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by FCA
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Glenmutchkin - Water Tanks
Replies: 184
Views: 53318

Re: Glenmutchkin - A Bit of a Slip Up

Jol's diagram does I think help to clarify the problem and its solution. If you simply wire the slip's motors to act in tandem, that is giving only two possible blade positions rather than four, the possibility of creating conflicting polarities between the slip's crossings is obviated. The three po...
by FCA
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Slow TV
Replies: 9
Views: 2803

Re: Slow TV

I have an etched kit I started in 1979 but have yet to finish.

That would make very, very slow tv.

Richard
by FCA
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Glenmutchkin - Water Tanks
Replies: 184
Views: 53318

Re: Glenmutchkin - A Bit of a Slip Up

Take a look at the P4 Manual 4.1.8.(10). You seem to have one switch too many.
If you don't have the P4 Manual let me know and I'll send you a copy.

Richard
by FCA
Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Flexi Chassis an Appreciation
Replies: 467
Views: 79548

Re: Flexi Chassis an Appreciation

For me there were two seminal developments in the 1970/80s which helped me actually to make models in P4 that worked. Mike Sharman's flexichas concept and components and etched gearboxes from the likes of Perseverance, Rod Neep and others whose names have, sadly, faded from my memory. Our little cor...
by FCA
Sun May 15, 2016 1:53 pm
Forum: South London (SLAG)
Topic: expoEM 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 2717

Re: expoEM 2016

Fantastic to see the seminal Metropolitan Junction by the late Doug Williams on display.

Real nostalgia from the days of the Model Railway News of happy memory (for some of us).

What an amazing survivor.

Richard
by FCA
Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Society Gauge Widening Tool
Replies: 325
Views: 64069

Re: Society Gauge Widening Tool

IMHO the only problem with the triangular gauge (designed for Brooke-Smith soldered rivets) occurs when used with C&L/Exactosale functional chairs for bullhead rail. These provide rail cant and the triangular gauge had long legs that fought this; it is easy to shorten the legs with a file or mi...
by FCA
Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Problem with non-drying paint
Replies: 10
Views: 3201

Re: Problem with non-drying paint

Did you "do what it says on the tin" when mixing the etch primer with its thinners? I ask because as opposed to what it says on the tin (1:1), Ian Rathbone recommends two parts etching thinners, one part cellulose thinners to one part primer. I'm not sure if or how this would affect the to...
by FCA
Wed Mar 30, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Society Gauge Widening Tool
Replies: 325
Views: 64069

Re: Society Gauge Widening Tool

Yes I use Humbrol enamel (#186) over Halfords primer.

Richard
by FCA
Wed Mar 30, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Society Gauge Widening Tool
Replies: 325
Views: 64069

Re: Society Gauge Widening Tool

I use a combination of plastic chairs and riveted construction for my points including crossings assembled using the excellent EMGS gauge. The discussion about storage is pertinent as I have been storing the Kent area group's layout Eridge in my garage for the past two years whilst the group has bee...
by FCA
Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:18 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Society Gauge Widening Tool
Replies: 325
Views: 64069

Re: Society Gauge Widening Tool

"That as a process looks to be a good one when using steel rail - I have some steel rail in stock and sometime over the next couple of months I will try the process out for myself, although I am unlikely to adopt it for my own building...." With the exception of tinning the rail all the t...
by FCA
Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:03 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Society Gauge Widening Tool
Replies: 325
Views: 64069

Re: Society Gauge Widening Tool

Tinning the rail dates from my days using riveted track where getting a sound joint I always found challenging. Removing flux residues from the rail after laying was, for me, also problematic. The layer of tinning is very thin and has given no problems with loading chairs to the rail.
by FCA
Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:16 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Society Gauge Widening Tool
Replies: 325
Views: 64069

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: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 820
Views: 21599

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: 6227

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: 6815

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: 2910

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: 10277

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: 3850

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: 2205

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: 7842

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: 7842

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: 4619

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: 2422

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: 2422

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: 2422

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...

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