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by Paul Townsend
Sat Jul 06, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.
Replies: 40
Views: 6582

Re: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.

Just to keep the record straight and despite the impression this forum gives, csbs are only one type of spring and there are many others - it isn't csbs OR compensation, full stop. DaveB Pedant alert: There are plenty of threads in this forum that discuss other springing systems. You are right that...
by Paul Townsend
Sat Jul 06, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Wheel cleaning
Replies: 11
Views: 2299

Re: Wheel cleaning

Lovely chap, Matthias, said no problem. If I dismantle it to ponder mods and abandon the project he will give a full refund. That's both generous and helpful. As a matter of interest, what's the retail price of the cleaner? Having seen it I suspect it's not cheap. DT I don't know. The importer/ UK ...
by Paul Townsend
Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Wheel cleaning
Replies: 11
Views: 2299

Re: Wheel cleaning

Imagine a motorised window cleaner..... :D
by Paul Townsend
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Wheel cleaning
Replies: 11
Views: 2299

Re: Wheel cleaning

I saw this wheel cleaning apparatus at Perth - indeed, I stood and watched it for some time. It certainly seemed very clever and I don't doubt that it works as claimed, but I do doubt very much that the 00/H0 device that I saw could readily be converted to 18.83, if at all. I would have asked, but ...
by Paul Townsend
Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Wheel cleaning
Replies: 11
Views: 2299

Re: Wheel cleaning

I replied but it got lost....PC struggling a bit just now. I have a couple of wide angle pix from Perth but they don't show how it works. I made a video which was better, transferred it to this PC on Tuesday but lost it when SSD got corrupted on Wednesday this week :( My sample is due here this mont...
by Paul Townsend
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Wheel cleaning
Replies: 11
Views: 2299

Re: Wheel cleaning

My hobby horses include this alongside track cleaning, see another thread. I have used a number of methods over the years and found all to have drawbacks. I met Matthias from Germany last weekend at the superb Perth show. He was launching his machine which uses a cunning jiggler to rub wheel treads...
by Paul Townsend
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.
Replies: 40
Views: 6582

Re: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.

Meanwhile the hobby moves on, I wonder also Brian, if Will Lichfield’s series on csb passed you by? That kind of comment is a bit self defeating - it is merely a different way, not necessarily better . And for a beginner, the complications of a CSB chassis is certainly a step to far. I might agree ...
by Paul Townsend
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.
Replies: 40
Views: 6582

Re: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.

Ooer, penalty for early morning posting pre-coffee is lack of precision. Sorry Julian, the bits below, originally aimed at you was intended for Brian so edited and reposted for clarity, post coffee! While I agree Tim’s workbench has had its good bits, all were state of the art when written a while b...
by Paul Townsend
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.
Replies: 40
Views: 6582

Re: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.

Tim V wrote:
Paul Townsend wrote:While I agree Tim’s workbench has had its good bits,

So I'm a 'has been'?


Not so much a "has been" as a traitor to the true path of onwards and upwards :-P as will be revealed at RailWells I suspect.
by Paul Townsend
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Wheel cleaning
Replies: 11
Views: 2299

Wheel cleaning

My hobby horses include this alongside track cleaning, see another thread. I have used a number of methods over the years and found all to have drawbacks. I met Matthias from Germany last weekend at the superb Perth show. He was launching his machine which uses a cunning jiggler to rub wheel treads ...
by Paul Townsend
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.
Replies: 40
Views: 6582

Re: Methods for Removable Loco Wheelsets.

I reckon Julian is an agent provocateur :D Having over 700 posts here over 9 years he is hardly a beginner! Not just an armchair modeller either if you delve back. While I agree Tim’s workbench has had its good bits, the structured course from Allan Goodwillie is even more useful, as JR well knows. ...
by Paul Townsend
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 68
Views: 10268

Re: Track cleaning

Bu#@&* the accent. What I need to hear is whether a Louis Jadot cork makes the track cleaner than a cork from Lidl’s plonk! I
by Paul Townsend
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Andrew Ullyott
Topic: Cheddar
Replies: 54
Views: 16210

Re: Cheddar

Paul, I am very sorry to have provided information about a product that is unfit for your intended purpose. I did so in the misguided belief that the various retailers of the double roman tile sheets must be re-badging an imported product all manufactured in the same mould. A reasonable assumption ...
by Paul Townsend
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Andrew Ullyott
Topic: Cheddar
Replies: 54
Views: 16210

Re: Cheddar

I used to live in Torquay, and so went to Dartmouth from time to time, but that was a long time ago. However, my [definitely unreliable!] memories are of slate rather than tiles. From the 17th century onwards, Welsh slate was exported by sea in coasting vessels from a number of small ports, and in ...
by Paul Townsend
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: barrowroad
Topic: Uncompensated 16T Bachmann Minerals in P4
Replies: 23
Views: 4709

Re: Uncompensated 16T Bachmann Minerals in P4

Pretty good!
Of course, deploying a shaky cameraman is cheating since it hides any bumpiness of the stock :P
by Paul Townsend
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: Andrew Ullyott
Topic: Cheddar
Replies: 54
Views: 16210

Re: Cheddar

Those of you who have seen Highbridge know that many of the town "non-railway" buildings are still temporary card mockups. The final versions and new buildings for Dartmouth need to be roofed appropriately so I am in the market for decent tile sheets for Somerset and S. Devon. I believe th...
by Paul Townsend
Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: barrowroad
Topic: Uncompensated 16T Bachmann Minerals in P4
Replies: 23
Views: 4709

Re: Uncompensated 16T Bachmann Minerals in P4

Paul, I'm fascinated by your magic formula for wagon weight which I've never seen before - was it in a very early issue of the standards or have I just missed it? DaveB It predates Scalefour Society but was the recommendation of its predecessor, The Protofour Society which is where I started before...
by Paul Townsend
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: barrowroad
Topic: Uncompensated 16T Bachmann Minerals in P4
Replies: 23
Views: 4709

Re: Uncompensated 16T Bachmann Minerals in P4

Paul, The target weight of my unloaded Bachmann 16T wagons is 22/23g. I have now made removable loads of coal for all the wagons which weigh 10/11g so the finished weight is between 32g and 34g. My Bachmann 4F will just cope with the 1000g train on the gradients and curves on my layout. Robin Inter...
by Paul Townsend
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 68
Views: 10268

Re: Track cleaning

Tim V wrote:All this correspondence - must be an article in there somewhere ...

I will be willing to report to Snooze on my trials mentioned above, when completed, so several months away.
by Paul Townsend
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: barrowroad
Topic: Uncompensated 16T Bachmann Minerals in P4
Replies: 23
Views: 4709

Re: Uncompensated 16T Bachmann Minerals in P4

steamraiser wrote:Have you tried propelling them?

Gordon A


And what is your finished weight?
by Paul Townsend
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 68
Views: 10268

Re: Track cleaning

Xylene is particularly hazardous in part because it is so volatile. That is why it makes a good paint thinner but also means if you spill a puddle it evaporates very quickly and gets into your lungs quicker than many other solvents would do. ALL the organic solvents we use or might use should be use...
by Paul Townsend
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 96
Views: 24846

Re: Resistance Soldering

Michael, the RSU's on Ebay at present are all from the USA and mostly of the expensive American Beauty brand. For those who prefer to do their own thing and save money, there are various websites and forums describing how to make RSUs from car battery chargers, microwave ovens, etc. Otherwise there...
by Paul Townsend
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 68
Views: 10268

Re: Track cleaning

In my yesterday’s look at solvents I referred to an apparently useful table of common solvents and their dielectric constant on a favourite website: https://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/liquid-dielectric-constants-d_1263.html I have used this site often and found it usually reliable so was sad to find...
by Paul Townsend
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 68
Views: 10268

Re: Track cleaning

Regarding graphite, it is recommended in the article to be used very sparingly.

I have had adhesion concerns but have now committed to the objective test with a very little bit of it.
by Paul Townsend
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 68
Views: 10268

Re: Track cleaning

Meanwhile I've been looking at a can of Halfords Surface Cleaner which I've had for some time but not used much. According to the SDS sheet, its ingredients are Naphtha (petroloeum) hydrotreated light 30-60%, Propan-2-ol (IPA) 10-30%, and Xylene 5-10%. It also contains Propane 10-30%, Butane 5-10%,...

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