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by Jol Wilkinson
Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:00 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Twitchy servos
Replies: 36
Views: 16792

Re: Twitchy servos

Keith, I have just read this thread with great interest as I experienced this problem "big time" when I set up London Road recently in the local village hall. I have just set up the new board which has the most servo driven signals (seven) on it ( the station approach) in the workshop. The...
by Jol Wilkinson
Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:22 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Farther on down the road
Replies: 9
Views: 5507

Re: Farther on down the road

Er, no Jim. The locos and stock in the picture of the test track would be more appropriate in my view. Although I do think that the early blue electrics were rather nice looking, I can't say I feel the same about the more recent stuff. If we had modelled Tring in the early 1900s, then we could ban E...
by Jol Wilkinson
Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:33 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Farther on down the road
Replies: 9
Views: 5507

Re: Farther on down the road

No, it's still end to end with a traverser/fiddle yard at each end. At one time I did own the circular P4 test track that John Redrup commissioned from Red Dog and which is now in the hands of the NLG. The intention was to use it for the ends of a roundy round based upon Tring, but it never happened...
by Jol Wilkinson
Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:59 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Farther on down the road
Replies: 9
Views: 5507

Re: Farther on down the road

Thanks Mike, no shows booked yet. I've spoken to a few show managers, but haven't been pushing it too hard. I'm happy to show London Road in a partly finished state if I get an invite. I'm not rushing to complete it as I want to finish as well as I can. We have also got to work out how to operate it...
by Jol Wilkinson
Sun Dec 02, 2012 1:24 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Farther on down the road
Replies: 9
Views: 5507

Farther on down the road

- or news of the extension to London Road After restoring London Road and taking it to several shows including S4North, I decided that the frustrations of operating it justified turning it from a terminus into a through station. No more shunting rakes of carriages with the possibility of derailments...
by Jol Wilkinson
Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:30 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Are RTR models 'really' that good?
Replies: 53
Views: 22284

Re: Are RTR models 'really' that good?

John, I think that for most customers of todays RTR stuff, it's so far ahead of what they have been used to that they are as happy as pigs in the proverbial. Comments such as yours would be seen as nitpicking and typical of P4 rivet counters. ;) Fortunately I am not troubled by the quality or otherw...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:31 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Kit Building Services
Replies: 4
Views: 3384

Re: Kit Building Services

You could also consider;

John James; jmjmodelmaking@gmail.com

examples of his work can be found on the LRM website.

and

Adrian Prescott; http://www.moseleycottage.com

Adrian's work can be seen on Knutsford East http://www.scalefour.org/shows/S4North2 ... sford.html
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Oct 23, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Servo control of (ground) signals
Replies: 7
Views: 8334

Re: Servo control of (ground) signals

Andrew, I have used servos with the MERG servo boards to drive LNWR rotating ground signals. I mounted the servos remotely from the signals, driving them thorough a simple linkage and rod system. The MERG servo boards and portable control box are straightforward to build and very good value. I found...
by Jol Wilkinson
Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:05 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: London Road Models RSUs
Replies: 0
Views: 1722

London Road Models RSUs

LRM will have the last of the current batch of their well proven RSUs on sale at S4um. As S4um is the last show LRM is attending in 2012, following the relocation of the Wigan show to June, no more will be produced until 2013. Further production will also require a further batch of the bespoke cases...
by Jol Wilkinson
Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:33 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: London Road Models email address
Replies: 8
Views: 5132

Re: London Road Models email address

Shortly after sending the opening post, JR rang to say his pc had crashed with what appears to be a hdd failure. His IT expert won't be able to fix until the weekend at the earliest. John therefore asked me to check on Hotmail for any enquiries. Two have arrived, which rather explain JR's reservatio...
by Jol Wilkinson
Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:54 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: London Road Models email address
Replies: 8
Views: 5132

London Road Models email address

After some time in the electronic wilderness, John Redrup has at last succumbed to pressure and obtained a new email address for London Road Models. :thumb Enquiries regarding kit and other product availability, reservations for collection at shows (especially RSUs), overseas P&P, etc. can be ma...
by Jol Wilkinson
Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:01 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Metropolitan's phosphoric flux to be available at Scaleforum
Replies: 14
Views: 6177

Re: Metropolitan's phosphoric flux to be available at Scalef

Besides if its on the bring and buy its not a free platform is it as the society gets a cut. Cheers Jim Jim, That's good, especially as I don't have anything for the B&B this year and so can't contribute. And does the salutation "cheers" tell us that you are just putting your lips to ...
by Jol Wilkinson
Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:19 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Metropolitan's phosphoric flux to be available at Scaleforum
Replies: 14
Views: 6177

Re: Metropolitan's phosphoric flux to be available at Scalef

Paul, probably little different from your own brew or the products available from LRM, Eileens, etc. Diluting phosphoric acid with distilled/purified/deionised water and adding a wetting agent isn't difficult. What Metropolitan John is doing is simply making it available to order in larger quantitie...
by Jol Wilkinson
Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:32 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Bill Bedford Springing units
Replies: 30
Views: 14243

Re: Bill Bedford Springing units

There is no longitudinal restrain for the wire, so in the fingers don't grip it sufficiently it could move. I have also found that the spring wire also has a bit of curve as seen in the photos, that is difficult to remove. So the no load or static loaded positions can be marginally different if the ...
by Jol Wilkinson
Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Use of old GPO relays for point or signal control
Replies: 11
Views: 6411

Re: Use of old GPO relays for point or signal control

Martin, the original part of London Road uses something similar. They are used to activate the signals which are normally held "on" by a weight, so only draw current when the signal is off. As I wasn't involved in building the original layout, I don't know exactly what the relays are, but ...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:41 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Vermillion
Replies: 4
Views: 4562

Re: Vermillion

John, I recall a recentish debate elsewhere about "vermillion" when it was allegedly used on early LNWR locos. The colour is question was described as a bright red. Perhaps the vermillion you have to hand fairly accurately matches that colour, but that it rapidly became oil and dirt staine...
by Jol Wilkinson
Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:22 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: P4 wheels and suitable 'P4-able' kits - Directory
Replies: 28
Views: 10561

Re: P4 wheels and suitable 'P4-able' kits - Directory

Knuckles, I though I'd sit back and wait for someone else to start the replies regarding Falcon Brass, but I can wait no longer. Falcon Brass are the former Jidenco range, presumably rebranded to "relaunch" the product. Jidenco were fairly early players in the etched kit market, with a ver...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:44 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: The Great 3F build off
Replies: 197
Views: 88502

Re: The Great 3F build off

I realise that High Level motor mounts are the preferred product of choice nowadays, but I find that a single stage "simple" arrangement such as provided by a London Road Models motor mount and Mashima motor in an "underslung" position can provide plenty of clearance in small or ...
by Jol Wilkinson
Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:03 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Mystery tiebars
Replies: 34
Views: 17343

Re: Mystery tiebars

I've used the Masokits tie bars on the turnouts and single slip for the extension to London Road . Like Russ, I am wary of "flexing" soldered joints, but I decided to take the risk due to the ease of installation of these with Cobalt point motors. By chance, I decided on the same approach ...
by Jol Wilkinson
Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:45 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Sprung/Compensated bogies
Replies: 25
Views: 12500

Re: Sprung/Compensated bogies

I used to fit mainly MJTs but a rare failure of the torsion bar/sideframe joint (difficult to repair) and "notchy" rotation of the bogie press stud has made me look elsewhere. The latter can be fixed with careful filing of the male part of the stud but is a PITA. That's a shame as the eas...
by Jol Wilkinson
Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:34 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Sprung/Compensated bogies
Replies: 25
Views: 12500

Re: Sprung/Compensated bogies

I used to fit mainly MJTs but a rare failure of the torsion bar/sideframe joint (difficult to repair) and "notchy" rotation of the bogie press stud has made me look elsewhere. The latter can be fixed with careful filing of the male part of the stud but is a PITA. That's a shame as the ease...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Bow pen
Replies: 11
Views: 6508

Re: Bow pen

David,

you can get Haff direct http://www.haff.com/index_e.htm

Let me know if you are going to bid for the Kern on eBay. I was thinking of bidding, to accompany my other Kern.

Jol
by Jol Wilkinson
Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering query
Replies: 7
Views: 5373

Re: Soldering query

Martin,

as I said, I used a 50W Antex TCU, which worked okay with a 3mm bit, 100 deg. solder and 6% LRM Phosflux. So as Paul confirms, a 50 watt Antex or Weller should do the job.

Jol
by Jol Wilkinson
Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:21 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering query
Replies: 7
Views: 5373

Re: Soldering query

Martin, are they nickel silver? All the TC coach parts I have are etched zinc, etched from one side with a green backing and the windows were punched out. As far as I know this was Trevor's usual method of producing parts. 27 thou is also thick for N/S etches, .015" or .018" being the norm...
by Jol Wilkinson
Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:35 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: A New Home for the Central Cheshire Lines
Replies: 34
Views: 18345

Re: A New Home for the Central Cheshire Lines

Did you say LNWR LQ signals, John?

Good idea, here some I've just finished.

Regards,

Jol
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