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by David Thorpe
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 51
Views: 1617

Re: Track cleaning

While there is considerable evidence linking TCE with Parkinsons, there's no statistical link connecting xylene with Parkinsons. According to Wikipedia, the main effect of inhaling xylene vapor is depression of the central nervous system (CNS), with symptoms such as headache, dizziness, nausea and v...
by David Thorpe
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 51
Views: 1617

Re: Track cleaning

As requested I have squirted some of the WD40 contact cleaner on some sheet plastic sheet that I first roughed the surface with wet and dry. There was no reaction or tackiness on the surface after a couple of hours. Thanks Gordon, that's reassuring. I tried a squirt of Halfords Surface cleaner (nap...
by David Thorpe
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 51
Views: 1617

Re: Track cleaning

Paul, I look forward to hearing the results of the tests you propose. And Gordon, would it be possible for you to test your WD40 Contact Cleaner on a bit of plastic to see if there is any reaction? Meanwhile I've been looking at a can of Halfords Surface Cleaner which I've had for some time but not ...
by David Thorpe
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 51
Views: 1617

Re: Track cleaning

Feedback on Amazon (93% 4 or 5 star) suggests that this stuff is pretty good at cleaning anything electrical, so it may be worth a punt. May also be good for cleaning loco driving wheels too, I suppose. Might also be worth trying on the control knobs of my crackly old hi-fi amp!

DT
by David Thorpe
Sat May 25, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Thoughts on Motors
Replies: 74
Views: 15473

Re: Thoughts on Motors

Quite an interesting discussion on replacement motors going on on RMWeb at the moment:
https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index ... nt-3564553

DT
by David Thorpe
Sun May 19, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Show attacked
Replies: 33
Views: 1837

Re: Show attacked

It's up to over £30,000 now and rising.....

DT
by David Thorpe
Thu May 16, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: CMX Track Cleaner P4 Conversion
Replies: 11
Views: 840

Re: CMX Track Cleaner P4 Conversion

There are cheaper alternatives to the CMX model, eg the Sharge cleaners - same principle, but £79.50 as opposed to £149.95 - http://www.model-trainstrack-cleaner.co.uk/. I note that one purchaser of these had it modified for EM by the seller at no extra cost and there is a suggestion in the review f...
by David Thorpe
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 94
Views: 13762

Re: Resistance Soldering

The subject of building your own RSU to save money has never, as far as I know, identified a suitable, readily available, transformer. Twenty or more years ago Maplin used to sell a 100va transformer kit on which you could wind your own secondary outputs. Getting the large diameter enamelled wire c...
by David Thorpe
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: P4 wagon Compensation(springing)
Replies: 31
Views: 2114

Re: P4 wagon Compensation(springing)

Gordon Bennett! As there appears to be a stone wall preventing resolution of the bearing/axleguard compatibility issues, I'll go back to my main point which was to use the plastic axleguards, slotted, in order to save a lot of work replacing them and adding castings. What's wrong with that then? Ab...
by David Thorpe
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: P4 wagon Compensation(springing)
Replies: 31
Views: 2114

Re: P4 wagon Compensation(springing)

davebradwell wrote:I thought there might be some interest in an easier way for beginners like Beakie who seemed to be troubled by the variables but all we're hearing is more problems.


But of course - this is a P4 forum!

DT
by David Thorpe
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Fitting Dingham Couplings
Replies: 2
Views: 450

Re: Fitting Dingham Couplings

I have plans for a jig that I have used quite successfully. If you PM me with your email address I'll send them to you.

DT
by David Thorpe
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 263
Views: 41841

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

Guy Rixon wrote:What are the options for 3rd-party door furniture these days? I seem to remember etched T-handles and loop-handles being available back in the '90s.


Markits do some very nice turned brass door handles in 4mm scale. Unfortunately, at fractionally under 50p each, they're quite pricey.

DT
by David Thorpe
Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: iak
Topic: Wagon floors... Wagon sides... Bare Wood... Worn wood or what?
Replies: 45
Views: 11734

Re: Wagon floors... Wagon sides... Bare Wood... Worn wood or what?

A wee addendum to the protocol for creating that battered bare wood look that I like so much. In addition to the various Lifecolor acrylic paint sets for wood, worn wood, ageing wood, etc; a critical part of the process now is using a very specific primer. AK Interactive do a Grey Primer/Microfille...
by David Thorpe
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 263
Views: 41841

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

Good post, Knuckles. I have to say that it largely sums up my own modelling philosophy as well.

DT
by David Thorpe
Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: iak
Topic: Wagon floors... Wagon sides... Bare Wood... Worn wood or what?
Replies: 45
Views: 11734

Re: Wagon floors... Wagon sides... Bare Wood... Worn wood or what?

I found this thread very helpful: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/99826-weathered-wood-a-worked-example/ Largely following the process described, which relies heavily on drybrushing, but varying the colours to some extent, I achieved what I thought were excellent results for the i...
by David Thorpe
Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: The 6th Chris Kedgley Memorial Skills Day – Saturday March 9th 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 1590

Re: The 6th Chris Kedgley Memorial Skills Day – Saturday March 9th 2019

Yes, an excellent event that was both enjoyable and instructive - well done, and many thanks to, the organisers. I've certainly been inspired to get on with some things that I've been putting off and as a result an order will shortly be winging its way to Mr Seymour in Oldham. My only regret is that...
by David Thorpe
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: The 6th Chris Kedgley Memorial Skills Day – Saturday March 9th 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 1590

Re: The 6th Chris Kedgley Memorial Skills Day – Saturday March 9th 2019

Am I right in thinking that there will be no trade presence (so I needn't bring much cash with me)?

DT
by David Thorpe
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Congratulations to Dave Franks et al.
Replies: 14
Views: 907

Re: Congratulations to Dave Franks et al.

jasp wrote:I may be wrong but I think Alloa is EM
Jim P

I'm sure it's 00 - and an excellent example as to how handbuilt 00 track can be mistaken for both EM and P4.

DT
by David Thorpe
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 94
Views: 13762

Re: Resistance Soldering

I've just finished using my resistance soldering iron to fit lamp irons onto the C16 tank engine I'm in the process of finishing. It really is excellent for a job like that - tin the lamp iron, hold it in place with the probe, give it a quick blast but then keep the probe on it for a few more second...
by David Thorpe
Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Serjt-Dave
Topic: Second time Around
Replies: 10
Views: 1296

Re: Second time Around

Everyone sees colours differently. Colours themselves change due to passage of time, sunlight, weather, and even differences between paintshops, not to mention variations in computer screens and the human memory. Humbrol's version of a railway colour may be markedly different from, say, Precision's ...
by David Thorpe
Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Fine sanding
Replies: 5
Views: 1682

Re: Fine sanding

Thanks everyone. I've ordered a set of the Micro-Mesh sticks on ebay - modellingtools.uk was out of stock and stewmac's were going to have to come from Canada, with associated carriage costs. They seem to be just the job for what I need.

DT
by David Thorpe
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Fine sanding
Replies: 5
Views: 1682

Fine sanding

There are some areas in the loco kit I'm currently building where I've had to use a little bit of filler, and while I've smoothed it down as best I can I'd like to finish it off with a sufficiently fine abrasive that will maintain the contours of the model and (hopefully) ensure that once painted th...
by David Thorpe
Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Colouring Sleepers
Replies: 24
Views: 2890

Re: Colouring Sleepers

I've used Colron spirit based dyes, thinned with white spirit to lighten them. I was very pleased with the results at first but I'm now I'm not sure that thinning was a good idea as the colour seems to have faded, perhaps just a bit too much (or there again they might now be just right for my backwa...
by David Thorpe
Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Best Rolling road
Replies: 15
Views: 2676

Re: Best Rolling road

My experience of my first rolling road, the Rolling Rails one, mirror those of Jol. Like him I got the one with the brass rollers and like him I never got them to run freely. It was effectively useless. The Bachrus one was a great improvement in that the rollers run freely and it does what it's mean...
by David Thorpe
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Best Rolling road
Replies: 15
Views: 2676

Re: Best Rolling road

I've got a Bachrus series 50 rolling road which is adjustable to fit gauges between 11 and 23 mm. I'm very pleased with it. However, Bachrus has now closed which probably accounts for many former suppliers now being out of stock. If you can find them you'd need a Series 50 stirrup set and saddle set...

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