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by Tricky Dicky
Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:48 pm
Forum: The Mess Room
Topic: Snow Clearing
Replies: 0
Views: 25

Snow Clearing

I think senility has finally struck, just been out clearing a path through the snow to let our Tom cat out to get up on the garden to do his business despite it still falling heavily and settling. We have a litter tray but he will not use it only the female uses it being more of a house cat. I suppo...
by Tricky Dicky
Sun Jan 10, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Embankments..
Replies: 20
Views: 336

Re: Embankments..

A rod for a Hotwire cutter? :o A simple Hotwire cutter can be made with a piece of ply cut into a C shape, two screws put into the ends of the C. Then using Nichrome wire twist the ends round the screws and twist them to tension the wire, it helps if you can drill holes in the end of the screws to p...
by Tricky Dicky
Sun Jan 10, 2021 12:21 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Embankments..
Replies: 20
Views: 336

Re: Embankments..

I got to agree that the profile of embankments is quite regular although trees and vegetation can make them look uneven. Where I lived before there was a heavy rail line that was converted to the Metrolink. Near a supermarket they created a new station there already was an access road from a nearby ...
by Tricky Dicky
Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:26 am
Forum: Baseboards
Topic: Ideal board?
Replies: 10
Views: 240

Re: Ideal board?

In conditions of variable humidity, plywood is the most stable. The traditional 2x1 softwood frame with plywood on top can still be subject to movement. I would advise using plywood throughout both frame and top. You will have to compensate for plywood’s thickness by making the frame deeper but we a...
by Tricky Dicky
Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: Layout Track & Design
Topic: Something small
Replies: 10
Views: 245

Re: Something small

Since the red line represents a scenic break with just a fiddle yard behind, why not add a drop leaf at the back of the table and move your scenic break to the back edge of the table. This will from storage purposes make the table no bigger than it is now but hopefully give you a bit more scope for ...
by Tricky Dicky
Sat Dec 26, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Wiring and Electrics
Topic: DCC Concepts Legacy Powerpoints
Replies: 5
Views: 130

DCC Concepts Legacy Powerpoints

I see from a recent newsletter that DCC Concepts through a sister company Legacy, have produced a new product to align baseboards and at the same time transfer power. This idea has been a kind of Nirvana for exhibition layouts, self connecting boards, no miss wires, no jumper leads to lose. A few so...
by Tricky Dicky
Wed Dec 09, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: The Mess Room
Topic: Stupid Boy!
Replies: 7
Views: 613

Re: Stupid Boy!

Steve M wrote: Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:32 am - if only we had a ‘free trade deal’.
It still would not get you out of paying customs duty, it just means that tariffs would not apply.

Richard :cry:
by Tricky Dicky
Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Layout Track & Design
Topic: N gauge fish plates
Replies: 6
Views: 478

Re: N gauge fish plates

A simple device to help you attach fish plates can be made with a short length of rail soldered into a brass tube with a half rail joiner length sticking out. File the protruding rail section so it is a loose fit in a joiner, attach a handle on the other end of the tube (I used an old cupboard knob)...
by Tricky Dicky
Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Computer Vacuum
Replies: 9
Views: 2287

Re: Computer Vacuum

I have something similar that I got from Aldi. Surprisingly good. We got that one too, quite powerful and comes with a variety of nozzles which make it useful in awkward places. I think it was £29.99 when we bought it. I cannot recall seeing it recently but then if you are not looking for it it’s e...
by Tricky Dicky
Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Wiring and Electrics
Topic: Can your soldering iron be to hot?
Replies: 5
Views: 706

Re: Can your soldering iron be to hot?

Paul-H wrote: Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:49 am The other problem is if you have your iron too hot it will boil the flux from the solder, making soldering much more difficult and dry joints more problematic.
I agree.

Richard