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by Stephen F
Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:23 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 474
Views: 140610

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

Flymo said Hi Stephen, I didn't get the combined airbrush/compressor set that Derek offers, as I already have an old, but very nice, Badger 150. The compressor is the model AS186, oiless piston type, and very nice and quiet it is too Righto, thanks. I've been thinking about something like that for a...
by Stephen F
Sun Jun 26, 2011 3:01 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 474
Views: 140610

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

Hi Flymo,

Which airbrush/compressor set did you get from Eileens?
If you said and I missed it, beg pardon...
by Stephen F
Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:54 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Loco Suspension, fitting CSBs
Replies: 152
Views: 83722

Re: Loco Suspension, fitting CSBs

Will, back from hols, this is excellent and very clear.
Flymo, thanks for tip re shoulderless handrail knobs, as a complete noob I knew nothing of their existence even!

Steve
by Stephen F
Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:26 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Loco Suspension, fitting CSBs
Replies: 152
Views: 83722

Re: Loco Suspension, fitting CSBs

Looks good to me too, Allan, please let us know how it turns out. I suppose if necessary the handrail knobs could be filed down so they went right in up to their necks, as it were, but .3mm offset is pretty good going already.

Steve
by Stephen F
Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:08 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Loco Suspension, fitting CSBs
Replies: 152
Views: 83722

Re: Loco Suspension, fitting CSBs

Super, thanks for this thread, Will. My first question is: whether or not CSB can be compatible with Brassmasters blocks, considering they locate in the frame and therefore fixing handrail knobs would be difficult. I imagine it becomes a question of friction if the spring wire is out of line with th...
by Stephen F
Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:51 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Revolving crankpins
Replies: 7
Views: 2725

Re: Revolving crankpins

Like Mike, I soldered the return cranks on my Black 5 Gibson wheels, so far so good. I used low melt, which makes removal easy if required, also on some of the other crankpin nuts to stop them unscrewing as they obstinately wanted to. I just followed instructions screwing in the crankpins. I can't r...
by Stephen F
Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:50 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench
Replies: 377
Views: 114178

Re: Tim V builds a chassis

Did you consider using silver conductive paint, Tim? I'm planning American style picking up with Gibson wheels so am interested to see your prep here. I'm expecting to try the paint out, and was planning a slot for it in the centre boss, which I see you've removed to make space for the shorting stri...
by Stephen F
Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:24 am
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 474
Views: 140610

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

I think there's a lot of crossover between art and modelling. I've made a lot of sculpture, mainly in stone which you can see here http://www.stephenfox.org.uk , but have always been into machines. I used to drive and rebuild bikes, (750 Ducati, Flymo, not desmo though, and 650 SS Norton was my favo...
by Stephen F
Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:15 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench
Replies: 377
Views: 114178

Re: Tim V builds a chassis

I must tidy up my work bench!


Looks a lot like mine, Tim!
Good luck with the job, I'm thinking of using some of the Brassmasters hornblocks so am interested to see how it goes, eg especially setting the ride height. Lots of photos please!

Steve
by Stephen F
Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:23 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: New Street progress
Replies: 404
Views: 109622

Re: New Street progress

City boy :)

Full of admiration here. (But where do you keep it? You must have a warehouse, or you sleep on the kitchen floor...)
by Stephen F
Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:11 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 474
Views: 140610

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

Mike, that is a great thread, beautiful work and photos, and I'll take a good long look at it when I have time. Was hoping for a page 2, but he seems to have stopped for now. Btw, it must be ok to mention RMWeb, there's a link to it on the banner :shock: Will, thanks for your advice, coincidentally ...
by Stephen F
Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:50 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 474
Views: 140610

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

What do people think about the option of dropping the axles and gearbox including hornblocks, or bearings and rods, with a keeper plate, as per Alan Goodwillie's thread? Mount the brakes and springs on the plate, and retain it with bolts to the frame spacers. I built my Black 5 with a High Level box...
by Stephen F
Sat Jun 05, 2010 8:58 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Basic tool set for P4 modelling
Replies: 24
Views: 8246

Re: Basic tool set for P4 modelling

Excellent list from Flymo, I use a Harrogate toffee tin for my drill bits, and not a cigarillo one, hope that's acceptable.

The only thing no one's mentioned is, keep some blutack near AT ALL TIMES :!:
by Stephen F
Fri May 28, 2010 10:50 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Caring for Steel rail
Replies: 19
Views: 6903

Re: Caring for Steel rail

Somebody mentioned using brasso on rail tops, which sounds reasonable. Has anyone reading tried that?
by Stephen F
Mon May 24, 2010 9:08 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Flux query
Replies: 8
Views: 4401

Re: Flux query

Though maybe your best bet would be to tin both pieces, wash them thoroughly (maybe use vinegar and water?), and then sweat them together. As long as you're quick about it, you should get a good bond I think.

Steve
by Stephen F
Mon May 24, 2010 9:00 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Flux query
Replies: 8
Views: 4401

Re: Flux query

Ealing I mainly use a flux called LR9, which I got from Milton Keynes metals (http://www.mkmetals.co.uk/product/2566/0), which is good as gold on brass. I don't know what it's composed of. It's not so good with steel though, and needs careful cleaning to avoid corroding. I discovered that making my ...
by Stephen F
Sun May 16, 2010 8:35 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: BR Mixed Traffic lining for my Black 5
Replies: 26
Views: 10677

Re: BR Mixed Traffic lining for my Black 5

Michael, that's who I've just bought a bow pen from on ebay! Nice to know it's his business to know about them... Anyhow, he gives a guide range £15-75, so 11.50 seems a good price, assuming it suits me. He says it's good for a left hander, which I am. He obviously knows plenty about the subject, an...
by Stephen F
Sun May 16, 2010 7:24 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: BR Mixed Traffic lining for my Black 5
Replies: 26
Views: 10677

Re: BR Mixed Traffic lining for my Black 5

Well, I got that bowpen for £10.50, so that's not a bad outcome. Now all I have to do is learn how to use it!

Thanks for letting me know about it, Keith, and many thanks to all who have passed on their advice and encouragement on this thread. It's fabulous to get that support, and hugely appreciated.
by Stephen F
Fri May 14, 2010 7:38 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: BR Mixed Traffic lining for my Black 5
Replies: 26
Views: 10677

Re: BR Mixed Traffic lining for my Black 5

Well spotted Keith, I'll put a bid in.
Spookily, I am in fact left handed...
by Stephen F
Thu May 13, 2010 9:02 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: BR Mixed Traffic lining for my Black 5
Replies: 26
Views: 10677

Re: BR Mixed Traffic lining for my Black 5

OK, if I want 'carboloy tips', it'll cost me £85. But some of the pens are actually very reasonable. The £8 one is the lowest price I've seen anywhere for any pen, but looks like it has long, bendy blades. Maybe 231 would be better, still only £15 or so. I could run to that. Something else that look...
by Stephen F
Wed May 12, 2010 6:25 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: BR Mixed Traffic lining for my Black 5
Replies: 26
Views: 10677

Re: BR Mixed Traffic lining for my Black 5

Ealing, I think you're right about that. Just after posting last night, I came across a technical article on the MMRS site by Adrian Prescott on painting and lining: http://www.mmrs.org.uk/technical/painting.htm He says he has a Haff but hasn't had much success with it, prefers a different bow pen w...
by Stephen F
Tue May 11, 2010 9:10 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: BR Mixed Traffic lining for my Black 5
Replies: 26
Views: 10677

Re: BR Mixed Traffic lining for my Black 5

Thanks Mike, that's a breakthrough. They look like bow pens to me, only called ruling pens. I think bow pen is a very general term for all split nib pens, of which ruling pens are a type. Searching 'ruling pens', I came across a page on Hobby Holidays which says Haff are the only good make in the wo...
by Stephen F
Tue May 11, 2010 5:22 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: BR Mixed Traffic lining for my Black 5
Replies: 26
Views: 10677

Re: BR Mixed Traffic lining for my Black 5

Oh dear. Where's the third axle? I'm picturing it embedded in the ceiling :) Well, just to grind on a bit longer about bow pens, I spoke to three people at Cowling and Wilcox today, none of whom had even heard of them. It was as though I'd asked at PC world about typewriter ribbons. So am pretty stu...
by Stephen F
Mon May 10, 2010 5:51 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: BR Mixed Traffic lining for my Black 5
Replies: 26
Views: 10677

Re: BR Mixed Traffic lining for my Black 5

Will wrote: I this context probably any chassis that isn't built with rigidly fixed axles, but most particularly compensated chassis that are often quite remarkably floppy. Will, that sounds like my mum's cat... Flymo, that looks good. I just looked at your Pug on 'Beer and Buckjumpers', very nice ...
by Stephen F
Sun May 09, 2010 6:15 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: BR Mixed Traffic lining for my Black 5
Replies: 26
Views: 10677

Re: BR Mixed Traffic lining for my Black 5

I'll have a look later to see if it has any recommendations for pen suppliers


Thanks Flymo. Practicing on a piece of brass is exactly what I'll do. I'll reproduce the same texture and colour as on my loco, and see if I can get the hang of it.
Btw, what's a floppy chassis?

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