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by Paul Townsend
Wed May 06, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 68
Views: 10268

Re: Track cleaning

It happens that I mention this in my article “Updating Highbridge” in the May Snoozef . Propanol is not IPA. Propanol is propan-1-ol whereas IPA is propan-2-ol regards Alan True, my mistake. All my remarks refer to IPA, I should not have mentioned propanol. Commercial Heptane, which I am trialling ...
by Paul Townsend
Mon May 04, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 68
Views: 10268

Re: Track cleaning

It happens that I mention this in my article “Updating Highbridge” in the May Snoozef . My interim conclusion is that there is no advantage in using the expensive and inconvenient aerosol WD40 Contact Cleaner. Comparison between Propanol aka IPA and Heptane is ongoing. The results are pretty much th...
by Paul Townsend
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Yard crane gears
Replies: 28
Views: 2671

Re: Yard crane gears

As David's crane is Irish my instinctive response may not be valid:
Tight fisted Scotsman pinched the wheelset for another vehicle.

A more engineering thought is that they were removed to go around tight corners.
by Paul Townsend
Fri Apr 24, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2020
Replies: 115
Views: 15742

Re: Scaleforum 2020

I know that as a Society we are encumbered with the millstone of getting it all right, but I don't think we're seeking perfection in videos for a virtual show. DT You are over-rating what I was suggesting. I certainly didn't mean to imply it had to be done with professional equipment or at a pro sk...
by Paul Townsend
Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2020
Replies: 115
Views: 15742

Re: Scaleforum 2020

IMHO, the idea of a Virtual MR Show is attractive. If the Committee decide to promote it I suggest that a guide is published to optimise the "filming" skills of contributors. A bunch of videos from Hand held Smartphones would be awful. Bods need advise on minimum equipment requirement, use...
by Paul Townsend
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 432
Views: 82684

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Tony uses the contact style with eyelet designed for soldering. The back end protrudes from the housing so use of insulating sleeve is desirable. I prefer to use the crimp style contact pins as they are shorter, do not protrude and so no sleeve is required. They are intended for use with an expensiv...
by Paul Townsend
Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 432
Views: 82684

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

See my advert in classified section for these connectors......edited 6/5/20 .....now all gone to 2 of us.
I previously mentioned cables available and got smacked for thread drift! Fair enough :D
by Paul Townsend
Sat Apr 11, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Will L
Topic: Buck Jumping on Mass
Replies: 111
Views: 44339

Re: Buck Jumping on Mass

Flymo's taste in ale seems do have done the trick.
by Paul Townsend
Fri Apr 10, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: 3D printed MR Brake
Replies: 5
Views: 887

Re: 3D printed MR Brake

Bill seems determined to make entire kits 3D printed. I think thats a mistake for underpinnings. Small parts tend to be too fat and/or too brittle.
by Paul Townsend
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Will L
Topic: Buck Jumping on Mass
Replies: 111
Views: 44339

Re: Buck Jumping on Mass

Ah, but you had beer with yours so it should have gone better than Will's, unless you had too much ;)
by Paul Townsend
Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Balcombe developments
Replies: 15
Views: 1587

Re: Balcombe developments

I fear date and time may have something to do with this!
by Paul Townsend
Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Marking gauge?
Replies: 25
Views: 2825

Re: Marking gauge?

Many years ago, I bought one of these at a show....no idea who made it. Very useful tool!
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by Paul Townsend
Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Registration Thread
Replies: 46
Views: 7643

Re: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Registration Thread

I refuse to admit to having a "Shelf of Shame".

However I certainly have several " Shelves and Boxes of Embarrassment".

It would be good to reduce those but the lure of new and currnt projects wins for at least a few weeks.
by Paul Townsend
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery
Replies: 413
Views: 142376

Re: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery

From the sublime to the ridiculous.....look at the loco at the back of Tim's bench with meccano lookalike wheels...must be for his 1810 caper!
by Paul Townsend
Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery
Replies: 413
Views: 142376

Re: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery

Too late - already made them! As said, I'm building this without recourse to any outside trade help. So although the BGS may have the correct wheels (for example), as I'm not a member I can't use their excellent trade counter! Not true. BGS sells to non members, all product prices are on our websit...
by Paul Townsend
Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery
Replies: 413
Views: 142376

Re: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery

Tim V wrote:Decided instead to build the tender first. Axles being made, wheels sourced.

I can post you tender axles......2mm for normal wheels, BG length and pin points, but maybe you need plain ends and splits.
by Paul Townsend
Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Registration Thread
Replies: 46
Views: 7643

Another Turntable entry

Based on the LR models kit for the bridge , mine will be Broad Gauge, well mixed actually, for Dartmouth. BS4 has the multi-talented Richard who does wood-turning for his other hobby. He has offered to do me a wooden well in a black hardwood which should be pretty stable. The dimensions and appearan...
by Paul Townsend
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Registration Thread
Replies: 46
Views: 7643

Re: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Registration Thread

Is it OK to throw my hat into the ring? With this:- IMG_6793.JPG Some background. One of our group decided we needed a bigger turntable for 'Clarendon'. Mainly because we are getting a few loco's that won't fit on the 42ft turntable that we have at the moment. One of those being my LBSCR B4, that i...
by Paul Townsend
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 432
Views: 82684

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Yes some of Tony's detail ideas with paper packing are useful. However I remind all that 50+ years ago the MSG established the failure at the switch to PCB joint as a fundamental flaw. Their solution was to decouple the stress point and provide a small degree of flexibility so that the thing soldere...
by Paul Townsend
Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: High Level Mail order and stock
Replies: 10
Views: 1888

Re: High Level Mail order and stock

I've built that 48xx chassis kit and its a beaut. complex, because there's a lot of detail, but very enjoyable to build like all High Level products. More power to the Wizard of Wearside! Flymo Er, when exactly did a GWR loco run on the GER? Having got that far through it in 48 hours, it's clear it...
by Paul Townsend
Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled
Replies: 19
Views: 2738

Re: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled

Hardwicke wrote:Understandable. I'd like to visit it again one year. Best wishes to everyone involved.


I got some relief from deadline pressure to work on Dartmouth by this cancellation. I suspect my wife got more relief as it means I am more available for DiY, gardening etc
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by Paul Townsend
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Announcement thread
Replies: 40
Views: 4062

Re: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Announcement thread

As your builders won't get going again for ages, you need to unpack some essential boxes...they are all labelled aren't they?
by Paul Townsend
Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Registration Thread
Replies: 46
Views: 7643

Re: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Registration Thread

Right, in my kit mountain I've found a Sharman kit for a Hercules class 0-6-0 broad gauge engine. I've found some used 5' diameter wheels. I've found some hornblocks. There could be a good motor (untested as yet). Some gears. The plan is to do it without recourse to ordering things in. Basic spec s...
by Paul Townsend
Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 432
Views: 82684

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

As always looking very good Tony. Telephone wire is certainly useful for circuits with a low current capacity. I am also a believer in colour coding so if the wire is red at the control panel it is still red at the destination. A single colour with careful labelling can be used but requires a disci...
by Paul Townsend
Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Eileens, Corona Virus and Shows
Replies: 23
Views: 4185

Re: Eileens, Corona Virus and Shows

I am sure you will have financial issues to address but be relieved for the sake of your family's health

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