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Offline GreenDiesel

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Lubricating UM model
« on: September 06, 2016, 07:50:45 pm »
I've been following the discussion here and especially on this thread:
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=1245.msg399137#msg399137

I'm very impressed with these models and the fact that a small company can manufacture these at prices that is basically lower than the competition. I'm all for heavy, well-made metal locos that run well and are still well-detailed.

I did manage to purchase a used J39 from Hattons and was pleased as they were able to remove the VAT (as I live in Canada).

The loco ran well straight out of the box but, after a few evenings of running, it is now making a faint whirring noise that I'm sure wasn't there when I first ran it. Should I lightly lubricate the tender? Just checking if anyone has any advice or other suggestions regarding this, as I don't want to lubricate it in the wrong area or over-do it, etc.

Thanks in advance!

Rob

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Re: Lubricating UM model
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2016, 11:52:07 pm »
I would contact Colin and ask him.
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Re: Lubricating UM model
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2016, 12:16:02 pm »
Green Diesel Whatever you do DONT OIL THE MOTOR BEARINGS on any of the Union Mills Models as LAandNQFan says drop Colin a line or phone him he is a realy helpful friendly chap , as far as I know you can oil all the axle points and linkage with a thin sowing  machine oil or a proper model oil  but he says DONT USE THE 3in One oil .
I have no idea what is available in Canada.
By the way what part of Canada do you come from.
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Re: Lubricating UM model
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2016, 01:58:44 pm »
Green Diesel Whatever you do DONT OIL THE MOTOR BEARINGS on any of the Union Mills Models as LAandNQFan says drop Colin a line or phone him he is a realy helpful friendly chap , as far as I know you can oil all the axle points and linkage with a thin sowing  machine oil or a proper model oil  but he says DONT USE THE 3in One oil .
I have no idea what is available in Canada.
By the way what part of Canada do you come from.
Bob

Thanks, Bob!  I did end up emailing Colin & he said it was OK to lightly lubricate them. I've done this & it's running fine (I think what I use is calledLaBelle Oil, commonly sold in hobby shops here).

I'm from Toronto, but grew up in southwestern Ontario. I try to visit the surrounding countryside around Toronto and in SW Ontario as much as possible!

Rob

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Re: Lubricating UM model
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2016, 05:12:30 pm »
Another member close to me! For the majority of our British outline N gauge stock we have to rely on ordering from the UK.....sometimes I come across the odd item at a model train show but it's very limited......the LaBelle oil should be fine, it's intended for lubricating model railroad locomotives......I still have the majority of a bottle of Fleischmann oil....doubt I'll ever use it all up as such a little goes such a long way.......
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