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by steve howe
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Lord Colnago
Topic: A source of very fine sand
Replies: 11
Views: 886

Re: A source of very fine sand

Andrew Ullyott wrote:Attwood Aggregates sell pots of dust from different quarry sources as mentioned above.
Chinchilla dust sieved through an old pair of tights is a Gordon Gravett trick which I’ve copied. Just pour some in, wrap around and shake through.


Presumably not while Maggie's still in them? :D :D
by steve howe
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Lord Colnago
Topic: A source of very fine sand
Replies: 11
Views: 886

Re: A source of very fine sand

Try Attwood Aggregates, they have a very fine sandy coloured grit, sorry I don't know the serial code. Also have a look online for pottery suppliers selling 'Grog' this is fired clay ground and sold in many different grades for mixing with clay to lessen thermal shock. It comes in grades from very c...
by steve howe
Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: None specific model products
Replies: 24
Views: 1992

Re: None specific model products

Alan Turner wrote:
davebradwell wrote:....or suggest a way out?

DaveB



Use Humbrol thinners.

regards

Alan


or lighter fuel?

S
by steve howe
Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: None specific model products
Replies: 24
Views: 1992

Re: None specific model products

How about the gallon of white spirit from B&Q (other DIY stores are available), instead of those little tins ... Indeed, and cellulose thinners! if you happen to live near a Mole Valley Farms, or similar agricultural outlet, its worth looking in the paint and hardware bit, stuff like thinners i...
by steve howe
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Cornish Riviera Area Group
Topic: Cornish Riviera Area Group
Replies: 13
Views: 11087

Re: Cornish Riviera Area Group

Its been a long time since I updated this thread, but progress on the Watermouth project is being made, albeit at a glacial pace, partly due to our Club 00 layout requiring all hands to get ready for this year's exhibition. The main emphasis is still on re-wiring and upgrading the control systems an...
by steve howe
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 157
Views: 13215

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Oh dear.....

This gets more like RMWeb every day...…. :?

Steve
by steve howe
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Rail codes
Replies: 4
Views: 672

Rail codes

Can anyone enlighten me on the relationship of rail codes to the weight per yard of the real thing? Does, for instance Code 55 rail relate to 55lb per yard? My current project uses Code 60 FB rail, and I am just intrigued as to the correlation between the codes and the actual rail weight.

Steve
by steve howe
Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: G.W.R P22 / BR(W) Herring ballast hopper.
Replies: 7
Views: 836

Re: G.W.R P22 / BR(W) Herring ballast hopper.

Well done Gordon and Justin for sticking with it! They did certainly occur singly; there's a lovely picture, unfortunately undated, in Mike Lloyd's Tanat Valley book of ex. Cambrian 0-6-0 No. 898 shunting one in the quarry sidings at Nantmawr. Now my proposed next layout has a quarry branch...……. :D...
by steve howe
Sat Jul 06, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 267
Views: 62621

Re: The Burford Branch

Thanks Martin, Encouraging news! The likelihood of getting Ultrascale wheels for the conversion is probably pretty remote at present, but it seems Alan Gibson does a conversion set: 4800/19 Bachmann GWR 2251 3 Axles 5' 2" 16 spoke - 3mm Axles Price AU 3 x 4' 1" 12 spoke, 4M42B So I guess t...
by steve howe
Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 267
Views: 62621

Re: The Burford Branch

"Finally, we had the rare sight on this layout of a goods train actually being marshalled and departing – an almost unheard of event. The engine is a Bachmann Collett Goods (No.2221), which is a very steady performer now that I have fitted a set of current collectors to the tender as well as t...
by steve howe
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 62
Views: 3574

Re: Track cleaning

I find these to be ideal as they are square and therefore rub along the top of the rail better. Available from any decent art shop. https://www.derwentart.com/en-gb/c/professional-products/drawing/natural-graphite or these: https://www.cassart.co.uk/drawing/pastels_1/charcoal-graphite/derwent_xl_ch...
by steve howe
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 62
Views: 3574

Re: Track cleaning

There seems to be a lot of chemical alchemy going on here for what, to me, is quite a simple problem: electrical continuity is inhibited by a mixture of grease, dust and oxidation accumulating on the rails, wheels and collectors of the locomotives. Any solvent will, to some degree, remove this leavi...
by steve howe
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Eames 40 flux
Replies: 10
Views: 919

Re: Eames 40 flux

I was in our local chemist this morning and they confirmed what I suspected, that they cannot supply phosphoric acid or IPA at all now. They suggested online, so thank you, Steve. Philip Yes Chemists' aint wot they used to be. I wanted some citric acid the other day for our elderflower cordial reci...
by steve howe
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Eames 40 flux
Replies: 10
Views: 919

Re: Eames 40 flux

Out of interest, I did a bit of searching and found this supplier on Amazon: APC Pure Unit 2B East Tame Business Park Rexcine Way Hyde Cheshire SK14 4GX E: info@apcpure.com W: http://www.apcpure.com Very prompt delivery, they also sell isopropyl: https://apcpure.com/product/isopropyl-alcohol-99-9-ac...
by steve howe
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Eames 40 flux
Replies: 10
Views: 919

Re: Eames 40 flux

That's very useful thank you chaps. So for a 10% solution is it (say) 90mls of water to 10mls of Phosphoric with a squirt of Iso.? Can I ask where you get your phosphoric acid from Phil, I would like to give this a try. As JFS says, 40% does seem a bit strong! but maybe worth experimenting with. Steve
by steve howe
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Eames 40 flux
Replies: 10
Views: 919

Eames 40 flux

I am getting to the end of my last bottle of Eames '40' flux (yes I did buy a stash when they were closing down) I think it is still a great product with very little corrosive effect on steel. Can anyone suggest a suitable substitute? I seem to remember Iain Rice writing some years ago about home-br...
by steve howe
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Andrew Ullyott
Topic: Cheddar
Replies: 54
Views: 10385

Re: Cheddar

Are you aware that the Mainline 53XX firebox dimensions are somewhat compromised to fit the motor? It is most noticeable where it meets the cab, as it is relatively both higher and wider than it should be. Bu**er! I wasn't aware of that. Although I did think 5311 had a rather more refined look abou...
by steve howe
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: corrugated iron
Replies: 4
Views: 894

corrugated iron

I have some buildings to make for the cameo challenge in the classic corrugated iron light railway style. I am wondering if anyone has a preference between the SE Finecast sheets and the Slaters?

I have always used Slaters in the past although it seems less 'crisp' these days.

Steve
by steve howe
Mon May 06, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Andrew Ullyott
Topic: Cheddar
Replies: 54
Views: 10385

Re: Cheddar

Are you aware that the Mainline 53XX firebox dimensions are somewhat compromised to fit the motor? It is most noticeable where it meets the cab, as it is relatively both higher and wider than it should be. Bu**er! I wasn't aware of that. Although I did think 5311 had a rather more refined look abou...
by steve howe
Sun May 05, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Andrew Ullyott
Topic: Cheddar
Replies: 54
Views: 10385

Re: Cheddar

I've also finished the latest loco for the eventual fleet, 5311 which was a Bath Road/Westbury engine and ran through from Trowbridge each morning to Bristol. The return working was not via the branch so I'll have to make that bit up when I get to the exhibition stage Hi Andrew, Can I ask what the ...
by steve howe
Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: A complete set of classic P4 locos, wagons, etc on e-bay
Replies: 4
Views: 1051

Re: A complete set of classic P4 locos, wagons, etc on e-bay

I wonder what happened to the rest of the layout? :?

Steve
by steve howe
Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Crossing Vee Jig
Replies: 26
Views: 3705

Re: Crossing Vee Jig

Very elegant method Bob :thumb

….or you could try Baron von Harrap's way, which ruffles feathers but works a treat!
https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/37678-handbuilt-track/page/2/

Steve
by steve howe
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Crossing Vee Jig
Replies: 26
Views: 3705

Re: Crossing Vee Jig

Useful for assembling the components once filed, but not so good for filing which is the tricky bit!

Steve
by steve howe
Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: RAILEX 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 5974

Re: RAILEX 2019

Horsetan wrote:A good excuse to give my old Citroën a run out....



Good excuse to give my old wallet a run out...... ;)

Steve
by steve howe
Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Scalescenes Industrial Box File Layout
Replies: 9
Views: 1707

Re: Scalescenes Industrial Box File Layout

I've (had to) build quite a few Scalescenes kits and bespoke buildings using their excellent 'Builders Yard' section for our Club 00 layout, :o :x :x and I have been rather impressed by the quality of the kits and their overall design. It all boils down to the quality of your printer output and I (h...

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