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by David Thorpe
Fri Jul 03, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Warners Virtual Exhibition 4/5 July
Replies: 1
Views: 320

Warners Virtual Exhibition 4/5 July

Warners/BRM are holding a vitual exhibition this week end - https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/155920-world-of-railways-virtual-exhibition-45-july-2020/ . It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but there are 3+ hours of layout videos plus demos and various other things and might well b...
by David Thorpe
Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Suspension for bogie coaches
Replies: 22
Views: 1036

Re: Suspension for bogie coaches

In the P4 world we do like to over-complicate matters where possible, not always with the desired results (I speak for myself there of course). You've bought a kit with bogies which the designer presumably thought would be suitable and you've no reason as things stand to doubt that. Why not just bui...
by David Thorpe
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Suspension for bogie coaches
Replies: 22
Views: 1036

Re: Suspension for bogie coaches

Do your kits not include bogies?

DT
by David Thorpe
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Motor Shorting
Replies: 32
Views: 1431

Re: Motor Shorting

There are times when it seems a real shame to have to paint a loco because it looks so good as it is. This is one of them.

DT
by David Thorpe
Tue Jun 09, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Spraying Lifecolor
Replies: 33
Views: 1562

Re: Spraying Lifecolor

My Winsor & Newton Galleria varnish arrived to day, matt and satin. £8.20 for a 250ml bottle, so it doesn't break the bank. It's water based and quite thick and anecdotal evidence alswhere on the web suggests that for airbrushing it can successfully be thinned with tap water, distilled water, ac...
by David Thorpe
Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: North East of Scotland (Grampian)
Topic: First June Zoom meeting
Replies: 2
Views: 549

Re: First June Zoom meeting

Thanks Allan. We'll have a chat about it at our next meeting later this month.

David
by David Thorpe
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Spraying Lifecolor
Replies: 33
Views: 1562

Re: Spraying Lifecolor

Isn't it because Rust Oleum market it under their own name? see: Rust Oleum Crystal Clear Matt. Rustoleum have been marketing that for years. It's not the same product as Dullcote and perhaps more suited to DIY tasks. Besides which they say that they're going to continue with Testors Dullcote, but ...
by David Thorpe
Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Spraying Lifecolor
Replies: 33
Views: 1562

Re: Spraying Lifecolor

Testors Dullcote has, I believe, had its "new" EU formula for at least five years, probably more, and since then supplies have sometimes been intermittent and there have been rumours of Testors' demise. However, it now appears that there may be some truth in these rumours, at least as far ...
by David Thorpe
Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Spraying Lifecolor
Replies: 33
Views: 1562

Re: Spraying Lifecolor

Indeed yes. As an experiment I gave an old Tri-Ang (remember them?) tender a coat of Testors Dullcote this morning and it now accepts pigments very happily. Quite a lot of my stuff is satin varnished, however, and I don't know how it'll work with that. Another trial methinks.

DT
by David Thorpe
Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Spraying Lifecolor
Replies: 33
Views: 1562

Re: Spraying Lifecolor

Do you spray (rattle can?) a Matt varnish on R-T-R stuff before applying powders/pigments? I don't know, Steve - I haven't yet applied any to RTR stuff but from what I've read a coat of matt varnish should do the trick. The pigments don't like a smooth gloss finsh as their microscopic particles hav...
by David Thorpe
Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Spraying Lifecolor
Replies: 33
Views: 1562

Re: Spraying Lifecolor

I am confused. I've looked on Abteilung502's site and they don't do powders. They do effects and weathering sets, but these appear to be oils, although it hints they are of a 'different' composition. Sorry, my misdescription. Technically they're not powders, they're pigments - see https://abteilung...
by David Thorpe
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Spraying Lifecolor
Replies: 33
Views: 1562

Re: Spraying Lifecolor

Just as an addition to this, I've at last bitten the bullet and started weathering some of my freight stock. The biggest revelation has been the use of weathering powders which I hadn't tried before. I hadn't realised, for example, just how well they stick, and the subtleties of shading that can be ...
by David Thorpe
Sat Jun 06, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: North East of Scotland (Grampian)
Topic: First June Zoom meeting
Replies: 2
Views: 549

First June Zoom meeting

Our group is now having regular Zoom meetings every fortnight. They last for about 80 minutes and all six of our group members particpate. To any other groups who may be missing the interaction of group meetings I would urge you to give Zoom meetings a go; It needs one person to register with Zoom, ...
by David Thorpe
Sat Jun 06, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Motor Shorting
Replies: 32
Views: 1431

Re: Motor Shorting

That looks like a beautifully built kit.

DT
by David Thorpe
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Motor Shorting
Replies: 32
Views: 1431

Re: Motor Shorting

If you have a metal drawbar between loco and tender, could that be causing any problems?

DT
by David Thorpe
Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Spraying Lifecolor
Replies: 33
Views: 1562

Re: Spraying Lifecolor

My understanding is that, whereas you can paint enamels over acrylics, the converse (acrylic on top of enamel) is not possible. I've just tried googling that. It's a minefield and I've come away more confused than when I started. General view is that it should be OK, but watch out for nasty solvent...
by David Thorpe
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mike G's catch up.
Replies: 39
Views: 1886

Re: Mike G's catch up.

Some lovely work there. That coach is really stunning.

DT
by David Thorpe
Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Spraying Lifecolor
Replies: 33
Views: 1562

Re: Spraying Lifecolor

Allan and Nigel, thanks. I had been wondering about cleaning the airbrush, particularly in view of the stories I've read about acrylics drying quickly and clogging everything up. I note that Nigel just uses water - is that sufficient, and if so, why on earth do people buy the really very expensive a...
by David Thorpe
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Spraying Lifecolor
Replies: 33
Views: 1562

Spraying Lifecolor

In the past I have always used enamel paints with my airbrush.. It's not just that I've heard many awful stories about acrylics clogging airbrushes, it's mainly that I've always used enamels and have seen no reason to change. If it ain't broke..... However, I've acquired some Lifecolor paints, a wea...
by David Thorpe
Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Alan Gibson crankpin nuts
Replies: 20
Views: 811

Re: Alan Gibson crankpin nuts

I've always, rather hopefully, used my fingers first to get the nut started. That sometimes works, sometimes not. In the latter case, a small set of flat nosed pliers works, not first time, not second time, but probably a few goes after that. I usually secure the nut with a very small amount of weak...
by David Thorpe
Sat May 23, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout
Replies: 38
Views: 1687

Re: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout

David T.'s traverser has two great virtues that reduce the need for precision parts. First, any tendency for the table to crab is taken out by the operator's eyes and wrists (highly refined: 100,000's of generations of development!), not by the mechanism. Second, the fine alignment of table with ex...
by David Thorpe
Fri May 22, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout
Replies: 38
Views: 1687

Re: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout

I don't know why there's all this suggestion that drawer runners = slop. I recently built a 7-road 110cm long traverser using a whole lot of spare timber and a couple of heavy-duty 24" drawer runners that I bought from Amazon. In fact, they were perhaps a little longer than I needed. I did make...
by David Thorpe
Fri May 15, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: P4 Refresh - Hi
Replies: 20
Views: 1561

Re: P4 Refresh - Hi

misspentyouth62 wrote:any thoughts on whether replacement D11/D13 motor brushes can be sourced or whether a re-motoring would be necessary?

There are plenty of carbon brushes for a variety of motors on ebay - search model railway motor brushes. Whether any of these will fit the Anchorage range I don't know.

DT
by David Thorpe
Tue May 12, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 820
Views: 17224

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

It was fairly successful - with the big caveat that I have yet to try it on a locomotive build. There is also a big practical problem that I need to think through as well - a case of chicken and egg, so to speak. In a sign that the last couple of years saw a fall off in the attention I paid to my o...

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