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by Tim V
Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Re: Tim V's workbench - latest shenanigans
Replies: 418
Views: 152397

Re: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery

David B wrote:Want to start a book as to whether Scalefour North 2021 actually takes place?


Always the optimist David!
by Tim V
Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Re: Tim V's workbench - latest shenanigans
Replies: 418
Views: 152397

Re: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery

Deadline for the socially distanced challenge is - wait for it - currently Scalefour North. Months away. I am allowed to indulge in other projects, and answer questions :D
by Tim V
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Re: Tim V's workbench - latest shenanigans
Replies: 418
Views: 152397

Re: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery

Lockdown!!
by Tim V
Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Re: Tim V's workbench - latest shenanigans
Replies: 418
Views: 152397

Re: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery

Posting this picture from one of my previous projects (the 45XX), as a reply to a PM.
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by Tim V
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: 0-4-2 compensation
Replies: 10
Views: 1464

Re: 0-4-2 compensation

Full compensation as the High Level version. The fixed axle, though easier to build, does result in the engine lurching on poor joints.

CSBs have their fans, I am not one of them.
by Tim V
Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction for Kyle of Lochalsh
Replies: 63
Views: 7350

Re: Masokits etched chairs

I built about a six inch length of Masokits track. Very strong, but a lot of work. In the location I was using it, ideal. For general track making - the plastic stuff looks better.
by Tim V
Sat Jul 04, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Warners Virtual Exhibition 4/5 July
Replies: 1
Views: 592

Re: Warners Virtual Exhibition 4/5 July

Some P4 layouts in there as well.
by Tim V
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 160
Views: 15825

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Shockingly poor really, I don't know what they were thinking in 1977 (when it was released), oh wait a minute, what was also being released at the same time?
by Tim V
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 160
Views: 15825

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Wells that's annoying. I thought I'd sold a set of Ultrascale 14xx wheels on the bring & buy years ago, just found them! Grrr, and a HL kit is only £42, double Grrr.

Also found a brand new, unused set of Studiolith pannier wheels, and spotted the HL kit. I don't need another pannier ...
by Tim V
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Suspension for bogie coaches
Replies: 28
Views: 3156

Re: Suspension for bogie coaches

Actually, not necessarily.

A lot of my coaches were running on original Bachman/Mainline type bogies, with no alterations. But they did have very good wheels.
by Tim V
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: South London (SLAG)
Topic: South London Area Group Golden Jubilee
Replies: 3
Views: 1480

Re: South London Area Group Golden Jubilee

Well congratulations!

Almost the basis for a short piece for the News ...
by Tim V
Sun Jun 14, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Easing wheels tight to gauge
Replies: 27
Views: 3633

Re: Easing wheels tight to gauge

I always try to build my engines so that axles can be dropped out. In the case of this engine, I did just that, moved the wheel by about 0.3mm, as the BtoB was out by that amount.
by Tim V
Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Easing wheels tight to gauge
Replies: 27
Views: 3633

Re: Easing wheels tight to gauge

Just had to do this on one of my engines! Here's how I did it, using a GW puller and a clamp. Wheel and axle for demonstration purposes.
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by Tim V
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Motor Shorting
Replies: 32
Views: 3439

Re: Motor Shorting

Thornbush wrote:PS - close up photos show just how much cleaning and tidying up is needed before it goes the pawnshop!

I know you've had problems with it but pawning it won't help :shock:
by Tim V
Thu Jun 04, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Motor Shorting
Replies: 32
Views: 3439

Re: Motor Shorting

A picture of your arrangements might make things clearer.
by Tim V
Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Motor Shorting
Replies: 32
Views: 3439

Re: Motor Shorting

Have you tried wrapping the motor at the rear with insulating tape - sometimes the brush terminals do stick out and bridge across the frames giving just this problem.
by Tim V
Wed May 27, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Right Track DVD series
Replies: 18
Views: 3831

Re: Right Track DVD series

Most likely. These 'free' sites tend to have very restricted bandwidths, I really wasn't expecting any better.

I remember downloading a 40mb file (I think it was - big at the time) over dial up! took hours. And then, as always, it crashed. Used to get download managers for that occasion.
by Tim V
Wed May 27, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Right Track DVD series
Replies: 18
Views: 3831

Re: Right Track DVD series

My broadband speed is 110mb, but the download speed from the site is about 2mb!

Currently in my DVD player is a copy of the Railway Channel, part one. I was thinking about this thread, found it on my shelf - then found why I'd bought it - I'm on it!
by Tim V
Tue May 12, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: DCC
Topic: Poor running with TCS decoder
Replies: 18
Views: 2916

Re: Poor running with TCS decoder

So you have one loco with you, that you can't seem to programme correctly. A decent chip should work 'out of the box'. All you should normally need to do is change its address. Suggest you reset the chip to default settings. Instructions are with the chip. As the second loco has also been returned w...
by Tim V
Tue May 12, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: DCC
Topic: Poor running with TCS decoder
Replies: 18
Views: 2916

Re: Poor running with TCS decoder

What motor is it fitted with?

Do you have any other DCC fitted locos?
by Tim V
Thu May 07, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Mysterious pyramid
Replies: 6
Views: 1221

Re: Mysterious pyramid

I concur, a pile of chairs.

A place I spent my childhood at - just outside Combe Down tunnel (on the S&D) had a pile of chairs stacked behind the plate layer's hut.
by Tim V
Sat May 02, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2020
Replies: 115
Views: 18565

Re: Scaleforum 2020

Oh no - not Zoom?
by Tim V
Sat May 02, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Re: Tim V's workbench - latest shenanigans
Replies: 418
Views: 152397

Re: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery

Started by making the axles. First step - find some 1/8" steel. Phew, I've got some.

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by Tim V
Sat May 02, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2020
Replies: 115
Views: 18565

Re: Scaleforum 2020

Noel wrote:Wot, no virtual curry?


Could put some pictures of a couple of curries up :o
by Tim V
Sat May 02, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2020
Replies: 115
Views: 18565

Re: Scaleforum 2020

Thanks Tim, but I don't think I've got hours of video ... However, the plan was to put a load of short videos (rather than one long video) so the viewer can pick and choose, plus links to externally produced videos. The video of S4M 1996 I thought was a bit boring - and I wanted to move onto somethi...

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