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by essdee
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Minicraft drill spares availability
Replies: 8
Views: 3248

Minicraft drill spares availability

Squires inform me that Minicraft range and spares are now unavailable? I need a replacement keyless chuck, MB 1932, as my current (replacement) one is so worn that it will not grip properly. Has anyone had experience of substituting other makes of chuck on a Minicraft drill, please? Many thanks, Steve
by essdee
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: 3D Printed Turnouts - Promising Progress
Replies: 25
Views: 6138

Re: 3D Printed Turnouts - Promising Progress

And with, eg. 'Protocab' and battery power......

!!!!!

"Beam me down, Scottie"
by essdee
Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: 1943-5 LMS Shed codes
Replies: 7
Views: 3373

Re: 1943-5 LMS Shed codes

Thanks guys, Robin, Rob, brilliant - very useful! Tim - yes indeed; I guess dad logged the shedplates where he could, but in many cases (eg. not at Bristol, Holbeck) would not know the precise coding significance. As BC notes, on other Railways the code-names would be more intuitive eg SDN, DID etc....
by essdee
Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: 1943-5 LMS Shed codes
Replies: 7
Views: 3373

1943-5 LMS Shed codes

Is there a readily web-accessible list of the shed codes in use by the LMS (LNER, SR and GWR also would be useful, to a lesser extent) in 1943-45, please? I am in the process of tracing my late father's rail travels/spotting logs as a 16/17 year old in this period, primarily between Poole and York, ...
by essdee
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1141
Views: 183565

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

Tim,

All my references are packed away for moving - but I think they may be at Midland Railway Study Centre in Derby (NOT Midland Railway Centre at Butterley...) - just possibly, the NRM..

Will try to chase for you!

Great stuff, am following all this avidly,

Cheers

Steve
by essdee
Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: RobM
Topic: Where will this lead......
Replies: 154
Views: 30845

Re: Where will this lead......

Just when I was thinking I had an excuse NOT to model the actual pithead in my emerging plan to show my version of what happened to the Clandown branch when Middle Pit, Radstock, was altered early in the twentieth century....

Nice one, Rob; will be following with considerable interest.

Steve
by essdee
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 108103

Re: Track Construction for a Test Track

Quite right, Howard! Sorry, but had briefly emerged from frantic box-packing and only picked up the later postings...

Stunning trackwork, as well.......

Cheers,

Steve
by essdee
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 108103

Re: Track Construction for a Test Track

Strong magnet in body behind headcode number, white-painted stee/tinplate cover panel, handled with plastic tweezers?

Back to my pre-Group 'kettles'.......

Steve
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: 1141
Views: 183565

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: 1141
Views: 183565

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: 1141
Views: 183565

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: 1141
Views: 183565

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: 1141
Views: 183565

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: 25684

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: 1692

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: 8175

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: 52601

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: 49753

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: 10204

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: 10204

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: 10204

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: 10204

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: 10204

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: 10204

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: 10204

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.

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