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by dal-t
Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:32 am
Forum: Andy W
Topic: More varnish questions
Replies: 5
Views: 1795

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: 7941

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: 4515

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: 4515

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: 4515

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: 9641

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: 9641

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: 3453

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: 11231

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: 3986

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: 3986

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: 1284

Re: Interesting modern track joint

Is there a reason for that?
by dal-t
Fri Jul 01, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 535
Views: 106599

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: 8101

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: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 535
Views: 106599

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: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 535
Views: 106599

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: 8101

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: 8101

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' ...
by dal-t
Sun Jun 26, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: Mashima motors and the future
Replies: 21
Views: 9731

Re: Mashima motors and the future

What is it people do not like with high rev' motors? I find with a suitable ratio reduction and a flywheel they are better. Smoother and less likely to stall, even at slower speeds. Just a few guesses - greater mechanical losses from the additional gearing? Less suited than slower-revving to absorb...
by dal-t
Sun Jun 26, 2016 1:09 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Carr's Acid Dip Surface Conditioner
Replies: 17
Views: 4142

Re: Carr's Acid Dip Surface Conditioner

Everything in the auto trade seems to be acrylic nowadays. I think if you find a quality restoration shop - rather than the standard bodyshop painters - they'll do it for you. Many owners of classics insist on cellulose as the authentic finish. I personally find it very sad every time I see a resto...
by dal-t
Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:48 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Carr's Acid Dip Surface Conditioner
Replies: 17
Views: 4142

Re: Carr's Acid Dip Surface Conditioner

As I understand it, the Acid Dip is to prepare for soldering or painting, the surface conditioner is to prepare for metal blacking - but no doubt someone will be along shortly to correct this (at which point I'll realise I've been doing it wrong for many years - been there, got lots of tee-shirts).
by dal-t
Thu Jun 23, 2016 1:50 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Starter question - track work
Replies: 100
Views: 19222

Re: Starter question - track work

David B wrote:a squirt of washing up liquid..


Yes, it does in extremis, but if you want nice neat bricklaying with the minimum of cleaning-up proper plasticiser (£5 for 5 litres from Wickes) is much better - oh, and you need plenty of practice, of course.
by dal-t
Thu Jun 23, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Starter question - track work
Replies: 100
Views: 19222

Re: Starter question - track work

When laying the ballast dry, are you pre-wetting it before apply the PVA? I find that is the key to avoiding balling and spreading onto the sleepers - but I also use an eye-dropper to control the amount of PVA, and go slowly - I mean really slowly - watching it spread before applying more.
by dal-t
Thu Jun 23, 2016 12:25 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Bill Bedford 4F Chassis
Replies: 5
Views: 1812

Re: Bill Bedford 4F Chassis

Interested to see the outcome of this one, because I have a much-loved Airfix 4F that I'd never previously considered converting, but if Bill's chassis is any good (oops, I hope he'll know what I mean - 'within my constructional ability'!) I might just be tempted to give it a go. The illustration on...
by dal-t
Sun Jun 19, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: Air Brush Recommendation
Replies: 49
Views: 11231

Re: Air Brush Recommendation

Knuckles are you saying you didn't half-inch your S10 when you demobbed? That counts as 'lask of forethought and planning' in my book - but then I'm still waiting for my brother to pass on his old S9!

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