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by David Thorpe
Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2017
Replies: 129
Views: 20819

Re: Scaleforum 2017

I remember that in the mid 80s I sent two cats (in a cage) up by rail from Suffolk to Oban. I was really quite worried about them, but they duly arrived safe and sound the following evening. I'm not sure if that's still possible.

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by David Thorpe
Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 78786

Re: Track Construction for a Test Track

I used the Rice method of mixing rivet and chairs on my pointwork, but not on plain track save at baseboard joins. I find applying cosmetic chairs to riveted track a complete pain! As for C&L chairs, my experience has been similar to Colin's. A batch bought some years ago were very good (and sli...
by David Thorpe
Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2017
Replies: 129
Views: 20819

Re: Scaleforum 2017

Looking through the moan list, half think it is too big, half think it too small. Half think it too busy, half too quiet. Half think it too close to London, half think it too far away. Half think it too far North, half too far South. Half don't like unfinished layouts, half like them... I'm not sur...
by David Thorpe
Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 78786

Re: Track Construction for a Test Track

Personally I much prefer to have my track laid, adjusted if necessary, painted and working before I ballast it. I use thin ply sleepers and so I find the method I referred to earlier (http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/80480-ballasting-without-tearson-thin-sleeper-track/) best for me....
by David Thorpe
Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 78786

Re: Track Construction for a Test Track

I was tempted to try foam underlay, but have come back to cork simply because it is a known and trusted material, stays flat (those rigid chassis again)...... I will never ever ever use it again. Ended up ripping up a previous layout due to the cork warping making a roller coaster. Based on reading...
by David Thorpe
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 78786

Re: Track Construction for a Test Track

My question is ... given that I want to lay the track directly on to the shelf I will need to stick the template down permanently. does anyone have any guidance on what glue to use to do this - the template doesn't want to get wet or it will stretch/cockle. I used 3M Spray Mount. It seems to have d...
by David Thorpe
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 78786

Re: Track Construction for a Test Track

Best method I've found for ballasting is this one: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index. ... per-track/ . I've used it and have found that it's not too messy, it's neat, it's not wasteful, and the ballast is rock solid.

DT
by David Thorpe
Sat Aug 26, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Locomotive and Coach Suspension Queries and advice
Replies: 11
Views: 2363

Re: Locomotive and Coach Suspension Queries and advice

I've rewheeled several Bachmann coaches using the original RTR bogies with Gibson coach wheels. I recall that some of the bogies needed to have some plastic carved away from the inner surfaces to allow sufficient clearance for the wheels, but once done all run well. As I only have a small end-to-end...
by David Thorpe
Sat Jul 29, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: when to fit tie bar
Replies: 8
Views: 1729

Re: when to fit tie bar

To answer your question - "or not". Leave the tiebars until you have built the point and then fit them. That way you'll ensure that they are accurately aligned - I'd bet that if you fitted them to the point blades before building the point they'd still need some adjustment when the point w...
by David Thorpe
Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: What's best for testing?
Replies: 15
Views: 2655

Re: What's best for testing?

I'd go with your coaches too. They will be the longest wheel base vehicles you have, and if the bogies are attached too rigidly can also be very sensitive to track twist. Quite. My newly laid points were working fine until I ran a rake of coaches over them and half of them derailed. Entirely my fau...
by David Thorpe
Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: P4 vs S4 - Pro's and con's
Replies: 164
Views: 28919

Re: P4 vs S4 - Pro's and con's

So are you saying that your "perfectly acceptable results" are not acceptable to "ultra discerning modellers"? I've built quite a lot of pointwork, initially in EM, subsequently in P4. I use society jigs and an L shaped B to B gauge. I don't bother measuring these. My stock runs ...
by David Thorpe
Sun Jun 04, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: P4 vs S4 - Pro's and con's
Replies: 164
Views: 28919

Re: P4 vs S4 - Pro's and con's

If it works does that matter?

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by David Thorpe
Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: P4 vs S4 - Pro's and con's
Replies: 164
Views: 28919

Re: P4 vs S4 - Pro's and con's

I couldn't agree more, Jol (and Keith). Anyone not into P4 who reads this thread must wonder if it's all worthwhile, if they're not put off completely. If you use the gauges that have been tried and tested over the years, it's care, not micrometers, that lead to good running.

DT
by David Thorpe
Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering Station Replacements
Replies: 44
Views: 8129

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

Now please don't blame me if you don't like it! :oops:

My wife is going to get me one for my next birthday (still a few months away)

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by David Thorpe
Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering Station Replacements
Replies: 44
Views: 8129

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

As promised, Paul of Dancap Electronics got back to me. He's heard from Japan. If the serial number of the FX-888D is after 05888313042724, then you can put in whatever temperature you want between 50 and 480 degrees centigrade. All the units currently stocked by Dancap have a serial number after th...
by David Thorpe
Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering Station Replacements
Replies: 44
Views: 8129

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

One of the things some people don't like about with the Hakko is the user interface, which consists of two buttons. These, or a combination of them, perform all necessary functions and some people have found them difficult at first although, as with all new things, people also seem to get used to th...
by David Thorpe
Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering Station Replacements
Replies: 44
Views: 8129

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

I've now has a chat with a very helpfulchat at Dancap Electronics. They've been associated with Hakko for 31 years and sell the FX-888D in both blue/yellow and silver at £118.78 including VAT and carriage. He was a bit taken aback by my question as to how low the unit will go - he'd never been asked...
by David Thorpe
Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering Station Replacements
Replies: 44
Views: 8129

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

As John rightly says, beware of Hakko fakes. If they seem particularly cheap, there's probably a reason for it. Best pay the extra and buy from a reputable dealer. (I should perhaps add that I don't have a Hakko myself but it's top of my list for when my old Aoyue eventually fails). However, Dancap ...
by David Thorpe
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering Station Replacements
Replies: 44
Views: 8129

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

Hakko FX-888D? 70w, 50º - 450ºC, c. £135. Pretty colour too.

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by David Thorpe
Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2017
Replies: 67
Views: 11536

Re: Scalefour North 2017

Was it a club show? Yes I'm not quite sure of the point you're trying to make by that. However, I may be being slightly pedantic, but no, it was a Society show. I think of a club as being something local, whileas a society has members all over the place. The social aspect of Scalefour North means t...
by David Thorpe
Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2017
Replies: 67
Views: 11536

Re: Scalefour North 2017

It was of course a perfectly decent show (and that is not meant to be damning by faint praise) but I do think that the format is now a bit tired and that changes could be made. That, of course, forms a discussion topic every year, and as the vast majority of the membership appears to be very happy w...
by David Thorpe
Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: First steps in P4- now on my second loco
Replies: 70
Views: 13406

Re: First steps in P4- moving on to my first P4 loco

it wouldn't surprise me if I could built the thing in the order given in the instructions (body then chassis) and it all fitted together first time. Don't say things like that! (I never managed to get my High Level Kit to work though it was a different one from yours - one day I'll get back to it a...
by David Thorpe
Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2017
Replies: 67
Views: 11536

Re: Scalefour North 2017

Enigma wrote:If you're going to get off at Newark for S4N then you must be sozzled! ;)


That's to see the friends in Notts (who don't mind if I'm a trifle sozzled). Wakefield comes a few days later.

DT
by David Thorpe
Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2017
Replies: 67
Views: 11536

Re: Scalefour North 2017

I'm going, and I know that several other members of the North East Scotland groiup will also be there. I always book well in adance and treat myself to first class rail travel (surprisingly inexpensive, especially with a railcard). I combine S4 North with visits to friends in Notts, and thanks to Vi...
by David Thorpe
Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Airbrushing varnish: advice sought
Replies: 62
Views: 21179

Re: Airbrushing varnish: advice sought

Thanks, Will. I suspect that it's just that I'm being a bit too impatient. I've been reading up about it and it seems that two or three coats may be needed, so I've airbrushed a second coat today and will probably do another later in the week (Precision varnish takes about a couple of days to dry pr...

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