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by Ian Everett
Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:07 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Mole point motor
Replies: 21
Views: 12280

Re: Mole point motor

See link from 2 posts above :) Not as cheap as the Conrad units at £3.99 - http://www.conrad-uk.com/ce/en/product/219998/Universal-Point-Mechanism/1606490&ref=list Keith That's actually an English language version of a German web site. They state that delivery is from Germany and it's pretty ex...
by Ian Everett
Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:57 am
Forum: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG)
Topic: Meeting 10th Jan 2913
Replies: 6
Views: 3691

Re: Meeting 10th Jan 2913 - and a question about whistle cod

2913 came and went quickly, with a most enjoyable meeting yesterday. Five of us congregated for an excellent pub lunch followed by a reasonably successful operating session on Bradford North Western. This was slightly hampered by the failure of a Hoffman point motor the previous day, so the facing c...
by Ian Everett
Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:29 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Mole point motor
Replies: 21
Views: 12280

Re: Mole point motor

We've used the Conrads very successfully, and at a quarter of the price of the Hoffman http://finneyandsmith.co.uk/finneyandsmith/hoffman.html which is virtually identical. I need to replace a failed Hoffman motor and like the look of the Conrads, which look as though they would just slot in withou...
by Ian Everett
Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:16 pm
Forum: East Midlands Area Group
Topic: P4 LAYOUT on EBAY NAGBID
Replies: 9
Views: 4409

Re: P4 LAYOUT on EBAY NAGBID

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290840955150 I think that should find the page for you regards trevor In the voice of your favourite dragon "i'm out !" Thank you Trevor. I too am not in but it does look to be a super opportunity for the right buyer. I cannot but f...
by Ian Everett
Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:08 pm
Forum: East Midlands Area Group
Topic: P4 LAYOUT on EBAY NAGBID
Replies: 9
Views: 4409

Re: P4 LAYOUT on EBAY NAGBID

I'm unlikely to bid but I cannot find it on EBay - too much rubbish to wade through. Any chance of a URL please?
by Ian Everett
Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:44 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: A New Home for the Central Cheshire Lines
Replies: 34
Views: 18326

Re: A New Home for the Central Cheshire Lines

Its generally the fixed wheelbase that matters and all the Derby Std. 8' + 8'6" locos are longer than a black 5. Regards Keith The minimum radius on the non-scenic part of Bradford North Western is 3'6" and I can run a Jinty, Fowler 7F 0-8-0, Stanier 8F 2-8-0, Black Five and even a Jack-S...
by Ian Everett
Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:12 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Lighting for exhibiting
Replies: 42
Views: 19818

Re: Lighting for exhibiting

Hi, my requirements are fairly simple - robust and cool lighting. Fluorescent tubes fulfil the latter but not the former Tim I've used the same fluorescent tube for some 15 years on the fascias for Clecklewyke and Humber Dock. Despite my clumsiness it has survived. Maybe I've been lucky? I like the...
by Ian Everett
Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:05 am
Forum: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG)
Topic: Meeting 10th Jan 2913
Replies: 6
Views: 3691

Re: Meeting 10th Jan 2913

we are geographically widely scattered and mostly retired, And apparently at least one is increasingly senile. Should go well with the 4' space challenge - how about a TARDIS challenge? I like that idea. I travel back in time to 1958 whenever I go into the railway room and Betsy says it's like a Ta...
by Ian Everett
Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:08 pm
Forum: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG)
Topic: Meeting 10th Jan 2913
Replies: 6
Views: 3691

Re: Meeting 10th Jan 2913

Tim V wrote:Blimey - planning ahead aren't we?

I don't expect to be able to make any meeting in 2913...


The new Scalefour Challenge - Time Travel!
by Ian Everett
Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:17 pm
Forum: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG)
Topic: Meeting 10th Jan 2913
Replies: 6
Views: 3691

Meeting 10th Jan 2913

A happy new year to all and a reminder that the next meeting of the Cumbrian Region Area Group will be at my house on Thurs 10th Jan, meeting as usual from 12 noon, then on to a pub lunch at the Crown at about 1pm, and returning to mine for an operating and nattering session. We have members ranging...
by Ian Everett
Sat Dec 22, 2012 7:08 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Kites Croft
Replies: 17
Views: 10745

Re: Draycott Plus

Wills do some dressed stone, but the sheets are quite thick and difficult to match end to end with the next piece. See photo here. http://www.derails.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=236 I disagree. Wills sheets are cleverly designed to enable them to be joined. Just trim the en...
by Ian Everett
Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:56 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: First dabble in P4
Replies: 49
Views: 19733

Re: First dabble in P4

I must have spent some 40% of my modelling time searching for small objects on the floor below my bench. The best five minutes of time spent was to stick Velcro pads to each corner of an old apron and two corresponding squares to the underside of my bench. When I model I put on the apron and stick i...
by Ian Everett
Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:16 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Super Elevation
Replies: 21
Views: 8552

Re: Super Elevation

I would like to use superelevation but in every case I will need a crossover on the tracks concerned. How does one deal with a crossover? Normally with double track, I believe that both inner rails are at the same level. Should one raise the inner rail of the outer track to enable the crossover to b...
by Ian Everett
Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:52 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2013
Replies: 12
Views: 5761

Re: Scaleforum 2013

Terry Bendall wrote:One of the reasons for this is that it is quite difficult to find suitable topics for lectures and even more difficult to find people who can talk in an entertaining way about the topic.
Terry Bendall


Just put Chris Pendlenton on the podium and keep him fed and watered.

Simples (crrk)
by Ian Everett
Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:21 am
Forum: Bristol
Topic: EM Flanges on Clutton
Replies: 29
Views: 13733

Re: EM Flanges on Clutton

I agree with that Will. Track should be flat and level along the length of the rails and across the rails, unless of course you want super elevation on curves. Cant can be, and often is a cause, of derailments but assuming that there is no cant, and all other things are correct, stock should not fa...
by Ian Everett
Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:45 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Bill Bedford Springing units
Replies: 30
Views: 14222

Re: Bill Bedford Springing units

Have you thought of asking Bill directly? I would think he should welcome customer feed-back.
by Ian Everett
Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:59 am
Forum: East Midlands Area Group
Topic: Learning to build Track
Replies: 85
Views: 41829

Re: Learning to build Track

Howard, I am tremendously impressed by your trackwork and would love to learn more about the layout of which it will be a part. You call it "Minories" but good old CJF's original was a clever use of standard Peco products to produce a deceptively impressive station. Your track is much more...
by Ian Everett
Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:52 pm
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (August 2012)
Replies: 5
Views: 3215

Re: Fylde Area Group (August 2012)

Mike, I am sorry that you perceived "apathy" amongst your Fylde Area Group. I sometimes feel the same way about the Cumbrian group - we are very widely scattered and sometimes find it difficult to find a convenient time for a meeting so we have met irregularly with very variable attendance...
by Ian Everett
Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Sprung/Compensated bogies
Replies: 25
Views: 12489

Re: Sprung/Compensated bogies

I'm intrigued that Bill Bedford has gone from designing complex sprung bogies with lots of fiddly parts to 3D printing of whole underframes, printed in one piece - absolutely no bits to add - with one piece bogies shells - see http://www.mousa.biz/fourmm/coach/coach_parts/lms4.html They can hardly b...
by Ian Everett
Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:59 am
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (June 2012)
Replies: 2
Views: 1966

Re: Fylde Area Group (June 2012)

Lovely work, Mike,but I cannot help but feel that with all those bells ringing in the same room there will be pandemonium. Have you thought of using headphones, so each signalman only hears his own box's bells?

Ian (Who was very pleased to build just two block instruments for Clecklewyke :( )
by Ian Everett
Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:08 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2012
Replies: 59
Views: 23459

Re: Scalefour North 2012

Did it not happen? People have such short memories ;) Keith I remembered. I had a supply of sticky labels with me on the Society Stand for use as name badges; I always take the box with me to Society shows; but only one person asked for one and that was DaveyTee. What I didn't do was to promote the...
by Ian Everett
Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:15 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Axle Jigs MRJ212
Replies: 15
Views: 6455

Re: Axle Jigs MRJ212

Terry Bendall wrote: ie no ecentricity.


I would have thought that a little eccentricity was essential in an P4 modeler?

;)
by Ian Everett
Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:13 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Axle Jigs MRJ212
Replies: 15
Views: 6455

Re: Axle Jigs MRJ212

I thought the article was about a solution to a non-existent problem. O.K., there may be a theoretical degree of inaccuracy but the commercial coned jigs seem to work well enough in my non-too-perfect hands to allow me to produce many free-running chassis - even in one case on an eight-wheeler.

Ian
by Ian Everett
Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:47 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Track Laying - is this how you do it?
Replies: 6
Views: 4357

Track Laying - is this how you do it?

Clearly P87 rather than P4 but nevertheless probably the best practice in current tracklaying techniques:

http://tinyurl.com/32mbcu3

I presume this is how Jim has made such quick progress on New Street?

Ian
by Ian Everett
Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:25 am
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Power supply
Replies: 34
Views: 16172

Re: Power supply

"Being open construction you will have to fit your own mains cable and plug, and a case might well be a desirable extra - I made my own." I cannot help but feel that someone who professes to being a novice at electrics who wanted a "plug and play" power supply should avoid using ...

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