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by John Bateson
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: Turning a chimney
Replies: 49
Views: 6487

Re: Turning a chimney

James Moorhouse wrote: I'm certainly not cleverer than Terry, but the idea is that when a forward-facing tool is subjected to a downward pressure, it leans forward and digs in to the work, while the resultant upward pressure of a rear-mounted, upside-down tool tends to move the tool back and out of...
by John Bateson
Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mike G's catch up.
Replies: 42
Views: 2095

Re: Mike G's catch up.

Doug,
Have you tried the tweezers available from the cigarette vaping shops - they have ceramic (and replaceable) tips.
John
by John Bateson
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Motor Shorting
Replies: 32
Views: 1486

Re: Motor Shorting

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Heat Shrink Sleeve to cover the tags


Just a thought, but I use heat shrink sleeve over the motor tags, these help to stabilise the position of the wire as well as insulating the bare ends. Use the tip of a soldering iron, cose but not touching, wavinving it over the joint area until the sleeve has shrunk.
John
by John Bateson
Thu May 14, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 3
Replies: 157
Views: 41472

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

Allan, You have a reference to blasting powder in your notes, yet the only blasting powder I can find is for making gunpowder. This might be a good result for some of my lesser attempts, but I am sure this is not what you meant. Would you point to a source for this, please. Does the blasting powder ...
by John Bateson
Wed May 13, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Brass preparation for painting
Replies: 29
Views: 4919

Re: Brass preparation for painting

I find that the use of Cif (formerly Cilit Bang I think) always reacts with the solder on a model, leaving a dark surface layer that can be rubbed off with a finger. Once I have cleaned using this I always take a fibre glass brush over these surfaces to remove this residue. I think the only solution...
by John Bateson
Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann B1
Replies: 100
Views: 7573

Re: Bachmann B1

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Hope this helps

John
by John Bateson
Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Lever frame mk 2 and the locking frame
Replies: 132
Views: 10948

Re: Lever frame mk 2 and the locking frame

https://modratec.com/ss4.php Modratec is a company based in Brisbane Australia. The software SigScribe4 will allow you to define the locking diagram, you don't have to buy his mechanical gear. He is in the process of retiring to the country just north of Brisbane but it seems to be still possible t...
by John Bateson
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 215
Views: 33116

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Cooling fan to get rid of fumes when soldering - good
Brush or wet wipe when cleaning glass fibre bristles - good

But PLEASE - not both at the same time!

John

and now, back to the honourable and venerable Mr Megginson and his LNER journey.
by John Bateson
Fri Nov 29, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 215
Views: 33116

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Mike, With regard to glass fibre brushes, how do you avoid getting the bristle splinters in your fingers? Whenever I use one, I'm afflicted with painful slinters for days after, even though I try to sweep them off the work tray straight away. Dave. Surgical Gloves - usually around £2.00 for 100 - a...
by John Bateson
Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 64
Views: 6389

Re: Plywood disaster

May I offer an option for ply surfaces apart from a good coat of traditional varnish. I have used double sided carpet tape directly on the ply. This acts as a waterproof barrier.
John
by John Bateson
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss
Replies: 24
Views: 2877

Re: P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss

Philip,
If my memory serves me correctly, a conversation I had with Alan Gibson well before Colin took over said quite clearly that the axle length would vary with the wheel - those with a boss being longer.
John
by John Bateson
Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Drill for rivets.
Replies: 18
Views: 1939

Re: Drill for rivets.

If the rivets are 1.1 mm (check them first) then I would suggest a slightly smaller drill hole, 1.0 or 1.05 mm. This way, when you turn over the track base to apply the trusty sprung centre punch, they will not fall out. I would suggest that drilling 1.1 mm through what is a thin ply will always cre...
by John Bateson
Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Wizard Models
Replies: 60
Views: 6707

Re: Wizard Models

Trading for specialist groups like this Society is not for the fearful or fretful. The trading owners must have some clear idea and structure for their business with a very close eye on the bottom line, otherwise it becomes a lead weight aound the ankles. Traders will come and go, one will want to r...
by John Bateson
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Fret Saw Blades
Replies: 13
Views: 2352

Re: Fret Saw Blades

"Anchor gold saw blades" Available from all sorts of places - and in multipacks for differing teeth so you can experiment. Usually I just get the next one in the draw whatever it is but don't do anything complicated - a 3mm cut is about as far as I go. about £5.99 for a gross from eBay muc...
by John Bateson
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby B12
Replies: 8
Views: 1924

Re: Hornby B12

Alan Gibson for a start/compromise?
4878E 6’ 6" 26.0mm. 20 spoke LNER B12 Class Plain PB12" 4.00mm
by John Bateson
Mon May 20, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Show attacked
Replies: 33
Views: 4649

Re: Show attacked

It is almost 2 years since the vandalism on the NYMR caused great anger among many rail enthusiasts as well as a large number of the general population who were keen to help. In the current case, donations seem to be coming from around the globe, some of them substantial, some not so large but an av...
by John Bateson
Sun May 19, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Show attacked
Replies: 33
Views: 4649

Re: Show attacked

This will complicate sewriously the issue of security at shows. I lived just outside Stamford for 3 years and it had never struck me as a place where this sort of vandalism would ever happen. It sickens me.
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/market-deeping-mrc
John
by John Bateson
Sat May 11, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Chassis Speed Building - Records and Methods
Replies: 17
Views: 2588

Re: Chassis Speed Building - Records and Methods

I suspect the timing of the build for a chassis will depend very much on the familiarity of the builder with the chassis. For a designer, or a builder who has buit a number of identical-ish chassis then the timing will be much shorter than the builder who is for the first time taking on this task. T...
by John Bateson
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Keeping those wires and rods in order
Replies: 4
Views: 1450

Re: Keeping those wires and rods in order

Yes Rob, I really should avoid euphemisms - I did mean RMWEB - a forum which does have a few things that impact me.
John
by John Bateson
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Keeping those wires and rods in order
Replies: 4
Views: 1450

Keeping those wires and rods in order

In another place a member was asking about storing all those loose bits of wire etc and was making good use of a Johnny Walker box. Finding the right wire would be a problem though. This is what I do ... Ebay Clear Rolls of Polythene Plastic Layflat Tubing 250 & 500 Gauge - All Si... Total: £11....
by John Bateson
Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: Turning a chimney
Replies: 49
Views: 6487

Re: Turning a chimney

John,
Thanks for that - its now on the list!
John
by John Bateson
Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: Turning a chimney
Replies: 49
Views: 6487

Re: Turning a chimney

I thought I might take some space and show how I do things, end result is supposed to be the same though I must defer to Jeremy's skills when considering the end results. I have been known to make a few domes and chimneys over the past few years and following a lead-in from Terry Bendall way back in...
by John Bateson
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: NiSI Rod
Replies: 5
Views: 1380

Re: NiSI Rod

Alan, Stainless steel might be a problem because one end has to be soldered. Charlie, Thanks for the pointer. So far I have avoided studd sold as wire because getting it straight has always given me pause... But HobbyHolidays have supplied me before with bits that no longer appear elsewhere such as ...
by John Bateson
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: NiSI Rod
Replies: 5
Views: 1380

Re: NiSI Rod

Tim, I certainly could use tinned brass and it may come to that and live with the discolouration over time - but for the moment if I can source some NiSI at 1.0 mm or 1.2 mm that I think would be a better solution. Or I might be brave and try skimming down some 5 mm rod (or even some 9 mm rod might ...
by John Bateson
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: NiSI Rod
Replies: 5
Views: 1380

NiSI Rod

I have a requirement for NiSI rod of 1.2 mm diameter or 1.25 mm diameter to act as the rods which fit into steam cylinders. It seems that the usual suppliers no longer sell this and I am reluctant to try to turn these (shortish) lengths on a lathe since accuracy is paramount. Can anybody point me to...

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