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by allanferguson
Wed Oct 15, 2014 4:52 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Limestone
Replies: 8
Views: 3409

Re: Limestone

Thank you to the various responders on here, and I'm wiser now! For information the period and area I'm interested in is 1860 -- 1880 ish in Stirlingshire. It has now occurred to me that a visit to a local garden centre, followed by some wielding of a large hammer, might be productive. Thank you! Al...
by allanferguson
Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:56 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Limestone
Replies: 8
Views: 3409

Limestone

For reasons too complex to go into here, it has become expedient that I model a wagon or two of limestone. Not quicklime, which would, I think always be in covered wagons, but limestone as taken from the quarry, en route to the kilns, or perhaps to an ironworks. But I don't know what it looks like -...
by allanferguson
Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:10 pm
Forum: Colin Parks
Topic: P4 conversion work
Replies: 228
Views: 67261

Re: Starting out in P4

In each set of Exactoscale / C & L check rail chairs there are two chairs with a wider, slightly angled, gap, handed to fit the flares at the ends of the check rails. I only discovered this after bursting a few.........

Allan F
by allanferguson
Thu Sep 25, 2014 4:12 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Springing advice
Replies: 6
Views: 3382

Re: Springing advice

The late Mike Gilgannon left a number of "odds and ends", some of which I aquired. Among them was this springing system for a whitemetal coach bogie which seemed to me to be very admirable. I don't know whether he ever built any complete coaches using this system, and I haven't tried it ye...
by allanferguson
Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:39 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Sprung W irons
Replies: 26
Views: 11977

Re: Sprung W irons

It is going to cost me three times that to get a pair of hard wire cutters off ebay. The cutters I currently have, with the exception of the Xuron rail cutters which I don't want to spoil, have all curled up their toes when asked to cut the wire supplied with the BB w-irons needing me to stone out ...
by allanferguson
Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:27 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Sprung W irons
Replies: 26
Views: 11977

Re: Sprung W irons

http://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/strings-c1 Is where I've got mine. Ernie Ball are the cheapest (therefore the best!) Make sure you choose unwound (i.e. plain steel). Cheap enough for it not to matter. They have a range from 8 thou to 13 thou, and they all have a place in my box! Very speedy service. ...
by allanferguson
Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:18 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Drakelow
Replies: 47
Views: 20723

Re: Drakelow

Hi I have used Jenolite for years in car restoration. Most rust removers will convert the rust but only on the surface, Kurust for instance, I have often left the rusted component to soak in jenolite for a couple od days before wiping and drying it off. I have two spacers which were de-rusted in je...
by allanferguson
Mon Sep 08, 2014 6:58 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project
Replies: 152
Views: 81206

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project

Your jig is grand and should work well. BUT it will give left hand lead (i.e. the left crank goes round 90 degrees ahead of the right crank). The great majority of locomotives were built with right hand lead. I'll grant that to properly appreciate this you need to be standing on both sides of the lo...
by allanferguson
Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:26 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Trackwork options for newbie
Replies: 75
Views: 27880

Re: Trackwork options for newbie

Which leaves me a bit puzzled. Because I can well remember many layouts where the holes for the dropper pins were inside the 4-foot and directly below the blade points. regards, Martin. I used these quite a bit in the pre-history period.... Once fixed through the advised baseboard of 6mm ply + 3mm ...
by allanferguson
Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:41 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Trackwork options for newbie
Replies: 75
Views: 27880

Re: Trackwork options for newbie

I would concur with the advice about starting with the kit as is. But don't be put off the slightly more complex curved layouts. If you can create the template in Templot(TM) then a B7 on a curve is not much different from a B7 in the straight; the same components fit. But if I can give a slight tip...
by allanferguson
Sun Jul 20, 2014 10:03 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Solder Paste
Replies: 2
Views: 2243

Re: Solder Paste

Thanks, Paul. I recall that interchange with Brian Lewis, and my recollection was that it referred to solder paint (Carr's). and the advice was to use Carr's Green Flux. I spent ages trying to get a hold of some green label flux! However I've tried some green label flux with the paste and it seems O...
by allanferguson
Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:41 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Solder Paste
Replies: 2
Views: 2243

Solder Paste

Some time ago I bought a wee jar of solder paste (not solder paint). I find it very useful and there's lots left. But it's getting very stiff; can anyone suggest what I should use to dilute / soften it. The label is mostly in Chinese and doesn't help. The stuff smells, if anything, of linseed oil, b...
by allanferguson
Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:14 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Drilling crankpin holes Heath Robinson style
Replies: 20
Views: 7097

Re: Drilling crankpin holes Heath Robinson style

As Keith says, where the wheels have a dimple, they'll all have come from the same mould, so the axle to crankpin spacing is unlikely to vary, and where I've relied on this I've had no problems. But if you want a different spacing, or are concerned about the drill wandering, then the jig mentioned a...
by allanferguson
Thu Jun 26, 2014 1:02 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Elmleigh
Replies: 53
Views: 22863

Re: Elmleigh

Well, I would agree that noise originates from mechanisms. But if it's loud enough to be distracting then you need to be sorting the mechanism. If you can, try suspending a loco on a piece of string, and see how much noise it makes. Most of what we hear is the reverberation of the baseboard. You can...
by allanferguson
Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:12 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Elmleigh
Replies: 53
Views: 22863

Re: Elmleigh

I am impressed by the quality and thoroughness of the work you have put into this layout, but I am afraid I would part company with you on the issue of track underlay. I laid my entire layout on 6mm camping mat, being impressed with the results on a friend's layout. However I have found that the tra...
by allanferguson
Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:27 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Wheel profiles
Replies: 113
Views: 33817

Re: Wheel profiles

and boy, does he have trackwork Yes he does: Danny Mikes trackwork is wonderful (how does he find the time , apart from anything else. I note that his trackwork is laid directly on the baseboard, with no intervening underlay. Does this, I wonder, help to ensure the stability of the track? Allan F
by allanferguson
Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:34 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Wheel profiles
Replies: 113
Views: 33817

Re: Wheel profiles

Concerning the physical tool to set back to backs, it is useful to distinguish between a thing used in the construction of a wheelset, which is usually an L-shaped piece (Scalefour Stores) or a parallel-sided block (Exactoscale, although I believe no longer made under the new C&L regime) or a t...
by allanferguson
Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:02 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Caledonian Railway Point Sleepering Practice
Replies: 8
Views: 3763

Re: Caledonian Railway Point Sleepering Practice

With a proper Scottish eye to economy much equipment was reused again.... and again.... But the LMS in its wisdom did fit some timbers under crossings, though rarely under the full length of a turnout. They rarely replaced an entire turnout (in a yard) unless they absolutely had to, and BR carried o...
by allanferguson
Sat Jun 07, 2014 11:11 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Caledonian Railway Point Sleepering Practice
Replies: 8
Views: 3763

Re: Caledonian Railway Point Sleepering Practice

There has been considerable discussion of this within the Caledonian Railway Association over quite a long period, since Tony Brenchley did some research for his model of Blairgowrie, and described it in the P4 journal long before the Scalefour society was thought of. It would be tedious to reiterat...
by allanferguson
Tue May 06, 2014 5:08 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Soldering white metal
Replies: 23
Views: 9701

Re: Soldering white metal

David, that looks like a very neat job; I'm assuming it's a good deal smaller than it appears on my screen..... Another thing for which I have successfully used 100deg solder is for attaching largish lumps of brass, e.g. a turned brass dome or chimney. I've never had an RSU, and using lo-melt reduce...
by allanferguson
Tue May 06, 2014 12:03 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Soldering white metal
Replies: 23
Views: 9701

Re: Soldering white metal

While I agree with Jim P re 100 deg solder, I find there are occasions where 70 deg is still more useful e.g. when attaching small w/m parts to large brass parts. It's awfully easy to melt the w/m part before the brass is hot enough. Oh, and don't tell me about Cyano-Acrylates! Too much Abassynian l...
by allanferguson
Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:05 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Track & Base Board ends.
Replies: 14
Views: 5759

Re: Track & Base Board ends.

I am thinking of ditching foam altogether but the jury is out on this one! We used foam - 10mm thick camping mat on Brighton Road and it caused a lot of problems. I would not go for it again. Terry Bendall I would endorse that. It is completely lacking in stability horizontal and vertical. And its ...
by allanferguson
Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:08 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Track & Base Board ends.
Replies: 14
Views: 5759

Re: Track & Base Board ends.

We've had some problems with this on Burntisland, although the baseboard ends are all carefully protected with end pieces. I've felt that damage to the ends of rail is inevitable on a layout which is regularly erected and dismantled. With the ends secured to ordinary plastic sleepers, a significant ...
by allanferguson
Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:58 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: How do you cut sections of hypodermic needle?
Replies: 21
Views: 10463

Re: How do you cut sections of hypodermic needle?

"19th Century Railway drawings in 4mm scale" by Alan Prior 1983. It has 90 pages of drawings, including 4 of switch and crossing work from the 1850's to the 1870's. Most of the switches are pivoted in a special chair. There is even an 1865 drawing of a pivot chair, but no indication of whi...
by allanferguson
Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:01 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: How do you cut sections of hypodermic needle?
Replies: 21
Views: 10463

Re: How do you cut sections of hypodermic needle?

Some further research revealed to me that a loose heel switch is pivotted on the rail joint, not in the heel chair. One of the fishplates in the joint is cranked to accommodate the lateral swing of the switch - I think such cranking is just visible in Keith's photograph. This suggests to me that, a...

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