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by Paul Townsend
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Motor Shorting
Replies: 32
Views: 3830

Re: Motor Shorting

I have used the longer drawbar from the kit and dog-legged it to pass under the front of the tender where a plastic pin engages with it. I have faced the rubbing plates on the loco drag beam with masking tape and, so far so good, it is all running fine. I will also put masking tape or plastic card ...
by Paul Townsend
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Wormdrive sleeves
Replies: 19
Views: 3133

Re: Wormdrive sleeves

if anyone comes across alternative sources, I'd appreciate details. One alternative is to find someone with a lathe and persuade them to make some for you. :) 0,78 mm sounds suspiciously like 1/32 inch 0.78 mm is 0.0307 inches. A number 68 drill, if you can get one is 0.0310 inches. 1/32 is 0.0312 ...
by Paul Townsend
Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:22 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Wormdrive sleeves
Replies: 19
Views: 3133

Re: Wormdrive sleeves

Out of interest, does anyone know of sources of suitable turned bushes: 2.0mm OD x 1.0mm ID 2.0mm OD x 1.5mm ID 1.5mm OD x 0.78mm ID My reason for asking is that I have purchased a variety of very cheap motors that I wish to try in various locos and while I can always ask Chris at High Level for ex...
by Paul Townsend
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 398
Views: 124776

Re: The Burford Branch

Oi I heard cats every day! I have a day job trying to follow some errr, architects and engineers drawings... I spend more time trying to figure out how they came up with certain details that don't work. So i spend a lot of time trying to correct designs that don't comply with planning, building cod...
by Paul Townsend
Tue May 26, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Glenmutchkin - Water Tanks
Replies: 184
Views: 63857

Re: Glenmutchkin - Water Tanks

Obviously, where there is water in a locomotive yard, there really ought to be coal too. Thus, quite substantial coal stacks where very much a feature of shed areas in the pre-grouping era. Typically, these were arranged in engineered stacks, with the sides formed in “dry-coal walling” and then loo...
by Paul Townsend
Mon May 18, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Brass preparation for painting
Replies: 29
Views: 7361

Re: Brass preparation for painting

I have just added some notes re using air grit blasting on Alan's thread
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by Paul Townsend
Mon May 18, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 3
Replies: 157
Views: 50831

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 3

Over in the US, Paasche offer a "air eraser" which is a small grit blaster. It's similar to Paasches airbrushes, but has a cup and nozzle intended for grit (hard, etc). Especially, the cup is a flow-through arrangement, not a gravity feed. So I don't know if an airbrush would properly flo...
by Paul Townsend
Mon May 18, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 3
Replies: 157
Views: 50831

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 3

Over in the US, Paasche offer a "air eraser" which is a small grit blaster. It's similar to Paasches airbrushes, but has a cup and nozzle intended for grit (hard, etc). Especially, the cup is a flow-through arrangement, not a gravity feed. So I don't know if an airbrush would properly flo...
by Paul Townsend
Fri May 08, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 68
Views: 13173

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
Fri May 08, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 68
Views: 13173

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
Wed May 06, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 68
Views: 13173

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: 13173

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: 3789

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: 20051

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: 20051

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: 514
Views: 107895

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: 514
Views: 107895

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: 126
Views: 53861

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: 1205

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: 126
Views: 53861

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: 2306

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: 3838

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: 47
Views: 10511

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: Re: Tim V's workbench - latest shenanigans
Replies: 421
Views: 158443

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: Re: Tim V's workbench - latest shenanigans
Replies: 421
Views: 158443

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...

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