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by John Palmer
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Andrew Ullyott
Topic: Cheddar
Replies: 52
Views: 8747

Re: Cheddar

Although you should now take anything I say with the full salt cellar, I would be wary of the ABS42 product, as to me that looks like ordinary pantiles. ABS33, on the other hand, seems to resemble much more closely the Tasma Products item used on Burnham. Of some additional interest is the product s...
by John Palmer
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Andrew Ullyott
Topic: Cheddar
Replies: 52
Views: 8747

Re: Cheddar

With much trepidation in view of the sins acknowledged in my previous post I'll make a further suggestion, namely to take a look at Slaters Old Dutch Pantile (part no. 0311) - the only item in what Slaters describe as their European Moulded Plastikard range. I can find no good picture of these on th...
by John Palmer
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Andrew Ullyott
Topic: Cheddar
Replies: 52
Views: 8747

Re: Cheddar

Paul, I am very sorry to have provided information about a product that is unfit for your intended purpose. I did so in the misguided belief that the various retailers of the double roman tile sheets must be re-badging an imported product all manufactured in the same mould. I must admit that when I ...
by John Palmer
Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2018 Retrospective
Replies: 4
Views: 363

Re: Scaleforum 2018 Retrospective

These are Alan Goodwillie's 'Wemyss', part of the West of Scotland exhibit. See the retrospective for Scalefour North 2018 . Quite correct. Love Alan's work on the Wemyss system, but these three are definitely interlopers in the Burnham section, an eventuality that obviously I must have anticipated...
by John Palmer
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Hessle Haven
Replies: 23
Views: 2879

Re: Signals for Hessle Haven

Now that I've looked more closely at the photograph of the West Parade signals I see that the 'subs' do indeed have a stumpier version of the M&H pinnacle. I've just completed CAD drawings of the elevations for the hotel to be represented at the western end of our Burnham layout. Whilst I'm quit...
by John Palmer
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 51
Views: 1613

Re: Track cleaning

As requested...
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by John Palmer
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 51
Views: 1613

Re: Track cleaning

Interesting article. One of the problems I have with USA texts is the difference between their nomenclature and ours. If the article is correct then the optimal cleaning fluid is kerosene, as it is known in the USA. However, this may be better known in the UK as paraffin, and although the two substa...
by John Palmer
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Hessle Haven
Replies: 23
Views: 2879

Re: Signals for Hessle Haven

I wonder whether the line diagram Mike has posted may be a bit misleading as to the complexity of the crossings. The diagram seems more concerned with structures than with track, and when I magnify the West Parade picture I see nothing other than conventional diamonds. Although it's qualified as bei...
by John Palmer
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: Highbridge Wharf
Replies: 3
Views: 457

Re: Highbridge Wharf

Paul, this is a splendid development and I look forward to learning more about it the July edition of the News. The way in which you have managed to capture the essential features of the track layout at the east end of the Wharf is particularly impressive. However ;) , there's a mistake with the sig...
by John Palmer
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 94
Views: 13760

Re: Resistance Soldering

With a combined spring and axlebox, try soldering just the axlebox. I think you may find this sufficient. That was rather the way my thoughts were going. I assume that tinning of the white metal component is essential in order to get a satisfactory joint. Fortunately I have a temp. controlled Hakko...
by John Palmer
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Waisted bearings for Bedford sprung W irons?
Replies: 23
Views: 1118

Re: Waisted bearings for Bedford sprung W irons?

Thanks, David. I would have thought that a slot drill might have been better for this application, given that a plunge cut is going to be required before you can start milling out the slot. I see that a suitable slot drill is also available from Drill Services at the same price. This leads on to the...
by John Palmer
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 94
Views: 13760

Re: Resistance Soldering

Of particular interest because I am approaching the point where I have to attach the combined axlebox and spring castings to four very elderly etched SR bogies. This is a very neat piece of work, David, but the prospect of tinning those castings is one that fills me with dread - how did you go about...
by John Palmer
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Waisted bearings for Bedford sprung W irons?
Replies: 23
Views: 1118

Re: Waisted bearings for Bedford sprung W irons?

I hope the problem does not lead to discouragement, as the photo above reveals neat and careful work. I strongly agree with this. I recall there being a number of posts to this forum about the variations encountered in pinpoint bearing depth. An overdeep boring of the pinpoint and/or an axle less t...
by John Palmer
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Andrew Ullyott
Topic: Cheddar
Replies: 52
Views: 8747

Re: Cheddar

Paul, try https://www.aliexpress.com/i/32891296599.html?spm=2114.12057483.0.0.67632726jlGIFZ . Our (Burnham layout's) principal source of supply for these sheets was Penduke Models, but their website no longer carries this item. I reckon some factory in China is knocking them out and that a variety ...
by John Palmer
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Andrew Ullyott
Topic: Cheddar
Replies: 52
Views: 8747

Re: Cheddar

Excellent; glad to see the double roman roofing has turned out so well! No modeller of Somerset buildings should be without them... On a roof of that length I expect you needed to splice together at least two sheets, but I can't detect any trace of it - a lovely neat job. My own practice is to chamf...
by John Palmer
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Waisted bearings for Bedford sprung W irons?
Replies: 23
Views: 1118

Re: Waisted bearings for Bedford sprung W irons?

As a result, I had to space them off the Bedford bearing carriers with washers to achieve the correct ‘back-to-back’. However, this leaves an insufficient length of bearing protruding on the outer face to guide the carrier neatly in its slot. The axles therefore have too much lateral freedom (as vi...
by John Palmer
Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Railmotors, Railcars and Multiple Units
Topic: Why the big windows?
Replies: 23
Views: 2213

Re: Why the big windows?

That was some DMU journey. GER East Anglia to Wales? via the North Eastern. Were they McKenzie and Holland signals at the end? The gents at 7:00 are consulting their map in an attempt to fathom how they have been magically transported from East Anglia to Wetheral on the Newcastle & Carlisle Rai...
by John Palmer
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Derby 2019 MRE
Replies: 4
Views: 713

Re: Derby 2019 MRE

The buildings on Sidmouth are an inspiration. I like particularly that Edwardian semi, which nicely illustrates what, for me, is one of the attractions of modelling a real prototype rather than a freelance design: you have to find ways of representing what was there , whatever the challenges of doin...
by John Palmer
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Railmotors, Railcars and Multiple Units
Topic: Why the big windows?
Replies: 23
Views: 2213

Re: Why the big windows?

And wasn't it annoying when the driver pulled the blinds down :( Yes! If my memory doesn't deceive me, when DMUs were first introduced it was exceptional for the blinds to be pulled down, but as time passed the practice was adopted ever more frequently, until it became exceptional instead for a pas...
by John Palmer
Thu May 16, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Edington Junction
Replies: 30
Views: 4190

Re: Edington Junction

Dave, I have to say that I share some of Noel's views about the backscene. Here is a selection of views I have culled from Street View and annotated to give some idea of location and direction of shot: Levels horizons.jpg You can see that in some places the line of the Mendip and Polden ridges shows...
by John Palmer
Sun May 12, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Carriage identity query
Replies: 17
Views: 923

Re: Carriage identity query

New picture definitely shows the compartment side of a C77, as per picture GWCA Vol 1 pg 51 plate 128. Agreed, that was the basis of my identification. Are we sure the corridor side of coaches in this era had ventilators? It seems that mostly they did not, but that the C70s were an exception. Due t...
by John Palmer
Sun May 12, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Carriage identity query
Replies: 17
Views: 923

Re: Carriage identity query

John, do you know what the working was; I am puzzled by a WR strengthening coach on an LMR express (presumably) to the south coast? Steve, the photograph from which I snipped the queried carriage is another from Ron Toop's collection, and can be viewed in full at https://www.flickr.com/photos/midso...
by John Palmer
Sun May 12, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Carriage identity query
Replies: 17
Views: 923

Re: Carriage identity query

I've been trawling for foreshortened views of Sunshine/New-Style carriages in the hope that they might shed some additional light on this issue. Here is an extract from a picture of the Up Cambrian Coast Express at Snow Hill in 1960, which I have enlarged and massaged in the hope of getting some mor...
by John Palmer
Sat May 11, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Carriage identity query
Replies: 17
Views: 923

Re: Carriage identity query

Noel, yours is a fascinating suggestion, given the rarity of those two RTO's, but I think that on the corridor side the vehicle in question is symmetrically laid out, whereas the RTO has a longer 'blanked off' section at the end where the air conditioning unit and lavatory compartments are located. ...
by John Palmer
Fri May 10, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Carriage identity query
Replies: 17
Views: 923

Carriage identity query

Would appreciate thoughts on the identity of the leading vehicle of an inter-regional train at Midsomer Norton at some date after 1953, as shown below: Mystery coach at Midsomer Norton.jpg I have a possible candidate for the carriage design in question, but won't mention it yet to inhibit possible c...

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