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Hi all, could anyone tell me where I can purchase pattern makers dowels & also has anyone had problems with R8215 decoders. I only mention about the decoder because of comments made elsewhere.
 

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QUOTE (shep @ 14 Jul 2008, 14:56) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi all, could anyone tell me where I can purchase pattern makers dowels & also has anyone had problems with R8215 decoders. I only mention about the decoder because of comments made elsewhere.

***DCCconcepts sell high quality baseboard dowells - far easier to install than patternmakers dowells and at least as accurate in use. Bromsgrove Models may have stock in UK, otherwise they can be bought direct from Australia.

Hornbys decoders have a series of problems of varying types... frequent runaways, random resetting of number, letting out the smoke prematurely.... They have got better with time but will (I presume) soon be replaced by the totally new model announced recently.

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QUOTE (shep @ 14 Jul 2008, 07:56) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi all, could anyone tell me where I can purchase pattern makers dowels & also has anyone had problems with R8215 decoders. I only mention about the decoder because of comments made elsewhere.

I get all my dowels from B&Q - they usually have a selection of sizes (assuming you're talking about the wooden ones?).
 

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QUOTE (DiesAL @ 8 Aug 2008, 03:11) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I get all my dowels from B&Q - they usually have a selection of sizes (assuming you're talking about the wooden ones?).

***No, wooden dowells and the subject in discussion are chalk and cheese... A proper alignment dowell for this purpose has a bullet shaped pin one side and a precisely matching bulllet shaped socket the other, they are designed to ensure perfect registration of the two baseboard pieces when placed together.

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Just to elaborate a bit more on Richard's explanation, "Pattern-maker" refers to the construction of wooden 3D objects used in the making of sand moulds for casting items in metal. The moulds split in half, so the wooden 'pattern' must as well. The two halves of the pattern must be very accurately aligned to ensure a good mould, hence the use of the "pattern-maker's dowels" to ensure that they do. They are repeatedly used and therefore are quite tough - hence their suitability for accurately aligning two baseboard sections together.

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Hi shep,

You could try Harry Maynard at www.modelshopuk.com he carries a wide assortment of baseboard spares. No connection just a satisfied customer and known him for years.

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I can promote the use of Richard's dowells as I have them myself and they are excellent and simple to install to - Richard even supplies the drill biits with the dowells if you want!
 

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I am very lucky because my father made me 12 on our metalwork lathe - still wasn't cheap as the brass is extremely expensive.

The ones on the internet are quite expensive and since you need 2 for each join, the cost can really mount.
 

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This could save you a few bob.................pieces of concentric copper pipe, the larger outer pieces roughened up, slid over the inner piece and hammered [soft faced hammer] through a tight fitting hole drilled through two adjacent baseboards. The bent wire clip stops the inner piece dropping out.



 

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QUOTE Hi all, could anyone tell me where I can purchase pattern makers dowels & also has anyone had problems with R8215 decoders. I only mention about the decoder because of comments made elsewhere.

Proper pattern makers dowels are not the furniture dowels being offered by Stationbaseboards- you can buy proper pattern makers dowels from C&L. C1191 - Baseboard Joiners £6.50 http://www.finescale.org.uk/show_page.php?...3391901e6aad351

You will need a 1" Forstner or spade bit to cut the recess but these are the right pattern makers dowels that you seek.

Try here for more info:http://www.nailseamrc.org.uk/hints+tips/baseboards_c.html
 
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