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  1. Wahl clipper oil was the recommendation in the US for many a long year.
  2. The model railway show would have been put on by a small number of members of the Dean Forest Railway in those days. It started as part of the Preservation Rally which used to be held in the autumn. Preserved buses ran a circular route from Lydney bus station to the town hall and then on to the railway itself. Later the show was held on a different weekend to the preservation rally to aid staffing issues. Although I was involved in all the town hall shows I don't think I ever kept a programme. Sadly the main movers behind the shows are no longer with us. From memory the programme in thos
  3. Haven't checked lately but the RNIB shop (open to all) used to supply some very good lights at prices that were favourable.
  4. My brother had a Reliant Regal. One day the engine erupted through the bonnet and it was declared dead. None of the local scrapyards would take it so he sawed the body in to chunks and week by week put it in the dustbin. Scrapman then came and collected the mechanical bits.
  5. What about one of the cookery book stands that people used before they had their laptop/tablet in the kitchen? Tony Comber
  6. After struggling with pin pushers from woodwork suppliers I discovered that model ship builders have much smaller ones and also can provide a range of pins. They are used by those who build their hulls plank by plank. Apart from the brand beginning with the letter A I can't remember where mine came ( was 20 years ago) from but a google search for model boat suppliers should bring something up. You will still need to at least start the hole with a drill before pushing the pin in but a whole lot easier to do than the larger, clumsier pin pushers. Tony Comber
  7. Veering slightly OT but seeing the mention of locking compound, clear nail varnish is all I've ever used on things like crankpin nuts. I suppose you could use other colours if you are going to paint them afterwards but I'm of an age when I feel uncomfortable rummaging around in ladies cosmetics in the shop choosing nail varnish colours . Perhaps that should be just showing my age :-) Tony Comber
  8. Not yet mentioned, I just lick the end of my finger and push down onto the nut. Usually stays in place long enough to enable it to be transferred to where it is needed and start on the thread. For spanners I have several home made. A piece of silver steel, other metals will do, just filed flat and jaws made. It's not hardened or anything as the forces involved are small. I also have a set of spanners made from socket cap screws. I bought an assortment years ago (for those old enough, Whistons but I'm sure a search of ebay would turn up similar). Find a cap that fits and in my
  9. This is another of the 'it depends' answers. There are gauges available to check on wheel, and importantly, flange wear. Over the years different profiles have been used, but from a modelling perspective that is of no importance. Interestingly the Examiners and Oilers Handbook referred to earlier is very keen on checking for bent axles! There are also figures available for the minimum tyre depth. From the number of wagons with spoked wheels at one end and three hole disc at the other wheel swaps at one end or perhaps using a mix of wheelsets occured. Some railways, especially the Souther
  10. I was told about the grease by somebody who had worked on the railways for many years, of course he could have been wrong.
  11. I've now been through the examiners and oilers book and there is no mention of a 'service interval' for the boxes but oil pads were supposed to be checked at two month intervals and the date written in chalk on the solebar on both sides prefixed PE. Must say it is not something that leaps out at you in photos, must look harder. I use a paint pen and write the date on the axlebox when the oil is topped up, but of course this is for stock that spends much of it's time just standing around. Tony Comber
  12. The not very helpful answer is probably 'it depends'. Variables include the obvious has it run hot at some point, has it been allowed to run dry, has any water in the box been allowed to accumulate (but oil floats on water so it needs serious neglect to affect the bearing), has dirt/grit entered. Some boxes have, or more often had, a shield at the back of the box to try to keep dirt out, but this often disintegrates. The nature of the load carried also comes in to play here. The actual bearing can of course be re-metalled but I'm not sure how wear in the horn guides was dealt with. With t
  13. John Day Models (Daryl Toney) have one listed but it is not on the price list published over a year ago. May be worth contacting them to see how it is progressing. http://www.johndaymodels.co.uk/our-models/gpo-vehicles/#jp-carousel-314 Tony Comber
  14. Just come across a range of modern coaches in mainly Scottish but some UK wide (eg Barnes) colours in 1:87 scale. https://buckiemodelcentre.com/?s=VDL . I also see that the Yardley Wood Bus Club are advertising the Brekina Routemasters at £25 each. no website but phone Peter Turland 07814 403173 or email [email protected] Tony Comber
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