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by Paul Townsend
Sat Sep 26, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Society Stand and Stores
Topic: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand
Replies: 91
Views: 1075

Re: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand

Hi all. Ta for all who have worked on virtualS4um. I have downloaded lots of stuff to view when grass is cut....... I have been AWOL most of last 3 weeks due to trundling around Suffolk and Derbyshire in our recently acquired Motorhome...bought to get my wife out of shielding and hopefully preserve ...
by Paul Townsend
Mon Aug 24, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Serjt-Dave
Topic: Johnson 1P
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Re: Johnson 1P

I have had one of these running on Highbridge for many years. Since it predates the Rumney chassis it has a DiY job which works adequately. I have a second to build and that will have a Justin (Rumney) chassis. I like your detailed mods and wonder if you will be do any of the Pete Tarver enhancement...
by Paul Townsend
Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Serjt-Dave
Topic: Pull the Other One!
Replies: 24
Views: 1988

Re: Pull the Other One!

Hi All. I hope you are all keeping tickety-boo. This is my latest creation. I did the first block of five leavers at the beginning of the year and really enjoyed making them so I thought the other twenty should be four times as much fun. It doesn't take long for the luster to fade doing repetitive ...
by Paul Townsend
Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: hedgelaying
Replies: 10
Views: 4379

Re: hedgelaying

Some 15 years ago I did a weeklong course in Herefordshire on hedge laying, great fun. A year later and some hedges under my belt I entered a local Somerset competition. The judges laughed at my foreign style. I had complements from the Herefordshire tutor on my acheivements but they dont travel acr...
by Paul Townsend
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery
Replies: 413
Views: 138047

Re: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery

Wot no progress on BG tomfoolery in 10 weeks?
by Paul Townsend
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Best Glue for the job!
Replies: 29
Views: 2418

Re: Best Glue for the job!

When cyanoacrylates first arrived they were definitely temperature sensitive and didn't have a very good shelf either. I got in the habit of keeping it in the fridge. I suspect the modern stuff is better but I still keep it in cool, my current bottle has been in there for some years as I don't use ...
by Paul Townsend
Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Best Glue for the job!
Replies: 29
Views: 2418

Re: Best Glue for the job!

Lots of new-to-me products mentioned near here. Thanks to all for recommendations.

Could I make a plea that when an adhesive is described , users tell us what the shelf life is.

Many modern adhesives work brilliantly but go off PDQ in my experience so prove to be expensive.
by Paul Townsend
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:50 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Suspension for bogie coaches
Replies: 28
Views: 1963

Re: Suspension for bogie coaches

I come late to this party as I have only just realised that the OP's query started with reference to a kit marketed by Broad Gauge Society for which I am the 4mm Trade Officer. Noel spotted this sooner and correctly explained that this particular kit has rocking axle suspension in the bogies. Just f...
by Paul Townsend
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:48 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Easing wheels tight to gauge
Replies: 27
Views: 2545

Re: Easing wheels tight to gauge

Doubtless because the axle was 9 mm too short
by Paul Townsend
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Easing wheels tight to gauge
Replies: 27
Views: 2545

Re: Easing wheels tight to gauge

All good stuff, thank you chaps. Embarrasingly, sorting through one of my 'bits' drawers last night I found I already had a GW wheel puller :? must have been an impulse buy at a show! anyway, deployed it last night and amazingly got it to work, pulled the first wheel a touch too far and had to push...
by Paul Townsend
Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: Dartmouth progress
Replies: 12
Views: 5284

Re: Dartmouth progress

If you're micro-stepping the turntable, why do you want a belt drive? Just mount the deck on the motor shaft. Cut out the middle-man. You'll need a motor with a decent size shaft, of course, and real bearings. Less work all round. DaveB Fair comment inn general but I don't have enough baseboard dep...
by Paul Townsend
Wed Jun 10, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: Dartmouth progress
Replies: 12
Views: 5284

Re: Dartmouth progress

Another 18 months gone by! Following S4um 2018 where the embryo Dartmouth got a bit of exposure, Chris Challis confirmed his invitation to display at RailWells in August 2020. So I drew up an 18 month schedule of tasks to move the layout forward. I was pretty much on time at March 1st 2020 but had b...
by Paul Townsend
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Motor Shorting
Replies: 32
Views: 2114

Re: Motor Shorting

I have used the longer drawbar from the kit and dog-legged it to pass under the front of the tender where a plastic pin engages with it. I have faced the rubbing plates on the loco drag beam with masking tape and, so far so good, it is all running fine. I will also put masking tape or plastic card ...
by Paul Townsend
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Wormdrive sleeves
Replies: 19
Views: 1973

Re: Wormdrive sleeves

if anyone comes across alternative sources, I'd appreciate details. One alternative is to find someone with a lathe and persuade them to make some for you. :) 0,78 mm sounds suspiciously like 1/32 inch 0.78 mm is 0.0307 inches. A number 68 drill, if you can get one is 0.0310 inches. 1/32 is 0.0312 ...
by Paul Townsend
Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:22 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Wormdrive sleeves
Replies: 19
Views: 1973

Re: Wormdrive sleeves

Out of interest, does anyone know of sources of suitable turned bushes: 2.0mm OD x 1.0mm ID 2.0mm OD x 1.5mm ID 1.5mm OD x 0.78mm ID My reason for asking is that I have purchased a variety of very cheap motors that I wish to try in various locos and while I can always ask Chris at High Level for ex...
by Paul Townsend
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 354
Views: 98243

Re: The Burford Branch

Oi I heard cats every day! I have a day job trying to follow some errr, architects and engineers drawings... I spend more time trying to figure out how they came up with certain details that don't work. So i spend a lot of time trying to correct designs that don't comply with planning, building cod...
by Paul Townsend
Tue May 26, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Glenmutchkin - Water Tanks
Replies: 184
Views: 55435

Re: Glenmutchkin - Water Tanks

Obviously, where there is water in a locomotive yard, there really ought to be coal too. Thus, quite substantial coal stacks where very much a feature of shed areas in the pre-grouping era. Typically, these were arranged in engineered stacks, with the sides formed in “dry-coal walling” and then loo...
by Paul Townsend
Mon May 18, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Brass preparation for painting
Replies: 29
Views: 5588

Re: Brass preparation for painting

I have just added some notes re using air grit blasting on Alan's thread
viewtopic.php?f=39&t=3837&p=75494#p75494
by Paul Townsend
Mon May 18, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 3
Replies: 157
Views: 44021

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 3

Over in the US, Paasche offer a "air eraser" which is a small grit blaster. It's similar to Paasches airbrushes, but has a cup and nozzle intended for grit (hard, etc). Especially, the cup is a flow-through arrangement, not a gravity feed. So I don't know if an airbrush would properly flo...
by Paul Townsend
Mon May 18, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 3
Replies: 157
Views: 44021

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 3

Over in the US, Paasche offer a "air eraser" which is a small grit blaster. It's similar to Paasches airbrushes, but has a cup and nozzle intended for grit (hard, etc). Especially, the cup is a flow-through arrangement, not a gravity feed. So I don't know if an airbrush would properly flo...
by Paul Townsend
Fri May 08, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 68
Views: 9264

Re: Track cleaning

It happens that I mention this in my article “Updating Highbridge” in the May Snoozef . Propanol is not IPA. Propanol is propan-1-ol whereas IPA is propan-2-ol regards Alan True, my mistake. All my remarks refer to IPA, I should not have mentioned propanol. Commercial Heptane, which I am trialling ...
by Paul Townsend
Fri May 08, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 68
Views: 9264

Re: Track cleaning

It happens that I mention this in my article “Updating Highbridge” in the May Snoozef . Propanol is not IPA. Propanol is propan-1-ol whereas IPA is propan-2-ol regards Alan True, my mistake. All my remarks refer to IPA, I should not have mentioned propanol. Commercial Heptane, which I am trialling ...
by Paul Townsend
Wed May 06, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 68
Views: 9264

Re: Track cleaning

It happens that I mention this in my article “Updating Highbridge” in the May Snoozef . Propanol is not IPA. Propanol is propan-1-ol whereas IPA is propan-2-ol regards Alan True, my mistake. All my remarks refer to IPA, I should not have mentioned propanol. Commercial Heptane, which I am trialling ...
by Paul Townsend
Mon May 04, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 68
Views: 9264

Re: Track cleaning

It happens that I mention this in my article “Updating Highbridge” in the May Snoozef . My interim conclusion is that there is no advantage in using the expensive and inconvenient aerosol WD40 Contact Cleaner. Comparison between Propanol aka IPA and Heptane is ongoing. The results are pretty much th...
by Paul Townsend
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Yard crane gears
Replies: 28
Views: 2281

Re: Yard crane gears

As David's crane is Irish my instinctive response may not be valid:
Tight fisted Scotsman pinched the wheelset for another vehicle.

A more engineering thought is that they were removed to go around tight corners.

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