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by Philip Hall
Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Kernow Beattie Well Tank to P4?
Replies: 29
Views: 7530

Re: Kernow Beattie Well Tank to P4?

If the chassis is the same as it was under DJ Models then I think conversion would be a nightmare. At least I wouldn’t take it on as a job. I do know of someone who has merely ‘turned’ the wheels down under power and that has worked. Apart from Bill, the wheels aren’t available commercially, even Sh...
by Philip Hall
Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: common crossing vee angles
Replies: 33
Views: 1638

Re: common crossing vee angles

Thanks Paul, I’ll try the Timebond. And yes, Norman does (or did, not sure if they’re still available) buy his blades. I think it was a question of the time taken to file up his own against machined ones ready to go.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: common crossing vee angles
Replies: 33
Views: 1638

Re: common crossing vee angles

Terry and Dave, quite right. It has taken me a while to get on with track building but once started, bits fall off the production line fairly steadily. I have just started on the 50 or so half metre lengths of track I shall need for the storage sidings, most of them dead straight so I am building th...
by Philip Hall
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Heating the Workshop
Replies: 16
Views: 1056

Re: Heating the Workshop

I think this slightly OT foray into benches is really interesting - seeing where people produce their masterpieces or where they throw their efforts at the cat. I am very impressed with your woodworking skills too; to have a bench like that but also to have made the thing yourself is just great. Phi...
by Philip Hall
Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Area Groups
Topic: Area Groups and Zoom
Replies: 20
Views: 803

Re: Area Groups and Zoom

I know of three or four people who have a paid for license, but on each occasion the license holder is either at the meeting or in the host house whilst it is being held, by a partner when the other half holds the license for example. I have had a word with our church Zoom organiser, and he tells me...
by Philip Hall
Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Heating the Workshop
Replies: 16
Views: 1056

Re: Heating the Workshop

Thank you Bryan for the pointer to the Smart plugs. I did think about this at one time (things have moved on a bit in the intervening years) and discussed it with our electrician, but we concluded that the expense at that time for limited functionality wasn't worth it. And your reservations about be...
by Philip Hall
Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Heating the Workshop
Replies: 16
Views: 1056

Re: Heating the Workshop

When we built my workshop/railway room I bought a 2.5kw oil filled radiator, as they are one of the most economical. Many makes are available but having sold them when I was working in a hardware store I went for one of the best, De Longhi. It will bring a 20ft x 21ft space (with a big workbench in ...
by Philip Hall
Fri Nov 13, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: LSWR short horsebox, kit query
Replies: 6
Views: 488

Re: LSWR short horsebox, kit query

Steve, I asked Mike King for his comments and he has sent the following: “Nice job of the horsebox from what I can see. The short LSWR horseboxes had no steps at the "non-groom" end, whereas some (but not all) the longer ones did. Gordon Weddell's drawing (LSWR Carriages Vol 3, page 101) s...
by Philip Hall
Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Scale Length Conversions
Replies: 34
Views: 1181

Re: Scale Length Conversions

John,

Thank you for producing what will surely become a useful tool for us. For years I have used the MRJ conversion tables for 4mm and 7mm when I need to establish drill sizes and dimensions but now being able to swap things around at the click of a mouse is great.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Tue Nov 10, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Frame Spacing
Replies: 26
Views: 1725

Re: Frame Spacing

I remember building a Finney M7 a long time ago and used the EM spacers at the back end to help getting it around curves! Must have been a long time since I am now adapting the Hornby models...

Philip
by Philip Hall
Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: common crossing vee angles
Replies: 33
Views: 1638

Re: common crossing vee angles

You don't need Templot to start with, very good though it is. The Society offers free downloads of all sorts of point and crossing templates which are more than adequate to build track on. Indeed, that's the way a lot of us still do it.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: andrewnummelin
Topic: Little & Large - The Socially-Distanced Challenge
Replies: 33
Views: 6077

Re: Little & Large - The Socially-Distanced Challenge

Andrew, I think Devcon is thin enough to be able to just have a smear on each segment of your centres and then to push the rims on. I normally push the rims on whilst the centre is still in the lathe so I can check that it doesn't wobble. If any glue did stray I think it would be simple to pick it o...
by Philip Hall
Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: andrewnummelin
Topic: Little & Large - The Socially-Distanced Challenge
Replies: 33
Views: 6077

Re: Little & Large - The Socially-Distanced Challenge

Andrew, Very interesting how you decided to do most all of the turning to produce the wheel with normal tools and only fettled the flange with the form tool. I suspect this is the approach I will use when the Society form tool is produced. I can’t produce a taper easily with my Unimat SL so think I ...
by Philip Hall
Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Frame Spacing
Replies: 26
Views: 1725

Re: Frame Spacing

Filing down the wheelboss is mentioned several times here. If it is unnecessary for the wheel to run true, without wobble, I wonder why they are made like that? I don’t understand this comment. A wheel MUST run true without wobble, or as near to that ideal as can be achieved. The boss on a wheel do...
by Philip Hall
Tue Nov 03, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Lathe Work
Topic: Unimat SL spares
Replies: 11
Views: 1098

Re: Unimat SL spares

I have used Pro Machine Tools several times in the past. https://www.emcomachinetools.co.uk/index.php?route=product/search&search=Unimat%20SL%20belt My only observation is that the SL belts come in two sizes, whereas actually there are three if the machine has a slow speed attachment, which mine...
by Philip Hall
Thu Oct 29, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Exactoscale jig and anchor system
Replies: 2
Views: 379

Re: Exactoscale jig and anchor system

I think you are best off sticking with the approaches you have used with success up until now. You know it works for you, and it’s pretty easy to get a good result. Struggling to understand a complicated system which might just make things better but then again might not isn't probably a good use of...
by Philip Hall
Thu Oct 29, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: What's the best gauge wire & tube for compensation beams?
Replies: 5
Views: 387

Re: What's the best gauge wire & tube for compensation beams?

Morning Simon, You’ll just need a suitable small tube which will fit in between the frames and be a nice fit over your brake hanger wire. I would blacken the ends of the tube and the inside of the frames where the hanger goes through so there is no chance of getting solder in there. So far, I’ve onl...
by Philip Hall
Wed Oct 28, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: What's the best gauge wire & tube for compensation beams?
Replies: 5
Views: 387

Re: What's the best gauge wire & tube for compensation beams?

No particular size tube really, whatever I have to hand, just a good fit on a suitable wire. I've often used a large stiff paper clip, unbent and straightened, for the beam as it is easily bent to the right shape once it's in the engine. I just 'overbend' it so the chassis rides a little high at the...
by Philip Hall
Wed Oct 28, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby T9
Replies: 29
Views: 11882

Re: Hornby T9

William, I've just looked out the enclosed picture of the front of an EM T9 and it does look as though I didn't widen the bogie, merely added an overlay, because the detail on the overlay is not quite as tidy as the original! It also looks like I put the overlay on the top half of the bogie only. Yo...
by Philip Hall
Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby T9
Replies: 29
Views: 11882

Re: Hornby T9

Hello William, I’m not surprised about the rear motor mount. When I was speaking to Peter’s Spares about the mounts, they said that they had dispensation from Hornby to produce the brass cradle for the motor, but they didn’t bother about the rear mount as there were plenty of spares about. The rear ...
by Philip Hall
Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby T9
Replies: 29
Views: 11882

Re: Hornby T9

William, I don’t know about the cutout. I don’t think it was on the prototype, and on my 700, which has the same (or similar) tender, I have glued a small rectangle of 5thou styrene over the hole on the outside, and chamfered the edges so with a bit of paint and weathering it looks almost like a sin...
by Philip Hall
Sat Oct 24, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby T9
Replies: 29
Views: 11882

Re: Hornby T9

William, I have just had a look at my (unconverted as yet) 6 wheel tender T9. I was reminded of a few things when I looked through the box of bits: Alan Gibson wheels have 2mm wide tyres as you know and with a b-b of 17.7mm gives you 21.7mm to fit in between the frames which on my model are 21.9mm a...
by Philip Hall
Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby T9
Replies: 29
Views: 11882

Re: Hornby T9

William, You must have an early model as Hornby have corrected the anomaly of the guard irons on later productions, as with the injectors between the driving wheels, similarly the wrong way round. I have converted one of these to EM, where there was enough room, but have one of my own to do for P4. ...
by Philip Hall
Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Wagon A or Wagon B? A bit of fun...
Replies: 16
Views: 1316

Re: Wagon A or Wagon B? A bit of fun...

Paul, Although I can’t see much difference in the two bodies, I prefer the colour of the underframe on 49107. However, I think that possibly much the same effect could be achieved with different shades of enamel. I like them both! Although this probably doesn’t help you with a decision. For years no...
by Philip Hall
Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: RE: Form tools
Replies: 13
Views: 1158

Re: RE: Form tools

Yes, brass can tarnish quickly but it doesn’t corrode in the sense I understand corrosion eg rust etc. However I have found that polishing the tread helps, and I use a rubber wheel in a mini drill which is also useful to impart a better finish to some of our steel wheels.

Philip

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