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by Tim V
Wed Dec 02, 2009 10:22 pm
Forum: South London (SLAG)
Topic: Putting it all together - Part 1
Replies: 2
Views: 3288

Re: Putting it all together - Part 1

Good idea, gives you a real chance to examine how it goes together, where the pitfalls are, what could be done better, what really annoys you about putting it up and what you can do about it. Away from setting up for an exhibition, with all the pressures that entails. Any thoughts on what went well,...
by Tim V
Mon Nov 30, 2009 7:33 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Close coupling of coaches
Replies: 52
Views: 22706

Re: Close coupling of coaches

I have only used the standard Keen couplings, all my coaches run in sets, and don't need to uncouple.
by Tim V
Mon Nov 30, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Close coupling of coaches
Replies: 52
Views: 22706

Re: Close coupling of coaches

Yes, I have successfully used the Keen centre couplings in P4 on 3' radius, they were the only ones I could get to work. how the couplings are fitted, in this case to the TOP of a Comet underframe. IMG_2623.JPG linking through a hole in the floor. IMG_2624.JPG Because if you use them under the floor...
by Tim V
Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:45 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wheels
Replies: 11
Views: 8540

Re: Wheels

I believe the Exactoscale wheels are scale width, the recommendation of a standard width of 2mm from the MRSG for wheels was for manufacturing expediency.
by Tim V
Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:29 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Correct-ish colour in BR days
Replies: 4
Views: 4308

Re: Correct-ish colour in BR days

Personally I would avoid any low production run spray cans, I've had too many go wrong.

I'm quite happy sticking with the high sales volume Halfords etc cans (usual disclaimer).
by Tim V
Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:21 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wheels
Replies: 11
Views: 8540

Re: Wheels

In fact all wheels should be checked on their tyres only.

You aren't the first person to fall into this trap, i found a friend doing it as well!
by Tim V
Sat Oct 31, 2009 6:21 pm
Forum: Materials and Techniques
Topic: Ronseal Matt Varnish
Replies: 6
Views: 6141

Re: Ronseal Matt Varnish

Forum time is changed via your profile. Is it worth it, another six months and you have to change it back :!:
by Tim V
Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:49 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Wall brackets
Replies: 6
Views: 5047

Re: Wall brackets

:mrgreen:

Well now you're talking :!:
by Tim V
Tue Oct 27, 2009 6:13 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Wall brackets
Replies: 6
Views: 5047

Re: Wall brackets

Surely any brackets from your local DIY emporium would do? Cast aluminium in a GWR style could be expensive.

I have considered it myself using the folding microwave brackets off my bookshelves, pop the test track on, take it off and fold the brackets away.
by Tim V
Sun Oct 25, 2009 5:50 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Help Needed!
Replies: 21
Views: 9348

Re: Help Needed!

You could refer readers to "Railway Records", Cliff Edwards, ISBN 1903365104. It's a guide to primary sources held cat the PRO.
by Tim V
Tue Oct 13, 2009 6:29 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Chemical blackening
Replies: 4
Views: 4011

Re: Chemical blackening

Or you could use a permanent marker felt tip pen.......
by Tim V
Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:34 pm
Forum: Kent
Topic: Eridge Mk2 update
Replies: 37
Views: 20802

Re: Eridge Mk2 update

I just counted the gauges in the picture, I don't have anywhere near as many as that!
by Tim V
Sun Oct 04, 2009 6:38 pm
Forum: Kent
Topic: Eridge Mk2 update
Replies: 37
Views: 20802

Re: Eridge Mk2 update

22 :?:
by Tim V
Thu Oct 01, 2009 5:46 pm
Forum: Devon Riviera (DRAG)
Topic: Track laying on TT2 progress
Replies: 25
Views: 14026

Re: First track now laid on Test Track 2!

Some pretty substantial tooling there, I won't be borrowing those to fit on the Unimat :!:
by Tim V
Tue Sep 22, 2009 6:30 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Springs
Replies: 20
Views: 8288

Re: Springs

To get some perspective on this topic CSB is just one system among many. I haven't used it, not because the system doesn't work, but because I am happy building locos another way that works for me. As such I won't comment on the system. At the end of the day, you will only find a system that works b...
by Tim V
Tue Sep 22, 2009 6:20 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmaster Black 5
Replies: 21
Views: 9996

Re: Brassmaster Black 5

Mmmmmm Black 5, I would put a larger motor in that if it would fit, a 12mm can would be a bit undersized. American style pickups are common on the other side of the Atlantic, it's where the wheels are shorted out to the loco on one side, in the tender on the other. An insulated drawbar connects loco...
by Tim V
Tue Sep 22, 2009 4:44 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmaster Black 5
Replies: 21
Views: 9996

Re: Brassmaster Black 5

I would never recommend plunger pickups for all sorts of reasons, too numerous to mention here.

There are plenty of better alternatives (American pickup for example) that are easier to set up and maintain.
by Tim V
Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:37 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Building vees - there's more than one way
Replies: 14
Views: 7166

Re: Building vees - just one of ways

Good work Jim.

I would comment that I solder the V together upside down - the reason for this is that the solder makes a mark on the crossing, which encourages muck in a crucial place for pick up. Soldering on the bottom means the muck stays on the bottom.
by Tim V
Tue Sep 15, 2009 6:01 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Gravity 'Go - NO GO' wheel back-to-back gauge
Replies: 29
Views: 12462

Re: Gravity 'Go - NO GO' wheel back-to-back gauge

Hi Tony

Great little tool, the wheels run down the slope, some stop on the gauge but some jump up and run off the end. Certainly works well though.
by Tim V
Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:07 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Gravity 'Go - NO GO' wheel back-to-back gauge
Replies: 29
Views: 12462

Re: Gravity 'Go - NO GO' wheel back-to-back gauge

Here is mine, I knocked it up in a few minutes :!:
That's a Studiolith BB gauge.
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by Tim V
Thu Sep 03, 2009 6:52 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Cosmetic chairs for Brook Smith track construction
Replies: 24
Views: 8495

Re: Cosmetic chairs for Brook Smith track construction

I use ordinary cored solder for track construction. Using steel rail, make sure the rail is clean, by wiping with a rag soaked in lighter fluid. Then rub with a fibre glass brush. The rivets can be rubbed with the same brush.
by Tim V
Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:26 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Modelling shunting manoeuvres
Replies: 10
Views: 5335

Re: Modelling shunting manoeuvres

Some further work has the decoder in place.
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by Tim V
Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:41 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Modelling shunting manoeuvres
Replies: 10
Views: 5335

Re: Modelling shunting manoeuvres

IF it works (and that's a big if) you may see it in action at the Birmingham show 19/20 September, Clutton's next outing.

Getting the operators trained may be the biggest hurdle to tackle.
by Tim V
Mon Aug 31, 2009 4:55 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Modelling shunting manoeuvres
Replies: 10
Views: 5335

Re: Modelling shunting manoeuvres

Further work on the "Flyshunter". Just getting around to fitting the pickups.
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I'm using a Slaters kit for the body. Note the brakes are "on".
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by Tim V
Sat Aug 29, 2009 6:24 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Help on bogies please...
Replies: 3
Views: 3226

Re: Help on bogies please...

That's a good red, what paint did you use?

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