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by steve howe
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: My First Layout - Whitehall Halt
Replies: 21
Views: 5749

Re: My First Layout - Whitehall Halt

Philip Hall wrote:I promised to post a picture of the Hornby milk tank conversion so here it is.
Philip


Did you do a straight wheel swap Philip? just wondered how 6 wheel chassis perform without compensation/springing.

Steve
by steve howe
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Queensbridge Road Wharf
Replies: 62
Views: 23407

Re: Queensbridge Road Wharf

Good move. I like the 'Pearly King' and his sidekick in the background :D

Steve
by steve howe
Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Queensbridge Road Wharf
Replies: 62
Views: 23407

Re: Queensbridge Road Wharf

Looking good Gareth, these 'simple' trackplans can be deceptively complex! also far more 'prototypical' than the plethora of 3-ways, slips and diamonds we sometimes see crammed into tiny spaces :o Can I ask what the overall dimensions of the scenic part of the layout are and the crossing angles you ...
by steve howe
Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Harton High Staithes inspired Layout
Replies: 20
Views: 4916

Re: A shunting plank - Now Harton Collery inspired

Nice scheme :thumb
how wide are you planning to make the baseboard?

Steve
by steve howe
Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: what flux for white metal?
Replies: 18
Views: 5479

Re: what flux for white metal?

Can anyone with chemical knowledge advise if Carrs Yellow Label flux is a substitute for Eames 40? I've been using Eames 40 for a long time but my last bottle is getting low (pity, I only bought it in about 1985... :? ) and I do use it, as David says, on pretty much everything apart from electrical ...
by steve howe
Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie
Replies: 194
Views: 39649

Re: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie

Allan Many years ago, when we built Bonnybridge Central, you produced a stuff called, I think, Waverley Board, which was exactly the same as the stuff now to be found in Pizza bases. It was thin sheets of expanded polystyrene, smooth on both sides, and could be scribed very easily to replicate roug...
by steve howe
Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: My First Layout - Whitehall Halt
Replies: 21
Views: 5749

Re: My First Layout - Whitehall Halt

One of the fiddle yards (I have yet to add the top to the traverser, and have no idea how to cut a neat hole to access the layout!) - there is an identical one at the other end of the layout, just big enough to hold a small loco with a single coach: Try a hole cutter fitting in an electric drill - ...
by steve howe
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Parkside Kits
Replies: 42
Views: 8935

Re: Parkside Kits

As an update regarding Slaters kits, I have recently been advised by Dave White at slaters that they are currently just sorting out the instructions and the wheels at the moment and following this the 4mm range should be available again in the near future directly from Slaters. I hope this also inc...
by steve howe
Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Attaching track to base board and bending photo etch
Replies: 22
Views: 4880

Re: Attaching track to base board and bending photo etch

I built my first P4 layout on veneered chipboard as sold for furniture making. The veneer's surface was absorbent enough to accept wood glue and soft enough to get pins into, although chipboard of any kind is still hard for fine pins, 40 years on its still perfectly flat and stable (the weight is an...
by steve howe
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: 1mm pinpoint axles
Replies: 6
Views: 1753

Re: 1mm pinpoint axles

Thanks Keith, I didn't realise such a thing existed until I started Bill's components, I have some very old Studiolith Maunsell wheels with needlepoint axles which look very slender, but even they measure out at about 1.5mm.

I'll see what Wizard has to say!

Steve
by steve howe
Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: 1mm pinpoint axles
Replies: 6
Views: 1753

1mm pinpoint axles

In his instructions for sprung W irons for 6 wheel chassis, Bill Bedford suggests using 2mm tube riding on a Exactoscale 1mm axle. (E4CW 502) As these axles seem to be currently unavailable from C & L, are there any other sources of 1mm axles?

Steve
by steve howe
Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Eastwood L&Y; A Layout in a Weekend – Can they do it?
Replies: 44
Views: 21135

Re: Eastwood L&Y; A Layout in a Weekend – Can they do it?

Great layout in a great location. I lived in Hebden Bridge for quite a few years and know this bit of the Calder Valley well. There used to be (maybe still is?) a fascinating hardware and builder's merchants just near here, housed in a collection of ramshackle sheds on both sides of the main road, w...
by steve howe
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: The Adventures of an RSU Virgin
Replies: 45
Views: 11307

Re: The Adventures of an RSU Virgin

Steve I have just found my copy of the instructions for the Exactoscale RSU. These contain a wiring diagram as well as identifying which contacts provide which power outputs. Would you like me to send you a copy? Clive That would be very kind, thank you Clive, I take your point about wire thickness...
by steve howe
Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: The Adventures of an RSU Virgin
Replies: 45
Views: 11307

Re: The Adventures of an RSU Virgin

That's really useful, thanks Guy. I'll have a go at modifying the brass insert. Might need a bit of practice if the thing still works!

Steve
by steve howe
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: The Adventures of an RSU Virgin
Replies: 45
Views: 11307

Mystery RSU

Can anyone help me identify this RSU please? it came my way a while back with other items from a late friend and I've just (in the light of this thread) dug it out to have a play. I thought it might be an early London Road Models version, but a search on Google images reveals nothing similar. I have...
by steve howe
Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ideal starter wagon chassis?
Replies: 56
Views: 15959

Re: Ideal starter wagon chassis?

That's great, thanks for that Andrew :thumb

I remember we chatted at Wells last year when you were demo-ing the BB system, but that bit of the process has disappeared from the memory bank!

Thanks

Steve
by steve howe
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ideal starter wagon chassis?
Replies: 56
Views: 15959

Re: Ideal starter wagon chassis?

With plastic wagon kits, is there a recognised method of removing the plastic W iron to leave the spring/axlebox assembly clean and intact? I can't seem to find any recent references to this part of the process among the many BB sprung W iron postings.

Steve
by steve howe
Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: The Adventures of an RSU Virgin
Replies: 45
Views: 11307

Re: The Adventures of an RSU Virgin

Thanks for taking the time to write all that David, very useful, its what the Forum's for :thumb Just one query arising: is the probe applied from the front ie. on the overlay, or the rear (substructure)? I wonder if with thin overlays (the ones on the 517 seem to be about 5thou) it might mark the s...
by steve howe
Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Houten, Utrecht. Netherlands.
Replies: 11
Views: 2767

Re: Houten, Utrecht. Netherlands.

I was told later that there are two shows in Utrecht, by different organisers. Perhaps we got the short straw!
by steve howe
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: The Adventures of an RSU Virgin
Replies: 45
Views: 11307

Re: The Adventures of an RSU Virgin

The RSU is brilliant for attaching detailing bits and, as you suggest, overlays (think about applying the probe from the back rather than the face). David, would you be able to elaborate a bit more on attaching overlays? I've got a couple of Mallard 517s awaiting attention and having built one year...
by steve howe
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Houten, Utrecht. Netherlands.
Replies: 11
Views: 2767

Re: Houten, Utrecht. Netherlands.

Good luck Gordon, I'll be interested to know how you got on. They invited our club to take our 7mm narrow gauge 'Gweek North Quay' (25' x 4') layout last year, but when we costed it all out with accommodation, van hire etc. and our requirement for at least 5 and realistically 6, operators, they got ...
by steve howe
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: GWR Cordon twin tank kit
Replies: 7
Views: 2335

GWR Cordon twin tank kit

by steve howe
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Ultrasonic Cleaners
Replies: 24
Views: 6332

Re: Ultrasonic Cleaners

Just looking at ultrasonic cleaners, the cheaper one from Maplins is £39.99 but can be had here: http://cpc.farnell.com/james-products/ultra-7000s/ultrasonic-cleaner-750ml/dp/SA03348?CMP=KNC-GUK-CPC-GEN-SHOPPING-JAMES-PRODUCTS-SA03348&gross_price=true&mckv=sAxUO23WS_dc|pcrid|224653462065|kwo...
by steve howe
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Caley/LMS 0F Pug
Replies: 16
Views: 3668

Re: Caley/LMS 0F Pug

Many thanks chaps, it appears Branchlines do the biz. I clearly didn't look hard enough! The High Level L & Y Pug chassis is a joy to build, I have two and they run beautifully. I shall probably get the basic Caley chassis from Branchlines and put the 108:1 HL gear set in as they are so well eng...
by steve howe
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Caley/LMS 0F Pug
Replies: 16
Views: 3668

Caley/LMS 0F Pug

Having recently acquired a Hornby Caley 0F 'Pug' 0-4-0 as a freebie, I am wondering if anyone makes a kit for a scale chassis? Seems like a nice little shunting loco crying out for some added detail, a High Level gearset and a decent set of boots! Its been around in the Hornby range for ever but I d...

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