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Member postings for Michael Malleson

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Thread: Belt grinder
24/01/2019 09:59:13

The contact wheel on my belt grinder has perished and is disintegrating. Can anyone recommend a firm who can supply me with a new one or renew the contact surface ? Internet searching has not come up with anything useful.

Waiting in hope !! Mike Malleson.

linisher contact wheel.jpg

Thread: GWR Coat of Arms transfers
26/09/2018 09:09:22

Thanks Ron, I'll follow that up.

Many thanks, Mike

24/09/2018 11:37:28

As you can see, the Coat of Arms on the wheel splashers on my 7 1/4" gauge 'Gooch' need renewing. Can anyone tell me where I can obtain replacement transfers or stickers ?

gwr transfers.jpg

Thread: Clean hands?
11/06/2018 11:08:19

Try washing up liquid and some granulated sugar, works a treat !


Thread: Garage Workshop Subsidence
25/02/2018 21:05:32

Sugar !

Thread: Condensation
03/11/2017 20:09:44


Do both. I did years ago and have had absolutely no rust or comfort problems ever since.


Thread: Repair of plastic Britains toys
12/01/2017 10:56:17

P.S. It's not Araldite for plastics, It's Loctite All Plastics, works very well.


09/01/2017 17:09:37

Hi All. An update on repairing Britains models. The broken part in question was in fact made of die cast metal, zinc/aluminium/ magnesium/ copper mixtures known as Zanak or Mazak, very difficult to stick anything to. My solution after much internet reasearch and asking around was to file close fitting faces, degrease with Loctite 7063 degreaser, abrade gently, re-degrease and then use Hafix Glue. Google Loctite 7063, the cheapest is £9.99 inc. postage, and go to the Hafix website as the only suppliers. Araldite now have glue they claim will stick almost any plastic !

Thread: Insulation
24/12/2016 09:00:16

Hi Mick. as you are probably aware, condensation is your biggest enemy. So, in the immortal words of Tony Blair, "insulate, insulate, insulate ; dehydrate, dehydrate, dehydrate. " Leave a small dehumidifier running all the time on a mid range setting and empty regularly. I haven't had a spot of rust in 10 years. Very cheap to run and being dry you will feel warmer with less heat.


Thread: Repair of plastic Britains toys
24/12/2016 08:51:14

Update for Dusty. The Loctitie Plastics Glue seems to have bonded brass to the plastic in question, so thanks for the tip. Next problem is, what will stick to the zinc/ aluminium/ magnesium alloy that is also used in Britains toys ? Ordinary two part epoxy just doesn't stick and a lot of net research has come up blank, loads of complex adhesive information involving toxic chemicals but no really practical solutions, will the broken tractor have to be consigned to the scrap heap, ' my grandson's kingdom for the right glue' to paraphrase Richard III !!!

14/12/2016 16:31:19

Thanks for all the hints and tips. Loctite Plastix sounds like it's worth a punt as the broken bit in question is very small. I quite like being the 'toys repair man', lots of brownie points as Dusty says.

Next step "bicycle repair man " !!


13/12/2016 14:57:44

Not exactly model engineering, but Grandfatherly duties demand repairs on my grandson's Britains agricultural toys. (made in China !) Can anyone recommend a suitable glue which will bond satisfactorily with these types of plastic ? Rory will be eternally grateful for an answer for his Grandad !! Where can I buy such a glue ?


Thread: Steam Raising Blower
10/12/2016 11:05:55

Hi Brian.

I followed your directions and have a motor on order, so now I can make a start on the steam raising blower, what all miniature loco people call them ! Many thanks. It's for a 7 1/4" William Dean Armstrong Class 4-4-0 "Gooch", the most beautiful express passenger loco ever built (see J.N Maskeleyne, A Further selection of Locomotives I Have Known p. 36) !!!

Thanks Neil for your helpful comments, I will follow up breakeryard site for future use.


09/12/2016 10:38:49

I am interested in making the Steam Raising Blower described by Brian Baker in recent Model Engineer magazines. However, a comprehensive internet search has failed to find a 12 volt fan motor suitable for a 7.25" loco as featured in Part 2. can you, Brian, or anyone else please advise where I can buy such a motor. Many thanks, Mike

Thread: ME Magazine 2nd Sept 2016 no. 4542
02/12/2016 17:13:21

This is very encouraging - thank you for all those who have replied. I have now been offered a subscription extension, for which I am grateful, but was not informed of what had happened to the areas mentioned above - I am just outside Dorset.. I will contact Diane accordingly.


02/12/2016 11:20:40

Has anyone else not received their copy of this no. of ME ? Mine failed to arrive and on speaking to MyTimeMedia was curtly told that not enough copies had been printed. I take out a regular subscription and expect it to be honoured and so have been left with a gap in my collection. If there are enough peple left short the company must print more and send them out, easy enough these days with electronic printing facilities. Look forward to hearing if I'm the only one !!

Mike Malleson

Thread: Paint thinners
13/01/2016 13:34:13

Thanks Trevor, Martin and John. I've got some lighter fluid and I know it's recommended for use with certain lining pens so I'll give it a go on a small sample. Paint has become so complicated. There was a time when boiled linseed oil, proper turpentine and lead oxide was all things to all paint surfaces, but alas the little children chewed the window ledge because the linseed oil was tasty and then died ! One needs a higher degree nowadays to find your way through it all.


13/01/2016 12:38:46

Thanks Russell, I'll have a sniff !


13/01/2016 11:10:57

Is there any thinner that works well with Precision Paints enamels other than their own for brushing ? White spirit works for brush cleaning but I don't want to add it to the paint if it's not suitable. I only need a very small quantity.


Thread: Injectors
06/10/2015 10:38:05

At last, an explanation without any mathematics, none of which helps anyway when the darned things just won't work.


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