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by Tim V
Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery
Replies: 413
Views: 133450

Re: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery

Tender body assembled, minor problem as it appears the castings may be slightly over-width, but a bit of squeezing and fiddling looks like it might be on track. Motor tried in position, next is to make the running gear.
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by Tim V
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery
Replies: 413
Views: 133450

Re: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery

Too late - already made them!

As said, I'm building this without recourse to any outside trade help. So although the BGS may have the correct wheels (for example), as I'm not a member I can't use their excellent trade counter!
by Tim V
Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery
Replies: 413
Views: 133450

Re: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery

Decided instead to build the tender first. Axles being made, wheels sourced.
by Tim V
Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled
Replies: 19
Views: 2086

Re: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled

It wasn't me M'lud.
by Tim V
Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled
Replies: 19
Views: 2086

Re: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled

Well that just slipped out! It was supposed to say round pin 15A!
I don't believe it - a website dedicated to old plugs - and the plug I was referring to!
https://www.plugsocketmuseum.nl/Fitall1.html
by Tim V
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled
Replies: 19
Views: 2086

Re: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled

Ah shows in the 70s. You never knew what socket you would get at the venue, round pin 5A, round pin 13A, 2/3 pins, used to have to take a supply of extra plugs. Then I found a converter plug - it had all options (I wonder what happened to it?). You just popped out the appropriate pins, screwed them ...
by Tim V
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann Std 3 82xxx 2-6-2 Tank
Replies: 49
Views: 15729

Re: Bachmann Std 3 82xxx 2-6-2 Tank

It was a very complicated box with spring strips - I used to have the instruction booklet, but looks like that's gone. The castings weren't bad, but the valve gear was very good.
by Tim V
Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery
Replies: 413
Views: 133450

Re: Tim V's workbench

Starting work on the BG goods engine, first job is make the split axles. Very few useful dimensions on the BG website, but I've calculated that a 45mm axle will cover the outside framed engine. So I've started making them.
by Tim V
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Registration Thread
Replies: 46
Views: 5701

Re: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Registration Thread

Right, in my kit mountain I've found a Sharman kit for a Hercules class 0-6-0 broad gauge engine. I've found some used 5' diameter wheels. I've found some hornblocks. There could be a good motor (untested as yet). Some gears. The plan is to do it without recourse to ordering things in. Basic spec sa...
by Tim V
Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Rigid Chassis Locos?
Replies: 70
Views: 4866

Re: Rigid Chassis Locos?

steve howe wrote:247 Developments list the 'Romford P4 axle' I wonder if RP25 profile tyres would work in P4...... :o

Or is that total heresy?

Steve

You asked the question, I expect a full report back (and an article for the snooze).
by Tim V
Sat Mar 21, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Rigid Chassis Locos?
Replies: 70
Views: 4866

Re: Rigid Chassis Locos?

Concerning springing to improve electrical contact, it's worth noting that this is now common practice in 2FS, where spring for track holding don't work much and aren't considered necessary. The 'springs' are actually bearing on top of the axles (split frames), there is usually minimal slop in the ...
by Tim V
Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Rigid Chassis Locos?
Replies: 70
Views: 4866

Re: Rigid Chassis Locos?

Actually, there is quite a lot of slop in RTR mechanisms. And that slop isn't just for road-holding, but for pickup. I can't recommend building rigid chassis with 'slop'. If you are going to that extent, putting in a simple beam system (remember that?) isn't much more work and will result in a far b...
by Tim V
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Rigid Chassis Locos?
Replies: 70
Views: 4866

Re: Rigid Chassis Locos?

Oh well, as for diesels, I had a Bachman warship that ran beautifully with new wheels, a Helkan Hymek that, after a change of motor runs superbly.
by Tim V
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Rigid Chassis Locos?
Replies: 70
Views: 4866

Re: Rigid Chassis Locos?

Several engines on Clutton had converted Bachman type chassis, ran without problems. I wouldn't have said the trackwork on that was 'high quality'. Plus those same engines were expected to run round 3' radius curves at line speed. So go for it - there are other heretics in the society who haven't be...
by Tim V
Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann Std 3 82xxx 2-6-2 Tank
Replies: 49
Views: 15729

Re: Bachmann Std 3 82xxx 2-6-2 Tank

I built a class 3 tank from the Kemilway kit long before the Bachman one came out.

The Kemilway sprung system was basically unusable, so I took the frames and made cut-outs and put standard guides and blocks in. New spacers. The Comet trucks can be used.
by Tim V
Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: 7th Chris Kedgley Skills Day
Replies: 34
Views: 4476

Re: 7th Chris Kedgley Skills Day

Just returned from the day, despite our fears, it was a good turnout.
by Tim V
Tue Mar 10, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: 7th Chris Kedgley Skills Day
Replies: 34
Views: 4476

Re: 7th Chris Kedgley Skills Day

Careful Gareth I did that once - ended up as co-ordinator of an area group :o
by Tim V
Sun Mar 08, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: East of Scotland
Topic: NEW MEMBER
Replies: 2
Views: 1707

Re: NEW MEMBER

Welcome back.
by Tim V
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: First chassis in P4
Replies: 49
Views: 4027

Re: First chassis in P4

A professional engineer wouldn't start with what we have got.

I'm talking about the professional approach to model making.
by Tim V
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: First chassis in P4
Replies: 49
Views: 4027

Re: First chassis in P4

I have used the JB method of setting the rod length on the chassis with great success. Plus, I've taken poor runners and brought them up to scratch. The minor inconvenience of the wheels moving (and actually, they don't) can be countered by holding them. The professional approach - do it once, do it...
by Tim V
Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: First chassis in P4
Replies: 49
Views: 4027

Re: First chassis in P4

You're over-thinking this.

Have a read of the John Brighton method of setting the rods (S4 News 142), so much simpler.

If it's good enough for the professional, it's good enough for us.
by Tim V
Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: 7th Chris Kedgley Skills Day
Replies: 34
Views: 4476

Re: 7th Chris Kedgley Skills Day

This is a couple of weeks away, and I will be there on the loco clinic.
by Tim V
Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Best wire for collectors
Replies: 14
Views: 1873

Re: Best wire for collectors

OK, I'm going to say it, the best wire for collectors is no wire. Use split frames/axles - all the problems with collectors go away. However, this may not help in your quest to find a reliable wiper system.
by Tim V
Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Throwing single slips
Replies: 7
Views: 1037

Re: Throwing single slips

That would be the general idea, I'm merely giving this diagram as an example.

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