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by stephenfreeman
Sun Apr 26, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 147
Views: 28997

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

Ah! the ones based on the nut and bolt were, if memory serves me right the original Alan Gibson product from when he used to sell the range for Len Newman. To avoid any possibility of the gauge narrowing effect best to not have the nut adjusted too tightly. The current 3 point gauges available from ...
by stephenfreeman
Fri Apr 24, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 147
Views: 28997

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

hope this helps
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by stephenfreeman
Fri Apr 24, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 147
Views: 28997

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

I wasn't aware that Alan Gibson supplies the gauges, I bought mine from the stores. Assuming these are the same, you have posted a picture of the first gauge you are interested in. I'll try and post a photo of the other one but expect to be beaten to it.
by stephenfreeman
Mon Apr 13, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Coreless Motor Database
Replies: 15
Views: 1335

Re: Coreless Motor Database

As far as Portescaps were concerned I think it was always the 1219s, that were the most fragile.
by stephenfreeman
Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2020
Replies: 113
Views: 10348

Re: Scaleforum 2020

I have briefly scanned through the report and it does make for depressing reading. Bottom line is, things are never going to be the same again, at least for some time and probably much longer than most are admitting to. Social distancing is likely to become the new norm.
by stephenfreeman
Fri Apr 03, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Signal Post etches
Replies: 0
Views: 465

Signal Post etches

Good Afternoon, Apart from building signals to order, I also sell a 2 piece brass etch to build a 30ft post (or less of course). They are easily folded (I can supply ready folded at no extra cost if desired) and soldered together to make a hollow post. This makes the fitment of working signal lamps ...
by stephenfreeman
Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Exactoscale Turnout Chairs
Replies: 10
Views: 2353

Re: Exactoscale Turnout Chairs

Hi,

You will of course need some running rail chairs, check rail chairs if you are using 3 or 4 bolt chairs and slide rail chairs (Modelu if 2 bolt).
by stephenfreeman
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Colouring Sleepers
Replies: 24
Views: 5125

Re: Colouring Sleepers

Ronseal black ash fence paint for me. You can vary the intensity between brand new and faded grey.
by stephenfreeman
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chairs and Rail
Replies: 51
Views: 11582

Re: Chairs and Rail

Actually it's Karlgarin PermaWay - Phoenix PP are sole agents though you have to buy the code 75 from PPP, the other rail sections are available direct. Don't know about chairs but it would seem logical.
by stephenfreeman
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chairs and Rail
Replies: 51
Views: 11582

Re: Chairs and Rail

Hi
It all depends on how recent? HiNi this year, Society NS this year , mild steel from C&L not sure but within last few years (I don't get asked for.much of it) DCC Concepts Stainless Steel within last 12 months.
by stephenfreeman
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chairs and Rail
Replies: 51
Views: 11582

Re: Chairs and Rail

Hi, There was a useful exchange of info on Templot club not long ago when dimensions were looked at in relation to 3d printing. HiNi came out as a problem. If you want a rail that fits Exactoscale chairs you could look at DCc Concepts Stainless steel. It does need a different approach but not withou...
by stephenfreeman
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 108754

Re: Construction of a Test Track

So scale rail section results in scale expansion? Perhaps another reason for following prototype practice more closely?

But can you scale heat??? ;)
by stephenfreeman
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Exactoscale Products
Replies: 78
Views: 25225

Re: Exactoscale Products

I have read elsewhere (RMweb) that sometime in July has been mentioned as the changeover time.
by stephenfreeman
Mon May 21, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Exactoscale Products
Replies: 78
Views: 25225

Re: Exactoscale Products

Their own range of chairs and sleepers, flexible track etc of course. I expect that 7mm scale sales out-perform 4mm. Obviously, the fact is that C&L must be profitable, why else would either Pete or Phil buy it? I can't imagine, Peco, Carrs or Exactoscale were ever part of the core, they certain...
by stephenfreeman
Sun May 20, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Exactoscale Products
Replies: 78
Views: 25225

Re: Exactoscale Products

My apologies if I had put 2 and 2 together and got 5. The fact remains that Exactoscale parts still exist, is in no small part to Andrew putting his hand in his pocket. (more than once I would imagine). Compares most favourably with another outfit that is recently no more (thankfully I have had no d...
by stephenfreeman
Sun May 20, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Exactoscale Products
Replies: 78
Views: 25225

Re: Exactoscale Products

I cannot envisage any risk to C&L whatsoever. It may be a sad fact but most of his customers will be for 00 whether we like it or not. P4 customers are likely to form only a very small portion of his customers. Please remember that Exactoscale was up for sale prior to the arrangement with C&...
by stephenfreeman
Sun May 20, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Exactoscale Products
Replies: 78
Views: 25225

Re: Exactoscale Products

EMGS Stores already and have for some time sold most of both ranges, though stock appears to be somewhat depleted at the moment. Perhaps they will re-stock shortly as it is ExpoEM this weekend and C&L are also there?
by stephenfreeman
Sat May 19, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Exactoscale Products
Replies: 78
Views: 25225

Re: Exactoscale Products

Of course Brian didn't do that many shows and did prioritise Mail Order. :idea:

I may have been asked to do all sorts of scales and gauges but never DOGA fine. Says it all really.
by stephenfreeman
Sat Sep 30, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Jeremy Suter
Replies: 6
Views: 2163

Re: Jeremy Suter

Perhaps my comment wasn't too helpful. If you can send me an email, I'll print it off and take it round in cleft stick next time I'm in Middlewich.
by stephenfreeman
Sat Sep 23, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Jeremy Suter
Replies: 6
Views: 2163

Re: Jeremy Suter

Of course there is always the Royal Mail. Even though I live less than 5 miles from him, I use the stores method for ordering as personal visits take up too much of both his and my time, we are both busy people and speaking for myself I don't really welcome such distractions (and I wouldn't blame hi...
by stephenfreeman
Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: First point. Early conundrums.
Replies: 27
Views: 5902

Re: First point. Early conundrums.

Hi,
Which type of Ambis stretcher bars are you using? He does one for the early round type and one for the more modern, rectangular type.

I have both types here and I'll see if I can do some photos, perhaps tomorrow.
by stephenfreeman
Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Servo Control of Points
Replies: 27
Views: 12537

Re: Servo Control of Points

Personally I don't like using a DCC hand held controller for doing anything other than controlling locos. So good old analogue switches work for me but so does using DCC with JMRI's Panelpro. The only reason for using multiple Boosters is IMHO where the size of the layout warrants it. You can still ...
by stephenfreeman
Wed Dec 21, 2016 8:04 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: First point. Early conundrums.
Replies: 27
Views: 5902

Re: First point. Early conundrums.

The little red cross in front of the Vee is as you suspected, there to show where a sharp pointed vee would be. It is the "Fine Point" in Templot speak. You can ignore it for building a normal turnout with a blunt nose but it does have its use when it comes to designing things like 3 ways.
by stephenfreeman
Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Morgan Design TOU System
Replies: 20
Views: 6388

Re: Morgan Design TOU System

Hi, Well I have used both the early and latest Ambis versions in 7mm scale (I do have some 4mm ones to use as well soon) and I would think that though the early ones were easier to fold up the end result will not be as strong as the latest versions. They do take some figuring out how to bend them up...
by stephenfreeman
Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:45 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Morgan Design TOU System
Replies: 20
Views: 6388

Re: Morgan Design TOU System

pp067a01ea.jpg Many years ago I did something along similar lines. I later refined it on an O gauge layout where the crank was soldered to a spigot on a substantial turned brass rod (a one piece turning in brass comprising the spigot and had a shoulder on it to prevent it falling down through the t...

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