Monday, 27 August 2007

Shortening Association Muffs

Stephen, (and anyone else with an interest)

I regularly shorten the muffs by gripping them in a minicraft drill and use a needle file to wear them down, at the same time rounding off the 90 degree sharp edge to them. This ensures that in the unlikely event of the 'spring' riding up over the muff it is far more likely to return to it's proper place without any need for outside interference.

Hope this helps.

FURTHER NEWS

While at the Hawick Show I bought an 04 shunter from C&G £37.50. As there was no postage involved that's about as competitive a price as you can get.

YES it is in rail blue with wasp stripes. I'll post a result when I've 'finescaled' it

Mick S

3 comments:

Chris Higgs said...

Maybe I am missing something. I just slice off the end with a sharp knife.

Stephen H said...

The trouble with that is it doesn't always come out square to the end, and can then catch on the spring.

Edward Sissling said...

I'm with Chris on this one - Slice the end off using a Stanley knife. I use a back and forth rolling action until it snaps off.

I then chuck them in the minidrill and hold a smooth file to the end to clean up. I also introduce a radius corner at each end with the file, this helps to stop the springs snagging.