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by essdee
Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:53 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Hornblocks choices.
Replies: 28
Views: 17665

Re: Hornblocks choices.

Allan, I had exactly that issue when using the HL axleboxes in a GIbson P4 chassis. Admittedly I had shaved the P4 spacers a bit to allow more room for sideplay on curves, but I think it would have been tight even otherwise. I obtained clearance for a wide HL gearbox (ie one with a grub screw fixing...
by essdee
Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:47 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Hornblocks choices.
Replies: 28
Views: 17665

Re: Hornblocks choices.

Hello again Simon, Good man! I found that removal of the machining burrs either side of the slit gave me a fit, admittedly tight, on the etched guides, and that this soon eased with application of a mix of oil and Brasso, to give a silky sliding fit. I would avoid sanding anything - you will be crea...
by essdee
Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:30 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Hornblocks choices.
Replies: 28
Views: 17665

Re: Hornblocks choices.

Hi Simon, I know what you mean - I found them awkward at first, but am now a complete convert. What may not be obvious, if you do not have use of a craft magnifier light, is that the machining leaves ridges at the intersection of surfaces, including the bore for the axle. Not evident at a cursory gl...
by essdee
Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:23 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Re: Tim V's workbench - latest shenanigans
Replies: 421
Views: 159905

Re: Tim V builds a chassis

Split washers - brilliant/simple; my vote for useful tip of the year, Tim!!

Keep 'em coming,

Regards
Steve
by essdee
Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:28 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Fishplate conundrum
Replies: 15
Views: 5805

Re: Fishplate conundrum

Interesting indeed - especially Martin's reference to GWR usage of two-bolt fishplates. I have been surprised to encounter photos of Somerset and Dorset track on the Bath extension relaid by the LMS with 60ft rails, presumably during the 30s, which only had two-bolt fishplates. This was the era of t...
by essdee
Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:56 am
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 831
Views: 69251

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

Paul, Now that is a very neat arrangement. I daren't make a move on the living room - about the only usable room in the house I have yet to stuff with railway matter....I have a weaknesss for quality engineered chests, and have my great grandfather's writing slope in loft awawiting restoration. Wron...
by essdee
Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:44 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 831
Views: 69251

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

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Hi Paul,

Here is a view of the workstation, only one perspex box in view but should illustrate the idea. Hope that helps

Steve
by essdee
Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:18 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 831
Views: 69251

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

Paul, Hi - and commiserations, I know the feeling only two well. I work on a confined desktop workstation (a version of the Rice 'Boite Formidable', of a few years back, though 'Crate Incroyable' is perhaps more accurate), and still suffer this too often. A tip - it has reduced the incidence of the ...
by essdee
Sun Feb 21, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: IoW O2 "Bembridge"
Replies: 10
Views: 5498

Re: IoW O2 "Bembridge"

Mark, Lovely, lovely model of one of my favourite engines - always fancied the Wills kit. Got to Cowes station in 1966 when full of rusting tracks, after trains finished. Very nicely done indeed - as is that limestone ballast, from whom, please? Neil - re 0-4-4T chassis - I had some success with an ...
by essdee
Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:53 pm
Forum: Devon Riviera (DRAG)
Topic: First trains run on TT2!
Replies: 50
Views: 22967

Re: First trains run on TT2!

Not all that it seems at first viewing - a 'run-past' perhaps?!! Who nose. But I am intrigued as to what that vernier caliper was about to be used for, in the succeeding frames! Lovely models, DRAG members -and a very neat piece of test-trackery. Can't wait for the first layout....... You have inspi...
by essdee
Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Funny looking hornguides
Replies: 9
Views: 4971

Re: Funny looking hornguides

John, You are right, the rear face of the axlebox is inclined. To quote from "The Locomotive of Today" published 1899 by Loco Publishing Co (my great grandfather's copy, as it happens); "(the rear face) has an inclination of about 1 in 10 to the vertical with a wide groove cut in it, ...

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