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by Philip Hall
Wed May 18, 2011 7:42 am
Forum: Railmotors, Railcars and Multiple Units
Topic: GWR Railmotor
Replies: 36
Views: 22928

Re: GWR Railmotor

David, Congratulations on a lovely piece of work. The valve gear is one of those watchmaking nightmares so your eyes must be much better than mine. I remember something by the late John Harrison in an old Railway Modeller on one of the incarnations of his Torpoint Branch, and there was a picture of ...
by Philip Hall
Sat May 14, 2011 6:14 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Sprat and Winkle couplings
Replies: 2
Views: 4558

Re: Sprat and Winkle couplings

I've just looked at the only bogie vehicle I ever fitted these to ( a 56' coach) and I fixed the hook and 'paddle' to the floor just behind the buffer beam and cut away the centre part of the bogie stretcher at the coupling end, to leave room for the paddle to move up and down. I left the end cross ...
by Philip Hall
Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:58 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: High Level chassis kit for Class 03/04
Replies: 64
Views: 36846

Re: High Level chassis kit for Class 03/04

Instead of crankpin nuts in the testing stages I use short lengths of cable sleeving pushed onto the crankpin. Saves all the screwing up (in both senses) and the unscrewing...

Philip
by Philip Hall
Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:26 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: High Level chassis kit for Class 03/04
Replies: 64
Views: 36846

Re: High Level chassis kit for Class 03/04

I would also check the crankpin bushes carefully as the occasional one can have the hole a touch off centre. The GW tool should yield a wheelset which is bang on the mark every time, so I shouldn't worry about that. Out of kilter crankpins or bushes are the most likely cause so long as you're sure o...
by Philip Hall
Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:17 pm
Forum: Mark Tatlow
Topic: A Highland Miscellany
Replies: 300
Views: 114150

Re: A Highland Miscellany

I use an etching marker pen for a lot of blackening these days and use it for preventing soldering as David says. It works well and saves having to dip the bits in the bottle, and also obviates the risk of the bottle falling over. You will realise how I know this.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:03 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Ultrasonic Cleaning
Replies: 29
Views: 17752

Re: Ultrasonic Cleaning

davidb wrote: I use the heater on my cleaner...


My ultrasonic cleaner came from the local hardware store and doesn't seem to have a heater. Does this make much of a difference?

Philip
by Philip Hall
Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:05 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Which controller?
Replies: 26
Views: 15447

Re: Which controller?

Many of the conversions I've done are quite happy on a hand held Gaugemaster feedback controller so that might be a good place to start. I think Kent Panel Controls do something similar. For years my 'test' controllers have been an ancient, reduced feedback AMR and a Pentroller. Both of these, sadly...
by Philip Hall
Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:17 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: EM wheels on P4 track
Replies: 82
Views: 60042

Re: EM wheels on P4 track

Craig Whilding wrote: I think it is widely recognised now though that 17.75mm is the one to aim for and not use the earlier 17.67mm b2b gauges. I've always thought that in setting the B-B to the maximum value, it's important that wheels don't wobble, but we all know that with the best will in the w...
by Philip Hall
Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:58 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Loco Suspension, fitting CSBs
Replies: 152
Views: 102871

Re: Loco Suspension, fitting CSBs

Another way to adjust sideplay is to use Peco fibre washers, with a small chunk cut out of them, to slip on and off the axle. Tim V put this on the Forum a while back now, but I can't remember where! I use brass washers to take up most of the sideplay but use a dummy axle, turned down to be a slidin...
by Philip Hall
Sat Feb 19, 2011 7:28 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Blackening Nickel Silver
Replies: 4
Views: 5146

Re: Blackening Nickel Silver

I've always used Birchwood Casey Super Blue, which says 'selenium dioxide', either in a bottle or their Presto Gun Blue pen (available from Eileen's) for all blackening. It works fine on N/S, brass and steel. Yes, it is dangerous, there's a warning on the bottle, but it's been available for years so...
by Philip Hall
Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:23 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann 45xx conversion
Replies: 33
Views: 13530

Re: Bachmann 45xx conversion

Just a note to say that I re-read my last post and some of it no longer made sense to me, so I've altered some of the wording when talking about the rod adjustments. Hope it now makes more sense.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Fri Feb 11, 2011 5:42 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann 45xx conversion
Replies: 33
Views: 13530

Re: Bachmann 45xx conversion

Tim, Sorry if I gave the wrong idea, I did re-centre the rods, but only on one side (!) I did think about the chassis slots but got frightened. Martin, Here's how I re- centred the rods: I laid some 'jig axles' in the slots in the chassis and clamped them in place with the keeper plate. I use the LR...
by Philip Hall
Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:46 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann 45xx conversion
Replies: 33
Views: 13530

Re: Bachmann 45xx conversion

Tim V wrote: there was still a problem with poor running, I re-centred the coupling rods I've just (literally) finished an EM one of these and I had the same problem with axle slots not at right angles to the frame casting, but this one was only like that on the middle axle! The rods on one side we...
by Philip Hall
Tue Feb 08, 2011 5:30 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann 45xx conversion
Replies: 33
Views: 13530

Re: Bachmann 45xx conversion

I usually use a 0.6mm drill at least, and use a hand held Expo type drill. I start the hole in the centre of the end of the axle, once it's in a mm or so, keeping the drill running, I move the drill to about 45 degrees and press on until it comes out of the side of the axle. 0.6mm is not so fragile ...
by Philip Hall
Tue Feb 08, 2011 5:19 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Re: Tim V's workbench - latest shenanigans
Replies: 421
Views: 159112

Re: Tim V's workbench

Tim V wrote: there is a bit of roughness from the three pole motor I've just looked at my 45XX chassis and it seems the motor is similar to that in the N. For that I have a replacement Mashima so it might be possible to slot one in if you have no luck with the tuning. I gather there may be problems...
by Philip Hall
Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:16 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Top wipers
Replies: 21
Views: 10562

Re: Top wipers

Martin Goodall wrote: My instinct has always been to use 'nickel silver' wire in preference to brass I have always used 0.3mm brass as it's quite springy and easier to get (until I found some 0.3mm nickel at Eileen's) in 0.3mm than nickel. Nickel seems a bit stiffer so I shall experiment next time ...
by Philip Hall
Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:08 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Blackener for wheels.
Replies: 9
Views: 4152

Re: Blackener for wheels.

I've used the Birchwood Casey touch up pen as well, and it's very good. As it's a matt black paint rather than a chemical it's just the job for Ultrascale wheels, although I do prefer the etch pen to give a coloured base in case the paint chips off. Also the etch pen is best - as it blackens solder ...
by Philip Hall
Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:03 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Top wipers
Replies: 21
Views: 10562

Re: Top wipers

Martin's explanation of Mike Sharman's preferences is just what I remembered from Mike all those years ago on one of Iain Rice's courses at Chagford. I have no idea about the evidence either, but Mike convinced me and I've seen no reason to bother with PB since on anything I build myself that's got ...
by Philip Hall
Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:40 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Blackener for wheels.
Replies: 9
Views: 4152

Re: Blackener for wheels.

Chemical blackener won't usually affect wheel rims (so long as you're very sparing with the fluid and properly wash it off promptly) but, owing to people being stupid with the use of chemicals in the past, Ultrascale won't go along with anything chemical other than an etching marker pen. That's what...
by Philip Hall
Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:57 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Top wipers
Replies: 21
Views: 10562

Re: Top wipers

I agree with Martin about pickups bearing on a tread, and always arrange them, as he does, to bear on the edge of the flange. This is, I find, the cleanest place, and if you clean wheels with the simple dodge of cleaning fluid on a piece of kitchen towel spread over the track, it cleans the pickup p...
by Philip Hall
Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:30 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Rivets on brass
Replies: 44
Views: 21017

Re: Rivets on brass

My choice would be the GW Models rivet press, having used one for years. it's not cheap, but like everything George Watts makes, it's well designed and strongly made. I think he does two for 4mm scale now, the original one with the table and the graduated wheels, and a more basic one with just the p...
by Philip Hall
Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:33 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Hornby Stanier to P4 around 3' curves
Replies: 30
Views: 13595

Re: Hornby Stanier to P4 around 3' curves

I have to take a mild issue with one of Martin's comments. about the close coupling system being devised by Kean Components. Their version of the 'expanding coupling' may be of their own devising, but the system fitted to Bachmann and Hornby stock, and which Steve has used (with the Kean heads) on h...
by Philip Hall
Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:54 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 831
Views: 67611

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

Paul, Squires 2011 catalogue shows the 660TC outfit at £89.95. I got mine from them a few years back when I saw they were, on average, £30 cheaper than most places. The catalogue quotes VAT at 15%, rather than 17.5%, but a 5% increase still brings it down to under £95. As for taking old bits off the...
by Philip Hall
Fri Dec 31, 2010 5:16 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Hornby Stanier to P4 around 3' curves
Replies: 30
Views: 13595

Re: Hornby Stanier to P4 around 3' curves

Steve I think I tested a four car rake of the Hornby Maunsells, solid gangways touching, all moving as one unit, on St Merryn not long after they first came out. Had them (literally) hurtling over the crossovers without a problem, smooth as you'd like. Mind you, you don't have too many curves on St ...
by Philip Hall
Fri Dec 31, 2010 5:09 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bogie Control
Replies: 6
Views: 3124

Re: Bogie Control

Tim, I'd place the chassis on a mirror (this helps you see what's happening underneath) or a sheet of glass, surface table, anything dead flat and smooth will do. Slide the bogie from side to side in the manner in which it would move as it enters a turnout. If it slides smoothly raise it slightly wi...

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