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by David B
Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Tools
Replies: 46
Views: 5168

Re: Tools

I would suggest a temperature controlled soldering iron, often sold as soldering stations. If you want to cover white metal soldering as well as brass and nickel silver, you will need the range of temperature to cover from 150C to around 450C. This was my first investment when I returned to the hobb...
by David B
Sun Oct 27, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Masokits
Replies: 6
Views: 1302

Re: Masokits

Thanks. Some chasing needed.
by David B
Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Masokits
Replies: 6
Views: 1302

Masokits

Is Michael Clarke still trading? Recent communications have been unanswered.
by David B
Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: David B
Topic: Lost Property
Replies: 24
Views: 8864

Re: Lost Property

Not one of the most fascinating, interesting or stimulating pictures I have taken, but the subject matter is very useful. Small dishes for bits are useful and I came across this one in Wilko. It has a rubbery base, is 9cm square and 4cm tall. Cost - 80p. It is called a Small Drawer Organiser - there...
by David B
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Attaching axleboxes and buffers
Replies: 17
Views: 2140

Re: Attaching axleboxes and buffers

That's fine if there's enough space to work on the buffer tail when the wagon is nearly complete. I've built a few with short frames and/or clasp brakes where there's room for the buffer tail to move but not enough to get a tool on it to bend it round and secure the ram. Make a small washer to fit ...
by David B
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Attaching axleboxes and buffers
Replies: 17
Views: 2140

Re: Attaching axleboxes and buffers

But the speed and reversibility of a solder joint means it is the method of choice in most circumstance. As to white metal sprung buffers, I was an early adopter here too and I agree turned steel buffer heads, fine springs and solder don't mix, but surely the buffer shanks get fixed to the wagon du...
by David B
Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Attaching axleboxes and buffers
Replies: 17
Views: 2140

Re: Attaching axleboxes and buffers

For brass or nickel silver buffer beams I use 100 degree solder (and flux) with a temperature controlled iron set to about 180C, though the temperature may vary up and down a little depending on how big your soldering iron bit is - the bigger the bit, the lower end of the temperature range. If you a...
by David B
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 35045

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Tim V wrote:What is the position on parking at Stoke Mandeville?

I believe the parking cameras are turned off for Railex, is that the case this September?


Has been the case every time I have gone to S4um.
by David B
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 238
Views: 61046

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

This was the colour when I photographed it at Didcot in 2014.

Railmotor_g8515rw.jpg
by David B
Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: 9F re-visited
Replies: 12
Views: 2442

Re: 9F re-visited

I was helping on the Modelu stand at Guildex at the weekend. On Saturday afternoon, Alan scanned a chap as a driver for a 9F. These were printed that evening and on the stand on Sunday. One was also tried in an A3 on the Hatton's stand and a picture Alan took is attached, a scan from Instagram to sa...
by David B
Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Lord Colnago
Topic: A source of very fine sand
Replies: 11
Views: 3181

Re: A source of very fine sand

Pet shops sell very fine sand for aquaria. They also sell chinchilla dust which I know some modellers have used. Amazon also sell very fine sand
by David B
Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Wizard Models
Replies: 60
Views: 7142

Re: Wizard Models

So far only two people have left any publicly visible trace in S4 Notes since Paul launched it on 14 June. One is me, in the Playground, the other is Martin Wynne with two substantive posts. The lack of a link to it from the members' area and the complexity of trying to contribute Too complicated f...
by David B
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Wizard Models
Replies: 60
Views: 7142

Re: Wizard Models

The links given above seem to be the only way of accessing the Notes as there does not appear to be any link through Members' Area of the main Society website. If the earlier thread started by Paul Willis on the Forum from June has been missed by people, this would explain their ignorance.
by David B
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Wizard Models
Replies: 60
Views: 7142

Re: Wizard Models

Could the traders morph into a demo? Ie only bring 1 of everything. Don't actively sell, but show their wares & stimulate online orders I feel that not selling could defeat the purpose. Adding the opportunity for demonstrating their products, however, could be helpful. I was struck when attendi...
by David B
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Wizard Models
Replies: 60
Views: 7142

Re: Wizard Models

Thank you,Paul, for the detailed 'Committee response' a few posts above. It is very welcome and helps us, the members, not only to understand the complexities but to follow what the Committee is thinking, discussing and doing. In turn, we should be able to make better informed comments and suggestio...
by David B
Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Maindee East for sale
Replies: 16
Views: 2888

Re: Maindee East for sale

There is also the buyer's premium on top, more than 25%!
by David B
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Wizard Models
Replies: 60
Views: 7142

Re: Wizard Models

It may be a 'sign of the times' and cost is a very important factor. This is why I said earlier that I feel it would be advisable for Societies and show organisers to give this some serious thought, to talk to the trade and see how they might work together to ensure continued attendance of traders a...
by David B
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Fret Saw Blades
Replies: 13
Views: 2497

Re: Fret Saw Blades

Many thanks for the useful replies. As it happens, this morning I finally got to see a copy of the latest MRJ (it takes time out here in the countryside) in which Trevor Hughes has written an article on scratch building. In it, he talks about (fret) sawing, normally with the saw vertical but at an a...
by David B
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Maindee East for sale
Replies: 16
Views: 2888

Maindee East for sale

I see the P4 layout Maindee East is up for sale in an on-line auction . Auction estimate is £300 to £400 which sounds low to me as some locos and rolling stock are included. I recall a lot of interest whenever the layout was at an exhibition. There are pictures of the layout in the retrospective for...
by David B
Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Wizard Models
Replies: 60
Views: 7142

Re: Wizard Models

Paul Townsend wrote: An occasional public appearance is essential IMHO.


A very good point. Not to be seen can mean soon to be forgotten.
by David B
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Wizard Models
Replies: 60
Views: 7142

Re: Wizard Models

I am very sorry to hear about Wizard Models' decision not to attend future shows. If more traders were to go solely on-line and abandon exhibitions, it would be detrimental in the long term to both the trade and hobby. Being able to see items, purchase from several traders on the same day, asking an...
by David B
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Fret Saw Blades
Replies: 13
Views: 2497

Fret Saw Blades

Could someone please explain the way fret and piercing saw blades are graded? I see references to 'size 6', 'size 2' and '4/0', but what do these mean in practical terms? I am used to 'teeth per inch' (tpi). Whist we are at it, what type of blade is particularly useful for any particular job? For ex...
by David B
Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 35045

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Tim V wrote:I was sat . . .


Aarrrggghh!!
by David B
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Chassis kits for CSB
Replies: 37
Views: 4971

Re: Chassis kits for CSB

Referring to the last article, it would seem strange carefully designing your suspension and then adding pick-ups which also press downwards on the wheels. I use top-wiper pick-ups where possible because they are less liable to be damaged being hidden and away from fingers. The phosphor bronze wire...
by David B
Sun Aug 04, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Chassis kits for CSB
Replies: 37
Views: 4971

Re: Chassis kits for CSB

The Brassmaster horn blocks with carrier plates are used on Jeremy's new steam railmotor.

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