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by allanferguson
Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:35 am
Forum: Will L
Topic: Track Gauge Widening, All You’ll Ever Need to Know
Replies: 77
Views: 25442

Re: Track Gauge Widening, All You’ll Ever Need to Know

This may be an inconsequential, irrelevant, thought, and I intervene with much trepidation in the presence of the several savants here. But in a number of real railway accidents mention has been made of flange climbing leading to derailments, and because of this attention has had to be paid to the c...
by allanferguson
Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Point blade movement
Replies: 9
Views: 4594

Re: Point blade movement

I have on occasions found that the hole in the baseboard does not match the operating rod, and friction or blockage there can cause a problem. Making the operating rod from the Tortoise stiffer and adjusting the throw to match the switches may also help. Allan F
by allanferguson
Sat Aug 20, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Pin Chucks
Replies: 30
Views: 9949

Re: Pin Chucks

David B well illustrates the facility of drilling with these chucks, and I indeed use nothing else for these very wee drills. Also shown in the picture, but not mentioned in the text is the absolute necessity of having the very minimum length of drill protruding from the chuck; any longer and it'll ...
by allanferguson
Wed Aug 10, 2016 11:22 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Drill bits
Replies: 18
Views: 5864

Re: Drill bits

jasp wrote:Breakages with small tungsten carbide twist drills are understandable.

I would say "inevitable" in our usage. If I could get a perfectly rigid drill stand, and an equally rigid means of holding the work, then I would use them. Otherwise.......

Allan F
by allanferguson
Thu Apr 28, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Assorted NPCS
Replies: 25
Views: 7646

Re: Assorted NPCS

Re Transfers, I have quite a large collection of transfers, both pressfix and methfix, and all quite old. I apply both sorts with Transfix (from C & L) and I haven't had any problems with them falling off; many are applied on a matt surface, but still seem to stick OK, though I agree the point a...
by allanferguson
Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:35 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2016
Replies: 50
Views: 14250

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Jim Summers wrote: Pity they are Voyagers, though.

Jim

Ah well, the one I'm getting is the 0632 Dundee -- Plymouth which is an IC 125....... Unfortunately I have to slum it on the way home! Looking forward to the show, though.

Allan F
by allanferguson
Thu Mar 31, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Problem with non-drying paint
Replies: 10
Views: 3822

Re: Problem with non-drying paint

I would be suspicious of the "two part" primer. Very hard to ensure the mix is complete and consistent, I think.

Allan F
by allanferguson
Fri Feb 05, 2016 10:59 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: 03 Chassis and Motor of unknown origin
Replies: 33
Views: 7345

Re: 03 Chassis and Motor of unknown origin

steamraiser wrote:John,
I can only see two plunger pick ups, both on the leading axle.
Gordon A
Bristol

And neither plunger pickup has any wire attached to it..... so, no electrical connection to the motor. Is this someone's uncompleted project?

Allan F
by allanferguson
Mon Jan 11, 2016 3:36 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Class 60 caley loco?
Replies: 6
Views: 3088

Re: Class 60 caley loco?

It looks like the old GEM kit for the CR Cardean, designed to use the Hornby B12 chassis, and therefore slightly compromised on dimensions. It makes an impressive model none the less. I don't think it's available now from whoever took over the GEM moulds. Allan F
by allanferguson
Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:18 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Printing Society Track Templates
Replies: 51
Views: 19363

Re: Printing Society Track Templates

One great virtue of using Templot is that, if the layout is built according to the Templot plan, and assuming you don't scrap the file, then if you need to make alterations or additions, perhaps years later, you can design the new bit in Templot knowing it will be a perfect fit on the layout. Allan F
by allanferguson
Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:58 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Glenmutchkin - Water Tanks
Replies: 184
Views: 61385

Re: Glenmutchkin - Tracklaying

John As I said, we don't presume to have the answers! Our ambition (perhaps I should say my ambition, as I have no remit to speak for the group) was to build something that worked (in the model) and which looked sufficiently right to the casual viewer. I can't lay my hands on any relevant templot pr...
by allanferguson
Mon Dec 07, 2015 12:13 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Glenmutchkin - Water Tanks
Replies: 184
Views: 61385

Re: Glenmutchkin - Tracklaying

Some of us did a lot of thinking about this a while back, partly because of "Burntisland". We looked at a lot of photographs as well, which are virtually the only evidence. And believe it or not we concluded that we couldn't draw any firm conclusions! Some thoughts, however, seemed reasona...
by allanferguson
Sun Nov 22, 2015 4:53 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Metal Shears/Tin Snips
Replies: 16
Views: 8586

Re: Metal Shears/Tin Snips

I have a pair of pretty large scissors which I inherited from my (very) late grandfather, who was a master tailor. They probably date from pre WW1. I last sharpened them about 12 -- 15 years ago. I use them almost exclusively for cutting sheet brass. They will always put a curl in the work, but the ...
by allanferguson
Sun Nov 15, 2015 12:40 am
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 821
Views: 56238

Re: Another Round...

One point I have not seen mentioned in this or other recent discussions around soldering is the need to have the bit clean and properly tinned . And incidentally I clean the bit before and after each use using one of these brass turnings thingies. But getting the bit properly tinned before first use...
by allanferguson
Tue Oct 20, 2015 5:42 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Prickly Pear wagon suspension
Replies: 20
Views: 9082

Re: Prickly Pear wagon suspension

Just an impression..but.
The wheels look like 3'1" or thereabouts, but the rocking W irons look as if they're meant for 3'6" wheels.

Allan F
by allanferguson
Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:28 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: A7 switch
Replies: 8
Views: 2981

Re: A7 switch

It's not, of course, the sharpness of the turnout that causes the problem so much as the reverse curves; thus a crossover consisting of two A7s would be likely to give problems; but a short length of straight track between them would ease the problems. But, as said above, if its going to be used for...
by allanferguson
Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:29 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: trackbed in yards?
Replies: 25
Views: 8714

Re: trackbed in yards?

The last time I did this sort of thing I made a fairly liquid mix of pollyfilla, powder paint, and water, and sloshed it on with a 2" brush. The trackwork got cleaned up later. I'm glad John is recognising that yards etc were very different from main lines -- a pet irritation is goods yards or ...
by allanferguson
Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:56 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: BR crimson/carmine
Replies: 23
Views: 8887

Re: BR crimson/carmine

My modelling tends to be done to satisfy me rather than as part of a larger group - there are very few of us in the north east of Scotland - so rolling stock does not generally get mixed. I have therefore come to the conclusion that the best way for me to proceed is to determine a colour that I am ...
by allanferguson
Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:04 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: On building track - straight onto the baseboard?
Replies: 82
Views: 27045

Re: On building track - straight onto the baseboard?

Another alternative to cork underlay that Iain Rice suggests in his book on building track is a camping mat cut to shape. For myself, it's a case of whatever I can get my hands on for a small amount of money... Nestor I laid my layout on camping mat, following the example of a friend. Never again. ...
by allanferguson
Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:58 pm
Forum: Railmotors, Railcars and Multiple Units
Topic: Battery powered trains
Replies: 4
Views: 2790

Re: Battery powered trains

It was, I believe, highly regarded; but every time I went up to Aberdeen to have a run on it, it had broken down (or at least was out of service). I don't think reliability was very good.

Allan F
by allanferguson
Sat Jan 10, 2015 5:12 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Which glue or solvent?
Replies: 18
Views: 6047

Re: Which glue or solvent?

I've always used 5 minute epoxy. I keep a supply of the plastic tops from Pringles tubes, which are convenient for mixing and keep the glue under control. A mini screwdriver for mixing, and another one for applying it. I never mix very much, because most of it is usually wasted anyway. For joints in...
by allanferguson
Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:35 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Home made paint shaker
Replies: 14
Views: 7164

Re: Home made paint shaker

Like Phillip, I use a bent piece of wire (actually a bent nail) and I hold the tin at the bottom of a 2 litre ice cream box. I still get the horizontal line, but it's inside the ice cream tub. If I'm worried about paint on my hands I wear plastic gloves. The drill I use is a very old, small, 12v job...
by allanferguson
Wed Oct 29, 2014 4:01 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 599
Views: 168347

Re: Brettell Road

I didn't see the signal wire moving once you'd cleared the interlocking! Lovely work.

Allan F
by allanferguson
Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:46 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Wheel profiles
Replies: 113
Views: 33817

Re: Wheel profiles

My point, which was partly, but not entirely frivolous, was that anyone can pull a train at any reasonable speed along straightish plain track; it's when you try to do something different that the problems occur. To argue from the specific case to the general issue is specious. And I don't disagree ...
by allanferguson
Tue Oct 28, 2014 7:50 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Wheel profiles
Replies: 113
Views: 33817

Re: Wheel profiles

Terry Bendall wrote:
the proof was at Scaleforum with Calcutta Sidings with scale length trains running at scale speeds.


But could they reverse a train of short wheelbase wagons over pregroup pointwork?

Allan F

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