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by Paul Townsend
Sun Oct 16, 2011 4:14 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Re: Tim V's workbench - latest shenanigans
Replies: 421
Views: 158655

Re: Tim V's workbench

Perhaps the dcc approach is too controllable and predictable? How about a heavy wagon with a geared flywheel on board. This might be easier/cheaper to engineer and would introduce a prototypical uncertainty about where it would end up. If the shunter had to run after it he sometimes lost it! If that...
by Paul Townsend
Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:47 am
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Re: Tim V's workbench - latest shenanigans
Replies: 421
Views: 158655

Re: Tim V's workbench

I'm using S&W couplings Looks good on paper. Did you consider the Nigel Cliffe DCC A-J uncoupler as some have successfully mounted on locos? It is so small that it would work in a near empty wagon only needing to hide the drive mech. Nice as the HL mech doubtless is, Ted Scannel's work on tiny ...
by Paul Townsend
Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:24 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Curved Turnouts
Replies: 3
Views: 2910

Re: Curved Turnouts

Quotes from Martin's history link.... I recall writing circa 1982 to the Scalefour Society, explaining at length that I had this facility available and enclosing several sample graph-paper templates, but received only a brief acknowledgement in reply - so I assumed that I was alone in this particula...
by Paul Townsend
Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:17 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Curved Turnouts
Replies: 3
Views: 2910

Re: Curved Turnouts

[quote=.

In fact it was the need to create proper templates for curved crossovers which set me going on Templot, 32 years ago. Image

regards,

Martin.[/quote]

Cor, I wish I had had it 30 years ago, my large complex P4 trackwork would be a lot better.
When did you sell the first release?
by Paul Townsend
Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:13 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Kernow Beattie Well Tank to P4?
Replies: 31
Views: 8863

Re: Kernow Beattie Well Tank to P4?

Any idea what diameter the axles are, please? I can't measure them until chassis removed. There are two possible placcy clips towards the rear but I haven't succeeded in releasing them yet. The pony axle looks like plain 2mm. Drivers appear to have a c. 2mm stub into wheels, a shoulder behind wheel...
by Paul Townsend
Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:34 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Kernow Beattie Well Tank to P4?
Replies: 31
Views: 8863

Re: Kernow Beattie Well Tank to P4?

The first batch of Beattie Well Tanks has been delivered to Kernow customers but I have seen no references or comments as yet on the prospect of converting them to P4. There are a number of OO ones shown running in forum video clips elsewhere. Does anyone have any P4 experience as yet or know if th...
by Paul Townsend
Wed Sep 28, 2011 6:18 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2012
Replies: 16
Views: 7828

Re: Scaleforum 2012

With the dates confirmed I assume the location remains at the excellently refurbished Leatherhead Leisure Centre? Some people may think that the much brighter atmosphere of the refurbished venue is a contribution to their enjoyment of the show, and I would not disagree. Terry Bendall Plenty of ligh...
by Paul Townsend
Fri Sep 23, 2011 6:59 am
Forum: South London (SLAG)
Topic: SLAG News - September 2011
Replies: 15
Views: 8230

Re: SLAG News - September 2011

The report from the last show that Tim has seen lists 16 ‘defects’. Couplings account for seven of these, six of which refer to an occasional minor difficulty or where the coupling did not work faultlessly first time; these were not total failures. That leaves just one incidence of a coupling that ...
by Paul Townsend
Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:54 am
Forum: South London (SLAG)
Topic: SLAG News - September 2011
Replies: 15
Views: 8230

Re: SLAG News - September 2011

Waterloo wrote:As promised here is a copy of the ‘Defect & Occurrence Report’ we use.

Sometimes we are unable to find a defect or reproduce the reported fault (the railway fitters well know ‘NDF’). This is logged and we will continue to monitor.

Steve


Reads like "random derailment to me ! "
by Paul Townsend
Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:51 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Driving wheel axle material
Replies: 94
Views: 33583

Re: Driving wheel axle material

derekrussan wrote:Both now in stock.

Only one order received so far :(


Just you wait until Leatherhead when we can all save on postage.
Bet you run out there!
by Paul Townsend
Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:17 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: CSBs on tender
Replies: 14
Views: 6937

Re: CSBs on tender

Incidentally, I am given to understand that many real locos where designed to allow 2 inches dynamic deflection, so our 0.5mm is not just practical but also in line with prototype practice. P4 lives! Thats an interesting figure that I have not seen before. 2" movement of a single protype wheel...
by Paul Townsend
Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:02 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Securing crankpin nuts
Replies: 10
Views: 4688

Re: Securing crankpin nuts

Thanks everyone. In the knowledge that I have probably shortened the nuts too much, and in the absence of any shellac or nail varnish, I've ordered some Loctite 243. Any idea what its useful shelf life is likely to be once it's opened? DT Donkeys years, not like cyano $£%&* stuff which invariab...
by Paul Townsend
Wed Sep 07, 2011 4:52 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Crocus Paper
Replies: 16
Views: 10710

Re: Crocus Paper

grovenor-2685 wrote:Try http://www.hswalsh.com/Micro-Mesh-Polishing-Paper-.aspx?i=TE50&t=152
a bit further down the abrasives pages.
Regards
Keith


TVM
PS Their search tool ain't very good!
by Paul Townsend
Wed Sep 07, 2011 5:53 am
Forum: South London (SLAG)
Topic: SLAG News - September 2011
Replies: 15
Views: 8230

Re: SLAG News - September 2011

During each show we maintain a written record of faults and these are then addressed back in the clubroom. It’s important to close things off and test if we are to make sure that the presentation and performance of St Merryn at an exhibition is the best we can deliver. No scope for slackness here! ...
by Paul Townsend
Wed Sep 07, 2011 5:45 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Crocus Paper
Replies: 16
Views: 10710

Re: Crocus Paper

Posted on behalf of Adrian Prescot NOTES FROM A CHESHIRE WORKBENCH Some of you may be aware that I have been trying for a long time to track down a supplier of Crocus cloth that used to be available from Oakey & Sons. This cloth is remarkable for polishing any metal objects be it a dome, chimne...
by Paul Townsend
Thu Aug 25, 2011 5:27 am
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: New Street progress
Replies: 407
Views: 147249

Re: New Street progress

I have found that having done something before is no guarantee of its being easy to repeat. There have been a number of occasions when I have been faced with some constructional problem, and recalled that I had been there before but, even when carefully examining the earlier model, ended up thinkin...
by Paul Townsend
Sun Jul 31, 2011 7:24 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: LUBRICATION PROBLEM WITH PORTESCAP MOTOR/GEARBOXES
Replies: 10
Views: 5998

Re: LUBRICATION PROBLEM WITH PORTESCAP MOTOR/GEARBOXES

Got rid of all mine years ago. They made a bob or two on the bring and buy, and good riddance I have several of these in running locos, many years on Dc, recently converted to dcc. And a stock like Martin etc. In June an old stock 1219 was installed in a new loco and ran trouble free, no seizure bu...
by Paul Townsend
Sat Jul 16, 2011 7:38 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Myford Lathes
Replies: 1
Views: 2272

Re: Myford Lathes

oh no!
This must presage the end of the world as I know it.
by Paul Townsend
Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:27 am
Forum: Lathe Work
Topic: profiling EM wheels to P4
Replies: 59
Views: 25839

Re: profiling EM wheels to P4

Drat, the anti Martin Goodall filter didn't work.


Well it did this weekend at GWSG Show, as I noticed Martin on Saturday and Tim on Sunday.
Sadly their non-coincidence denied me the delight of watching the duel of the form tools. ;)
by Paul Townsend
Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:30 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: 4-4-0 midland compound CSB's
Replies: 10
Views: 5378

Re: 4-4-0 midland compound CSB's

Am i on the right path here with this kind of thinking?? No! The spacing required is unlikely to be symmetrical as you suggest. You really must read all the stuff about csbs on the CLAG website as recommended by Dave on Thursday. You will also find some info re 4-4-0s there. There is a spreadsheet ...
by Paul Townsend
Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:24 am
Forum: Bristol
Topic: DCC and wireless control
Replies: 9
Views: 5614

Re: DCC and wireless control

But how do you have a ZTC style lever regulator with a phone?
Button pressing is all very well for selecting addresses but unattractiveto me for driving the selected loco.

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