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by Will L
Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: North London Group
Topic: NLG January 2020 test track meeting
Replies: 3
Views: 136

Re: NLG January 2020 test track meeting

... I noticed the leading and driving axles were not parallel to each other, so God only knows how it was able to run as it did... As it turns out, parallel axles aren't as necessary as you might suppose. While you cant take this to extremes, so long as the rods match the wheel centres on the side ...
by Will L
Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Trap points
Replies: 9
Views: 430

Re: Trap points

Certainly been here before , see viewtopic.php?f=5&t=6460&hilit=trap+points#p68824 and the post that follows it.
by Will L
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4
Replies: 21
Views: 853

Re: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4

The key factor here is always the "rate of change in cant". Where Cant is the difference, at any one point, in the hight of the rail top between our two rails, and the rate of change is expressed as the ratio between the change in cant and the distance over which it occurs. You may get cha...
by Will L
Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Bill Bedford Coach Bogies
Replies: 17
Views: 799

Re: Bill Bedford Coach Bogies

...Dave, I have stroked wire as you have suggested but it has remained stubbornly curved. Maybe you're related to Uri Geller? I find it works well with brass wire but steel wire is much more resistant. I've noted that the wire Bill supplies can be is a bit on the curvy side but like Keith I swear b...
by Will L
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Bill Bedford Coach Bogies
Replies: 17
Views: 799

Re: Bill Bedford Coach Bogies

Agreeing with Keith and Guy. You can solder the wire to the bearing carrier if need be, though most find it unnecessary, but not the end of the spring to the end support. I would have thought that soldering at the centre would also cure any tendency to pop out at the ends?
by Will L
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension
Replies: 14
Views: 524

Re: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension

We've been here before, fairly often, try doing a forum search on "bearing depth". There can be a significant variation in 1, the distance between W irons, 2, axle lengths and 3, effective bearing depth. Particularly the last one. This only becomes a real issue with sprung systems at they ...
by Will L
Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van
Replies: 15
Views: 2521

Re: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van

Testing on the group layout Calderside the van ran over most of the complex trackwork perfectly but at two locations near or on points derailed occasionally . The non-compensated wheelset was the one jumping the rails. I have put in two more 10g sheets of lead flashing, evenly distributed, so the w...
by Will L
Wed Jan 01, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 28
Views: 4107

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

...My other recommendation is to start with a piece of bar (whether circular or rectangular in cross section) that is long enough to be held securely in your work-holding device of choice until the entire assembly is almost complete - to me, the most obvious way of doing this is to have the back of...
by Will L
Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Hold and Fold Tools
Replies: 16
Views: 1618

Re: Hold and Fold Tools

For anybody who is concerned that they need one of these before tackling etched kits and are worrying about how much they have to spend on yet another additional tools, I would point out that they weren't available when etched kits first started to appear and you can do a perfectly good job without ...
by Will L
Fri Dec 27, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Happy Holidays
Replies: 2
Views: 429

Re: Happy Holidays

And to you
by Will L
Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1104
Views: 152979

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

Hummmm I realise this advice may come a bit late. I too like to have the body break down into sub assemblies, but I think when building tank engins your asking quite a lot to get the cab tank and boiler complex perfectly square when assembled away from the footplate. So the long tank footplate joint...
by Will L
Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Reduction of noise from baseboards
Replies: 12
Views: 1316

Re: Reduction of noise from baseboards

Obviously useful to have an architect with real knowledges on this one. Bet it feels satisfying to be the expert occasionally Tim. ...If the sound is coming from a mechanism such as the loco wheels and is transferring noise and vibration from above into the structure of the baseboard, then springing...
by Will L
Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Reduction of noise from baseboards
Replies: 12
Views: 1316

Re: Reduction of noise from baseboards

And springing your stock significantly reduces the drumming effect.
by Will L
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 2931

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

I'm amused and a bit concerned that this appears to be a problem which is only soluble by the ownership of a decent drill press. Better not tell new members that until we got their membership free. More seriously, while I do admire the engineering skills many of you exhibit, I do think we might need...
by Will L
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 2931

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

Yes we have been past the need to drill the crankpin holes in GW wheels problem a number of times. I got the problem nearly 9 years ago as described in this post , which I give for completeness rather than anything else. I seem to remember there was talk of the society producing a variable jig at th...
by Will L
Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1104
Views: 152979

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

A quick question on brake rigging. :?: :?: :?: I want to set it up so that it is demountable to allow the wheels to be dropped in and out. Is there a thread anywhere which shows the methodology/sequence .... I would be particularly interested in tricks to make sure everything is nice, square and tr...
by Will L
Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1104
Views: 152979

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

While I will admit that I'm not the most prolific loco builder, my experience says that so long as the crankpin bush is noticeably deeper then the hole in the rods (not a lot, but detectable with a finger nail) then screwing the nut down tight on the bush (hold them in a pin chuck to screw them down...
by Will L
Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: PeteT
Topic: J39 64859 Bachmann/Dave Bradwell
Replies: 12
Views: 916

Re: J39 64859 Bachmann/Dave Bradwell

Thanks Will, both for taking the time to do that review in the first place, as well as bringing it to my attention now! The ball bearing technique does look like a good solution to the problem. I bought some a while ago, to experiment with in paint tins for shake/mixing purposes (an experiment I'm ...
by Will L
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: PeteT
Topic: J39 64859 Bachmann/Dave Bradwell
Replies: 12
Views: 916

Re: J39 64859 Bachmann/Dave Bradwell

I've sorted the running - the middle drivers weren't quite quartered. It is the only problem I've so far seen with the Exactoscale drivers (& alluded to in John McAleely's review in snooze 178 - though he didnt encounter it) is that the drivers can rotate slightly while being pushed home in the...
by Will L
Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Duchess test build
Replies: 30
Views: 2794

Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

jim s-w wrote:... I don’t do it by hand mind you.


I think that's the point Jim.
by Will L
Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Duchess test build
Replies: 30
Views: 2794

Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

And not what I intended either but a perfectly good approach. However, given a hollow axle, rather than cutting an angled slot, could you not drill an angled hole starting in the hole in the middle of the axle? I'm only persisting with this because I usually find that if you want to drill a hole thr...
by Will L
Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1104
Views: 152979

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

Tim/Phillip My advice was directly more to Tim than Phillip, but mostly at people considering the noise "problem" (if there is one) and how that might consider building a layout. Phillip just gave me an entry but as I said I'm sure he personally has made floating track work and for him it ...
by Will L
Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1104
Views: 152979

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

...I actually like quiet running, and so I will probably not glue the track down firmly but pin it gently down in places, making sure it is well supported before ballasting and (maybe) removing the pins. I do think that with our fine flanges (turning burrs as they were once described to me!) we nee...
by Will L
Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Rail notches
Replies: 13
Views: 1643

Re: Rail notches

Le Corbusier wrote:
Will L wrote:
Tim V wrote:
Will L wrote:Pendantic of Cheshir


I've never heard of that county :D


Jet lag


.... or Jat leg :D

While we were away I fell over a large and very rough volcanic rock, which barked my shin something rotten. So it could be that too.
by Will L
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Rail notches
Replies: 13
Views: 1643

Re: Rail notches

Tim V wrote:
Will L wrote:Pendantic of Cheshir


I've never heard of that county :D


Jet lag

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