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by GTB
Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: Semi-scale BR: almost a 2MT
Replies: 24
Views: 1276

Re: Semi-scale BR: almost a 2MT

I hadn't been aware of Dichloromethane but as I started typing it into the search engine, all sorts of horrendous hazard warnings appeared! Is this of general concern? Given that my 'workbench' is really the kitchen table, I guess I should probably leave it alone. Personally I won't use it as a glu...
by GTB
Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Battery charging advice please
Replies: 28
Views: 859

Re: Battery charging advice please

It's a shame electricity's invisible (?!!), I've got no idea what's going on. Feels more like religion than science... That's why they make digital multimeters (DMMs). Using a suitable voltage scale and taking a reading on the battery connection will tell you if a battery is charged or not and conf...
by GTB
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Roundhouse's new engine for 2020 and beyond
Replies: 17
Views: 1234

Re: Roundhouse's new engine for 2020 and beyond

Something about it looks slightly off to me though. Maybe it's because most of these locos were inside framed, & I suspect those that were outside framed used bar frames rather than plate frames more typical of UK practice? The Kiama Davenport in Aust. is 2’ gauge and has outside bar-frames. I susp...
by GTB
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Charles - Penrhyn Mainline Hunslet
Replies: 8
Views: 805

Re: Charles - Penrhyn Mainline Hunslet

It's been too windy to run the new loco so I've made a start cutting the wheel blanks - the hard way! I used to use the bandsaw at work... Now I'm using a parting tool down to about 1" diameter and then hacksawing the remainder. That's definitely doing it the hard way. When I got into garden scale ...
by GTB
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: TVT - The Mule with No Name Part 2
Replies: 15
Views: 668

Re: TVT - The Mule with No Name Part 2

I suspect comparisons are being made with small battery electric kits running off a couple of AA or AAA batteries. No, what Rik struck was a group of live steamers of the type that look down their noses at any model that doesn't boil water. Even worse in their eyes, Rik had the temerity to make his...
by GTB
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: TVT - The Mule with No Name Part 2
Replies: 15
Views: 668

Re: TVT - The Mule with No Name Part 2

the live steamers repeatedly told me how powerful their locos were. Most of them probably don't know what their loco can really pull, they are just true believers in the ‘power’ of steam......... :roll: All other things being equal, a battery electric will have a greater drawbar pull than a steam l...
by GTB
Mon Dec 16, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: TVT - The Mule with No Name Part 2
Replies: 15
Views: 668

Re: TVT - The Mule with No Name Part 2

Seeing this making me even more Tempted to buy myself a Fowler ;) Just to give you something to look forward to, these photos were taken earlier this year when I was testing the new track. I ran all the rollingstock around a few times to make sure there were no issues with the turnouts and the then...
by GTB
Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: TVT - The Mule with No Name Part 2
Replies: 15
Views: 668

Re: TVT - The Mule with No Name Part 2

Is the body brass? Just wondering how it might affect the rx. The cab of the Mule is brass, but the Rx is in the hood which has resin sides, resin radiator and an aluminium top, which doesn't seem to affect the Rx. Range is at least 70’, as that is how far I can get from the track and still be on m...
by GTB
Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: TVT - The Mule with No Name Part 2
Replies: 15
Views: 668

Re: TVT - The Mule with No Name Part 2

LNR wrote:
Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:47 am
What size was that "Round Tuit" and could I borrow it when your finished with it please !!.
Grant.
Use it wisely........ 8)

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Graeme
by GTB
Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: TVT - The Mule with No Name Part 2
Replies: 15
Views: 668

TVT - The Mule with No Name Part 2

This loco was the second to join the collection, eight years ago now. Since then I've built a track and recently decided to replace the manual speed control with r/c to make it easier to rescue steam locos that have stopped at the back of the track. I finally found the right size of 'Round Tuit' and...
by GTB
Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: Essel Engineering Fowler
Replies: 5
Views: 560

Re: Essel Engineering Fowler

I remember you mentioning a while ago you had some Imformation on Fowler Mechanical locos from a LRRSA article , I was wondering what Number it was in? It was a two part article by Bruce Belbin in Issues 204 and 206. The main subject was Fowler 16830 which is a 0-6-0PM originally imported to work a...
by GTB
Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: Bachmann Climax Battery Power Conversion.
Replies: 1
Views: 228

Re: Bachmann Climax Battery Power Conversion.

Hi Folks, i have been given a Bachmann Climax with DCC and Sound and would it be Possible to convert it over to Battery Power/Radio Control in the loco without a Trailing truck? Not something I've tried, but Tony Walsham at Remote Control Systems has a couple of links on the 'how-to' page of his we...
by GTB
Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:06 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Slaters 2 ton slate wagon
Replies: 24
Views: 1571

Re: Slaters 2 ton slate wagon

I have blackened brass before but only small items. Chopper couplings for example. I might give it a go. I could always paint after if I wasn't happy with the result. I'd be wary of painting blackened brass, as I've had paint delaminate after a while on blackened brass. Blisters started appearing i...
by GTB
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Workshop/shed
Replies: 77
Views: 5205

Re: Workshop/shed

It's a bit of a fag when I have to venture outside each time I need a screwdriver or craft knife for something in the house, but it's a great retreat. Remember Tubular Bells? In the first house I owned, the train room was in a separate bungalow up the back and the workshop was also the carport. Nev...
by GTB
Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: North East Victoria Railway
Replies: 135
Views: 14508

Re: North East Victoria Railway

Eventually ill get around to finishing the CAD drawings for the lines Clyde G8B's which will be delivered in BHP's red and silver scheme which is quite similar. I thought the colour scheme looked familiar.......... By the time I got to visit the Whyalla plant (I worked for BHP Steel before retireme...