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by David Thorpe
Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:30 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 474
Views: 146292

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

Hi Chris, All being well, your 1220 should do what you suggest. I already had a 1224 when i started the kit and, as one does, I was determined to use it if possible. There wasn't enough room for it to fit in the way you're going to use your 1220. Since then I've acquired a 1220 for another kit and I...
by David Thorpe
Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:34 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 474
Views: 146292

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

Chris, Have you decided what axle you're going to drive? I've been building an E4, albeit with AG sprung hornblocks, not CSBs. I bought a RoadRunner+ gearbox and a Mashima motor, but pretty quickly found that that combination would not drive the rear axle as the cab got in the way. I therefore tried...
by David Thorpe
Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:03 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Ultrasonic Cleaning
Replies: 29
Views: 14819

Re: Ultrasonic Cleaning

I note that Aldi will be selling ultrasonic cleaners as one of their weekly specials (when they're gone, they're gone) as from this Thursday, 13th January. £19.99 - http://www.aldi.co.uk/uk/html/offers/sp ... _17130.htm.

DT
by David Thorpe
Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:47 am
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 474
Views: 146292

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

If anyone is considering a decent spare soldering station, or wants a soldering station wiothout having to pay Antex prices, then I'd recommend the Aoyue 937 range. They do seem to have gone up in price recently, but should be available for about £40. Tips can be changed without any fuss in less tha...
by David Thorpe
Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:51 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 474
Views: 146292

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers - a couple of glitches

They are 13.8 mm apart, across the inner faces. That's using the 18.83 spacers supplied in the kit. Well, if you've got it wrong, so have I. I've built a Gibson J15 and the frames are 13.75 mm apart across the inner faces, 15.00 over the frames. I'm also building a Gibson E4, on the other hand, and...
by David Thorpe
Thu Dec 16, 2010 7:56 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Soldering iron problem
Replies: 18
Views: 6711

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: 8239

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: 6711

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: 6711

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: 6711

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: 6711

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: 6711

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: 52898

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: 6114

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: 52898

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: 52898

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: 8879

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: 14443

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: 146292

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: 146292

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: 14443

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: 14443

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: 14443

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: 7716

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: 3350

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. ...

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