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by Will L
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 936
Views: 118552

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

Tim File down the hub. Put it wide end down on a hard surface, put the rod over it, file off most but not all the excess length so it stands just proud above he rod so the crankpin nut tightens against the hub but leaves the rod free to turn. It's not difficult to ensure it is sufficiently square, a...
by Will L
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Chassis kits for CSB
Replies: 26
Views: 1804

Re: Chassis kits for CSB

davebradwell wrote:.......and quieter.

For some reason I have never used that as a (another) reason for favouring springing. But your right
by Will L
Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 272
Views: 38045

Re: Crab Comet conversion

Shellac is commonly used in the musical instrument repair business so that is an option that's attractive as I should have some and it's easy to use, but I'd never associated it with modelling. When I first got interested in model trains, reading the Modeller and the Constructor it seamed that ther...
by Will L
Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 156
Views: 13069

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Rod Cameron wrote:It has come to my attention that the Ouse Valley Viaduct is considered to be a bit of a myth,

Even though it currently features in the opening credits of Michael Portillo's "Great British Railway Journeys"?
by Will L
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.
Replies: 40
Views: 2701

Re: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.

I always wondered ... wouldn't having springs hanging from the axle boxes have a tendency to give slightly akimbo springs unless the workmanship is spot on? I am currently pondering whether to make the springs part of the brake rigging set up where they can maybe be more positively positioned and r...
by Will L
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.
Replies: 40
Views: 2701

Re: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.

Very nicely and neatly done. The next logical step would seem to be to try CSB, and then if you use the Highlevel axle blocks and fulcrum tabs you will find the CSB wire keeps the wheels in the chassis without needing a keeper plate! You might use one to mount under-hung springs, but I now prefer to...
by Will L
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Chassis kits for CSB
Replies: 37
Views: 2448

Re: Chassis kits for CSB

I note the unnecessary swipe at the mature design of springing which I use and which might threaten my commercial arm. You prefer a non-adjustable design, WillL, whereas I won't build a model without adjustments on the springs. Both are perfectly valid design approaches largely based on how we choo...
by Will L
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Chassis kits for CSB
Replies: 26
Views: 1804

Re: Chassis kits for CSB

... Generally, CSB suspension (one continuous wire) implementation is only practical for fixed frame driving wheels of multi-wheel arrangements. Additional traditional methods are still needed for suspending bogie and pony truck wheels, for even the simplest and shortest driving wheel arrangements....
by Will L
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Chassis kits for CSB
Replies: 37
Views: 2448

Re: Chassis kits for CSB

WillL wrote:I agree this type are good too and I will use this sort if I cant get top wipers in. Will, I had this issue with my High Level 'Coronation'. It is possible to coil the pickup behind the brake shoes and have a stylus pressing horizontally, as in the pix on the CLAG site. It needs some pr...
by Will L
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Chassis kits for CSB
Replies: 37
Views: 2448

Re: Chassis kits for CSB

Woops I seem to have hiccups, or at least my internet does.
Edited to remove a duplicate post
by Will L
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Chassis kits for CSB
Replies: 37
Views: 2448

Re: Chassis kits for CSB

I think what Guy meant was picking up from the running surface of the tyre, as it tends be the part of the tyre that picks up the most muck. Is that as a valid objection Phil? I'm with Ted, If the wheel surface is dirty enough to stop the rubbing contact pickup working it will be quite dirty enough...
by Will L
Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Chassis kits for CSB
Replies: 37
Views: 2448

Re: Chassis kits for CSB

Now that this thread has settled, it's a good opportunity to remind a generation spared the task of routinely dismantling their car engine the need to number axleboxes and hornguides so that the chassis can be re-assembled with these bits in the same place and orientation every time. Each axlebox w...
by Will L
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Chassis kits for CSB
Replies: 37
Views: 2448

Re: Chassis kits for CSB

The Highlevel hornblocks are, as far as I know, the only once which directly support CSB use, and they also sell a jig for marking out the fulcrum points which I find very handy for adding CSB's to existing kits. Although only a very few of the the excellent Highlevel chassis and loco kits have CSB ...
by Will L
Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 41
Views: 1841

Re: Catch Points

I've no idea what the official rules were, but a case can be made in principle that catch points on gradients and trap points against conflicting movements have very different purposes and therefore different requirements, so that what is done for one is not a guide to what is done for the other. G...
by Will L
Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signalling for Tingley Common
Replies: 39
Views: 2372

Re: Signalling for Tingley Common

PVA and coloured inks?
by Will L
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 156
Views: 13069

Re: Scaleforum 2019

The poor souls who man the desk have enough problems without me. But when I tried to collect my (preordered) badge it appeared to cause a minor panic behind the desk -- and a bit of a queue behind me. I really felt I shouldn't bother -- but then they found it. But evidently name badges were not par...
by Will L
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 209
Views: 40045

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

Jeremy Suter wrote:I was recently asked to do some Generic Cosmetic Loco Springs I think look very nice on the etch but will have to see how they look on a chassis.

That was quick, really must put that chassis together.
by Will L
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Wheel cleaning
Replies: 11
Views: 842

Re: Wheel cleaning

Paul Townsend wrote:Imagine a motorised window cleaner..... :D

Sorry but that isn't helping.
by Will L
Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Wheel cleaning
Replies: 11
Views: 842

Re: Wheel cleaning

I'm fascinated now. Pictures as soon as you get yours please Paul.
by Will L
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.
Replies: 40
Views: 2701

Re: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.

Meanwhile the hobby moves on, I wonder also Brian, if Will Lichfield’s series on csb passed you by? That kind of comment is a bit self defeating - it is merely a different way, not necessarily better . And for a beginner, the complications of a CSB chassis is certainly a step to far. While I accept...
by Will L
Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 267
Views: 62579

Re: The Burford Branch

And they are all the right way up on Windows 10/ Firefox
by Will L
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 62
Views: 3570

Re: Track cleaning

Interesting, looks like the guy may have invented graphene. I've never been convinced by the suggestion you would significantly damage your rails with an light abrasive cleaning method. A view reinforced by exhibiting a layout for 15 years about 4 times a year with regular use in-between shows. Plen...
by Will L
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: laser welding
Replies: 11
Views: 748

Re: laser welding

Oh I don't know, but nothing you couldn't do just as well with one of the spot welders at a much lower price?

You do wonder what happens if you let your finger et in the way.
by Will L
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Hessle Haven
Replies: 23
Views: 3595

Re: Signals for Hessle Haven

You do have to admit that the NER weren't afraid of interesting pointwork
by Will L
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: REF: Rail wheel profile and "to do" list update
Replies: 25
Views: 2174

Re: REF: Rail wheel profile and "to do" list update

I think there is little doubt that sufficient weight is necessary to stop the leading wheel from climbing the rail on corners, This is the implication of Nadal's formula, not to mention the real world accident investigations that Julian is fond of quoting. None the less, to assume that just because ...

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