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by Paul Townsend
Tue Dec 15, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Combined Weighbridge
Replies: 7
Views: 1294

Re: Combined Weighbridge

That picture seems weird. Whichever position the switch is set to, only one rail carries the weighing load.
by Paul Townsend
Thu Dec 10, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: Dartmouth progress
Replies: 27
Views: 7912

Dartmouth progress

OMWB today 1. Finished cleaning up and reducing to length a set of Broad Gauge driving split axles, 32.9mm long, for my friend Tim Merry who is building an early 0-6-0 loco for me. These have stainless steel tube with clockmakers pivot wire as core. They replace a failed experiment with using 2mm fi...
by Paul Townsend
Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Di-limonene supplier in UK?
Replies: 12
Views: 1468

Re: Di-limonene supplier in UK?

I was surprised to see MEK so easily available, and post free! I am surprised they are allowed to send it through the post these days. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SHL-500ml-pure-Methyl-Ethyl-Ketone-MEK-Butanone/272038690495?epid=1950877697&hash=item3f56c4febf:g:F8EAAOSw63FZ7Tsn Steve They aren't...
by Paul Townsend
Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Ralph's workbench
Replies: 53
Views: 7504

Re: Ralph's workbench

I have recently assembled a bunch of 1/8 " axles with tube and 2mm fibreglass and 2mm axles with 1mm FG. It seemed a good idea. I dont find there is sufficient strength even in the 1/8" to with stand the twisting and pressing stresses of wheel mounting. They bend and snap! I will have to r...
by Paul Townsend
Sat Nov 28, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: Dartmouth progress
Replies: 27
Views: 7912

Re: Dartmouth progress

You are right, this is a first fix. That is why the assembly is Brook-Smith for easy soldering adjustment. When the TT BG rails are fixed, all approach rails will be tweaked for final positions.
by Paul Townsend
Sat Nov 28, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: Dartmouth progress
Replies: 27
Views: 7912

Re: Dartmouth progress

A couple of piccies to show my interpretation of how the South Devon Railway and friends did the mixed gauge 3 rail to 4 rail stepover for a turntable. No moving switch, it just relies on the check rail pulling the Narrow Gauge vehicle across. A similar technique was applied on running lines where t...
by Paul Townsend
Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: Dartmouth progress
Replies: 27
Views: 7912

Re: Dartmouth progress

So clearly therefore there has to be jiggerypokery in the approach road(s). Do you have a photo or a drawing of how that transition is done to put me out of my misery please Paul? Neil I will post a piccy here of the 3 to 4 rail jiggery pokey once it is built, quite soon I hope. Edit: It is built a...
by Paul Townsend
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: Dartmouth progress
Replies: 27
Views: 7912

Re: Dartmouth progress

Long time, no updates...... Loads of transverse sleepered mixed gauge track has been built and laid, with help from Tim and Dave, all now wired but not yet ballasted. Much time was spent installing Merg CBus electronics for the control system....much of this is now configured and turnout servos work...
by Paul Townsend
Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Scale Length Conversions
Replies: 34
Views: 1903

Re: Scale Length Conversions

Works ok on my win10 laptop.
John's byline appears at the bottom
by Paul Townsend
Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: 17/18 October - Missenden Virtual Autumn Weekend
Replies: 10
Views: 1346

Re: 17/18 October - Missenden Virtual Autumn Weekend

[quote="David B" live events by experienced modellers and tutors, many of whom will be familiar to you - Mike Sharman,
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Thats remarkable! I trust Hilary knows.
by Paul Townsend
Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Who would want a form tool for re-profiling wheels?
Replies: 70
Views: 6446

Re: Who would want a form tool for re-profiling wheels?

David Thorpe wrote:I have to confess to having no idea what a "form tool" is. I assume that I am correct, however, in assuming that in order to use it one requires a lathe?

DT


Yes.
Moreover it needs to be a pretty powerful one, used with lubricant, as the load will be much higher than with normal tools
by Paul Townsend
Sat Sep 26, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Society Stand and Stores
Topic: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand
Replies: 91
Views: 4565

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: 373

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: 2968

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: 4888

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: Re: Tim V's workbench - latest shenanigans
Replies: 418
Views: 153000

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: 35
Views: 4597

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: 35
Views: 4597

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: 3191

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: 3673

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: 3673

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: 27
Views: 7912

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: 27
Views: 7912

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: 3481

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 ...

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