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by Philip Hall
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chairs and Rail
Replies: 17
Views: 926

Re: Chairs and Rail

I believe a particular problem has been with the C&L HiNi Rail, current stock of which has been shown to have a thicker web than previously, which has given rise to problems with the chairs. I have recently tried many different rails in the Fast Track bases, my standard for the main running line...
by Philip Hall
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Stock for Cadhay
Replies: 36
Views: 3853

Re: Stock for Cadhay

Paul, you must have known. Eggesford is quite close to where ’Mellstock’ is set. Okehampton in real life. It was also just up the way from where my old Taw Vale (in theory) left the Exeter - Barnstaple line en route to a junction near Sampford Courtenay on the Exeter - Plymouth. I’ve just been remin...
by Philip Hall
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Stock for Cadhay
Replies: 36
Views: 3853

Re: Stock for Cadhay

P4 might be a bit fragile for ‘umbrella rail’, maybe G1 or bigger. I always fancied a garden railway, don’t tell The Boss...
by Philip Hall
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Stock for Cadhay
Replies: 36
Views: 3853

Re: Stock for Cadhay

Then you leave one umbrella at the bottom of the garden when it’s stopped raining and before long you have a collection of them at one end of the garden and none at the other!

Philip
by Philip Hall
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Stock for Cadhay
Replies: 36
Views: 3853

Re: Stock for Cadhay

For those who have the space (and the funds), a workshop/layout room in the garden can be a good solution and having a working space in the same room is even better. I can confirm that having a big railway room at the bottom of the garden with the fairies is very nice. Not quite nice on occasions l...
by Philip Hall
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 41
Views: 8047

Re: South Pelaw Junction

It is still possible, although not advertised, to have volumes of MRJ bound by bookbinders. I use Grays in Mitcham, and have done since the birth of MRJ. Cygnet send indices for the binding to Grays each year and the result is very good. The last one cost me £40, carriage is extra.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 855
Views: 62100

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

Coupling hooks - if these are to be functional my preference is for Ambis as they are a good shape and links cannot fall off easily. If you are using autos, then any brand will do.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 10555

Re: Scaleforum 2018

May I record my public thanks to Terry and all the organising team for the customary great weekend. From my point of view, slaving behind a hot camera, it was very enjoyable despite the pressures of having to produce some half decent pictures for us to remember the event by. I was rewarded this year...
by Philip Hall
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Exactoscale Products
Replies: 59
Views: 9280

Re: Exactoscale Products

Tony,

Sometimes being anonymous is good. You can bask in the praise when it all works but nobody knows who to blame when it doesn’t!

Philip
by Philip Hall
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 10555

Re: Scaleforum 2018

I am pretty sure there is a coffee machine in the cafe area.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Exactoscale Products
Replies: 59
Views: 9280

Re: Exactoscale Products

Probably the clearest and most logical website I have seen in many a long year. Many thanks, Andrew. Even better is that the prices I have looked at have come down!

Philip
by Philip Hall
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 149
Views: 17773

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

The Katsu looks a nice little machine. I went for the small Proxxon many years ago because the Rohm chuck that was supplied as an accessory took drills down to 0.3mm. It rattles a bit (more than a bit if you leave it going too long) but doesn’t seem to have any play in the bearings and the survival ...
by Philip Hall
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: which controller for a test track?
Replies: 15
Views: 955

Re: which controller for a test track?

I usually test with an old AMR which has had the feedback reduced before purchase. Often though I check with a Gaugemaster handheld, the cream coloured one, not the black. I also use a Modelex, recommended to me by Roy Jackson, and this runs engines very quietly. Not goo much fancy electronics on th...
by Philip Hall
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 196
Views: 14597

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Tony,

You have chosen Sundeala as a surface. I am looking at a softboard surface, laid on top of a Contiboard base, for the scenic parts of the railway. Could you suggest a supplier for the board you use please?

Philip
by Philip Hall
Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 149
Views: 17773

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

If you don’t have a drill press, only a hand drill, a dodge I saw once (I think by Tony East in a very old Model Railway Constructor) used two small mirrors at right angles to one another, on the far side of the drill to the user. Any variation from the vertical can be seen in one mirror or the othe...
by Philip Hall
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 90
Views: 18774

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

Jonathan, I am surprised at the reaction of your optician. At the very least she should be able to explain why this would not be possible for you, maybe you have a particular condition which prevents a close up prescription. I have a special workshop pair of glasses set at the normal distance I need...
by Philip Hall
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Special exhibition at Pendon Museum
Replies: 6
Views: 997

Re: Special exhibition at Pendon Museum

You never know, but it would have to be EM, not P4...

Philip
by Philip Hall
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: A Frosty Finish
Replies: 13
Views: 887

Re: A Frosty Finish

Hi Dave, It’s only that I have only ever applied one coat of varnish on top of transfers, apart from maybe a gloss coat to apply decals on top of, and many times I have just polished the painted surface to apply the decals to. It’s strange how, having done something many times, suddenly it goes wron...
by Philip Hall
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Balcombe testing
Replies: 16
Views: 1144

Re: Balcombe testing

This is one h..l of a model railway, and continues the modern theme of big layouts in EM and P4. Just as I thought thought mine was going to be pretty big. Trains just get completely lost in the landscape. I can’t wait to see it complete!

Philip
by Philip Hall
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: A Frosty Finish
Replies: 13
Views: 887

Re: A Frosty Finish

I’ve not had this problem, and it’s not a helpful answer in your present predicament, but I would not normally apply a varnish on top of weathering; however, it does look to me as though there is actually too much varnish on the model. Usually I apply decals over a gloss or polished surface (T-Cut w...
by Philip Hall
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Vehicle dynamics and trackholding
Topic: Do we need 1:20 Rail Inclination
Replies: 38
Views: 2113

Re: Do we need 1:20 Rail Inclination

Hi Tony, I’m going to experiment a little in places where it can be seen, but only with a tiny amount, just for visual effect. If it doesn’t work it will be easy to take it out before ballasting. Like you, the requirement for a lot of RTR takes precedence. I am intrigued by the fact that sometimes q...
by Philip Hall
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 90
Views: 18774

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

Jonathan,

If your close up vision has deteriorated a good optician should be able to sort this out for you. I have a pair of glasses set for a specific distance for use on my workbench, as distinct from reading glasses. Glad to see you are still producing your fine engines!

Philip
by Philip Hall
Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Soldering Cab Roofs
Replies: 7
Views: 487

Re: Soldering Cab Roofs

I understand you don’t need to make the roof removable, but clipping on is often the cleanest way of doing the job; no errant solder or glue seeping out. However, to solder I would merely tack with a tiny amount of solder near to each of the corners. No need to solder along each seam, it will never ...
by Philip Hall
Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG)
Topic: CRAG Meeting 7 Aug 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 900

Re: CRAG Meeting 7 Aug 2018

I think it has something to do with how much work the steam engine is actually going to do. When coupled at the rear, which I have had on tours, it is either for occasional banking assistance or for shunting at the destination, to save having a standby engine at various places. Often the diesel is j...
by Philip Hall
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Vehicle dynamics and trackholding
Topic: Do we need 1:20 Rail Inclination
Replies: 38
Views: 2113

Re: Do we need 1:20 Rail Inclination

Martin raises an interesting point about contact pressure, which was very important in the days when I still used a HiFi turntable and vinyl records. A stereo cartridge stylus can often have a tracking pressure of just one gram, but the contact pressure at the stylus point is measured in kilos or ev...

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