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by PhilipT
Wed May 20, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: barrowroad
Topic: Another Bachmann Jubilee Converted to P4
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: Another Bachmann Jubilee Converted to P4

Interesting......…….. Might well try that. Thanks for posting.
Phil
by PhilipT
Mon May 18, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: barrowroad
Topic: Another Bachmann Jubilee Converted to P4
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: Another Bachmann Jubilee Converted to P4

Looks good! How do you arrange the return crank?

Phil Tattershall
by PhilipT
Fri May 01, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2020
Replies: 113
Views: 9672

Re: Scaleforum 2020

They haven't! Kier Hardy and friends do it independently.
by PhilipT
Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies
Replies: 61
Views: 4477

Re: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies

"A skim over the surface" may be your opinion but I feel it does a grave disservice to the work of two highly respected authors. The 500 pages and more than 650 illustrations in those two volumes are hardly a skim, they are a serious history of Midland Railway Carriages which, on 31 Decemb...
by PhilipT
Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 317
Views: 83909

Re: The Burford Branch

Skew bridges are not difficult until you arrive at the point where you have to fit the arch between the piers and the sides. It is then you find that when you try to transfer the shape of the arch onto two-dimensional material (Southeastern Finecast vacuum formed brickwork sheets in my case) that it...
by PhilipT
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Motors for locos
Replies: 19
Views: 1541

Re: Motors for locos

If you want the motor to fit between the lower sides of a narrow firebox such as a Castle then aren't the 16XX motors problematic?
by PhilipT
Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 367
Views: 60647

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

A simple but highly effective alternative was described by Mike Norris in SNews a few years ago using vertically mounted pcb with 0.45mm brass wire soldered to the switch blades. It is not difficult to make, is reliable and unobtrusive. Where he used 1mm thick pcb, I use 0.6mm material which is more...
by PhilipT
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Rigid Chassis Locos?
Replies: 70
Views: 4037

Re: Rigid Chassis Locos?

Philip speaks of correcting the root radius which is certainly larger than desirable. About 10 years ago I tried to fathom why Markits wheels run satisfactorily on EM track whereas the late Joe Brooksmith said they shouldn't. I sectioned a rim and found that the radius was about 0.68mm, not the 0.87...
by PhilipT
Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Midland Carriage Bogies
Replies: 2
Views: 525

Re: Midland Carriage Bogies

The 5522 bogies I used (a long time ago) looked very nice but the problem I had was a tendency to sag in the middle, possibly caused by over-etching(?). I ended up soldering a beam across the ends thus making them rigid and then, with a bit of tweaking to ensure all wheels were sitting level, they w...
by PhilipT
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Hornby -ex LMS non corridor coaches
Replies: 2
Views: 562

Re: Hornby -ex LMS non corridor coaches

Thanks Rod, that is exactly the way. It takes quite a bit of force to separate them but faint heart never won, etc...

Phil
by PhilipT
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Hornby -ex LMS non corridor coaches
Replies: 2
Views: 562

Hornby -ex LMS non corridor coaches

These are Hornby R4689 and R4691. Does anyone know how to separate the body from the underframe? The usual 20 thou styrene between the bodyside and the solebar doesn't seem to work and there appear to be some tabs of glazing material in the extreme corners of the floor which don't respond to gentle ...
by PhilipT
Sat Dec 14, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Serjt-Dave
Topic: Track Cleaning Wagons. The Saga!
Replies: 6
Views: 937

Re: Track Cleaning Wagons. The Saga!

The later Hornby (ex Airfix? ex Dapol?) LMS brake van is correct length for the Bill Bedford underframe.
by PhilipT
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Blade filing jig.
Replies: 6
Views: 1063

Re: Blade filing jig.

These jigs used to be supplied with two machine screws and washers but recent ones have only one screw. I queried this with Jeremy at Scaleforum and he told me that the second one was unnecessary - and he's right. The piece which is screwed on to protect the foot of the rail will also firmly clamp t...
by PhilipT
Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 215
Views: 31300

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

quote / Don't sweep the bristle segments, that is the way they get airborne and everywhere / unquote I'll second that. 55 years ago a high temperature device exploded next to me - the burns were minor but fibreglass insulation which got into my eyes put scratches in each cornea. Thankfully, the succ...
by PhilipT
Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Best technique for curving rail?
Replies: 10
Views: 1290

Re: Best technique for curving rail?

Has anyone tried using the GW Models roller? It would be a bit cheaper than the item suggested.
by PhilipT
Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Best technique for curving rail?
Replies: 10
Views: 1290

Re: Best technique for curving rail?

I've had this problem too and find that, with nickel silver rail, I have to be very careful to avoid it happening (when bending I try to apply a bit of downward pressure to the ends as well as the bending force to counteract the tendency for the head to rise). I have put it down to the additional ma...
by PhilipT
Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss
Replies: 24
Views: 2650

Re: P4 wheels centre outside boss

Julian Roberts wrote:Perhaps it varies from prototype to prototype.

It does - compare, say, an LMS Duchess with an LNER A1, the former is much more pronounced than the latter.
by PhilipT
Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Drill for rivets.
Replies: 18
Views: 1796

Re: Drill for rivets.

Thanks for this excellent yet simple idea.
by PhilipT
Sun Oct 06, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Drill for rivets.
Replies: 18
Views: 1796

Re: Drill for rivets.

Getting rivets lined up to pass through the hole is bad enough when drilled 1.1mm, perish the thought of inserting them into a smaller hole.
by PhilipT
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Track Laying
Replies: 32
Views: 4379

Re: Track Laying

Always used butanone without problems.
by PhilipT
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Track Laying
Replies: 32
Views: 4379

Re: Track Laying

When I did organic chemistry at school in 1960-62, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) was the nomenclature. Subsequently systematic naming of organic compounds was adopted which gave us butanone, or more correctly butan-2-one (not 2-butanone unless that's a recent change). Butan-2-one indicates that the keto...
by PhilipT
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Track Laying
Replies: 32
Views: 4379

Re: Track Laying

The original query referred to both wooden and plastic sleepers. I fully concur with the advice given about wooden sleepering, ie use plenty of butanone but the opposite is the case if using plastic (abs) sleepers. Here the need is to use the smallest amount of butanone which will do the job. The re...
by PhilipT
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: MR 4F Tender [type C] 3,500 gallon
Replies: 9
Views: 1634

Re: MR 4F Tender [type C] 3,500 gallon

Ambis do an etch which covers 4 types of Johnson 3,500 gallon sides and ends.
by PhilipT
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Mini Cutting Broaches
Replies: 5
Views: 3164

Re: Mini Cutting Broaches

Last time I tried to buy something from Cousins they were "trade only"
by PhilipT
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: BR CCT's
Replies: 14
Views: 3001

Re: BR CCT's

………..or maybe not. I can't speak for CCTs but the colour of ends on some -ex LMS vehicles well into the BR period could depend upon which works did the painting, an example being pull and push driving trailer ends which could be red (Derby??) or black (Wolverton??). Finding a photograph of the end o...

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