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by Tim V
Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:02 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: wooden sleepers
Replies: 18
Views: 8340

Re: wooden sleepers

Can I offer the following photo, both in support of wooden sleepers (though I make my own from obechi) and in support of 1/16th deep sleepers. Using the deeper sleepers does allow the ballast to rest slightly below the top surface of the sleepers, which does seem to add to the realism. Apologies fo...
by Tim V
Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:52 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: wooden sleepers
Replies: 18
Views: 8340

Re: wooden sleepers

However, having used both depth sleepers, I prefer the thicker ones. It is possible to get the ballast to sit the obligatory 1" below the top of the sleeper. Very difficult with the thin sleepers, however most of Clutton is built using the thin sleepers. Things have moved on a long way since th...
by Tim V
Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:09 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: wooden sleepers
Replies: 18
Views: 8340

Re: wooden sleepers

The Exacto are double thickness.
by Tim V
Wed Feb 18, 2009 3:57 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: GWR Ratchet brake lever guard
Replies: 9
Views: 4033

Re: GWR Ratchet brake lever guard

Masokits
by Tim V
Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:17 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: To rivet or to Butanone!
Replies: 11
Views: 6149

Re: To rivet or to Butanone!

Riveted track is not obsolete. If you are happy with the technique, then go for it. It does produce extremely stable track, I have pointwork hanging up in my garage, still usable (but not by me - nickel silver rail they are that old!) that suffers from temperature fluctuations..
by Tim V
Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:21 pm
Forum: DCC
Topic: Converting to DCC
Replies: 33
Views: 14854

Re: Converting to DCC

The single most impressive thing recently to improve reliability of DCC controlled trains was cleaning the steel rails and wheels using Slater's track cleaner with cotton buds, a tip I got from Gordon Gravett. The difference in running was phenomenal.
by Tim V
Fri Feb 06, 2009 9:24 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: ex Airfix B coaches
Replies: 19
Views: 11290

Re: ex Airfix B coaches

Thanks for the plug Dave. The Airfix etc. B set can be converted quite satisfactorily, but the proud door handles etc. make poor representations of what should be recesses. Having said that I have several in use :!: One easy conversion is to replace the rather poor 7' bogies with 9' bogies, I have c...
by Tim V
Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:01 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: ex Airfix B coaches
Replies: 19
Views: 11290

Re: ex Airfix B coaches

E140, but extra window on one side. There are other minor problems.
by Tim V
Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:26 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby Grange Conversion - Any Advice Please
Replies: 24
Views: 7848

Re: Hornby Grange Conversion - Any Advice Please

Thanks for the tip Mike.
by Tim V
Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:55 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby Grange Conversion - Any Advice Please
Replies: 24
Views: 7848

Re: Hornby Grange Conversion - Any Advice Please

Bit of feedback about 4-6-0s and 3' radius curves, tried a scratchbuilt Hall around Clutton at the weekend, it went round (just) so with a bit of tweaking should be OK. Now for the Hornby Grange conversion :!:
by Tim V
Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:06 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Inside chair
Replies: 5
Views: 3063

Re: Inside chair

Done that Keith on a siding. The GW also used them.

No one ever notices it on the layout :!:
by Tim V
Sun Jan 18, 2009 3:17 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Washout Plug Covers
Replies: 9
Views: 4098

Re: Washout Plug Covers

Find a piece of steel bar of the right diameter, no more than a couple of inches long (so as not to be too flexible) bang this through brass shim into lead sheet. If its good enough for Guy Williams, it's good enough for us :!:
by Tim V
Sat Jan 17, 2009 9:25 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Droppers on track
Replies: 40
Views: 18446

Re: Droppers on track

I use the method as Keith, all droppers are soldered to the other (unseen) side of the rail. Not all railways used 60' rails, I was misled and should have used 44' rails. When I was last at Bicester (GW) it has 44' rails in the main line (about five years ago). The Tintern branch was still laid with...
by Tim V
Sat Jan 10, 2009 8:57 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Layout Wiring (Heat shrink sleeving etc. etc)
Replies: 31
Views: 16145

Re: Heat Shrink Sleeving

Hiya Guys :) Thanks all :D This topic has moved nicely into another area which puzzles me to, so while we are here... . :? I am building a branchline terminus 12ft long, I'm intending to go DCC and and anticipate about 4 power districts. Cant see more than 3/4 locos moving at the same time, if that...
by Tim V
Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:42 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby Grange Conversion - Any Advice Please
Replies: 24
Views: 7848

Re: Hornby Grange Conversion - Any Advice Please

The dreaded quarter slip - I've got so fed up with this happening that I go to the trouble of pinning the wheels to the axles. I drill the axles first with a 0.5mm hole at an angle, so when the wheel is mounted, passing a 0.5mm drill through the boss of the wheel and then a brass pin. It's important...
by Tim V
Mon Jan 05, 2009 5:30 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby Grange Conversion - Any Advice Please
Replies: 24
Views: 7848

Re: Hornby Grange Conversion - Any Advice Please

I have one to do, having seen one running superbly on the Newport layout at Scaleforum. I was so impressed I had to have one. I've got the wheels, but haven't done anything else yet.
by Tim V
Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:51 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Tender chassis construction
Replies: 3
Views: 3025

Re: Tender chassis construction

Unlike loco chassis, tenders are much more difficult to photograph. I basically use Pendlenton's system of fully sprung suspension (MRJ 6), using parallel axles. As I have a lathe, this is quite simple to make, but utilising Exatoscale parallel bearings and axle conversion packs is a way around. The...
by Tim V
Sun Dec 28, 2008 2:55 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Oh for a simple but effective pick-up system
Replies: 20
Views: 10482

Re: Oh for a simple but effective pick-up system

The original MRSG/Studiolith concept (Prototype 18) of carbon plungers would probably have worked, the pale imitations that have followed have consigned plunger pickups to the scrap box.
by Tim V
Sat Dec 27, 2008 5:17 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Oh for a simple but effective pick-up system
Replies: 20
Views: 10482

Re: Oh for a simple but effective pick-up system

Gibson plunger - I would recommend you don't even go there :!: Stick with what you've done already, plungers are non adjustable, seize, create a lot of friction.
by Tim V
Sat Dec 27, 2008 5:12 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Spectacle plates
Replies: 12
Views: 4965

Re: Spectacle plates

Hi Mike

Cillit Bang can cause these problems if it's not cleaned off properly, but the poster was asking about cleaning the etches before soldering - removing fingerprints and tarnish.

Cleanliness is very important after soldering, a good wash in Flash is what I usually use.
by Tim V
Fri Dec 26, 2008 10:14 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Spectacle plates
Replies: 12
Views: 4965

Re: Spectacle plates

Something that is used to remove lime scale, clean shower heads, takes tarnish off a treat.
by Tim V
Wed Dec 24, 2008 10:53 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Spectacle plates
Replies: 12
Views: 4965

Re: Spectacle plates

Try brushing Cillit Bang over the etches, should bring them up a treat :!:
by Tim V
Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:33 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Oh for a simple but effective pick-up system
Replies: 20
Views: 10482

Re: Oh for a simple but effective pick-up system

Looks a bit more workmanlike, you may need some insulation if the pickups get dragged against the frames.

Next time have a go at split axles :!:
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by Tim V
Sat Dec 20, 2008 1:04 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Oh for a simple but effective pick-up system
Replies: 20
Views: 10482

Re: Oh for a simple but effective pick-up system

You're using right angle bends instead of round bends, it's bound to fracture across the strip. The concept also creates wipers that are too short. They need to be longer, otherwise they won't "follow" the wheels as they move sideways. This design will also create a lot of friction, which ...
by Tim V
Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:09 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Oh for a simple but effective pick-up system
Replies: 20
Views: 10482

Re: Oh for a simple but effective pick-up system

From the description, I would suggest the copper clad was too small a piece, and the PB strips were too short.

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