjustable trestles

These trestles are certainly effective and have the advantage that they can be set at different heights - low for working on the layout and then higher, if needed for display purposes. The disadvantage to me is the amount of space they take up in a vehicle when taking a layout to exhibitions. We con...
by Terry Bendall
Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Reduction of noise from baseboards
Replies: 12
Views: 1267

Re: Reduction of noise from baseboards

Noise can be a problem but in my experience only for layouts used at home. All the layouts I have been involved with have been designed to take to exhibitions and when testing at home the noise is evident. However, in an exhibition hall the ambient noise in the hall from visitors cancels out any noi...
by Terry Bendall
Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Lever frame mk 2 and the locking frame
Replies: 79
Views: 4496

Re: Lever frame mk 2 and the locking frame

Not sure about encouragement but it is certainly very impressive. :D

Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: Turning a chimney
Replies: 28
Views: 3696

Re: Turning a chimney

Jeremy has given a very full description of how to make chimneys and domes which I am sure will be very useful. Forming the base of the dome using the ball ended cutter is a very useful dodge which bis new to me but is saves a lot of filing. A small word or warning however on using files in the lath...
by Terry Bendall
Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: SR fence posts
Replies: 14
Views: 1018

Re: SR fence posts

I'm not sure of my thought process as trying to thread eazyline through the holes would drive you to drink When I have wanted fencing of a similar style,but only a short run I have used 0.3mm brass wire to represent the fence wire used. Overscale of course but it makes threading the wire a lot easi...
by Terry Bendall
Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 64
Views: 4407

Re: Plywood disaster

I've been considering an inner city location where all track is on viaduct. Brighton Road, built by the mid Sussex area group and now scrapped, had the main line on a viaduct and the freight yard at a lower level in front. Boards were all 12mm plywood, including the upper track support. There was a...
by Terry Bendall
Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 64
Views: 4407

Re: Plywood disaster

Alan Turner wrote:You are all making these comments without any details or photos of the OP work


Scalefour News numbers 171 to 177 which covers February 2011 to May 2012 contains a series of articles on baseboard construction which may be useful to some. No fancy stuff but they work. :)

Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Tools
Replies: 46
Views: 2978

Re: Tools

A decent bench vice will have hardened and ground steel jaws so files, scrapers and abrasive paper will make no impression on them. The one sown on page 23 of Scalefour News 213. The black one to the right of the picture has such jaws and holds thin parts very well.The only way to smooth up hardened...
by Terry Bendall
Thu Nov 21, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Tools
Replies: 46
Views: 2978

Re: Tools

[quote="JackBlack"]
It's also worth getting some different sized brass rods for forming curves in brass[/quote

Steel rods will be cheaper and are available for Model Engineering suppliers.

Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Tools
Replies: 46
Views: 2978

Re: Tools

Therefore can people let me know what they think I should purchase in regards to the most expensive types of tools? This might depend on your definition of expensive. :) Lathes, milling machines?? The series that started in Scalefour News 213 may eventually help but most kit and scratch building ca...
by Terry Bendall
Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Compatibility of Plastic chairs
Replies: 6
Views: 676

Re: Compatibility of Plastic chairs

I have used both and would agree with Tim's comments.

If the rail in the Exactoscale turnout kits has started to rust it can be cleaned up with fine abrasive paper(e.g 600 grit silicon carbide paper, also known as wet and dry paper) or a glass fibre brush.

Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 64
Views: 4407

Re: Plywood disaster

I think that I will revert to 12mm MDF for future trackbeds, except where they need to be portable. Notwithstanding warnings from various folks on this thread, it has always worked well for me and continues to do so. Oh, and it's about half the price of 9mm ply. In the last 45 years I have been inv...
by Terry Bendall
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: DEFine Modellers Day 11th Jan 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 2008

Re: DEFine Modellers Day 11th Jan 2020

Although Simon and I will be present at the DEFine show and could therefore be said to be biased , I would commend this event to all Society members, even if your particular interest does not lie in modelling the diesel and electric era - which did of course start a very long time ago if we consider...
by Terry Bendall
Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Exactoscale Turnout Chairs
Replies: 7
Views: 1416

Re: Exactoscale Turnout Chairs

Others might take a different view It depends on what you want to achieve. If you use a kit you have the correct chairs for each position and there are some specialist ones in some places. Not using the right chair in the right place will not be noticeable from a normal viewing distance or even in ...
by Terry Bendall
Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 64
Views: 4407

Re: Plywood disaster

It is not unknown for plywood to bend like this when something is applied to one face. That is a reason why when veneering is done, a plain veneer is applied to the other face to even up the forces. I have found the same thing happens when two pieces of styrene are glued face to face. Solutions are ...
by Terry Bendall
Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Caledonian Railway sound decoder
Replies: 3
Views: 448

Re: Caledonian Railway sound decoder

It should be added that Mr J Summers, Vice-chairman of the Caledonian Railway Association (and many other things!) was also present, and considered the sound to be very realistic and the decoder a very worthwhile addition. In which case there is no higher recommendation. :D :D With the LBSCR my fir...
by Terry Bendall
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 304
Views: 47357

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

I have continued to use Tortoise motors and have generally found them reliable. I have had the occasional failure of the switching contacts but these can be repaired as was described in Scalefour News a while back. What I now do is to fit micro switches on the outside of the cover with the switch op...
by Terry Bendall
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: 35th Uckfield Model Railway Exhibition - 19/20 October
Replies: 20
Views: 1956

Re: 35th Uckfield Model Railway Exhibition - 19/20 October

The construction of Elcot Road was described in Scalefour News 209 so its appearance at the Uckfield show gives an opportunity to for it to be seen for real. The picture Adrian has posted gives a good view of the station building, referred to in the article, built about 38 years ago in hand scribed ...

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