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by David Knight
Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Virtual Scaleforum
Topic: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH
Replies: 132
Views: 7101

Re: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH

Dear me, what a faff over music. Since this is a virtual show we all have control over volume or can mute according to taste. Much better than a live show that I exhibited at that had one layout playing the Corrie Street theme every 20 minutes or so for two whole days! I for one want to thank Danny ...
by David Knight
Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:08 am
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: S4-9?
Replies: 9
Views: 756

Re: S4-9?

Horsetan wrote:
David Knight wrote:....Those “chopper” style couplings look the part for narrow gauge. Whose are they?


A fret of chopper couplings can be obtained from Branchlines nowadays. Either five or five pairs per pack.


Thanks Ivan. They look the part, I just wonder how practical they would be for operating.

Cheers,

David
by David Knight
Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: S4-9?
Replies: 9
Views: 756

Re: S4-9?

Well, I’m impressed. That certainly qualifies as “small” Ted and with all the bits fitting inside to boot. Thank you.

Cheers,

David

PS Those “chopper” style couplings look the part for narrow gauge. Whose are they?
by David Knight
Mon Sep 07, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Last orders for an etched chassis kit for the Hornby 0-4-0 Peckett.
Replies: 83
Views: 22223

Re: Last orders for an etched chassis kit for the Hornby 0-4-0 Peckett.

What Ivan and Philip said. And which shade of paint did you use to match the original?

Cheers,

David
by David Knight
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Best Glue for the job!
Replies: 29
Views: 2418

Re: Best Glue for the job!

I’m not sure if LePage is available in the UK but their product “No More Nails” does the job. Barring that adhesive caulk should do the job, just make sure you get something for indoor use as the outdoor stuff has an awful pong. :?

HTH

David
by David Knight
Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: More on batteries
Replies: 3
Views: 1272

Re: More on batteries

Looks interesting Ted. When can we expect to see “Christine” running under battery power? ;) No, seriously, is it possible?

Cheers,

David
by David Knight
Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: Turning a chimney
Replies: 56
Views: 8828

Re: Turning a chimney

I can think of two advantages for a rear mounted tool post, specifically one dedicated to parting tool use. First: the tool would only have to be adjusted once for cutting height until such time as it needed sharpening thus saving the faff that occurs even with rotating tool posts of getting everyth...
by David Knight
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Perseverance Chassis queries re 'ride height'
Replies: 1
Views: 224

Re: Perseverance Chassis queries re 'ride height'

Hi Peter, Not a Perseverance chassis but an SEF one for the Hattons SECR P class but I suspect the experience would be similar. I reduced the depth of the sides first by tack soldering them together and then rubbing down on a 2nd cut file while frequently offering up the side to the footplate to see...
by David Knight
Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 108
Views: 7399

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

That's interesting. But doing that on a 0.5mm drill? Not so sure. Worth a go though, thanks for posting that David, I had no idea there was a cure for the grabbing effect. Mike Prompted by your comments I had a quick search and it is possible to get drills for brass that are designed for the purpos...
by David Knight
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 108
Views: 7399

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Paul, Brass can be a pain as drill bits tend to grab. The problems you are encountering along with similar problems encountered by others on the forum caused a memory (or something) in my mind to click that there was a better way of drilling brass and there is; https://www.model-engineer.co.uk/forum...
by David Knight
Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 108
Views: 7399

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Now that I've seen what a difference a representation of inside valve gear makes, I'll be looking to see what information I can find for a suitable representation. I have some detailed photos sent to me from the locomotive at Bressingham, but annoyingly not one that gives the overall view, to show ...
by David Knight
Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Easing wheels tight to gauge
Replies: 27
Views: 2545

Re: Easing wheels tight to gauge

There is another way to shift wheels without resorting to brute force. I posted an article to Scalefour News 145 (December 2005) P9 describing how to make a wheel puller from a cheap G cramp (clamp). It works in the same fashion as the as the GW one but instead of pulling at the rim it applies the f...
by David Knight
Thu May 28, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Socially Distanced Challenge – CR Class 488 Build
Replies: 57
Views: 5744

Re: Socially Distanced Challenge – CR Class 488 Build

... your work ethic is inspirational :thumb :thumb Shouldn't that be 'play' ethic :D for myself the moment it becomes work is the moment the hours appear to stall :thumb ... never really had much work ethic but miraculously still manage to churn out what is often called work :shock: Interesting. I’...
by David Knight
Wed May 27, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Socially Distanced Challenge – CR Class 488 Build
Replies: 57
Views: 5744

Re: Socially Distanced Challenge – CR Class 488 Build

About the lost wax castings and drilling, has anyone tried annealing them first or is the alloy of brass used for casting just going to be hard no matter what?

Cheers,

David

PS, Brilliant stuff Lindsay, your work ethic is inspirational :thumb :thumb
by David Knight
Thu May 21, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: barrowroad
Topic: Another Bachmann Jubilee Converted to P4
Replies: 7
Views: 756

Re: Another Bachmann Jubilee Converted to P4

Another way forward for return cranks can be found here: https://www.scalefour.org/members/newsarchive/dl.php?f=S4-149.pdf. Dave Booth converted a Bachmann WD and outlined the procedure in S4 news issue 149 (2006) on page 11. The only catch is that it requires a lathe or access to one along with som...
by David Knight
Sun May 17, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Swanage (again)
Replies: 98
Views: 15467

Re: Swanage (again)

A Canadian invention as it happens, https://www.robertsonscrew.com/. Far superior to Phillips heads IMHO as they don't strip as quickly and the screw can easily be carried to the job on the screwdriver tip.

Cheers,

David
by David Knight
Fri May 15, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Sparkshot MR wagon
Replies: 6
Views: 1046

Re: Sparkshot MR wagon

Neil, I think as a rule of thumb the number of brake bits increases with the date so the early version would have minimal braking and later, say about 1937, would have levers both sides at the very least if not brakes and levers. Your model has bottom doors IIRC so brakes and levers both sides would...
by David Knight
Fri May 08, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Cutting and Filing Tiny Lengths of Rod and Tube
Replies: 15
Views: 1992

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. David, have you found a minimum length you can cut? Pr...
by David Knight
Wed May 06, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Hornby Maunsell Van C Brake
Replies: 7
Views: 1193

Re: Hornby Maunsell Van C Brake

Hi Neil, Mr Hornby was not thinking about P4 modellers when he designed this van. I took one look and decided a Parkside kit was a better idea. The closest I've come to it was doing the Hornby LMS Horse Box which was a bit of a faff and I'm not happy with the results either. It's in my sin bin waiti...
by David Knight
Mon May 04, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Will L
Topic: Buck Jumping on Mass
Replies: 106
Views: 42143

Re: Buck Jumping on Mass

Fair point Tim. The idea is based on the theory put forward by many who argue that in some engines there is little to no room for the motor to rotate so they don't even bother with a link. Being a belt, braces and a bit of string type I thought this idea a bit tidier plus it let me run the engine wi...
by David Knight
Mon May 04, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Will L
Topic: Buck Jumping on Mass
Replies: 106
Views: 42143

Re: Buck Jumping on Mass

Since the conversation is about torque reaction links, I have one that seems to work but I would appreciate constructive criticism of it. It is mounted on a modified SEF chassis for an SECR "P" class 0-6-0T and consists of a simple horseshoe shaped length of N/S wire that hooks on a frame ...
by David Knight
Fri May 01, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Socially Distanced Challenge – CR Class 488 Build
Replies: 57
Views: 5744

Re: Socially Distanced Challenge – CR Class 488 Build

I agree that there is a resemblance to the Fairlie but there is also a strong resemblance to the work of one Mathias Forney as can be seen in the picture at the head of this Wikipedia article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forney_locomotive

Cheers,

David
by David Knight
Wed Apr 29, 2020 1:29 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Help with catch point
Replies: 21
Views: 1781

Re: Help with catch point

Unless my eyes deceive me it looks like you are going to make those catch points functional rather than cosmetic. I am impressed. :!:

Cheers,

David
by David Knight
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: David B
Topic: Lost Property
Replies: 24
Views: 9618

Re: Lost Property

An interesting looking clamp David. I could have used something like it recently as I’ve been making bearings from brass tube for pulley wheels on a Langley model of a Ruston face shovel. The white metal castings are a bit soft and the holes not always true due to registration problems so bearings a...
by David Knight
Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Swanage (again)
Replies: 98
Views: 15467

Re: Dorset 1937

Looking good Neil :thumb , only 4,358 chairs to go ;)

Be safe, stay healthy.

Cheers,

David

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