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by David Thorpe
Thu Dec 16, 2010 7:56 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Soldering iron problem
Replies: 18
Views: 6327

Re: Soldering iron problem

Well, it worked, Andy. I followed your method and the iron duly tinned and I completed some soldering with it. I have to say that in use I don't like it as much as the trusty Aoyue, but at least I've got a reserve. Thanks for your help.

DT
by David Thorpe
Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:11 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Branchlines Site
Replies: 11
Views: 7574

Re: Branchlines Site

I suppose it's possible that he currently gets all the business he wants without the necessity of a website. If you're a sole trader, you don't necessarily want to get bigger (said from personal experience!)

DT
by David Thorpe
Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:09 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Soldering iron problem
Replies: 18
Views: 6327

Re: Soldering iron problem

Ooops! Thanks, Andy, fortunately I hadn't started! Mind you, if it doesn't work I just might go for the metal variety..... :)

DT
by David Thorpe
Tue Dec 14, 2010 11:09 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Soldering iron problem
Replies: 18
Views: 6327

Re: Soldering iron problem

I was always a bit worried about taking anything as fierce as a kitchen scourer (I assume you're referring to the metal ones!) to the tips. However, having read your posts, I shall now try exactly the same technique to my Antex irons and see if that solves the problems. One of the things I like abou...
by David Thorpe
Mon Dec 13, 2010 5:19 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Soldering iron problem
Replies: 18
Views: 6327

Re: Soldering iron problem

The only bits I've used with the Antex are those that were on the irons when I bought them, so no question of any pirated ones! I do agree, however, that at 18w and 25w neither are probably up to the job in any event - I'm much happier with the Aoyue's 35w.

DT
by David Thorpe
Mon Dec 13, 2010 11:27 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Soldering iron problem
Replies: 18
Views: 6327

Re: Soldering iron problem

I don't think that the propblems I had with my two Antex irons were anything to do with the solder - I've always used leaded and, indeed, used the same solder with the Antexes as I used with both my previous iron and the present one. The same would apply to the bits; my current iron uses plated bits...
by David Thorpe
Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:08 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Soldering iron problem
Replies: 18
Views: 6327

Re: Soldering iron problem

I had awful problems tinning both my Antex irons. Eventually I gave up and now use (successfully) an Aoyue 937+ soldering station which has never given me any such problems. Nor, for that matter, did the irons I used before I got the Antex ones.

DT
by David Thorpe
Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:09 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: EM wheels on P4 track
Replies: 82
Views: 51292

Re: EM wheels on P4 track

They seemed to run OK on P4 track - BUT on closer investigation it turned out that they were in fact running on the sides of their flanges. What alerted me to this was the fact that a coach fitted with these wheels, while it sailed happily through P4 pointwork rapidly acquired a list to starboard (...
by David Thorpe
Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:46 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Loctite 603
Replies: 9
Views: 5669

Re: Loctite 603

BearingBoys (http://www.bearingboys.co.uk) do a wide range of Loctite adhesives and retainers in various sizes. They also do the cheaper Trulock equivalents, which they claim to be as good. Beware, however - their quoted prices don't include VAT and so aren't quite as cheap as they initially seem. DT
by David Thorpe
Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:28 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: EM wheels on P4 track
Replies: 82
Views: 51292

Re: EM wheels on P4 track

What does his back-to-back actually measure? I've no idea - I'm merely reporting what he has said. However, I have no reason whatever to disbelieve him, any more than he has any reason to say something that isn't true. It strikes me that if it works, then, well, it works. You appear to be suggestin...
by David Thorpe
Tue Dec 07, 2010 3:00 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: EM wheels on P4 track
Replies: 82
Views: 51292

Re: EM wheels on P4 track

So I think we can safely bin the theory and stick to rough-and-ready experimental experience. Experience tends to bear that out. A member of our group reports having purchased an EM Black Beetle motor bogie, intending to put P4 wheels on it. However, as an experiment he set the back to back on the ...
by David Thorpe
Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:45 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering iron I forget it's on
Replies: 20
Views: 8230

Re: Soldering iron I forget it's on

I have an anglepoise lamp above my workbench. It's fed off the same plug socket as my soldering iron (and pillar drill, controller, etc...) through a multiple distribution strip thing... I don't switch the lamp off itself on its base, but switch it off at the wall socket. Lamp is off = soldering ir...
by David Thorpe
Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:20 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout idea
Replies: 47
Views: 13353

Re: Layout idea

Although I'm not the David you're referring to, can I just say thanks for looking out this useful and informative article - very helpful.

DT
by David Thorpe
Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:55 am
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 474
Views: 136769

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

I'm trying to do both, and as my blog hopefully shows I'm not afraid of saying that it can be challenging, and that I make some cock-ups along the way. You're correct in saying that I have previously only built locos and stock Flymo Sorry if I've mislead you - nothing was directed at you! :) I don'...
by David Thorpe
Thu Nov 18, 2010 8:26 am
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 474
Views: 136769

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

I think it continues to be right for the Scalefour Society to inform and encourage finescale modelling, for those with the desire and skill to do so. It is also desirable to inform newcomers so that they may make intelligent choices I think it should also, in all fairness, be pointed out that worki...
by David Thorpe
Tue Nov 16, 2010 5:48 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout idea
Replies: 47
Views: 13353

Re: Layout idea

Which appears to answer my uncertainty; full interlacing can continue after the "V" crossing. Much depends on the period you are modelling and the type of railway. Gradually after the grouping, many interlaced points were replaced by conventional long-timbered ones, particularly on main li...
by David Thorpe
Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:22 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout idea
Replies: 47
Views: 13353

Re: Layout idea

Points built with interlaced sleepers use ordinary sleepers, at least up to the "Vee". There are no long timbers up to there, though I believe that long timbers were (sometimes? always?) used after that point. Some examples here: http://85a.co.uk/forum/view_topic.php?id=208&forum_id=11...
by David Thorpe
Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:49 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout idea
Replies: 47
Views: 13353

Re: Layout idea

Alan, Im going to order my first points kit, I like the look of the C&L finescale timber tracks kit, they only do a B6 type in their kits, would this be suitable? I'd just point out that if you're going to model a rural Caley branch line, the points would almost certainly have interlaced sleepe...
by David Thorpe
Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:42 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Caledonian Railway
Replies: 17
Views: 7135

Re: Caledonian Railway

Well, in that case, something on the single lines in Angus might meet the bill, e.g. Dundee - Newtyle and thereabouts, or Perth - Crieff, or Dundee - Forfar. Just what I was thinking. The Forfar - Brechin line had several interesting rural intermediate stations, eg Justinhaugh and Careston which ha...
by David Thorpe
Sun Oct 24, 2010 12:25 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: How long does paint last?
Replies: 2
Views: 3221

How long does paint last?

While rummaging in the loft recently I came across a cache of old tinlets of enamel paints, mainly Humbrol, Precision, Cherry and Gloy. These will all be at least 20 years old, some considerably older as clearly several were used for making model aircraft and i haven't dome that for about 45 years. ...
by David Thorpe
Sun Oct 24, 2010 8:02 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: how to dissolve araldite??
Replies: 8
Views: 20049

Re: how to dissolve araldite??

According to Selleys, who make the stuff, the product (Araldite 5-minute adhesive) is chemically resistant and solvent will not dissolve it. They suggest that to remove the product after cure, mechanical action (scraping or sanding) is recommended. However, the bond weakens if heat (over 65 degrees)...
by David Thorpe
Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:25 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: The path of less resistance? J72 conversion
Replies: 47
Views: 16141

Re: The path of less resistance? J72 conversion

I agree with Fklymo - that looks like a very interesting design. As I too have a Mainline J72 body languishing in a drawer, I'm sorely tempted. I shall however wait and see how you get on with it!

David
by David Thorpe
Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:45 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Split axles (again)!
Replies: 5
Views: 3558

Re: Split axles (again)!

Item 4907 in the EMGS price list (comes under "General Items for Conversions" on page 16). Otherwise, like you I've been searching for suitable 1/8 steel tube but without success; I did locate some on Ebay, but the internal diameter was too small to be of use.

David.
by David Thorpe
Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:19 am
Forum: Road Vehicles and Figures
Topic: Wee Men - Selection of 4mm figures
Replies: 7
Views: 4720

Re: Wee Men - Selection of 4mm figures

Brilliant. So often an otherwise totally convincing model scenario is let down by the "human" figures. These, on the other hand, are superb.

David.
by David Thorpe
Sat Jul 24, 2010 7:33 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Loco Suspension, fitting CSBs
Replies: 152
Views: 81954

Re: Loco Suspension, fitting CSBs

Great stuff, Will. I'd be interested to know more about your pickups - they look very clever. Don't they just! Me too please! It's astonishing how bulky spring wires look in close up pictures! I'd be very interested in knowing how people decide which gauge wire to use - I'd assume, for example, tha...

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