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by Dave K
Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:34 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Mystery tiebars
Replies: 34
Views: 13384

Re: Mystery tiebars

I've had a phone call from a member of my area group who isn't on the Forum asking about tie-bars. He's seen that on my test tracks I use a CBE ("Crude But Effective") functional tiebar: Unfortunately I bought these so long ago that I have forgotten their origin! Does anyone recognise the...
by Dave K
Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:21 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Wagon Turntables
Replies: 20
Views: 6583

Re: Wagon Turntables

If it were me I'd go for capstans and ropes. If arranged properly you might be able to arrange some of the coupling with rope to happen out of scene. The other approach is some king of pusher in the flangeway. David Barham Re using a capstan and rope - I remembered see an entry on a RMweb blog usin...
by Dave K
Tue Oct 18, 2011 12:46 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench
Replies: 377
Views: 114059

Re: Tim V's workbench

This is loose shunting. It can be done in DCC. Onboard uncouplers, I'm using S&W couplings - an etch came my way - it's the Mk1 version. The delayed action is not needed as the uncoupling is in the wagon. Tim, Can you provide some more detail about the components you have use, i.e. what DCC dec...
by Dave K
Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:38 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Track construction progress.
Replies: 14
Views: 4738

Re: Track construction progress.

[b]I come hotfoot and knackered after trying keiths technique. My results were that it worked well if the moldings were sharp and defined but too many sprues had blind entries on the right hand sprig. This called for entry from the "inside" (and opposite end of the rail) --- this was diff...
by Dave K
Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:02 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Dapol/Model Rail Sentinel
Replies: 40
Views: 13054

Re: Dapol/Model Rail Sentinel

Does anyone know of a source (or could possibly scan for me please if you've got one) any pictures of the GWR ones, Nos. 12 or 13, taken in GWR days? Philip, There is a picture of No.13 (taken by P J T Reed) in the RTCS book "The Locomotives of the GWR" pt.6 the "Four Couples Tanks&q...
by Dave K
Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:28 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Prototype track archive
Replies: 28
Views: 10792

Re: Prototype track archive

I thought that I would add this photos showing a Great Western old type curved switch in the Somerset and Dorset Trust site at Washford on the West Somerset Railway.

curved switch.jpg
A Great Western old type curved switch showing the heel chairs S1 & S2.
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by Dave K
Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:51 am
Forum: Dave K
Topic: The Station Building
Replies: 30
Views: 9995

Re: Hallatrow - a 18.83 Challenge Layout

I have always thought that the mortar course on the Wills sheets is too deep, although it may be a bit better for the GW style of building. The problem is Mark apart from scribing the stone work from Das or something similar there's not much choice. When I started with the platform facing I used th...
by Dave K
Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:23 am
Forum: Dave K
Topic: The Station Building
Replies: 30
Views: 9995

The Station Building

When Hallatrow was exhibited at the final of the 18.83 Challenge I did not have a station building, however Tim Venton of Clutton fame had previously made a model and has loaned to me ever since. So I thought it was about time I made a start on a model of my own. The engineer for the Bristol & N...
by Dave K
Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:08 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Protofour Society Point Blade Setting Jigs
Replies: 3
Views: 2184

Protofour Society Point Blade Setting Jigs

Whilst at Railex I was chatting to friend who said he had a set of Protofour point blade setting jigs. For those who don't remember them they were combinations of shortened aluminium :?: hair clips joined together. However he did not have the Protofour Society digest sheet (if that is what it was ca...
by Dave K
Mon May 23, 2011 7:10 am
Forum: DCC
Topic: Using DCC functions
Replies: 8
Views: 4984

Re: Using DCC functions

Allan, As an alternative to using your Compact for programming you could download 'Decoder Pro' from the 'JMRI' site which allows you to access all the CV although I'm not sure if the Compact will work with the Lenz computer interface. I saw the "IT" man using with the 'Sprog' computer int...
by Dave K
Thu May 19, 2011 5:26 am
Forum: Railmotors, Railcars and Multiple Units
Topic: GWR Railmotor
Replies: 36
Views: 18243

Re: GWR Railmotor

Thanks David for those pictures of the motor bogie.

Like Howard I am hoping, if I get round to building it, to try to mount the motor vertically like in the real thing.
by Dave K
Wed May 18, 2011 6:54 am
Forum: Railmotors, Railcars and Multiple Units
Topic: GWR Railmotor
Replies: 36
Views: 18243

Re: GWR Railmotor

David, Like Martin I (in a moment of madness) bought one of the short railmotor's and every now and then have a quick look in the box and decide that there is something else I should be getting on with e.g. a 517. However I do remember seeing someone on the S4urm demo stand who had scratch build the...
by Dave K
Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:38 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: buffers for a bogie bolster wagon
Replies: 20
Views: 6956

Re: buffers for a bogie bolster wagon

Andrew, Question - did you seal the ply before adding the fixed polystyrene longitudinals. Its just I had a similar experience when starting a test track which had a MDF base and it curled, very slightly, when the cord was added, subsequently I have sealed the MDF with thin PVA which has stopped the...
by Dave K
Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:03 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: First P4 wagon
Replies: 14
Views: 5787

Re: First P4 wagon

What type of suspension have you used :?:
by Dave K
Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:25 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Middleford in the centre of somewhere
Replies: 23
Views: 8497

Re: Middleford in the centre of somewhere

My question (among thousands) is how you join your baseboards. The MMM club in Sweden uses 8 mm screws in 10 mm holes to get some space for adjusting. Are there any other ways or ideas to do this? I would like to get some more input before I start drilling holes in the baseboards. You should have a...
by Dave K
Thu Mar 17, 2011 8:04 am
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: High Level chassis kit for Class 03/04
Replies: 64
Views: 27311

Re: High Level chassis kit for Class 03/04

John,

What type of body are you using
:?:
by Dave K
Fri Mar 11, 2011 7:17 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: New Street progress
Replies: 404
Views: 109558

Re: New Street progress

Jim, I love the battered look to got on the little yellow tractor (if that's what they call it), are the BRUTs going to the same treatment :?: I remember them, in the 80's, on the central side of London Bridge in the early evening, with PO workers throwing post bags out on incoming 4SUBs while comm...
by Dave K
Fri Mar 11, 2011 6:15 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: 4-4-0 midland compound CSB's
Replies: 10
Views: 3900

Re: CSB beginner questions.

Nickel-silver wire won't make a particularly good spring - spring steel is the best, so guitar strings are ideal for us. You'll probably need 12, 13 or 14 thou springs for most locos. Russ, Not knowing to much about guitar strings but when on the packet it says "custom gauge 12" does this...
by Dave K
Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:37 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Ratio 4 wheel conversion
Replies: 2
Views: 1934

Re: Ratio 4 wheel conversion

You could also use the Haye Developments "GWR 4 wheel underframe kit for Ratio Kits" to quote their advertising to 'turn your plastic pig into a Rolls Royce'.
by Dave K
Fri Feb 11, 2011 6:32 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Hallatrow - a 18.83 Challenge Layout
Replies: 11
Views: 6077

Re: Hallatrow - a 18.83 Challenge Layout

Of course you could get the footbridge made up, painted and installed before a certain date in June. It's all a question of priorities Terry. The footbridge is the easy bit, it's putting on the Up starter and Up main to branch and making them work that might be the challenge....... Tim, Been thinki...
by Dave K
Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:11 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Hallatrow - a 18.83 Challenge Layout
Replies: 11
Views: 6077

The footbridge project pt.1

Whilst helping Terry on the Society stand at the recent Southampton MRC show I spied a second hand Scale Link GWR footbridge kit on a trader's stand. A look inside the box revealed that all the parts were there, in their original packaging. Now when the layout was planned we had considered modelling...
by Dave K
Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:23 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: New Street progress
Replies: 404
Views: 109558

Re: New Street progress

jim s-w wrote:As I need 8 of them I thought it best to design a little etch.


Jim,

As a matter of interest what program do you use to draw up your artwork for your etches.
by Dave K
Mon Dec 27, 2010 10:24 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Really, really small collet needed...
Replies: 8
Views: 4056

Re: Really, really small collet needed...

Buy drills with a larger shank than the fluted end. The best are often very accurate. Its easy to find them down to 0.5mm, but I've misplaced my reference file for smaller diameter. Expo Drills to the small drills with the larger shank but as Nigel says the smallest size is 0.5mm. http://www.expoto...
by Dave K
Thu Sep 09, 2010 2:54 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Suitable Plastic Kits for conversion to Scalefour
Replies: 5
Views: 3447

Re: Suitable Plastic Kits for conversion to Scalefour

I've done a few coopercraft kits using Bill Bedford 1907 sprung w-irons, but you will have your heart in your mouth as you thin the solebars and slice of the plastic w-irons to leave just the axlebox and springs. I've done this many times and finely got feed up with rubbing w-irons up and down on f...
by Dave K
Sun Sep 05, 2010 7:26 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits Tiebar units
Replies: 3
Views: 2532

Re: Masokits Tiebar units

I've used the Masokits tiebars on two layout at present and am starting to install them on a third. Once I got the hang of cutting the PCB to the correct dimensions and ensuring the etch was firmly attached has had no problems. Have also found some mini files which make filing the gaps in the copper...

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