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by craig_whilding
Fri May 04, 2012 5:36 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Which gauges for track construction?
Replies: 52
Views: 17436

Re: Which gauges for track construction?

Just to say I concur with Keith and I think its pretty much what Knuckles ended up buying after his thread too. I certainly agree with him the older 3-point and flangeway gauge are better. Make sure you don't end up with an S4 flangeway gauge either, its narrower than P4.. Anyone up for writing a gu...
by craig_whilding
Fri May 04, 2012 5:33 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Converting a Dapol Class 22 to P4
Replies: 13
Views: 7620

Re: Converting a Dapol Class 22 to P4

Ver interesting indeed. :) What you said about the keeper plate is kind of the same experience I had with the Heljan Hymek. Please answer a question though; what was the brass wire inside the wheel for? I've read it a few times but the penny is still in the money tree. :( Makes the stub axles live ...
by craig_whilding
Fri May 04, 2012 5:31 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Converting the Heljan Class 35 'Hymek' to P4
Replies: 10
Views: 5492

Re: Converting the Heljan Class 35 'Hymek' to P4

The idea of the wheels being in the 'wrong way' is duff gen when the axle is isolated from both wheels on the Ultrascales and the Heljan model doesn't do any pickup through the axle anyway. What is interesting is that your Ultrascale wheels don't have a full metal back, only the tyre when I thought ...
by craig_whilding
Thu May 03, 2012 5:05 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log
Replies: 173
Views: 57469

Re: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log

I'll have to look at mine to see how the towers come off, on Bachmann its normally nice and easy with a screw on top. Ted Scannell may know http://clag.org.uk/hymek.html just do check he put it back together again after ;).
by craig_whilding
Thu May 03, 2012 4:43 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Recommended reading on prototype track construction?
Replies: 15
Views: 5270

Re: Recommended reading on prototype track construction?

Not sure about the Midland but the LMS adopted REA trackwork so you could use Exactoscale piecces. I'd be looking at the LMS Journal perhaps for articles on earlier works.
by craig_whilding
Thu May 03, 2012 4:39 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Which gauges for track construction?
Replies: 52
Views: 17436

Re: Which gauges for track construction?

I'd suggest reading through the responses to Knuckles' recent threads as he was asking for similar help and got the recommendations on what to buy then.
by craig_whilding
Wed May 02, 2012 11:16 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log
Replies: 173
Views: 57469

Re: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log

Its easier to use stiff card or credit cards (when they are full..) to lift the clips clear if you need to as they wont damage anything like the assemblage you have can. Personally though i haven't had issues with a careful unclipping of each corner in turn then sliding the top off in my hand over a...
by craig_whilding
Wed May 02, 2012 9:01 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log
Replies: 173
Views: 57469

Re: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log

You can get cosmetic tie bars (or stretchers) that are also functional. Mike Clark's Masokits version provides this and with a simple addition of a piece of looped wire, can be easily used with Tortoise or Cobalt TO motors. Jol You can do the same with the Ambis one which I think is better than the...
by craig_whilding
Tue May 01, 2012 9:19 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log
Replies: 173
Views: 57469

Re: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log

RCH - Railway Clearing House . A sort of standards body for rail vehicles before BR came into being. When you hear of '1923' mineral wagons for example that was an RCH defined spec of minimum requrements. Standard buffers allowed different companies wagons to be repaired when off system by another c...
by craig_whilding
Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:29 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Washing springs
Replies: 6
Views: 2547

Re: Washing springs

..and painting once you know its fettled ok. Not convinced about painting, not if you want the springs to move freely through a fulcrum. Why keep your springs in place during cleaning and painting? Will Sorry, i'd meant after painting the bogie/underframe not the spring carrier. I only blacken the ...
by craig_whilding
Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:58 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log
Replies: 173
Views: 57469

Re: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log

Craig, I really like the colour you've achieved on your sleepers and rail sides - what stain / paints did you use to get it? :) The plastic track has a mix of Games Workshop acrylics or Humbrol enamels on it depending on who did it. I'm not sure if Dick Petter used any sleeper stain or just the &qu...
by craig_whilding
Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:54 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Washing springs
Replies: 6
Views: 2547

Re: Washing springs

Guitar strings generally aren't stainless steel looking at the ones i've managed to rust when used for springing.. Better to take out the wire if possible and refit after cleaning and painting once you know its fettled ok.

edit: Cross over with Russ there..
by craig_whilding
Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:23 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log
Replies: 173
Views: 57469

Re: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log

And if you buy Ambis (Alan Austin) or Masokits (Mike Clark) etched tie bars then the bits of PCB are supplied. Regards Keith I don't like the Masokits ones now as personally I think the etch folding over both sides of them makes them too stiff. The Ambis simple ones sound to be closer to my solutio...
by craig_whilding
Thu Apr 26, 2012 4:39 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: GWR 6t fruit van
Replies: 9
Views: 3005

Re: GWR 6t fruit van

I'd guess its some sort of variant on DC2 Mike as its not the later cross corner DC3. Masokits probably have some individual bits for now if this isn't a Brian Morgan chassis. I've not even looked at any DC bits yet for my modelling.
by craig_whilding
Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:52 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log
Replies: 173
Views: 57469

Re: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log

Craig, where dis you get the 0.3mm Copper clad. I am trying to chase some up for the same use here in Australia but I can't find a supplier. Where in the UK did you get it from? I recall at Scaleforum last year I think C&L had some sheets on their stand or some one along those lines? Im afraid ...
by craig_whilding
Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:21 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log
Replies: 173
Views: 57469

Re: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log

Wally - i'd expect them to go down towards the knuckles as the outer rail ends would rise if the halves of the knuckles were closer together? Stretcher bars I did on Monday at the club. Exactoscale TOU under the board and you can just see the tops of the tubes and the pivot wires coming up to the bl...
by craig_whilding
Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log
Replies: 173
Views: 57469

Re: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log

I'd prefer the removal of the A and B chairs with a sharp scalpel and a refitting tbh to Mike's method. It may be possible to lift the assemly slightly then flattening off the etch and increasing width at the knuckles. If you do another one or have a fully assembled crossing in the C+L kit then chec...
by craig_whilding
Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:23 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log
Replies: 173
Views: 57469

Re: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log

That large roller gauge should always be a bit tight rolling through stuff, wheels however should have no issues and something like a steam loco/6-wheel vehicle could have issues. Check the wheelsets all in the b2b gauge you have. If its not that then its possible that the wing rails on the Exactosc...
by craig_whilding
Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:41 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log
Replies: 173
Views: 57469

Re: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log

iKea does a decent enough round digital scales you can stick stock on. It zeros if you need to put a longer bit of wood on top before weighing too.. Note that if you ever do track from scratch its then better to start from the straighter stock rail and gauge the crossing and then the other rail. You...
by craig_whilding
Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:20 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Bachmann Pannier 8750 conversion
Replies: 9
Views: 3738

Re: Bachmann Pannier 8750 conversion

Will L wrote:
Strandline wrote:...And I have had a look inside Craig and it is the Bachmann motor in there....


Must have been a surprise for both of you.

Will

:shock: .. Still, might explain the slow running abilities of my modelling recently :P .
by craig_whilding
Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:25 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Bachmann Pannier 8750 conversion
Replies: 9
Views: 3738

Re: Bachmann Pannier 8750 conversion

Its the same chassis as I have one of that release though its not one of the 3 with P4 wheels at the moment! You might find your chassis has the Buhler motor and coarser gear Bachmann fitted to earlier releases which i've found isn't as good as the later Bachmann own brand fitting. Its a simple job ...
by craig_whilding
Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:14 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Exactoscale wheels
Replies: 6
Views: 2882

Re: Exactoscale wheels

Crunch some 'B' pencil graphite in there maybe?

Maybe try bending the w-irons out a tad just to try it with some slight extra slop.
by craig_whilding
Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:57 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Exactoscale wheels
Replies: 6
Views: 2882

Re: Exactoscale wheels

Are the bearings running in brass w-irons or plastic ? Perhaps they are sitting a bit close together and pinching the axle slightly. I tend to run all of my Exactoscale wheels in Kean Maygib bearings as the bulk packs were cheaper even if PB that Exactoscale use for their bearings is meant to be a b...
by craig_whilding
Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:21 am
Forum: Vehicle dynamics and trackholding
Topic: Carr's torsion suspension
Replies: 11
Views: 5223

Re: Carr's torsion suspension

I didn't realise Carrs had any connection to Model Railway Developments? Hubert Carr sold his original business to Brian Lewis and, I suppose, got a bit bored with retirement so started up again as MRD. I think "Carrs" as a business name is still with C&L under the new owner, so shoul...
by craig_whilding
Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:54 pm
Forum: Vehicle dynamics and trackholding
Topic: Carr's torsion suspension
Replies: 11
Views: 5223

Re: Carr's torsion suspension

I didn't realise Carrs had any connection to Model Railway Developments?

I had a look at this system and thought it was overly complex and had more issues with placing weight and couplings so prefer the conventional sprung type. His coach system is intriguing with the unconstrained swing links.

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