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by David B
Fri May 01, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Collet chuck for lathe
Replies: 16
Views: 871

Re: Collet chuck for lathe

Thanks for the thought, Nigel, but I am a couple of hundred miles away in Devon. I have a cunning plan to follow up.
by David B
Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Collet chuck for lathe
Replies: 16
Views: 871

Re: Collet chuck for lathe

There is a hole through the headstock which is 12.6mm at the chuck end and 7.7mm at the other. However, 25mm in, there is a step, so if there is a taper, it is only over that distance. Is this the chuck nose fitting you refer to, Nigel? I am afraid thread cutting is beyond my skill - something to le...
by David B
Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Collet chuck for lathe
Replies: 16
Views: 871

Re: Collet chuck for lathe

Thanks, chaps. There is a lot to digest as I am completely inexperienced in this field. I do the odd thing here and there, having avoided doing myself any injury thus far, but have no real experience with these tools. I never had lessons in either wood or metal work at school, in fact there was no m...
by David B
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Collet chuck for lathe
Replies: 16
Views: 871

Collet chuck for lathe

I am looking for and struggling to find, a collet chuck for small collets which I think are ER10. I have a morse taper chuck they fit for a milling machine but want one for my lathe. The collets I have go from 1mm to 7mm. Can anyone where I might get a chuck (I can't find one on the web) or will I h...
by David B
Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: David B
Topic: Delivering the Goods
Replies: 34
Views: 8990

Re: Delivering the Goods

Finished bar a good clean and painting. These have taken a mere 4 years to make, being started when DRAG put on a display at the Exeter show in 2016 for the Society's 40th year. The kits are PC and the sides being made from 5 layers were ideal for demonstrating resistance soldering. Since then, they...
by David B
Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Yard crane gears
Replies: 28
Views: 1598

Re: Yard crane gears

That's a lovely little crane, Andy. Well done.

A useful source of gear wheels is old watch parts, sometimes sold by the bagfull on places like Ebay. You can get all sorts of sizes and types for all sorts of uses.
by David B
Sat Apr 25, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2020
Replies: 113
Views: 10334

Re: Scaleforum 2020

. . . our retrospectives are lacklustre to say the least, barely a word about the layout, well taken pictures but diminutive and poorly presented - there's no reason these days to restrict image size on websites I agree with Rod and feel you are being rather unfair. The retrospectives should be tak...
by David B
Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: David B
Topic: Delivering the Goods
Replies: 34
Views: 8990

Re: Delivering the Goods

On another thread , I referred to springing some buffers, a job I have now done. These are on two wagons, the same kit but having different fittings where I could not work out how the buffers were supposed to be made. On both wagons, the buffers go straight through the housings - one hole the same ...
by David B
Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: David B
Topic: Lost Property
Replies: 22
Views: 8131

Re: More Useful Tools

Its an "Seconds" file David, escapement files are rather larger and come in lots of shapes like miniature needle files. Thanks, Will. I understood the smallest ones to be for watch escapement movements but I am clearly wrong. The naming of files and cuts is a subject completely beyond me....
by David B
Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: David B
Topic: Lost Property
Replies: 22
Views: 8131

More Useful Tools

After more than 4 weeks in lockdown, I have finally made it to the modelling bench. I have a couple of wagons to finish - of which more anon - but today I needed to tackle buffers. The kits have sprung buffers, each kit a different version and neither of which can I work out how they go together. Th...
by David B
Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Craig Warton
Topic: wagon building progress.
Replies: 111
Views: 35419

Re: wagon building progress.

My last experience at trying to spring a white metal wagon kit did not end well. There was a variation between the castings that meat I would not line everything up properly. Rather than try and go through the same battle again I have decided to build my stock of white metal wagon kits "as is&...
by David B
Fri Apr 17, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2020
Replies: 113
Views: 10334

Re: Scaleforum 2020

I am inclined to write the rest of this year off. It's not just the possibility of catching this nasty thing, but the whole problem of social distancing. Scaleforum is not as well attended as (say) Railex so in the same hall, at any Scaleforum we may, in comparison, already be practising social dist...
by David B
Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2020
Replies: 113
Views: 10334

Re: Scaleforum 2020

Even if Scaleforum were to be put on, I am aware of people who, given their age (and consider the age profile of the Society's membership) have indicated that they would give the show a miss. They are not prepared a) to travel and b) mix with people from other parts of the country until there is eit...
by David B
Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Craig Warton
Topic: wagon building progress.
Replies: 111
Views: 35419

Re: wagon building progress.

I haven't got into wagon building though I will have too at some point. I don't seem to get out of it! I have built a few road vehicles but everything else seem to be wagons. One day, I might make my third loco, the last was built about three years ago. A nice wagon, Craig. I have several of the Co...
by David B
Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: PeteT
Topic: Etching concepts, and modelling! - random bits & bobs which don't have their own topic
Replies: 45
Views: 12386

Re: Etching concepts, and modelling! - random bits & bobs which don't have their own topic

I chop off the white metal buffer head and stem, file flat and mark the centre by eye with a scribe. Holding by the tail in a lathe can be tricky because, as James says, it is not always central and I have known the twist of the drill to snap it. Quite often I end up holding the buffer vertically in...
by David B
Sat Apr 11, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: PeteT
Topic: Etching concepts, and modelling! - random bits & bobs which don't have their own topic
Replies: 45
Views: 12386

Re: Etching concepts, and modelling! - random bits & bobs which don't have their own topic

I made a similar jig out of brass and put a grip on to it - bit of tubing, slit and held on with araldite. The other item is a depth gauge I use when drilling out white metal buffer stocks. The narrow bit is 1mm rod which is 5mm long, the length required to accommodate the buffer and compressed spri...
by David B
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Wizard of the Moor
Topic: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers
Replies: 30
Views: 2929

Re: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers

Hexagons are available on Ebay. The rivets and washers are not around.
by David B
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Marking gauge?
Replies: 25
Views: 1958

Re: Marking gauge?

Axminster Tools have a couple of miniature marking gauges designed for wood.

I expect purists will shudder when I say I use my vernier gauge to make a mark which I firm up with a ruler and scribe.
by David B
Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: AK Weathering Wash for Panzer Grey...
Replies: 54
Views: 3207

Re: AK Weathering Wash for Panzer Grey...

On the real thing, weathering is built up gradually in many light layers. On a model, to be convincing, weathering needs to be built up in the same way as the real thing, little by little. On the prototype, darker areas will be an accumulation of dirt over a period of time, so to me it does not seem...
by David B
Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: Miniature clothes pegs
Replies: 2
Views: 736

Re: Miniature clothes pegs

You can also try reversing the jaws in the spring:
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It requires a degree of dexterity but will keep you either happy or frustrated for ages, but then we do have the time!
by David B
Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled
Replies: 19
Views: 1922

Re: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled

Was this one of your old lash-ups, Tim??

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by David B
Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: 7th Chris Kedgley Skills Day
Replies: 34
Views: 4234

Re: 7th Chris Kedgley Skills Day

It seems as though there will be a dearth of meetings like this in the near future where people can get first hand help, tips and guidance. Could people share what they learned at Didcot, on this Forum, perhaps on a new thread? I am sure it would be appreciated by many, especially those who live too...
by David B
Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: 7th Chris Kedgley Skills Day
Replies: 34
Views: 4234

Re: 7th Chris Kedgley Skills Day

My apologies for dropping out but if I had come with the cough I have developed, I have no doubt I would have been lynched (rightly so) and a lot more people would be coughing in a few days' time. Is it The Virus? - I shall never know. If anyone has questions on resistance soldering or soldering lit...
by David B
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: 7th Chris Kedgley Skills Day
Replies: 34
Views: 4234

Re: 7th Chris Kedgley Skills Day

I am down to be demonstrating Resistance Soldering but regret I have had to withdraw from the day. I have picked up a streaming nose and cough (we are pretty sure it is not The Virus) and in the current circumstances my doctor has advised me to stay at home.
by David B
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Best wire for collectors
Replies: 14
Views: 1732

Re: Best wire for collectors

I have used 0.35mm phosphor bronze. If possible, where there is space like on a tank engine, I wipe the top of the wheel but if not, then I wipe the back of the tyre. I like the top wipers because they are protected more from damage. I put in one or two 360 o bend(s) to make it more springy and also...

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