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You might buy at least a couple of each to cover future breakages as they are probably the sizes you use most. They're pretty cheap, mostly. Have you considered getting a set of metric drills for the simple reason that you know how big they are without having to look them up each time? DaveB Yes th...
Why the builder put strips of metal, bent at the ends to link the brake blocks I'm not sure when there are perfectly good holes for brass rod to fit. Late last night I dropped my pin vice and snapped the drill bit. There is enough left to use but not safely store. Who sell bits No.s 61-64 and 73-77 ...
Looking at the photo of the frame in grey primer, I can see the box the loco is normally kept in. I can't understand why the other brake block isn't in there. I can see that the original builder put brake pull rods on. Rotherham does not have these, presumably there is a linkage underneath between t...
Well, I owe an apology to the builder of the DE2. For the last few years, I thought that some brakes were missing. They are, but I'm the culprit. I've found an old photo of the chassis and all the brakes were there. At some point after dismantalling the chassis, I lost some brakes. Now I've made new...
- Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:56 am
- Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
- Topic: MTK class 59 kit - Let the challenge commence.
- Replies: 31
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alan@york wrote:those 59's are too far south for me,.
One reached Retford on a railtour to Worksop Open Day once. It must have gone out or arrrived from the North, as it ran round it's train.
Quite a session today. As noted I was unhappy with the con-rods. Running was erratic with a tight spot. Combined with the discovery that one rod was single thickness, I looked closer. The holes were far too large so I added new backs to both rods. 20210414_154955.jpg One was a single piece of nickel...
Hopefully the final error in the original construction. There should be a piece of brass across the frame in the middle. In real life one(?) of the brake cylinders seems to be bolted to it. the rod holding the leading rear wheel brake hanger is also missing. There are now ready to be soldered in pla...
- Sat Apr 03, 2021 1:33 pm
- Forum: Track and Turnouts
- Topic: MR INTERLACED TURNOUTS
- Replies: 12
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I don't remember seeing any interlaced ones. The last one on the mainline I saw was at Derby Etches Park before it was remodelled a few years ago. I have seen a 4 way at Brighton in the 20's.I believe the term for the ones with the blades "superimposed" is Threee Throw, the others being Th...
- Wed Mar 24, 2021 1:07 pm
- Forum: Exhibitions
- Topic: Virtual Scalefour North International - 17th and 18th April 2021
- Replies: 66
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Paul Willis wrote:Croissants in the West Riding?
Things have certainly changed since I lived there... But with the prospect of such wonderful fare on offer, I'll spread the word in a couple of other places.
Chip butty monsieur sans fries ? ....
Bit of work today. The compensation beam had failed so was redesigned and soldered in today. A simple rocking beam. Next the brake gear. The missing bits will use Wizard/Mainly Trains GWR hangers which I bought a few weeks ago together with the Judith Edge spares. Funny how Yorkshire used GWR style....
- Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:10 pm
- Forum: East Midlands Area Group
- Topic: EMAG Zoom meeting 4th March 2021
- Replies: 1
- Views: 481
From another part of this forum, I've learnt the reason for PVA causing problems with lead. It forms acetic acid which reacts with the lead. From Warwick University James Crawford Destructive microclimates "Lead can be attacked by emitted volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Implicated VOCs inclu...
- Mon Mar 15, 2021 11:52 am
- Forum: Track and Turnouts
- Topic: Preventing rust on steel rail
- Replies: 11
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I would not use acrylic paint. Firstly it uses water as it's carrier. Then there's the possibility of the acetic acid, though people with a greater understanding could confirm that. Modern household paints that are water soluble are pretty useless especially on metal for similar reasons.