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by Simon_S
Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:31 am
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Radio control - a bit sideways
Replies: 37
Views: 8535

Re: Radio control - a bit sideways

Will L wrote:In the good old days of open frame motors some of them could draw up to an amp, but modern motors are much, much less thirsty. You'll get nowhere need 5 amps.


Heljan motors seem to be very inefficient, I've measured my 47 drawing 1.5A.
by Simon_S
Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:36 am
Forum: Local Show Publicity
Topic: Cheltenham Model Railway Exhibition
Replies: 0
Views: 937

Cheltenham Model Railway Exhibition

Birmingham Moor Street will be at the Cheltenham Model Railway Exhibition on 2-3 April. Do come along to see us, it's a charity event.

Cheers,
Simon
by Simon_S
Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:38 am
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Dapol Class 73 conversion to P4
Replies: 20
Views: 5447

Re: Dapol Class 73 conversion to P4

I used Ultrascale Warship wheels (3' 3 1/2") for my Hornby 4-VEP. Unfortunately, Alan Gibson lists Warship wheels as 3' 2" so 2/3mm undersize.
by Simon_S
Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:54 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Re-wheeling RTR rolling stock
Replies: 12
Views: 3961

Re: Re-wheeling RTR rolling stock

I made my own: DIY truck tuner
by Simon_S
Mon Sep 14, 2015 3:59 pm
Forum: Hardwicke
Topic: Swanage.
Replies: 14
Views: 5003

Re: Swanage.

I could lend you a suitable Hampshire unit but then you wouldn't need most of that trackwork...
by Simon_S
Mon Sep 14, 2015 12:37 pm
Forum: Hardwicke
Topic: Swanage.
Replies: 14
Views: 5003

Re: Swanage.

Looks lovely. 20 odd years ago I started building Furzebrook but still haven't got as far as that and it's in storage in my workshop. Has anyone built Corfe Castle in P4? We could recreate most of the branch :D
by Simon_S
Tue Sep 08, 2015 8:49 pm
Forum: John Donnelly
Topic: Motive power for South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 39
Views: 11125

Re: Motive power for South Pelaw Junction

Is this July 1986 picture any help gents?
31215-Carlisle-07-86.jpg

Cheers,
Simon
by Simon_S
Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: Craig Warton
Topic: GWR Goods hand barrow.
Replies: 19
Views: 5842

Re: GWR Goods hand barrow.

David B wrote:Anything else whilst I am at it?? ;)


Yes! You've got the front wheel reversed so the mudguard stay is where the forks should be and vice-versa :o
by Simon_S
Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:24 am
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 560
Views: 125640

Re: Brettell Road

...or springy equalising beams the numbers would be different for equal axle loads as spring rates are non-linear. The forces on the axles and the pivots are not affected by whether they are acting through a rigid or a springy beam; the 1/3 rule still applies if we want equal axle loadings, even if...
by Simon_S
Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ideal starter wagon chassis?
Replies: 56
Views: 15132

Re: Ideal starter wagon chassis?

Hi Mike,
The easiest conversion I've done was of a Bachmann air-braked van - just remove the original w-irons (attached with one screw), remove the boss that they pivoted on, and replace them with Bill Bedford's sprung units using the original screw.
HTH,
Simon
by Simon_S
Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:49 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: A question of weight
Replies: 49
Views: 12327

Re: A question of weight

Flanges contacting the inside of the rail head, such as when propelling on a curve, will cause upward force on the wheels; if this exceeds the load on a wheel then it will climb up the rail. This seems to be a problem in the real world judging from accident reports, hence flange lubricators and care...
by Simon_S
Fri May 08, 2015 8:30 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Track Jigs
Replies: 31
Views: 9505

Re: Track Jigs

The jig shown by Jol is fine for soldered rivet construction but in my experience does not work well if using functional plastic chairs, simply because removal from the jig to the layout results in movement. Take a look at some real track - you'll probably be surprised how unevenly spaced and out o...
by Simon_S
Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:40 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Whats this? Japanese version.
Replies: 15
Views: 4675

Re: Whats this? Japanese version.

grovenor-2685 wrote:Agreed except they appear to be hinged which is not usual for check rails.
Regards
Keith


They may be secured with those vertical bolts though, perhaps the hinges allow them to be swung back for access to the running rail fixings.
by Simon_S
Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Whats this? Japanese version.
Replies: 15
Views: 4675

Re: Whats this? Japanese version.

Looks like normal check rails to me - it's just the perspective from platform height making the two sides look different.
by Simon_S
Tue Feb 10, 2015 3:07 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: BR crimson/carmine
Replies: 23
Views: 7307

Re: BR crimson/carmine

If you've got the paint name or code, large branches of Halfords can mix it for you. In my experience, it's a good match.

Cheap mountain bike inner tubes at the moment too :D
by Simon_S
Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:29 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Track Planning & Layout Ideas - New Builds Started
Replies: 205
Views: 52418

Re: Track Planning & Layout Ideas.

How about making the fiddle yard move vertically with the scenic board above the storage board?
by Simon_S
Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:12 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Drill bits - is titanium worthwhile?
Replies: 25
Views: 7832

Re: Drill bits - is titanium worthwhile?

It's probably of no help at all but for a time I worked on air-bearing spindles used to drill very small holes in PCBs; for a 10 thou hole, the spindle speed was 120,000 rpm :o Tolerances on the journals of these spindles were quite fine too at 0.00005" (half a tenth of a thou).
by Simon_S
Mon Nov 17, 2014 5:14 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Track component suppliers
Replies: 17
Views: 5039

Re: Track component suppliers

Don't forget that the Exactoscale point kits come with a vast amount of surplus chairs that can be used for other projects; the three-way and double-slip on Moor Street were built almost entirely (barring two chairs) from the surplus from just three kits. This greatly enhances their true value.
by Simon_S
Thu Oct 30, 2014 5:11 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: EM wheels on 18.83mm track
Replies: 111
Views: 22232

Re: EM wheels on 18.83mm track

Well, I'm half convinced by this idea so I'm going to put EM wheels on the left and P4 on the right of a wagon then see which ones derail most :lol:
by Simon_S
Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:19 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: DIY Bearing Countersink for RTR Axleboxes (AKA truck-tuner)
Replies: 1
Views: 1870

DIY Bearing Countersink for RTR Axleboxes (AKA truck-tuner)

I've just rustled up this simple tool for countersinking the axleboxes of plastic RTR chassis to accept brass bearings: RTR axle tool 17 October 2014 002.jpg RTR axle tool 17 October 2014 003.jpg It's simply a standard pinpoint axle with a waisted brass bearing soldered to each end, then a couple of...
by Simon_S
Fri Aug 08, 2014 11:23 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: advice needed
Replies: 15
Views: 5888

Re: advice needed

Hi John, I did do what you hope to do but learnt that using a rotary switch is bad practice. Get yourself one of these:No Volt Release Switch
This ensures that the machine will not restart after a power interruption until the go button is pressed again.
Regards,
Simon
by Simon_S
Mon Aug 04, 2014 3:42 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: New Street progress
Replies: 406
Views: 117986

Re: New Street progress

jim s-w wrote:I like the idea of maglev springs but then I'm a bit odd!

Well, BHX would be the logical next step after BNS :D
by Simon_S
Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:35 pm
Forum: Colin Parks
Topic: P4 conversion work
Replies: 228
Views: 54987

Re: Starting out in P4

For a simpler and cheaper way to convert Bachmann EMUs, take a look at my earlier posting:
Bachmann 2EPB P4 Conversion
by Simon_S
Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:01 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: bachmann class37 reblow
Replies: 2
Views: 1490

Re: bachmann class37 reblow

Try Legomanbiffo's sound projects, available through DC Kits.
by Simon_S
Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:26 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Sub 4ft radius curves
Replies: 21
Views: 6255

Re: Sub 4ft radius curves

Congratulations Rich but don't expect much modelling time when the little one arrives! Sub 4' radius no problem in Brio railways though :D

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