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by Chris Mitton
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour Southwest (Railwells) 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 2294

Re: Scalefour Southwest (Railwells) 2018

At 4.30 this afternoon, the hall was empty apart from the crowd that had assembled to watch the final (public) trains on Clutton. The occasion was marked with headboards on both trains. Is this "last" as in "Frank Sinatra's last tour" or last as in "positively absolutely ne...
by Chris Mitton
Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: A new lever frame design
Replies: 91
Views: 14165

Re: A new lever frame design

I see that Howard's website states: "Locking Etches for 5 levers cost £34 and are available from the Scalefour Society on-line shop - there is no requirement to be a Society Member". However, earlier in this thread it states that they are available only to members, and they are not in the...
by Chris Mitton
Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 65615

Re: Track Construction for a Test Track

Admittedly, the wiring of the tandem turnout did present a challenge because the wiring diagram (John Shelley, available at: http://www.finescale.org.uk/pdfs/3way.pdf), showed the plan view from above whereas I had to reverse the diagram in my head to wire from underneath! Try printing out your PDF...
by Chris Mitton
Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Engineering, Injuneering and Knitting
Replies: 49
Views: 4444

Re: Engineering, Injuneering and Knitting

We have some of this on DLR as well, the concrete slab forming the track bed is supported clear of the tunnel invert on large coil springs. This does give a little resilience/movement but the intent is to decouple the vibration in the rails from the tunnel lining and hence the ground in areas with ...
by Chris Mitton
Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Needle Files
Replies: 5
Views: 1495

Re: Needle Files

There is (at least last I went) a good shop opposite their shop that sells tools at very good prices. I've dealt with them for my jewellery hobby a few times. I think Kelly might mean Walsh's , just around the corner from Cooksongold, behind Warstone Lane police station. I've had lots of stuff from...
by Chris Mitton
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Lost at Scaleforum 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1909

Re: Lost at Scaleforum 2017

To answer the original question, that looks suspiciously like it belongs to member 1840. Sorry I don't know his name. I do know his name (but can't put it here for Data Protection reasons) - I'll be in contact with him in the near future, I'll let him know provided Paul tells me what he's done with...
by Chris Mitton
Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Local Show Publicity
Topic: Sutton Coldfield - 22nd / 23rd April
Replies: 1
Views: 664

Sutton Coldfield - 22nd / 23rd April

Hi all Just a quick puff for the Sutton Coldfield Railway Society's annual exhibition, coming up at Bishop Walsh school on the 22nd and 23rd of April - full details here . This is a popular family show, with diverse models on show from N right up to 5 inch gauge.....but this year we're breaking with...
by Chris Mitton
Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: North East Essex (NEEAG)
Topic: NEEAG March Meeting
Replies: 3
Views: 938

Re: NEEAG March Meeting

Despite living in GER?BE(E) territory we are a bit short on knowledge of track construction, sleeper lengths, number of chair bolts, etc. but should have that resolved for the next meeting. Hi Jol There is some information about GER plain track in one of our very own Digests - 23.5.5.04 which shows...
by Chris Mitton
Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:12 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 932
Views: 96380

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland pre 1905

.... and then work out a good way of fixing down the roof - double sided tape perhaps? I don't want to permanently fix it in place as the chassis is attached by two screws from within the cabin - I must change this round next time. Solder a strip of brass (scrap etch?) across the top of the sides, ...
by Chris Mitton
Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:00 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 932
Views: 96380

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland pre 1905

In the 1950's I remember days out at Monsal Head. As a young 'un never took much notice of the steam locos, they always appeared dirty, stained, rusty and noisy, ...but if they'd run proper (ie Gresley) engines, turned out as Tim's finish, you'd have noticed them.... But I agree about Monsal - the ...
by Chris Mitton
Fri Oct 21, 2016 11:59 pm
Forum: West Midlands
Topic: West Midlands Revival
Replies: 12
Views: 3902

West Midlands Revival

Hi all Apologies for lack of news, but Treasurer stuff keeps me busy at this time of the year..... ....I've written to all those who expressed an interest to me, and told them of the change of date, but in case anyone else wants to join in, the proposed meeting will now be on Tuesday 25th October at...
by Chris Mitton
Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:44 pm
Forum: West Midlands
Topic: West Midlands Revival
Replies: 12
Views: 3902

West Midlands Revival

Scalefour Society – West Midlands Area Group Members will be aware that this group has not been functioning for some time now, ever since our eviction from Fradley Hall coinciding with Les Bird's illness. Ian Hunter and I would like to try and revive this group – so we are convening a meeting in Oct...
by Chris Mitton
Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:05 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Rooves
Replies: 11
Views: 3158

Re: Rooves

How do you go about fixing these? A box van is straightforward enough but if one is glazing or wants to add detail after painting, then the roof needs to be attached later. In some cases, it is desirable that the roof is removable. I would be interested to know the preferred methods people employ, ...
by Chris Mitton
Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:58 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Tongue End
Replies: 21
Views: 4017

Re: Tongue End

As a quick check does anyone know how long a cross over is based on B6/7 Paul Hi Paul Assuming the track is straight - the fen country was dead flat and even the rivers were largely artificial and so also straight, so there was no reason to build it anything else - and assuming the "six-foot&q...
by Chris Mitton
Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:49 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Exeter MRS Show 02/03 July please any directions
Replies: 26
Views: 5416

Re: Exeter MRS Show 02/03 July please any directions

Philip Hall wrote:It was nice to see the little Scalefour 40th anniversary presence as well, with Paul Willis watching over the Society stand and trying to convert at least one chap to P4.

Nicer still, successfully converting two! Well done Paul :D
Chris
by Chris Mitton
Sun May 15, 2016 8:19 pm
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: Dartmouth in Broad Gauge era
Replies: 40
Views: 8929

Re: Dartmouth in Broad Gauge era

I have always printed from templot onto 80gsm A4 paper and used a lot of magic sellotape but this week's high humidity changing to hot and dry has played havoc with paper distortion so alignment errors exceed 1mm in a few places. For this purpose of checking everything fits and baseboard joint inte...
by Chris Mitton
Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:22 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Starter question - track work
Replies: 100
Views: 15851

Re: Starter question - track work

Hi all Re Dal-T's question, this was my answer some years ago - http://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=90&t=425&p=3062#p3062 I don't know if ths is "received wisdom" or not, but FWIW I haven't made much progress on the trackwork for Stowe Fen since then (having been insane ...
by Chris Mitton
Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:53 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Maximum Gradients
Replies: 16
Views: 3210

Re: Maximum Gradients

Having converted it to imperial and then down to 4mm, I *think* that we're talking about a minimum radius of 20.63 inches... I'm going to rattle something up in Templot using that radius and see what it looks like :-) Now to find some time to doodle some dockside industrial layouts... Cheers Flymo ...
by Chris Mitton
Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:51 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Fitting on functional chairs
Replies: 14
Views: 2703

Re: Fitting on functional chairs

although they're not quite such a tight fit on the rail.DT The chairs shouldn't be too tight a fit on the rail anyway, otherwise you'll have expansion problems in hot weather if they can't slide longitudinally. For the same reason, don't forget to include expansion gaps at intervals in your track -...
by Chris Mitton
Mon Jan 05, 2015 12:58 am
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Ground signals and single track lines
Replies: 16
Views: 3191

Re: Ground signals and single track lines

Accuracy is a strange thing, with a fictional location the best that can be done is prototypically plausible. - Nigel Hi Nigel But that's the strength of fictional lines - you can always argue, as I do with my Stowe Fen (or will if it ever makes significant progress) that it's a 100% accurate repli...
by Chris Mitton
Sat Jan 03, 2015 10:10 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Ground signals and single track lines
Replies: 16
Views: 3191

Re: Ground signals and single track lines

I've a signalling problem, and I've not been able to solve it, so does anyone know enough about prototype to be able to help ? Hi Nigel - I'm not a signal engineer but I do have some knowledge of Great Eastern practice (I assume Coldfair Green is GER - it certainly was last time I saw it) - doubtle...
by Chris Mitton
Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:29 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Drill bits - is titanium worthwhile?
Replies: 25
Views: 6050

Re: Drill bits - is titanium worthwhile?

The rule of thumb is that the larger the drill, the slower the speed. Isn't the recommended speed (for drilling a given material) linear with the diameter of the drill? I.e. based on a constant, linear speed for the fastest-moving part of the tip. I'm no engineer, but it does seem reasonable to me ...
by Chris Mitton
Sat Oct 18, 2014 12:01 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Fitting door handles and hinges
Replies: 10
Views: 3993

Re: Fitting door handles and hinges

Each of the 20 doors will presumably require three hinges, all the same (there are none with the kit) and all in perfect line. I'd be very grateful for any information as to how these are best made and fitted. DT Hi David In perfect line yes, all the same length no....unless you're building a flat-...
by Chris Mitton
Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:34 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 512
Views: 84799

Re: Brettell Road

Apparently the largest possible raindrop size is 5mm (there are websites about this sort of stuff) which scales out at 0.065mm in 4mm but that's for a torrential thunderstorm. A moderate rain drop is half that size (0.033mm). Is that even visible? I have an idea of showing that rain is falling mind...
by Chris Mitton
Thu Aug 07, 2014 12:23 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2014
Replies: 197
Views: 36053

Re: Scaleforum bus 2014

Hi all Terry and RailexDavid are both spot-on here - the problem with the bus last year was that quite a lot of people wanted it, a somewhat smaller number used it, but hardly anyone bothered to make a contribution towards its (considerable) cost (several hundred pounds as David says). As I understa...

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