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by dal-t
Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Spectacle glass
Replies: 12
Views: 2907

Re: Spectacle glass

Kristal Klear!
by dal-t
Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Gwr lineside fencing
Replies: 15
Views: 3852

Re: Gwr lineside fencing

The fine gauge version measures .010" / .25 mm - the equivalent, in 4mm scale of three-quarters of an inch! Yes, but not as soon as you stretch it! A bit of experiment allows you to trade off thickness against tension to produce a range of diameters, and in most situations it's relative not ab...
by dal-t
Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Gwr lineside fencing
Replies: 15
Views: 3852

Re: Gwr lineside fencing

Bit of a circle going on here - have you tried EZline (which I first saw as one of those useful 'odds and ends' at Scaleforum, recommended for telegraph lines and fencing, but have used for the rigging of model aircraft ever since)? I get mine from Little Cars.
by dal-t
Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon loads
Replies: 9
Views: 2483

Re: Wagon loads

Do you have a copy of this ? It's on my 'to buy' list but has not reached the top yet, as it's strictly outside my period. Having said that, many of the photos/instructional booklets Grouping and pre-Grouping companies issued on the loading of wagons should still be relevant for how loads were carri...
by dal-t
Wed May 31, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Track Planning & Layout Ideas - New Builds Started
Replies: 205
Views: 53516

Re: Track Planning & Layout Ideas - Toryreck Mines

With the (even low-level) radiation issue, I presume modern Save Tea will insist the actual layout is contained within a sealed lead-and-concrete sarcophagus with internal movements only revealed to the paying public by a CCTV link. Sounds like an interesting engineering challenge (vague echoes of a...
by dal-t
Wed May 31, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: J15 & G5 Wheels
Replies: 17
Views: 4701

Re: J15 & G5 Wheels

Hmm, if this is really just a plug for the Society's latest publication I've been suckered by it, but according to my 'original' (third edition) copy of 'Wheel Specifications for the Modeller' the J15/Y14 used 4'10" 15-spoke drivers with an In-Line crankpin and a stroke of 24", and the G5 ...
by dal-t
Wed May 31, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Turntable troubles
Replies: 36
Views: 10897

Re: Turntable troubles

Here's an off-the-wall thought on the indexing issue. My Facebook feed keeps getting filled by adverts for a toy vehicle system that will follow a randomly drawn black line (apparently anywhere). I haven't succumbed to buying one yet (partly because I'm pretty sure how the domestic authorities will ...
by dal-t
Tue May 30, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Railex 2017
Replies: 26
Views: 6131

Re: Railex 2017

Well, that's a relief - no, no, no, not extra carriages, just good to know all the essential elements were in place for everyone to have a good time.
by dal-t
Tue May 30, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Railex 2017
Replies: 26
Views: 6131

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: 1828

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: 10897

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: 76663

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: 3552

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: 6671

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: 20948

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: 20948

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: 10212

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: 1141
Views: 183628

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: 3964

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: 3964

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: 2586

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: 2900

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: 2586

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: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 564
Views: 129357

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: 19754

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...

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