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by Alan Turner
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout
Replies: 50
Views: 8770

Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

I took a look at Lightburn but I don't think it supports the commercial machines like my HPC laser. Hi Dave, It is always worth dropping these guys a line as they are very helpful and obliging. In view of the number of HPC machines around they may well be interested in adding in a driver for it - I...
by Alan Turner
Fri May 22, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout
Replies: 38
Views: 1431

Re: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout

Rather than using kitchen draw slides you might care to have a look at something like this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/132644534766?chn=ps&var=431976687070&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=710-134428-41853-0&mkcid=2&itemid=431976687070_132644534766&targetid=879235270071&device=c...
by Alan Turner
Wed May 06, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 68
Views: 7348

Re: Track cleaning

It happens that I mention this in my article “Updating Highbridge” in the May Snoozef . My interim conclusion is that there is no advantage in using the expensive and inconvenient aerosol WD40 Contact Cleaner. Comparison between Propanol aka IPA and Heptane is ongoing. The results are pretty much t...
by Alan Turner
Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: GWR Locomotive colour
Replies: 5
Views: 661

Re: GWR Locomotive colour

Hi I have found references to 4 different representations of GWR green, all from people who know what they are talking about. They think they know what they are talking about. Colour and importantly colour memory is notoriously fickle. Couple that with paint pigments not being as stable as now, col...
by Alan Turner
Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Block Bell wiring
Replies: 19
Views: 1528

Re: Block Bell wiring

Which way round have you fitted the diodes?

regards

Alan
by Alan Turner
Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Rivet Press 2
Replies: 16
Views: 1536

Re: Rivet Press 2

These appear to be £20: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hand-Press-Grommet-Eyelet-Machine-with-3-Dies-1500pcs-Grommets-6-10-12mm-Craft/173957805827?epid=11032605873&_trkparms=ispr%3D1&hash=item2880b17703:g:6vAAAOSwkwNdIvgG&enc=AQAEAAACUBPxNw%2BVj6nta7CKEs3N0qX%2BfkM6Vubd2xZrGZhSznb8o2F0AZ%2Fo...
by Alan Turner
Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Lever frame mk 2 and the locking frame
Replies: 132
Views: 10156

Re: Lever frame mk 2 and the locking frame

They can be fitted just the other side of the tappet in order to provide the necessary guidance On a slightly off topic but loosely connected set of questions. (I know that this is cheeky but you may be able to aim me in the right direction) 1. Should my levers for ground signals have a white band ...
by Alan Turner
Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout
Replies: 50
Views: 8770

Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

Begs the question about protecting the entrance to the section in that direction should a loco need to run round a train in that direction, the Stoke signalman can be asked for permission to enter the section, which is then cancelled once the movement is complete. A bit more than asking permission ...
by Alan Turner
Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 64
Views: 5973

Re: Plywood disaster

I went against all conventional wisdom when I built the board for my Pelton Level layout and used 6mm MDF throughout. I did, however, make sure that the trackbed had full support along it's length as well as cross braces. In 12 months (part of which involved it sitting in an unheated garage) it did...
by Alan Turner
Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 64
Views: 5973

Re: Plywood disaster

You are all making these comments without any details or photos of the OP work. Properly constructed 9mm ply baseboards do not warp in this manner so I would like to see some details. Benchwork.jpg Alan, Hopefully the picture above will make things clear. The L-girders are 153mm deep overall, beare...
by Alan Turner
Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 64
Views: 5973

Re: Plywood disaster

In this instance it would appear that it is the ply rather than the MDF which has caused the issues? So investing in the more expensive option following on from advice taken seems to have caused issues not experienced before? Or maybe I have this wrong :? No Tim, you are spot on. Whilst I agree wit...
by Alan Turner
Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR 44xx Kits
Replies: 20
Views: 2345

Re: GWR 44xx Kits

Interestingly the Churchward 45XX instructions refer to the 44XX.

They say a 44XX chassis would be produced in the future - obviously never done.

regards

Alan
by Alan Turner
Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 367
Views: 60874

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Tony Wilkins wrote:
barrowroad wrote:I will post the source of the pins if anyone is interested.



Hi Robin.
It would be useful to know. I have tried the ones I have got, which match the pitch of the connector, but they are not long enough. Curses.
Regards
Tony.


RS Components No. 251-8351

regards

Alan
by Alan Turner
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 121
Views: 18323

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

Robin, I would be interested to know how easy you think the Churchward box might be to adapt? There would be an element of 'cut & shut' but it strikes me that it might well be suitable for the Monsaldale box ... The upper rear window being relocated to the non stair end? The Ratio box, being pl...
by Alan Turner
Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Chassis kits for CSB
Replies: 26
Views: 3205

Re: Chassis kits for CSB

I haven't got time to modify my spreadsheet to enable imposed deflections on individual wheels. However whether the deflection is imposed on a CSB, individual sprung or compensation beam chassis the effect will be the same. There will be a transfer of load to the deflected wheel, which naturally cau...
by Alan Turner
Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: None specific model products
Replies: 27
Views: 4250

Re: None specific model products

davebradwell wrote:....or suggest a way out?

DaveB



Use Humbrol thinners.

regards

Alan
by Alan Turner
Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: None specific model products
Replies: 27
Views: 4250

Re: None specific model products

Andy W wrote:Powerflow flux is wonderful stuff but be careful it’s very difficult to clean off and can eat through paint.


Not difficult, you use IPA. Then wash with detergent

Regards

Alan
by Alan Turner
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Movement detector?
Replies: 9
Views: 1476

Re: Movement detector?

Monty wrote:Just wondering if there was a nice little kit about!


Yes but you have to join MERG. They do a few including a LASER detector.

Regards

Alan
by Alan Turner
Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Modern Era Concrete Track
Replies: 26
Views: 2486

Re: Modern Era Concrete Track

Simon_S wrote:Hi Nick,

You might also consider Colin Craig's modern track products.

Simon


Interesting, all I get with that site is a blue page with a black square in the middle?

regards

Alan
by Alan Turner
Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: New C&L Crowdfunding Project for P4 Plain Track
Replies: 9
Views: 2151

Re: New C&L Crowdfunding Project for P4 Plain Track

It appears you get 20M of track for your £150 - too difficult for me to work out if that is a fair price or not, I tend to work in hundreds of chairs and metres of sleeper strip, as per the Stores order form. But what really confuses me is whether 75% of the required costs (whatever they are) have ...
by Alan Turner
Wed Jul 24, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 49
Views: 5419

Re: Catch Points

If you look at the 1930 plan rather than the 1948 plan you will see that 25 had a FPL operated by 20. Was it actually removed in 1948 (and why?) or is this a mistake on the plan?

regards

Alan
by Alan Turner
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 31666

Re: Scaleforum 2019

RichardS wrote: The adoption of a special handshake would identify members from others.



and roll their trouser leg up I presume?

regards

Alan
by Alan Turner
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: fine (entomological or insect) pins
Replies: 15
Views: 2876

Re: fine (entomological or insect) pins

I think the problem is that the original formed head has been replaced with an epoxy bead head on all entomological pins.

regards

Alan
by Alan Turner
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: N7 Chassis Question
Replies: 20
Views: 2649

Re: N7 Chassis Question

I think the point is that the spacing of the "Prototype" frame is immaterial. The model frame/chassis has to work as a 1ft to 304.8mm mechanism in its own right. Its representation to something 1:76.2 bigger is coincidental. In order to operate as a mechanism it must have appropriate toler...
by Alan Turner
Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Adhesive for coach glazing
Replies: 3
Views: 751

Re: Adhesive for coach glazing

Guy Rixon wrote:Bizarrely, Deluxe materials Card Glue also works for sticking acrylic glazing to hard materials. I suspect that it works better on painted brass than bare metal. But I shall switch to the Everbuild product if I can find where where to buy it.


Rapid, CPC

regards

Alan

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