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by Jol Wilkinson
Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:20 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Mind the gap! Or how to secure the track either side?
Replies: 23
Views: 13742

Re: Mind the gap! Or how to secure the track either side?

For the extension to London Road I've used pcb sleepers at the baseboard ends with the rail held in C&L brass chairs. These are soldered to the pcb sleepers but can be adjusted or shimmed to get correct alignment. The pcb sleepers are glued onto wooden strips that is in turn fixed to the basboar...
by Jol Wilkinson
Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:29 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Recommend a digital caliper
Replies: 11
Views: 7968

Re: Recommend a digital caliper

Yes! Brand new battery ... John Apparently the cheap digital callipers are on all the time -- only the display is switched off, and the power consumption is not significantly reduced. Better quality (= expensive) ones switch off properly. Also cheaper (LR44) batteries will last much less time than ...
by Jol Wilkinson
Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:21 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: The Great 3F build off
Replies: 197
Views: 88502

Re: The Great 3F build off

Neil, I've never found "wrap around" cabs attractive (3F, Jinty, NER BTP, etc.) much preferring the "flat roof" style. That's why I like the MR 2F "3130" class but not the 3Fs and probably partially explains why I model the LNWR and not the MR. At least you've got the o...
by Jol Wilkinson
Wed May 23, 2012 8:38 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: LNWR Wagons - A Supplement to the WSP books
Replies: 0
Views: 1571

LNWR Wagons - A Supplement to the WSP books

Some thing for the wagon modeller. This new publication from the LNWRS complements LNWR Wagons Vols 1 & 2 from WSP. Also by Peter Ellis, this 60 page card bound book provides details of a number of more unusual wagons including trolleys and shunting wagons. Detailed original drawings are provide...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue May 22, 2012 5:59 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Trimming the drive shaft on a Mashima can motor
Replies: 14
Views: 7144

Re: Trimming the drive shaft on a Mashima can motor

A slightly different approach that has always worked for me. Wrap the motor in masking tape, with both shafts sticking out. Fit the "retained end shaft" into an ordinary electric drill. Whizz up to speed and with a good quality triangular needle file (a diamond coated file would be ideal b...
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon May 21, 2012 1:14 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: LNWR Non-Corridor Carriages book
Replies: 0
Views: 1509

LNWR Non-Corridor Carriages book

This well-researched and definitive book combines Philip A. Millard's exceptional knowledge of L&NWR carriage stock with a magnificent set of 4mm scale drawings of well over 120 types of carriages. The specially prepared drawings Ian Tattersall are accompanied by numerous b&w photographs sho...
by Jol Wilkinson
Wed May 02, 2012 11:54 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log
Replies: 173
Views: 72923

Re: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log

You can get cosmetic tie bars (or stretchers) that are also functional. Mike Clark's Masokits version provides this and with a simple addition of a piece of looped wire, can be easily used with Tortoise or Cobalt TO motors. Jol You can do the same with the Ambis one which I think is better than the...
by Jol Wilkinson
Wed May 02, 2012 7:37 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log
Replies: 173
Views: 72923

Re: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log

You can get cosmetic tie bars (or stretchers) that are also functional. Mike Clark's Masokits version provides this and with a simple addition of a piece of looped wire, can be easily used with Tortoise or Cobalt TO motors. They are on page 8 of his catalogue in the Society's Hosted traders section ...
by Jol Wilkinson
Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:28 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Washing springs
Replies: 6
Views: 3302

Re: Washing springs

Andy,

I wouldn't rely on it being SS. I've had minor "corrosion" problems with spring wire supplied with sprung bogie kits before.

Jol
by Jol Wilkinson
Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:12 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Railex 2012 26 & 27 May
Replies: 23
Views: 11722

Re: Railex 2012 26 & 27 May

Horsetan wrote:
David Bigcheeseplant wrote:....Ian Penberth will be showing how he has designed and built fully sprung chassis for P4 diesels...


The main reason why I'll be busting a gut to turn up!


Surely a fast gallop would be more in your line, Ivan.
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:52 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Need a new soldering iron
Replies: 26
Views: 14123

Re: Need a new soldering iron

Take care with websites like Rapid, Farnell, etc. as they often quote the price without the VAT. The Rapid price is however good for the Antex, I've seen them advertised for £200. Squires have them at a similar price to Rapid, while Eileen's price is somewhat higher.

Jol
by Jol Wilkinson
Sun Mar 11, 2012 5:56 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Need a new soldering iron
Replies: 26
Views: 14123

Re: Need a new soldering iron

John, a couple of further points. My Antex has a silicon cable that is very flexible and makes the iron much easier to handle than my "standard" 25 watt Antex with PVC cable. That's something I would certainly look out for. The range of bits available with the Antex is quite wide and gives...
by Jol Wilkinson
Sun Mar 11, 2012 5:47 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Need a new soldering iron
Replies: 26
Views: 14123

Re: Need a new soldering iron

I have had an Antex 50W TCU for over twenty years and have been very satisfied with it. The current version of my one is the 690SD http://www.antex.co.uk/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=185&P_ID=893 The TCU's that Hobby Holidays sell also look very good http://www.hobbyholidays.co.uk/products...
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:27 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Companies using 4-bolt chairs
Replies: 13
Views: 6204

Re: Companies using 4-bolt chairs

The LNWR used four hole chairs, with two bolts and two spikes.
by Jol Wilkinson
Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:29 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: London Road Models - Resistance Soldering Unit
Replies: 9
Views: 6110

Re: London Road Models - Resistance Soldering Unit

Hello John, the London Road Models RSU has been available again for some time, but hasn't been strongly promoted as John Redrup has difficulty in keeping up with demand. Unfortunately an interweb search doesn't show them up on the S4Society hosted traders pages as the new format, with pdf downloads,...
by Jol Wilkinson
Wed Feb 22, 2012 3:46 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Gluing down track and turnouts
Replies: 35
Views: 13322

Re: Gluing down track and turnouts

I've used Styccobond F3 on the extension to my layout, both for the Carrs foam underlay and then the track. It is a more flexible adhesive than PVA, a bit like Copydex but doesn't seem to have quite the same "stringing" properties. So far so good, but the layout hasn't been to a show yet t...
by Jol Wilkinson
Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:10 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Bachman 3F tender loco.
Replies: 10
Views: 5478

Re: Bachman 3F tender loco.

Whoops! Having said that the LRM chassis for the 3F isn't available separately, I got my wires crossed. It is available, at £17.50 plus P&P. It was a couple of the other ex Geo. Noton locos I was confused with (I am allowed to be, at my age). Of course, the chassis is designed for a loco with a ...
by Jol Wilkinson
Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Bachman 3F tender loco.
Replies: 10
Views: 5478

Re: Bachman 3F tender loco.

In case anyone asks, the London Road Models 3F chassis is not available separately. When it was originally designed for the George Norton Connoisseurs Choice range, the designer put some chassis component on the brass body etch. A complete chassis kit is not therefore practical as an individual item...
by Jol Wilkinson
Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:43 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: MRJ Binders
Replies: 189
Views: 63107

Re: MRJ Binders

Davey,

thank you. You are an Officer and a Gentleman.

Jol
by Jol Wilkinson
Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:36 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: MRJ Binders
Replies: 189
Views: 63107

Re: MRJ Binders

Davey,

if it is not too late, can I increase my order from 14 up to 20.

I'll then use my plain black ones for the Snooze, etc.

Many thanks,

Jol
by Jol Wilkinson
Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:51 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: D&S Coach kits - catalogue
Replies: 18
Views: 13715

Re: D&S Coach kits - catalogue

Doug, I think that Danny is proceeding at his own pace and may not wish to change that. Don't forget that he retired once and has possibly only got back into limited production due to demand from a number of us. The 7mm items have gone elsewhere, as did some of the 4mm. He may not be too interested ...
by Jol Wilkinson
Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:07 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: D&S Coach kits - catalogue
Replies: 18
Views: 13715

Re: D&S Coach kits - catalogue

I believe that the w/m wagon kits mainly went to ABS but haven't reappeared. Jol The GWR outside-frame cattle wagon (Diagram W2) was modified by Adrian Swain and re-issued as an ABS kit, which I assume is still available from him. I can't recall if there are any others. The LNWR vans, hopper wagon,...
by Jol Wilkinson
Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:25 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch points
Replies: 16
Views: 7639

Re: Catch points

Trap points built into turnouts were also used by the LNWR. There are pictures in Richard Fosters Birmingham New Street showing at least two turnouts with single blade trap points built into the stock rails. There is also a good site for photos of Warwickshire railways. This links also shows a coupl...
by Jol Wilkinson
Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:59 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: D&S Coach kits - catalogue
Replies: 18
Views: 13715

Re: D&S Coach kits - catalogue

Not coaches but the LNWR 10T brake van is now produced by London Road Models.

I believe that the w/m wagon kits mainly went to ABS but haven't reappeared.

Jol
by Jol Wilkinson
Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:51 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Railway Photographs of P W Pilcher - LNWR Society
Replies: 0
Views: 1858

Railway Photographs of P W Pilcher - LNWR Society

P W Pilcher was an amateur photographer who produced many interesting photographs, mostly during the pre-grouping era. Brought up in Lincolnshire, educated at Bath and Cambridge, Percy Pilcher was a teacher at Shrewsbury School until his retirement in 1935. The photos he took featured mainly GNR and...

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