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by Andy W
Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem
Replies: 9
Views: 1462

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: 23051

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: 5657

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: 2243

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: 3393

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: 202
Views: 38239

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: 202
Views: 38239

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: 70
Views: 13406

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: 3544

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: 3544

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: 2141

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: 1367

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: 1367

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: 1367

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: 1778

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: 2778

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: 2778

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: 2778

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: 11398

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: 11398

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.
by Andy W
Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Binding Gearbox
Replies: 79
Views: 11398

Re: Binding Gearbox

"Checking everything as you go along is a very good mantra." Indeed it's vital, and not just at the chassis building stage. Running needs checking after adding the footplate; the splashers; the cab sides etc. I once built a loco where everything was fine until I bolted the entire, painted ...
by Andy W
Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: John Donnelly
Topic: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 110
Views: 18084

Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Damn, I've painted my Titan gloss.
by Andy W
Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Binding Gearbox
Replies: 79
Views: 11398

Re: Binding Gearbox

Try an extensive run-in before you strip it all back. Often an overly tightened screw can cause a problem, slacken all fastenings a tiny bit.
by Andy W
Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: PeteT
Topic: Etching concepts, and modelling! - currently 1P and Ivatt class 2...
Replies: 34
Views: 8756

Re: Etching concepts... and modelling!

Surely you could simply file some thin overlays to solder on the cross heads rather than do an etch?

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