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by Natalie Graham
Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: 100 degree solder
Replies: 7
Views: 2601

Re: 100 degree solder

One possible problem is that with largish lumps of brass it's possible to melt the solder without getting the brass to a high enough temperature for it to stick. That sounds to me like it could be the issue, especially if you are using the iron to melt the solder directly rather than heating the jo...
by Natalie Graham
Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:31 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Etched rivet detail
Replies: 21
Views: 4824

Re: Etched rivet detail

martin goodall wrote:There's an alternative product also made in the USA, but I have not seen it.


There's a few I think. Micromark and Mike Grant are a couple of sources.
by Natalie Graham
Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:07 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: LMS/Midland Crimson Lake
Replies: 8
Views: 4421

Re: LMS/Midland Crimson Lake

I can never get into the idea of using car paints or others for modelling. It comes from when I was young and my dad was a painter and used to take great exception to the price of model paints given the size of the tin. The facts that the tins were big enough to complete the job, and many more, were...
by Natalie Graham
Fri Feb 28, 2014 5:27 pm
Forum: South Somerset
Topic: Meetings Dates
Replies: 2
Views: 1366

Re: Meetings Dates

Meeting Dates?

Probably best to choose somewhere public and keep it short, maybe go for a coffee or something and then see if you both want to meet up again. ;)

Oh wasn't that what you meant? :lol:
by Natalie Graham
Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:18 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Highland Railway Carriages & Wagons
Replies: 4
Views: 1990

Re: Highland Railway Carriages & Wagons

My copy arrived yesterday and having had the chance to look through it is seems an excellent publication. There are a few things I would have liked to see, one is that each type of vehicle has a table showing information such as HR and LMS diagram numbers, date of building, builder, dimensions, even...
by Natalie Graham
Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:02 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Peco Smartswitch ?
Replies: 12
Views: 7640

Re: Peco Smartswitch ?

I like the look of these. I saw them advertised in the Modeller and the video makes me think I might give them a try. As to being able to build the things more cheaply it is like most things in the hobby, you can make them for less if you want to spend the time doing it and if that is where your int...
by Natalie Graham
Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:27 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Glenmutchkin - Putting a Backbone into a Goods Shed
Replies: 162
Views: 40346

Re: Glenmutchkin - Cutting and Shutting

I was referring to the short siding that branches off beneath the figure 2 in your track diagram. That isn't a bay platform, is it? It seems to have been a feature of many Highland stations that the goods yard had two sidings with a raised bank with an end dock in between them.
by Natalie Graham
Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:15 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Glenmutchkin - Putting a Backbone into a Goods Shed
Replies: 162
Views: 40346

Re: Glenmutchkin - Cutting and Shutting

Good to see that what I presume is an end loading dock has made an appearance on the track plan. The goods yard of two sidings and an end loading dock always seems such a typical feature of smaller HR stations.
by Natalie Graham
Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:11 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Horse boxes and race meetings
Replies: 15
Views: 5328

Re: Horse boxes and race meetings

July 1957 Model Railway News has a drawing of a "LBSCR Double Horse Box" apparently. I haven't seen it but it sounds like it might be the one.
by Natalie Graham
Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:19 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: A Class 782 for Barnton
Replies: 46
Views: 14883

Re: A Class 782 for Barnton - Finishing the detailing part 2

Lindsay G wrote:
Caley darts are distinctive – an outer wheel and an inner lever.


Not as distinctive as the LNWR 5-spoke ones. Now they are fun to make :roll: especially in 2mm scale. You have done a lovely job on the Caley one though as with the whole loco. Good to see someone scratch-building Scottish locos,
by Natalie Graham
Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:47 am
Forum: Materials and Techniques
Topic: Baseboard materials
Replies: 25
Views: 10979

Re: Baseboard materials

I can't help feeling there are more gains to be made through appropriate design than by using different materials. There is an historic tendency with model railway baseboards to take a sheet of board, put a frame round the edge, a leg on each corner, then wonder why it sags in the middle.
by Natalie Graham
Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:10 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench
Replies: 377
Views: 110354

Re: Tim V's workbench

I trained the spaniel to find little bits dropped on the carpet. I'd find a bit of scrap of similar size or another one of what I'd lost and pretend to throw it in the direction of where the first one went and he's sniff it out. I don't have him any more, sadly. I wonder if the cat could be trained.
by Natalie Graham
Thu Jan 23, 2014 4:12 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Hornby Sentinel/Rolls-Royce shunter
Replies: 31
Views: 13165

Re: Hornby Sentinel/Rolls-Royce shunter

decauville1126 wrote: most of the aspects raised about appearance, finish, and fidelity, have been dealt with over on RMweb


That'll be why I haven't seem them then ;)
by Natalie Graham
Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:10 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Tor Giffard (TG) former LSWR routes of North Devon 1951-1971
Replies: 121
Views: 28625

Re: Tor Giffard (TG) former LSWR routes of North Devon 1951-

An end to end layout is also expensive in terms of stock (as you need two yards worth), Eh? How does that work? Surely if you have ten trains and they go through the station at the rate of one per minute (by way of example) it doesn't matter whether they have gone round the back or from one end to ...
by Natalie Graham
Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:20 am
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Hornby Sentinel/Rolls-Royce shunter
Replies: 31
Views: 13165

Re: Hornby Sentinel/Rolls-Royce shunter

Well here's a photo of the real thing (courtesy of Wikipedia Commons) http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/75/Restored_Diesel_Locomotive_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1059726.jpg Maybe someone will do a detailed repainted and weathered model of the Hornby one for comparison and it may be the model ...
by Natalie Graham
Sat Jan 18, 2014 7:47 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Starting From Scratch - SGW meets Inglenook
Replies: 87
Views: 32276

Re: Starting From Scratch - SGW meets Inglenook

Natalie - in case you're following this thread, I do hope the roof is now okay after a spell of calmer weather. Sadly the roof is no more. I am in the process of building a new end wall at a point where I wanted an internal partition anyway then I can put in a short length of new roof back to where...
by Natalie Graham
Thu Jan 16, 2014 4:43 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Gluing wood
Replies: 20
Views: 5460

Re: Gluing wood

The correct way to melt scotch glue is in a double pot. The outside pot is filled with water and the inner pot contains the glue. Yes, Dad brought the glue melting pot home with him the next night and we tried again. He didn't think it worth it just to stick my school homework together. He was quit...
by Natalie Graham
Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:53 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Photo etch kits
Replies: 19
Views: 4972

Re: Photo etch kits

I'm just pleased I was able to hide all my solder blobs in the current layout. If you are using solder that forms blobs then you probably don't have the right solder for etched kits. They aren't all the same and the stuff for electrical work isn't what you want for kits. It can have its uses, parti...
by Natalie Graham
Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:26 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Gluing wood
Replies: 20
Views: 5460

Re: Gluing wood

Proper antiques would as John Lewis said, have used animal glue, also known as Scotch glue and applied hot. I remember my Dad bringing me a tin of that from work for something I doing when when I was about twelve. He said standing it on the end of the Rayburn would get it hot enough. He said I shou...
by Natalie Graham
Wed Jan 15, 2014 2:29 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Photo etch kits
Replies: 19
Views: 4972

Re: Photo etch kits

is it practical to construct a complete underframe using superglue or would the stresses on the parts once in use simply be too much? I think a lot will depend on the nature of the kit. If the parts all locate positively with tabs and slots or something then adhesive could be OK. If they have edges...
by Natalie Graham
Tue Jan 14, 2014 6:34 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Plastic horn blocks
Replies: 12
Views: 3670

Re: Plastic horn blocks

I wasn't aware of those. No change to my opinion though, briefly the Maygib ones were difficult to glue. I don't know how you would glue/rivet these Exactoscale ones, but any such work introduces potential variations in the wheelbase. I was making the point previously - why complicate things? The k...
by Natalie Graham
Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:53 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Plastic horn blocks
Replies: 12
Views: 3670

Re: Plastic horn blocks

Tim V wrote:The plastic hornguides I have seen were Maygib,


Exactoscale do plastic ones too.
by Natalie Graham
Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:56 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Corrugated Iron Press Tool
Replies: 23
Views: 5465

Re: Corrugated Iron Press Tool

dal-t wrote:You can still get 5 thou plasticard?


Evergreen do .005" styrene.
by Natalie Graham
Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:14 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: "old" flat bottom track
Replies: 11
Views: 3409

Re: "old" flat bottom track

No need to make the spikes, they are readily available on the other side of the Atlantic. I believe they tend to be a bit over scale so you could try the ones for N gauge such as Micro-Engineering's Micro Spikes
by Natalie Graham
Fri Jan 03, 2014 12:31 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Trains on this line are subject to delays.
Replies: 6
Views: 2852

Re: Trains on this line are subject to delays.

Another fine day should see it cleared and I can build a new wall at the point where the roof still remains and then rebuild the rest in the summer. So much for that idea as today's gales strip the rest of the roof. :( At this rate there'll be nothing left by the time the weather is calm enough to ...

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