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by Proton
Mon May 11, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Single and Double Slip Operation
Replies: 8
Views: 1370

Re: Single and Double Slip Operation

Thanks Keith, pen and paper will be my approach.

John
by Proton
Mon May 11, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Single and Double Slip Operation
Replies: 8
Views: 1370

Re: Single and Double Slip Operation

Thank you very much for the replies Martin and Keith, as you say it really simplifies the wiring, and I would prefer to follow prototype operation if possible. I will draw up a sketch of the arrangement: this will take some time as this is a major omission on my part, not having a track plan! Any he...
by Proton
Mon May 11, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Single and Double Slip Operation
Replies: 8
Views: 1370

Single and Double Slip Operation

Hello, I am connecting up several single and double slips and have a few questions please. I have checked through the Scalefour Digest sheets which are helpful electrically, but I still have a few points for clarification. For single slips, would the blade sets have been operated independently or to...
by Proton
Sat May 09, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Cutting and Filing Tiny Lengths of Rod and Tube
Replies: 15
Views: 1514

Re: Cutting and Filing Tiny Lengths of Rod and Tube

David B wrote:The slot on the right of the clamp is where you use your fret saw.


Thank you.
by Proton
Fri May 08, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Cutting and Filing Tiny Lengths of Rod and Tube
Replies: 15
Views: 1514

Re: Cutting and Filing Tiny Lengths of Rod and Tube

There are tube cutting jigs/vices such as the one below from the Tools 'n' Tools site . They are not cheap (this one is £25) but if one is likely to be cutting tube (or rod) of a certain length, repeatedly, then it could be a useful investment. tube cutting vice.jpg Studying the picture closely, I ...
by Proton
Thu Apr 30, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Cosmetic Point Motors
Replies: 8
Views: 577

Re: Cosmetic Point Motors

The Peco unit looks pretty good. My infrastructure is late 60s early 70s, but not really trying to be historically correct in point motor details. However, the Peco unit looks like good value at 2.85 GBP for 6; I need 60.

Thank you all!

John
by Proton
Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Cosmetic Point Motors
Replies: 8
Views: 577

Re: Cosmetic Point Motors

Thank you both for the very detailed replies. This is for a terminus approach and throat, so although not even one hundred, quite a few, and the EP version from DCC concepts looks like a good solution

John
by Proton
Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Cosmetic Point Motors
Replies: 8
Views: 577

Cosmetic Point Motors

Hello,

Colin Craig used to supply various cosmetic point motors and other detailing bits, but he has stopped trading. Does anyone know of alternate suppliers please?

John
by Proton
Sat Apr 25, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Maygib Point Motors
Replies: 1
Views: 332

Maygib Point Motors

Hello, Whilst I have standardized on Fulgurex motors for turnout operation I am running low on my stash, and am thinking of using some old Maygib solenoid motors I acquired second-hand years ago. What is the recommended operating voltage for them (and AC/DC) They appear a bit sticky and the iron cor...
by Proton
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Rigid Chassis Locos?
Replies: 70
Views: 4547

Re: Rigid Chassis Locos?

Do diesels and electrics count? I have a Class 20 , several 24s and 25s, a class 35, and a variety of AC electrics, all with drop in Ultrascale wheels, and all run well and never derail. For the three-axle bogies, Heljan are the best. I have the Falcon, Lion, and a brush type 4, and all perfect runn...
by Proton
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: Printed wheels
Replies: 9
Views: 1181

Re: Printed wheels

Never mind wheels, how about a complete set of working valve gear, rods, and cylinders!!

PBM
by Proton
Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Best wire for collectors
Replies: 14
Views: 1728

Re: Best wire for collectors

Gold is used successfully in space applications but for a sliding contact it has to be hard as otherwise it will ablate, especially against steel. Personally I wouldn't recommend it.

PBM.
by Proton
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: C&L track base
Replies: 5
Views: 1763

Re: C&L track base

I have quite a lot of the track dating pre-2013 and in places it gets very tight to gauge. I use one of the flat metal track gauges and use a soldering iron to melt, gently (!), the chairs. This is a slow process but works fairly reliably.
PBM
by Proton
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brassmasters Duchess test build
Replies: 35
Views: 4506

Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

Thanks for the replies Jim.

PBM
by Proton
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brassmasters Duchess test build
Replies: 35
Views: 4506

Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

How would you rate the fold-up and ease of soldering Jim? Expert standard required or average with due care and attention?
Any tips on how you set up and quartered the drivers?
PBM
by Proton
Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Vehicle dynamics and trackholding
Topic: Better Running
Replies: 16
Views: 2115

Re: Better Running

I agree with Jim's approach, run as many trains as you can. When I am in this mode, I triple head very long trains of up to 20 cars, and the odd vehicle which is below par shows up after a short time. It also highlights those with kadee couplers that are too tight!
PBM.
by Proton
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Best technique for curving rail?
Replies: 10
Views: 1402

Re: Best technique for curving rail?

Hmmm. I have made a lot of turnouts using the Brook Smith method, and have never pre-curved the rail, and this hasn't caused any solder joint failures. I have also constructed a lot of turnouts using code 83 flat bottom rail soldered onto PCB sleepers, again with no pre-curved rail. I haven't made a...
by Proton
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Drill for rivets.
Replies: 18
Views: 1919

Re: Drill for rivets.

I must be living in the lap of luxury! I've had a mark 2 punch since I started making track in the fall of '79, and never thought of using anything else. However, it does occur to me that if I had track under construction with rail soldered onto it, that if I had missed a rivet location manual drill...
by Proton
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Drill for rivets.
Replies: 18
Views: 1919

Re: Drill for rivets.

I've made quite a lot of turnouts and crossings to the Brook Smith method but never had to drill sleepers; when does this become necessary?

PBM
by Proton
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Modern Era Concrete Track
Replies: 26
Views: 2642

Re: Modern Era Concrete Track

grovenor-2685 wrote:Why not buy some more of the Exactoscale ones?
Rgds

Hi Keith,

I want to use up my substantial supply of C&L Dow-Mac sleepers, otherwise they're going into a landfill!

John
by Proton
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Modern Era Concrete Track
Replies: 26
Views: 2642

Re: Modern Era Concrete Track

I have over 50 feet of the Exactoscale sleepers with code 82 rail from a North American supplier, and it is superb. I had bought some C&L Dow-Mac sleepers years earlier but the lack of rail clips induced me to buy the Exactoscale sleepers. However, as I need even more concrete sleepered track, I...
by Proton
Fri May 10, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: CCU for LMS 6-wheel Bogie
Replies: 9
Views: 1556

Re: CCU for LMS 6-wheel Bogie

Hi JF, I have done a lot of Bill Bedfords over the years and recently did a pair of LMS 12'6" bogies. The jury is still out for me as to whether it needs to have more sideplay in the centre axle (if it does, I will use one of my sliding axle solutions) and it needs a little care to make sure t...
by Proton
Thu May 09, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: CCU for LMS 6-wheel Bogie
Replies: 9
Views: 1556

Re: CCU for LMS 6-wheel Bogie

Thanks for this guys, I think the Bill Bedford item gets my vote.

JF
by Proton
Wed May 08, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: CCU for LMS 6-wheel Bogie
Replies: 9
Views: 1556

CCU for LMS 6-wheel Bogie

Hello,
I have a BSL model of an LMS 12-wheel sleeping car in OO gauge, and I need to find a source or means of compensating or springing the bogies. Any assistance appreciated please.

JF

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