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by John Duffy
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: The 6th Chris Kedgley Memorial Skills Day – Saturday March 9th 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 2071

Re: The 6th Chris Kedgley Memorial Skills Day – Saturday March 9th 2019

Just a quick thank you to all who were involved in the organisation and operation of the Skills Day today. Very worthwhile in my view and much appreciated. Looking forward to the next one already!

John
by John Duffy
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Ultrascale now closed to new orders
Replies: 51
Views: 8072

Re: Ultrascale now closed to new orders

I think this quote is the reassurance that many of us are seeking. Not specifically for Ultrascale or any other current manufacturer, but rather more generally I would think it sensible for the Committee to discuss the resilience of supply of fundamental parts. John, Having been on the Society Comm...
by John Duffy
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Ultrascale now closed to new orders
Replies: 51
Views: 8072

Re: Ultrascale now closed to new orders

just as skilled musicians or sports people have to learn their "trade". To become a skilled musician, one does not need to first develop the skills to build the instruments. That has been discussed at committee meetings in the past and if it was really going to be a problem than the Socie...
by John Duffy
Thu May 31, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Ultrascale now closed to new orders
Replies: 51
Views: 8072

Re: Ultrascale now closed to new orders

Some of this reads as though I never made my announcements of 5th and 15th May. Regards Andrew Jukes No. 1054 I think the point is, Andrew, that only with your announcement have we realistically secured a supply. What if you had not been in a position to do that? We have always seen kits and in som...
by John Duffy
Sun May 27, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Ultrascale now closed to new orders
Replies: 51
Views: 8072

Re: Ultrascale now closed to new orders

Is the lack of security of supply for vital components, now the biggest threat to the development of the Society?

John
by John Duffy
Sat Jan 14, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Right plot, but confused about the loco...
Replies: 5
Views: 1558

Re: Right plot, but confused about the loco...

That would be because the Caledonian is from another country. Useful drawing. I have one with BR fittings that I would like to backdate. Are there any suggestions as to where I might source a chimney, dome and safety valve?

Cheers

John
by John Duffy
Tue Mar 29, 2016 3:06 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Selkirk Tree leaves
Replies: 8
Views: 2925

Re: Selkirk Tree leaves

Surely if they are for the US and Canadian market they will be HO and therefore under scale for P4.
by John Duffy
Fri Feb 12, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Hornby Hobbies
Replies: 27
Views: 5862

Re: Hornby Hobbies

Knuckles makes a fair point and for those of us with bad habits, the price increases have been a mixed blessing. The upward trajectory of prices has dramatically reduced my 00 buying - mostly of LNER Pacifics - and meant that I have done a bit more actual modelling, rather than just renumber, detail...
by John Duffy
Sat Jan 02, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 282
Views: 51246

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

Someone on RMweb said they think a reason pre grouping is less modelled is partly due to a lack of suitable rolling stock ... There are no GNSR wagons available; none at all. \ Were you aware of these: http://www.mousa.biz/fourmm/wagons/gnsr_wagons4.html ? They are still "in preparation",...
by John Duffy
Fri Jan 01, 2016 2:36 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 282
Views: 51246

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

Someone on RMweb said they think a reason pre grouping is less modelled is partly due to a lack of suitable rolling stock rather than engines. I have no doubt that is one reason, I've always wanted Hornby or someone to make some nice RTR 4 wheel coaches and such like. That is probably, "partly...
by John Duffy
Sun Sep 20, 2015 8:35 am
Forum: Couplings
Topic: The Gentle Art of Couplings
Replies: 62
Views: 21416

Re: The Gentle Art of Couplings

David Thorpe wrote: and they work -

DT


Yes they do. I saw a very impressive demonstration of them just yesterday.

John
by John Duffy
Sat Jul 04, 2015 6:30 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: A question of weight
Replies: 49
Views: 10982

Re: A question of weight

paul4147 wrote:
Is there an agreed amount of weight for an individual wagon and if so what is it?


That'll be a no then!
by John Duffy
Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:56 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Trailing Wheel Pick-ups
Replies: 3
Views: 1306

Trailing Wheel Pick-ups

I am looking for ideas to provide pick-ups on non-powered wheels. I have for example a tender that could potentially provide a source of electrical current, but I don't want to add pick-ups that will cause a great deal of drag. Any suggestions or pictures of working arrangments would be most welcome...
by John Duffy
Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:18 am
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Operational entertainment...
Replies: 34
Views: 8071

Re: Operational entertainment...

As someone who has followed the US modelling scene for many years I think my preference would be to follow some of their practices, with things like "Switch Lists", rather than develop what appears to simply be a game. In 4mm our wagons will have readable (I know - glasses on, glasses off!...
by John Duffy
Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:48 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: BR crimson/carmine
Replies: 23
Views: 6503

Re: BR crimson/carmine

I have found this page useful when thinking about painting, and the other pages in the resources section worth having a look at. That is very useful and interesting read Bill. The adaptation of the original colour to make it look right on a model is what I mean by colour does not scale, it must be ...
by John Duffy
Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:06 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: The smelly stuff
Replies: 16
Views: 5181

Re: The smelly stuff

Walthers do an HO gas holder and numerous associated buildings and tanks etc. Might be worth checking out.

John
by John Duffy
Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:57 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: BR crimson/carmine
Replies: 23
Views: 6503

Re: BR crimson/carmine

I am convinced that colour does not scale. Our models must take account of numerous factors, such as how paint was manufactured, the natural lighting of the prototype subject, lighting of the model and the viewing distance of both. We know that the rendering of colour in print form leads to variatio...
by John Duffy
Fri Feb 06, 2015 12:56 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Old Head
Replies: 16
Views: 5111

Re: Old Head

Butanone every time but plenty of ventilation! I wouldn't go pouring it on a fire but it is only a flammable vapour at concentrations too irritating to tolerate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butanone I would definitely not recommend pouring on a fire and would treat it with great care as the statem...
by John Duffy
Sun Jan 04, 2015 1:43 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Ground signals and single track lines
Replies: 16
Views: 3728

Re: Ground signals and single track lines

If the platform FPL was operated from the box, then would the cross-over not also be operated from the box? I can only really speak of the GNSR practise (whose interpretation of signalling rules was however somewhat idiosyncratic) but they operated four different methods of run-round release; 1) Ope...
by John Duffy
Fri Oct 24, 2014 6:08 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Alan Gibson workshop- Website
Replies: 11
Views: 2812

Re: Alan Gibson workshop- Website

I am getting "Service Unavailable" at the http://www.alangibsonworkshop.com address using both Safari and Opera browsers. However when I Googled Alan Gibson and went direct to any of the internal pages I got straight through. Definitely a problem at the server end.

John
by John Duffy
Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:28 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Trackwork options for newbie
Replies: 75
Views: 21613

Re: Trackwork options for newbie

I've been using Masokits tiebars for my new layout. They're reasonably easy to put together, are visually discrete, are fairly easy to fit, and seem to work well. They're also not expensive. My only worry is that they seem a little fragile and I'm not sure how they'll stand up to heavy use. They al...
by John Duffy
Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:42 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Measure distance on Google Maps
Replies: 4
Views: 1740

Re: Measure distance on Google Maps

The measuring feature is available by right clicking the object and selecting "measure distance" then clicking the other end of the object. It is reasonably accurate but you do have to take account of the satellite not being directly overhead, as such you can get a degree of overhang or sh...
by John Duffy
Thu Jul 10, 2014 3:32 pm
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Printed buffers for wagons
Replies: 62
Views: 15435

Re: Printed buffers for wagons

Guy did you produce a CAD file for these? If so it would be of interest to see how you went about that.

John
by John Duffy
Thu Jun 12, 2014 7:19 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Caledonian Railway Point Sleepering Practice
Replies: 8
Views: 2768

Re: Caledonian Railway Point Sleepering Practice

There is apparently an interlaced crossover extant at Carstairs, albeit not on the mainline. Similarly one exists in the sidings on the approach to Glasgow Central, again not on a main running line, so your premise of a run down goods yard would be most suitable I think. I have not found out if thes...
by John Duffy
Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Caledonian Railway Point Sleepering Practice
Replies: 8
Views: 2768

Re: Caledonian Railway Point Sleepering Practice

David I have been using standard sleepers of 8'6" for my pointwork, all interlaced. My understanding is that no long timbers were used but that the local ganger would make such adjustments to facilitate the fitting, especially where they end up in each others way. Plain track was 32' with 12 sl...

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