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by Philip Hall
Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:30 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Best fillers for whitemetal?
Replies: 27
Views: 14537

Re: Best fillers for whitemetal?

I've used car body filler (Plastic Padding, Isopon etc) quite successfully. I think the most durable approach is to use solder, though. However, whitemetal and I don't like each other very much so I only have to resort to such things very occasionally.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:17 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 821
Views: 57925

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

Paul As a guide to retaining the quartering, scribe a line across the ends of the axles and the wheels (quite deeply) and fill with white paint on one side & yellow on the other. Make the lines not quite in the middle so you can only get them to line up one way. The different colours are in case...
by Philip Hall
Tue May 25, 2010 1:25 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: LSWR B4 0-4-0T
Replies: 9
Views: 4845

Re: LSWR B4 0-4-0T

Hi Philip If the wheels have a straight slot in the axles I think they may well be K's. Another feature of some of these was that the front of the tyre had a slight bevel to it, and the crankpin would have been pushed in from the rear. Sharman's have the pin moulded in and it would not be visible fr...
by Philip Hall
Mon May 24, 2010 9:31 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: LSWR B4 0-4-0T
Replies: 9
Views: 4845

Re: LSWR B4 0-4-0T

If it's brass it's almost certainly the Falcon (ex Jidenco) kit. I believe the McGowan kit was whitemetal. Not sure if Jim McGeowan (Connoisseur) did a B4. This wasn't at all bad for its day (it was my first properly working P4 loco) but the cab roof was the wrong profile as it came and had to be re...
by Philip Hall
Fri Apr 23, 2010 1:03 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Metal black as primer?
Replies: 6
Views: 4950

Re: Metal black as primer?

My etching marker pen blackens stainless steel effectively (and I've just checked it on an Exactoscale wagon wheel). I think you can get them from Eileen's now, alternatively try MSC/JL Industrial. Link below.

http://www.mscjlindustrial.co.uk/LNR-52 ... oduct.html

Philip
by Philip Hall
Thu Apr 22, 2010 12:56 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Metal black as primer?
Replies: 6
Views: 4950

Re: Metal black as primer?

I'm not sure about gun blue as an effective replacement primer for metal, but following Martyn Welch's advice I always blacken vulnerable edges with the gun blue or an etching marker pen. This is particularly useful on the front of wheel tyres, where paint always seems to rub off when they're being ...
by Philip Hall
Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:59 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: GWR outside cranks
Replies: 16
Views: 5915

Re: GWR outside cranks

Ultrascale do them, I think, but they may only be available with their wheels. Might be worth giving David Rogers a ring. And of course there's Alan Gibson.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:44 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: How real do your photo's look?
Replies: 122
Views: 52713

Re: How real do your photo's look?

In response to Keith's request for a picture, here's an example of the depth of field you can get with a compact such as the Canon S3IS. T9 30707.JPG It's a Hornby T9 in EM, taken at F8 under the workbench daylight fluorescents. Exposure was 1 second, the camera sorted that out itself, and I added a...
by Philip Hall
Tue Apr 13, 2010 5:24 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: How real do your photo's look?
Replies: 122
Views: 52713

Re: How real do your photo's look?

Hi Keith,

I didn't attach a picture - when I wrote 'Here's an example', the example was the tale of how long we all take to sort out photos these days...!

Philip
by Philip Hall
Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:49 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: How real do your photo's look?
Replies: 122
Views: 52713

Re: How real do your photo's look?

I know next to nothing about the technical side of photography other than how to make the camera take the pictures that you want. In the 'old days', pictures for MRJ were taken almost always on Ilford FP4 and processed in his home darkroom by Tony Smith. The three of us (Barry Norman, Tony and yours...
by Philip Hall
Wed Apr 07, 2010 7:21 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project
Replies: 145
Views: 50541

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project

Mike Sharman told me a very long time ago (at one of Iain Rice's courses, I think, so that dates the tip - and me!) that phosphor bronze tends to oxidize with steel wheels and to avoid it where possible. Which I've always done since, using fine brass wire for preference. Problem is that all the read...
by Philip Hall
Wed Apr 07, 2010 7:21 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project
Replies: 152
Views: 81575

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project

Mike Sharman told me a very long time ago (at one of Iain Rice's courses, I think, so that dates the tip - and me!) that phosphor bronze tends to oxidize with steel wheels and to avoid it where possible. Which I've always done since, using fine brass wire for preference. Problem is that all the read...
by Philip Hall
Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:34 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: 3mm diameter axles and 1/8 inch bearings
Replies: 4
Views: 3122

Re: 3mm diameter axles and 1/8 inch bearings

The easiest solution is to return the driving wheels to the manufacturer and ask for the wheel centres to be remoulded with a 1/8" hole! Both Colin Seymour (Alan Gibson) and David Rogers (Ultrascale) have done this in the past and I'm sure could help.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:48 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Scalefour Workbench - a demo becomes reality (P4 Hornby 08)
Replies: 33
Views: 15794

Re: Scalefour Workbench - a demo becomes reality (P4 Hornby 08)

Looking at your picture of the Ultrascale wheelsets, it seems you have round brass bearings to fit in the chassis. I think that the conversions which have been written about (I'm sure this applies to Dave Booth's) refer to chassis which have square bearings. Certainly the conversion I did to EM a fe...
by Philip Hall
Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:08 am
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Hand-held Pentroller wiring
Replies: 9
Views: 5305

Re: Hand-held Pentroller wiring

Hi Dave, The usual convention is pins 1 & 4, AC, 3 & 5 DC with pin 2 (the centre one in the crescent) spare. If your Pentroller came with a DIN plug fitted, the ones that Stewart usually used have the pin numbers marked next to the pins. The socket, of course, will be a mirror image, but mos...
by Philip Hall
Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:04 pm
Forum: Colour Light Signals
Topic: Improving Color Light Signal Components
Replies: 34
Views: 21515

Re: Improving Color Light Signal Components

I'm pretty sure this is not made any more. Probably someone's been drinking it and they changed the formula. I think this was mentioned in the Snooze a while back, when the merits of the stuff were first being expounded. I seem to remember that the replacement formula was a bit cloudy. When I was wo...
by Philip Hall
Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:23 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jidenco Class 700
Replies: 7
Views: 3667

Re: Jidenco Class 700

A very attractive little engine Neil, and one I suppose should eventually go on my building list for 'Mellstock' (nee Okehampton). But I hope you'll not mind my querying your problems with the quartering, and in so doing, apologize for a commercial plug. It's just that for donkeys years now I have u...
by Philip Hall
Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:08 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: LSWR models Drummond 3500 gallon tender
Replies: 8
Views: 3885

Re: LSWR models Drummond 3500 gallon tender

Hi Neil, Whatever the intention of the designer was, I think it's far better to compensate the front two axles and support the back of the tender on the rear axle. Just move the compensation pivot. I then support the tender body on the chassis midway between the rear two axles on a .7mm or so wire s...
by Philip Hall
Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:05 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project
Replies: 145
Views: 50541

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project

Russ,

Some of the later Sharman bushes were a bit sloppy. If they weren't too bad, my solution was to fix them with a drop of Loctite 601 - this seemed to centre them acceptably as it set. You could still get them off again with a touch of brute force if required.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:05 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project
Replies: 152
Views: 81575

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project

Russ,

Some of the later Sharman bushes were a bit sloppy. If they weren't too bad, my solution was to fix them with a drop of Loctite 601 - this seemed to centre them acceptably as it set. You could still get them off again with a touch of brute force if required.

Philip
by Philip Hall
Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:52 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project
Replies: 145
Views: 50541

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project

I had a four-coupled chassis which ran reasonably with the nuts not tightened up, but as soon as I tightened the last nut up, the chassis would bind slightly. Russ, Some of the crankpin bushes I get do not always have the hole in the middle. I keep a stock these days and weed out the faulty ones. T...
by Philip Hall
Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:52 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project
Replies: 152
Views: 81575

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project

I had a four-coupled chassis which ran reasonably with the nuts not tightened up, but as soon as I tightened the last nut up, the chassis would bind slightly. Russ, Some of the crankpin bushes I get do not always have the hole in the middle. I keep a stock these days and weed out the faulty ones. T...
by Philip Hall
Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:16 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ultrascale Brass Wheels
Replies: 23
Views: 9636

Re: Ultrascale Brass Wheels

I don't think it's a joke - I think David Rogers told me quite some time ago that they do have customers for brass wheels. I guess he wouldn't be making them otherwise. Probably, though, they're not on this forum...

Philip
by Philip Hall
Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:44 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ultrascale Brass Wheels
Replies: 23
Views: 9636

Re: Ultrascale Brass Wheels

Meanwhile, returning to my original question - Has any one ever fitted a set of Brass wheels to a loco? And would they ever do it again? I've just remembered that my father fitted a set of Hamblings wheels to a Triang M7 for me over 40 years ago and I seem to recall that current collection was awfu...
by Philip Hall
Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:42 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Bench Drill Recommendations
Replies: 6
Views: 4393

Re: Bench Drill Recommendations

Some years ago I bought a Proxxon TBM220 on Barry Norman's recommendation (actually I bought two of them, one for another friend as we got quite a discount for two) and have been very pleased with it. It takes drills down to 0.3mm and seems very true running. Its only foible - and I call it that sin...

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