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by DavidM
Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:26 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: The smelly stuff
Replies: 16
Views: 7481

Re: The smelly stuff

This may or may not help. A small gasworks in 1939: stourport_gas_works_1939.jpg usage required attribution: © http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/image/epw061731 Martin. Very interesting photo (and link) Martin! As a kid in the mid 1960s, we lived a short distance from Stourport. I remember the pow...
by DavidM
Sun Sep 28, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2014
Replies: 197
Views: 59325

Re: Scaleforum 2014

I would like to add my thanks to Terry and his team for such an excellent weekend - I was enthralled right up to the final minutes, when I reluctantly dragged myself away from a fascinating discussion with Steve Duckworth on the art and science of chassis construction. Congratulations to all, especi...
by DavidM
Fri Sep 26, 2014 6:21 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2014
Replies: 197
Views: 59325

Re: Scaleforum 2014

If you do make use of car parking space in the hospital, please make sure that you get one of our permits, otherwise you may get clamped or fined. :( If the available space is full it may be easier to find a spot on local roads but please do not block entrances. So where do we get these permits fro...
by DavidM
Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:20 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2014
Replies: 197
Views: 59325

Re: Scaleforum 2014

Danny, I'll be leaving Sydney on September 2nd, so perhaps might take advantage of your offer too - can I pick mine up at Scaleforum please?

David
by DavidM
Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:38 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Detailing coach rooves
Replies: 30
Views: 14404

Re: Detailing coach rooves

... and while on the subject of modern English usage, how about "train station" instead of "railway station" - am I alone on this, or does it grate with others as well? :evil:

David
by DavidM
Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:28 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: First dabble in P4
Replies: 49
Views: 19811

Re: First dabble in P4

21C141 wrote:
I did see a resistance soldering iron demo at Worley earlier this year and was well impressed. Hopefully one should be dropping down the chimney in the next few days.


Just watch out - the transformer is very heavy! :mrgreen:

David
by DavidM
Sat Dec 22, 2012 7:51 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: First dabble in P4
Replies: 49
Views: 19811

Re: First dabble in P4

I agree with Andrew - I usually use resistance soldering for these sort of details as well. I usually tin with 145 solder first, seems to hold better on small details because it forms a better fillet, possibly. But you do need to be careful how much power you use - practice with a similar piece of s...
by DavidM
Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:06 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Bill Bedford 3' 6" W-irons in NCPS
Replies: 19
Views: 12105

Re: Bill Bedford 3' 6" W-irons in NCPS

Craig, It's a pity we didn't meet as planned this weekend - I could have shown you a potential solution using the BB RCH 1907 units that I have fitted to a Colin Waite P7 Carriage Truck underframe. They are packed out to increase depth and, as with the horsebox, just fit within the headstocks. I had...
by DavidM
Sat Mar 17, 2012 6:06 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: To jig or not to jig
Replies: 33
Views: 15030

Re: To jig or not to jig

Like many others, I started off chassis building (25 years ago) with Perseverance and I think got acceptable running, but only after quite a bit of fiddling in some cases. They weren't called "Perseverance" for nothing! After a few Finney/Mitchell kits I built a couple of scratchbuilt chas...
by DavidM
Thu Nov 24, 2011 7:48 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: plastic chair systems not holding rails in slide chairs
Replies: 8
Views: 3913

Re: plastic chair systems not holding rails in slide chairs

Try using Loctite 480 - this is supposed to be ideal for use with ABS, and seems to do the job well. Keep it in the fridge as it's a little expensive IIRC, but mine is now three years old and still ok.

David
by DavidM
Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:58 pm
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (August 2011)
Replies: 9
Views: 5669

Re: Fylde Area Group (August 2011)

No worries Mike, I knew you would see my post eventually! 8-) This is very interesting - I have been looking at various ways of using a computer interface to handle interlocking and semi-automatic dispatch of trains from a large fiddleyard. I want this to interface with a fairly authenic (operationa...
by DavidM
Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:59 pm
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (August 2011)
Replies: 9
Views: 5669

Re: Fylde Area Group (August 2011)

Mike, these instruments look very interesting - can you tell us more about their inner workings?

David Murrell
by DavidM
Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:15 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Loco Suspension, fitting CSBs
Replies: 152
Views: 103349

Re: Loco Suspension, fitting CSBs

Nicely described Will! I echo your sentiments about the GW wheel press - wouldn't be without it. There's another little trick you can use to avoid the Loctite spreading up the axle to the bearings - yes, it's happened to me too! Firstly, degrease the axle ends and wheel hubs with IPA (Isopropyl alco...
by DavidM
Sun Jan 16, 2011 10:36 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Rivets on brass
Replies: 44
Views: 21099

Re: Rivets on brass

Mike, I used to use Dick Ganderton's "Graskop" rivetter, which I still use for some jobs, but have found George Watts version well worth the extra expense - it's very precise and more versatile. Incidentally, many years ago I built a Falcon Brass tender (GWR 4000 gallon) and found the rive...
by DavidM
Sat Jan 15, 2011 5:40 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Havoc and the hand of God
Replies: 3
Views: 2437

Havoc and the hand of God

This photo was taken in central Queensland nine days ago, just after the floods in that part of the state. It's apparently the main coal-carrying line near Comet, west of Rockhampton and about 600km NW of Brisbane. A reminder that you have to be careful when you decide how to stick down your ballast...
by DavidM
Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:55 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout idea
Replies: 47
Views: 18343

Re: Layout idea

Thanks Alan, had a look on amazon for the book, came up priced 178 pounds, just a wee bit too much for me at the moment :D David There's one on eBay right now - current bid less than five quid! http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/LAYOUT-DESIGN-Iain-Rice-/170563354486?pt=UK_Trains_Railway_Models&hash=item27b6...
by DavidM
Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:09 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Buffer Stops
Replies: 16
Views: 6616

Re: Buffer Stops

Yes Keith, certainly easy to make but how many of us will actually get around to making one? Too many other things to do... :? Perhaps it's the sort of thing the Society could think about, or even ask George Watts (GW Models) to supply as part of his range. Add me the list if estimating demand! 8-) ...
by DavidM
Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:32 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Avonside Chassis Pro vs Hobby holidays Master Chassis.
Replies: 7
Views: 6298

Re: Avonside Chassis Pro vs Hobby holidays Master Chassis.

Simon, I bought a Master Chassis jig about four years ago and found it helpful. I later modified it to provide support for the chassis during construction as there is nothing to maintain horizontal alignment while soldering in hornguides. This helps, but I subsequently obtained an Avonside jig as I ...
by DavidM
Sat Jul 24, 2010 1:17 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Loco Suspension, fitting CSBs
Replies: 152
Views: 103349

Re: Loco Suspension, fitting CSBs

Great stuff, Will. I'd be interested to know more about your pickups - they look very clever. Like you, my first venture into CSBs was a 8-coupled chassis - for a Brassmaster's Super D. I used the London Road hornblocks - with the LRM attachment system and their 2mm axleboxes on the tender which is ...
by DavidM
Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:15 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Silver Solder
Replies: 3
Views: 6346

Re: Silver Solder

Martin Finney used to recommend using silver solder for assembly of his inside motion kits. It was used to attach the cranks / eccentrics to the axle, so that the axle could subsequently be removed between the crank webs using a carborundum slitting disk in a mini drill - the heat generated might pr...
by DavidM
Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:19 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Axle/hornblock alignment jigs
Replies: 41
Views: 17548

Re: Axle/hornblock alignment jigs

Alan wrote: I have another query to identify the frame gauges I use, which I had thought were either Comet or Brassmasters, but they don't look like the Comet ones illustrated. Here are the ones I use, they have an inner edge which fits the 6mm cut out exactly which is very positive and they also ha...
by DavidM
Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:38 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Split frames
Replies: 37
Views: 12817

Re: Split frames

Les wrote: I observe that Installation of exactoscale plastic hornblocks still leaves one with the frought task of shorting rim to axle. It also appears that the mounting of wiper pickups is still required, but from the axle instead of the wheel Les, the exactoscale hornblocks can be directly wired ...
by DavidM
Sun Jan 10, 2010 9:13 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Split frames
Replies: 37
Views: 12817

Re: Split frames

Tim V wrote: I have used the John Brighton system of Brassmasters hornblocks over several locos, amended for split frames, with complete satisfaction. Using his methods I can build a working chassis first time and very quickly. Tim, can you elaborate on how you do this please? Are you starting with...
by DavidM
Sun Jan 10, 2010 7:16 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Split frames
Replies: 37
Views: 12817

Re: Split frames

Alan Turner wrote: not if you use the Exactoscale plastic hornblocks it dosen't. Alan, I would be interested to hear of your (or anyone elses) experience with these hornblocks, which in theory should be ideal. I bought some a few years ago intending to try them out. After assembling a couple I thou...
by DavidM
Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:25 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Springs
Replies: 20
Views: 9899

Re: Springs

I'm not sure what happened there, the video didn't embed, here's the url instead.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyBtv5CE-KI

David Murrell

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