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by GTB
Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: TVT - Modernised Passenger Services
Replies: 16
Views: 1584

Re: TVT - Modernised Passenger Services

Do they give you any problems with droppings on the railway. There's nothing to particularly attract the Rainbows to my backyard, where the railway is located. One of their lookouts sat watching me laying track one day and keeping up a running commentary to his mates, but I've not seen them on the ...
by GTB
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: bambuko loco works 0-6-2 (Fowler)
Replies: 101
Views: 8290

Re: bambuko loco works 0-6-2 (Fowler)

I guess it depends on the grade of Loctite? Which one did you use, please? Loctite 648, which I use to fix wheels to axles has got a shear strength of 3900 PSI. I'm still using up my bottle of Loctite 603, which was the predecessor of Loctite 648. Looking at the data sheets, 601 has a slightly lowe...
by GTB
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: bambuko loco works 0-6-2 (Fowler)
Replies: 101
Views: 8290

Re: bambuko loco works 0-6-2 (Fowler)

That is the only thing that leaves me puzzled, with tallow being oily contaminant? In the past, tallow was used as a soft soldering flux and also as the flux for lead wiping. It's not an oily contaminant in the sense that mineral oil would be. It works much the same as as rosin flux, being mildly a...
by GTB
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Matt varnish has not set
Replies: 13
Views: 260

Re: Matt varnish has not set

I've decided to stick (ooops, unintended pun) with Vallejo paints and varnish for my future figure painting. A friend of mine who started out as a military modeller before converting to railway modelling swears by Vallejo paints. I seem to recall he was also impressed with the acrylic clear finishe...
by GTB
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: TVT - Modernised Passenger Services
Replies: 16
Views: 1584

Re: TVT - Modernised Passenger Services

Spring has sprung hereabouts and yesterday was a lovely day for playing trains, warm, sunny, no wind and not a cloud visible in the sky. I gave the Walker railcar it's first run in sunshine and the photo shows it heading north along the back of the track in late afternoon sun, trailing a guards van ...
by GTB
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Matt varnish has not set
Replies: 13
Views: 260

Re: Matt varnish has not set

I painted some figures with acrylics and decided to give then a coat of matt varnish. Big mistake! The varnish is still tacky two years afterwards. Any suggestions? Change to another brand of clear coat...... I've had no end of trouble with clear finishes off and on over the years. I used Humbrol M...
by GTB
Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: Recomendations for a 'Recovery Loco'
Replies: 13
Views: 404

Re: Recomendations for a 'Recovery Loco'

The leader at the moment seems to be a Baguley. This photo shows my old Merlin Motor Mule pulling the Garratt dead, along with it's train. 9E051CCB-F26E-4951-94EA-5580CCAAB748.jpeg The Mule weighs 1.9kg and has a 12V motor running on 8 x AA NiMH cells, with manual control. It is easily pulling 6kg ...
by GTB
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: bambuko loco works 0-6-2 (Fowler)
Replies: 101
Views: 8290

Re: bambuko loco works 0-6-2 (Fowler)

I have decided not to spring the axleboxes, but left original hornblocks and hornstays. I think we've had this conversation before. I'm not a fan of springing in garden scale, but I like to make my loco wheelsets removable for later maintenance. Not sure about ball bearings in model steam locos. Th...
by GTB
Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)
Replies: 216
Views: 13066

Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Graeme, my initial thought is that because Limonene takes longer to evaporate there is more opportunity for subsequent warping, but presumably you have not found this to be an issue? Sorry Phil, I meant to reply earlier.......... I was laminating up a block of polystyrene today and finally remember...
by GTB
Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: TVT - Modernised Passenger Services
Replies: 16
Views: 1584

Re: TVT - Modernised Passenger Services

The only catches I could discover - other than their lively riding characteristics - was that they had lorry type crash gearboxes, which became more problematical as the older Road Services personnel retired, and the synchromesh generation took over. The riding qualities of the VR Walkers when I ro...
by GTB
Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)
Replies: 216
Views: 13066

Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Anyway, as recommended, I cut a slot out of some of my pipe, and slotted it into a full-size piece for a smokebox and another for a firebox. It’s a bit rough, but it’s definitely the right size now. This was just a quick experiment, so if it doesn’t clean up well enough I can cut another piece and ...
by GTB
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)
Replies: 216
Views: 13066

Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Well, I can’t say it’s been fun, but we’re getting there! People make styrene look so easy, but I never seem to be able to get this bloody stuff straight and square! You can't beat practice. Modelling in polystyrene gets easier after the first hundred or so models..... ;) Below is a basic toolkit f...
by GTB
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Point radius?
Replies: 6
Views: 513

Re: Point radius?

With all the discussions that have been taking place recently on track gauges and the like, it has brought to my attention that a lot of people refer to radii as R1, R2 etc. Excuse my ignorance but can anyone tell me what these radii actually are? The use of R1, R2, R3 and R5 to describe the curvat...
by GTB
Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: The Ridgemont Hills Light Railway
Replies: 45
Views: 4154

Re: The Ridgemont Hills Light Railway

With the trestle now reaching the shed (steam up area), the level was off by 2 inches over 21 meters (69 feet), which could easily have been an error on my part of levelling the laser. The average DIY laser level only reads to the nearest 1mm per metre, while a reasonable quality spirit level will ...
by GTB
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: The Charnwood Forest Light Railway
Replies: 269
Views: 37645

Re: The Charnwood Forest Light Railway

Aren't the laws of physics amazing! Newtonian physics is fairly logical, just be thankful that garden railways aren't small enough to be affected by quantum physics........ :shock: LGB make something they call an adjustable track, which has telescoping rail sections, made for filling odd gaps in a ...