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by Philip Hall
Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Queen Mary Bogies
Replies: 3
Views: 203

Re: Queen Mary Bogies

When I did my Queen Mary I just added some detail, steps, sandpipes, some rigging etc., to the Bachmann bogies. Not quite as nice but it looks the part. I was tempted to use some Hornby bogies instead, which are beautiful renditions, but chose the cheap path. The Roxey etched bogies are fine, though...
by Philip Hall
Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Best wire for collectors
Replies: 10
Views: 399

Re: Best wire for collectors

I prefer 0.3mm hard brass wire mostly, bearing on the edge of the flange as Dave has said. Wound in a few coils this stays springy with minimal contact pressure.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: GWR Locomotive axles
Replies: 2
Views: 298

Re: GWR Locomotive axles

Beware there are many kinds of turning centres (indents). Ultrascale indents (for example) are quite pronounced, whereas on some engines they can almost look like pin pricks. Look at a Dukedog and you will find that it has a small centre deepened by a big chamfer on the edge. I prefer to put in my o...
by Philip Hall
Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: A possible new P4 wheel source
Replies: 13
Views: 2420

Re: A possible new P4 wheel source

Andy, it would perhaps be more helpful to say that the Alan Gibson wheel for the SR Q1 is incorrect, in that the face of the moulding is flat. The prototype is actually slightly domed and the tyre sits slightly proud of the centre. Hence the requests, from time to time, for a better wheel. I believe...
by Philip Hall
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension
Replies: 54
Views: 2403

Re: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension

The solution to the axle problem is to obtain new ones, I think Ultrascale and Alan Gibson can supply. Yours must indeed be rogues - I have had 25.95 before now but never as short as yours. Ultrascale and AG normally come out at 25.98 or 25.99. One possibility, in early RTR days Lima stock ran on mu...
by Philip Hall
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Martin Finney V2
Replies: 15
Views: 1069

Re: Martin Finney V2

Doug, I had some dealings with a Proscale V2 some years ago which came to me for repair after some altercations with the Post Office, and I remember clearances being tight at the front end. It worked just fine so the original builder must have sorted some kind of solution. Without seeing the engine ...
by Philip Hall
Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4
Replies: 21
Views: 1110

Re: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4

Last time I bought some I noticed the axles were brass, something to do with Kadee coupling magnet attraction. Just have to be a little more careful with them. They are also just 14mm diameter, which nicely matches the size of Hornby ones. I am also fond of Ultrascale wheels, having acquired a goodl...
by Philip Hall
Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4
Replies: 21
Views: 1110

Re: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4

I couldn’t agree more with Tim’s comments about wheels. Truly concentric and wobble free wheels are the first port of call on a voyage to decent running. So often I see vehicles wobbling along when they should be gliding, whether they are suspended or not. People may well be trying to cure a problem...
by Philip Hall
Tue Jan 21, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4
Replies: 21
Views: 1110

Re: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4

David, what you suggest sounds interesting, but I couldn’t comment on precise specifications, because I have never gone to the lengths of measuring track defects, I go by eye. If things don’t look clean and level, then I would rectify it. Of course to put things right entails using a straight edge a...
by Philip Hall
Mon Jan 20, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4
Replies: 21
Views: 1110

Re: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4

My feeling is that if carriages happily stay on the track around the layout, and if they only derail on deliberately imperfect test trackwork, there is no need to take on a lot of extra work. After all, trains will be running on a layout where presumably efforts will have been made to correct any re...
by Philip Hall
Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Dorset 1937
Replies: 50
Views: 7365

Re: Dorset 1937

Thanks Neil,

As you say, very expensive, so I think I will do without it. the little router gadget looks more interesting though...

Philip
by Philip Hall
Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Dorset 1937
Replies: 50
Views: 7365

Re: Dorset 1937

Your ‘super cutter’ looks interesting, more than just a knife blade. Can you please tell us more about it, and what it can do?

Philip
by Philip Hall
Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Wheels for Peckett B2 conversion (and others)
Replies: 13
Views: 1255

Re: Wheels for Peckett B2 conversion (and others)

I have some old tyres from wrecked wheels, so I choose a diameter slightly bigger than the moulded centre I want to remove. I then place the wheel face up on top of the old tyre and tap sharply with a small hammer and a punch, usually a pin punch used upside down. This spreads the load over the whee...
by Philip Hall
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Wheels for Peckett B2 conversion (and others)
Replies: 13
Views: 1255

Re: Wheels for Peckett B2 conversion (and others)

Hi Bernie, Yes, a chamfer is a good idea. When I skim a wheel centre I always take the sharp edge off the front of the moulding, and clean out the inside of the tyre in case there is any swarf in there. The thinking is that possibly the inside of the tyre might be a fraction less than a sharp right ...
by Philip Hall
Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Wheels for Peckett B2 conversion (and others)
Replies: 13
Views: 1255

Re: Wheels for Peckett B2 conversion (and others)

The Gibson wheel driving wheel mouldings don’t have a recess to accept the rim of the tyre, at least all of those I have had here don’t. The thin rim of the tyre just butts up against the centre. If a recess was turned the face of the tyre would be virtually flush with the spokes which wouldn’t look...
by Philip Hall
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: North East of Scotland (Grampian)
Topic: January 2020 Workshop
Replies: 4
Views: 978

Re: January 2020 Workshop

Tim, Yes and no. I would not contemplate building a chassis for an engine that wasn’t compensated (or sprung or whatever you prefer) as getting it to sit absolutely flat on a surface plate is difficult. It doesn’t matter quite so much with EM as the flanges are a bit deeper than our turning burrs. A...
by Philip Hall
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Gibson crankpins
Replies: 9
Views: 1618

Re: Gibson crankpins

I did notice that the engine was assembled, and can understand your reluctance to totally dismantle, but where such a problem has manifested itself I think it would be difficult to effect a lasting repair without at least taking the offending wheel off. I presume that the wheelsets are trapped in th...
by Philip Hall
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 2140

Re: Non Railway Modelling

Never going to need this on the railway, but how do you do the sea? Especially the wash from the MTB?

Wonderful modelling!

Philip
by Philip Hall
Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Gibson crankpins
Replies: 9
Views: 1618

Re: Gibson crankpins

I always pin the screw in the wheel where it is the centre crankpin if there is Walschaerts about. I drill a 0.45 or 0.5mm hole, using the slot in the screw as a starting point, through into the wheel and then insert a wire pin. This in addition to cyano on a few threads of the screw nearest the hea...
by Philip Hall
Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby Drummond 700
Replies: 10
Views: 1902

Re: Hornby Drummond 700

Andrew, just use a parallel sided burr or mill in a mini drill, run quite slowly and with eye protection. Sweep the burr from side to side and gradually reduce the thickness of the splashers or whatever. Keep an eye on the front face as well as you will see tell tale signs of breaking through before...
by Philip Hall
Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie
Replies: 192
Views: 31873

Re: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie

Allan, thanks again. Lest this should sound like two old pals congratulating each other perhaps I can expand a little by revealing that the camera I use at Scaleforum (Leica V-lux 4) is not my favourite camera for this sort of work, often preferring my old Canon S3IS, which has a smaller sensor and ...
by Philip Hall
Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie
Replies: 192
Views: 31873

Re: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie

Allan, thank you for your comments about the Burntisland photos, you are very kind. And many thanks to you for cleaning up all the backgrounds; I can do a bit of this in Photoshop but I don’t have your abilities, so it was good of you to agree to help out. Had I known it would take you so much time ...
by Philip Hall
Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 3347

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

I have had a TBM 220 for years now and it is a lovely little machine. The KT70 table looks as though it might be a suggestion for a birthday or Christmas present!

Philip
by Philip Hall
Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 3347

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

Regarding the usual throws and exceptions, they weren’t limited to the GWR. The LSWR used 9” throw on many engines, the 4-4-0s, 700s & M7s etc.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 3347

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

In early 1967 there was a series of articles by AJ East In the Model Railway Constructor about scratchbuilding engines. I think it was 1967 but I threw lots of old magazines out a while back. In it he described a method of using two mirrors, held at about a 100° angle to align an Archimedean drill t...

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