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by Andy W
Tue May 09, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Help with a Brassmasters 4F
Replies: 51
Views: 9521

Re: Help with a Brassmasters 4F

How much higher does the footplate need to be? Is using strips of plasticard to raise the height a possible solution?
by Andy W
Thu May 04, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Armchair Modeller
Topic: Here We Go... Frateschi G-8 & Other CSB Experiments
Replies: 26
Views: 6601

Re: Here We Go... Frateschi G-8

Can you unsolder the spacers, switch the frames so the hornblocks face the correct way and use axle jigs like those sold by LRM to re-align them?
by Andy W
Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering Station Replacements
Replies: 44
Views: 9080

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

Being a bit of an old dinosaur I haven't ever used a temperature controlled solder station. I just have a 25w Antex for brass and a 16/18w for the occasional white metal wagon.
by Andy W
Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem
Replies: 9
Views: 1744

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

I still think fishing might be a good idea.
by Andy W
Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem
Replies: 9
Views: 1744

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

Steve, As I've said before, I'm surprised that you use solder - your work is so beautifully clean and, apparently, solder free. :) I had a similar problem with a new iron a few years back - but it was the tip not the tip tinner/cleaner I was using. I posted the problem here: https://www.scalefour.or...
by Andy W
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Armchair Modeller
Topic: Here We Go... Judith Edge Ruston 48DS Kit
Replies: 53
Views: 26451

Re: Here We Go... Judith Edge Ruston 48DS Kit

Another version of your 3 point system would be not to use a beam, but to pivot the chassis side itself. Apologies if you've already mentioned this.
by Andy W
Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Armchair Modeller
Topic: Here We Go... Frateschi G-8 & Other CSB Experiments
Replies: 26
Views: 6601

Re: Here We Go... Frateschi G-8

Interesting project A.M. Could I suggest that any of us who thinks along the lines "I am hoping to get (fill in this blank).... done fairly quickly" donates a penny to the society funds? Within a year we should be able to buy a sizeable headquarters in the centre of London.
by Andy W
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Superb colour loco pictures from the 60s
Replies: 11
Views: 2545

Re: Superb colour loco pictures from the 60s

Wonderful! A real step into the past. I couldn't help noticing the acres of empty platforms.
by Andy W
Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: London Festival of Railway Modelling 25/26 March
Replies: 15
Views: 3952

Re: London Festival of Railway Modelling 25/26 March

All well on my iPad etc.
by Andy W
Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 226
Views: 48380

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

Thanks Jeremy. It makes me want to look out for a Mallard kit.
by Andy W
Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 226
Views: 48380

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

It's very impressive jeremy. I'm designing a Midland version so know how tricky these things are. The scale of the valve gear etc etc. How do you plan to attach the unit to the floor, and will there be any side play/swing?
by Andy W
Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: First steps in P4- now on my second loco
Replies: 74
Views: 16554

Re: First steps in P4- moving on to my first P4 loco

Yes good work Pete. My only thought would be to build the chassis first so you can check clearances as you progress.
by Andy W
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Disposing of old flux
Replies: 17
Views: 4162

Re: Disposing of old flux

No, but I've seen what it can do to Bristolians.
by Andy W
Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Disposing of old flux
Replies: 17
Views: 4162

Re: Disposing of old flux

I was told that most fluxes are safe to drink. If that's so swig it back, then an hour later dispose of it at your convenience.
by Andy W
Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Southern 8' Steam Bogies
Replies: 14
Views: 2499

Re: Southern 8' Steam Bogies

Brassmaster comp units I think.
by Andy W
Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Early GWR livery
Replies: 5
Views: 1546

Re: Early GWR livery

It appears that pre 1908 there was an inner line - but was it about 3 inches from the edge?
by Andy W
Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Early GWR livery
Replies: 5
Views: 1546

Re: Early GWR livery

If that's the case I won't add them. I thought it was further inside than that judging from these photos - apologies for any infringement of ©.
by Andy W
Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Early GWR livery
Replies: 5
Views: 1546

Early GWR livery

How far from the edge of the cream panels was the inner inset lining drawn on early GWR coaches?
by Andy W
Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: A beginner's first essays
Replies: 11
Views: 2081

Re: A beginner's first essays

Looks good Quentin. I've removed the odd superglued item by laying a piece of balsa on it and giving that a sharp tap. That avoids damaging the white metal.
by Andy W
Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Methfix transfers
Replies: 10
Views: 3065

Re: Methfix transfers

Good tips Martin. I've just applied some to a few coaches. They were both satin and gloss finishes. Both seem to have worked ok. Have others found they work on most surfaces?
by Andy W
Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Methfix transfers
Replies: 10
Views: 3065

Re: Methfix transfers

Mike, a quick footnote to my post. I've been using methfix today, and remembered that once you've soaked the transfer paper with the meths mix you can let it dry in position. Then if you brush just water on it the tissue should float off. The meths mix softens the glue but the water doesn't affect i...
by Andy W
Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Methfix transfers
Replies: 10
Views: 3065

Re: Methfix transfers

Use a solution of 3 parts meths to 1 water. With a scalpel carefully cut around the transfer from the side the images appear reversed. Only cut through the layer that carries the transfers, not the backing paper that supports it, so that you can then peel it away. Position it on the model and brush ...
by Andy W
Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Binding Gearbox
Replies: 79
Views: 13057

Re: Binding Gearbox

Also you could try removing the crank pin bushes. By doing this axle by axle it should show if there's a problem with one set of rods.
by Andy W
Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Binding Gearbox
Replies: 79
Views: 13057

Re: Binding Gearbox

Very neat enigma. Will's right about making sure there's no fouling from the gear's side. It's a good idea to place all gears and washers side down on some very fine wet and dry and rub them around with your finger to get them as smooth as possible before using.

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