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by Tim V
Thu Nov 21, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Vehicle dynamics and trackholding
Topic: Masokits Track Defect Detection Vehicle
Replies: 7
Views: 1469

Re: Masokits Track Defect Detection Vehicle

I have one, like Rod I used carefully selected wheels.

If they are not quite round, you do get used to the wheel wobble, but it is what else the wagon detects you are interested in.
by Tim V
Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 64
Views: 4411

Re: Plywood disaster

Here is a drawing of the L girder principle. Note that the trackbed does not float on the supports, but is screwed to every support, thus providing rigidity. Homasote (Sundeala in this country) is laid on top of the roadbed, for the track to be pinned to.
L Girder.jpg
by Tim V
Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 64
Views: 4411

Re: Plywood disaster

So, it was 4' long, screwed down at the ends only.

I'm not surprised it bowed.
by Tim V
Sun Nov 17, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: SHMRC Show Saturday 16th November
Replies: 6
Views: 615

Re: SHMRC Show Saturday 16th November

Even more reasons not to have missed the show!
by Tim V
Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: SHMRC Show Saturday 16th November
Replies: 6
Views: 615

Re: SHMRC Show Saturday 16th November

For those who missed it - a cracking show.

The only 00 representative was the Thomas layout.

At five P4 and two EM layouts, this show certainly flew the finescale flag. 7mm and N gauge layouts as well.

Next year's date 21 November.
by Tim V
Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: SHMRC Show Saturday 16th November
Replies: 6
Views: 615

Re: SHMRC Show Saturday 16th November

I should be there as well, an excellent show, the only one day show I ever took Clutton to, and I was very pleased to be invited.
by Tim V
Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 64
Views: 4411

Re: Plywood disaster

Getting back to the ply problem. The principle of the open-top system in my understanding is that any horizontal plane is stiffened by a vertical one either below or above it. In other words, a strip of ply forming a base for the track should have at least one corresponding strip glued and pinned, ...
by Tim V
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 64
Views: 4411

Re: Plywood disaster

One of those little pleasures I get is when I am blocking at Pendre (Talyllyn Railway) seeing the engines shunting around silently . Steam engines (on their own) can move around virtually noiselessly. Hence blowing the whistle before any movement, to attract attention. Diesels, on the other hand ......
by Tim V
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 64
Views: 4411

Re: Plywood disaster

I didn't have a noise problem on Clutton.

Baseboards were 4mm ply, in box sections. Track was glued to 1/8" cork, with stone ballast.

But my locos were built to be quiet, most noise came from the rolling stock!
by Tim V
Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 64
Views: 4411

Re: Plywood disaster

Thanks for the replies. Tim - I use L-girder construction as per American practice; cross beams and risers to support the trackbed are at about 300mm centres. My model is set around Buxton in the Peak District - all cuttings, embankments, and flying junctions so a traditional British flat top baseb...
by Tim V
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 64
Views: 4411

Re: Plywood disaster

I agree with Terry, MDF is not suitable for baseboard use, it is heavy, delaminates easily. Might be OK for kitchen units (just), but not for our purposes.

You say you cut the track bed, is it attached to any framing?
by Tim V
Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Rail notches
Replies: 13
Views: 1628

Re: Rail notches

Will L wrote:Pendantic of Cheshir


I've never heard of that county :D
by Tim V
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: Tree making course
Replies: 1
Views: 1076

Re: Tree making course

Excellent news!
by Tim V
Mon Oct 28, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Vehicle dynamics and trackholding
Topic: Better Running
Replies: 16
Views: 1438

Re: Better Running

Agree there Philip, decent wheels are key to good running. Unfortunately, most modellers seem to want to race to the bottom, and won't pay more than the bare minimum for wheels, but then moan when they can't get good running.
by Tim V
Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: 35th Uckfield Model Railway Exhibition - 19/20 October
Replies: 20
Views: 1971

Re: 35th Uckfield Model Railway Exhibition - 19/20 October

300 mile round trip - a tad far methinks, but I'd have liked to come.
by Tim V
Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: 35th Uckfield Model Railway Exhibition - 19/20 October
Replies: 20
Views: 1971

Re: 35th Uckfield Model Railway Exhibition - 19/20 October

Lambourn at Scaleforum 1989!

I think Alan added the embankment leading to the station.

S4M September 1989 OM1 277-005.jpg
by Tim V
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Exactoscale wagon couplings - a problem
Replies: 6
Views: 1643

Re: Exactoscale wagon couplings - a problem

To get the links into the hook, you must have pushed them in, widening the gap at the top. I broached the hole for the links out, to ensure the links would hang freely. This also made a burr across the top, ensuring the links would not fall out. The links were then threaded into the holes in the hook.
by Tim V
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Wizard Models
Replies: 60
Views: 4859

Re: Wizard Models

This has been a very interesting thread, that I've only just come across. Perhaps the title needs amending?
by Tim V
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: AJ and Buffer Height Gauge
Replies: 6
Views: 1643

Re: AJ and Buffer Height Gauge

Just checked my copy of MRN June 1950 - the coal tank article still provides inspiration.
by Tim V
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 25889

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Actually, I preferred the dark lighting at Railex.

It meant that those layouts that bothered to have their own lighting could better control their colour balance.

Being blasted with stadium lighting (it is a sports stadium, not an art gallery) does nothing for rendering colours on model railways.
by Tim V
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 25889

Re: Scaleforum 2019

What is the position on parking at Stoke Mandeville?

I believe the parking cameras are turned off for Railex, is that the case this September?
by Tim V
Sat Sep 07, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Can I drive a Seep motor from a lever frame?
Replies: 8
Views: 1514

Re: Can I drive a Seep motor from a lever frame?

An electric pencil is actually an extremely unreliable method of contact - see 'Design for reliability' by Stewart Hine, February 1976 Model Railways.
by Tim V
Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Last orders for an etched chassis kit for the Hornby 0-4-0 Peckett.
Replies: 67
Views: 16051

Re:Last orders for an etched chassis kit for the Hornby 0-4-0 Peckett.

You need to alter the heading on your first post!

Done,
Keith
by Tim V
Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019 - the social side
Replies: 40
Views: 8444

Re: Scaleforum 2019 - the social side

I think that Chris has put a lot of work into something which has been very neglected. Back in City University days there used to be the society dinner, a sit down affair. These days it's 'come to the show' but nothing else. One of the big pulls for Scaleforum (for me) is the social side, and OK the...

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