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by Tim V
Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:58 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles
Replies: 98
Views: 37976

Re: 1980's cars

Although there are now a lot of 50s cars available, there is a gap in pre war cars, a lot of which survived until the dreaded MOT. Cars I owned in the 80s were a Mini Clubman estate on an L plate (1972), a Ford Cortina Mk1 on a D plate (1966), a Morris Marina on a K plate (1972) and right at the end...
by Tim V
Fri May 29, 2009 5:14 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: GW C&W/shunters cabin
Replies: 2
Views: 4605

Re: GW C&W/shunters cabin

Really Captain, there are other ways to get around the image problem on RMweb :!:
by Tim V
Sun May 17, 2009 6:10 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: 38" Curves
Replies: 4
Views: 2802

Re: 38" Curves

I don't see a problem, PROVIDED the loco has been built to go round that curve. Most P4 locos won't do this as built.
by Tim V
Fri May 15, 2009 7:36 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Tortoise Auxiliary Switches
Replies: 28
Views: 13688

Re: Tortoise Auxiliary Switches

I have been using Tortoises for a number of years without problems. As opposed to the problems I had with Lemaco/Fulgarex.

What is all this worry about a couple of ohms, or are you using DC control, where it just might make a slight difference?
by Tim V
Mon May 11, 2009 4:43 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Diesel conversions
Replies: 12
Views: 6895

Re: Heljan Diesel conversions

I used Branchlines all metal wheels in my Hymek, just filed off the pinpoints.

I'm using the original Heljan wheels in the end of my pin chucks to put against the palms of my hands (waste not want not) :!:
by Tim V
Sun May 10, 2009 4:52 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Diesel conversions
Replies: 12
Views: 6895

Re: Heljan Diesel conversions

Well your question was directed at Tim M, but I know that the Heljan diesel motors are not very efficient, taking a lot of current to unstick and run, getting overheated on longer runs. Branchlines did a conversion kit for Heljan diesels.
by Tim V
Wed May 06, 2009 8:45 pm
Forum: Bristol
Topic: About us
Replies: 0
Views: 2948

About us

The Bristol group still meets regularly on a Tuesday night.

The circular test track has just been repaired, and Gordon's Bachmann diesel was seen running round.
by Tim V
Sat May 02, 2009 6:22 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Comparing paints
Replies: 7
Views: 5813

Re: Comparing paints

I assume it's a fitted vehicle, so virtually any shade of brown could do, have you looked at some colour prototype pictures of the vehicle and matched to that?
by Tim V
Fri May 01, 2009 8:39 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachman RTR conversions
Replies: 9
Views: 5908

Re: Bachman RTR conversions

If yours is better than CK's, then I would be surprised. The Bachman locos run well, but not that well. I find their running a bit "solid", compared with my usual ones, but then they only took an hour or so to convert and tweak.
by Tim V
Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:43 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout Operation (TOUs etc.)
Replies: 33
Views: 13576

Re: Turnout Operation (TOUs etc.)

Yes Bob, saw you were going to be there demoing, I'll try and drop by to say hello.
by Tim V
Wed Apr 29, 2009 9:31 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby Grange Conversion - Any Advice Please
Replies: 24
Views: 7848

Re: Hornby Grange Conversion - Any Advice Please

Hopefully have a good look at all three and get some pictures to post on here.
by Tim V
Thu Apr 23, 2009 6:58 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Test tracks
Replies: 9
Views: 7469

Re: Test tracks

Good point Mike, how do you return Studiolith wheels?
by Tim V
Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:10 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Test tracks
Replies: 9
Views: 7469

Re: Test tracks

No problem Mike. For all wheels, I put the wheels into a standard W iron, and spin them slowly looking for wobble and eccentricity. I look for minimum of either. It might not be the wheels, it could be the pin points are not machined centrally. I also look for the 26mm across points, and a proper pi...
by Tim V
Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:48 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Test tracks
Replies: 9
Views: 7469

Re: Test tracks

Presume you mean stock wheels. I prefer all metal ones these days, however, all wheels are tested by spinning between centres.

With the Unimat almost any make loco wheel can be made useful :!:
by Tim V
Sat Apr 18, 2009 6:45 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Test tracks
Replies: 9
Views: 7469

Test tracks

To start this topic off, and because this seems to raise some controversy here is the test track I expect my stock to traverse. It's an emulation of the track on Clutton. The track goes from a straight into a 3' curve, without transition and also straight into super elevation (bit of a mess I know!)...
by Tim V
Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:05 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Bachmann BR 16 Ton mineral wagons
Replies: 18
Views: 8664

Re: Bachmann BR 16 Ton mineral wagons

Until you try propelling it, you may run into trouble then. I do add a sheet of lead to the floor, improves the road holding.
by Tim V
Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:02 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby Grange Conversion - Any Advice Please
Replies: 24
Views: 7848

Re: Hornby Grange Conversion - Any Advice Please

Thanks Mike, I'll see you there :!:

Hope to have a good look at the layout and engines.
by Tim V
Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:38 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Best adhesive for RTR additions
Replies: 8
Views: 5529

Re: Best adhesive for RTR additions

Jim

If you look on this thread, I've posted some pictures of the Bachmann chassis where I haven't cut off the pull rods, these locos go round 3' radius.
viewtopic.php?f=20&t=68
by Tim V
Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:57 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Best adhesive for RTR additions
Replies: 8
Views: 5529

Re: Best adhesive for RTR additions

I don't know an adhesive that will do the trick, but have you tried screws/nuts and bolts or rivets?
by Tim V
Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:14 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby Grange Conversion - Any Advice Please
Replies: 24
Views: 7848

Re: Hornby Grange Conversion - Any Advice Please

I see the layout is at Bristol this May. I don't normally go, but will the Grange be there and working Mike?
by Tim V
Sun Apr 12, 2009 7:07 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Soldering irons
Replies: 12
Views: 7371

Re: Soldering irons

The steel would probably scratch the iron coating, brass would not, being softer.
by Tim V
Sat Apr 04, 2009 7:33 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Bachmann BR 16 Ton mineral wagons
Replies: 18
Views: 8664

Re: Bachmann BR 16 Ton mineral wagons

Straight wheel swap works well, but make sure the wheels are good ones, no wobbles or eccentricity.

Being moulded plastic, they are probably more square than anything you could make, despite the jigs etc, I still think that getting things square is very difficult.
by Tim V
Fri Mar 27, 2009 7:18 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: DCC wiring
Replies: 3
Views: 3363

Re: DCC wiring

Others could give better replies, 1. I would seriously consider having power districts to start with, i.e. break up the layout into sections, better for fault finding. 2. Nothing wrong with the tape, but 13A mains cable has a much smaller surface area. Should be OK though. 3. I'm surprised you get p...
by Tim V
Fri Mar 20, 2009 4:57 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Chairs used on pits
Replies: 9
Views: 5112

Re: Chairs used on pits

What makes you think they would be different?
by Tim V
Fri Mar 13, 2009 7:28 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Ultrascale Wheels
Replies: 4
Views: 3539

Re: Ultrascale Wheels

I have used the GW press on Ultrascale wheels, without problems.

I've only looked at their website when ordering wheels.

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