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by Mark Forrest
Sat May 19, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Exactoscale Products
Replies: 78
Views: 19955

Re: Exactoscale Products

Great news, look forward to buying track components from Exactoscale rather than C&L in the future. Just out of interest, does this apply to both the 4mm and 7mm components in the Exactoscale range?
by Mark Forrest
Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Heljan IWB Vans
Replies: 11
Views: 2194

Re: Heljan IWB Vans

Did you guys have to file much of the bogie away to squeeze the wheelsets in? I'm a complete beginner, so should I start with something else or is it something I can have a go at? I suppose there's only one way to find out! It didn't need much filing off, just a few passes with a file until the whe...
by Mark Forrest
Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Heljan IWB Vans
Replies: 11
Views: 2194

Re: Heljan IWB Vans

Interesting. I used 12mm wheels in mine, on the basis that the Heljan wheels I was replacing were 12mm.

I only have one source of drawings of these to hand and that shows a 3' diameter wheel (but is in a book noted for its inaccuracies).

Anyone know which is the correct wheel size?
by Mark Forrest
Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Servo Control of Points
Replies: 27
Views: 10737

Re: Servo Control of Points

I am still thinking about Frog Juicers, more wishful than anything else as it would be a simple fix. The track formation I am working on at present contains two crossovers including one tandem turnout and there will be three crossovers if I ever get that far. One other concern with these juicers is...
by Mark Forrest
Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Fryers Lane
Replies: 39
Views: 11221

Re: Fryers Lane

I hadn't realised how long it had been since I updated this thread! Since my last update the layout made its exhibition debut at Scaleforum in September 2015 and was out again almost exactly 12 months later at ExpoEM North in September 2016. Since then, the layout has been in use as a glorified shel...
by Mark Forrest
Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:06 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Wagon springing and compensation - Newbie questions
Replies: 23
Views: 3605

Re: Wagon springing and compensation - Newbie questions

Which roller bearings are you using on your sprung wagons? Are you using normal or waisted pinpoint bearings in the spring carriers? I think he means the prototype has roller bearings - castings for these have much less metal in them. I'm building a couple of BR brake vans which use MJT roller bear...
by Mark Forrest
Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:49 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Wagon springing and compensation - Newbie questions
Replies: 23
Views: 3605

Re: Wagon springing and compensation - Newbie questions

Which roller bearings are you using on your sprung wagons? Are you using normal or waisted pinpoint bearings in the spring carriers?
by Mark Forrest
Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:19 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Another Round...
Replies: 323
Views: 65796

Re: Another Round...

I'm attending my first Missenden this weekend so see you there! Looking at the portable workbenches mentioned above makes my off cut of conti-board look woefully inadequate!
by Mark Forrest
Sun Feb 28, 2016 2:15 pm
Forum: Materials and Techniques
Topic: BACKSCENE MATERIAL ON WESTCLIFF
Replies: 5
Views: 1847

Re: BACKSCENE MATERIAL ON WESTCLIFF

Hi Mark Where did you get the back scene for Black Country Blues Made, Please Cheers Phil Hi Phil, The company who printed it were called DBX Group and had premises in Stafford. Unfortunately they aren't there any more and their website seems to have vanished too. The full spec of the material is &...
by Mark Forrest
Mon Feb 22, 2016 11:59 am
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: End to.end compromises
Replies: 26
Views: 6183

Re: End to.end compromises

How about the old dodge of scenic yards in front of the fiddle yards? I am considering a layout where the whole frontage is scenic, but only half of that is the running lines between the fiddle yards. It works for me, but perhaps others find that arrangement disappointing? That idea really appeals ...
by Mark Forrest
Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: End to.end compromises
Replies: 26
Views: 6183

Re: End to.end compromises

On my SGW project Fryers Lane, I've ended up with a layout which is 4' 8 1/2" scenic with a 4' fiddle yard at either end. The idea is that (once I've made some changes to make the fiddle yards more user friendly) one operator can be occupied shunting wagons around the sidings, while another shu...
by Mark Forrest
Tue Feb 16, 2016 10:06 pm
Forum: John Donnelly
Topic: A sprung Class 24 or an exercise in ignorance and persistence...
Replies: 57
Views: 9330

Re: A sprung Class 24 or an exercise in ignorance and persistence...

Watching with interest. I have one for a class 47 that I started a while ago, before getting distracted (no reflection of the kit, the problem is my attention span!) and one for a class 37 in the to do pile.
by Mark Forrest
Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:33 pm
Forum: Materials and Techniques
Topic: BACKSCENE MATERIAL ON WESTCLIFF
Replies: 5
Views: 1847

Re: BACKSCENE MATERIAL ON WESTCLIFF

We use a similar approach on Black Country Blues, although the material used is not as thick. Ours is PVC used for printing exhibition pop up banners. IIRC it came in a 10m roll. The effect works well and gets a lot of positive comments at shows, but does need 5 or 6 people on hand to feed the back ...
by Mark Forrest
Mon Dec 28, 2015 10:34 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Weskie's Workbench
Replies: 19
Views: 7057

Re: Weskie's Workbench

Very nice; I have one of the brake vans to build and had been considering getting one (or more) of the D1s. Was there much work involved springing the brake van, haven't looked that closely at the one I have stashed away ready for a rainy day of wagon building?
by Mark Forrest
Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:48 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: RTR P4
Replies: 71
Views: 14914

Re: RTR P4

While I do think it is a good step forwards to have a RTR P4 loco available, I'm not sure it will have a massive impact on the number of modellers adopting P4 standards. Most of the existing RTR diesels (and electrics) are so simple to convert, I would think that track (in particular turnouts) would...
by Mark Forrest
Thu Nov 19, 2015 9:40 pm
Forum: garethashenden
Topic: Not so Edwardian wagons
Replies: 12
Views: 5609

Re: Not so Edwardian wagons

Very nice, which of the suppliers that you list is responsible for that brake gear, I assume Bill Bedford? It is looks great.
by Mark Forrest
Mon Nov 02, 2015 6:56 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Fitting suspension units
Replies: 18
Views: 4580

Re: Fitting suspension units

Thanks for sharing that info, think I need to get myself a couple of those milling bits, they look really useful.
by Mark Forrest
Sun Oct 18, 2015 3:38 pm
Forum: Railmotors, Railcars and Multiple Units
Topic: BACHMANN CLASS 105
Replies: 12
Views: 3748

Re: BACHMANN CLASS 105

Derek wrote:Do you have to chop the brake hangers off or can you squeeze past them?

Had to chop them off, unfortunately. Which reminds me; I've not got around to refitting them yet.
by Mark Forrest
Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:28 pm
Forum: Railmotors, Railcars and Multiple Units
Topic: BACHMANN CLASS 105
Replies: 12
Views: 3748

Re: BACHMANN CLASS 105

Derek wrote: I am assuming that it also fits the 101, although Branchlines haven't tested it as such and I was warned not to assume it was the same until I checked and measured.

I have used this my 101 and can confirm it fits
by Mark Forrest
Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Fryers Lane
Replies: 39
Views: 11221

Re: Fryers Lane

First loco ran along the layout this evening....
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Still need to wire the tandem; decided I'd try a "Frog Juicer" rather than switch the vee polarity with micro switches. I've also been gathering the component parts I need for the control panel.
by Mark Forrest
Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:26 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Fryers Lane
Replies: 39
Views: 11221

Re: Fryers Lane

Thanks Colin. I'm off work this week so the plan is to connect up the dropper wires to the power bus and get something moving under its own power. Need to clear the stock off so I can flip it over to get to the wires! Also on the to do list is to cut the ply for the two fiddle yard boards (spent som...
by Mark Forrest
Sat Feb 14, 2015 10:42 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Fryers Lane
Replies: 39
Views: 11221

Re: Fryers Lane

Adding a new loco to the fleet; a Bachmann Class 20 in the process of being renumbered from 20090 to 20108:

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Some greenery has sprung up along the front edge of the layout too:
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by Mark Forrest
Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:55 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Fryers Lane
Replies: 39
Views: 11221

Re: Fryers Lane

Thanks Jim, that's really useful - next job on mine is to fit the couplings (AJs) so I'll give some consideration to how to leave enough room to add some of that detail.

Cheers,
Mark
by Mark Forrest
Sun Jan 25, 2015 7:54 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Fryers Lane
Replies: 39
Views: 11221

Re: Fryers Lane

I'm not averse to building a kit or two; for example all of my 16t minerals are kit build, despite the Bachmann RTR version of the same being as good as the kits I actually quite like building kits. However, partly because of the chaotic way that I prioritise my modelling time, I do end up with a lo...
by Mark Forrest
Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:40 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Fryers Lane
Replies: 39
Views: 11221

Re: Fryers Lane

Good stuff mark Re the SPA, wouldn't it be cheaper easier and a better end result just t build the Cambrian kit? Thanks Jim. For me the ready assembled, painted and lettered body offers a considerable time saving over the Cambrian route. I've probably put no more than a couple of hours into this on...

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