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by Andy W
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 72
Views: 5000

Re: Scaleforum 2019

If I start wearing a name badge at home would my wife start talking to me?
by Andy W
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Operations on the Lickey
Replies: 7
Views: 649

Re: Operations on the Lickey

Being born and bred in Worcester this is fascinating. I’d forgotten Bromsgrove had upper quadrants - we were used to lower, the Faithful City being GWR. It was the novelty of the LMS locos that led to my interest in the MR. Halls, Castles, Manors etc just felt too mundane! How spoilt we were. I reme...
by Andy W
Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Stores delivery
Replies: 0
Views: 1108

Stores delivery

I emailed an order to the stores last Thursday and received the goods first thing Saturday. Great service! Thanks Jeremy.
by Andy W
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Protofour W iron units
Replies: 8
Views: 1223

Re: Protofour W iron units

I’ve built W irons with one fixed and the other pivoting on a piece of normal rubber band attached to the floor. Cheap and works.
by Andy W
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Neodymium magnets
Replies: 2
Views: 634

Re: Neodymium magnets

Thanks Keith
by Andy W
Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Neodymium magnets
Replies: 2
Views: 634

Neodymium magnets

I picked up a pack of 24 tiny (1.5 x 3mm) Neodymium magnets with the thought of using them for things like securing carriage roofs etc. But could they cause problems with "twitchy" servos; point motors etc?
by Andy W
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 74
Views: 5876

Re: Carriage loading docks

I've been musing on the gap between the dock and the buffers. It struck me that the distance is perfect for small boys to slip down. Could this have been the reason it was incorporated? Attitudes towards children have changed significantly over the years.
by Andy W
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Lathe Work
Topic: A course on using the lathe
Replies: 13
Views: 3450

Re: A course on using the lathe

Terry, you shouldn’t undervalue your efforts. It’s rare to find someone with your skills; rarer still that they have the ability and patience to teach them, and remarkable that they are willing to spend time doing so. Thanks again. My only regret about Saturday was that I didn’t have time to connect...
by Andy W
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 6283

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

I’m not knocking anyone’s efforts at experimenting with minimum radii etc. but one of finescale’s aims is usually to model the prototype and trying to get large locomotives around small curves is going to necessitate some pretty stern compromises. I can understand why these tests are valid, however ...
by Andy W
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Lathe Work
Topic: A course on using the lathe
Replies: 13
Views: 3450

Re: A course on using the lathe

Thanks for the course today Terry, you did a wonderful job. Very inspiring.
by Andy W
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 6283

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

When I started working in this gauge someone gave me two pieces of advice. Spring your buffers and avoid reverse curves. I know Julian's example is a test track and invaluable as such, but the real railway avoided them whenever possible.
by Andy W
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 6283

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

Knuckles, can I suggest you build a test segment in both P4 and OO to see which you feel comfortable with and which works as a test, before setting of on one road or the other?
by Andy W
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Hessle Haven - a model of a railway
Replies: 74
Views: 20938

Re: Hessle Haven - a model of a railway

What I love about those G5s (amongst lots of other things) is the impression of sheer weight you’ve captured. They look like real hard working engines.
by Andy W
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Riveting valve gear
Replies: 4
Views: 911

Re: Riveting valve gear

I use 26mm Newey lace pins. Chemically blacken (or felt tip) that boss which will face away from the loco. Insert a pin through the front boss so the head sits against it. Make sure this isn't too tight and is free to rotate. Thread a piece of doubled-up baking foil over the back of the pin and sand...
by Andy W
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Airbrushing varnish: advice sought
Replies: 62
Views: 20865

Re: Airbrushing varnish: advice sought

I spray enamel paint using an Iwata Eclipse which has a 0.35 mm needle, however for varnishes I switch to an Iwata Neo. This is partly because I still don’t trust varnish in my number one brush, but also because it has a 0.5 mm needle. This gives a wider spray cone which helps me drop the pressure t...
by Andy W
Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Airbrushing varnish: advice sought
Replies: 62
Views: 20865

Re: Airbrushing varnish: advice sought

I’ve started air brushing Winsor and Newton gloss varnish. It sprays really well and needs no thinning - so no worries about mixing to the right consistency. It’s white spirit based, but if you want one with a water base then Microscale Micro Gloss is great. It looks milky but dries clear. Again nee...
by Andy W
Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Yard crane gears
Replies: 3
Views: 1877

Re: Yard crane gears

Thanks chaps, that's all very helpful. The reason I had thought the gearing went small>large rather than bicycle style large>small was the examples such as: Mark T 2.jpg lnwrcs2124.jpg blogentry-17779-0-64119900-1471042159_thumb.jpg Apologies for any © infringements including to our own Mark T. This...
by Andy W
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Yard crane gears
Replies: 3
Views: 1877

Yard crane gears

Thanks to members' help I've sourced gears for the yard crane I hope build. However, I'm confused by their layout. The handle seems to be this side but passes through the nearest gear. This appears to be too large to be the initial gearing as I thought the ratio would be small to large. Perhaps this...
by Andy W
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Pressfix lining disaster...
Replies: 7
Views: 1360

Re: Pressfix lining disaster...

Mike, why do you think the Pressfix misbehaved? Was it just old and cranky? (Like me.)

Andy
by Andy W
Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG)
Topic: CRAG visit to Buckingham GC 17/5/2018
Replies: 5
Views: 1261

Re: CRAG visit to Buckingham GC 17/5/2018

Tony Gee should be loudly applauded for restoring Buckingham GC. I clearly remember the impression Peter Denny's article "A Small Loco Depot" in Feb 1960 RM had on me. I couldn't define at the time why his work had such an impact (I was only six!), but now I realise it was because I was lo...
by Andy W
Mon May 07, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (April 2018)
Replies: 3
Views: 1130

Re: Fylde Area Group (April 2018)

I'm not normally a fan of a pre-group loco receiving a post-grouping livery - but in this case it looks splendid.
by Andy W
Mon May 07, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Exactoscale Products
Replies: 76
Views: 18477

Re: Exactoscale Products

That's good news the range may return. I'm a little surprised that you can simply take a part of the business back so easily.
by Andy W
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 527
Views: 94696

Re: Brettell Road

Interesting and tragic story. Strange to hear of people taking day trips to Worcester - I spent my adolescence trying to escape from there!
by Andy W
Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Bob Moore Lining pens
Replies: 10
Views: 1967

Re: Bob Moore Lining pens

Adrian, try soaking the nib in spirits overnight and clean again. It only needs a small amount of residue to fowl up the pen.

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