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Thread: Class 22 Diesel (next project)
14/11/2019 17:36:03

Sound system as mentioned above

14/11/2019 14:08:33

No visual just sound, I am giving a budget priced sound system a try for the loco. Its a third of the price of the top end systems which can cover a particular class of loco. It comes complete with a speaker and is ready to go, no setting up other than the volume which is adjustable. The two tone horn is not correct for a class 22 but I can live with that, I rather like the engine start up and the run down, sounds quite good I think.

It sounds better than it does through the camera and I have also found that the sound quality improves if the speaker is housed and not free standing in the open.

You may need to adjust your volume up or down.

Sorry wrong recording will be back with the correct one

Edited By Ron Laden on 14/11/2019 14:09:49

Edited By Ron Laden on 14/11/2019 14:13:11

Thread: Rod Stewart's Model Railway
14/11/2019 07:09:44

That is railway modelling to a very high standard I think, you don't see too many layouts with that level of realism every inch of it is full of detail. He obviously has a very good eye for it just look at the scene at the station entrance in the last photo with the yellow cabs and all the people and how busy that looks, very realistic.

I take my hat off to him very impressive indeed. 

Edited By Ron Laden on 14/11/2019 07:10:08

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Edited By Ron Laden on 14/11/2019 07:12:34

Thread: Loctite
13/11/2019 19:23:06

I think we can take it that Loctite is like a good wine or cheese it matures with age...wink

Thread: To pin, or not to pin
13/11/2019 14:25:47
Posted by AlanW on 12/11/2019 16:29:23:

failure in this instance would risk irretrievably damaging the shaft that would be difficult for me to replicate

Alan, I would have thought that answers your it to be certain.

Thread: Allchin Gears- thinking of using pre-cut chinese
11/11/2019 20:48:44


I have gone with a set of Chinese gears (picture below) for my electric engine, its my own design but a lot of it is loosely based on the Minnie. Scale is 1.625 and the gears I have gone with are 1.5 MOD.

The good points with the gears are price, the set cost 1/3rd the cost of the best UK prices I could find. They are well made and machined true and mesh together nicely.

The couple of not so good points are that they are quite thick at 15mm so the 6mm and 8mm width I need does mean quite a bit of machining. Also the dark ring you see around the teeth is from the hardening process which is on all of the gears and it really is hard, HSS doesnt like it at all so it does mean insert tooling then its not so bad. I have no idea if all Chinese gears are hardened this way so it was a bit of a surprise when they arrived.

For me the main reason for going Chinese was the cost, it was way cheaper than I could find anywhere else.





Edited By Ron Laden on 11/11/2019 20:50:51

Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2019
11/11/2019 16:22:03

Thanks Jason, thats a neat idea is it unique to that engine or do others use that method.

Thread: Yet another 'which mill shall I buy'
11/11/2019 16:02:48
Posted by mechman48 on 11/11/2019 15:43:33:
Posted by Hollowpoint on 10/11/2019 22:48:16:

I use this type on my VMC. They are more than accurate enough for my needs and not expensive.

I also have these fitted to my WM 16 & so far they have proved invaluable & accurate enough for all my needs. Have just changed batteries after approx a year so battery life is not an issue with me, well worth the outlay. Usual disclaimer applies.


Snap, I also fitted them to my SX2 and have found them to be accurate and reliable.


Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2019
11/11/2019 15:53:05

That engine certainly looks different Jason, I am trying to fathom the brass ball built into the flywheel. Is it an adjustable balance for the wheel its the only thing I could come up with.

p.s. or is it something to do with the timing.

Edited By Ron Laden on 11/11/2019 15:58:30

Thread: Class 22 Diesel (next project)
11/11/2019 09:11:32

Back to the buffers I went with setting up in the 4 jaw to get the basic shape (Daves idea, thanks Dave) and it worked well. I did start out using the parting tool which would probably have been ok but I chickened out worrying about a grab which would wreck the buffer. I went with a standard tool and 10 thou cuts, didnt take long as it is only a thin face to machine. The secret was cutting one face and then turning the buffer through 180 and getting it pretty much spot on otherwise you would end up with a weird shape. Just some hand shaping now on the ends which is not too much.


Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2019
11/11/2019 08:54:06
Posted by JasonB on 09/11/2019 20:08:32:

I turned a 5" length of 5/8" steel into a pile of swarf and an Conrod, bit of a change from the usual designs as is most of this engine.

Now that is one very cool (as they say these days) conrod and a lovely piece of machining , very nice indeed.

Thread: Indoor R/C Flight & a whole lot more
10/11/2019 16:20:02

Thanks again Jason, too many excellent areas of modelling to mention, good to see that modelling across the board is alive and well..

V8Eng, the two flying locomotives will be rigged like drones with two or more props producing down thrust and a gyro for stability and control, the things people think of..smiley

Edited By Ron Laden on 10/11/2019 16:21:29

10/11/2019 08:39:40

Thanks for posting Jason,

I agree the jet is almost certainly electric ducted fans, I wondered if it had vectored thrust it can loop in its own length with almost no forward airspeed for the control surfaces....maybe, dont know.

I know it was ideal conditions but as you say the steamer had a hell of a lot of people behind it.

Some good viewing..

p.s. Yes vectored thrust you can see it in some of the flight, impressive.

Edited By Ron Laden on 10/11/2019 08:47:58

Thread: Painting! There one day, gone the next!
09/11/2019 14:34:40

I use acrylics in cans and regardless of the material I always prime first, then a number of thin coats until I am happy with the finish and coverage. I never paint anything at less than room temperature and even increase it a bit if I can especially larger lumps or assy,s in metal.

Thread: piston rings
09/11/2019 14:04:56

Thats interesting Jason, I looked up some images of quad rings are the ones you are working with X shaped in section with rounded ends on each leg of the X..?

09/11/2019 10:35:43

I would never have imagined that, a Viton piston ring in an IC engine you learn something everyday.

Thread: John Bogstandard's projects.
07/11/2019 08:02:04

Thanks guys, seeing the pics ok now.


06/11/2019 10:28:01

Thanks Jason, the Lathe Backstop and Dial Gauge Tramming Tool are two I,m interested in.


06/11/2019 10:07:52

A question for Jason, I am interested in a couple of Johns projects which you made up as a sticky but the photos are out of focus, is this because the thread is closed..? Wondered if there is a way of seeing them sharp..?


Thread: 5BA / M3 - Interchangability
04/11/2019 19:07:48

It must just be the smaller sizes then, I have to go back almost 50 years but in building machines we fitted 3 inch diameter plastic handwheels which had a moulded in brass boss with a 1/4 BSW tapped hole for fixing. They were fitted with slotted steel grubs and I must have fitted hundreds of them over time and I cant remember ever having a problem with them.

p.s. Your right about the screwdriver Jason, I still have it and remember it was a snug fit in the slot.

Edited By Ron Laden on 04/11/2019 19:15:57

Edited By Ron Laden on 04/11/2019 19:17:58

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