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by steve howe
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 49
Views: 1075

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: 532

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: 532

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: 532

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: 532

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: 42
Views: 8458

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: 430

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: 42
Views: 8458

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: 42
Views: 8458

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: 885

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: 3060

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: 3060

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: 4795

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: 1338

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...
by steve howe
Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Roseladden Restored
Replies: 4
Views: 1756

Re: Roseladden Restored

Roseladden is still plodding on slowly, but other projects keep getting in the way, mainly making buildings for our Club 00 layout :( the trade off being that the 00 layout 'gaffer' is a wiring expert who is leading the re-wiring of our 'Watermouth' P4 layout so I have to keep him sweet! also buildi...
by steve howe
Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: 1950 building colours
Replies: 2
Views: 336

1950 building colours

This might open another hornet's nest, but I would like a steer on painting schemes, particularly for windows, that British Railways adopted in the LMR region post-Nationalisation? I've been lumbered with making some buildings for our 00 :? Club layout which is set in the Birmingham area circa 1950....
by steve howe
Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Electro magnets for AJs
Replies: 65
Views: 14916

Re: Electro magnets for AJs

Agreed, I tried Dinghams and DG and found a marked difference between them, the DG ones (from Andrew at MSE) being markedly stronger. I will try some experiments with H&M coils and report back - no breath holding now!

Steve
by steve howe
Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: jon price
Topic: Tracklaying
Replies: 16
Views: 2646

Re: Tracklaying

Bullhead fishplates from Peco. Too late. The track is laid. How irritating that I didn't know about them a week ago. It pays to keep your eyes on the forum :) https://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=5435&p=53924&hilit=peco+fishplates#p53924 Too busy modelling to follow this ...
by steve howe
Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: jon price
Topic: Tracklaying
Replies: 16
Views: 2646

Re: Tracklaying

I tend to agree with Terry and Keith that it is easier to fabricate pointwork on the bench, although if I have to make curved points to follow the flow of the track, I make a 'fishbone' by fixing the crossing assembly and straight stockrail in place, then pinning it to the baseboard, lining all up, ...
by steve howe
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Electro magnets for AJs
Replies: 65
Views: 14916

Re: Electro magnets for AJs

I used half of an old point motor to work my Dinghams. The only catch was that I had to make up a new core section as the existing one was too loose and would fly out when the coil was activated :oops: . That said, a single coil has enough oomph to work the coupling. I use about 6 VDC from an old p...
by steve howe
Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Electro magnets for AJs
Replies: 65
Views: 14916

Re: Electro magnets for AJs

Seems the best place to ask this: Having replaced all the old H&M point motors on 'Watermouth' with Cobalts, I am looking at the pile of old motors and thinking the coils would make good electro-magnet uncouplers for AJs..... Just wondering, (what with being electrically illiterate and all), if ...
by steve howe
Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR 1366PT - Heljan Model
Replies: 27
Views: 2601

Re: GWR 1366PT - Heljan Model

I have a DJH kit waiting its turn, I've never heard of CSP, can anyone enlighten me?

Steve
by steve howe
Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 287
Views: 34576

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

I have tried various underlays over the years and have concluded that cork is probably the best for keeping level and general resilience. I like Evo-Stik 'Time Bond' to stick it down rather than PVA which, being water based could affect the ply baseboard, I also think PVA sets too hard and increases...
by steve howe
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 94
Views: 13582

Re: Resistance Soldering

H David,
At the risk of turning it into another topic, I for one would be very interested to see how you progress the railmotor chassis. Detailed shots like this are so useful to people like me fumbling around! :thumb

Steve
by steve howe
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Local Show Publicity
Topic: Cornish Spring Show
Replies: 0
Views: 938

Cornish Spring Show

Helston & Falmouth MRC is pleased to announce the line-up for our forthcoming show in April 2019 held at Helston Community College, Church Hill, Helston, Cornwall TR13 8NR. rsz_april_2019_show_poster.jpg Hot food and refreshments served all day Ample free parking Full disabled access One P4 lay...

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