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by allanferguson
Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: East Midlands Area Group
Topic: NAG Meeting 28th September 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 1453

Re: NAG Meeting 28th September 2017

I wonder whether you could persuade Nigel to post some information about his model of Cupar station. As a local resident I admit to more than a passing interest!

Allan F
by allanferguson
Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: What's causing the wobbles on Calcutta Sidings
Replies: 33
Views: 9101

Re: What's causing the wobbles on Calcutta Sidings

I used to stand on the bridge at Strathbungo (for those who know the Glasgow area) watching trains of empty minerals (mostly wooden, but some steel) heading South. Probably doing about 40 mph, and the dances these wagons were doing made the Charleston look like a Sunday stroll. This was fairly good ...
by allanferguson
Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Queensbridge Road Wharf
Replies: 67
Views: 27957

Re: Queensbridge Road Wharf

That stuff is extremely useful for representing rough stonework -- it scribes so very easily; much quicker and easier, dare I say it, than scribed plaster! Very many years ago when we built "Bonnybridge" I built the bridge facings, and the cottages from this material, which I bought from y...
by allanferguson
Sat Jul 15, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Vehicle dynamics and trackholding
Topic: B2B wheel creep
Replies: 8
Views: 2883

Re: B2B wheel creep

Russ Elliott wrote:I don't understand how a plastic-centred wheelset could short out over a 3-way, whatever its BB was.


Unless the switch blades were live to the crossing?

Allan F
by allanferguson
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Explosives
Replies: 16
Views: 6331

Re: Explosives

Thank you Armchair Modeller. My initial stimulus for this question was a visit to a magazine building at a local quarry!

Allan F
by allanferguson
Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Explosives
Replies: 16
Views: 6331

Explosives

It has come to mind in a different context that I know virtually nothing about the distribution and use of explosives, particularly in the pre-grouping period. I know that they were often manufactured in remote locations, but, apart from the military, who used them? Mines and quarries spring to mind...
by allanferguson
Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crew
Replies: 5
Views: 2154

Re: Crew

The fireman had numerous jobs to do apart from shovelling coal.

Allan F
by allanferguson
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering Station Replacements
Replies: 44
Views: 12921

Re: Solder Tip Cleaner and Tinner problem

I now have two Maplin soldering stations which have served me well for many years (and only cost about £40 each). I have four soldering bolts to fit them, which saves me having to change tips. And I always clean the tips on a brass "Brillopad" cleaner whenever I go to make a joint. I have ...
by allanferguson
Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Glenmutchkin - Water Tanks
Replies: 184
Views: 61456

Re: Glenmutchkin - Control Freak

I appreciate the sophistication of all this, though the technicalities rather pass over my head! But a wee warning light came on with the mention of baseboard joints. Very many years ago we took our first layout to Scalefour North. All went well until the sun came out in the afternoon, when everythi...
by allanferguson
Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: First steps in P4- now on my second loco
Replies: 137
Views: 32612

Re: First steps in P4- moving on to my first P4 loco

As a maritime man I've always marked components as Port (red) or Starboard (green). Axleboxes etc get one, two or three dots. It doesn't improve the quality of the build, but it does lessen the chances of confusion. Allan F There'll be a post along in a minute by a bloke* who says he's red/green co...
by allanferguson
Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: First steps in P4- now on my second loco
Replies: 137
Views: 32612

Re: First steps in P4- moving on to my first P4 loco

As a maritime man I've always marked components as Port (red) or Starboard (green). Axleboxes etc get one, two or three dots. It doesn't improve the quality of the build, but it does lessen the chances of confusion.

Allan F
by allanferguson
Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Flexi Chassis an Appreciation
Replies: 467
Views: 98984

Re: Flexi Chassis an Appreciation

In the Early Days, of course, it was an article of faith that all vehicles were compensated, on the "three legged stool" principle. I do remember some very abstruse discussion on whether it was better to have the fixed axle or the moving axle leading when being pushed, particularly round b...
by allanferguson
Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Flexi Chassis an Appreciation
Replies: 467
Views: 98984

Re: Flexi Chassis an Appreciation

You're right of course..... If I'd read the thing more carefully I'd have seen Dave Bradwell's name on it.

Allan F
by allanferguson
Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Flexi Chassis an Appreciation
Replies: 467
Views: 98984

Re: Flexi Chassis an Appreciation

Recently I dug out of one of my boxes the Scalefour Society Locomotive Springing Unit, a set of etchings together with a couple of pages of instructions. I never used it, because I didn't understand it, and because I was at the time firmly wedded to compensation, which I did understand. This was, I ...
by allanferguson
Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Methfix transfers
Replies: 10
Views: 4577

Re: Methfix transfers

I have a large stock of HMRS / PC transfers, and I don't honestly know what kind they are. Some of them are very old. I treat them as Methfix, but using Carr's Transfix (other makes are available, but I haven't tried them). I've had no problems with them sticking, and some of them have been on for t...
by allanferguson
Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Correct wire for CSB and chassis springs
Replies: 24
Views: 6925

Re: Correct wire for CSB and chassis springs

Save your mate the trouble.

http://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/strings- ... infscr6544

You need plain, not wound, strings.

Other suppliers are available!

Allan F
by allanferguson
Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Early photographs
Replies: 20
Views: 5859

Re: Early photographs

These were often laid outside hospitals and in other places where noise (iron tyred wheels on granite setts) was undesirable. In Dundee, where I worked in the mid 1960's, a large area outside the Sherriff court was laid with them. They were a nightmare in the wet.... Allan F
by allanferguson
Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Exactoscale Fast Track - joining up the two gauges
Replies: 7
Views: 2821

Re: Exactoscale Fast Track - joining up the two gauges

I am sure there will be a purist way...... but I am impure, and I just joined them end to end, relying on the flexibility of the plastic chairs and the stiffness of the rail to smooth everything out. I also made sure that the rail was continuous through the changeover. Nothing's fallen off yet! Alla...
by allanferguson
Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:30 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 215
Views: 62442

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

I think, as so often in modelling, I was concerned to get something which looked right (to me), rather than being a precisely accurate representation of the prototype.

Allan F
by allanferguson
Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 215
Views: 62442

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

Lindsay I'm interested in the use of the machine for cutting rows of slates. In the (distant) past I've made rows of slates by cutting vertical slits in the rows. However I found that the vertical slits closed up and became invisible when the strips were glued down. One way of dealing with it was t...
by allanferguson
Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:53 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Canonbury Goods: NLR c.1903
Replies: 96
Views: 29460

Re: Canonbury Goods: NLR c.1903

Cobbles (or Cassies in some parts). I wonder whether we might have amongst us a retired roads engineer who might comment on this. In my youth in Glasgow many streets were cobbled, and always those where tram lines ran. In later years many streets were tarmaced at the sides, but the tram lines were a...
by allanferguson
Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:26 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 215
Views: 62442

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

Lindsay I'm interested in the use of the machine for cutting rows of slates. In the (distant) past I've made rows of slates by cutting vertical slits in the rows. However I found that the vertical slits closed up and became invisible when the strips were glued down. One way of dealing with it was to...
by allanferguson
Sun Nov 13, 2016 6:53 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Mount Woodville Works
Replies: 257
Views: 78467

Re: Mount Woodville Works

The plural of "chassis" should surely be "underframes".....?

Allan F
by allanferguson
Sun Oct 23, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Stretcher bars detailing question
Replies: 4
Views: 2084

Re: Stretcher bars detailing question

Chris Gough of this parish has built a beautiful, working, FPL on Cadhay, complete with treadle bar, and I'm sure could be encouraged to give a description.

Allan F

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by allanferguson
Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:02 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Templot
Replies: 69
Views: 19740

Re: Templot

It seems to me I have met about as many people who have difficulty soldering as those who can't manage Templot. All tools of the trade. Me, I can't manage CAD, which everyone tells me is easy.......

Allan F

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