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by David Thorpe
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23940

Re: Scaleforum 2019

David, can I ask, when you go to shows do you wear a name badge? Sadly if someone wants an excuse to not go they will find one but let’s be honest here, it’s a bit feeble to put it all on name badges. If it's me, yes, I've worn one of the sticky white labels and subsequently a plastic badge supplie...
by David Thorpe
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Track Laying
Replies: 32
Views: 3142

Re: Track Laying

Without wishing to worry you, do make sure that you are using an appropriate track gauge when laying track using Exactoscale chairs. The reaon is that these chairs hold the rail at a prototypical angle, with the top of the rail canting slightly in. If you use a gauge (as I did) that holds the rail s...
by David Thorpe
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23940

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Thanks Danny, that's a reasonable reply. While I very much appreciate the suggestions you make for evening entertainment, it doesn't address the situation at the show itself where, at least in my case, I tend to enter as a stranger, pass through as a stranger, and leave as a stranger. If people were...
by David Thorpe
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23940

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Isn't it at least worth a try, perhaps starting at Scalefour North next year? If that happens I might actually go. This is getting a bit surreal. Are you saying that your decision to go or not go is based on people wearing name badges? Yes. It played a major part in my decision not to go to Scalefo...
by David Thorpe
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23940

Re: Scaleforum 2019

When it was decided to make badges available at Scaleforum virtually all of our area group collected theirs, and wore them. I still have mine. However, I would now feel very conspicuous if I did so, as so few other people seem to. It appears that this is one of those matters where members have 'vot...
by David Thorpe
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23940

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I think the Society does promote badges and has done so for a few years now; a little before our events something comes up on the Forum telling you how to apply and where they can be picked up. Short of insisting Society members don’t get in without wearing a name tag there’s not much more you can ...
by David Thorpe
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23940

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Surely the point of a show is to talk to people (if you want to) about what they are doing and not because of who they are? I don’t see how having a name badge changes that TBH It would appear that for a lot of people, the social aspect - meeting old friends - is one of the most important aspects o...
by David Thorpe
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23940

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I have long campaigned for members at the show to wear name badges, but it has never happened. Not every one does, but some do, so it is not correct to say it has never happened, and we cannot make people wear badges During the seven or so years I have been going to Scalefour North I cannot recall ...
by David Thorpe
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23940

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I reckon the social aspect is also important. Meeting old chums and exchanging reminiscences of the year's modelling successes and disasters. I'm sure that's good - if you know people at the show and have "old chums" there. If you come from an area that has very few P4 modellers and as a ...
by David Thorpe
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23940

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I had been quite seriously thinking of going, but having read the programme I feel that there's not an awful lot of interest to me, and certainly not enough to justify the journey and expense. I do think that the format is getting just a bit "same old, same old" and that it needs refreshin...
by David Thorpe
Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Wheel cleaning
Replies: 11
Views: 1113

Re: Wheel cleaning

Paul Townsend wrote:Lovely chap, Matthias, said no problem. If I dismantle it to ponder mods and abandon the project he will give a full refund.


That's both generous and helpful. As a matter of interest, what's the retail price of the cleaner? Having seen it I suspect it's not cheap.

DT
by David Thorpe
Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Adhesive for coach glazing
Replies: 3
Views: 462

Re: Adhesive for coach glazing

I haven't used that one, although like you I did initially find difficulty in finding a suitable adhesive for glazing for coach windows. I have now settled on Formula 560 Canopy Glue, which looks like PVA, dries clear, and sticks plastic to metal. And of course it doesn't string. I believe that Delu...
by David Thorpe
Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Wheel cleaning
Replies: 11
Views: 1113

Re: Wheel cleaning

I saw this wheel cleaning apparatus at Perth - indeed, I stood and watched it for some time. It certainly seemed very clever and I don't doubt that it works as claimed, but I do doubt very much that the 00/H0 device that I saw could readily be converted to 18.83, if at all. I would have asked, but t...
by David Thorpe
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 62
Views: 4640

Re: Track cleaning

While there is considerable evidence linking TCE with Parkinsons, there's no statistical link connecting xylene with Parkinsons. According to Wikipedia, the main effect of inhaling xylene vapor is depression of the central nervous system (CNS), with symptoms such as headache, dizziness, nausea and v...
by David Thorpe
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 62
Views: 4640

Re: Track cleaning

As requested I have squirted some of the WD40 contact cleaner on some sheet plastic sheet that I first roughed the surface with wet and dry. There was no reaction or tackiness on the surface after a couple of hours. Thanks Gordon, that's reassuring. I tried a squirt of Halfords Surface cleaner (nap...
by David Thorpe
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 62
Views: 4640

Re: Track cleaning

Paul, I look forward to hearing the results of the tests you propose. And Gordon, would it be possible for you to test your WD40 Contact Cleaner on a bit of plastic to see if there is any reaction? Meanwhile I've been looking at a can of Halfords Surface Cleaner which I've had for some time but not ...
by David Thorpe
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 62
Views: 4640

Re: Track cleaning

Feedback on Amazon (93% 4 or 5 star) suggests that this stuff is pretty good at cleaning anything electrical, so it may be worth a punt. May also be good for cleaning loco driving wheels too, I suppose. Might also be worth trying on the control knobs of my crackly old hi-fi amp!

DT
by David Thorpe
Sat May 25, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Thoughts on Motors
Replies: 74
Views: 18078

Re: Thoughts on Motors

Quite an interesting discussion on replacement motors going on on RMWeb at the moment:
https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index ... nt-3564553

DT
by David Thorpe
Sun May 19, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Show attacked
Replies: 33
Views: 3182

Re: Show attacked

It's up to over £30,000 now and rising.....

DT
by David Thorpe
Thu May 16, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: CMX Track Cleaner P4 Conversion
Replies: 11
Views: 1575

Re: CMX Track Cleaner P4 Conversion

There are cheaper alternatives to the CMX model, eg the Sharge cleaners - same principle, but £79.50 as opposed to £149.95 - http://www.model-trainstrack-cleaner.co.uk/. I note that one purchaser of these had it modified for EM by the seller at no extra cost and there is a suggestion in the review f...
by David Thorpe
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 96
Views: 17966

Re: Resistance Soldering

The subject of building your own RSU to save money has never, as far as I know, identified a suitable, readily available, transformer. Twenty or more years ago Maplin used to sell a 100va transformer kit on which you could wind your own secondary outputs. Getting the large diameter enamelled wire c...
by David Thorpe
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: P4 wagon Compensation(springing)
Replies: 31
Views: 3325

Re: P4 wagon Compensation(springing)

Gordon Bennett! As there appears to be a stone wall preventing resolution of the bearing/axleguard compatibility issues, I'll go back to my main point which was to use the plastic axleguards, slotted, in order to save a lot of work replacing them and adding castings. What's wrong with that then? Ab...
by David Thorpe
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: P4 wagon Compensation(springing)
Replies: 31
Views: 3325

Re: P4 wagon Compensation(springing)

davebradwell wrote:I thought there might be some interest in an easier way for beginners like Beakie who seemed to be troubled by the variables but all we're hearing is more problems.


But of course - this is a P4 forum!

DT
by David Thorpe
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Fitting Dingham Couplings
Replies: 2
Views: 650

Re: Fitting Dingham Couplings

I have plans for a jig that I have used quite successfully. If you PM me with your email address I'll send them to you.

DT
by David Thorpe
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 283
Views: 53101

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

Guy Rixon wrote:What are the options for 3rd-party door furniture these days? I seem to remember etched T-handles and loop-handles being available back in the '90s.


Markits do some very nice turned brass door handles in 4mm scale. Unfortunately, at fractionally under 50p each, they're quite pricey.

DT

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