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by dal-t
Tue May 30, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Railex 2017
Replies: 26
Views: 5274

Re: Railex 2017

Stop teasing us, tell us what we all want to know - did the ice-cream van turn up? And did it have P4 ice-cream?
by dal-t
Fri May 26, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR 45xx
Replies: 5
Views: 1533

Re: GWR 45xx

I'm sure one of the Green Machine experts will give you the definitive answer soon, but meanwhile despite your soppy scarlet Derby-based allegiance I thought I'd share this with you. When I built my first 7mm loco and for some reason strayed from the straight and narrow (purely black engines on the ...
by dal-t
Sun May 21, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Turntable troubles
Replies: 36
Views: 9200

Re: Turntable troubles

Class BR 18 Rheingold? Just guessing ... (too slowly, apparently)!
by dal-t
Wed May 17, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Flexi Chassis an Appreciation
Replies: 467
Views: 65125

Re: Flexi Chassis an Appreciation

Err, I thought it had been made clear that the 4F chassis giving ride height problems isn't a CSB design - or am I missing something (again)?
by dal-t
Tue May 16, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: Revised edition Mike Sharman Wheel Specifications for the Modeller
Replies: 8
Views: 2985

Re: Revised edition Mike Sharman Wheel Specifications for the Modeller

Drat! Won't be able to sell my original for that infamous 'silly* money' after all, then.

* Guess it's a sign of today's entertainment fashions that we no longer call it 'Monopoly' (although I'm sure an on-line version must be available).
by dal-t
Mon May 15, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Self-healing cutting mat recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 5747

Re: Self-healing cutting mat recommendations

There seems a danger the main benefit of self-healing mats might be lost with all this talk of 'lino' (is it really still made?), tiles and off-cuts of Formica. Self-healing was developed precisely to avoid the problem posed by other surfaces that mark or score from the blade, that is deflection of ...
by dal-t
Wed May 10, 2017 6:13 am
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Thoughts on Motors
Replies: 74
Views: 17992

Re: Thoughts on Motors

I agree a lithium ion fire is not a trivial event (dangerous air cargo rules have made that clear for some time), but if it's a bit smaller than a motorbike or Formula E car there are safety measures you can take. Specific lithium extinguishers are available, like this one , or you can arm yourself ...
by dal-t
Mon May 08, 2017 6:33 am
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Thoughts on Motors
Replies: 74
Views: 17992

Re: Thoughts on Motors

John Isherwood of Cambridge Custom Transfers is also selling an alternative - I have a batch, but haven't fitted them to anything yet, so can only say that unloaded they run up and down the rev range very sweetly. To see one fitted in a chassis (if you don't mind visiting 'the other place') go here ...
by dal-t
Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering Station Replacements
Replies: 44
Views: 8849

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

Small things and small minds, maybe, but I always take some enjoyment in changing an Antex element - it's the assumption that you'll have another iron available to solder the connections. I usually use my Weller!
by dal-t
Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1079
Views: 142163

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland pre 1905

Jonathan has a dedicated email address <enquiries@clockworkideas.co.uk> (it's already public in another place so not breaking any confidences here).
by dal-t
Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: COG and suspension calculation 4-6-0
Replies: 22
Views: 3205

Re: COG and suspension calculation 4-6-0

David, Is the supplied etched boiler under size? I haven't built a Bill Bailey but wasn't aware that there was an error. Jol, you may remember that it was Roger who pointed out that the boiler comes out at 18.5mm rather than 20mm - unfortunately he only discovered after he had soldered it up, but w...
by dal-t
Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:35 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: COG and suspension calculation 4-6-0
Replies: 22
Views: 3205

Re: COG and suspension calculation 4-6-0

Don't forget in your weight calculations to allow for replacing the undersized boiler with a piece of 20mm diameter tube, which could change the distribution significantly. I personally would not recommend the 'hung' tender approach - although I know others love it, years of building 'em that way in...
by dal-t
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: London Road Models new products
Replies: 7
Views: 2243

Re: London Road Models new products

The trolleys definitely lasted into BR (ancient though I am, I wasn't 'spotting' in Company times!). They, and platform seats, were part of my physical introduction to railway history - the written stuff came from Ian Allan, of course.
by dal-t
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Superb colour loco pictures from the 60s
Replies: 11
Views: 2454

Re: Superb colour loco pictures from the 60s

Some great shots there (wish mine of German railways at that time were anything like as good!), but a pity about the green cast. I'm guessing they were shot on Agfa filmstock (although I can't see confirmation of that from a quick whiffle through Ulrich's website). I'm surprised there wasn't adequat...
by dal-t
Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: London Road Models new products
Replies: 7
Views: 2243

Re: London Road Models new products

Glad to see the research into the water columns led to such a useful outcome, just wish my location had had one (but I think a couple might have to wend their way out here regardless, just in case they're needed for some future undefined project). Our game with the parcel trolley used to be to ride ...
by dal-t
Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 535
Views: 106519

Re: Brettell Road

With atmosphere like that, no-one's going to ask how you happened to have a black surgical glove ...
by dal-t
Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Eversley Green - P4 BR (S) layout
Replies: 101
Views: 16962

Re: As yet unamed P4 small layout

Ah, much more stable, and much easier to see what is being achieved. I have to say, despite wrestling with a variety of track-planning and track-building computer programmes over the last 30-odd years, I'm with Jon and still find it invaluable to test the flow of actual track and the clearance of ac...
by dal-t
Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Eversley Green - P4 BR (S) layout
Replies: 101
Views: 16962

Re: As yet unamed P4 small layout

Is anyone able to re-orientate those attachments so I can stop hanging onto my computer desk in a gibbering huddle - there really ought to be a 'Vertigo Suffers Look Away' warning for such posts. The Class 50, I presume, has crossed over from the thread where Magnahesion was mentioned ...
by dal-t
Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: class 15xx pannier tank (with a bit of 97xx thrown in)
Replies: 74
Views: 19232

Re: class 15xx pannier tank (with a bit of 97xx thrown in)

The body of the toolbox isn't tall enough, is it? I'm basing that purely on the photo here.
by dal-t
Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 268
Views: 66976

Re: The Burford Branch

Ah, that sounds interesting. Once wagons had doors both sides I guess every table only really needed to do a quarter turn. But I'll have a mix of older single-sided vans with more modern double-sided stock, so at least one and probably both of mine will need to do the full 360 if I'm going to get th...
by dal-t
Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 268
Views: 66976

Re: The Burford Branch

!'m aware of the (real world) weight issue, although this side of the Channel it seems there was rather less concern about the effect of trundling quite substantial locomotives across apparently puny pieces of track. But there are many trackplans that show it was at one time considered normal for en...
by dal-t
Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 268
Views: 66976

Re: The Burford Branch

I'm very impressed by the appearance of the wagon t/t, which looks very convincing. You've described it as a 'dummy', but by this do you mean that it doesn't revolve? I have two to build and I'm currently debating whether I can get away with having them fixed, with stock only traversing them in the ...
by dal-t
Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Road Vehicles and Figures
Topic: Ethnic diversity and other things
Replies: 11
Views: 3180

Re: Ethnic diversity and other things

Fascinating question, I'm sure it's going to get some very erudite replies. FWIW my memories (and what photos I've kept) of the 1950s don't feature any 'ethnic minority' footplate crew, but I do remember quite distinctly West Indian station staff appearing at London termini by the late '50s, includi...
by dal-t
Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann 08 to P4
Replies: 31
Views: 12281

Re: Bachmann 08 to P4

Worth noting perhaps that Tamiya 'NATO Black', being a sort of faded black/ultra-dark grey, is a good choice for (road) vehicle tyres. Surprisingly, it also works well for NATO IRR camouflage schemes. Many of Tamiya's colour names aren't quite what they appear to be (or have suffered in translation ...
by dal-t
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Nottingham Area Group (NAG)
Topic: NAG Meeting 23rd February 2017
Replies: 17
Views: 2318

Re: NAG Meeting 23rd February 2017

They (hair dryers) are an essential modelling aid. My wife, who hates long hair, has no use for one, but we actually own two - one in my workshop on the top floor, the other in the basement (where trackbuilding and occasional spray painting takes place). I always assumed every area group would have ...

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