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by Guy Rixon
Sun Aug 25, 2013 2:38 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Water Mills
Replies: 10
Views: 4822

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: 9079

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.
by Guy Rixon
Tue Aug 13, 2013 5:43 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: White Handrails?
Replies: 8
Views: 4533

Re: White Handrails?

As far as the GWR goes: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/34512-when-did-the-gwr-start-painting-the-brake-van-handrails-white/#entry366409 That would seem to suggest that it is likely they were _not_ painted white in period 1906-1908 (or in 1910 for my 6 wheel AA1 brake van if I bui...
by Guy Rixon
Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:14 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Material for tyres - 946 alloy
Replies: 18
Views: 6882

Re: Material for tyres - 946 alloy

When I asked about aluminium wheels for locomotives in the 2mm Association forum, I was told that it had been tried and pitting due to electrical arcing was a big problem.
by Guy Rixon
Sat Aug 10, 2013 1:52 pm
Forum: Road Vehicles and Figures
Topic: Edwardian Figures
Replies: 91
Views: 34971

Re: Edwardian Figures

We should, of course, be careful not to confuse Edwardian figurines with Victorian ones. In fact, to get really picky, we should distinguish early from late Edwardian. Styles changed quite rapidly in the first years of the 20th century. For example, googling for "Edwardian fashion" in the ...
by Guy Rixon
Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:39 pm
Forum: Road Vehicles and Figures
Topic: Edwardian Figures
Replies: 91
Views: 34971

Re: Edwardian Figures

Looks promising. I've emailed an expression of interest to Mr. Stadden.
by Guy Rixon
Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:16 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Bogie Design
Replies: 13
Views: 7961

Re: Bogie Design

I wouldn't have used a tube at all, but if you insist on using one a piece of 1.5mm ID tube with exactoscale bearings in each end would be mechanically much sounder. Quite. The idea of the tube is that the bearings are kept in good alignment so the friction is lower. This may or may not work and I ...
by Guy Rixon
Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:50 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Bogie Design
Replies: 13
Views: 7961

Re: Bogie Design

billbedford wrote:Where will the grease nipple go on that tube?


Would you use grease? I was going to oil it.
by Guy Rixon
Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:45 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Bogie Design
Replies: 13
Views: 7961

Re: Bogie Design

I tried a variant of the Denny springing, but for a four-wheeled coach. I used 0.315mm phospher-bronze wire for the springs, and the axle bearings were the Exactoscale kind set into a brass tube (2mm OD, 1.5mm ID). The springs are just soldered to the tube. The spring support is a hoop of brass wire...
by Guy Rixon
Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:05 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Bogie Design
Replies: 13
Views: 7961

Re: Bogie Design

If you're feeling a bit more DIY, Peter Denny adopted an internal bearing solution in 1960 for his wide gauge - it's the original 4mm sprung bogie (he held the bearing plates in a little wooden jig when soldering on the bits of spring) Do you know if the bearing plates ran in guides or whether they...
by Guy Rixon
Sun Jul 07, 2013 12:59 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: My first P4 wagons
Replies: 13
Views: 5206

Re: My first P4 wagons

The other products, watercress, butter and 'Dorset Blue' cheese would I imaging need faster transport. For the watercress, possibly a dedicated fruit van? There is a kit for one on eBay at the moment, auction ending this evening: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Great-Western-Wagons-GWR-Dia-Y2-Fruit-Van-4...
by Guy Rixon
Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:34 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: My first P4 wagons
Replies: 13
Views: 5206

Re: My first P4 wagons

+1 for springing. You could use either the Bill Bedford parts or the Exactoscale parts (from C&L; these are somewhat more expensive and you need to use the matching wheels with sleeve bearings instead of pinpoints). The Morgan Design underframes look nice and I love the way that the axleguards b...
by Guy Rixon
Sat Jul 06, 2013 11:34 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: DC3 brakes
Replies: 3
Views: 1816

Re: DC3 brakes

I've just looked at a model of an Open C. The rodding that runs along the length of the wagon is offset to one side, very roughly a quarter of the way across the space between the solebars. At each end, there is one V-hanger attached to the back of the solebar, next to the hand lever, and the matchi...
by Guy Rixon
Sat Jul 06, 2013 11:16 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Dapol Wagons
Replies: 5
Views: 2592

Re: Dapol Wagons

One is of particular interest as if it really existed it must have run on the Bridport Branch as it has a Bridport Brewery livery. This Brewery was founded in 1794 and still exists today. Their website doesn't mention the using the railway for distribution, only that it used traditional horse-drawn...
by Guy Rixon
Wed May 08, 2013 9:54 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: early GWR 4 wheel siphons
Replies: 6
Views: 3021

Re: early GWR 4 wheel siphons

If you want to model this particular kind of four-wheeled siphon, that's great. However, would the ex-D&S kit for a six-wheeled siphon suit? It's back in production by Brassmasters. I think it represents diagram O4. These were certainly in use in 1910.
by Guy Rixon
Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:50 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Backscene catastrophe!
Replies: 9
Views: 7461

Re: Backscene catastrophe!

I believe that graphics professionals would use a spray adhesive for this kind of job: something like this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/3M-400ml-Spray-Mount-Adhesive/dp/B000J6D4SA . I have an old can of a similar product. The instructions say, for permanent bonding of absorbent materials, to spray one s...
by Guy Rixon
Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:26 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wheels and bearings for Bill Bedford's wagon's kits
Replies: 15
Views: 7699

Re: Wheels and bearings for Bill Bedford's wagon's kits

At the start of this thread, I suggested that I might use Exactoscale bearings and wheelsets in the Bedford suspension. I've now tried this. I used the 2mm o/d parallel bearings and the normal, parallel-ended axles. The Exactoscale bearings don't poke as far into the axleboxes as pinpoint bearings, ...
by Guy Rixon
Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:18 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Airbrushing varnish: advice sought
Replies: 62
Views: 28721

Re: Airbrushing varnish: advice sought

Thanks for that advice, Steve. I'll get myself some of Humbrol varnish and the special thinners from Precision.
by Guy Rixon
Sun Mar 17, 2013 12:11 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Airbrushing varnish: advice sought
Replies: 62
Views: 28721

Airbrushing varnish: advice sought

I need to varnish some wagons and will later need to varnish coaches. Having had bad experiences with spray-can varnish in the past, I'm planning to use an airbrush. I've airbrushed paint with success but never tried varnish, so I'm seeking guidance. Are there any differences between spraying paint ...
by Guy Rixon
Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:36 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: loctite 601
Replies: 15
Views: 8787

Re: loctite 601

by Guy Rixon
Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:31 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: loctite 601
Replies: 15
Views: 8787

Re: loctite 601

Googling, I found Loctite's own listing of products: http://www.loctite.co.uk/cps/rde/xchg/henkel_uke/hs.xsl/fullproduct-list-loctite-4995.htm?countryCode=uke&BU=industrial&parentredDotUID=productfinder&redDotUID=productfinder&param2=mode%3Dfull%7C . The shaft-retainer potions are al...
by Guy Rixon
Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:39 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: BR Mark 2 coach buffer beams
Replies: 6
Views: 4046

Re: BR Mark 2 coach buffer beams

Interesting. The coach in the upper picture has an empty bracket on the opposite side of the buckeye from the air-brake hoses. Does this imply that it used to be dual-braked and was later converted to air-brake only?
by Guy Rixon
Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:54 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Detailing coach rooves
Replies: 30
Views: 14322

Re: Detailing coach rooves

And sometimes the old spelling matters on the model. I'm building stock for a SECR, 1905 layout. The SER wrote "break van" on the sides of goods brake vans and the SECR changed that to "brake van" when the joint management committee started. There might have been some transitiona...
by Guy Rixon
Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:55 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: St Albans Show 12/13 January
Replies: 16
Views: 7506

Re: St Albans Show 12/13 January

As well as the P4 layouts, I was particularly struck by Woodhead and Brafferton in N & 2mm fs, respectively. Yes, I liked Woodhead too, and I'm still trying to work out what was especially attractive about it. Not the complexities of the operation (double-track plain line, no shunting). Not the...
by Guy Rixon
Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:00 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Software for documenting Electrical Wiring?
Replies: 14
Views: 8803

Re: Software for documenting Electrical Wiring?

A few years ago, when I still had a Windows computer, I used Smartdraw for line drawings and found it quite nice to use. It has a mode for drawing circuit diagrams. However, never used the electrical-symbols library myself.

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