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by Terry Bendall
Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Alan Gibson Loco axles
Replies: 30
Views: 1478

Re: Alan Gibson Loco axles

If I get a stiff one I spin the bearing on my 1/8 parallel sided reamer (not in a lathe as I don't have one) till it fits. Ok, it may be 0.1 of a thou or so less accentually drilled than when you started but are you really going to notice? Sounds like a very practical idea from vast experience. :) ...
by Terry Bendall
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Alan Gibson Loco axles
Replies: 30
Views: 1478

Re: Alan Gibson Loco axles

Maybe some of the engineers out there can tell us if this is a real thing or if I was just unlucky. Assuming that your micrometer is accurate and the reamer is actually 1/8 inch diameter then it may be bad luck. However usually there is a need for a few thou of clearance in a hole for the axle to t...
by Terry Bendall
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Simons workbench industrials. More mineral wagons
Replies: 77
Views: 6326

Re: Simons workbench industrials. More mineral wagons

Simon Moore wrote:Doing this encourages me more to keep plodding away & telling myself i can do this.


You have already proved this Simon. :) There comes a time when the thinking needs to stop and the work of building starts. Actually doing something is the best way to learn. :thumb

Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:35 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Alan Gibson Loco axles
Replies: 30
Views: 1478

Re: Alan Gibson Loco axles

Paul Cram wrote:Looks like I am going to have to source some 1/8th steel rod.


Which can be obtained from Eileen's Emporium and other places.

Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:32 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Irwell street
Replies: 8
Views: 1292

Re: Irwell street

steve howe wrote:The other thing has been a suitable name to call it.


For urban layouts, one method is to look at a street atlas index for the area and find names that appeal and perhaps change "road" to "street" or other similar changes. That is how Elcot Road got its name.

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by Terry Bendall
Fri Feb 19, 2021 7:47 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: FB base plate assembly - Brimsdown
Replies: 8
Views: 871

Re: FB base plate assembly - Brimsdown

I haven't measured the cant angle but it is certainly noticeable when a length of track is viewed end on. The information that Colin Craig supplies states that the system is designed to give a 1 in 20 cant angle and knowing how Colin works, I would have thought this would have been achieved. Terry B...
by Terry Bendall
Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:23 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 514
Views: 107801

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

In did my soldering using a conventional iron, probably a 25 watt and that worked fine for me. I also tinned the underside of the rail.

Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Tue Feb 16, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 514
Views: 107801

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Looking good but seems an awful lot of work. It is but then are many other things that we choose to do. In the end down to the individual to decide if they want to go that way. Personally I found it satisfying. On Elcot Road there are four different sorts of track - flat bottom rail and Pandrol cli...
by Terry Bendall
Sun Feb 14, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Simons workbench industrials. More mineral wagons
Replies: 77
Views: 6326

Re: Simons workbench industrials. Thomas hill steelman royale BSC

Very nice models indeed. All they need now is a heavy dose of weathering! :)

Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Sun Feb 14, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Socially-distanced challenge: SER 27' close-coupled stock
Replies: 38
Views: 6214

Re: Socially-distanced challenge: SER 27' close-coupled stock

I have not used a Bob Moore pan for a long time but the use of lighter fuel certainly works. I have in the past tried a bow pen and certainly there is a need to oilstone the end so that it is smooth. The paint consistency needs to be "just right" and that can only be judged by experience. ...
by Terry Bendall
Sun Feb 14, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 831
Views: 66035

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

The problem was this wire here, which had flexed too much and fractured. The solution is to make up some sort of clamp to hold the mains cable so that it does not flex. Possible ways of doing this are to: (a) use the flex clamping strip from a standard 13 amp plug held in place with two small nuts ...
by Terry Bendall
Sat Feb 13, 2021 9:37 am
Forum: Crewe (CAG)
Topic: Crewe Area Group - online meetings
Replies: 4
Views: 1642

Re: Crewe Area Group - online meetings

There may well be a few more steps to be taken before they becomes available, but they are certainly under way. They certainly are. We have had the prototype for a few weeks. I have done some trial turning and it is now with Jeremy for testing and evaluation. This problem is magnified by taking pho...
by Terry Bendall
Sat Feb 13, 2021 9:24 am
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 831
Views: 66035

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

Well it is the 13th Paul, but not a Friday. :o I had a similar experience a couple of weeks ago when a 15 volt transformer in a case decided to give up. It was however 60 years old so I have had good value. Fortunately a spare was to hand.

Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:15 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 514
Views: 107801

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Colin's pages are always in the top set of pages visited on the MMRS website and is the bible (and possibly the only information) for flat bottom track. Certainly the most easily accessible although there are books to be found. The Railway - British Track since 1804 by Andrew Dow published by Pen a...
by Terry Bendall
Thu Feb 11, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Orientation of compensators
Replies: 8
Views: 874

Re: Orientation of compensators

check out Ambis. I think I read somewhere that they do a facing point lock. On Elcot road we left one of the facing point locks uncovered so it could be seen. Ours was built from scratch, mainly filed up from a piece of brass and is cosmetic only. On Miniories Howard Bolton has working facing point...
by Terry Bendall
Wed Feb 10, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 514
Views: 107801

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Whilst I would dearly like to post some pictures of the process, it is difficult for two reasons These may assist. Firstly a picture of the prototype BR! type, courtesy from the Colin Craig web site, now taken down and one of a sample length of track that I built. Picture 1.jpg Picture 3.jpg The se...
by Terry Bendall
Tue Feb 09, 2021 10:03 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Orientation of compensators
Replies: 8
Views: 874

Re: Orientation of compensators

There is some very useful information on point rodding in Model Railway Journal numbers 113 and 115, with two articles written by Steve Hall. On Elcot Road I used a range of parts from different sources but the compensators came from Ambis Engineering. I only needed one which was a bit fiddly to put...
by Terry Bendall
Sun Feb 07, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 605
Views: 177103

Re: Brettell Road

All very neat Jim and some quite simple projects that can be used by those less experienced to extend their skills. I assume that the bogies on the 1799 van were scratch built? Their simplicity makes this a viable option.

Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Sun Feb 07, 2021 9:13 am
Forum: iak
Topic: Working sprung axleboxes...
Replies: 15
Views: 877

Re: Working sprung axleboxes...

iak wrote: the axleboxes actually go up and down successfully


Clearly the next step is to make the springs move! :D

Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Sat Feb 06, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Simons workbench industrials. More mineral wagons
Replies: 77
Views: 6326

Re: Simons workbench industrials. Thomas hill steelman royale BSC

Yes very nice Simon. I would offer my version in MoD colours and built about 18 years ago for Staverton and shown here on temporary detachment to Elcot Road

Terry Bendall

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by Terry Bendall
Sat Feb 06, 2021 9:09 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 514
Views: 107801

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Why do we choose to model any particular layout? Thanks for the very interesting background Tony. Not everyone wants to build a layout, although many will, and I always think that the joy of our particular hobby is that it can be approached in many different ways. It is also refreshing to see a mod...
by Terry Bendall
Wed Feb 03, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 514
Views: 107801

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Yes, it is an awful lot of work to produce a decent length of track, It certainly is but to my mind it is well worth it. On Elcot Road we used Colin's BR2 baseplates. Having got them assembled, it took about 2 hours to produce an 18 inch length. We only did a 5 foot length for the bay platform. :) ...
by Terry Bendall
Wed Feb 03, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Wagon turntables
Replies: 14
Views: 876

Re: Wagon turntables

Most of the pictures I have seen have had two tracks at right angles to each other on the turntable which would minimise the amount turning required. Turnplates with single tracks and two at right angles seem to be fairly equally common but I have no idea if it was a policy by the company concerned...
by Terry Bendall
Sun Jan 31, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby Crosti 9F
Replies: 9
Views: 912

Re: Hornby Crosti 9F

Eddie Ford had 9Fs running on Blackgill but they nay not have been RTR conversions. The layout was also fairly straight.

Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Tue Jan 26, 2021 8:39 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: 16T Weathering Experiments
Replies: 35
Views: 2812

Re: 16T Weathering Experiments

When we received steel plate, 1/4 inch and above, it was coated in a light to medium grey This was probably the oxide coating left from when the plate was rolled in the steel mill, not paint. The same "finish" was present when I used to order steel sheet when I was teaching. It is the sor...

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