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by Paul Townsend
Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Goods and minerals
Replies: 13
Views: 3261

Re: Goods and minerals

Lots of black ironwork in this wagon, which would normally be several hours of hyper-concentration. But now I have a Posca pen and it's much quicker and easier. (I still need to tidy up on the solebars.) Guy, What is a ’Posca pen’. Never heard of it? Dave Google is my friend and should be yours too...
by Paul Townsend
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Mini Cutting Broaches
Replies: 5
Views: 439

Re: Mini Cutting Broaches

Cousins.uk have a huge range of small assortments down to .05mm
by Paul Townsend
Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 55
Views: 2128

Re: Carriage loading docks

Since there would rarely be an adequate crane I presume it would be driven or winched down a ramp to ground level. It would have to be driven, I think, as there would not be anywhere to anchor a winch at the top of the ramp [or the bottom for that matter]. To use a winch there would also need to be...
by Paul Townsend
Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 55
Views: 2128

Re: Carriage loading docks

Thanks to Martin, Gerry, Noel et al for airing this issue. I now have no excuse for failing to address it for the Highbridge ELD which has been in place for 30 years with an offensive gap! I will also need to build a Broad Gauge version in the next year for Dartmouth. The Highbridge one was extensiv...
by Paul Townsend
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 242
Views: 49228

Re: The Burford Branch

Another factor is the CRI of the new leds. (Colour rendering Index). Best makers will provide this information as a percentage, the higher the better. Cheap and unbranded LEDs won't give that important specification. Leds emit light as a series of spectral lines. If there are gaps ( always some) thi...
by Paul Townsend
Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: track inclines from level to standard bridge height
Replies: 3
Views: 322

Re: track inclines from level to standard bridge height

I am building a new layout that requires an incline to handle 5/7 car trains from ground level to standard bridge height. I am very unsure as to the angle required to easily effect this situation any info regarding problem would be great`tly receiceved Bob Cummings (scalemaster) If your gradient is...
by Paul Townsend
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench
Replies: 376
Views: 96608

Re: Tim V's workbench

John Palmer wrote: but the thought of taking a ride in the caisson was truly one that gave me the shudders.


You have got wimpy!

You used to think nothing of driving a steam traction engine of weight exceeding by double a certain bridge loading.

Age caught up ?
by Paul Townsend
Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Colouring Sleepers
Replies: 24
Views: 2081

Re: Colouring Sleepers

Having been saddened to find Colron spirit wood dye no longer is available, I tried various acrylics and didn't like any.

Liberon spirit dye range is an acceptable replacement. Dunking for a few minutes is enough.
by Paul Townsend
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Scenic modules
Replies: 26
Views: 3166

Re: Scenic modules

The full set of boards for the scenic area is now complete. Place in situ in the library. I think they look spiffy..... 11F30F05-8633-48A3-9901-3DE6C4DF8B44.jpeg Having a Turkish rug in the railway room seems like a good antidote for the carpet god's antics. Hopefully, such a magic carpet will retu...
by Paul Townsend
Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chairs and Rail
Replies: 51
Views: 5528

Re: Chairs and Rail

I have had a discussion with the rail supplier and will send them a sample of the 2003 rail to compare with the settings of the tooling used for more recent production. It is also possible there may have been some wear in the rollers used to create the rail form, but that is felt to be unlikely. An...
by Paul Townsend
Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: Dartmouth progress
Replies: 8
Views: 1964

Re: Dartmouth progress

I would add my voice to the praise Paul. Fantastic to see the scale and scope of the track work in the flesh. I am really excited to watch this develop over the next few years ... inspirational stuff :thumb The first booked showing as a fully operational layout is RailWells 2020. There should be sc...
by Paul Townsend
Sun Sep 30, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: Dartmouth progress
Replies: 8
Views: 1964

Re: Dartmouth progress

Hi Paul. I saw this at scaleforum and was most impressed with the track work. Did you manage to run a train in the end ? The clerestory coach was beautiful, a superb standard of modelling. Looking forward to seeing it all completed. Cheers. Al. We succeeded in running the occasional train as promis...
by Paul Townsend
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: A cautionary tale re Exactoscale RSU
Replies: 13
Views: 1347

Re: A cautionary tale re Exactoscale RSU

Hardwicke wrote:Would that be a problem in DC or DCC? I've never had an issue in DC but not wired it up for DCC yet.


Yes
by Paul Townsend
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: A cautionary tale re Exactoscale RSU
Replies: 13
Views: 1347

Re: A cautionary tale re Exactoscale RSU

The manufacturer had made the classic mistake of solder filling the thick flexible wires before clamping them into the screw terminals. All electrical users, especially manufacturers should know that over years the solder migrates under pressure thus loosening the joint and causing heating.....the ...
by Paul Townsend
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: A cautionary tale re Exactoscale RSU
Replies: 13
Views: 1347

A cautionary tale re Exactoscale RSU

Exactoscale were one of the earliest suppliers of kit for resistance soldering. Bernard Weller sold two power supply versions, one cased and ready to go or just the bare bones transformer. I bought the naked transformer from Bernard in late 80s, built it into a steel box with switches, connectors et...
by Paul Townsend
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: Dartmouth progress
Replies: 8
Views: 1964

Re: Dartmouth progress

At this stage the MERG content is non-existent. I ran out of time !
However I did spend some weeks last winter developing the MERG content on a N-Gauge pseudo-Dartmouth which I hope to bring to Aylesbury if there is car space. It wont be live but may cause some conversations :D
by Paul Townsend
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: Dartmouth progress
Replies: 8
Views: 1964

Dartmouth progress

Gosh, nearly a year since I updated! Here are a couple of pix taken during the preparations for its first outing at Scaleforum. The baseboards are shown plonked onto their normal high domestic underpinnings but not joined together. They are taken from a high position to give an idea of how it will b...
by Paul Townsend
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Track versus weather
Replies: 1
Views: 1071

Track versus weather

Some have been reporting troubles due to expanding rails and Highbridge has had one or two broken soldered joints in the hot weather. What I have noticed as more troublesome is an increase in track tarnishing. My nickel silver rail normally goes around 2-3 months before I need to run my various trac...
by Paul Townsend
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: geareset for this motor?
Replies: 12
Views: 1367

Re: geareset for this motor?

I wonder if that gritty finish will introduce lots of friction and/or will it run in to be smooth after a while?
by Paul Townsend
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 58591

Re: Construction of a Test Track

Hello Paul, The image seen here has been converted to a jpeg file so that it displays on the Forum page, but the graphics were done with Power Point on a blank slide. The 'shapes' function was used to import a shape or line onto a slide then 'edit shapes' allows those elements to be altered. Using ...
by Paul Townsend
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 58591

Re: Construction of a Test Track

A tentative version of the signalling diagram for the test track, with thanks to to Howard for help with the graphics. Test Track PP Presentation # 1.jpg It all just fits in a 20-lever frame, but I am not totally sure that the positions are ideal. Colin and Howard, please tell us how the signalling...
by Paul Townsend
Mon May 28, 2018 5:04 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Buxton etc
Replies: 7
Views: 1075

Re: Buxton etc

RS and Rapid both stock Roco Anti Seize compound in tubes and the high temperature spec seems to make it suitable. I have not tried it. It seems that the lack of screw tip irons now sold has caused Bitloose to disappear. Oryx irons have disappeared although the bits are still available. I wonder if ...
by Paul Townsend
Sun May 27, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Buxton etc
Replies: 7
Views: 1075

Re: Buxton etc

Would Copper-Ease be a suitable substitute? I don't know. Copper-ease is intended for anti-seize of nuts etc in motor and other mechanical situations. You need to refer to manufacturer;s specification of your product to see if it tolerates soldering temperatures. Bit-loose is formulated to withstan...
by Paul Townsend
Sat May 26, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Buxton etc
Replies: 7
Views: 1075

Re: Buxton etc

It looks good value for money BUT: Screw on bits are prone to seizure....it is essential to put a bit of "bitloose" componund on the tread to prevent this. Also one needs to know if/where spare bits will be available. Here is a source of bitloose, reputable electronics suppliers will have ...
by Paul Townsend
Sat May 26, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Edington Junction
Replies: 16
Views: 2537

Re: Edington Junction

Its progressing well and quickly, however I do have two concerns. Where is the hole in the shed end to allow connection to Highbridge? More seriously I observe your baseboard frames have no diagonal braces. I recommend adding these soonest before it becomes impossible. Without them your boards are a...

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