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by Jol Wilkinson
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 96
Views: 27412

Re: Resistance Soldering

Anyone know a source of suitable transformers that could be pressed into service for resistance soldering ? Dave The subject of building your own RSU to save money has never, as far as I know, identified a suitable, readily available, transformer. Twenty or more years ago Maplin used to sell a 100v...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: North East Essex (NEEAG)
Topic: NEEAG April meeting
Replies: 0
Views: 1614

NEEAG April meeting

NEEAG's next meeting will be held on Thursday 25th April at 7:00 in the usual venue: The Colchester Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Clubhouse 13a President Road Colchester CO3 9ED We will be working on the group's Lavenham project, having a "show and tell" session with members ...
by Jol Wilkinson
Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Miscellany Models
Replies: 7
Views: 2108

Re: Miscellany Models

Mark, those all look great. It might be a good idea to remove the reference to Coopercraft for the axlebox/springs for the present as there seems to be some issues over his ability to supply products, unless you have recent knowledge. Externally sourced parts such as etches and lost wax brass castin...
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon Mar 25, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: North East Essex (NEEAG)
Topic: NEEAG March 2019 meeting
Replies: 0
Views: 1057

NEEAG March 2019 meeting

NEEAG's March meeting will be held on Thursday 28 March at 7:00 in the usual venue: The Colchester Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Clubhouse 13a President Road Colchester CO3 9ED In addition to doing a bit more work on our project layout of Lavenham Station set in the the late days of st...
by Jol Wilkinson
Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 301
Views: 85118

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

We should try access the tartan paint technology that figured so often in the Beano and Dandy. I once read a post in that other place by someone who eagerly looked forward to the day he could put a B&W photo of a loco onto the scanner before retiring for the evening to find the following mornin...
by Jol Wilkinson
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 301
Views: 85118

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

Bill, the "slow" sales of etched coach kits was ever thus. In my experience there is usually an initial sales "rush", followed by a steady, slow trickle. I doubt that there are many layouts where the ration of carriages to locos, whether kit built or RTR, gets anywhere near the r...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 291
Views: 70773

Re: Crab Comet conversion

Thanks Dave,

I've ordered some to try out.

Odd that they don't give that information on their website, or at least I couldn't find it.

Jol
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 291
Views: 70773

Re: Crab Comet conversion

Jol, I experienced the exact same problem with my first two locos. They would run sweetly, then after disassembly and reassembly, during construction, they would bind and limp along. The loose fitting AG bushes were determined to be the problem. This appeared to be made worse if the bush was shorte...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 301
Views: 85118

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

I prefer separate door and commode handles. So a kit with holes for these (or markers showing where to drill) would be my choice. Commode handles can be made from wire, not too difficult if a folding jig is part of the kit. Door handles are easily made from brass lace pins with a file. Now here's a...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 301
Views: 85118

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

What are the options for 3rd-party door furniture these days? I seem to remember etched T-handles and loop-handles being available back in the '90s. Personally, I would have no problem gluing in etched door-handles, but filing up a train's worth of handles from pin heads would be a bit daunting. Gu...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 291
Views: 70773

Re: Crab Comet conversion

A little late to the conversation but does anyone else find that the loose fit of the crankpin bush on a AGW (or even Sharman Wheels if you still have any) can cause a problem. Loco "chassis" that will can be propelled or run smoothly when the crankpin nuts are loose sometimes develop a ti...
by Jol Wilkinson
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 301
Views: 85118

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

I don't like the effort involved in removing moulded details to replace them with more realistic items. That's why I have only one Ratio LNWR carriage in my stock. Painting and lining complex liveries with handles already fitted makes life more difficult too, for me at least. Brass paint doesn't loo...
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: North East Essex (NEEAG)
Topic: NEEAG February meeting
Replies: 0
Views: 1070

NEEAG February meeting

NEEAG's February meeting will be held on Thursday 28 February at 7:00 in the usual venue:

The Colchester Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Clubhouse
13a President Road
Colchester
CO3 9ED

Tea, coffee and biscuits served, itinerant modellers welcome.
by Jol Wilkinson
Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Suitable paint for goods vehicles
Replies: 12
Views: 3115

Re: Suitable paint for goods vehicles

David, LNWR wagon grey was also known as Invisible Grey, apparently because it was the same as camouflage grey used by the Navy. LNWR Liveries (HMRS) quotes the grey as being 50:50 white and black. As an experiment I had an aerosol produced by Halfords to that ratio. It is quite a dark grey, so I am...
by Jol Wilkinson
Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Mini Cutting Broaches
Replies: 5
Views: 3812

Re: Mini Cutting Broaches

A simple online search also turned up Meadows and Passmores site, with individual broaches;

http://www.medmaw.com/cgi-bin/medmaw/me ... store.html

Clockmaking suppliers seem the best option.
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Crossing Vee Jig
Replies: 26
Views: 7358

Re: Crossing Vee Jig

The attached pdf shows a track panel jig I drew up and which Brian Lewis laser cut for me. Two were trimmed and joined on a piece of 6mm ply to provide the jig to make up the plain track on the extension for London Road. It's now in the hands of Tony Montgomery for building track on his Ambergate la...
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: 3D printing - resolution and finish
Replies: 7
Views: 2309

Re: 3D printing - resolution and finish

Andy, does the "no skill" requirement indicate the model will be in a self opening box? What is a RTR kit vehicle? Surely it is one thing or the other. Would the concept, used by Hornby and Co of a RTR model to which you add the extra detail parts, be what you have in mind? Even that is be...
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: North East Essex (NEEAG)
Topic: NEEAG January 2019 meeting
Replies: 0
Views: 847

NEEAG January 2019 meeting

NEEAG's next meeting will be held on Thursday 31st January at 7:00 in the usual venue: The Colchester Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Clubhouse 13a President Road Colchester CO3 9ED Activities will include a review of progress on the group's Lavenham project, so we can plan and allocate ...
by Jol Wilkinson
Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 301
Views: 85118

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

The Photon printed items look very good. One of the issues I have with Shapeways is that the Digital Representations shown for many items give no indication as to the likely surface finish. Given their prices I am not willing to take the risk purchasing a model as a friend has done, only to get some...
by Jol Wilkinson
Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 74
Views: 17393

Re: Carriage loading docks

The LNWR 45' bogie Scenery Trucks had plates that extended partway over the buffers to provide "runners" and presumably supports for planks. 45ft truck 3.JPG I have seen a photo (! can't recall where), with a flat D14 Deal Wagon (normally used for carrying timber) employed as a loading veh...
by Jol Wilkinson
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: London Road Models Price Increase
Replies: 0
Views: 846

London Road Models Price Increase

During the last three years London Road Models prices have remained the same. During that time cost of raw materials, manufactured items, etc. have increased significantly and John Redrup is no longer able to keep prices at the present level. From 31 January 2019, London Road Models prices will ther...
by Jol Wilkinson
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Colouring Sleepers
Replies: 24
Views: 6753

Re: Colouring Sleepers

Colron spirit based dyes work well in my experience. Painted on it doesn't darken the timber too much as the dye soaks in readily. Soaking the sleepers gives a much darker result.
by Jol Wilkinson
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 460
Views: 97530

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Tony, on the extension to London Road I used Masokits Tie Bars together with the "simple" Ambis version. The attached photo (I can't recall who/where it is from) gives some idea. A Masokits version is on the left and what looks like the Ambis type to the right. The former is rather rigid b...
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: North East Essex (NEEAG)
Topic: NEEAG November meeting
Replies: 0
Views: 1450

NEEAG November meeting

A reminder that the next NEEAG meeting will be on Thursday 29th November at 7:00 in the usual venue; The Colchester Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Clubhouse 13a President Road Colchester CO3 9ED We'll undoubtedly be having the usual broad reaching conversations fueled by tea, coffee and...
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: New 4mm Scale Deltic from Accurascale
Replies: 31
Views: 9260

Re: New 4mm Scale Deltic from Accurascale

Gentlemen, my comment was slightly tongue in cheek, as having read Accurascale's PR on RMweb, I took a look at their website. While the PR refers to 4mm scale, the website says: "Highly detailed OO scale model, 1:76.2" - although it also goes on to refer to EM and P4 wheelsets (without say...

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