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by David Knight
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 51
Views: 1621

Re: Track cleaning

I’ve been using a wine cork sliced in half the long way. It cleans the muck off but does not abrade the rail head. The good part is that when the old one wears out all you need is a fresh bottle of wine (screw tops don’t work).

Cheers,

David
by David Knight
Sat May 25, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Seeking a source of track and back to back gauges for a model of a 3foot 6inch gauge system
Replies: 7
Views: 914

Re: Seeking a source of track and back to back gauges for a model of a 3foot 6inch gauge system

As to gauges, if you know someone with a lathe you could ask them to turn you up a set of roller gauges that would suit most needs. Track would probably be easiest done with code 55 FB which is relatively easy to find. PCB sleepers inserted every fifth sleeper would suffice or you could use hot glue...
by David Knight
Tue May 07, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: An etched chassis for the Hornby Peckett.
Replies: 64
Views: 11630

Re: An etched chassis for the Hornby Peckett.

Brilliant! Email to follow :thumb :thumb

Cheers,

David
by David Knight
Sun May 05, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: RCH Wagon Drawings
Replies: 11
Views: 819

Re: RCH Wagon Drawings

Thanks for the link. I’ve taken the liberty of passing it on to members of my local club who are finding it very useful and informative.

Cheers,

David
by David Knight
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 523
Views: 90710

Re: Brettell Road

You should submit a few of those to the “real atmosphere” file at MRJ especially the last one. :thumb

Cheers,

David
by David Knight
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: problems making wagon brakes
Replies: 8
Views: 869

Re: problems making wagon brakes

It depends on how fine a set of files you have but filing from the solid strikes me as being a possible way forward. I would proceed as follows: Mark out all holes on a suitable piece of brass stock and drill With magnification, fine files, possibly a fine bladed jeweler's saw and infinite patience ...
by David Knight
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:07 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: An etched chassis for the Hornby Peckett.
Replies: 64
Views: 11630

Re: An etched chassis for the Hornby Peckett.

Excellent Gordon. Two for me please.

Cheers,

David
by David Knight
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: An etched chassis for the Hornby Peckett.
Replies: 64
Views: 11630

Re: An etched chassis for the Hornby Peckett.

Very encouraging Gordon :thumb :thumb ! Any estimates as to price yet?

Cheers,

David
by David Knight
Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Wainwright H Class P4 conversion
Replies: 30
Views: 2201

Re: Wainwright H Class P4 conversion

I’ve been messing about with an SEF “P” class chassis to convert the Hattons offering. To get the ride height correct I found it necessary to take about 1mm off the top of the SEF frame and lower the spacer slots and modify some spacers as well. It is a bit of a faff but seems to be working out but ...
by David Knight
Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Scalescenes Industrial Box File Layout
Replies: 9
Views: 1375

Re: Scalescenes Industrial Box File Layout

Matt,

You may find this useful when the time comes to build the Ruston https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index ... ent-673977

Cheers,

David
by David Knight
Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Electro magnets for AJs
Replies: 65
Views: 14976

Re: Electro magnets for AJs

I used half of an old point motor to work my Dinghams. The only catch was that I had to make up a new core section as the existing one was too loose and would fly out when the coil was activated :oops: . That said, a single coil has enough oomph to work the coupling. I use about 6 VDC from an old po...
by David Knight
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Dorset 1937
Replies: 17
Views: 3068

Re: Dorset 1937

Great progress Neil :thumb :thumb . The goods shed looks particularly interesting, will you be cladding the outside with the same material you used on the turntable wall?

Kato puts me in mind of our late Maggie who used to supervise my efforts for many years :cry:

Cheers,

David
by David Knight
Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: flat bottomed rail - advice please!
Replies: 9
Views: 975

Re: flat bottomed rail - advice please!

Mucho encouragement, thanks guys, That track looks great David, how did you attach the rails to the sleepers? (assuming they're not copperclad!) Steve Thanks Steve. Hot glue is the binding agent, an idea I picked up, IIRC, on E4um many years back. It involves running a bead of hot glue from a glue ...
by David Knight
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: flat bottomed rail - advice please!
Replies: 9
Views: 975

Re: flat bottomed rail - advice please!

Pics as threatened ;) The model photos are from my light railway currently in rebuild mode, the extra check rail is apparently prototypical. The prototype shots are from an ex-Canadian Pacific line still in use by the Guelph Junction Railway. The rail is rather heavier than code 55 would depict but ...
by David Knight
Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: flat bottomed rail - advice please!
Replies: 9
Views: 975

Re: flat bottomed rail - advice please!

I’ve done some work with code 55 FB for a light railway I built a few years back and it was great fun. The best advice for the point rails is to study prototype photos if you can get them. Mostly it comes down to file and fit, the first one is tricky, the next one less so. The main thing is to resis...
by David Knight
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Dorset 1937
Replies: 17
Views: 3068

Re: Dorset 1937

I've been using the same roadbed as Neil and it is very much like gasket material. As a plus, if you have any gaps to fill, the strips can be filed with a rasp and the dust left behind mixed with PVA blends in very nicely. I used water based contact cement from the local hardware to fix my strips do...
by David Knight
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Track on bridges and viaducts
Replies: 8
Views: 1094

Re: Track on bridges and viaducts

Thanks to all. I now have a sense of direction as to what I’m going to do. ;)

Cheers,

David
by David Knight
Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Track on bridges and viaducts
Replies: 8
Views: 1094

Re: Track on bridges and viaducts

In theory the track would be in southwest Scotland so G&SW, Caley territory originally then LMS but modelled in early BR days.

Cheers,

David
by David Knight
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Track on bridges and viaducts
Replies: 8
Views: 1094

Track on bridges and viaducts

A small question. I am about to do track on a viaduct for the first time and am unsure as to the positioning of checkrails. It will be bullhead rail so I assume the checkrails will be the same. How far ahead of the bridge do the checkrails need to start and do they go the full length? Apologies if m...
by David Knight
Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: MarkS
Topic: 1P 0-4-4T chassis by Rumney
Replies: 38
Views: 6836

Re: 1P 0-4-4T chassis by Rumney

Works just fine, very smooth with no distracting lumps in the motion. :thumb :thumb . That’s the engine and the video both BTW :D

Cheers,

David
by David Knight
Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Track colouring
Replies: 2
Views: 654

Re: Track colouring

Was this what you had in mind? https://woodlandscenics.woodlandscenics ... tem/TT4581
I’ve used them but they’re better with FB rail than BH.

Cheers,

David
by David Knight
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 152
Views: 15439

Re: Some North Eastern Locomotive Builds

mikemeg wrote:I now have the parts and kit to build a second B16/1 so I might 'chronicle' that build in a little more detail, on here, if anyone is interested?

Cheers

Mike


Yes please.

Cheers,

David
by David Knight
Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Colouring Sleepers
Replies: 24
Views: 2892

Re: Colouring Sleepers

Minwax Jacobean Oak stain works for me with the society’s ply sleepers. The only catch being I don’t know if you can get Minwax in the UK, that said Mr Rice does mention a “Colron Dark Jacobean Oak”. Incidentally, the new format for the sleepers in laser cut strips makes the job much easier from the...
by David Knight
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Scenic modules
Replies: 26
Views: 4658

Re: Scenic modules

Hi Neil,

What are you planning to use for sculpting the foam? Knives and saws tend to be a bit messy but hot wire gives off some nasty gasses IIRC.

Cheers,

David
by David Knight
Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: An etched chassis for the Hornby Peckett.
Replies: 64
Views: 11630

Re: An etched chassis for the Hornby Peckett.

Excellent! :thumb :thumb :thumb Better yet our postal strike is ending too. Any thought as to price, Gordon?

Cheers,

David

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