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by Paul Townsend
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Crossing Vee Jig
Replies: 26
Views: 2690

Re: Crossing Vee Jig

Templotters can end up needing theoretically to make common crossing vees to values intermediate to the EBMA type jigs and commercial templates. Martin's magic engine tells me that I have Vees to build soon in BH rail to these specs 1:x where x = 4.53, 5.08, 5.5, 5.58, 5.6, 5.7, 6.16, 6.25, 6.38 as ...
by Paul Townsend
Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 74
Views: 11368

Re: Resistance Soldering

first attempt. IMG_0840.JPG I think the rear steps ( on the left) would look super in a scrapheap. :( There is nothing there that can’t be rescued. The laminations at top left are separated and too much stray solder in several places. I would apply heat sink clips nearby where laminations are Ok. L...
by Paul Townsend
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: 2019 S4 North
Replies: 33
Views: 4103

Re: 2019 S4 North

Was particularly impressed with Midland Sidings. Both times I stood there watching the operations it was flawless and earned my vote at the end. No stalls and prodding by Mr Hand, all slow, smooth starts and stops through several shunting movements. No issues propelling wagons through formations. I...
by Paul Townsend
Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 74
Views: 11368

Re: Resistance Soldering

Answering David B's "what do you use your RSU for":
Building Broad Gauge Baulk Road track with my fancy tweezers....on display at DB's stall in Wakefield.
by Paul Townsend
Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: East of Scotland
Topic: Burntisland at Alexandra Palace 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1221

Re: Burntisland at Alexandra Palace 2019

Chris forgot to mention the other P4 layout at Ally Pally, Lower Exbury now in the care of Alison Barker. This year the exhibition probably had the most layouts built to P4 standards ever and as always it was helpful to point those who stopped by the Society stand in the direction of these layouts....
by Paul Townsend
Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: East of Scotland
Topic: Burntisland at Alexandra Palace 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1221

Re: Burntisland at Alexandra Palace 2019

I have enjoyed this model at several shows but couldn't get to Railex last year or Ally Pally recently.
When are its next planned outings ?
by Paul Townsend
Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Materials and Techniques
Topic: Ready-made wire tree armatures
Replies: 4
Views: 388

Re: Ready-made wire tree armatures

Noel wrote:Not if you get leaves on the line...


Not a problem for the proper periods to model!
by Paul Townsend
Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Goods and minerals
Replies: 13
Views: 3930

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: 1023

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: 74
Views: 4031

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: 74
Views: 4031

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: 247
Views: 54097

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: 424

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: 100923

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: 2511

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: 3995

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: 6484

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: 2552

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: 2552

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: 1535

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: 1535

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: 1535

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: 2552

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: 2552

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: 1145

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...

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