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by FCA
Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:16 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Society Gauge Widening Tool
Replies: 325
Views: 52314

Re: Society Gauge Widening Tool

Keith is absolutely right regarding corrosive flux and steel rail. Nowadays I prepare my lengths of steel rail by tinning the foot so that the subsequent use of rosin solder will be more reliable. The tinning, using red or green label flux, is followed by thorough cleaning and the rail lengths are t...
by FCA
Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Another Round...
Replies: 323
Views: 67918

Re: Another Round...

On my latest split chassis venture (a SE&CR H) I have abandoned the spider and, instead, used a brass washer round the axle. Using a 0.4mm drill bit drill right through the tyre, front to back, and join the resulting hole to the washer using 0.4mm wire. Only one such wire is needed as the set up...
by FCA
Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:05 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: split axles and motor gearbox
Replies: 25
Views: 5233

Re: split axles and motor gearbox

In my experience the point of making split axles is that, whilst it's a bit of a faff at the outset, you never, ever have to bother about picks-ups again. And you can pretty much guarantee that they will do just that; pick up that is.

Richard
by FCA
Sat Feb 13, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Hornby Hobbies
Replies: 27
Views: 5857

Re: Hornby Hobbies

Mickeym wrote: [quote][/I dont know what the price per share is as I type this, but I reckon if you want to help Hornby ( the train section) buying at under 28p would help....Especially if and when they are spun off from the main group.... quote] Stock markets are aftermarkets; buying shares, unless...
by FCA
Mon Dec 21, 2015 11:24 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Magnifier Visual Aids
Replies: 7
Views: 2482

Re: Magnifier Visual Aids

Having followed the earlier debate I bought the Rolson headband type and have been very impressed. For the price they're amazingly good value.

http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/rolson-2-led- ... isor-n70fk

Richard
by FCA
Thu Nov 26, 2015 12:52 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Preassembling the crossing
Replies: 42
Views: 8415

Re: Preassembling the crossing

Keith is spot on; practice and patience are essential. Personally I always now pre-assemble crossings using the excellent EMGS jig and solders with different melting points. To me the great benefit of doing it this way is that the crossing, once made, can be inspected from all angles to ensure that ...
by FCA
Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:58 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Fitting on functional chairs
Replies: 14
Views: 3163

Re: Fitting on functional chairs

Take a small block of wood or paxolin and fix a length of double sided tape close to the edge(s). Press down a row of chairs onto the tape and then cut the chairs free from the sprue. You now have a row of individual chairs ready for the rail, slide the rail into the chairs and ease them from the ta...
by FCA
Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:39 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Loco axle lubricants
Replies: 4
Views: 1928

Re: Loco axle lubricants

I have used Peco Electrolube on my split axle locos for many years, without problems to plastic centred wheels.

Richard
by FCA
Fri May 29, 2015 11:33 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Phosphor bronze wire as pick ups
Replies: 17
Views: 7030

Re: Phosphor bronze wire as pick ups

You may well say that, I couldn't possibly comment.... except to say that I have used it myself on an 0-6-0 tender engine and it works fine. You only get a numerical advantage with wire pick-ups (aka 'brakes') if you fit them to the tender in addition to the loco. Also bogies and ponies can be used ...
by FCA
Thu May 28, 2015 2:52 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Phosphor bronze wire as pick ups
Replies: 17
Views: 7030

Re: Phosphor bronze wire as pick ups

Split axles/split chassis are the best solution to this problem.
Even the so-called 'American split' system is superior to fiddling with bits of wire; of whatever material.
FCA
by FCA
Tue May 05, 2015 7:28 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: About to order some bits - could use a little advice
Replies: 18
Views: 3832

Re: About to order some bits - could use a little advice

Glue/solvent - make sure you apply some weight to the chair/sleeper joint when bonding the two.
by FCA
Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:14 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Lever Frame and ac circuits
Replies: 5
Views: 2075

Re: Lever Frame and ac circuits

Sorry Keith, only just picked up your second posting. Thank you very much for the offer but Maplins already have my order which I placed immediately after reading your first post.

Thanks again, Richard
by FCA
Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Lever Frame and ac circuits
Replies: 5
Views: 2075

Re: Lever Frame and ac circuits

Thanks Keith, that's very helpful.

Richard
by FCA
Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:49 am
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Lever Frame and ac circuits
Replies: 5
Views: 2075

Lever Frame and ac circuits

Having successfully built the Society's excellent lever frame and fitted it with the recommended SPDT micro switches I am now struggling to complete the necessary wiring loom to operate Tortoise motors. The Tortoise instructions for an ac supply show two diodes in the circuit. Electrics are not my s...
by FCA
Fri Dec 12, 2014 1:48 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Drill bits - is titanium worthwhile?
Replies: 25
Views: 6992

Re: Drill bits - is titanium worthwhile?

99p for two looks a bit steep. Have you tried Arc Eurotrade? Much more reasonable. Usual disclaimer.

Richard
by FCA
Fri Nov 29, 2013 5:13 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Lever frames back in stock
Replies: 4
Views: 1863

Re: Lever frames back in stock

I must say that the service from our redoubtable stores master is quite exceptional.
I orderd mine on Tuesday and received it on Thursday. Fantastic.
by FCA
Sun Nov 10, 2013 1:30 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Split axle jig
Replies: 22
Views: 6721

Re: Split axle jig

I have, for some time now, simply bored out a complete axle and Araldited a broken hss drill bit in the resulting tube. Once the Araldite has set simply gap the axle with a piercing saw; the saw will not affect the broken drill bit. No jigs required and the resulting axle is always concentric. I nea...
by FCA
Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:21 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Eileen's split axle test
Replies: 13
Views: 6095

Re: Eileen's split axle test

I use a similar method but, rather than ss rod I keep broken HSS drill bits of appropriate size and use them for the core. This is much more resistant to the over zealous use of the slitting saw when making the gaps. Also I use segments of electical wire insulation to insulate the core from the casi...
by FCA
Wed Nov 16, 2011 4:39 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: rivet closing
Replies: 5
Views: 1988

Re: rivet closing

The trick is to place the rivet head in a groove so that the sleeper is supported. This way, when
you tap the rivet to close it, the head doesn't sink into the sleeper. I still have my Studiolith tool
which has domed lever operated punches aligned with the grooved anvil.
by FCA
Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:55 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Rust on wheels
Replies: 5
Views: 2450

Re: Rust on wheels

I would recommend neutralizing rinse to remove all residues then burnish with a clean fibreglass brush.

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