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by essdee
Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Mark Tatlow
Topic: A Highland Miscellany
Replies: 300
Views: 94805

Re: A Highland Miscellany

Lovely work Mark - and the MR 6wh brake is a 'bonus' - I am stood in the queue, for a brace of these......... and thanks for saving me starting on a Slater's version!

Cheers,

Steve
by essdee
Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 564
Views: 129582

Re: Brettell Road

Lovely job! Thanks Jim - you had already persuaded me that I need a Kirtley curved-frame 0-6-0 working an excursion over my 1920s S&D project - now I am going to have to 'borrow' Bath MR shed's 1F to deputise for a failed S&D Fox Walker banking engine, as far as Radstock at least...... rats!...
by essdee
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: DCC
Topic: Intermittent running, Hornby J15 on Gaugemaster Prodigy EXpress
Replies: 8
Views: 4888

Re: Intermittent running, Hornby J15 on Gaugemaster Prodigy EXpress

Thanks for the thoughts, both! Simon, the smooth slow-running capability of the J15 for much of the time suggests that there is no binding issue with the mechanism, the wheels are remarkably clean and pickups all bearing OK - the loco's behaviour is not at all what I am very familiar with, when ther...
by essdee
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: DCC
Topic: Intermittent running, Hornby J15 on Gaugemaster Prodigy EXpress
Replies: 8
Views: 4888

Re: Intermittent running, Hornby J15 on Gaugemaster Prodigy EXpress

Hi Nigel, I am extremely grateful for the time you have taken over this response - much appreciated. The fact that the J15 was not supplied complete with Hornby's preferred chip is news to me! I exactly understand the range of problems that now presents in narrowing down the range of potential probl...
by essdee
Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: DCC
Topic: Intermittent running, Hornby J15 on Gaugemaster Prodigy EXpress
Replies: 8
Views: 4888

Re: Intermittent running, Hornby J15 on Gaugemaster Prodigy EXpress

Many thanks for the tips so far, Nigel, As to the decoder/chip, as far as I know this was a ready to run Hornby DCC J15, bought in a York model shop, if that is any help; likewise the other two locos. I will email to see if I can get further details from Tony (and his wife who is giving staunch prac...
by essdee
Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: DCC
Topic: Intermittent running, Hornby J15 on Gaugemaster Prodigy EXpress
Replies: 8
Views: 4888

Intermittent running, Hornby J15 on Gaugemaster Prodigy EXpress

He-eelp, please? I have this year been involved in helping an old friend build and run a small DCC 00 system, using proprietary models. Tony has a long record in finescale 00 GWR/South Wales valleys modelling, latterly occupying a cellar on multi-levels. Following a Parkinson's diagnosis several yea...
by essdee
Mon May 21, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: 296 deg solder supplier?
Replies: 4
Views: 1868

Re: 296 deg solder supplier?

Hi John,

Belated thanks for your tip ( no pun intended). However you will be delighted to hear that I obtained two 1m packs of 296 solder from GS Model Supplies of:

Ta-da!

Burnham on Sea!!

www.gssmodelengineers.com

How very appropriate for another S&D afficionado?

Regards,

Steve
by essdee
Wed May 09, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: 296 deg solder supplier?
Replies: 4
Views: 1868

296 deg solder supplier?

Once again, memory fails...

Now where have I bought 296 deg solder, from one of our trade suppliers; not Eileen's or Hobby Holidays in seems ?

I certainly do not require the large reels from the likes of RS Components etc,

many thanks,

Steve
by essdee
Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: A new lever frame design
Replies: 91
Views: 21234

Re: A new lever frame design

Howard,

Truly, a Work of Art.....

Brilliant..

Steve
by essdee
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 337
Views: 88659

Re: The Burford Branch

"May the Flange be with you....."?
by essdee
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 337
Views: 88659

Re: The Burford Branch

The dismantling and move sounds potentially daunting Martin; very best wishes that it all goes smoothly - your thread here maintains a very high standard of inspiration. Hope you are able to keep up the lovely work without too much distraction and interruption.

All best,

Steve
by essdee
Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Parkside Kits
Replies: 42
Views: 8699

Re: Parkside Kits

Tim,

Brilliant news about Slaters 4mm.......

Many thanks,

Steve
by essdee
Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: S05 Dencon Lead-free solder,melting point?
Replies: 7
Views: 1807

Re: S05 Dencon Lead-free solder,melting point?

Hi Howard, I had to smile at your reference to eutectic alloys! In fact I had a fair bit to do with multi-element phase diagrams as a geology student - but nothing to do with them in six years as a research metallurgist! (I transferred electron microscopy/microanalysis skills between disciplines). E...
by essdee
Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: S05 Dencon Lead-free solder,melting point?
Replies: 7
Views: 1807

Re: S05 Dencon Lead-free solder,melting point?

Thanks for the detail Howard, it is indeed Ag-free. Made in Taiwan, I note. I gather from Squires that my order is now on the way at last, one of a 'surge' sent out this last week (?!), including a replacement for my dwindling tube. The Dencon stuiff does now sound as if it will be a stand-by at lea...
by essdee
Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: S05 Dencon Lead-free solder,melting point?
Replies: 7
Views: 1807

Re: S05 Dencon Lead-free solder,melting point?

Thanks Jim - simple but brilliant...

Will do!

Cheers,

Steve
by essdee
Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: S05 Dencon Lead-free solder,melting point?
Replies: 7
Views: 1807

S05 Dencon Lead-free solder,melting point?

In Googling, I have failed to find a reference to the melting point of this Sn-0.75Cu lead-free solder, which has been lurking in the armoury a fair while. I think it was a Maplin's job, coiled in a tube with a green cap. As I await a long-delayed Squires order, and my supply of 222deg solder dwindl...
by essdee
Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 96
Views: 21637

Re: Resistance Soldering

Ha - thanks Paul. But no - it just means I will (hopefully) be spending a fraction of the time I have spent these last 18 years in laboriously scraping off excess solder? Actually, much of that saving will also be attributed to following David's meticulous attention to minimising the amount of solde...
by essdee
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 96
Views: 21637

Re: Resistance Soldering

As the proud new owner of a LRM RSU, still awaiting unpacking, may I just say how invaluable all this advice and experience is proving. I have still a few more urgent tasks to deal with, but am looking forward to putting this to use, particularly with some rather nice MR clerestory coach kits at the...
by essdee
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Minicraft drill spares availability
Replies: 8
Views: 3256

Re: Minicraft drill spares availability

Phoned Hobby's Monday am; they sounded surprised, suggested I return the chucks - no apologies for inconvenience. Sent them recorded delivery that afternoon, with my mobile and landline phone numbers. Tracking showed Hobby's received the faulty chucks Tuesday morning; no communication from them duri...
by essdee
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Caley/LMS 0F Pug
Replies: 16
Views: 3555

Re: Caley/LMS 0F Pug

I recall seeing Mike's model in bare metal at a West Group meet (1980s?), and I remember it being primarily nickel silver?

Steve
by essdee
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Minicraft drill spares availability
Replies: 8
Views: 3256

Re: Minicraft drill spares availability

Minicraft drill, replacement chucks from Hobby's - beware, and check it if you have one unused! Delighted to receive two replacement keyless chucks from Hobby's this week; but now considerably disappointed. Both run far from true when fitted to my Minicraft drill, while my previous chuck runs concen...
by essdee
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Minicraft drill spares availability
Replies: 8
Views: 3256

Re: Minicraft drill spares availability

NIgel, thanks - and especially for that fascinating link! Given that (3 hours heavy snow imminently forecast) I am taking a loco body down to Sheffield for a mate to turn up some replacement boiler fittings, that is highly relevant for me.

I will see about getting one under way....

Regards,

Steve
by essdee
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Minicraft drill spares availability
Replies: 8
Views: 3256

Re: Minicraft drill spares availability

Just to complete the Minicraft drill query; thanks again Jol, I have this morning ordered two chucks from Hobby's.

They advise me that they have taken over the production of the Minicraft range themselves, so future availability should be assured.

Cheers,

Steve
by essdee
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 236
Views: 58461

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

That is simply superb, Jeremy. I can empathise heartily, as I am still wrestling with a Falcon Brass MR Railmotor and trailer; started 2012, shelved 2014 and only recently pushed towards completion. 'You are a braver man than I, Gunga Suter'! Although my MkII motor bogie uses the Falcon sideframes, ...
by essdee
Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Minicraft drill spares availability
Replies: 8
Views: 3256

Re: Minicraft drill spares availability

Thanks Jol, I will give them a try now...

Steve

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