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by David Thorpe
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Area Groups
Topic: Area Groups and Zoom
Replies: 20
Views: 744

Re: Area Groups and Zoom

I can understand, and support, the Society's reluctance to breach Zoom's T&Cs. So that leaves three choices: first, the Society can pay out several thousand pounds every year to obtain licences for those groups that do not wish to avail themselves of the free version of Zoom. As, IMO, the freee ...
by David Thorpe
Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Area Groups
Topic: Area Groups and Zoom
Replies: 20
Views: 744

Re: Area Groups and Zoom

I agree with Guy and Tim. Our group has been having fortnightly Zoom meetings since April, we have always used the free version and we always start a new meeting immediately after the first one finishes on 40 minutes. There is no organisational faff; the host merely starts the meeting again, the oth...
by David Thorpe
Sat Nov 07, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Frame Spacing
Replies: 26
Views: 1689

Re: Frame Spacing

The main point is that I'm happy with the way the loco goes, see below slow speed, and don't think it's worth spending more time on it. I certainly don't want to disassemble the gearbox. :) Quite. My mantra is that once something's running well, leave it alone! Efforts in the past to "improve&...
by David Thorpe
Thu Nov 05, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Frame Spacing
Replies: 26
Views: 1689

Re: Frame Spacing

Thanks, Julian - mine too is a DJH 439 with Gibson frames, and spacers that seem to be somewhere between P4 and EM in width - I don't know where they came from. Initially I made a pivot for the bogie where I assume the prototype had it, ie directly above the centre of the bogie. As you indicated, th...
by David Thorpe
Thu Nov 05, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Frame Spacing
Replies: 26
Views: 1689

Re: Frame Spacing

Just to add my two pennyworth - I'm sure DaveB that we can all take your word for that, except my first P4 loco was an 0-4-4, where the bogie did not have any sideplay, but was pivoted. So this effectively gave a much longer wheelbase than any likely loco fixed wheelbase. I'd used the spacers suppl...
by David Thorpe
Tue Nov 03, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: 0-6-0 CSB with one fixed axle
Replies: 10
Views: 1202

Re: 0-6-0 CSB with one fixed axle

I must admit that I wouldn't like to try fitting CSBs to an 00 chassis. Even using the slimline gearbox and the slimline hornblocks, I would think it'll still be very fiddly. And even then you're not guaranteed success - One 0-6-0 I built using CSBs ended up seriously front heavy and I was unable to...
by David Thorpe
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Carriage ride height and springing
Replies: 31
Views: 1900

Re: Carriage ride height and springing

Just as a matter of interest, you replaced the supplied D&S bogies with some rather complicated fully sprung ones. Did you ever assemble the D&S bogies and, if not, would it be worthwhile building one to see if it gives you the correct ride height?

DT
by David Thorpe
Mon Oct 05, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West Scotland Group's Weathering wagons part 1
Replies: 20
Views: 1165

Re: West Scotland Group's Weathering wagons part 1

Well said Philip. Totally agree.

DT
by David Thorpe
Mon Oct 05, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West Scotland Group's Weathering wagons part 1
Replies: 20
Views: 1165

Re: West Scotland Group's Weathering wagons part 1

I too have got wagons that I've built in the past and have subsequently given P4 wheelsets. They may not be up to the meticulous standards some people seem to expect today, but I've no intention of revisiting them - they're the past and I've more than enough to do concentrating on the present and fu...
by David Thorpe
Mon Oct 05, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Resistance Soldering Unit
Replies: 7
Views: 868

Re: Resistance Soldering Unit

It perhaps speaks for itself that the "review" Bill mentioned above says a lot about the unit prior to use, but nothing at all about it actually being used. I've got one of Peter LeJeune's Swanage Models units; solidly built with a hefty metal case, CE certification,6 outputs, proper foots...
by David Thorpe
Fri Oct 02, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: Who would want a form tool for re-profiling wheels?
Replies: 62
Views: 4530

Re: Who would want a form tool for re-profiling wheels?

I have to confess to having no idea what a "form tool" is. I assume that I am correct, however, in assuming that in order to use it one requires a lathe?

DT
by David Thorpe
Thu Oct 01, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Glazing - your thoughts please
Replies: 29
Views: 1559

Re: Glazing - your thoughts please

I've tried a number of adhesives, but found Canopy Glue best. It looks just like PVA.... That's because it is just a fairly thick sort of PVA. Ordinary wood glues will do the same job. They don't. I've just run an experiment, gluing some perspex to bare brass. I used a cheap PVA I bought at a model...
by David Thorpe
Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Glazing - your thoughts please
Replies: 29
Views: 1559

Re: Glazing - your thoughts please

I have to confess that I've had no joy with coverslips which seem to shatter as soon as I get near them - I suspectr I'm a bit heavy handed and maybe need a more appropriate scoring implement. I suspect that coverslips give the best finish, but there's not much in it between them and decent quality ...
by David Thorpe
Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Glazing - your thoughts please
Replies: 29
Views: 1559

Re: Glazing - your thoughts please

I've tried a number of adhesives, but found Canopy Glue best. It looks just like PVA, doesn't string, dries clear and if any gets on the glazing it can be removed (using a cocktail stick) without leaving a mark. I was initially concerned that it wouldn't securely fix the glzing to brass, but it does...
by David Thorpe
Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Layouts
Topic: Boston Frodsham
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Re: Boston Frodsham

Very nice, Mike. I was particularly impressed by the water, which is at least as good as anything else I've ever seen, and the timbers round the swing bridge which were perfectly weathered. The rest of it was excellent too!

DT
by David Thorpe
Sun Sep 27, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Layouts
Topic: De Graafstroom - OntraXS!
Replies: 25
Views: 1418

Re: De Graafstroom - OntraXS!

Another lovely atmospheric layout from you, Vincent. Beautifully modelled. And while my wife doen't really pay much attention to model railway videos, she watched transfixed as the bridge opened and the tjalk slowly came through - she took some convincing that it wasn't real water. Marvellous stuff....
by David Thorpe
Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Demonstrations and Talks
Topic: Resistance soldering
Replies: 27
Views: 1471

Re: Resistance soldering

David, that was exceptional. I've been using an RSU for some years, but not as often as I should, and your video has not only inspired me to use it more often, but has also shown me how I can use it more effectively and for tasks for which I hadn't even dreamed of using it. Many thanks.

DT
by David Thorpe
Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Layouts
Topic: Obbekaer
Replies: 13
Views: 535

Re: Obbekaer

I hadn't seen Obbekaer before but, my word, I was so impressed. It wasn't only the layout and stock, but also the meticulous research that went into it and the attention to detail. Loved it.
by David Thorpe
Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Society Stand and Stores
Topic: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand
Replies: 91
Views: 3077

Re: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand

Well, that was a quiet half hour, though much of it was very enjoyably spent watching the Faringdon video - again, superb.
by David Thorpe
Sat Sep 26, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Society Stand and Stores
Topic: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand
Replies: 91
Views: 3077

Re: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand

It's 15.30. which means I'm back again. I've just been watching the video of Obbekaer - superb!
by David Thorpe
Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Society Stand and Stores
Topic: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand
Replies: 91
Views: 3077

Re: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand

There are some pictures on RMWeb about damage caused by the awful weather in Norfolk over the last couple of days. Up here in Angus we've been lucky with the weather and just now the sun is shining and there's no rain - but we do have a chilling north wind.
by David Thorpe
Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Society Stand and Stores
Topic: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand
Replies: 91
Views: 3077

Re: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand

Nice to see you, David - hope you're keeping well. Meanwhile, Mike's waiting for someone to ask him a difficult question.
by David Thorpe
Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Society Stand and Stores
Topic: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand
Replies: 91
Views: 3077

Re: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand

And I'm on too. Decided to postpone lunch until afterwards. I suppose at Wakefield I'd be drifting into the refectory to see what the Crocodile Sisters were offering....
by David Thorpe
Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Society Stand and Stores
Topic: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand
Replies: 91
Views: 3077

Re: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand

DougN wrote:Oh didnt realise we needed to wear badges... we have to wear masks every where....


Ooooh, I forgot my mask! I've got a Forfar Athletic one - think I'll wear that - I suspect it'll be the only such one at the show!
How about a Society mask?!
by David Thorpe
Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Society Stand and Stores
Topic: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand
Replies: 91
Views: 3077

Re: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand

Dulicated......

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