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by Tim V
Thu Dec 04, 2008 10:45 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Split Axles Shorting Wires
Replies: 10
Views: 5838

Re: Split Axles Shorting Wires

Bill Bedford's shorting strips.
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EM Society strips. Note the fingers.
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Also have 2mm strips on the same fret.
by Tim V
Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:31 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Shunting at through stations
Replies: 9
Views: 9000

Re: Shunting at through stations

Without working timetables, sectional appendices and dimensioned track plans, this is speculative.

There is an account of shunting at Burghclere in Burghclere Signalman by Kevin Robertson, that was post war, while I think your trackplans are pre 1942 improvements.
by Tim V
Tue Dec 02, 2008 6:08 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Split Axles Shorting Wires
Replies: 10
Views: 5838

Re: Split Axles Shorting Wires

Just tried to post pictures of the shorting strips, after waiting for several minutes (I counted them), and trying two computers (one with Windoze and one with Linux), I gave up. Just tried RMweb, that is working fine. It's just the S4Webforum server that is incredibly slow. The difference is that t...
by Tim V
Mon Dec 01, 2008 6:09 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Split Axles Shorting Wires
Replies: 10
Views: 5838

Re: Split Axles Shorting Wires

Hi Bob

Good to speak to you at Portsmouth.

I would suggest the EM society shorting strips are my favoured ones.

I didn't get on with the fine wires, and the ones I built I think failed, but it was a long time ago (late 80s), I've used the shorting strips ever since.
by Tim V
Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:51 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Shunting at through stations
Replies: 9
Views: 9000

Re: Shunting at through stations

It is interesting to speculate what the reasons might be for the practice on a particular line. Perhaps the psychology that after a hard days work a straight run home encouraged good time keeping. Perhaps in some cases a gradient within station limits meant that an engine leaving a train on the thr...
by Tim V
Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:40 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Split Axles Shorting Wires
Replies: 10
Views: 5838

Re: Split Axles Shorting Wires

Agree on pre-tinning the shorting strip. Use a lower temperature solder, not ordinary solder.

One tip I've tried is to file a slot into the back of the tyre, the shorting strip fits into this, then solder in and clean up so forming a smooth back to the wheel.
by Tim V
Wed Nov 26, 2008 8:47 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Axle/hornblock alignment jigs
Replies: 41
Views: 15684

Re: Axle/hornblock alignment jigs

Another way of building locos is not to use any of these sort of jigs which rely on setting the wheelbase to the coupling rods, have a look at Scalefour News 142 (is it in the archive Keith :?: ), and build your locos the John Brighton way. I've built several now using his methods and it works :P
by Tim V
Sat Nov 22, 2008 10:54 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: P4 conversion of Bachmann 3F.
Replies: 2
Views: 2308

Re: P4 conversion of Bachmann 3F.

Stupid question I know, but have you looked under the motor?
by Tim V
Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:14 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Wood for trestles.
Replies: 8
Views: 6901

Re: Wood for trestles.

Here's one of mine, they're 4' wide and painted white.
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by Tim V
Sat Nov 15, 2008 1:35 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: DCC & Wheel cleaning
Replies: 5
Views: 4674

Re: DCC & Wheel cleaning

There are rivets holding the wiper bus bar in place, clean off the paint and solder on some short pieces of wire.
by Tim V
Fri Nov 14, 2008 3:57 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: DCC & Wheel cleaning
Replies: 5
Views: 4674

Re: DCC & Wheel cleaning

I've used a fibreglass brush, or lighter fluid/Slaters wheel/rail cleaning fluid on a cotton bud.

WD40 is also an insulator, so no good for cleaning wheels.
by Tim V
Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:46 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Pick-ups for P4 conversion of Bachmann 45xx
Replies: 5
Views: 3531

Re: Pick-ups for P4 conversion of Bachmann 45xx

So as not to hijack the subject my reply to Dave K put elsewhere. I am not the person to ask regarding wiper pickups, as such things belong to the old days, but it's a good idea to keep them reasonably long so they aren't too stiff. If you can't make them long enough, put a coil in the wire, so incr...
by Tim V
Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:41 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: DCC & Wheel cleaning
Replies: 5
Views: 4674

Re: DCC & Wheel cleaning

And here is a Bachmann pannier.
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by Tim V
Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:37 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: DCC & Wheel cleaning
Replies: 5
Views: 4674

DCC & Wheel cleaning

Here is a little tip, I try to put points on the locos so that croc clips can be attached to the locos for wheel cleaning and programming. Seen here is a Bachmann 45XX with croc clips attached. It's a good idea not to use the old holding croc clips against the wheel, it can result in corrupting the ...
by Tim V
Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:39 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Pick-ups for P4 conversion of Bachmann 45xx
Replies: 5
Views: 3531

Re: Pick-ups for P4 conversion of Bachmann 45xx

Here's mine, the originals bent out.

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The two wires in the middle are for attaching croc clips for programming/wheel cleaning.
by Tim V
Fri Nov 07, 2008 6:42 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Wood for trestles.
Replies: 8
Views: 6901

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: 5389

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: 4762

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: 4762

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: 5426

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: 4498

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: 4498

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: 5426

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: 4498

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: 4498

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 :!:

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