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by Andy W
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Neodymium magnets
Replies: 2
Views: 356

Re: Neodymium magnets

Thanks Keith
by Andy W
Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Neodymium magnets
Replies: 2
Views: 356

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: 55
Views: 2128

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: 2730

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: 4430

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: 2730

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: 4430

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: 4430

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: 18942

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: 672

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: 18973

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: 18973

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: 1578

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: 1578

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: 1069

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: 1018

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: 922

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: 67
Views: 13275

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: 492
Views: 78128

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: 1421

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.
by Andy W
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Parkside Kits
Replies: 42
Views: 5265

Re: Parkside Kits

Well done Derek.

I wish someone would sort out the Cooper Craft/Slater availability nightmare.
by Andy W
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: The price of coal these days.....
Replies: 1
Views: 826

The price of coal these days.....

I know inflation is on the rise, but surely the cost of these tiny bags of anthracite two thirds down this Langley page is a bit steep?

http://www.langleymodels.co.uk/acatalog ... tml#aF160p
by Andy W
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Crane gears source
Replies: 13
Views: 1961

Re: Crane gears source

Reading's south enough for me. I'll talk to you at a show about it. I'm the old, ugly guy you like to insult.
by Andy W
Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Crane gears source
Replies: 13
Views: 1961

Re: Crane gears source

Thanks again all. More useful suggestions. I like the "cheat" suggested by Terry! Those pictures are very useful Mark. Also I love your Dia 51 brake. Could they ever have run on the Midland? The Allan Butler/Modelu route sounds ideal if I first work out the size I need then order from him....

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