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 Posted: Sun May 17th, 2015 12:08 pm
   
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" Hi Dave ... Is that parcel my priceless 1930s vacuum-tube ? "

" I dunno mate ... But it got a bit squashed in the back of the van."

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 Posted: Tue May 19th, 2015 05:19 pm
   
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After glueing the uprights & flanges on the two pulleys... :slow:
(photo, previous page)



...it seemed like the best move, to part-assemble the jib next. :brill:

I glued the small pulley to the jib ends...
...& at the bottom of the jib, used a wider nut as a spacer, with electrical-wire and tape, to hold it all in alignment while the pulley glue dried.



Some of the gear-wheels are just a test fit in this photo.
The 2 straight jib-stretchers, need fitting later.
If you're not carefull here...
...glueing the large gear toward the front of the photo...
...means you CAN'T re-insert the pivot that holds these 2 jib-stretchers. :f:

I made sure ALL the pivots were a tight & straight fit; and glued them LATER.
Here, only the uprights are glued to the base; with some nuts etc. for alignment. L:

I can see why they omitted an assembly-sequence in the instructions...
...they would have needed A LOT MORE PAPER !
Mmmm...

Si. :P

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 Posted: Tue May 19th, 2015 09:05 pm
   
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Real modellers no need no stinkin' instructions!. Jose.



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 Posted: Tue May 19th, 2015 09:59 pm
   
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'Evening Si,

"IS2 Bus" ?  Dunno, we usually catch the No 2 from th'end of road.

My experience is more unload the van, rig the stage, play, load up the van again & onto the next gig. What happens to the evil glowing bits inside the boxes or why they work I don't really know - other than fitting silver foil top-hats to cook 'em up a bit.

Spent years looking for a "Jazz" (6 string) at my £ range. Too late now as I am mostly acoustic these days. Also I'm supposed to be building a model RR rather than gigging.

Regards,             Michael

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 Posted: Wed May 20th, 2015 06:18 am
   
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Hi Michael.

I saw your exellent track-making photo somewhere on Freerails...
...NICE WORK !
I guess it's for Chavez Junction.

I know you said you were after some Micro-Engineering flexi.
Are you using Code-83 for the switches ?
Do you have a fav. supplier for rail & PCB-ties in the U.K.?
Are you using a gauge, eg. NMRA, PECO etc. ?

Cheers.

Si.

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 Posted: Wed May 20th, 2015 11:55 pm
   
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'Evening Si,

My track & switches that you saw here on FT are scratch built for my English 'O' gauge (43.5:1) SG colliery layout.

Correct On30 track is difficult here in the UK. In my experience to date there are 3 choices:

1) Scratch built using Peco Code 82 (Peco IL-115) or Code 83 (Peco IL-83) rail. The problem is finding the correct size spikes (difficult) and the correct size ties (impossible).
Our U.S. cousins often seem to have their own timber sizing equipment but I cannot justify the expense. '00' copper clad sleeper strip (SMP, Scaleway, C&L etc) is just a bit too wide for correct D&RGW ties. Some model aircraft retailers have wood strips almost the right tie size but very expensive & not always suitable for spiking.

2) Use Peco O-16.5 NG ready made track. For a freelance type NG layout it doesn't look too bad; Shoulders (Daniel) & others can make it look really good but the appearance & tie dimensions are quite wrong for proper U.S. 3' gauge modelling (or even 2' 6").

3) The only real choice for reasonably priced correct appearance U.S. NG ready made track is Micro- Engineering. However, there only seem to be 2 UK suppliers, of which one has stopped importing (American Model Railroad Centre, Bodmin, Cornwall) & the other (NG Trains) sells the pre-weathered stuff which is to be avoided at all costs - it just buckles & twists if you try to bend it. Both the above do have some ME switches (or did).

Importing your own ME stuff comes with all our usual surcharges, inspection charges etc. Through the kind auspices of a senior FR member I have just received a personal import of ME stuff (thanks old chap !!) but that was a "one-off" fluke. The ME flexitrack & switches look good. All that work in the kitchen has indeed paid a Management Dividend !.

For 'non-standard' switches I will use filed down copperclad & trimmed coffee stirrer ties with Peco Code 83 rail - no spikes, bury the detail in ballast.

No, I don't use track gauges for O Gauge - just eyesight, a vernier caliper, a wheelset & a wagon. For On30 I might turn up a few gauges on the lathe; I have yet to try building an On30 switch (soon !). Code 83 looks damn small after the 7mm SG rail.

Not much help I am afraid Si - modelling US in the UK is a mug's game but at least I hope to be able to run some larger outline Consolidateds & Mikados in a smallish space which I see as the benefit of On30. Anyway, "summer" is supposed to be arriving & that means the UK music festival season so goodbye toy trains, hello 6 string !.

Cheers,          Michael      (normal service will return in the Autumn)  




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 Posted: Thu May 21st, 2015 08:47 pm
   
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" Real modellers no need no stinkin' instructions!. Jose."

Hi Jose.

I had hoped to get my Grandmother to assemble the rusty yard crane !...
...in exchange for a couple of barley-wines !
(thought it might save some time & get M.M.M up to WARP-SPEED Lt.Data !) :slow:

Alas, If yer wanna get it done... :time: ...

All the best.

Cheers.

Si. :P

P.S. The Executive-Directors have been investigating the construction of an M.M.M railcar !!

I don't suppose any rinky-dink backwoods-hayseed would of ever done such a crime, but...

...how about a 1938 Packard limo ??!!

:Crazy:



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 Posted: Thu May 21st, 2015 09:33 pm
   
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Good evening Sir Michael !

You will be pleased (I hope) that the M.M.M  R.O.W now stands at 105.00689' !!
Dave the postman (the coolest mail-'person' :cool: out there !) brought me a YARD of HO code-83.
(looks like the E.U are yet to crackdown on PECO, for weights & measures !)

It does look a tad smallish (compared to the code-100, I had already)...
...& WHAT ! the hell are they on about with code-82 IL-115; I noticed that & thought W.T.F !
(what is it for ??... 1/1000" ... are they NUTS ?!)

Your handlayed did look very (nice) Brit. to me (go on, chuck us a pic. up !).

I got the yard of PECO code-83 HO, for a 'quick fix' on the  enginehouse & NEW turntable trackage (both buried).

I did find 5mm x 1.6mm P.C.B uncut-strips (could cut my own; if I'm :Crazy: ).
Also eBay Obeche in 5x3mm strips; I think 50-of 1 yard/metre for 20 Quid; not too bad.

This means the ties at 1:35 would be approx. 6.9" x 4.1" ... Mmmm ...
... a bit wide possibly...
... but who knows ??

The spikes I have are PECO IL-? & Shinohara HOn3 !
(I also have a soldering-iron & some Jack Daniels)

Thanks for the info. Michael.
Your consultancy-fees are being 're-invested' in the M.M.M.M.M.& M.Co.
(Mysterious Moose Mountain Molybdemum Mining and Manufacturing Company)

They have (allegedly) struck $$$ up at the metorite-crater on the mountain...
...GOOD LUCK !

Cheers.

Si.

EUREKA ! :glad: ( possibly ... (_!_) )




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 Posted: Thu May 21st, 2015 11:28 pm
   
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Hi Si,

Thanks for compulsorily reinvesting my fees in the MMMMMMMM Corporation Inc. of which I shall now consider myself to be a PAID Director.

Meteorites, Molybdenum ... been on the back-of-shed-moonshine have we ?

WTF ? is about right !

IL-115 is + 4 thou" wider on the rail head, + 3 thou" wider on the foot & same height as IL-83......WHY ??. Nice to see Peco still work in yards though.

D&RGW NG ties are 8" wide x 6" high x 72" long so your stuff isn't far out as it is actually narrower than standard 3' gauge U.S. track.

Shinohara spikes ?  Where from please ?.

You want photos ?  OK :









UK Colliery Loco No 1, an Avonside SS Class. Totally scratch built except for sprung buffer heads & buffer housings, hand rail knobs, motor & worm gear (I made the worm). Wheels  finish turned from semi-finished castings. After I had finished, it came out as a kit but I modestly prefer mine as it looks more "in hard service". Boiler backhead to be made & fitted. Real timber buffer beams !.


Cheers,              Michael

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 Posted: Sat May 23rd, 2015 09:09 pm
   
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Hi Si

Just a thought, EM/p4 gauge sleepers work out pretty well for 2ft gauge. Might be worth looking at the UK S-scale society and see how there sleepers offer up for size in the scale your modelling, might even be good for 3-foot main in 1/48. They may do you a bundle as a one off.

Hi Michael- love the colliery loco, I have a 12inch Nelson nearly finished in 4mm scale.

Cheers Dan



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