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by David B
Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:39 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Plans for Wantage Tramway No.5
Replies: 3
Views: 2548

Re: Plans for Wantage Tramway No.5

There was a whole series of articles in MRJ back in 1999/2000, Nos 114 - 123. Laurie Griffin did them with Martyn Welch finishing off. Any help?

David
by David B
Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:32 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2012
Replies: 59
Views: 19642

Re: Scalefour North 2012

I have a few of the pin-on badge holders in my drawers :oops: . They don't do anything but breed in there. I would happily donate half a dozen - more if I can find them. There must be many members who could provide their own. Donated holders could be given to S4 members to keep and bring with them t...
by David B
Mon Feb 20, 2012 4:24 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Screw couplings
Replies: 14
Views: 8386

Re: Screw couplings

Interesting to see the different fixing to the coupling hook on the cast version. (Compare with the Masokit coupling). The GW used a link on their loco couplings whereas other companies used a shackle on to the coupling hook. Was this the same arrangement on stock fitted with screw couplings? David
by David B
Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Screw couplings
Replies: 14
Views: 8386

Re: Screw couplings

I agree with Justin - Masokits. They can be a bit fiddly but with care they are just the job. The more you make, the easier they become. I am not a fan of the Masokit hook, though, which is etched, and prefer to use Exactoscale hooks.

David

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Masokits screw coupling with Exactoscale hook
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by David B
Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:12 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Tools, and how they are used, discuss
Replies: 20
Views: 7449

Re: Tools, and how they are used, discuss

I'm quite envious. I was at school through the 60s and never had a single lesson in woodwork or metalwork. I picked up some woodwork skills from my father and have learned more, bit by bit, through life, but metal . . . I know as much about it as I do a foreign language (I failed French O level twic...
by David B
Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:20 pm
Forum: Materials and Techniques
Topic: Lint and rubberised horse hair?
Replies: 25
Views: 15748

Re: Lint and rubberised horse hair?

Lovely photo, John! ;) ;)

Having seen John's brambles on Matford at close quarters, I must say that they are very good indeed (thought the fruits were a touch rubbery!), so I can recommend the horse hair from Green Scene.

David
by David B
Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Platform ramps
Replies: 16
Views: 10651

Re: Platform ramps

Tim V wrote: So the platform was 150' long, with a slope at one end of 21', and the other of 33'. How do I know? I counted the platform slabs! That sounds quite conclusive, Tim. Thank you. It is certainly very different to the 1 in 10 given on the drawing in Vaughan and fits the photographic eviden...
by David B
Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Platform ramps
Replies: 16
Views: 10651

Re: Platform ramps

Thank you, Paul. Vaughan's book is my source, but a ramp of 40' a) doesn't fit with the images and b) surely can't be about 30% of the (minimum) platform length (and there is a ramp at each end!).

This is why I am questioning the 1 in 10.

David
by David B
Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:18 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Platform ramps
Replies: 16
Views: 10651

Platform ramps

I am making a wayside halt which has ramps down to rail level at each end. Does anyone have any idea of how steep these might be? The plan I have says 1 in 10 making makes the ramp about 40' long for a 4' platform height (from the ground) which doesn't seem right to me. Anyone got any information? I...
by David B
Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:56 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Missenden Railway Modellers - Spring Weekend
Replies: 19
Views: 9518

Re: Missenden Railway Modellers - Spring Weekend

Looks like several S4 members will be at the weekend. I wonder if we will form a quorum. Room for a few more . . . ?

David
by David B
Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:24 pm
Forum: Materials and Techniques
Topic: Lint and rubberised horse hair?
Replies: 25
Views: 15748

Re: Lint and rubberised horse hair?

Search for 'medical lint'. There are several with UK websites. Here are a couple:

Gompels (0845 450 2420), Selles Medical (01482 317960)

David

ps. Try asking in the local chemist.
by David B
Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:52 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: D&S Coach kits - catalogue
Replies: 18
Views: 12040

Re: D&S Coach kits - catalogue

Will L wrote: . . . and a Loriot L (what ever that is).


It was a flat machinery wagon. The attached image comes from GWR Goods Wagons, Atkins, Beard & Tourret. Tourret Publishing, 1998, p152

David

Loriot L.jpg
by David B
Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:38 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: D&S Coach kits - catalogue
Replies: 18
Views: 12040

Re: D&S Coach kits - catalogue

For what it's worth, I have a copy of the 1986-7 catalogue.

David

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by David B
Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:20 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Missenden Railway Modellers - Spring Weekend
Replies: 19
Views: 9518

Re: Missenden Railway Modellers - Spring Weekend

Well done, Mark. How are negotiations going with the rest of you?
by David B
Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:52 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Missenden Railway Modellers - Spring Weekend
Replies: 19
Views: 9518

Missenden Railway Modellers - Spring Weekend

Not so much an exhibition, but it is hoped there will be a display of models that people have worked on at the courses at Missenden Abbey over the years. 2012 marks the 30th year of courses being held at Missenden Abbey and many members of the Scalefour Society have been on courses in that time. The...
by David B
Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:34 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Micro work
Replies: 0
Views: 1856

Micro work

Whilst browsing for inspiration to solve a problem, I came across 'On The Slipway' , a blog by a Dutchman who is making a 1:350 model of HMS Hood. I recommend looking through the categories section. What he makes is very precise and detailed - always bear in mind the scale - using plasticard, brass,...
by David B
Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:28 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Power supply
Replies: 34
Views: 13849

Re: Power supply

Paul Townsend wrote: Anyone who has done adult teaching will know that there are 3 basic methods of learning for bods on a training course... Seeing Hearing Doing I recall something from my University days - was it Zen - that went: " I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I unders...
by David B
Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Zeus tables
Replies: 3
Views: 4477

Re: Zeus tables

Just got the latest Axminster Tools catalogue.

They have the Zeus reference book for £7.96. (Axminster ref: 662422)

David
by David B
Fri Dec 23, 2011 8:48 am
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Power supply
Replies: 34
Views: 13849

Re: Power supply

If my limited experience is anything to go by - and I haven't had much to do with MERG - those in the know (electronically) still go over the novices' heads. I have spoken with others at various times and many say the same that they really do need something spelling out in words of very few syllable...
by David B
Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:41 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Sidmouth Station Building
Replies: 3
Views: 3972

Re: Sidmouth Station Building

It does, Rod.

Sidmouth station.jpg
by David B
Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:24 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Power supply
Replies: 34
Views: 13849

Re: Power supply

Terry wrote: What we need is someone with a bit more knowledge than me, and who's electronic knowledge is a bit more up to date than mine, to write a series on basic electronics for Scalefour News. Now who would be prepared to do that? Great idea, Terry. If anyone is prepared to do this, I am willin...
by David B
Mon Dec 19, 2011 1:46 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Power supply
Replies: 34
Views: 13849

Re: Power supply

I suppose what we are coming down to is the difference between 'electrics' and 'electronics'. Electrics is not my thing, but I find it easier than electronics where I can't even speak the language! On the practical electrics side of my power supply, I have a case and have bolted the transformers in....
by David B
Sun Dec 18, 2011 4:17 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Power supply
Replies: 34
Views: 13849

Re: Power supply

Thank you, John. This looks just the business.

David
by David B
Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Power supply
Replies: 34
Views: 13849

Re: Power supply

Andrew Nummelin wrote: Do you need to know whether power is available or whether current is actually flowing? This is tricky. Aren't they the same? Obviously not, but you may now realize my level of expertise! I just want the light to show whether there is power, not how much. If something goes wron...
by David B
Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:36 am
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Power supply
Replies: 34
Views: 13849

Re: Power supply

Thanks, John. I have tried in Maplins (!!) and the phrase 'chocolate fireguard' came readily to mind. I am a novice novice with electronics but had got as far as considering LEDs, though the resistor bit eludes me. I had dismissed LEDs as they all seem to run on about 4v and even I had come to the c...

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