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by John Palmer
Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:06 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Best wire for collectors
Replies: 10
Views: 399

Re: Best wire for collectors

There is a thread from 2011 at https://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=1247&p=8650 that contains some interesting thoughts on the subject. I'm interested in the idea of using gold as the pick-up material bearing on the wheel rim, and have gone so far as to buy a small quantity o...
by John Palmer
Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Queen Mary Bogies
Replies: 3
Views: 203

Re: Queen Mary Bogies

I think https://www.roxeymouldings.co.uk/product/44/4a530-sr-8ft-standard-coach-bogie-pair-/ should fill the bill. However, I see that the product code for these bogies is 4A530, which is different to the 4A208 code on the stock of etched Roxey SR 8' Steam Carriage Bogies in my stash, so it may be a...
by John Palmer
Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Lord Colnago
Topic: Goings on at the Norfolk Wagonarium
Replies: 115
Views: 28974

Re: Goings on at the Norfolk Wagonarium

... a piece of hard plastic. (For the life of me I can't remember what its called. Perhaps someone can put me out of my misery). Looks like a sheet of Tufnol. I find the heat resistant property of this material very useful as a mounting for jigs to locate small parts that need to be soldered togeth...
by John Palmer
Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: MarkS
Topic: 1P 0-4-4T chassis by Rumney
Replies: 45
Views: 11978

Re: 1P 0-4-4T chassis by Rumney

Steve,

Yes indeed, my plans are laid to attend Scalefour North on both days; look forward to seeing you there.
by John Palmer
Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: High Level 03 Chassis Build
Replies: 44
Views: 7889

Re: High Level 03 Chassis Build

very good for photo-etched overlays. I'd very much like to know exactly which Loctite product this is, there being so many in the Loctite range. Sounds like it might be just what I need for bonding etched window frames to clear glazing material - in my case the Slaters variety: .010" and .040&...
by John Palmer
Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: MarkS
Topic: 1P 0-4-4T chassis by Rumney
Replies: 45
Views: 11978

Re: 1P 0-4-4T chassis by Rumney

Steve, I'm looking forward to further details of the build, whether on this thread or a new one. Presumably you are contemplating a scratch build of everything above frame level? Your point about putting an extra millimetre into the frames' length because you're not using the Craftsman body comes as...
by John Palmer
Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension
Replies: 54
Views: 2403

Re: Another newcomer's question re wagon suspension

I've been entirely satisfied with my 'High Accuracy Vernier Caliper 0-150mm / 0-6", Thumb grip (Sku 531-128)' which I bought direct from Mitutoyo in 2016 for just under £50. Although I find myself using a micrometer for most measurement of workpieces on my Unimat, the Mitutoyo caliper has seen ...
by John Palmer
Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 1796

Re: Scalefour North 2020

Whoops, I'd forgotten that the last time I returned from Wakefield via London it was not in one of the awful Azumas with their rock-hard seating. But we've suffered the GWR variant on long distance services for some time now, so I have a fair idea of what I've let myself in for. The only bright spot...
by John Palmer
Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:29 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 92
Views: 18797

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Brilliant way of sidestepping the potential for grief when aligning and fixing paper templates! Did you arrange for any part of the plan to be mirror-etched on the underside of the board, e.g. to assist location of droppers or other connections that needed to be made through the deck?
by John Palmer
Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:22 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 1796

Re: Scalefour North 2020

I will have a spare seat that would get you back to Bristol. Gordon Thanks, Gordon, but as mentioned above I think I now have a satisfactory rail itinerary in place. Actually, it depends on my catching the last train calling at Highbridge on Sunday night, so if I'm delayed on the ECML leg I'll prob...
by John Palmer
Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 1796

Re: Scalefour North 2020

but unless I can find a more civilised way of getting home that's not for me this year. 2 or 3 cars going from Bristol as usual for whole weekend. I will discuss on Tuesday next and let you know if there is an empty seat on Sunday to return you to Temple Meads. Many thanks, Paul, but no need as I'm...
by John Palmer
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 1796

Re: Scalefour North 2020

The railway industry seemed determined to prevent me from getting to Society events in 2019, and 2020 threatens to be no better. Woe to anyone returning to the West Country from Wakefield on 29 March - the normal journey for me of a little over four hours will be nearly 6 hours in duration that day,...
by John Palmer
Fri Jan 24, 2020 2:24 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 34
Views: 4860

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

That ejector looks to have turned out well, Julian, and I see you've managed to incorporate what I take to be an oil pot at the front of the steam admission valve. That's something I've never yet managed to accomplish; looks like a challenge I must face on my next effort on one of these. For the con...
by John Palmer
Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:58 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Trap points
Replies: 9
Views: 538

Re: Trap points

That arrangement of single tongue traps on adjacent stock and closure rails was certainly not uncommon in the S&D (I can think of examples at Sturminster Newton and Radstock), and, as Serjt-Dave hints, may well have been carried over from LSWR/SR practice. It's a modest but useful space saver.
by John Palmer
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: G.N.R. 32ft Luggage Brake
Replies: 7
Views: 975

Re: G.N.R. 32ft Luggage Brake

May be worth asking HMRS whether they only offer 7mm GNR transfers. Applying a '4mm' scale filter didn't exclude the GNR/ECJS coach insignia sheet from the list, and, whilst the details page gives the price as £21.00 per sheet (!), the list of available sheets says 'Price from £8.20' for this item. ...
by John Palmer
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 2140

Re: Non Railway Modelling

The snow and mud in the two AFV dioramas are first class, and exactly illustrate the point I sought to make in the 'Festive Thoughts' thread about cross-fertilisation of ideas and techniques between different areas of modelling interest. I've seen a few layouts that represent winter frosts, but the ...
by John Palmer
Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 34
Views: 4860

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

OK, for comparison I have attached a shot of my first ejector, as fabricated without the assistance of the Unimat. Ejector on 43216.jpg You can see that I made fairly liberal use of 14 BA nuts to represent the big pipe unions, but the 'lever' at the top representing the control arm on the steam admi...
by John Palmer
Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 34
Views: 4860

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

I'm sorry to have to say that making a reasonable representation of these large ejectors is an exacting and fiddly task, involving the manipulation of tiny pieces of brass that end up with more holes in them than one of those Dutch cheeses. The drawing is of limited help because it fails to capture ...
by John Palmer
Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: Turning a chimney
Replies: 28
Views: 4126

Re: Turning a chimney

Thanks for the clarification, Jeremy; I thought that must be how you had set the job up. Thin rods like that can flail around alarmingly when rotated at speed - on occasion I have to apply a steadying finger and thumb to a long length of stock I am feeding through the spindle, as otherwise it will w...
by John Palmer
Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Manchester AG
Topic: Progress with Slattocks Junction
Replies: 102
Views: 30186

Re: Progress with Slattocks Junction

I think I recall having been taken aback by a photograph showing a gradient post on the Werneth Incline marked 1 in 27. An even more compelling reason not to take a loaded train down that particular hill.
by John Palmer
Thu Dec 26, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: Turning a chimney
Replies: 28
Views: 4126

Re: Turning a chimney

A very useful video and set of pictures. I was very taken with Jeremy's idea, shown in the video, of the setting up tool held in the chuck to ensure that the bar is set at right angles to the centre line of the lathe before the seating is cut. A very simple idea which I shall adopt. Learn something...
by John Palmer
Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: "Trojan" - Avonside SS - kit problems
Replies: 9
Views: 1158

Re: "Trojan" - Avonside SS - kit problems

Receding childhood memories play me false again - I have no recollection of the extensive Bristol & Exeter C&W works on the southern fringe of Bridgwater, even though I must have passed it many times on the train as a child. It was here that the Bridgwater sub shed must have been located, an...
by John Palmer
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: "Trojan" - Avonside SS - kit problems
Replies: 9
Views: 1158

Re: "Trojan" - Avonside SS - kit problems

As a Burnham boy I too have a soft spot for 1338. In addition to working Bridgwater GW yard she also worked Dunball Wharf, a couple of miles to the north, and Bridgwater S&D, gaining access to the latter via the chord line connecting the GW Docks Branch to the S&D station after the rest of t...
by John Palmer
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: SR fence posts
Replies: 18
Views: 1730

Re: SR fence posts

Before seeing this thread I had never been aware that these fencing components had been manufactured in 4mm scale - obviously I never saw the relevant MRJ article! If cast in brass then in principle I would be interested in acquiring a quantity, if the price is right. This thread has prompted me to ...
by John Palmer
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 49
Views: 4450

Re: Catch Points

Putting in a plug here for Percy Parsons' recently-published '50 Years on The Railway' (Pub. Kingfisher Productions) for anyone interested in the Branch (Evercreech Jc to Burnham). Although there's a bit too much in the way of listing names of Percy's work colleagues, there's lots of interesting det...

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