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by zebedeesknees
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Suspension for bogie coaches
Replies: 22
Views: 1028

Re: Suspension for bogie coaches

If any kit does not include any type of suspension and if I subsequently decide that I do want suspension is it possible to retro fit? Please excuse me if this is a silly question. Not silly at all, but a lot of work if the kit designer hasn't helped in that respect. My take is that the real thing ...
by zebedeesknees
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Bachmann 2251 with High Level chassis
Replies: 1
Views: 336

Bachmann 2251 with High Level chassis

The High Level tender chassis installed in the Bachmann frames. Collett tender chassis.jpg The screws are 1mm x 3mm self-tappers soldered to 12BA brass washers. They fit nicely into existing holes in the frames moulding. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------...
by zebedeesknees
Sun Jun 14, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mitchell Castle bogie
Replies: 27
Views: 969

Re: Mitchell Castle bogie

Horsetan wrote:
I haven't lost mine. I just can't remember where I put them!!


That would be the legal distinction between 'irretrievably lost' and 'temporarily mislaid'? ;)

Ted.
by zebedeesknees
Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mitchell Castle bogie
Replies: 27
Views: 969

Re: Mitchell Castle bogie

What BR database is that? http://www.brdatabase.info/index.php My understanding was that, except for wartime. Aaaa-Ha! That may be why 42500/21 were listed as allocated to Northwich in 1948.. Mass withdrawal was 1962. Except for 1 in 1960 and the 7 in '61, if the database is correct. Ted.
by zebedeesknees
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mitchell Castle bogie
Replies: 27
Views: 969

Re: Mitchell Castle bogie

....the late Dave Haswell handed me a part-built 2-6-4T in a Lima (!) box with no instructions and lots of tiny parts, many of which were cut from the fret. From the wheels and the shape of the running plate, and the smokebox/boiler/firebox castings I would guess it to be a Gibson Stanier. If anyon...
by zebedeesknees
Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mitchell Castle bogie
Replies: 27
Views: 969

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 zebedeesknees
Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Wormdrive sleeves
Replies: 19
Views: 1452

Re: Wormdrive sleeves

I found that 0.8mm drill bits are not all the same diameter, and the speed may govern the size of the hole, to a fraction of a thou. When drilling pulleys for micromotors from Nigel Lawton, powering the lathe produced a sliding fit, whereas turning the chuck by hand with the same bit produced a tigh...
by zebedeesknees
Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mike G's catch up.
Replies: 39
Views: 1880

Re: Mike G's catch up.

Doug, Have you tried the tweezers available from the cigarette vaping shops - they have ceramic (and replaceable) tips. John Yep, I couldn't be without them since mine arrived. No need to support drug dealers, silly low prices here:- https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/sis.html?_nkw=+Ceramic+Pointed++Forcep...
by zebedeesknees
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mitchell Castle bogie
Replies: 27
Views: 969

Re: Mitchell Castle bogie

I was thinking more Cornwall ... In my dreams...!! Our Daughter, hubby and two grandchildren live in Plymouth, and much as I enjoy locked-down modelling here, I would rather be there. The History of Plymouth's railways and trams would satisfy sufficiently.. GW and LSWR, Turnchapel, Cattedown, the o...
by zebedeesknees
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mitchell Castle bogie
Replies: 27
Views: 969

Re: Mitchell Castle bogie

johndarch wrote:I can photocopy what you need and pop it in the post but I will need an address.


That would be great John, will pm you.

Ted.
by zebedeesknees
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mitchell Castle bogie
Replies: 27
Views: 969

Re: Mitchell Castle bogie

Where are you Ted? Hi Rod, I am shielding at home in the 'Forest Gate Works'... My 'Warder' hasn't let me out since the middle of March! I may get parole at the end of this month. I can get things done, but I get interrupted every 45 minutes or so with a big mug of tea, which means I also get inter...
by zebedeesknees
Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mitchell Castle bogie
Replies: 27
Views: 969

Re: Mitchell Castle bogie

Hope these are what you are looking for That is helpful John, thank you. But I really need the full instruction set to ascertain what Mr. Mitchell intended for the front of the frames, including which castings were supposed to go where. And a parts list to identify some of the more obscure parts. I...
by zebedeesknees
Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mike G's catch up.
Replies: 39
Views: 1880

Re: Mike G's catch up.

Ahhh! Thanks Ted. Mike You're welcome MIke. Impressive though the High Level kit is, there are some traps, especially if you deviate from the design. I don't like driving from the wrong axle, so decided to power the centre one rather than the rear like the Bachmann chassis and Chris's, and I had to...
by zebedeesknees
Thu Jun 11, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mike G's catch up.
Replies: 39
Views: 1880

Re: Mike G's catch up.

Progress to date : IMG_1816.jpg Hope that answers everything. Mike Hi Mike, not quite. I feel that another little 'deliberate' may have crept in. The crank for the scoop, pt.21, should be inside Pt 7 and inside the leading wheel. Assuming that you have the same Bachmann Collett 3,500gal tender as I...
by zebedeesknees
Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mitchell Castle bogie
Replies: 27
Views: 969

Mitchell Castle bogie

This kit design from the 1990s was S-o-t-A at the time, one driving axle rigid, the other two compensated, and the bogie 'just along for the ride'. One of the bogie axles rigid, the other 'compensated' to try to keep it on the track, but otherwise it was just a cosmetic appendage. The frame had circ...
by zebedeesknees
Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mike G's catch up.
Replies: 39
Views: 1880

Re: Mike G's catch up.

Hi Mike, as it 'appens I have just got my Bachmann/High Level 2251 kit to the running stage, and was thinking about asking if anyone else had ever built one. I do have a similar question to that of the top feeds, in - which one had which type of tender and when? But may I ask, whose kit is the Count...
by zebedeesknees
Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: 14xx Top feeds
Replies: 7
Views: 433

14xx Top feeds

I prefer the appearance of the 14/48/58xx series without top feed, but to find out which loco had one or not and when for the one featured here:- http://www.clag.org.uk/battery-radio.html I started logging the ones I found in pictures in various magazines. Dates and locations, W for with and N witho...
by zebedeesknees
Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Alan Gibson crankpin nuts
Replies: 20
Views: 806

Re: Alan Gibson crankpin nuts

Like several of us it seems, I've been doing quite a lot of this lately.. I use flat jawed Mauns to take them and the softer brass Ultrascale ones off with no visible damage. To get them on, I use a wooden kebab skewer with a blob of Blu Tack on a cut end, and a final tightening twist with the Mauns...
by zebedeesknees
Sun May 24, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Bi-mode and Tri-mode in real railways
Replies: 0
Views: 498

Bi-mode and Tri-mode in real railways

For those still contemplating radio control, whether with batteries or track power, the article in here:- https://www.railengineer.co.uk/2019/11/06/rail-engineer-november-2019-batteries-and-alternative-fuels-bi-and-tri-modes-sanders-imeche-technical-tour-dawlish-cornwall/ headed 'The quest for a cle...
by zebedeesknees
Sat May 16, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: P4 Refresh - Hi
Replies: 20
Views: 1559

Re: P4 Refresh - Hi

Or, Rob, you could go for the modern Chinese motors on eBay, many of which are designed to be used with a single - 1S - Li-Po cell which provides sufficient current without fading, making battery power quite easy. These motors are usually listed as 3v-6v, and could be used with a 6v rather than 12v ...
by zebedeesknees
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Bill Bedford Frames for GWR 56xx
Replies: 6
Views: 664

Re: Bill Bedford Frames for GWR 56xx

As if my workbench wasn't cluttered enough, this thread has caused me to bend up some more frames.. I have a couple of early ones, one may be the first test, as it is a different colour material to the others, and it didn't come with the overlays. That, and the next made-up one with wheels, are to t...
by zebedeesknees
Mon Apr 13, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Coreless Motor Database
Replies: 15
Views: 1311

Re: Coreless Motor Database

There’s some talk about some coreless motors not behaving very well with certain controllers, in particular, early feedback types. I recall that the problem was with controllers that used a low frequency pwm, particularly when starting, where the low mass of the windings of a coreless motor allowed...
by zebedeesknees
Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Balcombe developments
Replies: 15
Views: 959

Re: Balcombe developments

I suspect that the date may have something to do with this thread Rod!

Ted.
by zebedeesknees
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 1429

Re: Questions

Further to Nick's reply in another thread recently on this subject, some answers to questions anticipated, that haven't been asked yet. On batteries there were some references on supplier websites that I found confusing, like 'C' and 'S'. 'S' stands for cell - (yes, obvious!). Each cell provides a n...
by zebedeesknees
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Finney Pannier Tank Radio Control/Battery
Replies: 12
Views: 1897

Re: Finney Pannier Tank Radio Control/Battery

I have read, and re-read, not only this latest post but also the other posts under the subject of Radio Control on this forum and find the topic fascinating. I wonder if there is further guidance or available tutorials on the matter? There is some guidance on websites from component manufacturers l...

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