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by Tim V
Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Marking gauge?
Replies: 12
Views: 364

Re: Marking gauge?

Paul Townsend wrote:Many years ago, I bought one of these at a show....no idea who made it. Very useful tool!

I made something similar in school metalwork classes (proper education in those days),haven't seen it in years. Mind I think I've moved house 16 times since leaving school ...
by Tim V
Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Balcombe developments
Replies: 15
Views: 396

Re: Balcombe developments

Must be the sea air in Devon ...
by Tim V
Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Announcement thread
Replies: 40
Views: 1663

Re: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Announcement thread

Horsetan wrote:I have actually canvassed this possibility with ModelU, but they don't think a horse would stand long enough to produce a viable 3D scan....

I've asked him as well, he may have a cunning plan ...
by Tim V
Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery
Replies: 395
Views: 122171

Re: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery

Well that's blown it. The motor I planned to use (pictured above) that I thought was brand new, turned out to be a dud, it runs hot. Checked the brushes and springs which look OK. I've now looked in my spare motor box, a couple of round cans which seem to work, so I'm going to have a look in the EMG...
by Tim V
Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Announcement thread
Replies: 40
Views: 1663

Re: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Announcement thread

It's a challenge Horse ...
by Tim V
Tue Mar 31, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Announcement thread
Replies: 40
Views: 1663

Re: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Announcement thread

DJH BR Std.5 chassis built up to "rolling" stage, initially with Pendlenton-type leaf spring arrangement. That was 1991. Bloody spring tails kept dropping out of the adjustable grub screws. No real progress since, especially as new suspension techniques kept on coming up over the years. I...
by Tim V
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery
Replies: 395
Views: 122171

Re: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery

Terry Bendall wrote:Perhaps a second gearbox with some spur gears either on the motor or before the existing gearbox? Your workbench looks in about the same condition as mine! :)

Terry Bendall


That is the plan. That is the workbench after I'd tidied up!
by Tim V
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery
Replies: 395
Views: 122171

Re: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery

I thought they might be, looking at some MRRC gears I have to reduce the speed. It is a goods engine I'm building.
by Tim V
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery
Replies: 395
Views: 122171

Re: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery

And look what I've found! A possible gearbox for the loco. Motor in the tender. I don't know how long I've had these gearboxes - weren't they part of Dynadrive (some of that pre-DCC nonsense to get better response). Anyway, they appear to work and I've got two of them. Just coupled them up to the mo...
by Tim V
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery
Replies: 395
Views: 122171

Re: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery

Well, with broad gauge stuff, my working area went down to about three inches square - something had to be done, so I'm tidying the bench.
by Tim V
Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Registration Thread
Replies: 22
Views: 1505

Re: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Registration Thread

Can I just thank all the posters on here for helping to keep my spirits up during this crisis. It feels good to know there's a brother/sisterhood out there going through the same as me and finding some positives in a dreadful situation. Keep well. Andy Well said Andy, I too am finding it difficult ...
by Tim V
Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery
Replies: 395
Views: 122171

Re: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery

Tender body assembled, minor problem as it appears the castings may be slightly over-width, but a bit of squeezing and fiddling looks like it might be on track. Motor tried in position, next is to make the running gear.
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by Tim V
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery
Replies: 395
Views: 122171

Re: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery

Too late - already made them!

As said, I'm building this without recourse to any outside trade help. So although the BGS may have the correct wheels (for example), as I'm not a member I can't use their excellent trade counter!
by Tim V
Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery
Replies: 395
Views: 122171

Re: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery

Decided instead to build the tender first. Axles being made, wheels sourced.
by Tim V
Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled
Replies: 19
Views: 1383

Re: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled

It wasn't me M'lud.
by Tim V
Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled
Replies: 19
Views: 1383

Re: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled

Well that just slipped out! It was supposed to say round pin 15A!
I don't believe it - a website dedicated to old plugs - and the plug I was referring to!
https://www.plugsocketmuseum.nl/Fitall1.html
by Tim V
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled
Replies: 19
Views: 1383

Re: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled

Ah shows in the 70s. You never knew what socket you would get at the venue, round pin 5A, round pin 13A, 2/3 pins, used to have to take a supply of extra plugs. Then I found a converter plug - it had all options (I wonder what happened to it?). You just popped out the appropriate pins, screwed them ...
by Tim V
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann Std 3 82xxx 2-6-2 Tank
Replies: 49
Views: 14449

Re: Bachmann Std 3 82xxx 2-6-2 Tank

It was a very complicated box with spring strips - I used to have the instruction booklet, but looks like that's gone. The castings weren't bad, but the valve gear was very good.
by Tim V
Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery
Replies: 395
Views: 122171

Re: Tim V's workbench

Starting work on the BG goods engine, first job is make the split axles. Very few useful dimensions on the BG website, but I've calculated that a 45mm axle will cover the outside framed engine. So I've started making them.
by Tim V
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Registration Thread
Replies: 22
Views: 1505

Re: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Registration Thread

Right, in my kit mountain I've found a Sharman kit for a Hercules class 0-6-0 broad gauge engine. I've found some used 5' diameter wheels. I've found some hornblocks. There could be a good motor (untested as yet). Some gears. The plan is to do it without recourse to ordering things in. Basic spec sa...
by Tim V
Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Rigid Chassis Locos?
Replies: 62
Views: 2228

Re: Rigid Chassis Locos?

steve howe wrote:247 Developments list the 'Romford P4 axle' I wonder if RP25 profile tyres would work in P4...... :o

Or is that total heresy?

Steve

You asked the question, I expect a full report back (and an article for the snooze).
by Tim V
Sat Mar 21, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Rigid Chassis Locos?
Replies: 62
Views: 2228

Re: Rigid Chassis Locos?

Concerning springing to improve electrical contact, it's worth noting that this is now common practice in 2FS, where spring for track holding don't work much and aren't considered necessary. The 'springs' are actually bearing on top of the axles (split frames), there is usually minimal slop in the ...
by Tim V
Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Rigid Chassis Locos?
Replies: 62
Views: 2228

Re: Rigid Chassis Locos?

Actually, there is quite a lot of slop in RTR mechanisms. And that slop isn't just for road-holding, but for pickup. I can't recommend building rigid chassis with 'slop'. If you are going to that extent, putting in a simple beam system (remember that?) isn't much more work and will result in a far b...
by Tim V
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Rigid Chassis Locos?
Replies: 62
Views: 2228

Re: Rigid Chassis Locos?

Oh well, as for diesels, I had a Bachman warship that ran beautifully with new wheels, a Helkan Hymek that, after a change of motor runs superbly.

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