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by Philip Hall
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 21499

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Allan, thank you for the complimentary prediction of how good the pictures might be. No pressure there then. They will be a while yet, as work gets in the way, and there are several hundred to work my way through. Then they will go off to webmasterJohn for him to form into the Retrospective. So hold...
by Philip Hall
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss
Replies: 24
Views: 1363

Re: P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss

Thanks Dave, useful to know when something tight next comes along (like a King Arthur or S15).

Philip
by Philip Hall
Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Drill for rivets.
Replies: 18
Views: 837

Re: Drill for rivets.

I wouldn’t thump too hard or you might split the sleeper. A punch tool is more measured, but a gentle tap with a flat faced hammer on a steel block should do just as well.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss
Replies: 24
Views: 1363

Re: P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss

Julian, The Ultrascale wheel for the T9 is a true representation, and the boss on that engine is very pronounced indeed. The combination of a true scale wheel centre and a plastic moulding for the footplate produced the clearance issue, hence my reducing the boss. The LMS compound may not have this ...
by Philip Hall
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss
Replies: 24
Views: 1363

Re: P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss

One of the problems with outside cylinder engines in P4 is there really isn’t much clearance at the front end. Even if the prototype had a pronounced boss, I would not be averse to filing it flush with the tyre face to gain a few thou extra. It doesn’t help that driving wheels are commonly 2mm wide,...
by Philip Hall
Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss
Replies: 24
Views: 1363

Re: P4 wheels centre outside boss

As Gordon says, sometimes AG axles are a little short, depending upon prototype. In those cases, I cut new ones from 1/8" or 3mm stock I keep handy. I prefer to have the axle flush with the boss (unless it's one of those engines where the axle actually protrudes slightly). I think this gives a ...
by Philip Hall
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 226
Views: 43184

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

This is one of the pictures I took on Sunday, and I think it’s what I remember it looked like! Taken under two daylight craft lamps, camera (Leica V-lux 4) set to auto white balance. The picture is a little darker at the right hand side, but I will sort that out before it goes off to our webmaster, ...
by Philip Hall
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 21499

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Phil was certainly there with Hobby Holidays. There were some wonderful layouts this year, but Burntisland was my favourite, not least because it presented me with some very nice long shots which often don’t come off. Although I haven’t looked at them yet on a big screen! Congratulations to Terry, t...
by Philip Hall
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: David B
Topic: Lost Property
Replies: 14
Views: 5472

Re: Lost Property

A useful source of small trays has been the little plastic dishes that airlines put their puddings in. From the good old days when you got a meal, of course. Also I have used substantially made boxes that chocolates are supplied in.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 21499

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Rod, David will be there on the Friday evening lending a hand with the setup. I’ll bring him over.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 21499

Re: Scaleforum 2019

David is staying with us before and after the weekend, so I’ll suggest we find something red when he arrives! I don’t envy him the flight, though, all in one hit...

Philip
by Philip Hall
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Wizard Models
Replies: 60
Views: 3862

Re: Wizard Models

I reckon Andrew’s thoughts about getting out at the ‘right’ time are quite sensible. I seem to hear too many times these days about people who have retired but don’t end up with as much time left to them as they would have hoped. Lugging loads of gear around the country every other weekend can't hel...
by Philip Hall
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Fret Saw Blades
Replies: 13
Views: 1312

Re: Fret Saw Blades

I use a variety of sizes; the lower the number the coarser the pitch. I use between 4/0 and 6/0 for the thinnest sheet, 2/0 for heavier work. I actually have a couple of piercing saw frames by the bench; one with a coarse blade and another with a 5/0 or 6/0, so I can just grab the one appropriate at...
by Philip Hall
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Chassis kits for CSB
Replies: 37
Views: 2732

Re: Chassis kits for CSB

I think what Guy meant was picking up from the running surface of the tyre, as it tends be the part of the tyre that picks up the most muck. Is that as a valid objection Phil? I'm with Ted, If the wheel surface is dirty enough to stop the rubbing contact pickup working it will be quite dirty enough...
by Philip Hall
Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Chassis kits for CSB
Replies: 37
Views: 2732

Re: Chassis kits for CSB

I think what Guy meant was picking up from the running surface of the tyre, as it tends be the part of the tyre that picks up the most muck. A wire bearing on the edge of the flange is in many respects self cleaning. I thought what Guy wrote made sense and have always avoided top mounted pickups, or...
by Philip Hall
Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Modern Era Concrete Track
Replies: 26
Views: 1156

Re: Modern Era Concrete Track

I remember seeing a film on the LMS I think, about turnout & crossing construction, and the rails throughout a turnout were clearly inclined. Is this a modern change from inclined to vertical at turnouts?

Philip
by Philip Hall
Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: New C&L Crowdfunding Project for P4 Plain Track
Replies: 9
Views: 1347

Re: New C&L Crowdfunding Project for P4 Plain Track

The £3.00 per yard price relates to Peco Streamline code 100. Their bullhead flexitrack, comparable to C&L, particularly with regard to the thickness of the sleepers, is £5.00 per yard. The EMGS track, made by Peco, is £5 per yard, the same price as the standard 00, but admittedly only available...
by Philip Hall
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Professional 4mm model-maker (coaches) sought
Replies: 24
Views: 1543

Re: Professional 4mm model-maker (coaches) sought

Rodney Cooper has definitely not retired. I was speaking to him only yesterday, and he is still building.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 535
Views: 103064

Re: Brettell Road

Jim, a great job on the old Hornby crane. The buffer height thing: I always understood that the reason they did it was to accommodate the front bogie on an engine when it went from dead level to 1:20 up abruptly at a rail joint, as the track would do in their pier system leading up to viaducts or th...
by Philip Hall
Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 21499

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Most times the sun is out at Scaleforum. At least, I usually manage an ice cream! And David, do please make yourself known if we cross paths. I will have a badge, mostly because the organisers provide us helpers with one. I suspect sometimes it’s in case I forget that I am the ‘official’ photographe...
by Philip Hall
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Track Laying
Replies: 32
Views: 2691

Re: Track Laying

Some years ago I bought a can of Mek-Pak, opened it and decanted a little into a small glass bottle I keep on the bench in a holder. Actually it is an original Slaters bottle from about 1966, but the contents remaining in the can turned brown as the can went rusty inside. Slaters were very kind in r...
by Philip Hall
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Track Laying
Replies: 32
Views: 2691

Re: Track Laying

I didn’t know that, Keith. I always assumed it was the cigarettes. But then I guess George didn’t know about the fumes either. Strange that such a lovely smell (the old Mek-Pak) had such unfortunate consequences.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Track Laying
Replies: 32
Views: 2691

Re: Track Laying

Slightly off topic but on the safety thing: one of my favourite memories of the old Easter MRC shows was watching dear old George Slater demonstrating using his Plastikard and Mek-Pak, happily puffing away on a succession of ciggies at the same time! And it was probably the good stuff in those days,...
by Philip Hall
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: N7 Chassis Question
Replies: 20
Views: 1693

Re: N7 Chassis Question

I have, in the long distant past, built engines to go around a 24” radius curve in P4. This is far from suggesting it was desirable, but it was only a light railway. The thought of trying to get anything of any size and associated coaching stock around such a bend as a means of space saving strikes ...
by Philip Hall
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 21499

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I think the Society does promote badges and has done so for a few years now; a little before our events something comes up on the Forum telling you how to apply and where they can be picked up. Short of insisting Society members don’t get in without wearing a name tag there’s not much more you can d...

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