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by Tim V
Fri Nov 07, 2008 6:42 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Wood for trestles.
Replies: 8
Views: 5873

Re: Wood for trestles.

Dave, I think Howard's referring to the trestles, not the board :!:

I used good old 2"x1" as I had it to hand for the legs. The cross pieces and diagonal were some 9mm ply I also had to hand. Hinges were also in the scrap box.
by Tim V
Fri Nov 07, 2008 6:38 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Split axles
Replies: 10
Views: 4469

Re: Split axles

You do need the jig to assemble the axles. It is possible to make a jig out of some stiff L shaped brass, mount it at 45 degrees on some blue tac. Clean the axle components with degreaser. Put a flat on the male with a file. Remove traces of swarf and degrease again. Use 24 hour Araldite, and I like...
by Tim V
Thu Nov 06, 2008 5:02 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Running in Bachmann Pannier 8750x
Replies: 9
Views: 4005

Re: Running in Bachmann Pannier 8750x

There are some problems that running in will not cure, even in RTR. That's why it's a good idea to check the loco before you do anything to it. A good RTR will only need minimal running in, but if you have one with a sticky motor for example, running in will not usually cure it. Take it back, get a ...
by Tim V
Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:02 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Running in Bachmann Pannier 8750x
Replies: 9
Views: 4005

Re: Running in Bachmann Pannier 8750x

Suggest you make sure you've got a good one, i.e. that the engine runs smoothly in OO. If it needs running in before conversion, it's not a good one. That way if it's a bit rough you can take it back. In my experience the Bachmann stuff is a bit variable. if it runs smoothly in OO, then it should be...
by Tim V
Wed Nov 05, 2008 8:57 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: New product MRD Coach Bogies
Replies: 11
Views: 4341

Re: New product MRD Coach Bogies

I'm working on 3' radius, plus with super elevation.
by Tim V
Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:32 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Source of wheel balance weights
Replies: 13
Views: 3515

Re: Source of wheel balance weights

Also, a bit off-topic I know, but what's the best way of trimming the excess length off the Ultrascale crank pins so that the retaining nuts can still be removed later if necesary? I would just lop them off with my Xuron cutters and then file any excess away but isn't there a chance that the ends o...
by Tim V
Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:30 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Source of wheel balance weights
Replies: 13
Views: 3515

Re: Source of wheel balance weights

Any advice on where I can get hold of lead sheet? I guess its not the sort of thing you can pick up easily at the local DIY shop! I've thought about using it for weighting wagons rather than liquid lead which I've used in the past as that stuff gets everywhere! Roofing lead, about 1/16" thick ...
by Tim V
Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:27 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: New product MRD Coach Bogies
Replies: 11
Views: 4341

Re: New product MRD Coach Bogies

David Bigcheeseplant wrote:I have seen a large P4 roundy roundy that runs 12 or more coach trains and these use sprung Penlenton bogies, with no hassle at all.

David


On what radius curves David?
by Tim V
Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:57 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Source of wheel balance weights
Replies: 13
Views: 3515

Re: Source of wheel balance weights

Yes. The Olfa one is slightly more expensive, but worth the extra.
by Tim V
Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:35 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Source of wheel balance weights
Replies: 13
Views: 3515

Re: Source of wheel balance weights

Buy an Olfa (type) circle cutter, make your own out of black plasticard, much easier than using brass, and self coloured :!:
by Tim V
Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:33 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: New product MRD Coach Bogies
Replies: 11
Views: 4341

Re: New product MRD Coach Bogies

Funnily enough, I was looking at a box full of abandoned bogie projects that just didn't work. Sprung, compensated etc. etc. the only coaches that were successful were the straight rewheeled plastic bogies. Can you imagine how I felt when they worked, total time converting them in minutes, as oppose...
by Tim V
Sun Oct 26, 2008 5:23 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: New product MRD Coach Bogies
Replies: 11
Views: 4341

Re: New product MRD Coach Bogies

Hi Mike The sprung ones do not work for me. Basically the coaches tip over on the curves on Clutton, if I put stiffer springs in then don't hold the track. I put a lot of work into sprung bogies, and gave up on them. Remember they were developed for an up and down layout, not a roundy round. In the ...
by Tim V
Sun Oct 26, 2008 3:15 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: New product MRD Coach Bogies
Replies: 11
Views: 4341

New product MRD Coach Bogies

Bought some of these at Peterborough, swing link suspension bogies. IMG_2093.JPG Regrettably, the inside faces are only 23mm apart, so my with standard 26mm across pinpoints (Branchline's nickel silver wheels) and ordinary bearings, the sides splay out. Not good practice. IMG_2092.JPG Currently I'm ...
by Tim V
Fri Oct 24, 2008 8:20 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Unusual goods yards at branch line termini
Replies: 5
Views: 6751

Re: Unusual goods yards at branch line termini

Yealmpton. But it was proposed that there was an extension, never built.
Camerton. That had an extension into the colliery. Then it became a through station.
by Tim V
Thu Oct 09, 2008 9:06 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Shunting at through stations
Replies: 9
Views: 7846

Re: Shunting at through stations

Great Western Journal 23 contains an excellent article on the Kingham goods, some yards are shunted down and up. At Clutton, the yard would be easiest to shunt from a down train, but the timetable says to shunt it from an up train. This would involve running round the train. I have decided to ignore...
by Tim V
Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:02 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Minimum curve radius
Replies: 4
Views: 3484

Re: Minimum curve radius

Yes 3' is achievable, but I wouldn't recommend this for a beginner. The frustration you'll experience with trying to run on curves like this will tax your patience, and may well put you off. Consider a different track plan, or maybe a different design. I had a lot of fun and a successful exhibition ...
by Tim V
Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:29 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Further DCC AJ Couplings
Replies: 1
Views: 2515

Re: Further DCC AJ Couplings

Give the wagon a single digit address, that's nine wagons for starters. Problem is telling them apart, one standard coal wagon looks very like any other :!:
by Tim V
Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:17 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Mainline 2251 Collett conversion.
Replies: 4
Views: 2308

Re: Mainline 2251 Collett conversion.

If it's the one where the motor is part of the chassis, then it is very difficult to convert. Shown here is a split frame chassis from the 2:6:2 tank similar type. IMG_2073.JPG If it's one of the new ones, it should be fairly simple, with an Ultrascale conversion pack. The tender is difficult with e...
by Tim V
Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:14 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Prototype For Everything #70
Replies: 3
Views: 2115

Re: Prototype For Everything #70

These days I always have a camera with me, the one in the phone is good enough for this purpose.
by Tim V
Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:07 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Mainline 2251 Collett conversion.
Replies: 4
Views: 2308

Re: Mainline 2251 Collett conversion.

If it's the split frame one then not without a lot of work.
by Tim V
Sun Aug 31, 2008 10:43 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachman RTR conversions
Replies: 9
Views: 4890

Re: Bachman RTR conversions

Serves me right for going by memory, here is a picture of the later pannier chassis, with original motor, with a brass worm:!: but a different pitch.
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Behind is the other chassis.
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Both have Ultrascale conversion sets.
by Tim V
Sat Aug 30, 2008 7:26 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachman RTR conversions
Replies: 9
Views: 4890

Re: Bachman RTR conversions

Sorry for delay, been on holidays! John It's a 14:20 can, the 14:24 would not fit. Note that the Bachman pannier has been fitted with two different motors, you can tell them apart by the different worms. This shows the older worm, the later worm is plastic. Running was a considerable improvement ove...
by Tim V
Sat Aug 09, 2008 2:05 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout Operation (TOUs etc.)
Replies: 33
Views: 11343

Re: Turnout wiring / soldering

When I replaced the Fulgarex/Lemaco motors on the layout, I couldn't use Tortoise drive system as supplied, I had to modify them and I put this arrangement of lever driven by the motor. Gives a very positive drive.

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The original screw was used.

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by Tim V
Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:24 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachman RTR conversions
Replies: 9
Views: 4890

Bachman RTR conversions

Here is a picture I posted on P4talk in response to a request about remotoring Bachman locos. IMG_1939.JPG A standard Mashima motor, with a turned brass bush, utilising the original motor mount and the worm which had been pressed off the original motor with a George Watts worm puller. Blue tac is us...
by Tim V
Wed Aug 06, 2008 2:44 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 12
Views: 5231

Re: Catch Points

There are many different types, some are just one switch.

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