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by hughesp87
Wed May 07, 2014 7:00 pm
Forum: Norfolk & Suffolk Area Group
Topic: Coldfair Green crossing
Replies: 8
Views: 3211

Re: Coldfair Green crossing

Thanks Nigel, that was my thinking as well.

Geraint
by hughesp87
Tue May 06, 2014 7:09 pm
Forum: Norfolk & Suffolk Area Group
Topic: Coldfair Green crossing
Replies: 8
Views: 3211

Re: Coldfair Green crossing

Nigel, Am I right in saying that the motor used in this case is from a video camera? I have a few of these and am currently designing a mechanism using them to operate turnout indicators on my p87 layout 'Obbekaer'. Mine seem to work best on around 3 volts, so will need a separate control board to a...
by hughesp87
Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:35 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Sagging Telegraph Lines
Replies: 6
Views: 2552

Sagging Telegraph Lines

Having installed the required lineside telegraph poles on my layout, I'm now thinking about the appropriate lines between them. The aim is to use EZ-Line, which many of you will know is an elasticated thread that regains its shape if accidentally knocked - a valuable feature when track cleaning! The...
by hughesp87
Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:03 pm
Forum: Local Show Publicity
Topic: Wycrail Exhibition 2nd November - Obbekaer
Replies: 0
Views: 872

Wycrail Exhibition 2nd November - Obbekaer

Just to advise anyone going to the Wycrail show in High Wycombe on 2nd November that Obbekaer (Danish p87) has had to pull out because of an illness in my family. We have had to postpone our visit to 2014 as a result. However, the show still looks an excellent prospect, so don't let our absence dete...
by hughesp87
Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:00 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Calcutta sidings 2 and universal fiddle yard first test
Replies: 118
Views: 41514

Re: Calcutta sidings 2 and universal fiddle yard first test

David, I think you're virtually there. The only advice I would offer is to consider putting more variety of shade into the brick colour, which inevitably means painting a number of the bricks individually. On the houses shown in the photo, the stages I used were (1) spraying the whole wall with a Hu...
by hughesp87
Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:16 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Twitchy servos
Replies: 36
Views: 11357

Re: Twitchy servos

David, Greetings from another electronic ignoramus who is having exactly the same problem. For me the problem was all the more acute because it initially presented itself in the middle of the first exhibition after fitting, and nothing seemed to indicate what the cause might be. However, talking to ...
by hughesp87
Thu Feb 09, 2012 6:11 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Bachman 3F tender loco.
Replies: 10
Views: 3689

Re: Bachman 3F tender loco.

Careful perusal of the latest Snooze (p24 in the S4N guide) would suggest that Brassmasters are intending to produce an Easi-Chas conversion for the 3F.

Would anyone at Brassmasters like to comment on timescales for availability? I would certainly be interested!

Geraint Hughes
Ely
by hughesp87
Thu Oct 27, 2011 7:49 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Sharp Practice
Replies: 25
Views: 10388

Re: Sharp Practice

Reading this thread had me searching back through my collection of Cambrian Railways research material gleaned about 30 years ago when Bryan and I were members of the same group in Cheshire and in many respects novices in P4! This photo is from the Real Photographs series and shows some nice detail ...
by hughesp87
Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:18 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bradwell Q6
Replies: 122
Views: 38494

Re: Bradwell Q6

Hi Doug, I'm going to try to attach a photo of one of the more famous Black Hawthorns, possibly the only one to survive (?), during its days in the quarries at Wirksworth, Derbyshire. Named 'Holwell No 3', the livery was a shade of green, difficult to detect exactly from this photo, with red lining,...
by hughesp87
Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:55 am
Forum: CHEAG
Topic: Pampisford lives!
Replies: 15
Views: 6722

Re: Pampisford lives!

Nice to hear from our pilot again - it's 29 years since that flight! As for Pampisford Tales, I recall being harrangued by a so-called local expert at the Ely Show in about 1983. At the time, Simon was producing numerous test samples of ballast for the layout and these were on display along with som...
by hughesp87
Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:33 pm
Forum: CHEAG
Topic: Pampisford lives!
Replies: 15
Views: 6722

Re: Pampisford lives!

It was good to hear that the 'old dear' behaved itself last weekend. Unfortunately I couldn't be there, but it did surprise me that things had gone that well, bearing in mind the very 1980's technology that originally went into the layout. At the time we thought we were breaking new ground (and prob...
by hughesp87
Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:08 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: CAD
Replies: 15
Views: 8632

Re: CAD

Antony, Just to echo John's observations on TurboCAD. I have been using it for around 6 years in different versions, and find it very flexible and simple to use. I have prepared artwork for etching with it, although not to the degree of complexity in John's work, and I also use it for layout design,...
by hughesp87
Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:05 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Ultrasonic Cleaning
Replies: 29
Views: 13764

Re: Ultrasonic Cleaning

I have been investigating one of these myself, and reached the conclusion that it's probably worth the investment, so it's good to hear that Flymo concurs with this. Maplins also sell a fluid called 'Sea Clean Concentrate' which is supposed to accelerate the process. Does anyone have any experience ...
by hughesp87
Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:37 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Electromagnets for AJ couplings
Replies: 14
Views: 6045

Re: Electromagnets for AJ couplings

Hi Chris, Having tried the 'wind your own' version on my current layout, I'm finding that performance is a bit hit and miss, as the strength of the magnetic field is clearly not consistent. You may therefore get more consistency out of a purchased item, and I'd be interested in your findings. Howeve...
by hughesp87
Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:30 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project
Replies: 151
Views: 60616

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project

Allan, Just to echo Mark's sentiments that this is proving to be a fascinating thread for old hands and new boys alike! Given Mark's warnings about the implications for printing, I wonder if at some stage the Society might consider editing this and producing it as a special publication? I suspect it...
by hughesp87
Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:30 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project
Replies: 145
Views: 33469

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project

Allan, Just to echo Mark's sentiments that this is proving to be a fascinating thread for old hands and new boys alike! Given Mark's warnings about the implications for printing, I wonder if at some stage the Society might consider editing this and producing it as a special publication? I suspect it...
by hughesp87
Thu Dec 17, 2009 6:41 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Midland Kirtley 0-6-0 Well tank
Replies: 21
Views: 7514

Re: Midland Kirtley 0-6-0 Well tank

Bryan, Sorry, only just picked up your post of the 10th. I'm having similar problems with a new chassis for a North London 0-6-0T. Since I last made one of these, around 15 years ago, the Sharman wheels have been withdrawn and now the best fit is a 4'3" 12 spoke tender wheel from Gibson. I'm th...
by hughesp87
Sat Jul 18, 2009 8:53 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Mounting tortoise motors on pink foam baseboards
Replies: 1
Views: 1441

Re: Mounting tortoise motors on pink foam baseboards

Ian, Conventional wisdom appears to be to inset a piece of 9 or 12mm plywood or MDF into the bottom face of the foam, using 'No More Nails' or similar as an adhesive. This then gives you a firm base onto which you can screw the Tortoise. I recall Gordon Gravett using this method for his new layout '...
by hughesp87
Tue Jun 16, 2009 6:41 pm
Forum: Kent
Topic: Eridge Mk2 update
Replies: 37
Views: 18026

Re: Eridge Mk2 update

Hi Rod, Thanks for the information. I have some Carrs 5mm foam from Brian Lewis's emporium to use on Barrow Road. I have just completed 6 of the 15 turnouts for the layout and am at the stage of deciding which material to use as a track base. I now need to decide whether to use the foam, traditiona...
by hughesp87
Fri May 22, 2009 7:07 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Soldering etched ironwork to wagon/coach bodies
Replies: 6
Views: 3664

Re: Soldering etched ironwork to wagon/coach bodies

Andrew, I've done quite a lot of this recently, soldering .33mm brass wire bolections to some etched railcar sides I've had produced in .3mm (12 thou) brass. I use solder paint from Eileen's (a large tin purchased many moons ago) and an Antex 25W iron with a small 3mm chisel shaped bit. Both body an...
by hughesp87
Wed Nov 05, 2008 12:36 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Semaphore Signal Control - The Bouncer
Replies: 13
Views: 10253

Re: Semaphore Signal Control - The Bouncer

Thanks David - that's reassuring!

Regards,

Geraint
by hughesp87
Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:11 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Semaphore Signal Control - The Bouncer
Replies: 13
Views: 10253

Semaphore Signal Control - The Bouncer

The July 2007 issue of BRM contained an article on the use of servos as control mechanisms for semaphore signals, using a product marketed as 'The Bouncer'. I seem to remember a layout at Scaleforum using this product, although little was written about it at the time. I'm interested in giving it a t...
by hughesp87
Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:56 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Coupling pole for scale couplings
Replies: 30
Views: 13742

Re: Coupling pole for scale couplings

Chris,

Keep it simple - just a plain old right angle! I suspect the shape of hook you suggest will be more likely to catch in the links as you're trying to pull it away.

Regards,

Geraint
by hughesp87
Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:17 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Coupling pole for scale couplings
Replies: 30
Views: 13742

Re: Coupling pole for scale couplings

Chris, After years on the end of a shunter's pole exhibiting Middlepeak, I reached the conclusion that the best tool was a short piece of 0.3mm nickel-silver wire mounted in a pin chuck, with the last 3mm or so bent to a right angle. The wire is strong enough to pick up a 3-link, but not so big that...

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