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by David Thorpe
Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:00 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: MRJ Binders
Replies: 189
Views: 48924

Re: MRJ Binders

I've taken some photos and here they are. They show both wirex and cordex binders. binder1.jpg binder2.jpg binder3.jpg binder4.jpg binder7.jpg binder5.jpg binder6.jpg I've just spent a happy couple of hours going through my MRJs and have just realised that if I'm to bind them all I'm going to need 1...
by David Thorpe
Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:24 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: MRJ Binders
Replies: 189
Views: 48924

Re: MRJ Binders

I've just found a flyer in one of the binders. It is a "Cordex" Binder, from Modern Bookbinders Ltd, so sounds like the same thing. Yes, the quote i've got is from Modern Bookbinders. They do both cordex and Wirex - I've gone for wirex simply because I'm very pleased with the wirex ones I...
by David Thorpe
Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:58 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: MRJ Binders
Replies: 189
Views: 48924

Re: MRJ Binders

The "wirex" in the binders is not actually wire - it seems to be a springy type of plastic and there would therefore be no rust problems.

DT.
by David Thorpe
Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:02 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: MRJ Binders
Replies: 189
Views: 48924

MRJ Binders

I have long wanted binders for my Model Railway Journals, but as far as i know Wild Swan do not now offer these. But this Christmas I received some binders for my "Steam Days" magazines and they look so good and are so convenient that I thought I'd go ahead and try to source some myself fo...
by David Thorpe
Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:40 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Buffer height?
Replies: 17
Views: 9411

Re: Buffer height?

The Barrowmore Model Railway Group article on a DIY buffer height gauge to which I linked in my last post refers to the Railway Clearing House 1947 regulations. These apparently show that wagon buffer heights might differ according to the conditions, and give figures for buffer heights varying betwe...
by David Thorpe
Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:24 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Buffer height?
Replies: 17
Views: 9411

Re: Buffer height?

by David Thorpe
Mon Dec 05, 2011 9:37 am
Forum: North East of Scotland (Grampian)
Topic: Aberdeen MRC S4 Stand
Replies: 10
Views: 6748

Re: Aberdeen MRC S4 Stand

You have to blame Tony Wickes for the GW stuff. We've tried to speak to him about it, but because his models are so exquisite and, perhaps more to the point, run so beautifully, we can't really find any valid objection. Indefatigable as ever, Tony is currently trying to persuade the rest of us to ad...
by David Thorpe
Sun Dec 04, 2011 4:18 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: AGM 2012
Replies: 20
Views: 6865

Re: AGM 2012

I made sure that I said that it was the best railway modelling show rather than the best model railway show (though I think it is that too). This is certainly common ground among our P4 group and I haven't yet met a P4 modeller in Scotland who hasn't agreed with it in the event of the subject being ...
by David Thorpe
Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:03 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: AGM 2012
Replies: 20
Views: 6865

AGM 2012

In case some people can't make up their minds as to whether to make the trip to Linlithgow for the AGM next June, can I just point out that the Perth Model Railway Club Exhibition is held that same weekend (23rd/24th June). It's generally accepted that Perth is the best railway modelling show in Sco...
by David Thorpe
Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:45 pm
Forum: North East of Scotland (Grampian)
Topic: Aberdeen MRC S4 Stand
Replies: 10
Views: 6748

Aberdeen MRC S4 Stand

The Group represented the Society at the Aberdeen MRC's exhibition held over the last weekend in October. The stand was manned by Grampian group members Peter Heald, John Anderson, David Jolley and Tony Wickes, each of whom provided display items of track work, gauges, tools and models. David Jolley...
by David Thorpe
Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:17 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Avonside ChassisPro - a small problem
Replies: 3
Views: 2832

Avonside ChassisPro - a small problem

I've had a ChassisPro for some time now and it has been a boon - as I reported in an earlier post, the first chassis I built with it ran smoothly from the start without any tweaking, a first for me. However, there is one problem with it that is driving me mad and i wonder if anyone else has come acr...
by David Thorpe
Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:45 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Loco Suspension, fitting CSBs
Replies: 152
Views: 89220

Re: Loco Suspension, fitting CSBs

Well, I've come to an abrupt halt on my J15 basically because of the gearbox problems that have been referred to previously in this forum. I had hoped to use a Loadhauler+, which is 1mm narrower than the compact, but it still just falls foul of the Markit fulcrum points (and in any event is just too...
by David Thorpe
Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:22 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Fixing wheels and pinions to shafting.
Replies: 27
Views: 10623

Re: Fixing wheels and pinions to shafting.

If your bottle does not have a use by date - it is already too old :!: It's only too old if it doesn't work. It works. Advice on other fora appears to be that as long as the bottle has been sealed and kept at a reasonable ambient temperature, it should be fine. My bottle must be well over five year...
by David Thorpe
Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:48 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Fixing wheels and pinions to shafting.
Replies: 27
Views: 10623

Re: Fixing wheels and pinions to shafting.

Usually its Loctite 603 used to retain wheels to axles (its in a little red bottle). Its not a superglue and a green fluid. Oh dear, I've been using Loctite 601, also called a retainer. It seems to do the job (as well as travelling much longer distances than intended and gumming up axle bearings :(...
by David Thorpe
Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:48 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Fixing wheels and pinions to shafting.
Replies: 27
Views: 10623

Re: Fixing wheels and pinions to shafting.

Tim V wrote:Best to put the Loctite inside the wheel, not on the axle, but this is perhaps being wise after the event....

Not easy when using a GW wheel press!

DT
by David Thorpe
Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:19 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Stores items
Replies: 4
Views: 2211

Re: Stores items

It is initially confusing! But.... 1. Home Page. Click on "Members Area" in the left margin. 2. Members Area. Scroll to bottom of page. Click on "Continue to login page" 3. Members Index (assuming that you've been automatically logged in). Click on "Order Form". HTH! DT
by David Thorpe
Sat Nov 19, 2011 12:37 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Anathema - need EMGS wheel data
Replies: 2
Views: 1660

Re: Anathema - need EMGS wheel data

It's the same as appears in my current copy of the EMGS manual.

DT
by David Thorpe
Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:33 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: rivet closing
Replies: 5
Views: 2217

Re: rivet closing

I squeezed the rivets closed with a pair of pliers - seemed to work well and didn't disturb the family during TV viewing!

DT
by David Thorpe
Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:56 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Converting a Bachmann Mk1/Mk2
Replies: 14
Views: 6783

Re: Converting a Bachmann Mk1/Mk2

After a while the pinpoints cut into the sideframes and they stop running properly at all. On my small terminus they're not likely to get that amount of running. But to take your point further. as both the Bachmann and the P4 axles are 26mm long, and as both end in pinpoints, presumably the problem...
by David Thorpe
Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:42 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Converting a Bachmann Mk1/Mk2
Replies: 14
Views: 6783

Re: Converting a Bachmann Mk1/Mk2

I have just bought one of the excellent new Bachmann Mk1 coaches. I found, however, that the bogies were just a touch too narrow to accommodate P4 wheels and I had to cut/file away quite a lot of plastic from the inside faces of the bogies before the wheels would fit without rubbing. Once in, howeve...
by David Thorpe
Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:56 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: TOU
Replies: 30
Views: 9171

Re: TOU

Has anyone tried the Conrad point operating motors? They're currently on offer at £3.99.

DT
by David Thorpe
Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:48 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Loco Suspension, fitting CSBs
Replies: 152
Views: 89220

Re: Loco Suspension, fitting CSBs

I also got rather tied up with testing Alan's new spread sheet, Thanks, Will. As to the spreadsheet, what is the current definitive version? I have discovered (and this is going to sound really stupid) that one of the reasons I haven't been able to work it is because, contrary to my belief at the t...
by David Thorpe
Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:22 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Loco Suspension, fitting CSBs
Replies: 152
Views: 89220

Re: Loco Suspension, fitting CSBs

Having successfully equpped a tender with CSBs, and driven by the fervour of the Previously Sceptical But Now Converted, I've now taken to bits a previously poorly performing J15 chassis and am rebuilding it with CSBs and a High level gearbox. Fortunately I don't have to resort to spreadsheets or ev...
by David Thorpe
Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:34 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Optimum distance between loco and tender?
Replies: 7
Views: 3079

Re: Optimum distance between loco and tender?

To answer your specific question, the gap between loco and tender on my E4 drawing looks to be about 2.5 mm. I think I'll build mine to that dimension and if it goes through a B6 turnout I'll leave it as that By some fluke the first drawbar I made did the trick, leaving a gap of just under 3mm betw...
by David Thorpe
Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:10 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Close coupling of coaches
Replies: 52
Views: 22265

Re: Close coupling of coaches

John Bateson asked earlier about the Masokits unit, but doesn't seem to have received a reply, and I too wonder if anyone has tried them? Item 10.09 from Michael Clark's catalogue: "Gangway Coach Coupling Unit": An eccentric clip-in device for coupling coaches together in sets and also giv...

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