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by MikeH
Mon Aug 17, 2015 2:53 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: First turnout, 4 chairs i'm clueless about
Replies: 19
Views: 5174

Re: First turnout, 4 chairs i'm clueless about

I think I got the setting part done ok, Only time will tell. Point is all chaired up now I just need to look into tiebars (iv'e got the C&L one but I want to see which option is best) and then later wiring it up. Quite pleased for a first attempt! I think I can be alot quicker next time P4Turnou...
by MikeH
Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:49 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: First turnout, 4 chairs i'm clueless about
Replies: 19
Views: 5174

Re: First turnout, 4 chairs i'm clueless about

Hi Mike, That's looking good. But the final long timber with a bend in it should be straight. Despite appearances on every Peco turnout for the last 50 years, real timbers don't bend. http://85a.co.uk/forum/images/emoticons/smile.gif For more about setting the stock rail, you may be interested in t...
by MikeH
Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:21 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: First turnout, 4 chairs i'm clueless about
Replies: 19
Views: 5174

Re: First turnout, 4 chairs i'm clueless about

Thanks, I will have a read and try to avoid that mistake. So far coming along nicely

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by MikeH
Sat Aug 15, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: First turnout, 4 chairs i'm clueless about
Replies: 19
Views: 5174

Re: First turnout, 4 chairs i'm clueless about

Turns out I had that switch set, which was handy, however the number 33 part used here http://www.finescale.org.uk/pdfs/RH%20Switches.pdf decided to fall on the floor to be lost forever (how annoying) So I will just use another bit instead. I'm starting to think the copperclad/soldered way is probab...
by MikeH
Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:24 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: First turnout, 4 chairs i'm clueless about
Replies: 19
Views: 5174

Re: First turnout, 4 chairs i'm clueless about

Thanks, That's the info I needed :)
by MikeH
Sat Aug 15, 2015 11:07 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: First turnout, 4 chairs i'm clueless about
Replies: 19
Views: 5174

First turnout, 4 chairs i'm clueless about

Hi all, I'm currently in the process of building my first turnout using functional chairs and have run into a little snag, On the diagram from timbers 9-12 it says use chairs 1PL, 2PL, 3PL and 4PL and the same with R. However I have slide chairs, check chairs and normal 2 bolt chairs (possibly other...
by MikeH
Sun Aug 09, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Shelfley
Replies: 12
Views: 5507

Re: Shelfley

So having decided to take a much more simplistic step for my first P4 layout I think a inglenook shunting puzzle would be best, So here is my new design (still unsure what I will do scenery wise yet)
by MikeH
Tue Jul 14, 2015 9:38 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ideal starter wagon chassis?
Replies: 56
Views: 19489

Re: Ideal starter wagon chassis?

Well the second attempt went considerably better and easier, putting it all together in a matter of a few minutes with no struggling, that was until it opened up again after being folded and the bearing fell out and the wheels so I think a smidging of solder might be required to help hold the frame ...
by MikeH
Sun Jul 12, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ideal starter wagon chassis?
Replies: 56
Views: 19489

Re: Ideal starter wagon chassis?

Ok thanks guys, I think I will take what iv'e learnt and try again on a second one. Slowly getting there :)
by MikeH
Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:59 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ideal starter wagon chassis?
Replies: 56
Views: 19489

Re: Ideal starter wagon chassis?

Have to say, a lot of modelling tasks can end up being a bit fiddly, but one of the pleasures of Modelling for me is sorting out assembly techniques which enable you to achieve fairly easily what can see impossibly fiddly to start with. Just be glad you haven't chosen 2mm fine scale. Yeah I don't t...
by MikeH
Sat Jul 11, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ideal starter wagon chassis?
Replies: 56
Views: 19489

Re: Ideal starter wagon chassis?

Blu-tac will be fine provided that you can remove it all afterwards. Anything left may stop the suspension from sliding freely. A few vehicles ago, I was painting one with BB axleguards already fitted and not removable. (These days I use Carr's blackening solution on the brass and leave out the pai...
by MikeH
Sat Jul 11, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ideal starter wagon chassis?
Replies: 56
Views: 19489

Re: Ideal starter wagon chassis?

Thanks, Sounds like i'm doing it right then, just highly fiddley. I had an idea of using a little blu-tack to hold things together so I will give that a go tomorrow

Cheers
by MikeH
Sat Jul 11, 2015 11:05 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ideal starter wagon chassis?
Replies: 56
Views: 19489

Re: Ideal starter wagon chassis?

Well things had arrived, I put together the buffer height and axle jig. I started to put the w-irons together and that's where things wen't a little pear shaped. I got the parts together but the wire kept falling out of the holes at the end of the etch and trying to get wheels and bearings into both...
by MikeH
Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:32 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ideal starter wagon chassis?
Replies: 56
Views: 19489

Re: Ideal starter wagon chassis?

While the Brassmasters axle jig is useful for checking a finished wagon, the Bill Bedford jig was designed to be used in construction and as such allows easy access to the base plate of the w-iron. These are available as BBE021-4 from Eileens. Note that the sketch on the website shows an earlier ve...
by MikeH
Tue Jul 07, 2015 4:44 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ideal starter wagon chassis?
Replies: 56
Views: 19489

Re: Ideal starter wagon chassis?

Thanks everyone for all your helpful responses and thanks Guy for that informative things to do/look out for, Very useful information indeed. Now just to wait for the postman :) I'm about to order the jig from brassmasters, is there anything else worth getting from there while I'm at it?

Cheers
by MikeH
Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:40 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ideal starter wagon chassis?
Replies: 56
Views: 19489

Re: Ideal starter wagon chassis?

Yeah I replied to Jim's pm earlier, I decided I would do a long wheelbase rigid conversion with a straight wheel swap, but also attempt to make one sprung to see what's involved before I get to far ahead of myself. As for Basted, I can't remember what that was supposed to say! Righto I will get the ...
by MikeH
Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:20 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Fitting on functional chairs
Replies: 14
Views: 4875

Re: Fitting on functional chairs

Take a small block of wood or paxolin and fix a length of double sided tape close to the edge(s). Press down a row of chairs onto the tape and then cut the chairs free from the sprue. You now have a row of individual chairs ready for the rail, slide the rail into the chairs and ease them from the t...
by MikeH
Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:19 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ideal starter wagon chassis?
Replies: 56
Views: 19489

Re: Ideal starter wagon chassis?

Thanks all, Well iv'e been trying to figure out what I need to buy and where, Wow there is so much odd bits and bobs all over the place. This P4 malarky isn't as easy to get into as I first thought lol. Ok so far I have in my basket @wizard models is: 1* Standard waisted brass pinpoint bearings Made...
by MikeH
Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:38 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ideal starter wagon chassis?
Replies: 56
Views: 19489

Ideal starter wagon chassis?

Hi all,

I am thinking about getting a sprung chassis kit for a wagon (maybe to convert something rtr) and probably to be used mainly to test out my track/point work but also to see if I can do it basically. So I am wondering what kit you guys would recomend for a beginner?

Cheers
by MikeH
Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:59 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Fitting on functional chairs
Replies: 14
Views: 4875

Re: Fitting on functional chairs

although they're not quite such a tight fit on the rail.DT The chairs shouldn't be too tight a fit on the rail anyway, otherwise you'll have expansion problems in hot weather if they can't slide longitudinally. For the same reason, don't forget to include expansion gaps at intervals in your track -...
by MikeH
Sun Jul 05, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Shelfley
Replies: 12
Views: 5507

Re: Shelfley

Well after thinking about this design im not sure It will be the best... Time to start thinking again. Just over 4ft isn't much space for a station + points so maybe I should go for something more shunty.. *puts thinking cap on*
by MikeH
Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:07 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Fitting on functional chairs
Replies: 14
Views: 4875

Re: Fitting on functional chairs

Thanks everyone, and thanks Keith for changing the title :)

I will try some of the tips posted on here and see how I get on. I believe I am using the exactoscale chairs as I heard they were slightly better.

Cheers
by MikeH
Sat Jul 04, 2015 8:49 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Fitting on functional chairs
Replies: 14
Views: 4875

Fitting on functional chairs

Hi all,

Just a quick question, but is there any jig or quicker/easier way to thread plastic chairs onto the track, having had half of them disappear into the carpet I can't help but think im missing something.. The best way I found so far is to bend them slightly to open up the gap?

Cheers
by MikeH
Mon May 11, 2015 9:10 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Shelfley
Replies: 12
Views: 5507

Re: Shelfley

Well the bits and bobs have arrived and tomorrow I shall have a little play about with a small straight section. Now as for keys, they usually point in the direction of oncoming trains right? What about a single branch line? See the digest. http://www.scalefour.org/members/digests/dl.php?f=23-5-2v1...
by MikeH
Mon May 11, 2015 6:29 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Shelfley
Replies: 12
Views: 5507

Re: Shelfley

Well the bits and bobs have arrived and tomorrow I shall have a little play about with a small straight section. Now as for keys, they usually point in the direction of oncoming trains right? What about a single branch line?

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