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by dal-t
Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2016
Replies: 50
Views: 9465

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Just jumped back to the start of the thread to experience a heady dose of 'deja vu', since things seem to have been very much the same last year. Presumably it has been open to anyone to initiate a SFN 2017 thread and tell the rest of us (particularly those like me who haven't a hope of attending) w...
by dal-t
Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Screw couplings
Replies: 8
Views: 1973

Re: Screw couplings

If only there were a source that didn't involve printing out an order sheet and writing an English cheque - Michael's stuff is so nice, but his business practices are so 19th Century!
by dal-t
Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Nottingham Area Group (NAG)
Topic: NAG Meeting 16th February 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 2089

Re: NAG Meeting 16th February 2017

"Electrical wire, heavy duty" See Eileen's page here. Other people will call it 'equipment wire' or 'rapid equipment wire' - basically, good for hooking things up (electrically)!
by dal-t
Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: RSU's and computers.
Replies: 16
Views: 2914

Re: RSU's and computers.

The LRM unit has, IIRC, a 3 amp fuse so draws appreciably less than that. Would switching that on cause an appreciable voltage drop? Not with anything like a reasonable domestic supply - most things in the kitchen will draw more than that, and a lot of other devices at switch-on (UK TVs used to hav...
by dal-t
Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: RSU's and computers.
Replies: 16
Views: 2914

Re: RSU's and computers.

Given the reported symptoms (screen pixellation followed by blackout) I'd have thought it far more likely to be a voltage issue than EMI, which would normally manifest as sudden white lines or a 'scrolling' background pattern (not clear if its a CRT or flatscreen). I'd guess the RSU is causing a mom...
by dal-t
Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Flexi Chassis an Appreciation
Replies: 467
Views: 64193

Re: Flexi Chassis an Appreciation

To visualize this better, consider the classic four legged table in the restaurant with the uneven floor. Instead of stabilizing it with a wedge or an equalized pair of legs, the waiter puts springs on all four legs. But surely that isn't equivalent to the CSB solution - that would be a single spri...
by dal-t
Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: A beginner's first essays
Replies: 11
Views: 1935

Re: A beginner's first essays

Looks pretty respectable to me as well. The benefits of tackling a more ambitious prototype early in your building career are (a) you don't really know what you should be 'afraid' of, and (b) if it turns out well, you can feel really proud of your achievement. In your case, I think you should be rea...
by dal-t
Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Methfix transfers
Replies: 10
Views: 2939

Re: Methfix transfers

For confirmation, here's a scan of methfix instructions:

methfix001.jpg
by dal-t
Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Mount Woodville Works
Replies: 257
Views: 56167

Re: Mount Woodville Works

Ah yes, I think I've got it now thanks Rob - pity there isn't one of those animated valve-gear gif things to show it operating. I'm just amazed by the tininess of it all - reminds me why I have up NG modelling, when my fingers got wider than an 00-9 mainframe.
by dal-t
Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Mount Woodville Works
Replies: 257
Views: 56167

Re: Mount Woodville Works

Does that work? I don't see a reversing link in the push rod, so it seems applying one shoe releases the other and vice versa ...
by dal-t
Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: stop blocks
Replies: 3
Views: 1164

Re: stop blocks

I've seen this discussion on two if not three other Forums without it ever, AFIK, coming to a conclusion - so it would be excellent if someone here can nail it convincingly. If I recall correctly (not impossible, if increasingly unlikely) the last time it petered out with the revelation that Bob Ess...
by dal-t
Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: garethashenden
Topic: Edwardian Wagons
Replies: 35
Views: 8875

Re: Edwardian Wagons

Don't POWsides do GN transfers? I'm sure I found some a while ago - although if it proves they're only available in 7mm, apologies for yet another red herring (I tend to only do LNER & constituents for my O gauge stuff).
by dal-t
Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: glueing help
Replies: 9
Views: 1925

Re: glueing help

I have occasionally encountered problems with Butanone drying too quickly in warm conditions, before it has had time to properly soften the material being joined, the solution to which was a second, more liberal application. But it isn't necessary to use Butanone when working with polystyrene, which...
by dal-t
Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: JJNewitt's Wonderful World of Wagons - Anchor Mount Tanks
Replies: 109
Views: 38796

Re: JJNewitt's Wonderful World of Wagons - Anchor Mont Tank Wagon

Profuse apologies, m'Lord, no idea how that misquote occurred - I'm sure I just clicked the little wriggly worms above the text as usual. All the same, pleased to know your nobleness has thoughts along the same lines as this 'umble servant. Of course, there's no need for cutting/prising with the Air...
by dal-t
Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Binding Gearbox
Replies: 79
Views: 12344

Re: Binding Gearbox

garethashenden wrote:T
Second, the locomotive goes about half the speed backwards as it does forwards.


You realise this requires a re-write of the fundamental laws governing the universe? Until now, every chassis ever built has run faster in reverse than in forward gear!
by dal-t
Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: JJNewitt's Wonderful World of Wagons - Anchor Mount Tanks
Replies: 109
Views: 38796

Re: JJNewitt's Wonderful World of Wagons - Anchor Mont Tank Wagon

One problem with a prototypically open chassis for tanks, though, is where do you add extra weight if you feel the need? Perhaps between the central longitudinals? Won't the oil you're going to put in the tank (on the basis of 'getting it all right') be heavy enough? I'm currently building a trio o...
by dal-t
Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Bogie kit
Replies: 12
Views: 2839

Re: Bogie kit

Pay no attention, Jim, take Jol's suggestion and build a PC bogie (I've looked at the instructions and they terrify me - a step by step build by an expert might just drag me out of my bunker). But if you must follow the 'mac' bit of the Lowmac with a machinery load, I wonder if this one would tickle...
by dal-t
Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Updated Excel MRJ Index
Replies: 20
Views: 2816

Re: Updated Excel MRJ Index

I don't know how the Excel version originated, but the online search I've previously used was started by Matt Ots, partly as a programming exercise, and transferred in 2012 to Chris Baker, who maintained it with the help of many others (taken from its 'About' page). It is current to issue #249 and w...
by dal-t
Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Updated Excel MRJ Index
Replies: 20
Views: 2816

Re: Updated Excel MRJ Index

Fine for me now, downloaded with Firefox straight into Numbers and now saved safely in my 'Railways' folder.
by dal-t
Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Updated Excel MRJ Index
Replies: 20
Views: 2816

Re: Updated Excel MRJ Index

Doesn't work for me in either Firefox or Safari (but thanks for prompting a reminder of the idiocies of Safari, the only piece of Apple software that's utterly useless - I'm much happier with Firefox's occasional foibles again now).
by dal-t
Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Binding Gearbox
Replies: 79
Views: 12344

Re: Binding Gearbox

It has always surprised me that fold-up frames came so late and have been taken up by so few designers. This still isn't helping Gareth much, but I've always assumed that was because it's commercially crippling - don't fold-up frames have to be Gauge-specific, so if you go for any one of the 4mm Ga...
by dal-t
Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Binding Gearbox
Replies: 79
Views: 12344

Re: Binding Gearbox

Should we maybe get back to the original issue? At this point I'm really not sure whether we have helped Gareth or not. Allan's pictures of inverted coupling rods reminded me that I've also encountered such a problem, on a 7mm loco where I misread the marking of the rods, and it did indeed produce s...
by dal-t
Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Building my new p4 layout
Replies: 31
Views: 7443

Re: Building my new p4 layout

Thanks again, Martin, I'm feeling even more relieved than usual that I stick to pre-Grouping and don't have to grapple with all the flat-bottom stuff.
by dal-t
Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Building my new p4 layout
Replies: 31
Views: 7443

Re: Building my new p4 layout

Extremely informative (and speedy) response, as usual, Martin, but can someone explain to a slow learner like myself how the apparently irreconcilable can live in harmony - if the planing is indeed longer, and all other aspects are the same, how can they both be of equal length?
by dal-t
Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 535
Views: 105232

Re: Brettell Road

Jim, I'm surprised no-one has offered you better advice on the weathersheet yet. I've modelled them in the past, since most pre-Grouping designs that survived to Grouping or Nationalisation had acquired them, but I've always gone for the easy option of rolled up on the half-roof. As they were usuall...

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