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by FCA
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: SR fence posts
Replies: 14
Views: 838

Re: SR fence posts

Here's a pic of some of Mark's excellent fence posts in situ on my shunting plank:

Richard
by FCA
Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: H Class Wheels
Replies: 9
Views: 1335

Re: H Class Wheels

Bill, I notice that the wheels look like they're self quatering.
If this is so are they left lead like the prototype please?

Richard
by FCA
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Rail codes
Replies: 4
Views: 874

Re: Rail codes

Out of interest I attach an image of a sample section of Southern Railway 95lb bullhead

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by FCA
Fri May 10, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Singles and suspension
Replies: 14
Views: 1221

Re: Singles and suspension

Can I point you to Barry Luck's seminal articles in MRJs 18 & 19 on split frames wherein he described his solution to the traction problems in building, if memory serves, a Brighton G 2-2-2. As for the Chatham H I use twin beams on the drivers and have the bogie pivot as the third leg. The bogie...
by FCA
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Wainwright H Class P4 conversion
Replies: 30
Views: 3144

Re: Wainwright H Class P4 conversion

You say that converting Studiolith wheels for split frames is difficult but are you aware of Barry Luck's article in MRJ 19 ? His method is to use a 1/8 reamer in the wheel socket hole until a i/8 axle will go in half way. The axle can then be pushed the rest of the way in and is a firm fit in the ...
by FCA
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Wainwright H Class P4 conversion
Replies: 30
Views: 3144

Re: Wainwright H Class P4 conversion

Given the less than friendly relations between the P4 and S4 tribes in the early days I doubt that AG had any access to the former's products. Past history best left undisturbed. I also have some early AG wheels (for a Mallard Brighton K) which use almost the same axle/boss design as Studiolith. One...
by FCA
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Wainwright H Class P4 conversion
Replies: 30
Views: 3144

Re: Wainwright H Class P4 conversion

A long time ago at the genesis of P4 the only 5'6" wheel available was actually based on the H class wheel specification. They were made by Studiolith, of not so blessed memory, and on whom Ultrascale had nothing in terms of waiting time. Also they were pretty good products have shouldered axle...
by FCA
Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Wainwright H Class P4 conversion
Replies: 30
Views: 3144

Re: Wainwright H Class P4 conversion

Don't forget also that Mr Wainwright's engines were left footers.

Richard
by FCA
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Mini Cutting Broaches
Replies: 5
Views: 2794

Re: Mini Cutting Broaches

I just ticked their "other" box with "private use" on the classification page and had no trouble buying stuff from them. Came the following day!

Richard
by FCA
Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: painting paving stones and platform copings
Replies: 14
Views: 2305

Re: painting paving stones and platform copings

If you are after paint mixing advice then I suggest that you get a selection of pots in your favoured medium, enamel, acrylic etc. One or two (or three) shades for each primary colour; red, yellow and blue, and try mixing them until you arrive at your chosen colour. Needless to say you may be in for...
by FCA
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Colouring Sleepers
Replies: 24
Views: 3855

Re: Colouring Sleepers

These days I use a combination of Indian inks and Humbrol matt grey/black enamels. I believe it is important to consider the combination of the colour of the ballast used and the sleepers as this will have an impact of the perception of the track. Personally I would always advocate the use of light ...
by FCA
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Ballasting ply sleepered track
Replies: 28
Views: 4609

Re: Ballasting ply sleepered track

Just for variety I stain my ply sleepers with a mixture of diluted Indian ink, mostly black. I always use light coloured ballast on the basis that it can always be darkened later if required. Rarely required in my opinion. Whether or not templates are used I invariably paint the track sub-base with ...
by FCA
Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Weathering rail and chairs separately?
Replies: 16
Views: 2640

Re: Weathering rail and chairs separately?

In their book the chaps from St Merryn go into some detail regarding colours for trackwork.
They recommend different 'rust' shades for the rail and chairs. They do not, however, use plastic sleepered track of course.

Richard
by FCA
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1079
Views: 142002

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

thumbnail_AA2575DA-06FA-47D5-B294-3A0EE46D483A.jpg Like many of us I have been experimenting with ballast effects for many years. The photo shows a section of unweathered track on my current layout. The left hand track is a headshunt and the right hand is the 'main' line. The method used is to lay ...
by FCA
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Glenmutchkin - Turntable Troubles Reprise
Replies: 166
Views: 43942

Re: Glenmutchkin - A Bit of a Slip Up

Jol's diagram does I think help to clarify the problem and its solution. If you simply wire the slip's motors to act in tandem, that is giving only two possible blade positions rather than four, the possibility of creating conflicting polarities between the slip's crossings is obviated. The three po...
by FCA
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Slow TV
Replies: 9
Views: 2236

Re: Slow TV

I have an etched kit I started in 1979 but have yet to finish.

That would make very, very slow tv.

Richard
by FCA
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Glenmutchkin - Turntable Troubles Reprise
Replies: 166
Views: 43942

Re: Glenmutchkin - A Bit of a Slip Up

Take a look at the P4 Manual 4.1.8.(10). You seem to have one switch too many.
If you don't have the P4 Manual let me know and I'll send you a copy.

Richard
by FCA
Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Flexi Chassis an Appreciation
Replies: 467
Views: 65088

Re: Flexi Chassis an Appreciation

For me there were two seminal developments in the 1970/80s which helped me actually to make models in P4 that worked. Mike Sharman's flexichas concept and components and etched gearboxes from the likes of Perseverance, Rod Neep and others whose names have, sadly, faded from my memory. Our little cor...
by FCA
Sun May 15, 2016 1:53 pm
Forum: South London (SLAG)
Topic: expoEM 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 2309

Re: expoEM 2016

Fantastic to see the seminal Metropolitan Junction by the late Doug Williams on display.

Real nostalgia from the days of the Model Railway News of happy memory (for some of us).

What an amazing survivor.

Richard
by FCA
Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Society Gauge Widening Tool
Replies: 325
Views: 53076

Re: Society Gauge Widening Tool

IMHO the only problem with the triangular gauge (designed for Brooke-Smith soldered rivets) occurs when used with C&L/Exactosale functional chairs for bullhead rail. These provide rail cant and the triangular gauge had long legs that fought this; it is easy to shorten the legs with a file or mi...
by FCA
Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Problem with non-drying paint
Replies: 10
Views: 2635

Re: Problem with non-drying paint

Did you "do what it says on the tin" when mixing the etch primer with its thinners? I ask because as opposed to what it says on the tin (1:1), Ian Rathbone recommends two parts etching thinners, one part cellulose thinners to one part primer. I'm not sure if or how this would affect the to...
by FCA
Wed Mar 30, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Society Gauge Widening Tool
Replies: 325
Views: 53076

Re: Society Gauge Widening Tool

Yes I use Humbrol enamel (#186) over Halfords primer.

Richard
by FCA
Wed Mar 30, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Society Gauge Widening Tool
Replies: 325
Views: 53076

Re: Society Gauge Widening Tool

I use a combination of plastic chairs and riveted construction for my points including crossings assembled using the excellent EMGS gauge. The discussion about storage is pertinent as I have been storing the Kent area group's layout Eridge in my garage for the past two years whilst the group has bee...
by FCA
Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:18 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Society Gauge Widening Tool
Replies: 325
Views: 53076

Re: Society Gauge Widening Tool

"That as a process looks to be a good one when using steel rail - I have some steel rail in stock and sometime over the next couple of months I will try the process out for myself, although I am unlikely to adopt it for my own building...." With the exception of tinning the rail all the t...

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