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by essdee
Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: A new lever frame design
Replies: 91
Views: 28183

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: 399
Views: 125821

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: 399
Views: 125821

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: 11992

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: 2620

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: 2620

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: 2620

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: 2620

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: 28928

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: 28928

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: 4400

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: 4909

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: 4400

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: 4400

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: 4400

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: 247
Views: 78955

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: 4400

Re: Minicraft drill spares availability

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

Steve
by essdee
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Minicraft drill spares availability
Replies: 8
Views: 4400

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: 8354

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: 4549

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: 4549

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: 1221
Views: 263735

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: 42023

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: 149622

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: 149622

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

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