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by HowardGWR
Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:45 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: multi 12v dc take off -is this OK?
Replies: 15
Views: 7399

Re: multi 12v dc take off -is this OK?

Well that didn't work :( It said my photo was too big so I am trying again to make it smaller than 1mb. Anybody know how to do this?
by HowardGWR
Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:35 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: multi 12v dc take off -is this OK?
Replies: 15
Views: 7399

Re: multi 12v dc take off -is this OK?

Thanks both. First, Terry, my name is Howard, the other is my surname. Second, my lathe is the Unimat 1 Lathe which is the 'toy' lathe. I am going to open a new topic on my electrical problems with that and so this is the continuation, perhaps the final, of my query on connecting two outputs to the ...
by HowardGWR
Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:58 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: multi 12v dc take off -is this OK?
Replies: 15
Views: 7399

Re: multi 12v dc take off -is this OK?

Thanks very much Tim and Keith. I knew the advice would mean I had to spend money. :-(( Whilst I am on this, I have a similar Q on another transformer I have. It's an Emco one for the Unimat 1 lathe which I am still trying to learn to use after 25 years (!!). Frustratingly, it only delivers 6v at a ...
by HowardGWR
Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:32 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: multi 12v dc take off -is this OK?
Replies: 15
Views: 7399

multi 12v dc take off -is this OK?

I have a transformer from which I run the 12v dc output to my Compspeed controller on my test track. I also have a 12v mini drill that I used to run off another old transformer / controller but this conked out recently. I want to connect my drill so that I can use the variable input of the Compspeed...
by HowardGWR
Mon Nov 01, 2010 8:12 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: American method for pickups
Replies: 16
Views: 6180

Re: American method for pickups

Many thanks Martin. I will certainly look out those when i get a chance. Right now I am putting together an 'American' mainframe for a 57xx for which I am going to use the shunters truck, to which it will be permanently coupled, as the return method. I get the impression I may be the first to try (?...
by HowardGWR
Mon Nov 01, 2010 8:02 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: CSBs... on the strength of handrail knobs
Replies: 23
Views: 8652

Re: CSBs... on the strength of handrail knobs

Keith, I can see I'll have to do smileys. BTW, my surname is not my christian name, don't worry, they all do it :-) Serious now, I think we should try our best to remember that some of the stuff we write on here would make people worried. It worries me. I've been worried since 1986 when I joined the...
by HowardGWR
Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:06 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: CSBs... on the strength of handrail knobs
Replies: 23
Views: 8652

Re: CSBs... on the strength of handrail knobs

Gentlemen I have just ploughed through this as I saw there was a new post. Would it not be a good idea to point out to the people on the 'how to get started in P4' that you don't actually need this knowledge? I can't understand any of this. Must one do so? Perhaps one must. I hope not because, if so...
by HowardGWR
Sat Oct 30, 2010 11:06 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: American method for pickups
Replies: 16
Views: 6180

Re: American method for pickups

Nigel - No first Martin. I looked on eBay at the issues you mention, of RM for 1982, but none of the descriptions of articles therein mentioned Adavoyle. Are you sure you gave the right year? Now Nigel. I had another look at my shunters truck ABS kit and pondered substituting the end to be coupled w...
by HowardGWR
Fri Oct 29, 2010 6:13 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: American method for pickups
Replies: 16
Views: 6180

Re: American method for pickups

So Nigel, if I have a w/m shunters truck I must ensure that I somehow not allow its metal bits to come into contact with the loco's metal bits (couplings, buffers, etc). Hmm, this is beginning to sound like the sellotape expert who put me off split axles with a metal engine body. I cannot begin to i...
by HowardGWR
Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:36 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: American method for pickups
Replies: 16
Views: 6180

Re: American method for pickups

Correction WRO should read WLO (wrong line order).
by HowardGWR
Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:34 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: American method for pickups
Replies: 16
Views: 6180

Re: American method for pickups now split axle too

First thanks to all posters and so prompt too! I already did the split frame split axle method and it worked fine with a plastic body but with my whitemetal pannier it was a nightmare. When I asked an expert at a show, he started talking about using sellotape under the body and I began very rapidly ...
by HowardGWR
Thu Oct 28, 2010 5:45 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: American method for pickups
Replies: 16
Views: 6180

American method for pickups

I have already searched the existing references to this subject but i am still lacking the information I need. First one makes sure the rims of the wheels on one side transfer current to the frames via the axle. Usually, as we use plastic centered wheels, one would use the 'shorting wires' provided ...
by HowardGWR
Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:38 pm
Forum: Lathe Work
Topic: Crankpin problems.
Replies: 15
Views: 7574

Re: Crankpin problems.

My point about Romford wheels had nothing to do with their roundness, merely that the idea of metal on metal is less likely to flex than metal on soft plastic. But what do I know? I'll answer that. Very little. :-)
by HowardGWR
Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:10 pm
Forum: Lathe Work
Topic: Crankpin problems.
Replies: 15
Views: 7574

Re: Crankpin problems.

I enter this discussion in trepidation as I am no engineer. I have always thought the use of plastic stuff for wheel centres to be dubious because it can flex, Thus a crank pin, made of a non flexible substance, such as brass or steel will win the unequal struggle when the two are put under strain. ...
by HowardGWR
Thu Sep 02, 2010 9:38 am
Forum: South Somerset
Topic: Armchair modelling priorities
Replies: 0
Views: 1925

Armchair modelling priorities

Hello fellow members including those I have not met yet. I am very busy trying to get something presentable for Sept 25th in Leatherhead. I am quite pleased with initial efforts (as I survey the cuts and bruises). However I am up against time so when I call in to the next meeting (if this is before ...
by HowardGWR
Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:12 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon Suspension
Replies: 68
Views: 17173

Re: Wagon Suspension

Martin's articles in MRJ (see <http://www.modelrailwayjournal.com/index.php> and search with 'Marin Goodall' and 'authors') were a treat. I particularly enjoyed his Heckmondwike anecdote with the wagons with sloppy fitting axles 'sailing through' the switches in reverse while the P4 engine pushing t...
by HowardGWR
Mon Sep 15, 2008 4:02 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: LSWR "panter"(?) brakes
Replies: 10
Views: 3895

Re: LSWR "panter"(?) brakes

Panter, of course, should be with a capital P. I had a look at Southern Wagons Vol 1(Bixley et al) and confirm Richard's excellent description of the gear. I assume Adrian Swain provided it using wire. The special cattle wagon type on page 53 has the note that there was a third V hanger and full cro...
by HowardGWR
Sat Jul 26, 2008 4:29 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Rotary Valve Gear Crab
Replies: 13
Views: 6702

Re: Rotary Valve Gear Crab

Very nice Morgan. What is a 'torque reaction tab' please?

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