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by Guy Rixon
Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:26 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Metric Nuts and Bolts
Replies: 13
Views: 5474

Re: Metric Nuts and Bolts

MacKays of Cambridge used to sell metric fasteners down to M2 over the counter. I haven't bought any recently so I don't know what they stock nowadays.
by Guy Rixon
Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:19 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum Attendance and Location
Replies: 180
Views: 39821

Re: Scaleforum 2015

Concerning demonstrations, we need to decide whether they are for the members or the prospective members, assuming the latter to be less experienced in finescale. As a beginner, it helped me to see basic demonstrations, but now I don't benefit from them: I've already learnt from them what I can lear...
by Guy Rixon
Thu Feb 12, 2015 11:34 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: BR crimson/carmine
Replies: 23
Views: 9342

Re: BR crimson/carmine

... Of course, I could just apply it by brush - once upon a time that's what everyone did and results were often superb. ... The current ranges of railway specific colours I find hard to apply evenly by brush - much harder than with Humbrol paints. You might want to practice on something disposable...
by Guy Rixon
Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:24 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Wagon springing
Replies: 4
Views: 2635

Re: Wagon springing

I find problems in accurately fixing the axlebox to the axleguard after opening out the cavity in the box. If the box is displaced by ~0.2mm laterally the edge of the cavity can foul the bearing. I use a very small burr in a minidrill to finish expanding the cavity after fixing the box. The burr has...
by Guy Rixon
Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:59 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: White metal wagons
Replies: 10
Views: 5044

Re: White metal wagons

What David said ... but if I were to do it exactly that way I would inevitably (a) get the ledge too low so that the buffer height came out to high and (b) end up with the floor very slightly skew so that the vehicle didn't sit level. If I was on a particularly day, I might manage to warp the floor ...
by Guy Rixon
Mon Jan 19, 2015 8:05 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Coreless and feedback
Replies: 7
Views: 3916

Re: Coreless and feedback

Steve, a motor is damaged by a pulsed power-supply if it has precious metal brushes and if it is light enough to spin down and stop in between the pulses; the working lifetime of the brushes is limited by stops and starts rather than continuous running. Small, coreless motors often meet both of thes...
by Guy Rixon
Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:44 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: csb power
Replies: 12
Views: 4726

Re: csb power

I would have thought that a CSB wire would always be a bit thicker than a spring pick-up wire, so the current through the body of the wire wouldn't a problem. If there was a problem with current, I'd expect it to show up at the contacts between the beam and the bearing carrier and between the beam a...
by Guy Rixon
Mon Dec 29, 2014 1:27 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Drill bits - is titanium worthwhile?
Replies: 25
Views: 9881

Re: Drill bits - is titanium worthwhile?

Could the blunt drills actually be second hand, like the ones mentioned above by Nigel? (I've had some of those in the past; mine weren't blunt but were fragile.)
by Guy Rixon
Mon Dec 22, 2014 8:09 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum Attendance and Location
Replies: 180
Views: 39821

Re: Scaleforum 2015

Has any recent research been done as to the the best time of year for Scaleforum? Personally, I have missed it in most recent years because of work commitments that cluster in that part of the year. I'm not asking that the date be shifted for my benefit, of course, but it would be interesting to see...
by Guy Rixon
Mon Dec 22, 2014 8:02 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Bill Bedford springing on Bachmann vda vans
Replies: 11
Views: 5872

Re: Bill Bedford springing on Bachmann vda vans

When de-pipping the bearings, it pays to be careful how far down you take then. I have ruined a few by filing down so far that I break through into the bearing cone.
by Guy Rixon
Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:13 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum Attendance and Location
Replies: 180
Views: 39821

Re: Scaleforum 2015

... Ever since I can remember, Scaleforum has been seen by the general hobby, rightly or wrongly, as the place where you get your arm twisted into converting to P4. This doesn't happen at other scale society's shows. ... It doesn't happen at Scaleforum either. I've been going to the show off and on...
by Guy Rixon
Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:44 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Desk Top Magnifier and Light (LED)
Replies: 5
Views: 3170

Re: Desk Top Magnifier and Light (LED)

Recently I've switched from a light-and-magnifier combination on a desk mount to a headband magnifier and separate light. This works much better for me, and gives a wider choice of lamps.
by Guy Rixon
Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:26 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Drill bits - is titanium worthwhile?
Replies: 25
Views: 9881

Re: Drill bits - is titanium worthwhile?

Terry Bendall wrote:The rule of thumb is that the larger the drill, the slower the speed.


Isn't the recommended speed (for drilling a given material) linear with the diameter of the drill? I.e. based on a constant, linear speed for the fastest-moving part of the tip.
by Guy Rixon
Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:30 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Cannon Street station approach roads
Replies: 12
Views: 5069

Re: Cannon Street station approach roads

Concerning the steam/electric split, the steam-side (west) platforms are a fair bit longer than the electrified ones. After the 1926 rebuild, IIRC, only 8-coach electric trains were accommodated and it was a big job when they later had to adapt to 10-coach. However, the steam-hauled fasts to the cha...
by Guy Rixon
Sat Dec 06, 2014 6:17 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Cannon Street station approach roads
Replies: 12
Views: 5069

Re: Cannon Street station approach roads

The collection of "advanced" formations is certainly impressive. I count 4 double slips, two tandems, the bank of four parallel cross-overs (in the distance); and that asymmetric scissors, with the diamond superimposed on the platform line and an interlaced turnout and another turnout gaun...
by Guy Rixon
Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:24 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Cannon Street station approach roads
Replies: 12
Views: 5069

Re: Cannon Street station approach roads

Very nice pic - taken just after the layout changes for electric working IIRC.

I find it interesting that the track on this bridge is conventionally sleepered and seems to be ballasted, whereas the equivalent at Charing Cross was laid on longitudinal baulks without ballast.
by Guy Rixon
Thu Dec 04, 2014 5:45 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: An idiot's guide to turnout reference numbers
Replies: 26
Views: 8399

Re: An idiot's guide to turnout reference numbers

I have just found a short description of switch names on the C&L site:http://www.finescale.org.uk/index.php?route=information/faq
by Guy Rixon
Thu Dec 04, 2014 5:31 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: An idiot's guide to turnout reference numbers
Replies: 26
Views: 8399

Re: An idiot's guide to turnout reference numbers

Designing a layout with Templot is hard, but designing single turnouts is easy, as the tool does it all. One can easily put a few varieties of turnout next to each other, unconnected, to see how the choice of switches and crossing affects the geometry. Shouldn't take more than half an hour tops, wit...
by Guy Rixon
Mon Dec 01, 2014 4:05 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Fitting door handles and hinges
Replies: 10
Views: 5731

Re: Fitting door handles and hinges

If you're gluing hinge tails into drilled holes from the outside, which seems to be recommended approach for plastic sides, then the thickness of the side should not matter.
by Guy Rixon
Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:38 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: cambrian wagons
Replies: 9
Views: 4322

Re: cambrian wagons

I've done two recently: one of their Cambrian Railways 2-plank, drop-side open and one of the Hurst Nelson PO wagons. The 2-plank open went together OK, but the solebars are too close together to admit the axleguards I was using; much carving was required to get clearance. The brake-gear mouldings a...
by Guy Rixon
Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:57 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Alan Gibson workshop- Website
Replies: 11
Views: 4304

Re: Alan Gibson workshop- Website

It's likely that alangibsonworkshop.com is hosted on a commercial server alongside a few dozen other, small sites. It only takes one of those sites to get exceptional traffic and the whole thing can become unstable. One might guess that it's not alangibsonworkshop.com that's causing excess traffic :...
by Guy Rixon
Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:10 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Examples of really short sidings?
Replies: 40
Views: 13884

Re: Examples of really short sidings?

The LYR electric that worked freight in the Southport area is this one: http://www.nrm.org.uk/ourcollection/photo?group=Horwich&objid=1997-7059_HOR_F_1066 . According to a Backtrack article I read, it was converted from a steam 0-6-2 and wasn't considered a success; hence no more were made.
by Guy Rixon
Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:03 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Type of track ballast
Replies: 49
Views: 24275

Re: Type of track ballast

I took some useful reference shots on the Severn Valley Railway some years ago, which I use for colour matching ballast, sleepers, etc. (which are MUCH lighter than most modellers seem to imagine). [...] Were sleepers creosoted back in the day? If so, then they were probably darker than sleepers tr...
by Guy Rixon
Tue Oct 21, 2014 8:53 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Examples of really short sidings?
Replies: 40
Views: 13884

Re: Examples of really short sidings?

Simon Glidewell wrote:There is even third rail leading into the siding! Is it a headshunt? It's not long enough for an EMU to clear the double slip so were there any electric locos belonging to this company?
The L&Y had one electric loco for working trip freights in that area.
by Guy Rixon
Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:05 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Examples of really short sidings?
Replies: 40
Views: 13884

Re: Examples of really short sidings?

Don't have a URL for a photo, but: in St Pancras, there was a spur leading to the wagon host into the undercroft. The entry turnout was facing for a train leaving the station and I think it branched from a siding between two platform lines. From memory, it was about four wagon-lengths long from the ...

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