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by David Thorpe
Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2017
Replies: 67
Views: 12902

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: 74
Views: 17174

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: 12902

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: 12902

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: 22730

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...
by David Thorpe
Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Airbrushing varnish: advice sought
Replies: 62
Views: 22730

Re: Airbrushing varnish: advice sought

Having at last applied transfers (lettering and lining) to a variety of locos and coaches I have built over the last few years, I decided that some varnishing would be a good idea both to protect the transfers (Pressfix) and to brighten or dull down the various paint finishes - Halfords Satin Black ...
by David Thorpe
Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: MRJ Binders
Replies: 189
Views: 46371

Re: MRJ Binders

Thanks Paul. I think it's a perfectly understandable decision by the committee.

DT
by David Thorpe
Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Recommend a Primer
Replies: 15
Views: 3261

Re: Recommend a Primer

I've had excellent results using Halford's U-POL Acid #8 Etch Primer, but always on brass. I don't know how it would work on white metal and resin - would it then act as a normal grey primer or would it be pretty useless?

DT
by David Thorpe
Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: MRJ Binders
Replies: 189
Views: 46371

Re: MRJ Binders

Flymo748 wrote:Just to let you all know the Committee is discussing this as an Agenda item in tomorrow's meeting


And was a decision reached?

DT
by David Thorpe
Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: MRJ Binders
Replies: 189
Views: 46371

Re: MRJ Binders

If I remember correctly from my own experience of doing these, ordering 250 will work out at little if any more expensive than ordering 231.

DT
by David Thorpe
Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: MRJ Binders
Replies: 189
Views: 46371

Re: MRJ Binders

Back in November, Paul (Flymo) said that the issue of binders was being actively discussed by the S4Soc committee with a view to possibly stocking them in stores. Did anything ever come of that? It seems to me that about 200 binders are now wanted and that, with respect, people are rather taking Ala...
by David Thorpe
Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: MRJ Binders
Replies: 189
Views: 46371

Re: MRJ Binders

Alan Turner wrote:The blue binders I refer to above are £7.50 each.


But they, of course, are not the MRJ binders which, back in 2012, worked out at rather less. No doubt prices will have gone up since then, of course.

DT
by David Thorpe
Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: MRJ Binders
Replies: 189
Views: 46371

Re: MRJ Binders

It wouldn't actually have to be all that little. If I remember correctly I charged everyone about £7 for carriage (you could probably get it a bit cheaper now). If Modern Bookbinders would do it for something in that region no-one would be out of pocket and Alastair would have things a lot easier. DT
by David Thorpe
Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: MRJ Binders
Replies: 189
Views: 46371

Re: MRJ Binders

The binder we are talking about is green with "Model Railway Journal" in gold down the spine - there are pictures of it on Page 3 of this thread. It was specially commissioned and is not available to the general public and does not appear on the manufacturer's website. It is not held in st...
by David Thorpe
Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: MRJ Binders
Replies: 189
Views: 46371

Re: MRJ Binders

When I did it, I got all the money in from prospective purchasers before I placed the order and paid Modern Bookbinders (and I made sure that I included sufficient for post and packing - you'll need boxes and I found that a courier offered the best transport deal). There's no reason why you should b...
by David Thorpe
Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson crankpins
Replies: 27
Views: 5690

Re: Gibson crankpins

I bought some M1 screws on ebay. They take AG crankpin nuts quite happily.

DT
by David Thorpe
Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:24 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Ultrasonic Cleaners
Replies: 24
Views: 5482

Re: Ultrasonic Cleaners

I bought some stuff like this - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ultrasonic-Cleaning-Fluid-Flux-Removing-PCB-Formula-1-LT-/160877238412?hash=item257507d88c . I've nothing to compare it with, but it seems to do the job. Allendale Electronics, who specialise in soldering equipment, do something similar - htt...
by David Thorpe
Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:39 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Getting the wheels on square!
Replies: 51
Views: 12747

Re: Getting the wheels on square!

I hope I'm not hi-jacking this thread, but at present I'm a bit concerned about my GW wheel press as I fear it may not be entirely accurate. First, I have been under the impression that when a pair of wheels are quartered using the press, one should then be able to look through the spokes of one and...
by David Thorpe
Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: MRJ Binders
Replies: 189
Views: 46371

Re: MRJ Binders

You'll find this will grow and grow..... Now if the EMGS, and the 2mm Soc, and the S gauge Soc, and a Gauge 0 boys were all informed, not to mention the various online groups, someone could make a bit of money out of it! I suspect that if some extra were ordered for this society they'd fly off the s...
by David Thorpe
Tue Nov 22, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: MRJ Binders
Replies: 189
Views: 46371

Re: MRJ Binders

I suggest you get in touch with Alastairr to see if he has any left. If he hasn't, I'm more than happy to pass on all the relevant details as to how they can be obtained if anyone else is prepared to order some. If I remember correctly, minimum order is 50.

DT
by David Thorpe
Tue Oct 25, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Morgan Design TOU System
Replies: 20
Views: 5839

Re: Morgan Design TOU System

As a possible alternative some might wish to consider this idea. Back in 2002 there was a good article by Dave Booth in MRJ 139 on home built TOUs using plastic section and brass tubes & wire. There were some issues in the article with the size of materials but nothing too hard to sort. I've us...
by David Thorpe
Sun Oct 09, 2016 10:20 am
Forum: North East of Scotland (Grampian)
Topic: October workshop
Replies: 1
Views: 5336

October workshop

After a break last month workshops resumed yesterday and Tony Wickes, Colin Stevenson and Peter Heald joined me in Charleston Village. John Duffy, whose Saturdays are much taken up with footballing matters, came in later. Tony appears to reserve the monthly workshops for working on his Colin Waite G...
by David Thorpe
Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:47 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Templot
Replies: 69
Views: 14706

Re: Templot

If you live in the Bristol area I am prepared to help you or any one else who is having beginners problems. In my experience that is far and away the best way to get into Templot. Like Dave, I really struggled with it (or at least the UI) on my own, but then at Scalefour North in 2013 someone (Rich...
by David Thorpe
Tue Sep 13, 2016 3:53 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Point blade movement
Replies: 9
Views: 3655

Re: Point blade movement

This may sound unduly simple, but when I built my turnouts using ply sleepers and Exactoscale chairs, I found that the blades sometimes rubbed on the surface of the Exactoscale slide chairs and didn't close (or open) properly. I cured that by filing a little off the offending slide chair(s).

DT
by David Thorpe
Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Electro magnets for AJs
Replies: 65
Views: 17423

Re: Electro magnets for AJs

No, electro magnets also work with Dinghams when the train is stationary provided the couplings are at the correct tension (or lack of it). Power is applied to the magnet, the loop on one vehicle lifts and the latch on the other falls, meaning that the vehicles remain uncoupled. They don't work when...

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