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by David B
Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Suitable paint for goods vehicles
Replies: 12
Views: 464

Re: Suitable paint for goods vehicles

I am inclined to agree with Martin that it would be far more usual for colours to get lighter through exposure to sunlight and pollutants, rather than darker. The main darkening agents were likely to be mud, smoke and airborne dirt, some of which would wash off in rain. It is clear that there can be...
by David B
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Suitable paint for goods vehicles
Replies: 12
Views: 464

Suitable paint for goods vehicles

I am diversifying a bit from the GWR and trying to find suitable paint for other companies' freight stock. I would appreciate pointers from people who model companies other than GWR, as to which paints they use. Phoenix are about the only people who specify a company and colour, but as I have many t...
by David B
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Brecon & Merthyr
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: Brecon & Merthyr

Thank you, John & Rod.
by David B
Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Brecon & Merthyr
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Brecon & Merthyr

Can anyone please advise me where I can get Brecon & Merthyr transfers from?
by David B
Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: iak
Topic: Screw Coupling Protocol
Replies: 11
Views: 1173

Re: Screw Coupling Protocol

zr2498 wrote:Are Exactoscale hooks still available?

They were not when I last enquired nor, as far as I could be told, were they in the pipeline. I hope they will be reintroduced as I feel they are the best I have used.
by David B
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: iak
Topic: Screw Coupling Protocol
Replies: 11
Views: 1173

Re: Screw Coupling Protocol

See also the article on making Masokits screw couplings in S4 News 205 (December 2017) pp27 to 31.
by David B
Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: David B
Topic: Steam up
Replies: 17
Views: 2923

Railmotor

The boiler base went on much as Jeremy has described with a couple of small differences in method. The bases were formed round a brass bar, mine is 9.5mm diameter. Press it so that it is all curved, not just the middle bit. boiler-base_3458.jpg Jeremy shortened the tabs on his; I bent mine in so tha...
by David B
Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Flywheel sources
Replies: 9
Views: 569

Re: Flywheel sources

I bought mine from EM Society stores.
by David B
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Hornby King
Replies: 7
Views: 793

Re: Hornby King

The Speed Calculator on the High Level website is very useful and easy to use.

Look under 'Gearboxes' then 'Planning'. The link for the Speed Calculator is towards the bottom of the panel on the left.
by David B
Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: David B
Topic: Steam up
Replies: 17
Views: 2923

Re: Steam up

Thank you, Steve. Having made two or three of these in development and now working on a couple of the final product, I still make mistakes (like not matching the two bits of the cylinder ends and the footstep slot not lining up) and find it important to think a few moves ahead if I'm not to get myse...
by David B
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: David B
Topic: Steam up
Replies: 17
Views: 2923

Railmotor

Assembling the cylinders - first, make sure you have the right bits! cylinder_3444crw.jpg I managed to get two S4 parts and two for either EM or OO. The S4 ones are the shortest. Do check you have them all the same length. You only need two of the parts with the rounded end, one for each side. These...
by David B
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: David B
Topic: Steam up
Replies: 17
Views: 2923

Railmotor

Next come the cylinders. These need thinking through if you are to make life easier later. There are quite a number of parts and more that are going to be fitted, 13 or so plus some tubing. The tube for the piston to slide in is 1.5mm o/d, 1mm i/d. Going further ahead, I have used 0.5mm nickel silve...
by David B
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: David B
Topic: Steam up
Replies: 17
Views: 2923

Railmotor

In the topic on resistance soldering, I posted some images where I was applying overlays to Jeremy's rail motor chassis. Stephen Howe said he would be interested to follow my building of the chassis and I have received a few more requests, so here goes. I would recommend any of you to read from end ...
by David B
Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 59
Views: 9367

Re: Resistance Soldering

CornCrake wrote:What method did you use for pressing out the rivets in the sideframe?


On this occasion, a GW press but on an earlier one I just used an ordinary steel scribe.
by David B
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 59
Views: 9367

Re: Resistance Soldering

It's almost a year since my articles on resistance soldering were published in S4 News (206 and 207). I know a large number of units have been purchased since then, perhaps a few by Scalefour members. So how have people been getting on with their purchases? I am making a couple of Jeremy's excellent...
by David B
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Great Western brake vans
Replies: 8
Views: 1218

Re: Great Western brake vans

Steve, I made my handrails (including rectangular ones) using the BB handrail jig and soldering the ends together. To get the standoff, I drilled holes for the supports and soldered wire pins in, cut them off to about the same length then carefully worked them over some wet and dry on a flat board o...
by David B
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: best insulation material in loco?
Replies: 4
Views: 636

Re: best insulation material in loco?

The small self-adhesive foam pads for fixing things can be used. These may be too thick (often about 2mm) as they are but cut a piece to size then trim off the second adhesive surface to get the right thickness.

An example here on Amazon.
by David B
Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Fine sanding
Replies: 5
Views: 921

Re: Fine sanding

I have a selection of Micro Mesh foam sticks which I get, individually rather than in sets, from modellingtools.co.uk . I have cut some in to smaller pieces for some jobs. I find these sticks invaluable and use them regularly, the coarser ones for removing material and the finer ones for polishing. ...
by David B
Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Sprung couplings
Replies: 10
Views: 1184

Re: Sprung couplings

I like the idea of the leaf spring as this could be incorporated to spring the buffers as per prototypes. Has anyone tried doing this? Is that not exactly the Exactoscale version that you have put your "Want ad" out for? Regards No, Keith. The Exactoscale system I have asked for is solely...
by David B
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Sprung couplings
Replies: 10
Views: 1184

Re: Sprung couplings

Thank you for the replies so far. Extending the links is difficult as the Exactoscale ones are already made up. I do recall an article somewhere (some time ago) where someone was making their own links. Can someone point me to this article? In it, wire of an appropriate diameter was wrapped round a ...
by David B
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Sprung couplings
Replies: 10
Views: 1184

Sprung couplings

I have come to a crisis point with couplings. For a long time I have been using Exactoscale coupling hooks and their links but some stock, with rigid buffers, does not want to go round corners which are much more than a straight line. The clear answer is to spring the buffers and i m doing this with...
by David B
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 59
Views: 9367

Re: Resistance Soldering

Jol Wilkinson wrote:Those cable references may be for PVC, however 2.5mm2 silicone sheathed is also available from RS. Search under Hook up and Equipment wire with silicone insulation.


Red silicon is 748-1995

Black silicon is 748-1998
by David B
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 59
Views: 9367

Re: Resistance Soldering

John Redrup gave me these codes for the cables and plugs from RS Components:

Red wire 748 1976
Black wire 748 1970

Black plug 641-8019
Red plug 641-8075
by David B
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Riveting valve gear
Replies: 4
Views: 672

Re: Riveting valve gear

I don't rivet. I prefer to use wire (or pins) and solder them.
by David B
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Great Western brake vans
Replies: 8
Views: 1218

Re: Great Western brake vans

Thank you, Peter. That is very helpful.

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