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by David B
Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles
Replies: 96
Views: 32825

Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Transfers for earlier period GPO and Royal Mail are, it seems, available from John Day Models along with vehicles. See: http://www.johndaymodels.co.uk/our-models/gpo-vehicles/
by David B
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: David B
Topic: Lost Property
Replies: 22
Views: 8033

Re: Lost Property

Will corrected me, a few posts above, on the name of the small files - seconds - and I see H S Walsh has them in now. Sit down before following the link and seeing the price! Round: https://www.hswalsh.com/product/file-round-seconds-hand-hole-hf131 Square: https://www.hswalsh.com/product/file-square...
by David B
Fri Jun 19, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles
Replies: 96
Views: 32825

Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Apologies. I must have been looking at a different sites. I saw prices of £10+ for Army painter and £7 for Dullcote and similar volumes.
by David B
Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles
Replies: 96
Views: 32825

Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Testors Dullcote is excellent and cheaper.
by David B
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mitchell Castle bogie
Replies: 27
Views: 959

Re: Mitchell Castle bogie

This might sound crazy but could the list here have a section for instructions? Thankfully brassmasters have theirs online along with their Finney kits. No doubt Chris at high level might put his up on his website but older kits etc as people find them scan them and up load? Is this a good idea to ...
by David B
Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Spraying Lifecolor
Replies: 33
Views: 1493

Re: Spraying Lifecolor

Acrylic can be put on to enamel paint but over gloss enamel, it does not work well. You need at least a satin, but preferably a matt finish to the enamel layer for the acrylic to adhere more successfully.
by David B
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Alan Gibson crankpin nuts
Replies: 20
Views: 791

Re: Alan Gibson crankpin nuts

Like Doug, I have a small (2mm) scratch brush which holds the glass fibre bundle in clutch jaws, the same as a clutch pencil. I take out the scratch bit and use the jaws to hold the nut. This works for many small bits. Easier putting items on so you might need to loosen the nut first with pliers bef...
by David B
Thu May 21, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout
Replies: 38
Views: 1652

Re: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout

CDGFife wrote:David - I thoroughly recommend the type of sliding guides referenced in your post.


Thank you, Chris, and also to Martin. Very useful.
by David B
Wed May 20, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout
Replies: 38
Views: 1652

Re: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout

Referring to traversers, I happened across this on RMWeb the other day in which Mikkel refers to Linear Sliding Guides. I am toying with the idea of them myself.
by David B
Sun May 17, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Cancellation of Scaleforum 2020.
Replies: 11
Views: 1595

Re: Cancellation of Scaleforum 2020.

PeteT wrote: . . . and extension to the socially-distanced challenge deadline!

Jolly good. I might now find time to enter something.
by David B
Wed May 13, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Brass preparation for painting
Replies: 29
Views: 4843

Re: Brass preparation for painting

I have used at various times Shiny Sinks, Cillit Bang, Viakal and liquid soda (sodium hydroxide). Whatever you use, it needs rinsing thoroughly with water. I also give the items a session in an ultrasonic bath which, even after cleaning with any of the above products, still knocks off more crud. Aft...
by David B
Fri May 08, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Cutting and Filing Tiny Lengths of Rod and Tube
Replies: 15
Views: 1495

Re: Cutting and Filing Tiny Lengths of Rod and Tube

The slot on the right of the clamp is where you use your fret saw.
by David B
Fri May 08, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Cutting and Filing Tiny Lengths of Rod and Tube
Replies: 15
Views: 1495

Re: Cutting and Filing Tiny Lengths of Rod and Tube

There are tube cutting jigs/vices . . . David, have you found a minimum length you can cut? Probably very small given the description of cutting eyelets and jewel settings. I imagine the minimum to be the distance between the groove for the saw and the end with the stop up tight which looks like ab...
by David B
Fri May 08, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Cutting and Filing Tiny Lengths of Rod and Tube
Replies: 15
Views: 1495

Re: Cutting and Filing Tiny Lengths of Rod and Tube

There are tube cutting jigs/vices such as the one below from the Tools 'n' Tools site. They are not cheap (this one is £25) but if one is likely to be cutting tube (or rod) of a certain length, repeatedly, then it could be a useful investment.

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by David B
Wed May 06, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Yard crane gears
Replies: 28
Views: 1586

Re: Yard crane gears

Definitely there though it looks more like a lump of stone than a 'box'.

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by David B
Tue May 05, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: David B
Topic: Delivering the Goods
Replies: 34
Views: 8940

Re: Delivering the Goods

Two more items done and off my bench. I had a couple of Morgan iron mink underframes spare, so I have put them under two Ratio bodies which I originally made about 40 years ago. It's amazing to realise that kits from that era are still available. These are not as good as the Morgan iron mink (availa...
by David B
Mon May 04, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: David B
Topic: Delivering the Goods
Replies: 34
Views: 8940

Re: Delivering the Goods

I believe the bolsters should be centre pivoted with sector plates fitted underneath the ends to take the weight and limiting travel. I could not find the detail for these plates at the time, hence the stalled completion. Perhaps this will help, Nigel. You are quite right about the sector plates wh...
by David B
Sun May 03, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: David B
Topic: Delivering the Goods
Replies: 34
Views: 8940

Re: Delivering the Goods

Can you suggest a suitable paint (colour) for the LNWR Quick Brown? At the time I believed (from the instructions?) that for a vehicle pre WW1 an all over coat of passenger livery plumb was in order with a black underframe. I haven't learned better since, but that means nothing as I then become mor...
by David B
Sun May 03, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: David B
Topic: Delivering the Goods
Replies: 34
Views: 8940

Re: Delivering the Goods

I have two of the carriage trucks in my 'maturing box'. There are aspects which have been done better in later etched kits and some better. These make something quite acceptable. The weakest point is the W irons, the fold of which I had to strengthen because the irons kept splaying and wheels coming...
by David B
Sun May 03, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: David B
Topic: Delivering the Goods
Replies: 34
Views: 8940

Re: Delivering the Goods

A clearer view, Pete.
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You have done me a favour. Having taken the picture I see I have forgotten to remove the V hangers.
by David B
Sun May 03, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: David B
Topic: Delivering the Goods
Replies: 34
Views: 8940

Re: Delivering the Goods

I had not thought to blank them off as they would be open on the originals.
by David B
Sat May 02, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: David B
Topic: Delivering the Goods
Replies: 34
Views: 8940

Re: Delivering the Goods

Another job done that has been hanging around - a pair of single bolster wagons, GWR code: Mite. These are from an ABS white metal kit and I made the bodies some time ago but the floor was plasticard whose planks ran lengthways. I cut some 15thou brass and scribed the planks, then fitted them and hu...
by David B
Fri May 01, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Collet chuck for lathe
Replies: 16
Views: 845

Re: Collet chuck for lathe

Thanks for the thought, Nigel, but I am a couple of hundred miles away in Devon. I have a cunning plan to follow up.
by David B
Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Collet chuck for lathe
Replies: 16
Views: 845

Re: Collet chuck for lathe

There is a hole through the headstock which is 12.6mm at the chuck end and 7.7mm at the other. However, 25mm in, there is a step, so if there is a taper, it is only over that distance. Is this the chuck nose fitting you refer to, Nigel? I am afraid thread cutting is beyond my skill - something to le...
by David B
Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Collet chuck for lathe
Replies: 16
Views: 845

Re: Collet chuck for lathe

Thanks, chaps. There is a lot to digest as I am completely inexperienced in this field. I do the odd thing here and there, having avoided doing myself any injury thus far, but have no real experience with these tools. I never had lessons in either wood or metal work at school, in fact there was no m...

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