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by Will L
Fri Jan 15, 2010 11:09 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Axle/hornblock alignment jigs
Replies: 41
Views: 17375

Re: Axle/hornblock alignment jigs

I also seem to have (more recently) acquired these turned aluminium examples, which have tapered ends so can be used with any size hole in the coupling rods. Although naturally you want consistency along the entire set of rods if the assembly is to go together square. Axle jigs 003 (Medium).jpg Fly...
by Will L
Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:51 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann 45xx conversion
Replies: 33
Views: 13493

Re: Bachmann 45xx conversion

Our mistake is to assume that anything is correct, but I don't think we can get away from the blunt fact that if there is an underlying rod to chassis mismatch of some kind, then one or the other needs to be remade to fit. Or do we adopt the old Sharmanism of opening up the rod holes in the (vain?)...
by Will L
Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:04 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: GW Wheel Press
Replies: 20
Views: 10235

Re: GW Wheel Press

While there may occasionally be errors in the moulding process these would show up equally with the first wheel. I think it is more to do with the difficulty of holding the axle in place for the second press, and making sure you don't press out a new moon Don't get the idea of a second press Keith....
by Will L
Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:24 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Hold n Fold
Replies: 10
Views: 6152

Re: Hold n Fold

It would appear to me that: pre-scribing the inside of the fold with a scrowker blade using the metal straight edge as a guide would be easier and more accurate than using a triangular needle file. Any thoughts anyone? Regards I think a scrawker is a bit violent for this job, your very likely to di...
by Will L
Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:23 am
Forum: Crewe (CAG)
Topic: Meeting Reports 2009
Replies: 10
Views: 9509

Meeting Report 06 Decmeber 2009

The Mince Pie Meeting As traditionally dictates, our December meeting is held at Tony W's, mostly because excellent seasonal goodies (see blow) replace the otherwise ubiquitous chocolate biscuits that come with the copious tea and coffee expected at Crewe Area Group meetings. Apart from eating minc...
by Will L
Fri Dec 04, 2009 10:26 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Hold n Fold
Replies: 10
Views: 6152

Re: Hold n Fold

These can be difficult to hold in a vice, In a VICE? Your kidding me. Tools required, hard flat surface, steel rule (possibly two one thick one thin), triangular needle file 4 cut, robust craft knife (this isn't really scalpel territory but a Stanley knife isn't thin enough), metal set square (opti...
by Will L
Fri Nov 13, 2009 7:18 pm
Forum: Crewe (CAG)
Topic: Meeting Reports 2009
Replies: 10
Views: 9509

Meeting 1st November

The Crewe Area Annual Lunch This is our now traditional pre Christmas event. The venue was, as usual, the Crewe Arms which is cheek by jowl with the station. In fact if you stand on the north end of platform 5 you can see in the window of our dinning room! Though most enthusiasts usually prefer the...
by Will L
Fri Nov 13, 2009 4:57 pm
Forum: Crewe (CAG)
Topic: Meeting Reports 2009
Replies: 10
Views: 9509

Meeting 11th October

Ambergate Revisited The objective of our October meeting was to help Tony S who, you will remember, has purchased the Ex Em gauge epic layout Ambergate, and is in the process of converting it to P4. See the meeting report for April. I was so unfortunate as to be unable to attend but I have finally ...
by Will L
Sat Oct 31, 2009 11:01 am
Forum: Materials and Techniques
Topic: Ronseal Matt Varnish
Replies: 6
Views: 7033

Re: Ronseal Matt Varnish

As I sit here there is a program on radio 4 about Izal medicated toilet tissue which were medicated with tar extract disinfectant. Why is that relevant here? Well the company that produced Izal disinfectant also obtained Ronseal form from the same source, which they said "is still in use today&...
by Will L
Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:51 am
Forum: Materials and Techniques
Topic: Ronseal Matt Varnish
Replies: 6
Views: 7033

Re: Ronseal Matt Varnish

They've changed the formulation? You don't say exactly what product it is, but the product data sheet for the Quick Drying Matt Varnish says that it's water-based. http://www.ronseal.co.uk/datasheets/ronsealquickdryingvarnish.pdf If you're expecting it to be oilbased, and therefore used thinners or...
by Will L
Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:45 pm
Forum: Crewe (CAG)
Topic: Meeting Reports 2009
Replies: 10
Views: 9509

Re: October 2nd/3rd 2009 Manchester Show

The return of Knutsford East Not really a proper meeting, but still worth a report. As a result of the illness of the owner of one of the booked layouts, and at not much more than a months notice, Knutsford East got a surprise invite for a second year to Manchester. No we weren't in the guide, part...
by Will L
Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:49 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Annealing
Replies: 10
Views: 6086

Re: Annealing

although I'm currently held up for want of a 14BA bolt - will hopefully get one at the local Model Railway show this weekend, although I'm a bit disappointed that it wasn't included with the kit. This is a High-level kit yes? Because I'm sure if it has a 14ba bolt on the instruction then its suppos...
by Will L
Fri Oct 16, 2009 10:24 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Annealing
Replies: 10
Views: 6086

Re: Annealing

Thanks for the run down on Annealing Allan it was really useful. By the time you had got to the last paragraph I was beginning to wonder about my own habit of using fine PB wire for pickus! None the less it seems to me it is the best material. Anybody any clear ideas why this should be. I've never s...
by Will L
Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:09 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Continuous Springy Beams
Replies: 7
Views: 5417

Re: Continuous Springy Beams

John As I understand the theory (and I am prepared to be proved wrong!), with an axle with freedom to move up and down and the torque link configured as you have them, the torque reaction will tend to lift up or push down the wheel set, depending on which way the motors turning. This is because the ...
by Will L
Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:26 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Obtuse (K) Crossings
Replies: 5
Views: 3598

Re: Obtuse (K) Crossings

grovenor-2685 wrote:Give it a go. General theorising about problems that might arise just confuses and stops you getting the practice that you need in actually doing it.


Spot on, real words of wisdom.
by Will L
Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:22 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Continuous Springy Beams
Replies: 7
Views: 5417

Re: Continuous Springy Beams

1. Is there really such a lot of experience out there in springy-land to confirm the expected results Certainly haven't done many yet, but experience to date suggest that the methods is pretty robust and not actually dependent on millimetre precision. 2. My 28+28 wheel spacing should provide a calc...
by Will L
Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:45 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Continuous Springy Beams
Replies: 7
Views: 5417

Re: Continuous Springy Beams

6. The motor is a Portescap RG4/16M. The need to stop it rotating on its axle will affect the springing on the centre driver, in effect hardening it. John Don't think that's necessarily true John but it can be if you don't do it the right way. This is not just a springing thing, torque effects can ...
by Will L
Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:41 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: High Level 0-4-0 locomotive construction
Replies: 23
Views: 14257

Re: High Level 0-4-0 locomotive construction

The High Level ones look nice (not assembled them yet), but without measuring, I think they will need modification to fit the 0-4-0's. Absolutely, I have them on the front axle of the coffeepot. They need to be reduced in hight as originally they were taller than the frame! I got quite a long way d...
by Will L
Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:43 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmaster Black 5
Replies: 21
Views: 11687

Re: Brassmaster Black 5

Tim V wrote:I would never recommend plunger pickups for all sorts of reasons, too numerous to mention here.


For starters, work like brakes, prevent free movement of compensated/sprung wheels, collect fluff...

Will
by Will L
Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:27 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Springs
Replies: 20
Views: 9803

Re: Springs

A little unfair, Will. ... Was it, lets look at your evidence. ;) Ok we'll count it as two responses both positive followed by a long pause. Your conclusions. 1. Most aren't particular interested. True but zero relevance to your choice. Many are probably not contemplating chassis building just at t...
by Will L
Mon Sep 21, 2009 11:02 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Springs
Replies: 20
Views: 9803

Re: Springs

Well, I have to say I'm a bit surprised that only two people on this board apparently use the CSB suspension system! I can only think that the general lack of response indicates that most people either aren't interested in it or have used it but with indifferent results. DT Beyond the fact that the...
by Will L
Mon Sep 14, 2009 9:45 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Springs
Replies: 20
Views: 9803

Re: Springs

Err, one actually... - that's quite enough I think! (But I take your point on a degree of approximation - it's just that I feel duty bound on the CLAG reference plots to display an objective.) Sorry Russ, I was looking at the middle one of the symmetrical 3 axle samples at the time, but I agree the...
by Will L
Mon Sep 14, 2009 6:14 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Springs
Replies: 20
Views: 9803

Re: Springs

Go for it and you'll suddenly realise it actually makes chassis easier to make. Despite the 3 decimal point accuracy Russ goes in for on the GLAG website, I reckon it's a good because it actually goes on working perfectly well even if you apply a "rule of thumb" approach with centre fulcru...
by Will L
Sat Sep 12, 2009 6:19 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 831
Views: 66482

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers - Scaleforum - OMSL #2

I have a combined pressure regulator and moisture trap. Never had any moisture in it, but I have a dry cavity wall insulated workshop and live in the driest part of the UK. The pressure regulator bit is useful. I never see moisture in my trap (which also regulates pressure) either and I spay in my ...
by Will L
Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:26 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: High Level 0-4-0 locomotive construction
Replies: 23
Views: 14257

Re: High Level 0-4-0 locomotive construction - GER Coffee pot Y5

Thanks for the observations, I will study the parts very carefully before committing to any particular system. My first aims (mods) will be altering the body fixing screws to clear the centre line (makes couplings easier),.. Fitting AJ's I presume? Three link are designed in and easy and anything e...

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