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by Philip Hall
Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Phoenix Paints
Replies: 26
Views: 3696

Re: Phoenix Paints

I see on the Precision website that they are selling Sharman wheels but not at the sort of prices Mike charged! They are about twice the price of Alan Gibson driving wheels Jim P I wonder a bit about the availability and to a degree the quality. Mike understood his machines and so did Steve Hodgson...
by Philip Hall
Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Phoenix Paints
Replies: 26
Views: 3696

Re: Phoenix Paints

John,

I have just looked at the Phoenix website and below the Covid -19 section In the drop down menu there is a note about application of paints and temperatures. I think this will answer your questions.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 384
Views: 116031

Re: The Burford Branch

Good luck with the move, Martin, I don’t envy you. I wouldn’t want to do all that again - once was enough. You’ve done some good protective work, and I do like seeing a proper hand drill in use again!

Philip
by Philip Hall
Sat Jul 18, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Wheels for Peckett B2 conversion (and others)
Replies: 19
Views: 4183

Re: Wheels for Peckett B2 conversion (and others)

Thanks Geraint, I will bear all that in mind on the MN. It will be a fair while; I ordered the engine (the BR Blue one) about a year ago now and delivery is still delayed...

Philip
by Philip Hall
Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Wheels for Peckett B2 conversion (and others)
Replies: 19
Views: 4183

Re: Wheels for Peckett B2 conversion (and others)

Geraint, a lovely little engine. I am interested in how the wheels were assembled with Loctite, as I had a problem recently when reassembling some Alan Gibson wheels after skimming the centres. I used cyano, but for some reason it just didn’t stick properly and so I took them all apart again and use...
by Philip Hall
Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 159
Views: 15683

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

The gravity run round was the usual practice at Cowes on the Isle of Wight, where the running line sloped down towards the buffer stops. And they did it with four coach trains!

Philip
by Philip Hall
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Best Glue for the job!
Replies: 35
Views: 4514

Re: Best Glue for the job!

Thanks Tim. Thinking about it!

Philip
by Philip Hall
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Best Glue for the job!
Replies: 35
Views: 4514

Re: Best Glue for the job!

Will,

I like idea of a drinks ‘fridge, but space for it is another thing! But I’d never remember to take the glue out of the kitchen every day...

Philip
by Philip Hall
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 159
Views: 15683

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

I am a cheapskate like David! I made a little chisel from the broken end of a square needle file and it has been one of my most useful tools. I have made scrapers and the like from old files which I use for clearing away excess solder etc. I am intrigued by the shape of your chisel, Paul, any idea w...
by Philip Hall
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Best Glue for the job!
Replies: 35
Views: 4514

Re: Best Glue for the job!

I think that ‘Tricky Stick’ is really sold for use with cyano - it’s just that I use it with epoxy as it seems to help.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Best Glue for the job!
Replies: 35
Views: 4514

Re: Best Glue for the job!

I couldn’t keep my cyano in the ‘fridge as it’s in the kitchen and my workshop is at the bottom of the garden! I use Hafixs almost daily and probably about one bottle every six months or so. Only the most recent bottle has got unusably thick, the first time. It’s particularly good for gluing Unimat ...
by Philip Hall
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Best Glue for the job!
Replies: 35
Views: 4514

Re: Best Glue for the job!

Not sure about shelf lives because I get through quite a bit of the stuff described. I settled on these many years ago and have seen no need to shop around further. Ivan Smith told me about Hafixs a long time ago and it’s good for even slightly bendy plastics; I use it to attach detail parts to RTR ...
by Philip Hall
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Best Glue for the job!
Replies: 35
Views: 4514

Re: Best Glue for the job!

I would endorse Steve’s recommendation of ‘Tricky Stick’ which I also use on plastic when using epoxy. My usual choice of cyano is Hafixs, obtainable online, but I have also had good results with Elmers Krazy Glue, which I bought in the US last year when needing to repair something. I have just orde...
by Philip Hall
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Dapol Stove R
Replies: 4
Views: 941

Re: Dapol Stove R

I have two to do but will use a Brassmasters Cleminson underframe, along with axleboxes, J hangers and springs from Wizard/51L. A representation of the brakes are on the underframe etching, but could be beefed up a bit if the need was felt. The mouldings on the underframe are quite nice, but in a sl...
by Philip Hall
Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Suspension for bogie coaches
Replies: 28
Views: 3143

Re: Suspension for bogie coaches

If the wheelbase of the bogie is 6ft only then I reckon you really don't need any suspension at all. I would just build them all rigid, try them out on the layout and see if anything falls off. If it does, try the three point mounting idea. I have converted many Hornby 8ft wheelbase bogies (true, th...
by Philip Hall
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 159
Views: 15683

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Paul, I don’t think I got the wrapper exactly right on my one either. I think I might have spotted this after most of the assembly had been done, and I just had a bit of a go with a file to create the contour. A lathe might have produced a better job But I didn’t have one then and actually, I’m not ...
by Philip Hall
Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 159
Views: 15683

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Paul, When I did one of these many years ago I thought that the replacement smokebox door didn't look quite right; the 'ring' between the door and the edge of the smokebox looked a touch too great. After a lot of looking at pictures I noticed that the front edge of the smokebox was indeed rounded a ...
by Philip Hall
Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles
Replies: 98
Views: 41518

Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Yes, thanks JIm.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Fri Jun 19, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles
Replies: 98
Views: 41518

Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

I did pay £10 - odd for Army Painter (But still a large can) and almost half as much again for shipping, so maybe I just didn’t find the right site! Where do you get yours Jim?

Philip
by Philip Hall
Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles
Replies: 98
Views: 41518

Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

I like Dullcote, but have found it difficult to obtain by post at times. It also has a pungent odour which I am none too keen on.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles
Replies: 98
Views: 41518

Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Thanks Jim,

There were some dodgy reviews on some sites so thought it best to check with someone who has experience of our sort of stuff. Now ordered and recovering from the price and shipping costs!

Philip
by Philip Hall
Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles
Replies: 98
Views: 41518

Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Jim, lovely vehicles as always.

I see you mentioned Army Painter spray varnish. I can’t get my previous preference, Citadel Purity Seal, any more, and web searches for it keep coming back to Army Painter. How do you get on with it? And does it give a dead matt finish or is there a sheen?
by Philip Hall
Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 228
Views: 37030

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Dave, I may be being a bit dense, and I know very little about LMS engines, but I am mystified as to why there is an overlay for the tender side. The overlay looks as flush and smooth as the base, apart from the beading. Is it just a method of attaching the beading or to strengthen the construction?...
by Philip Hall
Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Easing wheels tight to gauge
Replies: 27
Views: 3623

Re: Easing wheels tight to gauge

I have a GW wheel puller, but more often than not I use a small hammer and a pin punch. When I have used the puller, the grip of the wheel on the axle is such that when it moves under the action of the puller, it ‘springs’ backwards, often a bit too much. Carefully supporting the wheel on vice jaws ...
by Philip Hall
Tue Jun 09, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 228
Views: 37030

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Dave, Much sympathy! I would use epoxy, a fairly runny one like Devcon. I use the 5 minute variety for gluing tyres back on wheels, and it’s thin enough to give a good layer between fairly close fitting components. It should stay workable enough to spread over the tender side sub structure, and prob...

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