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  1. Elsewhere in the Newsletter it reports that there have been 44 new members since the last Newsletter. So that's a really positive move for the EMGS which can only be coming from the trackwork initiative. Cheers Flymo
  2. John, Thanks for the kind words about the show. Our emphasis this year was to show, teach and experience skills, so with all of the layouts on show, and the demonstrators willing to share their knowledge, we hope that many people went away inspired. And with lighter wallets, as well. You mentioned other guest finescale layouts. This is actually something that we have had most of the last few recent years, going back to the time when the show was at Leatherhead. Looking back to the Retrospectives that are online (https://www.scalefour.org/scaleforum/retrospectives) : 2010 - S Scale Society 2011 - Scale Seven (Ellerton Road) 2012 - P87 (Quai:87) + 2mm Finescale Association 2013 - P87 (Obbeker) 2014 - P87 (Axalp) 2015 - Scale Seven (Fangfoss - Norwegian!) For the last couple of years we haven't, as 2016 represented a bumper show particular focus for the Society's Fortieth Anniversary, and we have been playing "catch-up" with P4 layouts. The vast majority of Scalefour Society members appreciate good modelling in any gauge or scale. We have an area to admire "inspiring modelling" in the Members' Area on our Forum. So I'd be almost certain that there will be some excellent modelling in "non-P4" in future years of Scaleforum. I just don't know what that will be yet! Cheers Paul Willis Deputy Chairman
  3. That looks rather lovely :-) Of course you can bring it along for the test track. You'll be amazed at how much easier a locomotive runs when it has done multiple laps. I put my E22 0-6-0 on the loop for some sessions at last year's Scaleforum and was really pleased with how much smoother and quieter it was at the end. And of course there are plenty of demostrators there to help with any questions that you may have... One word of caution - make sure that your crank-pin nuts are really secure! The prolonged running in one direction can make them loosen, and fall off. Then you'll have a "rod off" and risk some damage. A little dab of nail polish (clear, that is, not pink and glitterly) works well for me. Yes, this is a DAMHIK ;-) Cheers Flymo
  4. Hi Paul, You are most certainly in there! Have a look on page 11 of https://www.scalefour.org/downloads/2018/scaleforum2018guide.pdf "Paul has been modelling to P4 standards for many years and will be showing his approach to chassis construction; a pragmatic one which draws on the principles put forward many years ago by Mike Sharman. Paul will be showing how, using readilyavailable components, an absolute beginner in P4 can complete a running locomotive chassis in a reasonable time." Sounds perfect - Pragmatic P4... Cheers Flymo
  5. Joihn, Posted here only because the thread (I've been following it since the outset) has ranged across the availability of C&L, Exactoscale, both and neither products! No offence or ill intent intended to any party involved... Cheers Paul
  6. As this is of relevance to track-building, I'm also posting this here... The Scalefour Society is delighted to announce that Exactoscale will be a trader at this year's Scaleforum show on 22 & 23 September. Exactoscale Products is not a company but an informal cooperative group of modellers who will supply components to the modelling community. At Scaleforum, they have been given a small space to launch Exactoscale Products and explain their future plans. Exactoscale will make sales (cash only) of P4 carriage and wagon wheels together with a limited selection of items from the range of track products. Exactoscale do not envisage normally having an Exactoscale Products stand at exhibitions.so this represents a possible one-off opportunity to acquire material and have a conversation about the range. After Scaleforum, wheels will be available from early October from Scalefour and EMGS Stores only, Timescales for bearings and back-to-back gauges are not yet clear but these are an important part of the range and will be made available as soon as possible. 4mm scale products will be available from the Scalefour and EMGS stores and 7mm scale products will be available from the Scale 7 Group stores. Updates on the process of getting Exactoscale Products up and running will be posted on the Scalefour Society’s webforum and, in the next Scalefour News and EMGS Newsletter. Yet another reason to visit Scaleforum. We look forward to seeing you there! https://www.scalefour.org/scaleforum/2018/ Cheers Paul Willis Scalefour Society Deputy Chairman
  7. The Scalefour Society is delighted to announce that Exactoscale will be a trader at this year's Scaleforum show on 22 & 23 September. Exactoscale Products is not a company but an informal cooperative group of modellers who will supply components to the modelling community. At Scaleforum, they have been given a small space to launch Exactoscale Products and explain their future plans. Exactoscale will make sales (cash only) of P4 carriage and wagon wheels together with a limited selection of items from the range of track products. Exactoscale do not envisage normally having an Exactoscale Products stand at exhibitions.so this represents a possible one-off opportunity to acquire material and have a conversation about the range. After Scaleforum, wheels will be available from early October from Scalefour and EMGS Stores only, Timescales for bearings and back-to-back gauges are not yet clear but these are an important part of the range and will be made available as soon as possible. 4mm scale products will be available from the Scalefour and EMGS stores and 7mm scale products will be available from the Scale 7 Group stores. Updates on the process of getting Exactoscale Products up and running will be posted on the Scalefour Society’s webforum and, in the next Scalefour News and EMGS Newsletter. Yet another reason to visit Scaleforum. We look forward to seeing you there! https://www.scalefour.org/scaleforum/2018/ Cheers Paul Willis Scalefour Society Deputy Chairman
  8. The Scalefour Society is delighted to announce that Exactoscale will be a trader at this year's Scaleforum show on 22 & 23 September. Exactoscale Products is not a company but an informal cooperative group of modellers who will supply components to the modelling community. At Scaleforum, they have been given a small space to launch Exactoscale Products and explain their future plans. Exactoscale will make sales (cash only) of P4 carriage and wagon wheels together with a limited selection of items from the range of track products. Exactoscale do not envisage normally having an Exactoscale Products stand at exhibitions.so this represents a possible one-off opportunity to acquire material and have a conversation about the range. After Scaleforum, wheels will be available from early October from Scalefour and EMGS Stores only, Timescales for bearings and back-to-back gauges are not yet clear but these are an important part of the range and will be made available as soon as possible. 4mm scale products will be available from the Scalefour and EMGS stores and 7mm scale products will be available from the Scale 7 Group stores. Updates on the process of getting Exactoscale Products up and running will be posted on the Scalefour Society’s webforum and, in the next Scalefour News and EMGS Newsletter. Yet another reason to visit Scaleforum. We look forward to seeing you there! https://www.scalefour.org/scaleforum/2018/ Cheers Paul Willis Scalefour Society Deputy Chairman
  9. A couple of bottles of water and some throat lozenges... When I've demoed previously at Scaleforum or Scalefour, I scarcely touched a tool, and spent my whole time talking. Of course, the one tool that someone specifically asks about will be the one that you decidied to leave on the workbench at home... Enjoy the weekend, and I'm sure that I'll see you there :-) Cheers Flymo
  10. A quick bump, as it's just over a week away from this event :-) Roger Sawyer's Soldering demonstrations are always hands-on and extremely popular: I'm hoping to be there. I'll be easy to spot, as having flown in from a business trip I'll be the shambling one with the red eyes! Do come and say hello. Cheers Paul Willis Scalefour Society Deputy Chairman
  11. To give this event a bit of a bump, here is the man himself, showing some aspects of the professional presentation of St.Merryn. I'm sure that the event will be an entertaining one. Cheers Paul Willis Scalefour Society Deputy Chairman
  12. That is a very neat solutions, to install runners to mount the chip in. It reminds me of assembling IKEA furniture ;-) It would certainly, with proper planning, be a way of keeping the chip away from handrail knobs and other internal protrusions. I'll share with you my way of doing it: Heatshrink around the chips, and across any joints in the wiring. I bought a bag of assorted sizes from Maplin - so get there quickly before the stores close, but if you can find some it will be at a decent price - and find it very useful. I do the shrinking bit by waving a soldering iron gently at it. You can use the iron really close to it as long as you don't catch the wiring, as the heatshrink is surprisingly robust. I don't know if you've used it before but it was a real revelation to me. I do exactly the same as you in hacking out the underneath of the body with a Dremel. The thing with wrapping the chip up so that there is no accidental electrical contact possible is that I can then shove (roughly, from behind) the chip, motor and gearbox up inside the boiler and they will settle into their own places. The long wires are then useful to allow the chip to find its own location, and flex around to suit, IYSWIM. The ones on your chip do look a *bit* excessive though, but if there is room, it's easier than cutting them and re-soldering. HTH Flymo
  13. Rich, I bet that you didn't know that you already had one of those in your toolkit. If it's not on your workbench, it's probably in the office... Here you are: Pinch a very small amount off and smear it across the top of the screw. It works for either cross-head or slotted screws: You can then have it held securely in the screwdriver, place it precisely, and twist it into place: Normally there is a chassis between the screw and the loco body, but this was easier to show the principle ;-) I use this for lots and lots of body fastening screws, etc, etc. If nothing else, when you're removing the screw, it usually avoids kneeling on the floor and worshiping the Great Carpet God! HTH, Flymo
  14. Certainly at 12 midnight on Saturday there was one who had decided to roost in the middle of the road in the high street (is that Northgate?). She was having a really restful lie-down. Fortunately she seemed to have two cars with flashing lights and men in bright jackets at either side who seemed to be keeping her safe from the milling of the rest of the flock... I decided to give up on the idea of a taxi and walk the 2.9 miles back to the hotel. It was nice exercise after excellent beer and curry! Cheers Flymo
  15. Horse will clearly be disappointed that Leighton Buzzard will be at Scaleforum in September. Not only EM, but *very* old as well! It must be rubbish ;-) Cheers Flymo
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