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by Tim V
Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:10 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: What's inside a goods shed?
Replies: 46
Views: 26492

Re: What's inside a goods shed?

just found these pictures while I was looking for something else, the goods shed crane from Hallatrow (now don't get over excited dave k) taken shortly after the demolition of the goods shed early '76. Similar to the one at Erwood.

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by Tim V
Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:48 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Axle/hornblock alignment jigs
Replies: 41
Views: 15584

Re: Axle/hornblock alignment jigs

Thankyou Tim, Nice piccies, and looking delightfuly uncluttered. I notice a shallow groove in the spacer to the left of the first image, am I right in thinking that your frame spacers are made from pcb? I assume the cross shafts for the brakes are split; with a cosmetic, painted plastic sleeve. In ...
by Tim V
Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:59 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Axle/hornblock alignment jigs
Replies: 41
Views: 15584

Re: Axle/hornblock alignment jigs

OK Les here goes. Here is a partly built standard 0-6-0 utilising the new style Comet chassis. The slides for the horn blocks are smoothed, so that the blocks move freely, without any slop. Very easy to do. IMG_2985.JPG The hole above the slot is to put a spring on, or the chassis can be modified fo...
by Tim V
Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:18 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: What's inside a goods shed?
Replies: 46
Views: 26492

Re: What's inside a goods shed?

I believe the one in the car park at Erwood station is one of these, I'll dig out a photo.
by Tim V
Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:00 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Axle/hornblock alignment jigs
Replies: 41
Views: 15584

Re: Axle/hornblock alignment jigs

I have a box full of these type of jigs, all abandoned. The problem for me was using the rods to set the wheelbase, nowadays I use cut outs and set the rods to the wheelbase. Much more reliable.
by Tim V
Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:56 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Bench Drill Recommendations
Replies: 6
Views: 4104

Re: Bench Drill Recommendations

Dare I say it, a Unimat with vertical post will give you a precision drill, small mill and small lathe. Of course they go for serious money, but it's a purchase you'll never regret.

A bench drill from B&Q (etc) is fine for general duties - baseboards but not for modelling.
by Tim V
Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:53 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon Suspension
Replies: 68
Views: 18770

Re: Wagon Suspension

Unfortunately my experience is that most running problems can be laid at the door of poor wheels. Check all wheelsets for truth, chuck out any that deviate. I have to say that the best wheels I've found are the Branchlines all nickel ones, followed by Maygib all metal, the rest I won't comment on. R...
by Tim V
Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:02 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon Suspension
Replies: 68
Views: 18770

Re: Wagon Suspension

A little bird tells me that Martin's heretical thoughts may appear in a magazine near you shortly.

Now this is all very well, and I understand Martin's motivation, but will the wider modelling population understand this? Will it not lead to ridicule of P4 standards?
by Tim V
Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:35 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon Suspension
Replies: 68
Views: 18770

Re: Wagon Suspension

If you only propose pulling them, just swap the wheels! Don't be tempted to shunt with these wagons, it will end in disaster.
by Tim V
Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:34 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Split frames
Replies: 37
Views: 11078

Re: Split frames

I cannot say whether there are any kits, none of the ones I know about are split frame from the box. However have a look at what the 2mm modellers are doing....... Having said that, any tender loco can be built from the box on the American style, with loco wheels one polarity, and tender wheels the ...
by Tim V
Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:34 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Split frames
Replies: 37
Views: 11078

Re: Split frames

Thanks for that, Tim. John's method seems eminently logical and sensible, and I shall equip myself with some Brassmaster hornblocks and give it a go. Obviously it can't be combined with Mark's split axle method, so I assume that you just split your chassis frames in the usual way and insulate them ...
by Tim V
Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:44 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Split frames
Replies: 37
Views: 11078

Re: Split frames

John's system is explained in Scalefour News 142 I can recommend it. I may post some pictures of how I've done it myself in a workbench. it was when I was looking at my previous posts for something else I became aware of just how much there is in this forum regarding split axles, the shorting strips...
by Tim V
Sun Jan 10, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Split frames
Replies: 37
Views: 11078

Re: Split frames

I'm not sure what you mean by "the additional bits around the hornguides". If you use Mark Humphry's method, you first solder a piece of thin PCB on the inside of the frame over the area where the hornblock cut-out is going to be. You then cut out your hornblock slot, ie cutting through b...
by Tim V
Sun Jan 10, 2010 8:16 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Split frames
Replies: 37
Views: 11078

Re: Split frames

To maybe answer Les's question, I see there has been a lot of discussion on this forum about split axle pickup from a lot of contributors, why don't you have a search around the previous postings?
by Tim V
Sat Jan 09, 2010 9:12 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: What's inside a goods shed?
Replies: 46
Views: 26492

Re: What's inside a goods shed?

Not all sheds had a crane, just as well you checked!
by Tim V
Sat Jan 09, 2010 9:09 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Split frames
Replies: 37
Views: 11078

Re: Split frames

Personally, I use the Brassmasters hornblocks, running in slots cut directly in the frames. This eliminates the additional bits around hornguides - which is just extra problems.
by Tim V
Sat Jan 09, 2010 9:06 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann 45xx conversion
Replies: 33
Views: 12053

Re: Bachmann 45xx conversion

I have reasonably successfully converted a 45XX.

I did get problems as you describe, but by running it on my rolling road (Bachruss) I spotted the problem.

I ended up making a new larger crankpin for the middle wheels in the end.
by Tim V
Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:40 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann 45xx conversion
Replies: 33
Views: 12053

Re: Bachmann 45xx conversion

http://www.bachmann.co.uk/pdfs/37-901.pdf

may help, it appears to show the coal missing!
by Tim V
Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:12 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann 45xx conversion
Replies: 33
Views: 12053

Re: Bachmann 45xx conversion

Have you looked at the exploded diagram that comes with it?
by Tim V
Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:04 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: What's inside a goods shed?
Replies: 46
Views: 26492

Re: What's inside a goods shed?

You need to find the list of facilities at the station to determine if there was a crane inside the shed.
by Tim V
Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:20 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Split frames
Replies: 37
Views: 11078

Re: Split frames

According to my records, my current oldest split frame loco dates back to April '90. I had older ones but they were stolen in a burglary. I would have no hesitation in using split frames in preference to any other method of construction. The normal rules of construction apply, always try and put spa...
by Tim V
Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:23 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Driving wheel axle material
Replies: 94
Views: 29741

Re: Driving wheel axle material

Brass axles - possibly, if you used steel bearings, however, it wouldn't be good engineering practice. The problem would be getting exact 1/8" diameter, although it might say it is, that's only a nominal diameter. Some gear wheels have a 1/8" hole through, put that on a slightly undersized...
by Tim V
Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:19 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: GW Wheel Press
Replies: 20
Views: 9410

Re: GW Wheel Press

No.

It is set up for 1/8" axles.

It is actually bogie and tender wheels I find are the worst for eccentricity, I find I've had to recentre more of these than drivers.
by Tim V
Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:53 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: GW Wheel Press
Replies: 20
Views: 9410

Re: GW Wheel Press

The GW wheel press puts both wheels on at the same time. The only wheels that are satisfactory for wobble and concentricity are Ultrascale. However, their range is limited. So other wheels have to be used. For standard wheel diameters (for me) i have a couple of ring chucks that I use to re-centre w...
by Tim V
Fri Dec 25, 2009 6:15 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: GW Wheel Press
Replies: 20
Views: 9410

Re: GW Wheel Press

Tony Wobble in wheels is a product of the wheel not the press. No press can guarantee wobble free wheels. Wheels could be pressed on by hand and not wobble, IF they were good wheels, unfortunately, most of the wheels we use in 4mm don't offer that. I spend a lot of time working on wheels, making sur...

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