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  1. Tony Bird

    Changing Flywheels on models.

    Hi, To try and get a model Beam engine to go more slowly its flywheels were changed for larger heavier ones. Regards Tony.
  2. Tony Bird

    Fitting a face plate to a lathe.

    Hi, This might be found interesting. Regards Tony.
  3. Tony Bird

    Using a draw plate.

    Hi, A friend wanted some half round or 'D'section wire to go around the edges of the cab of a locomotive he was making. I had plenty in stock but he said that he would like to make it. So out came the draw plates and I made a short video which I hope you enjoy. Regards Tony.
  4. Tony Bird


    Hi, I am still playing at editing my old photographs and videos. Regards Tony.
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    Hi, Still editing videos Regards Tony.
  6. Tony Bird


    Hi, Forced inactivity has made me start editing some old photographs and videos. Regards Tony.
  7. Tony Bird

    Refurbishing the chassis of a model Bowman 300 steam locomotive.

    Hi, When visiting a garden railway show earlier this year (2018), I bought a model steam locomotive chassis for £30. The seller said that it was made by Bowman and indeed it was, a Model 300 which in 1928 cost 18/6p (84/85p). The purchase consisted of a complete running chassis, footplate and...
  8. Tony Bird

    Making a pattern for a small model locomotive coupling.

    Hi, For many years I have used a commercial made injection moulded GRP coupling for my garden railway models. Its is a very simple coupling which I modify to use on the smaller models I make and play with. I think the moulds locating pins are worn as the recently bought couplings are a bit...
  9. Tony Bird

    Garden Railway Construction.

    Hi, A lot of the models I make are for use on garden railways. About 8 years ago my wife who rules our garden said that the garden needed to be made easier to maintain! As I contribute little other than help move things around I could not but agree. She also suggested that we might like to lay...
  10. Tony Bird

    More Shellac/Wax Chucks.

    Hi, As there seems to be a little interest in my video of using a shellac chuck. Some of the photographs I hope to use in my model engineering club talk: Regards Tony.
  11. Tony Bird

    Making and using a Shellac Chuck.

    Hi, Every year I give a talk to the local model engineering club. I was apprenticed in the Horological trade where we used Shellac Chucks; some times known as Wax Chucks. As far as I know these chucks aren't used outside the watch/clock making fraternity. When I started model making and...
  12. Tony Bird

    What I did last weekend.

    Hi, Regards Tony.
  13. Tony Bird

    What to do on a sunny day!

    Hi, I hope you enjoy. Regards Tony.
  14. Tony Bird

    Footplate ride on a 9F

    Hi, I hope you enjoy I did! Regards Tony.
  15. Tony Bird

    Statfold Barn Railway. Miniature Traction Engines

    https://youtu.be/mD1FBoEsD2k I hope you enjoy. Regards Tony.
  16. Tony Bird

    First sailing of a pond yacht after a refit.

    Hi, As it is summer, well that is what the calendar says it is I don't do that much modelling but spend the time either going and some times exhibiting at exhibitions. Or as this morning playing with my toys. Many years ago I bought an old 36" Pond Yacht to which I fitted R/C for the rudder...
  17. Tony Bird

    Cardiff Model Engineering Society open day.

    Hi, Last weekend I played trains on the CMES garden railway tracks. A bit of a video at: https://youtu.be/v47I7fKRJuI I hope you enjoy. Regards Tony.
  18. Tony Bird

    Statford Barn Railway and workshop.

    Hi, I hope this is the correct area for a video. https://youtu.be/-cAxjsSENqU The interesting bit is at the end; the railway's work shops. Sorry for the poor quality and length I am not very good with video and editing my excuse is a very old compact camera. Regards Tony.
  19. Tony Bird

    New Tool Holder.

    Hi, Many years ago I bought an inexpensive Chinese/Indian Quick Change Tool Post which after some modification has served me very well. When bought it came with 5 tool holders and over the years they are all used up with tools that I use frequently. I haven't been able to source any extra...
  20. Tony Bird

    Suggestions of what to do with.

    Hi, Having been away now for a couple of weeks, I have caught up with my drawings of what I might want to make again. While SWMBO was buying postcards in a souvenir shop so I went browsing. Among the usual tourist things there were some cast iron models, on a previous break I had bought a...