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by Guy Rixon
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Suitable paint for goods vehicles
Replies: 12
Views: 477

Re: Suitable paint for goods vehicles

I use Tamiya "IJN Grey" to represent LNWR goods grey. Ah but that begs the question "which IJN Grey?" The Naval Arsenals at Maizuru, Kure and Sasebo used different greys in ascending order of darkness. In addition the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal used a fourth gray which has been said...
by Guy Rixon
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Suitable paint for goods vehicles
Replies: 12
Views: 477

Re: Suitable paint for goods vehicles

I use Tamiya "IJN Grey" to represent LNWR goods grey. I used to darken it with a little black, but now that I'm using a black oil-wash for weathering, I find that the base colour can be lighter. If LNWR grey is equal parts black and white pigment, I don't believe that it can be the colour ...
by Guy Rixon
Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Goods and minerals
Replies: 13
Views: 3265

Re: Goods and minerals

I thought that Posca pens had been discussed here, but I see that it was on RMWeb . As Paul notes, they dispense dilute acrylic paint with, apparently, fine and dense pigment and excellent covering-power. The black paint comes out matt; I haven't tried other colours yet. They put a lot of paint onto...
by Guy Rixon
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Goods and minerals
Replies: 13
Views: 3265

Re: Goods and minerals

Lest I be accused of never finishing anything (wot me guv?) here's the end-state of the Ashford coal-wagon, as featured in primer earlier in this thread. (Yes, the one with the sheet rail for protecting wussy southern coal from weather :D ) The weathering is a simple wash of black oil-paint and it's...
by Guy Rixon
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Goods and minerals
Replies: 13
Views: 3265

Re: Goods and minerals

IMG_6078.jpg Another week, another wagon. This one is nothing special ... except that I realised something rather wonderful while building it: it was an entirely relaxed and enjoyable process with no worries about messing it up. There are rather a lot of things that can go wrong in making a fine-sc...
by Guy Rixon
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 55
Views: 2130

Re: Carriage loading docks

I wonder why the outer flanges of both hinged plates have been reduced in height towards the hinge. Pontypool_up_side_goods_yard.jpg I guess that the cut-down flange allow a road vehicle to approach with its wheels slightly skew to the rail vehicle. One wheel rides over the cut-out in the flange un...
by Guy Rixon
Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 222
Views: 32413

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

Also, Gavin's blemish-removal technique is very, very good. Any chance of getting this demonstrated at a show sometime? I must switch from Squadron green putty to Humbrol for this kind of thing, as I've recently made a right mess of filling and smoothing some wagon prints. Which brand of primer is it?
by Guy Rixon
Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 222
Views: 32413

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

The Photon printed items look very good. One of the issues I have with Shapeways is that the Digital Representations shown for many items give no indication as to the likely surface finish. Given their prices I am not willing to take the risk purchasing a model as a friend has done, only to get som...
by Guy Rixon
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 242
Views: 49275

Re: The Burford Branch

CCDs, in general, respond to a wider range of wavelengths than the human eye. I don't know the response curves for the ones in the iPhones. It's entirely possible that the new lamps match the old in the visible range but less well outside it, and that the camera can see the difference.
by Guy Rixon
Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Rixon Finescale Models
Replies: 14
Views: 2724

Re: Rixon Finescale Models

11ft and 12ft brakes, plus their baseplates, are now in the shop. Enjoy!
by Guy Rixon
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Rixon Finescale Models
Replies: 14
Views: 2724

Re: Rixon Finescale Models

I can certainly do the brake-gear for those wheelbases. Also the baseplates if they are wanted. FWIW, the brakes and the baseplates are parameterized by wheelbase (and also by wheel size, although I would need to bodge the height to suit different wheels), so coding a new length is quick. Compiling,...
by Guy Rixon
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: CSB Fulcrums
Replies: 11
Views: 1241

Re: CSB Fulcrums

So, on a full-size, locomotive, with the front-end weight resting on the bearing pads of the bogie, how does one tune the weight balance between bogie and coupled wheels?
by Guy Rixon
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Colouring Sleepers
Replies: 24
Views: 2083

Re: Colouring Sleepers

What's wrong with well-thinned paint? Spirit-based acrylic paint sounds like it would do the same job as the wood dye and can more easily be mixed to vary the colour.
by Guy Rixon
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 103
Views: 11740

Re: Alpha Mill

Were mill engines always horizontal cylinder or did some use rotative beam engines? I only ask because I am working on an inglenook project at the moment which features a Pennine mill in the background and the engine house is quite tall with a large arched window. There were a lot of rotative beam-...
by Guy Rixon
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: RTR EM Gauge Track from Peco.
Replies: 26
Views: 1995

Re: RTR EM Gauge Track from Peco.

... The best compromise is surely EM (Sorry again!), it’s most of the gain for about half the pain. But note I said compromise. I like the appearance of P4 wheels and track, and I can make them work without compensation etc. to save me time. ... If you are using rigid suspension and building at lea...
by Guy Rixon
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Sprung couplings
Replies: 10
Views: 1186

Re: Sprung couplings

Can the fixed-buffered wagons not be fitted with a "leaf" spring for the drawhook, made of a length of spring wire across the back of the headstock?
by Guy Rixon
Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Rixon Finescale Models
Replies: 14
Views: 2724

Re: Rixon Finescale Models

I tried respruing the baseplates and the price actually went up as I made it more compact. I'm afraid we're stuck with those prices.
by Guy Rixon
Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Rixon Finescale Models
Replies: 14
Views: 2724

Re: Rixon Finescale Models

Brakes and baseplates for 10ft wheelbase are now available. I've done both reversible and non-reversible brake shoes, as separate products. The 10ft baseplates have come out rather expensive under Shapeways' new pricing-model. I may try to find a different spruing-arrangement that makes them cheaper...
by Guy Rixon
Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Rixon Finescale Models
Replies: 14
Views: 2724

Re: Rixon Finescale Models

For the 10' w/b brakes, would you prefer reversible or non-reversible shoes?
by Guy Rixon
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Rixon Finescale Models
Replies: 14
Views: 2724

Re: Rixon Finescale Models

https://images2.sw-cdn.net/product/picture/710x528_25396721_13796340_1540470675.jpg Brake assemblies are now in the shop. These are for modellers who want to see daylight between the hangers and pushrods for each brake block, but don't feel like soldering up the assemblies from etches. The photo sh...
by Guy Rixon
Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 4433

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

On the tightest curves, will the stock be hauled or propelled? If it has to be pushed round the worst curves, then side buffers probably aren't going to work well and you need a coupling that takes the buffing forces. At that point I'd look at DGs.
by Guy Rixon
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chairs and Rail
Replies: 51
Views: 5534

Re: Chairs and Rail

Given the postings in various threads on this forum pointing out the deficiencies of chairs and rail available for P4, it is a wonder that any P4 modeller has ever managed to achieve decent running standards. If I was a newcomer thinking of adopting P4 and read these posts, I think that my my next ...
by Guy Rixon
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Rixon Finescale Models
Replies: 14
Views: 2724

Rixon Finescale Models

Two additions today to the range in my Shapeways shop . 9' baseplates for Bill-Bedford axleguards is now the mark-2 version with pegs to locate printed brakes (the brakes themselves should be available by next Wednesday). This product now provides three baseplates per print (previously two per print...
by Guy Rixon
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Arlington Colliery
Replies: 12
Views: 3926

Re: Arlington Colliery

That's looking seriously impressive now. I particularly like the painting and weathering on the brickwork: neither too clean nor too dirty. And it looks purposeful.
by Guy Rixon
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Unusual Trackwork
Replies: 17
Views: 2298

Re: Unusual Trackwork

If it were a proper stub turnout for double-flanged wheels, it would have a pivoted section of rail in place of a common crossing. This one cannot have that as there are too many other rails in the way. It's a theatrical fake* of a conventional turnout when only one road is supposed to work. * My fa...

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