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Andy Reichert

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  1. Not sure if ot's been mentioned elsewhere, but character David Archer of "the Archers" is about to start work on modelling "Hollerton Junction". Of course it's a radio series, but future episodes could become a serious competitor to RM WEB. Unless of course we hold a "model Hollerton Junction" competition ;) AAndy
  2. My post wasn't addressing you or any remark you made. You were selectively trolling me, rather than the originators in order to affect my reputation and credibility, as you have recently done elsewhere. Andy
  3. It would be more helpful if you quoted the persons who made the off-topic points you are arguing against, rather than quoting my responses to them. Andy
  4. I don't see providing additional relevant facts as arguing. However. I'm really interested in hearing what the OP has since discovered about the cause, and hopefully fix, for the leaning rail. Andy
  5. Take the time to fail for one turnout and divide by the number of turnouts on the layout. Bigger layouts can really clock up the maintenance frequency and effort. Also consider the difficulty required to repair turnouts in situ in difficult to access or delicately scenicked areas. Andy
  6. Normally a soldered stretcher bar eventually suffers metal fatigue due the slight repeated joint twisting of parallelogram distortion. It's usually on the maintenance schedule of larger US club layouts. Solder only sets as soft as it was before use, it does not harden. Andy
  7. https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/100363-00-p-a-track-and-wheel-compromise-standard-with-a-lot-of-potential-and-practical-support/ It started off OK for a page or so, but then the derision took over. Andy
  8. Search for my "00-P" RM WEB topic talking about my actual working 00-P activity and all the hysteria and even conspiracy theory it raised. Ditto for making accurate UK track parts actually to 3.5 mm scale. Andy
  9. Both sides of all switch rails are always planed and the centre web bent to provide the maximum strength all the way to the tip. It's more obvious on flat bottom rail than bullhead, as the base protrudes more visibly. Modelling that in FB rail is a challenge. I use CNC machining to make mine in 3.5 and 4 mm scales. Andy
  10. Stall motors usually include frog switching contacts. I have a high tech engineering background, but (or so) I don't see the point of using (wasting) a wide angle analog positioning device to move point blades between two fixed points for pretty much the same money and more complexity. Andy
  11. Mine was inserted into a double track oval on a 8 x 4 poorly braced sheet of "Essex Board". I know it worked and there are gaps in the critical places if you look closely. But I can't remember now anything about how I how I wired it, if at all. This is the "universal" version, with moving frogs. I seem to have an idea that there was also a "fine scale" version with fixed frogs. Andy
  12. Looking at the drawing Martin posted, There are two stretcher bars on the LH pair of point. The second bar slightly further from the points end has to be shorter that the end one. I also think it's highly probable that even the end bar is slightly shorter than that for a normal turnout, since it's not completely at the full track gauge base of the triangle section formed by the points when closed. Andy
  13. Quite the opposite. I was actually trying to alert the OP to not try to use any commercial throw bars that are set to the distance required by a normal turnout. If the double closed position of the blades shown is a template convention, then it's clearly one neither I nor the OP was aware of. All my US prototype drawings show pairs of points in a working position for clarity. So I follow that practice for model templates and my mention of the "points gauge" as shown above. It would seem there is a difference in conventions that neither of us was aware of and hence a two way misunderstanding. I sincerely thought I was contributing useful information to the thread, so I'm offended by what appears to be solely trolling by non-contributors. I'm also contributing on the basis of actual personal experience in making working model switched diamonds in 16.5 mm gauge. Not idly speculating about "might work" ideas. Andy
  14. I don't have any choice. All my commercially produced models of the Pacific Electric were only made between 1975 and the late1980's. All wer brass, no injection moulded models then or later. All excellent runners though. Andy
  15. I'm not sure what else you would name the distance between the point blades on a switched diamond crossing? The tapering effect of that distance is absolutely clear on Martin's Templot example. And BTW it's the subject of the OP's question. Andy
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