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by stephenfreeman
Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: First point. Early conundrums.
Replies: 27
Views: 7900

Re: First point. Early conundrums.

Hi,
Which type of Ambis stretcher bars are you using? He does one for the early round type and one for the more modern, rectangular type.

I have both types here and I'll see if I can do some photos, perhaps tomorrow.
by stephenfreeman
Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Servo Control of Points
Replies: 27
Views: 14794

Re: Servo Control of Points

Personally I don't like using a DCC hand held controller for doing anything other than controlling locos. So good old analogue switches work for me but so does using DCC with JMRI's Panelpro. The only reason for using multiple Boosters is IMHO where the size of the layout warrants it. You can still ...
by stephenfreeman
Wed Dec 21, 2016 8:04 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: First point. Early conundrums.
Replies: 27
Views: 7900

Re: First point. Early conundrums.

The little red cross in front of the Vee is as you suspected, there to show where a sharp pointed vee would be. It is the "Fine Point" in Templot speak. You can ignore it for building a normal turnout with a blunt nose but it does have its use when it comes to designing things like 3 ways.
by stephenfreeman
Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Morgan Design TOU System
Replies: 20
Views: 8075

Re: Morgan Design TOU System

Hi, Well I have used both the early and latest Ambis versions in 7mm scale (I do have some 4mm ones to use as well soon) and I would think that though the early ones were easier to fold up the end result will not be as strong as the latest versions. They do take some figuring out how to bend them up...
by stephenfreeman
Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:45 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Morgan Design TOU System
Replies: 20
Views: 8075

Re: Morgan Design TOU System

pp067a01ea.jpg Many years ago I did something along similar lines. I later refined it on an O gauge layout where the crank was soldered to a spigot on a substantial turned brass rod (a one piece turning in brass comprising the spigot and had a shoulder on it to prevent it falling down through the t...
by stephenfreeman
Tue Oct 11, 2016 2:59 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 831
Views: 68537

Re: Another Round...

Hi,
There is something called 'wire glue', that works but not much good as a glue. Having said that I've only ever used it occasionally with smd leds, where the current is miniscule compared with a loco. It does sound very similar to the Farnell offering.
by stephenfreeman
Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:27 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Templot
Replies: 69
Views: 20907

Re: Templot

Hi,
John looks to have gone down the same path as myself, only he's finished it. Well done. NLS maps is very useful, will be even better once they've finished the 25 inch map scans.
by stephenfreeman
Tue Sep 27, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Templot
Replies: 69
Views: 20907

Re: Templot

Hi, It's a fairly simple layout comprising if my calculations are correct 9 turnouts. The National Library of Scotland come to the rescue once again with their scanning initiative here is the link for the map, http://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=18&lat=51.1815&lon=-2.8730&layers=176&...
by stephenfreeman
Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Modelu
Replies: 31
Views: 13184

Re: Modelu

I've just received some pretty impressive samples of the Signal Lamps he has recently scanned.(they are hollow too) My only comment about what might be improved was to do them in black rather than red if possible as otherwise the inside of the lamp needs to be painted with a reflective paint (silver...
by stephenfreeman
Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Minories
Replies: 53
Views: 16383

Re: Signals for Minories

Yes inkjet printing onto normal decal sheet won't work, it has to be a Laser.
by stephenfreeman
Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:38 am
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Minories
Replies: 53
Views: 16383

Re: Signals for Minories

Hi, Yes I know that, I was just doubting such cutters to have sufficient resolution to cut out very small transfers such as the hand-written insignia so often seen on wagons. Maybe OK for larger lettering but they have never really been much of a problem anyway. The only semi-successful method I hav...
by stephenfreeman
Sun Jul 24, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Is this a weighbridge?
Replies: 21
Views: 6646

Re: Is this a weighbridge?

Hi,

Pretty certain that the docks were part of the Wrexham Mold and Connahs Quay Railway absorbed by the GCR, so no GWR influence!
by stephenfreeman
Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:16 am
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Minories
Replies: 53
Views: 16383

Re: Signals for Minories

Hi,

Just a thought - what if....

Take a sheet of waterside transfer sheet, paint it white or whatever, cut out the letters on one of these cameo cutter type thingies - would it work?

probably not for very small print but has anybody tried it?
by stephenfreeman
Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:52 am
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Minories
Replies: 53
Views: 16383

Re: Signals for Minories

Hi,

Nothing to do signal arms or etchings but not sure if everybody knew that Alan Buttler of Modelu is now doing 3d printed Finials - the GWR ones even have the open slits and hollow ball!
by stephenfreeman
Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:26 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: DCC Concepts bullhead fishplates
Replies: 35
Views: 12180

Re: DCC Concepts bullhead fishplates

Hi, I have now had chance to try the rail and flux for myself. Firstly the Flux - certainly different to anything else I have ever used - they say it's alcohol based and judging from the smell, it is (reminds me of the stuff they use as a dis-infectant when giving injections). Personally I found tha...
by stephenfreeman
Thu Jun 30, 2016 7:00 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: DCC Concepts bullhead fishplates
Replies: 35
Views: 12180

Re: DCC Concepts bullhead fishplates

Hi, No-clean is only No-clean in so far as it is not necessary to clean it off for electrical joints. For cosmetic reasons and to paint, it needs to be cleaned.
by stephenfreeman
Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:31 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Building a Double Slip
Replies: 53
Views: 18069

Re: Building a Double Slip

Hi, In the photo the chairs labelled as C&L are of course originally the Exactoscale ones. The original pattern K&L now C&L are still available. From photos, the GWR appear to have used both patterns, so it's up to you which you use. The Exactoscale version has the better bolt detail, as...
by stephenfreeman
Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:13 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Type of track ballast
Replies: 49
Views: 24275

Re: Type of track ballast

Hi,
Not had any problem with Chinchilla sand, however there are several varieties, I think not all are created equal. Thorough pre-wetting before applying the diluted PVA is of course a must. Perhaps it depends on the wetting agent employed?
by stephenfreeman
Wed May 11, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: Modelu
Replies: 31
Views: 13184

Re: Modelu

Hi,
What really looks impressive to me is are the GWR finials - hollow ball and all! I'll be using them in future.
by stephenfreeman
Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Building a Double Slip
Replies: 53
Views: 18069

Re: Building a Double Slip

Hi,
No experience of using Timbertracks bases, though I've built plenty of slips of various types over the years in 7mm and 4mm scales.

I usually start with the two common crossings, then the inner rails with the outer rails last.
by stephenfreeman
Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:41 am
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Minories
Replies: 53
Views: 16383

Re: Signals for Minories

Hi, Yes the original fret is not so good, the ex D&S one is better (except for perhaps the back blinders) but the best MSE one is the fret for an individual signal, as it includes all the bits that the others don't. Scalelink do a fret of GWR arms, lacks the bits you need to complete and you get...
by stephenfreeman
Sat Jan 02, 2016 3:10 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Minories
Replies: 53
Views: 16383

Re: Signals for Minories

Hi, Yes I meant Douglas Smith, that's a shame. What I meant by being asymetrical is that the bracing in the MSE ones is out of phase. It's been known for some time though the bracket base post is correct. It is still a mystery as to why it hasn't been corrected. I think you will find some more info ...
by stephenfreeman
Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:05 am
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Minories
Replies: 53
Views: 16383

Re: Signals for Minories

Hi, Only just found this thread, very impressive. 1) I like the subterfuge regarding the linkage from the balance weight arm, never thought of that although I have made the pulleys 'work' in the past by adding a crank to them . 2) I found Douglas Adams design to be very useful - I don't get asked fo...
by stephenfreeman
Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:06 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: Megapoint - a simple way to control turnouts?
Replies: 12
Views: 7473

Re: Megapoint - a simple way to control turnouts?

Hi, Yes the Megapoints board can be a little tricky to understand at first but is quite straightforward once you get the hang of it. I was fortunate in living not to far away from Dave and had a personal demonstration. It is more picky about it's power supply than others though. GF Controls is easy ...
by stephenfreeman
Tue May 26, 2015 12:06 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Working 4mm scale GWR Signal Lamps
Replies: 0
Views: 1429

Working 4mm scale GWR Signal Lamps

For various reasons, I am thinking of giving up on whitemetal castings for working signal lamps and have made a start with GWR ones. They feature fitted warm white smd leds. If anybody is interested, a photo etc are on my website. They are cast from polyurethane resin. Not being able to get any MSE ...

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