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by dclift
Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Hold and Fold Tools
Replies: 16
Views: 1595

Re: Hold and Fold Tools

Fwiw I purchased the "Etch Buddy" from Micromark in the U.S, https://www.micromark.com/Etch-Buddy-Photo-Etch-Bending-Fixture Even with postage to Australia, it was significantly cheaper than the Hold and Fold. I use it quite often and have found it entirely satisfactory. In fact I have pur...
by dclift
Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Compatibility of Plastic chairs
Replies: 6
Views: 659

Re: Compatibility of Plastic chairs

When I tried to use 10 year-old chairs from C&L, about 50% of them fractured when I tried to thread them on the rail - the plastic had become rather brittle, even though it had been stored in a dark cupboard since I bought them. That was six or seven years ago now, so the batch probably dated f...
by dclift
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Road and platform surfaces
Replies: 17
Views: 2112

Re: Road and platform surfaces

Hardwood blocks covered with asphalt were used in Melbourne (Australia) from the late 19th century. I recall a burst watermain at a major intersection causing the road to float 40 years or more ago.
by dclift
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 25610

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Thank you Terry and your team for a great show. Well worth a 12,000 mile journey and 23 hours in an aeroplane. You will be a very hard act to follow.

The Ouse viaduct and Burntisland were great but so was everything else.
by dclift
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Wizard Models
Replies: 60
Views: 4780

Re: Wizard Models

But when attendance numbers keep dropping because more and more people are reluctant to travel distances to attend shows (although as someone has just emailed the Committee to say that they are coming 10,500 miles to attend Scaleforum 2019 because a particular layout is there, you do wonder about t...
by dclift
Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: 3D printing - resolution and finish
Replies: 7
Views: 1326

Re: 3D printing - resolution and finish

Lest it should be thought that I am criticising the kit, I should say that it was the easiest kit I have ever put together and I am very happy with the result. I am impressed by the 3d printing which is very good indeed. The striations on the wagon before painting, though visible, were not as promin...
by dclift
Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 283
Views: 54557

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

I am finding recent posts very relevant to my current project which is to assemble the two Midland Railway D299 3d printed wagon kits that I purchased from Bill Bedford at Scaleforum last September. The first one is assembled and is now being painted. Starting, as usual, from a position of pure igno...
by dclift
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 21405

Re: Scaleforum 2018

Thanks John. Ticket duly booked and printed. Looking forward to meeting you in Aylesbury.
by dclift
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 21405

Re: Scaleforum 2018

The Scaleforum 2018 flyer which arrived some time ago indicates that advance tickets are available on the website. For the life of me I cannot find where. I am quite willing to accept that this is due to incompetence on my part, but I should be most grateful if someone could point me to the right pl...
by dclift
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: GWR bridge colour
Replies: 7
Views: 1959

Re: GWR bridge colour

[/quote]Conversely I do remember the girder underbridge at Kings Worthy on the D,N & S R - now lost beneath the M3 - and that was black bitumen. Gerry[/quote] I spent quite a bit of time watching trains at Kings Worthy but I do not recall the colour of the bridge. Unsurprising really as I was in...
by dclift
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1096
Views: 150596

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

Tim, I have made numerous jigs for various purposes. The problem is that I cannot remember what about half of them are for, and for half of the remainder I cannot remember how to use them. I have now started to document each new jig as I use it for the first time in the hope that, in the future, I w...
by dclift
Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1096
Views: 150596

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

Thanks Keith. As you know I am very infrequent contributor to this forum despite my best intentions to contribute more of what little I know, so I hope that I can remember your advice the next time I want to embed a photograph in a paragraph of text, or at least remember where to search for it. Rega...
by dclift
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1096
Views: 150596

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

Thanks, Doug. I thought that you had seen it at a meeting at my place last year. Not sure where I got the idea from but I am pretty certain that I didn't think it up all by myself, though the cutouts are my own idea. I actually made up two such jigs so that I can use them simultaneously to hold two ...
by dclift
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1096
Views: 150596

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

Hi Tim, I purchased a Coffman Original Right Clamp from Micromark in the U.S. https://www.micromark.com/Original-Right-Clamp for USD23.50 in 2014, but I see that the current price is now $29.95, though there is a sale price of $22.95 at the moment. Micromark seems to have a sale every other week, at...
by dclift
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Exactoscale Products
Replies: 78
Views: 21970

Re: Exactoscale Products

Thanks Martin,

I guess there is some small consolation to be had from the fact that there are many other in the same situation. Not a great way to maintain a loyal following of satisfied customers though.

Cheers,

David.
by dclift
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Exactoscale Products
Replies: 78
Views: 21970

Re: Exactoscale Products

I suspect that I should have asked this question a four weeks ago when Andrew Jukes wrote "Exactoscale track and turnout kits will also be taken away from C&L". On October 28th I placed an order for track components with C&L and sent a follow up email four days later. At that time ...
by dclift
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Maun Pliers
Replies: 16
Views: 2913

Re: Maun Pliers

A number of people have commented on the usefulness of parallel jawed pliers. There was a link, posted in the Track and Turnouts section to the Maun website. Maun are the makers of parallel jawed pliers. I notice that they are selling obsolete stock of 5" square nosed pliers for just £3.05 (in...
by dclift
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Securing supplies of track components
Replies: 31
Views: 5936

Re: Securing supplies of track components

Thanks Tim.
by dclift
Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:37 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Securing supplies of track components
Replies: 31
Views: 5936

Re: Securing supplies of track components

I received a set of track gauges and some chairs reasonably quickly after transfer of funds .... Tim, could you tell me how you remitted payment to C&L? I placed an order GBP90 worth of track parts almost two months ago but cannot seem to find any way of paying online which is the easiest, and ...
by dclift
Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering Station Replacements
Replies: 44
Views: 9060

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

I have been following this thread with interest and gasped when I read the price of the Antex 690D. The Physics Department at the university in which I worked in a former life used Hakko soldering stations and, as I recall, the lab technicians were very happy with them. I have used a second hand Hak...
by dclift
Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:24 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2016
Replies: 115
Views: 24331

Re: Scaleforum 2016

That would probably include almost every member living in the UK and a fair number in Europe as well. :D That's exactly what I meant. If future events are as good as the two that I have seen at Aylesbury it is worth the effort to get there. Alas, Melbourne is just a little too far and the fare a li...
by dclift
Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:17 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2016
Replies: 115
Views: 24331

Re: Scaleforum 2016

The only downside for me was that the model of Ouse Viaduct could not be present as I had particularly been looking forward to seeing it, and might not get another opportunity. John and I were very disappointed in having to withdraw it, especially in view of expressed regrets such as David's. But w...
by dclift
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:54 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2016
Replies: 115
Views: 24331

Re: Scaleforum 2016

Now that I am back in Melbourne I have the opportunity to thank Terry and his team for a great weekend at Scaleforum. It was, as usual, fantastic and well worth the journey from Ljubljana where I had attended my son's wedding four weeks earlier. It was my third Scaleforum and my second at Aylesbury ...
by dclift
Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:00 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2016
Replies: 115
Views: 24331

Re: Scaleforum 2016

Thanks John, it seems to be fine now. I look forward to meeting you in September.

Regards,
by dclift
Wed Jul 20, 2016 7:48 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2016
Replies: 115
Views: 24331

Re: Scaleforum 2016

I have just followed the link above and purchased and printed my Scaleforum ticket, but note that it is headed Scaleforum 2015 and the dates are shown as 19th and 20th September. Have I made an error or is the website incorrect. Either way, I hope that the guardians of the door will let me in at 10....

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