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by Tim V
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4
Replies: 20
Views: 692

Re: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4

Yes they are dearer (£3.80 per axle IIRC) but without 'error' and well worth the extra IMHO. Also they're now double insulated. Worth every penny. Pity they are double insulated, the original ones could be used for pickups - for coach lighting for example. I do remember with the single insulated on...
by Tim V
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4
Replies: 20
Views: 692

Re: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4

Well that's good to know.

They cost a lot more than ordinary wheels, but the reject rate (I found) was zero, whereas I was lucky to get 50% success rate for the other wheels.
by Tim V
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4
Replies: 20
Views: 692

Re: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4

I see that you are using ordinary P4 wheelsets, get hold of some of the top quality ones - and see the difference. Given that there are limited suppliers of P4 wheels, from whom do I purchase top quality wheels? It used to be Branchlines, but I think it's now moved to another supplier. They were tu...
by Tim V
Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4
Replies: 20
Views: 692

Re: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4

Of course some of us were using coaches with the wheels changed and no other modifications - and getting reliable running! On my retired Clutton layout, I just changed the wheels. But I chose to put top quality wheels on, not your ordinary P4 wheelsets. It was that, I am convinced, that resulted in ...
by Tim V
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Nottingham Area Group (NAG)
Topic: EMAG Meeting 9th January 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 266

Re: EMAG Meeting 9th January 2020

Looks like you need to rename your part of the forum :)
by Tim V
Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension
Replies: 14
Views: 480

Re: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension

Tim, Something in the back of my dusty mind says someone was/is producing small brass washers of varying thicknesses, presumably to help with the variations you describe? Dave H I think it was Masokits again. Trouble is it's a workaround for poor quality components. Also squeezing the W irons in ju...
by Tim V
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension
Replies: 14
Views: 480

Re: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension

Where to start? What length are the axles? A lot of axles are under the recommended 26mm. Most I measured were 25.8mm. This can lead to slop. Only 'some' of the pinpoint bearings are actually accurate and within tolerances. Mike Clark (Masokits) used to do a little etch to help you decide what depth...
by Tim V
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 187
Views: 29234

Re: Ulpha Light Railway

If this is about lightweight baseboards, you may be interested to know the next News contains an article on building them.
by Tim V
Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: North London Group
Topic: Bodmin
Replies: 25
Views: 2058

Re: Bodmin

A long time ago, when I joined the society, the joining leaflet had on the back a reading list of P4 related articles. I thought I'd find the answer there as to which MRC the NLG's decisions were set out in. A very comprehensive set of articles were in the MRC on the building of Bodmin. Unfortunatel...
by Tim V
Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 1770

Re: Non Railway Modelling

There was an interesting editorial in the November HMRS Journal. In it the point was made that finescale society journals (I wonder if he's referring to the News?) are full of articles that have little to do with railway modelling, and a lot to do with getting the things to work. Hence articles on m...
by Tim V
Sun Dec 22, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Loco current consumption tester
Replies: 5
Views: 649

Re: Loco current consumption tester

I put a bridge rectifier across the ammeter, no need for any switches. Worked fine with DCC.
by Tim V
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: 4 wheel wagons rigid or non-rigid chassis?
Replies: 12
Views: 671

Re: 4 wheel wagons rigid or non-rigid chassis?

I found on Clutton I could just swap wheels (for good ones!) change couplings, and provided I pulled them, never pushed them, they were very reliable. If you want to shunt them, then I think that compensation/springing becomes necessary. For building wagons I can thoroughly recommend the Brassmaster...
by Tim V
Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 2893

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

Here you are. Mine is the Unimat 3. IMG_0474.JPG My original motor packed up with worn brushes, so I bought a new motor for it (seen on the lathe). Then I made an extra pole to support the old motor - by now fitted with new brushes (from a Hoover of some description) to create the precision vertical...
by Tim V
Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 2893

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

No one has mentioned the Unimat, which covers all the bases - precision vertical drill, small milling machine and lathe.

I've had mine about 30 years - a very good investment.
by Tim V
Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Reduction of noise from baseboards
Replies: 12
Views: 1263

Re: Reduction of noise from baseboards

As I pointed out in the other thread, it isn't the baseboards that are noisy, it is poorly engineered stuff running on top of it. Look there first - remove those XO4s (and the like), fit properly engineered bearings, decent gearboxes, decent motors. Plus controllers that don't make the motors buzz w...
by Tim V
Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 2893

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

But it's surely better to get it right first time.

So many modellers give up because they can't get it right. A great pity.

We should be pressing for decent wheels that don't need drilling. Wheels that are round and square to the axles. Wheels that self-quarter.

Oh well we can all dream ...
by Tim V
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 2893

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

Illustrative purposes only!
by Tim V
Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 2893

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

Agree with you Phillip about the need for a precision vertical drill. If there is any doubt about one's ability to drill a vertical hole through the wheel - don't do it. All this talk of worrying that the hole 'might' not be vertical. If that is the case, clearly something is wrong, you need to exam...
by Tim V
Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 2893

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

Actually no.

My workbench thread covers the jig I made viewtopic.php?f=105&t=913&start=175
by Tim V
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 2893

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

I think I covered this in my workshop thread, but I consider that it's important to drill from the back of the wheel - thus ignoring the countersink. That way the drill will follow the direction you intend, rather than what it wants to do! But surely if you drill from the back and the drill does wa...
by Tim V
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Railmotors, Railcars and Multiple Units
Topic: GWR (Lima) railcar
Replies: 3
Views: 1148

Re: GWR (Lima) railcar

When I built mine (many years ago ...) I cut out the glazing to fit in the holes, then held them in with varnish (I think). Idea from MRJ 7/8.
by Tim V
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 2893

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

I think I covered this in my workshop thread, but I consider that it's important to drill from the back of the wheel - thus ignoring the countersink. That way the drill will follow the direction you intend, rather than what it wants to do!
by Tim V
Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 64
Views: 4405

Re: Plywood disaster

Have you looked in 'Model railway Layout Design' (WSP 19990) by Iain Rice at his 'Jigsaw' layout? Track on one board, scenery on others.
by Tim V
Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Tools
Replies: 46
Views: 2972

Re: Tools

Hi I have been looking at the GW advertisement in MRJ. I see he does a wheel puller. Is this something that I need/would be useful? Best wishes Useful, but only if you intend pulling wheels off! Better plan is to put the wheels on once, and put them on right. This should be the last stage of constr...
by Tim V
Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Tools
Replies: 46
Views: 2972

Re: Tools

Andrew That soldering iron is awfully close to that curtain. The only specialist tools I've found to be really useful: the GW wheel press, and the EMGS or Comet (I think do them) frame spacer jigs. I couldn't get on with the Panavice, but do have a Burgeon clone vice. However, any vice can do, but c...

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