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by essdee
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 263739

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland pre 1905

Have a look at DCC Concepts' MR-design taper-post lamps?

Cheers

Steve
by essdee
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 263739

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland pre 1905

In haste, but just to say I agree with Richard, as to the man standing on the cart tailboard. The loads of the nearest two wagons look too fine and pale for coal, given the overall lighting levels and angles? I strongly suspect material (fluorspar, as dressed at mine; not lead or lead-rich) from the...
by essdee
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 263739

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland pre 1905

Wonderful thread, gents. Surely, never before can so much fascinating information have been shared about one such short siding.... Will is going to need an extra page for his summary of this one? Being at my workbench on S&D matters for the first time in four years, I am minded to lob in a few q...
by essdee
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 263739

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland pre 1905

Thanks Alan, 'Midland Style' pp51/2 has a drawing of this type of disc ground signal; text notes that pre 1904, standard ground/dwarf signal was of rotating type, cylindrical, with red disc, one quarter of body green with a green glass for 'off' (as we see in pic), the remainder white -also just dis...
by essdee
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 263739

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland pre 1905

?? The 'lad' by the cart wheel is surely the crumpled end of the material which covers the horse's back end... ie. 'he' is a 'horse's ...'?

Fascinating analysis. Whys the cover over the horse's back?

Steve
by essdee
Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2017
Replies: 129
Views: 34413

Re: Scaleforum 2017

Gawn to join the choir invisibule?
by essdee
Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crew
Replies: 5
Views: 2276

Re: Crew

Kilmersdon pug 1969 had Herbie and Nelson Loader; father and son team!

Steve
by essdee
Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Telephone cabinet signage
Replies: 36
Views: 10824

Re: Telephone cabinet signage

Steve, Tim, As an aside, the S&D's less-out-of-the-way Radstock East box was worked in late 40's/early 50's by two ladies; Kath Parker(later Berryman) and Doris Dorley (by implication at the same time); Joyce Tamblin (Jones) worked it, later. I have been fascinated by this thread, and not just f...
by essdee
Tue May 30, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: 1st P4 layout - Endex
Replies: 153
Views: 62892

Re: 1st P4 layout - Endex

Hi Gavin, I have only just skimmed the first part of this, and it struck me that you have taken a sensible and brave decision, but that you have also been brave enough to post here, at some length. Your next version will start from a firmer foundation and should proceed more routinely, with your new...
by essdee
Thu May 04, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: MRJ Binders
Replies: 189
Views: 62902

Re: MRJ Binders

BUMP!! Over a month on from Scalefour North and the issue of two missing MRJ binders from my order remains live. We should by now be clear of anyone having missed the calls (this thread, email) to check their own consignments, if they were away over Easter. I will be going away shortly for an early ...
by essdee
Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering Station Replacements
Replies: 44
Views: 13574

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

David -ah! A very good point......no where the heck is it..? Now have two dead Antex bodies so perhaps two new elements be in order.

S
by essdee
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering Station Replacements
Replies: 44
Views: 13574

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

Well...thanks to the kindness of John Brighton, I have today been able to prove that my Antex 660TC station still works (phew), and it is the TC50 iron that is kaput - so a call to Antex for a new element seems in order for now. Not such a drain on the wallet as I had originally feared. However, the...
by essdee
Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering Station Replacements
Replies: 44
Views: 13574

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

Superb, David - much appreciated and many thanks.

Hello, Hakko - and, sorry Antex, but......tough old world.

Cheers,

Steve
by essdee
Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering Station Replacements
Replies: 44
Views: 13574

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

Many thanks for this David, the info on tip range especially - promising. I am getting very tempted by a genuine Hakko now. Bit of a shame about the resetting 'faff', but no doubt one gets used to this.....

Cheers,

Steve
by essdee
Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering Station Replacements
Replies: 44
Views: 13574

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

David, that's great - many thanks for the research. I will report back on my Antex issue after Friday's test run at a friend's. I am emailing John McAleely separately (he is also working on my fritzed outgoing PM issue as well..!) to ask that this thread now be separated, so that a new heading, more...
by essdee
Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering Station Replacements
Replies: 44
Views: 13574

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

Thanks for this Jol, I am nodding in agreement with your view on Antex. The price of a replacement element/tip sensor seems pretty hefty. I have, of course, a range of bits for different applications, and no doubt these will not be interchangeable with whatever I might get next. If I find that my co...
by essdee
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering Station Replacements
Replies: 44
Views: 13574

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

Ah, that is looking very interesting! (So why on earth have Antex shot themselves in the foot over the 660 TC upgrade....?)

Much appreciated David...

S.
by essdee
Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering Station Replacements
Replies: 44
Views: 13574

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

David, Thank you for chasing this up; my 'to do' list has it a bit to far down, at present, as I endeavour to complete my last commission - a LRM MR 2F chassis build, before the end of the month. The original target was Scalefour North - some of you saw the basic rolling chassis there - but Easter f...
by essdee
Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering Station Replacements
Replies: 44
Views: 13574

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

Thanks Will, appreciated, will get onto it...
by essdee
Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering Station Replacements
Replies: 44
Views: 13574

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

Thanks Tim, useful to know... ...and your soldering is probably at least as neat in first instance as mine is; but you should see the piles of garriflex 'swarf' and fibreglass 'stogies' accrued her over a decade plus! I aim for the Tiffany/Brandreth neatness level, once I get re-equipped and have ti...
by essdee
Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering Station Replacements
Replies: 44
Views: 13574

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

Thanks for the pointers, David, I am certainly very wary about 200C and WM! I do note that Eileen's now stock a low-temperature soldering station for such, clearly to complement the revised Antex 660A - see their August 2015 newsletter on here, et seq. But, two soldering stations to replace one? Not...
by essdee
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering Station Replacements
Replies: 44
Views: 13574

Soldering Station Replacements

[Continued from this earlier thread (" Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem "), split at the author's request] Andy...you don't know how close, just how close..... (But would I then need to use lead-free weights on the fishing line?). But there is that MR railmotor to pick up and finish a...
by essdee
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem
Replies: 9
Views: 3031

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

[Now continues at this thread ("Soldering Station Replacements"), split at the author's request]
by essdee
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem
Replies: 9
Views: 3031

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

Thanks all for your suggestions, but I discovered the major problem this morning. Suspicious about the tarnishing of the hot tip, I set the iron at a minimum 75 degrees, from cold, and was able to melt 296degree solder..... the thermostat control has failed; the flashing light denoting apparent atta...
by essdee
Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem
Replies: 9
Views: 3031

Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

A puzzle here, and advice needed please, from those who use a tip-cleaning and tinning paste with their soldering iron. I am not a beginner, but increasingly feeling like one just now. For decades I have successfully soldered, but recently I am getting some rather odd behaviour from my armoury. I ha...

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