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by Bufferstop
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Soldering
Replies: 30
Views: 506

Re: Soldering

75watt is a bit on the large size, I'd keep it well away from any plastic bits. I have a 60watt Weller that I use when joining metal to metal. When my temperature controlled iron died I did use it on the track, but it was a tricky job and I was glad when the replacement for the other one arrived.
by Bufferstop
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Steam loco or space rocket ?
Replies: 3
Views: 44

Re: Steam loco or space rocket ?

The later China made versions of the chassis (darkened coupling rods) can be driven more slowly, but there's no obvious reason why. I've tried various gear combinations, the most successful being the worm and gear from a Triang, pre ringfield motor bogie.
by Bufferstop
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Ringfield Issues
Replies: 15
Views: 210

Re: Ringfield Issues

Sort out the brushes and their springs, then connect your multimeter on Ohms to the brush springs. Rotate the armature by hand and it should give three (don't think Lima would have 5 poles) steady readings, of reasonably similar value, probably in the order of tens of ohms. An open circuit, a short ...
by Bufferstop
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 311
Views: 50353

Re: The BNR (another way)

You may need to introduce a HV vest policy for your workforce.... :lol: And some track detonators. (Caps? Are paper caps still made these days?) Like the scenes. Very nice. Of course paper caps are still made today, but you will need to take your birth certificate, explosives licence and certificat...
by Bufferstop
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: BR blue popularity
Replies: 27
Views: 302

Re: BR blue popularity

Don't forget the highlight colour applied to what we now call intercity stock, ie unwashed white around the equally unwashed windows.
by Bufferstop
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: How to model peco plate girder bridge on a curve?
Replies: 2
Views: 66

Re: How to model peco plate girder bridge on a curve?

A single span would have been straight sided but wide enough to accommodate a curve. A multi span viaduct would be made up of a series of straights between tapered piers. It's another situations in which the tight radii used in settrack are harder to deal with than the larger prototype ones.
by Bufferstop
Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout
Replies: 28
Views: 785

Re: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout

I'm at a total loss to understand why DJ has gone for this peculiar mechanical layout. Relying on the coupling rods to couple the wheels of steam and rigid chassis diesels has never been a problem, as long as the rods were strong enough to transmit the forces. The design of model loco mechanisms is ...
by Bufferstop
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout
Replies: 28
Views: 785

Re: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout

That doesn't look like something that will improve after running in. I've seen bad reports about the mechanicals of the Austerity tank, is this a similar problem? The problem in that case seemed to be because the axles were gear coupled as well as by the coupling rods. I can't see anything to be gai...
by Bufferstop
Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Fowler 2-6-4t quieter running
Replies: 8
Views: 144

Re: Fowler 2-6-4t quieter running

Is yours fitted with the magic screw accessed through a hole in the bunker, it was supposed to adjust between pulling power and speed. As far as I remember all it did was make it run noisily. The problem is most likely one of perception. I think all of the HD locos were considerably noisier than mod...
by Bufferstop
Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Ringfield Issues
Replies: 15
Views: 210

Re: Ringfield Issues

If I had that chassis to deal with today I might, ditch the lead weight, see if I could make it more rigid by carving a block of wood to fit tightly inside it. Then re weight it with fluid lead shot. The problem for me being those floating centre wheels. Agree about the 09, outside frames and all wh...
by Bufferstop
Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Spray Glues. What's the difference?
Replies: 21
Views: 197

Re: Spray Glues. What's the difference?

If it's non compliant for some reason the embargo will be Europe wide, at least for a while. Their threadlock and superglues seem to be widely available, which suggests it's not a problem with the distributors.
by Bufferstop
Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Help with DC wiring
Replies: 6
Views: 152

Re: Help with DC wiring

If they are insulfrog points almost anywhere will do. If they are electro frog, at the simplest, just the same as DCC. Fit IRJs on the V rails unless you want the track beyond the point to be point switched. So a circle of track, with a passing loop, would be fed from somewhere on the circle and eac...
by Bufferstop
Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Ringfield Issues
Replies: 15
Views: 210

Re: Ringfield Issues

Motor drawing 0mA = open circuit, if it was being stalled mechanically there would be a high current flowing, at least until you power supply shut it off. That it goes with a single tap suggests whatever it is, is small. If that Lima chassis is similar to the one beneath the 94xx it could be a combi...
by Bufferstop
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Wordsworth Card Kits - FREE downloads
Replies: 1120
Views: 201641

Re: Wordsworth Card Kits - FREE downloads

The qualities of paper and card are either rather subjective, or so complex that you need a laboratory to understand them, this is why it's far better to buy from a retail outlet, specifications can be very misleading. Our print room was run by an old guy who would pick up a sheet of card, flip it l...
by Bufferstop
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Newbie - Looking For Advice
Replies: 9
Views: 111

Re: Newbie - Looking For Advice

Think hard about your loft, and the fun of getting sections of baseboard in and out. When I started in the loft the first thing I did was boarded below the rafters, I soon discovered the maximum size of anything that would fit through the hatch. If you don't want to rip it all up should you have to ...

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