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by Guy Rixon
Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:50 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Securing of wagon loads
Replies: 10
Views: 4544

Re: Securing of wagon loads

I've read of sprags being nailed to the wagon floor to secure loads. Would this work for the containers?
by Guy Rixon
Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:32 pm
Forum: Road Vehicles and Figures
Topic: Edwardian Figures
Replies: 91
Views: 33834

Re: Edwardian Figures

Just had email from Mr. Stadden saying that his first figure-sets are available to buy. See http://www.acstadden.co.uk/Pages/oogaugefigures.aspx.
by Guy Rixon
Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:05 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Design for 2-4-2T with CSB & split frames
Replies: 2
Views: 1759

Design for 2-4-2T with CSB & split frames

I am planning a build of a LNWR 2-4-2T "Mansion House" tank, for which I have an old kit (not the current LRM one). Since this would be the first P4 locomotive I complete, I'm after some advice on the chassis design. I want to spring all the axles for best ride and to pick up from the radi...
by Guy Rixon
Sat Dec 14, 2013 9:55 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Ken Line plus
Replies: 24
Views: 7198

Re: Ken Line plus

I have seen lots of interesting stuff on the 3d printing sites but it is mainly 2mm scale or smaller and very little for the 4mm modeller. If the original draughtsman will let you have the files from which the 2mm models are printed, then it should be easy to rescale them. However, you may might fi...
by Guy Rixon
Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:56 pm
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: JJNewitt's Wonderful World of Wagons - Anchor Mount Tanks
Replies: 109
Views: 57202

Re: JJNewitt's Wonderful World of Wagons

jjnewitt wrote:SDoes anyone know a good source of nice thin wire to wrap around a length of brass rod?


"Beading wire", available from some craft shops might work. It is brass, very flexible (annealed?) and comes on a reel like cotton. But possibly too thin for this job.
by Guy Rixon
Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:14 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Buffer height 'standard'
Replies: 23
Views: 8732

Re: Buffer height 'standard'

Then can someone please tell me why if the RCH allowed a tolerance of 3" (that's 1mm in 4mm scale), people here think that the tolerance in 4mm scale should be a whole order of magnitude tighter, i.e. to the nearest 0.1mm? Even the putative quoted standard height of 13.8mm is spurious, since t...
by Guy Rixon
Sun Nov 10, 2013 1:35 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Fitting W irons
Replies: 47
Views: 14321

Re: Fitting W irons

…If 4mm/ft leaf springs behaved as predictably as 12”/ft ones, we could all fit our ‘W’ irons in the way the original wagon makers would recognise… I don't see why a single leaf made from a metal of known properties would be any less predictable a spring than a length of guitar string. If one could...
by Guy Rixon
Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:50 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Fitting W irons
Replies: 47
Views: 14321

Re: Fitting W irons

[ However, in connection with something that I'm designing for 5522, I've been poring over a number of detailed LNWR wagon diagrams. These seem to be consistent in showing: Buffer height 3' 5 1/2" or 13.83 mm in 4mm scale Underneath of wagon/van floor 3' 10 1/2" or or 15.50 mm in 4mm scal...
by Guy Rixon
Sat Oct 26, 2013 11:52 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Fitting W irons
Replies: 47
Views: 14321

Re: Fitting W irons

Where you have one fixed axle, then you have to be able to get this square to the chassis in two planes and get the ride height correct. In my experience, Slaters kits are not your friend here: the bearing holes in the mouldings I've seen recently are all over the place. This was for PO-wagon parts;...
by Guy Rixon
Mon Oct 21, 2013 2:29 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Sprung W irons
Replies: 26
Views: 12048

Re: Sprung W irons

In the etches I've used (used up three so far) I've always had to bend both inner and outer tabs slightly to get the wire in. I haven't broken a tab yet, but the ones I was doing last night seemed weaker than usual. It is possible to solder the wire in, but doing so will stiffen it. In particular, i...
by Guy Rixon
Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:29 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Solder paint resurrection
Replies: 8
Views: 3399

Re: Solder paint resurrection

I have diluted some old solder-paint (Eileen's product) with plain tap-water, on the assumption that the active part of the flux is not lost by evaporation but concentrates as the paste dries. It works as well now as it ever did.
by Guy Rixon
Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:00 am
Forum: iak
Topic: Padgate Works - The Finishing Shop
Replies: 74
Views: 21403

Re: Padgate Works - The Finishing Shop

iak wrote:I tend, by the way, to save/export files in AI and EPS. We make sure all of the font sets are on the PC running the ALPS as well.


Thanks. So the EPS file is the one that goes to the printer?
by Guy Rixon
Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:24 pm
Forum: iak
Topic: Padgate Works - The Finishing Shop
Replies: 74
Views: 21403

Re: Padgate Works - The Finishing Shop

John, thanks for the information; and I'm glad that it's printing properly on your printer. I was aware of the background of SVG - I've written software to generate SVG in the past - and I have to say that the promised interoperability never quite showed up. Viewers wouldn't read all valid SVG (that...
by Guy Rixon
Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:51 pm
Forum: iak
Topic: Padgate Works - The Finishing Shop
Replies: 74
Views: 21403

Re: Padgate Works - The Finishing Shop

I am trailing a piece of open source software called Inkscape. It may be a viable alternative, costs naer a thing and does not need a Ferrari standard PC to run it - stay tuned.... What output format do you use to get the graphics into the printer? Is it produced directly by Inkscape or do you outp...
by Guy Rixon
Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:11 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Which surface to solder on?
Replies: 14
Views: 6584

Re: Which surface to solder on?

I use an piece of ceramic wall-tile which is flat, rigid and totally heat-proof. It also acts as a heat sink, which can be useful with small assemblies and a problem for larger ones needing lots of heat.
by Guy Rixon
Tue Oct 08, 2013 1:24 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Wooden buffer beams
Replies: 22
Views: 7543

Re: Wooden buffer beams

Thanks for all the useful answers! I agree there must have been a metal plate to sandwich the beams on to and these are already soldered in position. I had a browse on-line for wood and found Amazon supply 100 unused lolly sticks for £1.20! These have arrived and with some careful shaping and sandi...
by Guy Rixon
Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: RCH rules and agreements
Replies: 3
Views: 2590

RCH rules and agreements

Does anybody know if the text of the RCH operating agreements can be got on-line? I'm thinking of things like, but not limited to, the common-user arrangements for wagons, and the rules for returning empty wagons before common-users rules applied. All I've read of these arrangements is third-hand ac...
by Guy Rixon
Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:52 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Pre grouping (1890s) wagons, how far did they roam?
Replies: 8
Views: 3694

Re: Pre grouping (1890s) wagons, how far did they roam?

If the mill is sending timber to a station on another railway, then the wagons of that railway could be back-loaded with the timber, but only if they happened to arrive on site loaded; I think it would go against the RCH agreements to send the other company's wagons empty to the mill from another st...
by Guy Rixon
Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:33 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: More wagons.
Replies: 34
Views: 10120

Re: More wagons.

I've been thinking of using brass brake gear instead of the plastic supplied in most kits. Definitely worth the extra work, IMHO; most satisfying. If you don't want to go to etched hangers and push rods, you can get a nice boost in appearance just by fitting an etched V-hanger, lever and brake-leve...
by Guy Rixon
Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:46 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Knuckles's Wagon Building Log
Replies: 169
Views: 49930

Re: Knuckles's Wagon Building Log

Thanks Noel. I guess that most of the class-B tank wagons had bottom-discharge gear which got in the way of the cross-shaft and the class-A tanks used the same brake-gear as class B for consistency. I've seen a reference to Morton's clutch coming into use in the 1880s, so I assume that any patent wo...
by Guy Rixon
Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:15 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Knuckles's Wagon Building Log
Replies: 169
Views: 49930

Re: Knuckles's Wagon Building Log

I have fitted a cross shaft thing as I thought all wagons had them? I admit my knowledge here is lacking. By no means all wagons had cross-shafts in the brake gear. Early wagons generally had brakes on one side only, even if both wheels on that side were braked. Later, when the RCH insisted on brak...
by Guy Rixon
Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:02 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Modelling harbour points
Replies: 20
Views: 7525

Re: Modelling harbour points

The later GWR designed a short-wheelbase PT for dock work, with outside cylinders: 1500 class, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GWR_1500_Class. BR built them in 1949. I don't know if kits or conversions for these are available. Not something I'd choose as a first loco to build in P4!
by Guy Rixon
Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:05 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Water Mills
Replies: 10
Views: 4687

Re: Water Mills

One other thing, while I think of it: it would be very unlikely that the mill wheel would run directly in the main stream of a river. In almost all mills since the end of the middle ages, there would be a leat taking water off the river, or more often from a storage pond, down to the wheel-pit and a...
by Guy Rixon
Sun Aug 25, 2013 2:38 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Water Mills
Replies: 10
Views: 4687

Re: Water Mills

Speaking as a non-expert... In all the water mills I've seen (and I've visited a few preserved ones), the wheel runs in one direction only. Some of the internal machinery, like the powered sack-hoists, depends on this. In a tide mill, AFAIK, the operation is to trap the water on the flood tide and t...
by Guy Rixon
Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:44 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Grub screws for Portescap Final drive gears
Replies: 18
Views: 8833

Re: Grub screws for Portescap Final drive gears

Eileen's sell M1.6 cheesehead screws that might be modified to make grub screws. However, they only sell brass ones, not steel.

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