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by jimread
Mon Aug 24, 2009 6:17 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Interesting clutter
Replies: 18
Views: 6874

I've walked through many an engineering company that looked just like that, quite uncanny especially the walls

Jim
by jimread
Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:08 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Track cleaning car
Replies: 17
Views: 6880

Ammonia does not corrode Nickel Silver it is used to clean it in the same manner as it used to clean silver, I think the dilution is about 30:1 if you want to make it yourself.

What submersion in ammonia as a gas or liquid would do eventually is to make the NS brittle and liable to crack.

Jim
by jimread
Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:35 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Track cleaning car
Replies: 17
Views: 6880

The other myth that seems to have built up is "Corrosion" this needs to be dispelled, where's me wand! Nickel Silver has nothing to do with silver other than the colour and the fact it will take silver plating very well indeed, Electro Plated Nickel Silver or EPNS as I'm sure you've seen o...
by jimread
Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:07 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Track cleaning car
Replies: 17
Views: 6880

I thought exactly the same and tried a little experiment after putting the graphite on the rail; http://i28.tinypic.com/2gwey4l.jpg The f-rty little loco pulled this around my 28" radius (this is 0 gauge) test curve no problem at all. You can see the graphite block in the foreground. Jim
by jimread
Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:57 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Track cleaning car
Replies: 17
Views: 6880

The nice thing about the graphite is that it would be easy (if you really wanted) to get off with some solvent or other. And then you could go back to the track type carborundum filled erasers or car body polishing blocks et al. Either will work but the graphite is easier and lasts longer. Jim
by jimread
Sat Aug 15, 2009 8:31 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Track cleaning car
Replies: 17
Views: 6880

Over the years, about 8 of them, that I took a layout to exhibitions I would clean the track with a brown Garryflex Abrasive block (http://www.axminster.co.uk/product-Garryson-Garryflex-Abrasive-Block-20009.htm), then use a thick cotton cloth soaked in meths to wipe the rail, clean the loco wheels w...
by jimread
Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:53 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Exhibition Presentation
Replies: 153
Views: 78473

Gavin,

Seeing those desk lights, I thought what a great idea and bought one on eBay UK.

There are 4 left, a snip at this price;
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... SA:GB:1123

Jim
by jimread
Sat Aug 08, 2009 9:39 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Hornby 0-4-0 Chassis
Replies: 8
Views: 4182

Dear Stefan, Wow that looks really good, such a lot in a small place, I like the pivot on the trailing wheel as well. I assume this is a 2-4-0 I like the configuration as well makes for a lot better electrical contact. The first controller I made was from an article in the 3mm magazine, its quite si...
by jimread
Sat Aug 08, 2009 12:37 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Hornby 0-4-0 Chassis
Replies: 8
Views: 4182

Dear Stefan, After I've finished my 0 Gauge layout I am going to make a Gn15 loco for my new NG layout, I really like the scale and the scratch building. This is why I am so interested in your thread, I had the same concerns about the chassis width and had been racking my brains trying to think of a...
by jimread
Sat Aug 08, 2009 9:18 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Hornby 0-4-0 Chassis
Replies: 8
Views: 4182

Dear Stefan, Thats a great way of making a reduction, I have been thinking about doing something like this but never thought of doing it like you have. In 0 gauge I did this with some Hornby 00 wheels, Romford 20:1 worm and gear and a reduction using 2 model car gears. http://i41.tinypic.com/w8s6lw....
by jimread
Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:19 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Exhibition Presentation
Replies: 153
Views: 78473

Here's my ten pence worth about exhibitions, in the 80's I took 2 layouts around exhibitions for about 6/7 years sometimes two per month. My main point is this; I operated from the front - why? I have seen men in tears after a child ran into/tried to climb/shook a layout and knocked the stock off. I...
by jimread
Thu May 28, 2009 9:48 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: How are your locos controlled?
Replies: 51
Views: 23996

I use (for my 0 Gauge locos) a 3 transistor pulsed feedback controller designed by Brian Tilbury. The output can be varied to suit a range of motors (not coreless ones though) and it will work into a short circuit without burning out, the heatsink warms a bit though! It will work down to five miles ...
by jimread
Wed May 27, 2009 8:32 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Irton Sidings - inglenook
Replies: 53
Views: 20536

Hi Jez,

I do like the baseboard it looks very strong indeed, could you say what the size is I'm very interested in the design.

Jim

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