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by Terry Bendall
Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Wormdrive sleeves
Replies: 19
Views: 2854

Re: Wormdrive sleeves

if anyone comes across alternative sources, I'd appreciate details. One alternative is to find someone with a lathe and persuade them to make some for you. :) 0,78 mm sounds suspiciously like 1/32 inch 0.78 mm is 0.0307 inches. A number 68 drill, if you can get one is 0.0310 inches. 1/32 is 0.0312 ...
by Terry Bendall
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 391
Views: 116911

Re: The Burford Branch

- the Bench drawing was what the bloke in the workshop actually built An interesting book, "Life at Brighton Locomotive Works" has the following tale : "Look Dan," says the Chief Draughtsman, "you know what we want you to fix up?" "Course I do. I've done it many t...
by Terry Bendall
Sat May 30, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: iak
Topic: Grampus stock naughtiness...
Replies: 25
Views: 12252

Re: Grampus stock naughtiness...

Some of my efforts on the Grampus front can be seen at https://www.scalefour.org/scaleforum/20 ... _7223.html

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by Terry Bendall
Fri May 22, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout
Replies: 38
Views: 4127

Re: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout

I don't see why anybody would need to mechanise a fiddle-yard traverser. Why not just slide it by hand Very true. What I have done can be seen at https://www.scalefour.org/scalefournorth/2015/elcotroad/ElcotRoad-06.html . The traverser runs on aluminium vee pulleys which run on the edge of two leng...
by Terry Bendall
Wed May 20, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 460
Views: 97198

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

My preferred method is the third option shown by Doug which is essentially (to get a bit technical) half wave rectification using an 15 volt AC supply which as Doug says is one method shown in the instructions for Tortoise point motors and I have used it on all the four layouts we have built. It sti...
by Terry Bendall
Wed May 20, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout
Replies: 38
Views: 4127

Re: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout

I cannot help with your specific query Julian but if space is limited it might be better to consider alternative fiddle year designs such as cassettes, traversers or sector plates. Any size of turnout will always take up some space which will reduce the length of the storage roads. One of the method...
by Terry Bendall
Sun May 17, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Swanage (again)
Replies: 98
Views: 18867

Re: Swanage (again)

Looks like some rather fancy tamper proof screws in use Neil. Any particular reason?

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by Terry Bendall
Sun May 17, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: New Street progress
Replies: 407
Views: 141902

Re: New Street progress

Nice work on the wagons Jim. We have some from the same source that are used on Ravenscroft Sidings and need a similar upgrade. That would have been a job to start soon in time for its appearance at Scaleforum this year but we now have lots more time to get the work done. :( :)

Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Thu May 14, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Mark Tatlow
Topic: A Highland Miscellany
Replies: 300
Views: 109766

Re: A Highland Miscellany

Flymo748 wrote:I have no shame, if it will help others avoid doing the same thing...


Never any shame - the sensible person learns from their mistakes and others can as well. :) I have made enough in my time. :(

Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Wed May 13, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: "West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco part 2
Replies: 33
Views: 17759

Re: "West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco part 2

The use of an acid pickle is commonplace in the silversmithing and jewellery trades where a 10 solution of sulphuric acid is used. I used to use it frequently in school. There are hazards as the safety sheet shows and the citric acid is obviously safer. I used to use pumice powder to clean after pic...
by Terry Bendall
Mon May 11, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 4
Replies: 58
Views: 8329

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 4

Allan Goodwillie wrote:It is a while since the last posting on the thread and this should be the final section that I will do on locomotive construction


Very good to see you back on here Allan and a very nice looking loco. Presumably some weathering to come? :)

Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Thu May 07, 2020 6:43 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Hornby Maunsell Van C Brake
Replies: 7
Views: 1613

Re: Hornby Maunsell Van C Brake

I have not done one of these and the arrangements are different to other long wheel based Hornby products. However my usual method of a fixed axle in the existing bearings as Philip suggests and a rocking W iron at the other end would be my preferred method. I know that some don't like the idea of r...
by Terry Bendall
Wed May 06, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout
Replies: 53
Views: 13232

Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

this is another 'you couldn't make it up' bit of building which has a buttress on one corner but not the other and a wider bit of reinforcing brickwork half way down one side only. Oh and the windows don't match anything either.... But that is what makes an otherwise fairly conventional railway bui...
by Terry Bendall
Tue May 05, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Railmotors, Railcars and Multiple Units
Topic: P4 Conversion of Bachmann Split-axle Bogies
Replies: 7
Views: 5481

Re: P4 Conversion of Bachmann Split-axle Bogies

bigdaveadams1 wrote:Would this method work for the EPBs Do you think?


We have three EPBs converted by a similar method and they work well.

Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Fri May 01, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Collet chuck for lathe
Replies: 16
Views: 2056

Re: Collet chuck for lathe

I am afraid thread cutting is beyond my skill - something to learn. It may well be David but it probably counts as an A Level job.! :) When I've cut threads on the Cowell, I've usually cut them slightly to one side by advancing the top slide a tiny bit. The usual method is to angle the top or compo...
by Terry Bendall
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2020
Replies: 115
Views: 18696

Re: Scaleforum 2020

in the music/sports/art world it's 99% hard work, and very long hours, that gets the people with that extra bit of talent to the top (- or to the place that they can earn a living from it). Yes some truth in that. I certainly don't claim to be at the highest possible level. but two of my efforts in...
by Terry Bendall
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2020
Replies: 115
Views: 18696

Re: Scaleforum 2020

I long ago decided that I was never going to reach the standards that can be achieved, I personally will never reach such a high standard, so what is the point. Two comments on the same theme. How does anyone know they will not achieve until they try? Something I have said before - no one was born ...
by Terry Bendall
Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 599
Views: 168708

Re: Brettell Road

jim s-w wrote:Just a gallery post (no need for words)


Magic! :D

Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Wizard of the Moor
Topic: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers
Replies: 37
Views: 5723

Re: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers

Wizard of the Moor wrote:I'm going to opt for the latter to see if that makes them strong enough to survive being cleaned up before fitting to the wagons.


Stenson Models do a useful range of handwheels which are very nice.

Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Maygib Point Motors
Replies: 1
Views: 568

Re: Maygib Point Motors

I have just got out one of my very old stock of these and they will work on 15 volts AC. As with all solenoid motors the action is quite fierce but they are reliable. An omega loop in the linkage would be helpful. They could probably be taken apart and the moving core cleaned with fine abrasive pape...
by Terry Bendall
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2020
Replies: 115
Views: 18696

Re: Scaleforum 2020

Lots of good ideas but who is actually going to do the work? At the AGM last year it was suggested that we produce instructional videos but no one yet has actually produced anything or even offered to do so. The GOYA principled applies. :D

Terry Bendall
by Terry Bendall
Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: David B
Topic: Lost Property
Replies: 26
Views: 12043

Re: Lost Property

The naming of files and cuts is a subject completely beyond me. The next part of my series Starting from Scratch, due out soon, may assist. Having said on here several times about learning something new everyday, I have today learnt about "Seconds" files and escapement files neither of wh...
by Terry Bendall
Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Goods Sheds and Warehouses
Replies: 9
Views: 5117

Re: Goods Sheds and Warehouses

I have not got the actual book but am aware of it since it has come up in searches on the topic. It is certainly very useful. I couldn't quickly spot any background information on goods traffic on the railways which might have helped explain why goods' sheds developed in the way they did. Bob Essery...
by Terry Bendall
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Mark Tatlow
Topic: A Highland Miscellany
Replies: 300
Views: 109766

Re: A Highland Miscellany

I have used brass square section for the post and dolls, which means that there is a lot of hard filing to do (I don't have access to a milling machine). I reckon there was the better part of a day consumed with the post/dolls for this and the MR signal I am doing. It is hard work and there is a si...
by Terry Bendall
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 460
Views: 97198

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

I prefer the approach of our resident electronics guru Gordon Dyte, who uses a nifty little hot air gun designed for this purpose. I haven't tried it but suspect that a hair drier would be equally effective. I use a paint stripper heat gun on the lowest heat setting and with a nozzel to confine/dir...

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