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by David Thorpe
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 8821

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

So really you want a small but beautifully built P4 layout and a big fun to run 00 one?

DT
by David Thorpe
Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 8821

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

Knuckles wrote:Choosing gauge for this layout is killing me.


You could also consider 00FS (or is it 00SF?). If you really feel that P4 will limit your aspirations for this layout, that might be the answer.

DT
by David Thorpe
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 96
Views: 19352

Re: Resistance Soldering

Bit cheaper here (if it's the same sort of stuff): https://www.rapidonline.com/Unistrand-3714-Red-2-5mm-Silicone-Rubber-Test-Lead-Wire-5m-Pack-01-8038?IncVat=1&pdg=pla-294357559827:kwd-294357559827:cmp-757438067:adg-44804851896:crv-207912323492:pid-01-8038:dev-c&gclid=Cj0KCQjwguDeBRDCARIsAGx...
by David Thorpe
Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 8821

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

You might also consider the Keen Coupling System (http://www.keen-systems.com/Couplings.html) - not exactly finescale but might well do the job reasonably unobtrusively in a rake of coaches, for which indeed it is designed ("The system is intended for coupling fixed rakes of carriages buffer to...
by David Thorpe
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 8821

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

I've had some problems with Dinghams on bogie coaching stock going through a crossover on my layout. Basically, the loop on the Dinghams was too narrow to accomodate the swing of the hook on the adjoining vehicle, thereby causing derailments. Or at least I think that's what caused them. I have there...
by David Thorpe
Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chairs and Rail
Replies: 51
Views: 10184

Re: Chairs and Rail

But the problem is in the rail, not the chairs, is it not? See the post further up where it states that C&Ls own chairs have the same issue on the Hi-Ni rail. Well, that's what Colin said. It doesn't accord exactly with my own expoeriences. In laying my track several years ago I used both Exact...
by David Thorpe
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chairs and Rail
Replies: 51
Views: 10184

Re: Chairs and Rail

Given the postings in various threads on this forum pointing out the deficiencies of chairs and rail available for P4, it is a wonder that any P4 modeller has ever managed to achieve decent running standards. If I was a newcomer thinking of adopting P4 and read these posts, I think that my my next s...
by David Thorpe
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chairs and Rail
Replies: 51
Views: 10184

Re: Chairs and Rail

This is a problem that the new Exactoscale team should perhaps be looking into (if they're not already).

DT
by David Thorpe
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Ballasting ply sleepered track
Replies: 28
Views: 5084

Re: Ballasting ply sleepered track

My choice of dyes had nothing to do with ambition, but was solely due to the fact that I happened to have them anyway! Like you I wanted (and i think achieved) a faded look, in my case a sort of grey/beigy, that involved a lot of thinner - trouble is that it's now just a bit too faded. I think that ...
by David Thorpe
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Ballasting ply sleepered track
Replies: 28
Views: 5084

Re: Ballasting ply sleepered track

The Gordon S method of ballasting, from RMWeb, would seem the safest option for me and is the version I have employed thus far but doing a few sleepers at a time. His track is painted before ballasting; twice - with primer then a top coat. That would seal the track prior to ballasting but for me, i...
by David Thorpe
Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Ballasting ply sleepered track
Replies: 28
Views: 5084

Re: Ballasting ply sleepered track

I did mine like this - http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index. ... per-track/ - using neat cheap PVA, thin ply sleepers, and a templot base. It worked well.

DT
by David Thorpe
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Vehicle dynamics and trackholding
Topic: Do we need 1:20 Rail Inclination
Replies: 38
Views: 9015

Re: Do we need 1:20 Rail Inclination

Will L wrote:So, given that rail wear is hardly likely to bother us, would we be better off suggesting the next generation of functional chairs leave out the cant?


Yes.

DT
by David Thorpe
Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Starting to paint stuff
Replies: 18
Views: 4439

Re: Starting to paint stuff

But I get stuck on this phrase "the consistency of skimmed milk". I would be glad if someone could tell me how, reliably, to judge the consistency of paint (or skimmed milk, come to that). George Dent, in his useful book "Airbrushing for Railway Modellers", is one of those who s...
by David Thorpe
Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Starting to paint stuff
Replies: 18
Views: 4439

Re: Starting to paint stuff

I've spray painted most of my locos with Halfords satin black and they end up pretty shiny. A quick spray with Testors Dullcote tones that down a bit. A word of warning, however - the satin black is quite a heavy spray so one shouldn't linger over it, ditto with the Testors. If I could be bothered I...
by David Thorpe
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Pressfix lining disaster...
Replies: 7
Views: 1781

Re: Pressfix lining disaster...

I've found that a combination of MicrSol or MicroSet and a cocktail stick usually removes Pressfix transfers without damaging the paintwork, but I've never tried it on a high gloss finish.

DT
by David Thorpe
Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: West of Scotland
Topic: West Scotland 4mm Group layout Calderside
Replies: 14
Views: 4030

Re: West Scotland 4mm Group layout Calderside

Thai is an excellent layout which, for me, stole the scene at Perth. I really could not fault it and was fortunate enough to have a long and very helpful chat with Simon about the beautiful scenic work on the layout. It was also one of the few layouts at the show that appeared to be operated properl...
by David Thorpe
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: 16 Tonners
Replies: 7
Views: 1595

Re: 16 Toners

These really are exceptionally good. I've got a bunch of 16 tonners to finish and then move on to painting/weathering, but I'd never thought of using weathering powders only and I'd never have guessed that that's all you used (I assume that you used a base coat of paint?). What make of powders do yo...
by David Thorpe
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Transacord
Replies: 2
Views: 1253

Transacord

I suspect that quite a lot of people here will remember the old Transacord LPs of steam locomotive sounds. They're long since gone, but I've just learned (thanks RMWeb) that some of the recordings are available again in mp3 format, usually £3.50 to download what was an LP. I'm presently listening to...
by David Thorpe
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Ultrascale now closed to new orders
Replies: 51
Views: 8802

Re: Ultrascale now closed to new orders

Personally, I've managed to build all my locos without having to bother with Ultrascale (whiose business model I have always found incomprehensible) and they all seem to run fine. Rather than put yourself on a waiting list that will mean that you'll get your goods quite a few months later, it's much...
by David Thorpe
Wed May 30, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Trials and tribulations of a (very) average P4 Modeller
Replies: 19
Views: 3586

Re: Trials and tribulations of a (very) average P4 Modeller

I didn't know about these Exactoscale gauges which appear to offer a solution to the gauge narrowing problem although I'm not quite sure how they would hold the track down and in place during setting. They are currently being offered by C&L for £10.80 - if there are likely to be any problems wit...
by David Thorpe
Wed May 30, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Trials and tribulations of a (very) average P4 Modeller
Replies: 19
Views: 3586

Re: Trials and tribulations of a (very) average P4 Modeller

There is also a tendency for downward pressure of the track gauge against a flat railhead, to encourage the rails to go vertical whilst the chair is being glued. The trouble is, of course, that you need the downward pressure to ensure that the chairs (which themselves are not always truly flat bott...
by David Thorpe
Wed May 30, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Trials and tribulations of a (very) average P4 Modeller
Replies: 19
Views: 3586

Re: Trials and tribulations of a (very) average P4 Modeller

The society's triangular gauge (or certainly the older one) is a tight fit on the rails and holds them upright. To my regret I used it quite a lot in my track building. I also used a selection of roller gauges and they too effectively hold the rail upright. I suppose it could be argued that I should...
by David Thorpe
Tue May 29, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Trials and tribulations of a (very) average P4 Modeller
Replies: 19
Views: 3586

Re: Trials and tribulations of a (very) average P4 Modeller

David, I also found problems with the switches of Exactoscale turnouts. To be fair to them, I actually think it is how we build them the gauge tends to push the switchblades apart slightly, giving a false feeling that when the solvent goes off they are correctly gauged. Yes, I think that's largely ...
by David Thorpe
Tue May 29, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Trials and tribulations of a (very) average P4 Modeller
Replies: 19
Views: 3586

Re: Trials and tribulations of a (very) average P4 Modeller

And, you have learn't a lot of lessons, maybe had some fun (or not). Next time you'll probably do it quicker. I've actually had quite a lot of lessons - this is my ninth working P4 loco - but they don't seem to make an awful lot of difference. It's been one of the most problematical because i was t...
by David Thorpe
Tue May 29, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Trials and tribulations of a (very) average P4 Modeller
Replies: 19
Views: 3586

Trials and tribulations of a (very) average P4 Modeller

About 45 years ago, when I modelled in 00, I built a DJH Caledonian Jumbo. Needless to say, in the days before High Level (or any other) gearboxes I never got it to run properly and it was put away for later. Later turned out to be this year, when I decided to convert it to P4. A problem arose early...

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