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by hollybeau
Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Best side-cutting pliers
Replies: 15
Views: 1125

Re: Best side-cutting pliers

Were you working at the outside end of the tv aerial wire? Might be worth another look round if so I wasn't on the roof but I did need to go up a ladder so a look in the gutter may be an idea. Thank you all for the suggestions. I have looked at the Lindstrom cutters but at some prices over £200 I c...
by hollybeau
Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Best side-cutting pliers
Replies: 15
Views: 1125

Best side-cutting pliers

I am bereft! I have misplaced my beloved side-cutting pliers that I have had for years. They were from memory specialist pliers, probably made for the jewellery trade. I last remember using them for a non-modelling job (re-doing the tv aerial!) and I just simply cannot find them since. As I cannot m...
by hollybeau
Mon Dec 07, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Ralph's workbench
Replies: 57
Views: 8993

Re: Ralph's workbench

Hello, Sorry to ask everyone to go back a page but I have only just discovered (and am enjoying reading) this thread. My query relates to the use of fibreglass rod to join the split axles as seen in the photo at the bottom of page 1 and my question is, "did this work, in terms of both strength ...
by hollybeau
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Heating the Workshop
Replies: 16
Views: 2125

Re: Heating the Workshop

Just for the record - and particularly for Enigma's benefit - here is a photo of how the workbench looks normally: 20201121_172328.jpg Thank you for your kind comments Terry about the workbench. It is the product of my other hobby of woodworking. I made it about 20 years ago from steamed German beec...
by hollybeau
Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Heating the Workshop
Replies: 16
Views: 2125

Re: Heating the Workshop

To answer Enigma, the photos were rather staged as I have been between modelling jobs and simply put the tray I use for modelling on in place to give it some atmosphere. Clearly I failed. However, now that it is warm enough to work in there I have begun the long-awaited construction of a Gibson Midl...
by hollybeau
Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Heating the Workshop
Replies: 16
Views: 2125

Re: Heating the Workshop

Thank you gents for your contributions. I take Dave's point about having another (relatively) low heat source to supplement the heating. However, I am inclined to reverse the use of the heaters: using the radiant (infra-red) heater as the "background" heater and the convector heater when I...
by hollybeau
Sun Nov 15, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Heating the Workshop
Replies: 16
Views: 2125

Heating the Workshop

I'm not sure this is the right place to post about this but I couldn't find anywhere else suitable. With the dark (and increasingly cold) nights upon us and ongoing Covid restrictions in place I imagine that there has never been a busier time to be modelling. Those who are fortunate enough to have a...
by hollybeau
Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Exactoscale wagon chassis kits
Replies: 13
Views: 2784

Re: Exactoscale wagon chassis kits

Mine are the 1mm parallel axles too. What I meant by my reference to pin-points was to say how less free-running these are compared to pin-points. Sorry Paul if I had not made that clear.

Bryan
by hollybeau
Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Exactoscale wagon chassis kits
Replies: 13
Views: 2784

Re: Exactoscale wagon chassis kits

My thanks to all who replied - some interesting responses. Having now completed more chassis kits I have found that part of the problem was that the W irons tend to splay outwards. Unlike the Bill Bedford and other variations it is not possible to put a fillet of solder at the fold-up join to streng...
by hollybeau
Mon May 25, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Exactoscale wagon chassis kits
Replies: 13
Views: 2784

Exactoscale wagon chassis kits

I have recently bought some of these chassis kits from Scalefour stores. I normally use the 9ft chassis kits originally produced by Craig Welsh for the society or the Bill Bedford spring units and so this is the first time I have encountered and used them. Just to be clear these are the ones with th...
by hollybeau
Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Last orders for an etched chassis kit for the Hornby 0-4-0 Peckett.
Replies: 85
Views: 27156

Re: Last orders for an etched chassis kit for the Hornby 0-4-0 Peckett.

Thank you both. Very good and clear photos so I am re-assured. Just one question. Can you both recall the diameter of the brass/phosphor bronze wire? My experience is that this can be quite critical between being soft enough to be pliable but not wafting about or too hard and running with the brakes...
by hollybeau
Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Last orders for an etched chassis kit for the Hornby 0-4-0 Peckett.
Replies: 85
Views: 27156

Re: Last orders for an etched chassis kit for the Hornby 0-4-0 Peckett.

I have one of these lovely kits and am steadily building it. The instructions say that the crossheads are fiddly and they are not wrong but I have got there and so far so good. I have bought the High Level Roadrunner plus gearbox and am trying out one of Chris Gibbons new motors which should be inte...
by hollybeau
Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: G.N.R. 32ft Luggage Brake
Replies: 7
Views: 2082

Re: G.N.R. 32ft Luggage Brake

My (belated) thanks to all who have answered my questions. The photos of Mike Trice's coaches are particularly helpful. The transfers from Steam and Things appear to be available in 4mm scale but the price I have been quoted- at over £50 - is a little eye-watering. I don't doubt that they are worth ...
by hollybeau
Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: G.N.R. 32ft Luggage Brake
Replies: 7
Views: 2082

G.N.R. 32ft Luggage Brake

I wonder if there is someone out there who can help me this problem. I am nearing completion of a D and S Models kit of the GNR 32ft Luggage Brake (their kit reference DS 266). I have it (spray) painted in what I consider is a reasonable approximation of the teak livery and have come to the letterin...
by hollybeau
Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: MR Johnson 0F
Replies: 4
Views: 2035

Re: MR Johnson 0F

Hello Steve, For what it is worth my article in Snooze 208 (page 18 et al) concerning Alan Gibson brass wheels features this same loco with the body from a K's kit. My chassis uses Alan Gibson milled side frames and (being split axle) simple pcb spacers. I have just had a look at Colin's recent cata...
by hollybeau
Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Re: Tim V's workbench - latest shenanigans
Replies: 421
Views: 159437

Re: Tim V's workbench

Sorry - me again. I forgot to add in your quest for an understanding of the historical building fabric of the area you may find something of interest in the Conservation Area Appraisals carried out by the local planning authority. I have been on the local council web site and have found this one rel...
by hollybeau
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Re: Tim V's workbench - latest shenanigans
Replies: 421
Views: 159437

Re: Tim V's workbench

Very interesting Tim. I was unaware of the thread on RMWeb so am coming to this rather late. The reason for this post is that this reminded me of the horse (and man)-powered plateway less than half a mile from where I live and known as The Ticknall Tramway. Work on this began in 1799 to take limesto...
by hollybeau
Sat Jan 07, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson crankpins
Replies: 27
Views: 8414

Re: Gibson crankpins

I have made a little progress having followed some of the comments and advice on here. The main difference has been to increase the size of the initial tapping drill size from the 0.75mm I have used previously to 0.85 mm. Having run my 1mm tap through this the crankpin does screw through albeit with...
by hollybeau
Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson crankpins
Replies: 27
Views: 8414

Re: Gibson crankpins

My thanks to all who have replied. In an effort to help others and liking the idea of a close up of the tap and crank pin side by side I have taken a photo (attached). This is with a decent macro lens and as close as I can get. In retrospect I should have used a deeper depth of field as the tap is o...
by hollybeau
Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson crankpins
Replies: 27
Views: 8414

Gibson crankpins

Can anyone tell me please what the exact size/specification are Alan Gibson crankpins? They are stated to be M1 but elsewhere in the catalogue it refers to them as 14 BA. I know that BA technically is metric but there are subtle differences in pitch or some such which does not mean they are intercha...
by hollybeau
Thu May 30, 2013 11:23 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Split axles in use
Replies: 10
Views: 8019

Re: Split axles in use

Interesting thread. Wherever possible these days I use the Alan Gibson brass-centred wheels (see my article in a recent Snooze). However, the range is limited (as yet) and even I have to resort to plastic wheels and the problem of shorting that has been outlined here. I too have had problems with th...
by hollybeau
Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:36 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: MR Kirtley Well Tank 0-6-0T - Peter K kit
Replies: 26
Views: 13092

Re: Instructions for MR Kirtley Well Tank 0-6-0T

Well done Julian, that is looking good - some nice clean soldering. You say that running could be better - can you elaborate? Is it a once per wheel revolution problem? If so it suggests a quartering/crankpin clearance issue. I have now built three outside cranked locos (all Kirtleys) and have found...
by hollybeau
Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:05 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: The Portescap RG4 is reborn!
Replies: 14
Views: 11307

Re: The Portescap RG4 is reborn!

It is good to see these new products becoming available. Given their long track record and association with gearing the developments at Ultrascale are particularly exciting. On the question of the price of Portescaps et al I normally buy mine from the States from a chap called "Grandad Eldon Sh...
by hollybeau
Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:12 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: The Portescap RG4 is reborn!
Replies: 14
Views: 11307

Re: The Portescap RG4 is reborn!

But is a Portescap really that much better than, for example, a Mashima with an HL box? It all depends on what you mean by "better". Is better more powerful, smoother, quieter? The Mashima motors are streets ahead of the Anchoridge D11/D13, the "go to" motor of 25 years ago and ...
by hollybeau
Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:33 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: The Portescap RG4 is reborn!
Replies: 14
Views: 11307

Re: The Portescap RG4 is reborn!

Keith, I believe the Micrometalsmiths box was the forerunner to the FD01. I don't believe they did a smaller box like the FD03. This is evident by comparing the specifications and drawings on Page 2 of the Slaters pdf with the one from the Scalefour archive. Like you I have the larger box, and indee...

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