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by dclift
Mon Sep 28, 2020 2:13 am
Forum: Demonstrations and Talks
Topic: Resistance soldering
Replies: 27
Views: 2337

Re: Resistance soldering

Thank you David for an inspiring presentation. Like Doug, I have a Blue Rink (G.W. enthusiasts might have no trouble in working out what this is an anagram of.) which I use from time to time, but, after watching your presentation it will get a lot more use. I learned so many useful tips that I am ve...
by dclift
Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Society Stand and Stores
Topic: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand
Replies: 91
Views: 5529

Re: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand

Hello Terry and Paul, I'm just dropping by from pitch black Melbourne to say Hello. I am really enjoying this year's show, but it has been a long day. Maybe I shall see you both face to face next year. Cheers.
by dclift
Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Society Stand and Stores
Topic: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand
Replies: 91
Views: 5529

Re: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand

Nice to see you, David - hope you're keeping well. Meanwhile, Mike's waiting for someone to ask him a difficult question. Hello David, good to see you too, albeit virtually. Greetings to Mike; I'm trying to think of a dificult question but to no avail. John, it has been bucketing down here on and o...
by dclift
Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Society Stand and Stores
Topic: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand
Replies: 91
Views: 5529

Re: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand

Pitch black outside and dead quiet thanks to the curfew. No trams passing our door either thanks to road works further down the line. Our Melbourne meeting went on longer than anticipated so dinner was a bit rushed but the catering was up to the usual high standard. Thanks to the need to get to Scal...
by dclift
Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019 Retrospective
Replies: 7
Views: 1023

Re: Coming Soon: Scaleforum 2019 Retrospective

Thanks for the retrospectives, John. For those of us who cannot make it to the show, it is great to be able to see what we missed. Happily, I have managed to get to three of the last four shows and getting to the next one will not be as exhausting.
by dclift
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: Virtual Scaleforum
Topic: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH
Replies: 135
Views: 14545

Re: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH

I'll take Bach any day. The more the better in my opinion.
by dclift
Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:13 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Bill Bedford 3D wagon kits
Replies: 17
Views: 2723

Re: Bill Bedford 3D wagon kits

I bought two D299 5 plank wagons at Scaleforum 2018, mid grey colour. Built and painted that winter - Both are straight and square. Likewise. My two grey D299s were bought at Scaleforum 2018 and built and painted very soon after I retuned to Melbourne. No problems with warping. I suspect that paint...
by dclift
Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:09 am
Forum: Virtual Scaleforum
Topic: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH
Replies: 135
Views: 14545

Re: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH

If you do have a Melbourne Finescale Group meeting will you allow previous visitors to join in and say hello? Yes, of course, but timing might be a problem. If we have our finscale meeting before Scaleforum starts, which would be convenient for us antipodeans, it would be alarmingly early in the mo...
by dclift
Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Virtual Scaleforum
Topic: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH
Replies: 135
Views: 14545

Re: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH

David do you think we could arrange the Melbourne Finescale group meeting at scalefourum? :D It should be possible. It is amazing what one can do these days. I can show you the track that I have been building while in lockdown and you can show me the locomotives that you had been planning to run on...
by dclift
Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: Virtual Scaleforum
Topic: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH
Replies: 135
Views: 14545

Re: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH

Great news, and a much shorter journey to get there. I'll dig out the red name badge that I was given last year.

Thanks and best wishes to all concerned.
by dclift
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:00 am
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 160
Views: 17926

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Being a cheapskate, I made up the tools shown below from broken hacksaw blades. The business ends can be ground or honed to a razor sharp edge. I am amazed how often I use them. I am certain that this is not an original idea of mine. I probably got it from from someone on the Forum.
by dclift
Tue May 19, 2020 5:22 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Cutting and Filing Tiny Lengths of Rod and Tube
Replies: 15
Views: 2945

Re: Cutting and Filing Tiny Lengths of Rod and Tube

I am afraid that I am falling behind in reading the Forum, there being so many interesting posts during Lockdown. Anyway, this might (or might not) be of interest. I have a slightly less upmarket version of the device for holding tube for cutting. I cannot recall where it came from. The saw blade do...
by dclift
Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Craig Warton
Topic: wagon building progress.
Replies: 114
Views: 48179

Re: wagon building progress.

Hi David, Another Aussie here so the face to face routine is a little difficult too! I am going to see if I can get a better copy of the GA and try to work out dimensions. The offer from Guy is very generous, my only concern is how fragile the subsequent print would be (any thoughts Guy?) Hi Craig,...
by dclift
Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: Craig Warton
Topic: wagon building progress.
Replies: 114
Views: 48179

Re: wagon building progress.

David, I did have some white metal tarp rail bits but they were from an ABS accessory kit which I don’t think are available now. I have some of the Southwark Bridge also which I’ve fitted to a Coopercraft 4 plank open. Dave I suspect that my tarp bar mechanisms did indeed came from ABS but I inheri...
by dclift
Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: Craig Warton
Topic: wagon building progress.
Replies: 114
Views: 48179

Re: wagon building progress.

I have a couple more of the Parkside - Dundas tarp mechanisms to use and then I will be switching over to using the Southwark Bridge etch version from a set of GWR brake components they released. It does not seem to have made the transition to the Roxey page though I would assume it would be possib...
by dclift
Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Hold and Fold Tools
Replies: 17
Views: 4225

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: 1627

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: 4191

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: 50145

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: 11173

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: 2432

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: 301
Views: 88721

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: 33338

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: 33338

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: 3245

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...

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