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by Terry Bendall
Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Tools
Replies: 3
Views: 75

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: 2
Views: 136

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.

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by Terry Bendall
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 34
Views: 1998

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: 2
Views: 250

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: 6
Views: 614

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: 34
Views: 1998

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: 361

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: 301
Views: 44095

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: 18
Views: 1466

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 ...
by Terry Bendall
Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Buffer Stops
Replies: 7
Views: 677

Re: Buffer Stops

The design shown is not that different from a BR type which I have scratch built several times. I bend the rail by hand using a pair of pliers. There is Obviously some distortion and occasionally a piece will break but the parts can usually be salvaged and any gaps filled with solder. Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 109
Views: 13060

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

jim s-w wrote:Don’t forget the good old, cheap as chips Airfix kit Tim.


Or even scratch build it, :) with perhaps the aid of some etched brass windows which is what I did on Elcot Road. See Scalefour News 209 page 21.

Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23168

Re: Scaleforum 2019

It's amazing the way an 8 car unit gets lost on the viaduct, the whole scale of it is mind boggling. It is, and I would like to thank Rod and John and the rest of the team for bringing the layout to Scaleforum. It is I believe very much the work of two people which is quite amazing in itself. There...
by Terry Bendall
Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Road and platform surfaces
Replies: 17
Views: 1800

Re: Road and platform surfaces

I can recall reading a description of bomb damage in London during World War Two of "wooden blocks of the road surface burning with a merry glow" but probably that was a feature of large towns and cities. Perhaps there was a tarmac covering to the blocks?

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by Terry Bendall
Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23168

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Some observations on some of the comments: We have provided tables and chairs in the hall for the last 4 years at least. This year there were six tables, each with four chairs, except when someone nicked one for another purpose. Five of these were around Balcombe Viaduct and one was near the Society...
by Terry Bendall
Thu Sep 26, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23168

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Le Corbusier wrote:oh dear .... bang goes my chance to have a look at the options for the rivet press


Perhaps there is a kind person who has one and could bring it to the show for Tim to look at. :thumb

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by Terry Bendall
Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23168

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I regret to announce that GW Models will not be at Scaleforum. George Watts is now unable to drive himself to exhibitions and he has not been able to find someone to bring him to Scaleforum so will not be present.

Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23168

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I hope we don't go down the route of inviting a guest layout for the sake of it. The style of the layout is similar to others but the reasons for inviting the layout were to do with presentation, lighting effects, a modified automatic coupling and smooth operation as well as fine model making. All ...
by Terry Bendall
Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: David B
Topic: Lost Property
Replies: 14
Views: 5945

Re: Lost Property

Small dishes for bits are useful Yes they are but being mean I tend to use any small plastic boxes or trays that I come across. Examples are the clear covers on Oxford Die Cast vehicles, boxes that business cards are supplied in and other small containers that might otherwise go in the rubbish bin....
by Terry Bendall
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23168

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Shelfie 2 won’t be appearing owing to personal circumstances Chris has beaten me to the announcement. Paul is unable to attend for family reasons and whilst it won't be my call in the future we hope to see the layout at some point. At this stage it is not really feasible to get a replacement. Apolo...
by Terry Bendall
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23168

Re: Scaleforum 2019

For anyone who has planned to use that route to get to the event, it may be worth considering alternatives. The A 413 is the Wendover by pass and for those using the M25 from either direction the best exit is junction 20 which is the A 41. Regrettably the Society is unable to control road repairs. ...
by Terry Bendall
Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23168

Re: Scaleforum 2019

David Bigcheeseplant wrote:Has the stadium sorted out the lighting inside the hall?


Yes they have David. All new fittings and you can now actually see what you are looking at. :D

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by Terry Bendall
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23168

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Tim V wrote:I believe the parking cameras are turned off for Railex, is that the case this September?


Always has been that way for the last 7 years and will be this year.

Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23168

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Some time back I posted the following about the track building workshops at Scaleforum. With just two weeks to go, anyone who wants to sign up for any of the workshops needs to book a place soon. For unavoidable reasons, Howard Bolton is unable to run one of the workshops and his place will be taken...
by Terry Bendall
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23168

Re: Scaleforum 2019

It has come to my attention that the Ouse Valley Viaduct is considered to be a bit of a myth Well if it is, we have a lot of space allocated to a mythical layout! :D :D Having the platforms pass through the tunnel is an unusual and interesting feature of Balcombe John's comment prompted me to get o...
by Terry Bendall
Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: None specific model products
Replies: 27
Views: 3109

Re: None specific model products

Or even the generic Enamel Thinners that comes in an aluminium tin with a conical top This might be HMG Thinners from HMG Paints. This works well for thinning Humbrol, Precision and Railmatch paints which are the enamel paints that I use, For general cleaning of paint brushes and the air brush the ...

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