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by dal-t
Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:49 am
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Electro magnets for AJs
Replies: 65
Views: 18894

Re: Electro magnets for AJs

You might be able to remove the residual magnetism with a degaussing plate salvaged from an old CRT - bet it runs on mains voltage, though, so might (literally!) be a bit of overkill. More seriously, I have in the past experienced soft-iron coupling links on S&W couplings becoming 'permanently' ...
by dal-t
Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:03 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Morgan design GWR etched solebars
Replies: 12
Views: 2847

Re: Morgan design GWR etched solebars

Hi Phil, Yes, I have several (variety of colours) and they were all bought in the UK either from my LMS or Art Shop. If you can bear to be seen near one, the type of Model Shop that has piles of plastic kits rather than finescale railway items is more likely to carry them. I think (casting my mind b...
by dal-t
Sun Aug 21, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Morgan design GWR etched solebars
Replies: 12
Views: 2847

Re: Morgan design GWR etched solebars

Either method works for me (black first or white first) but I find both require a level of care/skill which I can't always muster. I have actually moved from using a hard white undercoat/splosh black, wipe or scratch off highpoints (which is an extension of the silver undercoat/remove body colour fo...
by dal-t
Fri Aug 19, 2016 8:49 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Important announcement from Lanarkshire Models
Replies: 35
Views: 7976

Re: Important announcement from Lanarkshire Models

Did the insurance companies deign to explain why we over the seas and far away have been frowned upon? What makes it more puzzling is that the two countries are not alike in terms of being litigious, Canada being far more benign about suing for misadventure. Looks like you've got the Isle of Wight ...
by dal-t
Fri Aug 19, 2016 8:33 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Society Gauge Widening Tool
Replies: 325
Views: 62445

Re: Society Gauge Widening Tool

Is that a first approxiamation statement or does it also apply to 4mm 7 ft Broad gauge and large scale models? While we await the authoritative answer from Martin, my take as a statistician who denies all knowledge (or truth!) of trigonometry would be that for a given base to the triangle, you will...
by dal-t
Thu Aug 18, 2016 5:06 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Livingston - West Lothian Starters Group
Replies: 107
Views: 25041

Re: Livingston - West Lothian Starters Group

Excellent piece of clarification, James, many thanks on behalf of all non-engineers like myself who struggle to acquire this sort of knowledge. However, I had to take issue with one assertion - taper pins can lock gears to shafts as an example, a gentle tap will lock the joint solid. A tap in the ot...
by dal-t
Wed Aug 17, 2016 5:22 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Society Gauge Widening Tool
Replies: 325
Views: 62445

Re: Society Gauge Widening Tool

If a wheel wobbles it will be tight to gauge on one side and loose on the other. Err, isn't that the back-to-back will be tight on one side and loose on the other? It should only affect running if (a) it wobbles enough for the flange to bind/go the wrong side of a check rail, or (b) it wobbles more...
by dal-t
Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:32 am
Forum: Andy W
Topic: More varnish questions
Replies: 5
Views: 2140

Re: More varnish questions

Don't Microsol and Microset fulfil the function of setting transfers / decals? Yes, but on a matt (i.e. rough) surface they can't eliminate silvering (air bubbles under the decal) which is the reason for applying a gloss finish first. Beware, though, that Microsol can react with (Johnson's) Klear t...
by dal-t
Mon Aug 15, 2016 4:04 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour Southwest at Railwells 2016
Replies: 40
Views: 9118

Re: Scalefour Southwest at Railwells 2016

Weekend after would suit me better as I am (briefly) back in the UK then. Apart from (!) the GDSF there doesn't seem to be anything useful on, so a re-run of Wells would go down very nicely ...
by dal-t
Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:48 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: scale three link information
Replies: 18
Views: 5355

Re: scale three link information

There is absolutely no chance these will be sold through any retailer. However I may be willing to supply bulk packs. These are likely to contain enough coupling for fifteen wagons and cost £12.50. I really don't want to start seeing out parcels that cost less than about £10. Bill, That's an offer ...
by dal-t
Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:46 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: scale three link information
Replies: 18
Views: 5355

Re: scale three link information

Oh bother, once again that heartless Mr Bedford comes up with something I really can't resist, but it means going through the Shapeways/Useless Parcels Service nightmare one more time, just when I'd sworn I'd never subject myself to it again! Is there any chance those couplings might become availabl...
by dal-t
Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:30 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: scale three link information
Replies: 18
Views: 5355

Re: scale three link information

You can get ready-made formers in a variety of shapes like this one , not all are tapered but it's relatively easy to produce consistent sized links on a taper if you mark with a felt pen where the size is right. Wind enough wire to give plenty of links, moving the wound part down away from the sizi...
by dal-t
Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:15 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Minories
Replies: 38
Views: 10813

Re: Signals for Minories

Don't want to take this too far off the 'etching' topic, but both laser and inkjet decal sheets come in white* as well as clear, so white printing can be done, using an 'inverted' image (lettering as background, body colour as actual printing). But it is the quality of the white backing which many f...
by dal-t
Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:05 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Minories
Replies: 38
Views: 10813

Re: Signals for Minories

Decal paper comes in both laser and inkjet varieties. I'm guessing the photocopier uses a laser print stage, the paper original having been produced on an inkjet.
by dal-t
Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:01 am
Forum: jon price
Topic: wagons, am I doing this right?
Replies: 17
Views: 4043

Re: wagons, am I doing this right?

I have two bottles of Vallejo matt and they behave differently from each other. One airbrushes and brushes really nicely, whilst the other is thicker and needs thinning down. I don't know why this should be but it does show an inconsistency in the make up of the varnish John. Maybe the 'thinner' bo...
by dal-t
Sun Jul 24, 2016 9:38 am
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: Air Brush Recommendation
Replies: 49
Views: 12929

Re: Air Brush Recommendation

The needle size should be determined by the fluid being sprayed - larger size for larger particles, plus acrylic will dry rapidly on the needle so effectively reducing the available venturi. The smallest needles (0.2mm-0.3mm) are for inks or food colouring (yes, airbrushes aren't just used for paint...
by dal-t
Sat Jul 23, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Is this a weighbridge?
Replies: 21
Views: 4826

Re: Is this a weighbridge?

It was quite common to have wharf cranes running on 7ft BG tracks, well into 20th century. Whether BG or NG such wharf tracks dedicated to cranes were often not connected to the nearby "normal" track. Yes, I have just such an arrangement on the dockside diorama I am building, with the NG ...
by dal-t
Fri Jul 22, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Is this a weighbridge?
Replies: 21
Views: 4826

Re: Is this a weighbridge?

Is it just a quirk of the reproduction, or is there some dramatic gauge widening to the right of the wagon t/t at the bottom of the plan? I confess I don't have much of an idea where Connah's Quay is (was?), but I'm pretty sure it's not on the French/Spanish border, where such a facility might occas...
by dal-t
Wed Jul 06, 2016 8:03 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Interesting modern track joint
Replies: 3
Views: 1487

Re: Interesting modern track joint

Is there a reason for that?
by dal-t
Fri Jul 01, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 565
Views: 130280

Re: Brettell Road

Many thanks, your confirmation about the colour change (or not) is pretty much as I understood it, but I may not have stated that as clearly (or as brilliantly?) as I might. The LEDs I bought don't appear to have resistors, but they're built into plastic lamp standards so they could, I suppose, have...
by dal-t
Fri Jul 01, 2016 8:48 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: DCC Concepts bullhead fishplates
Replies: 35
Views: 9483

Re: DCC Concepts bullhead fishplates

Are they etched? The photo on C&L's site looks as if they could be cast (if not, they appear to have been pre-formed because they certainly don't look flat).
by dal-t
Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 565
Views: 130280

Re: Brettell Road

Thanks for that - although it was actually the colour change I thought behaved differently. Interestingly, the pack of LED lights I bought recently says - 'Run on 3V, any less they won't work, any more you'll break them'. Seemed quite clear, but obviously there has to be some tolerance around '3V', ...
by dal-t
Thu Jun 30, 2016 8:20 am
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 565
Views: 130280

Re: Brettell Road

In raptures over here - if 'having your country back' actually means anything, that does it for me! But two questions, if i may. Firstly, knowing the camera seldom records as the eye sees, was there a (deliberate or otherwise) change in colour balance between photos 1-3 and 4, because the tonal valu...
by dal-t
Thu Jun 30, 2016 8:11 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: DCC Concepts bullhead fishplates
Replies: 35
Views: 9483

Re: DCC Concepts bullhead fishplates

Hi Knuckles, Good to see you're entering with such enthusiasm into the 'post-factual' society. I agree we should ignore all known properties of metals and non-metals - who are these experts we ought to ignore, after all? - and go back to the glorious days of alchemy. With luck I may even be able to ...
by dal-t
Wed Jun 29, 2016 9:29 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: DCC Concepts bullhead fishplates
Replies: 35
Views: 9483

Re: DCC Concepts bullhead fishplates

From WikiHow on soldering Stainless Steel:

"Flux residue is acidic and should always be removed, even for “No Clean” fluxes."

Not entirely sure how that makes it 'no clean' ...

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