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by timlewis
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: timlewis
Topic: Socially-Distanced Challenge: ex-NER Lowmac
Replies: 13
Views: 1787

Re: Socially-Distanced Challenge: ex-NER Lowmac

That looks very neat indeed, and very workmanlike in the sense of everything in the right place and the right proportions. Thanks Paul. Yes, that was the "look" I was after: even though there's a decent drawing, it involved quite a bit of trial and error to get wire sizes and spring dampe...
by timlewis
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: timlewis
Topic: Socially-Distanced Challenge: ex-NER Lowmac
Replies: 13
Views: 1787

Re: Socially-Distanced Challenge: ex-NER Lowmac

Ha, did I say just the brake levers and guides to do?? Turned out to be very fiddly. The brake lever guide provided in the kit was completely the wrong shape (well, not the guide itself but the way in which it is attached to the wagon body). Luckily it is shown on the drawing in Tatlow, and I was ab...
by timlewis
Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: timlewis
Topic: Socially-Distanced Challenge: ex-NER Lowmac
Replies: 13
Views: 1787

Re: Socially-Distanced Challenge: ex-NER Lowmac

I've note posted anything for a while, but I've been making steady progress over the last few weeks, in between taking advantage of the amazing weather. Most of the fiddly bits are now done: brakes, brake cross-shaft, safety loops, axleboxes and springs, new spring hangers and brackets, rivetted pla...
by timlewis
Thu May 28, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: CeeJay60's WorkBench
Replies: 26
Views: 2694

Re: CeeJay60's WorkBench

Looking forward to seeing this D17 develop - I may do one some day though it''s a bit early for me really. I know you haven't started your wagon thread yet, but for your Daigram 92 6-plank opens, get yourself some of Dave Bradwell's etched LNER AVB underframes which can be built either with steel or...
by timlewis
Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: timlewis
Topic: Socially-Distanced Challenge: ex-NER Lowmac
Replies: 13
Views: 1787

Re: Socially-Distanced Challenge: ex-NER Lowmac

Haven't done much in the last couple of weeks, as the weather's been so nice. Before that though I did some work on some of the more fiddly bits. Drilled the buffers ready for springing, and made up 18 lashing rings: 20200403_174939_50pc.jpg Fabricated an approximation to the brake shoes/hangers. It...
by timlewis
Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Wizard of the Moor
Topic: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers
Replies: 37
Views: 5163

Re: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers

Yesterday I used the lathe to turn down 26 Gibson short handrail knobs to remove the flange and these were soldered into holes to be used for the lashing ring mounts. You may not want to know this now (!), but Alan Gibson do "shoulderless" handrail knobs, which might have saved you a job.
by timlewis
Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: PDK Models
Replies: 16
Views: 2042

Re: PDK Models

Chris Pendlenton described making a Bachmann/Brassmasters one in MRJ 175 - worth a look.
by timlewis
Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Mark Tatlow
Topic: A Highland Miscellany
Replies: 300
Views: 105979

Re: A Highland Miscellany

Nice finials! Are they available to others?
by timlewis
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: timlewis
Topic: Socially-Distanced Challenge: ex-NER Lowmac
Replies: 13
Views: 1787

Re: Socially-Distanced Challenge: ex-NER Lowmac

Making good progress... The main components went together fairly quickly (for me). It helped that everything fitted exactly as it was supposed to, which could have been tricky given the odd shapes and angles of these vehicles - good bit of etched design I reckon. 20200331_171227_50pc.jpg I then adde...
by timlewis
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: timlewis
Topic: Socially-Distanced Challenge: ex-NER Lowmac
Replies: 13
Views: 1787

Re: Socially-Distanced Challenge: ex-NER Lowmac

The curved parts slot into the three-legged parts to make cast tension-lock couplings, without the hooks. All the PMK range had them, but the etched hooks were never included. They mke good weights for vans :thumb Thanks for that. A cast tension lock never occurred to me - what a bizarre idea! I've...
by timlewis
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: timlewis
Topic: Socially-Distanced Challenge: ex-NER Lowmac
Replies: 13
Views: 1787

Re: Socially-Distanced Challenge: ex-NER Lowmac

It's looking good, Tim, and an interesting vehicle. How do the axleboxes compare to the prototype? I've always had to bin most of the castings in Connoisseur kits. These ones look plausible, but I'm not familiar with the prototype. You say on your announcement thread that you'd seen photos of this ...
by timlewis
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: timlewis
Topic: Socially-Distanced Challenge: ex-NER Lowmac
Replies: 13
Views: 1787

Re: Socially-Distanced Challenge: ex-NER Lowmac

The kit is designed to be built rigid, i.e. no springing/compensation etc. I like to spring most things and this being quite long wheelbase (18' 6") it would benefit from it I think. There are probably several ways to do it, but what I'm trying is to elongate the bearing holes (easiest done whi...
by timlewis
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: timlewis
Topic: Socially-Distanced Challenge: ex-NER Lowmac
Replies: 13
Views: 1787

Socially-Distanced Challenge: ex-NER Lowmac

I'm going to be building this PMK/Connoiseur Models Lowmac. Ten were built by the NER between 1913 and 1922, to Diagram A2. Under the LNER, they were known as Mac-L. All of them lasted into British Railways days. 20200328_151041_50pc.jpg These castings are provided: 20200330_172210_50pc.jpg Nice to ...
by timlewis
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: How do I create a sub-forum?
Replies: 13
Views: 1730

Re: How do I create a sub-forum?

Crikey, that was quick! Thanks John.
by timlewis
Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: How do I create a sub-forum?
Replies: 13
Views: 1730

How do I create a sub-forum?

Hi, I've not posted too much on here to date, but I think I may post more in future, partly spurred on by the Socially Distanced Challenge which I've just posted my entry into. I've seen that many people have their own sub-forum under the "on My Workbench" area. This seems a good idea, but...
by timlewis
Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Registration Thread
Replies: 47
Views: 8474

Re: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Registration Thread

So, this is my entry for this challenge. I should really be getting on with the layout, and trying to finish off the numerous projects which are already on the go, but I need very little excuse to start another wagon, so..... 20200328_151041_50pc.jpg It's described as an LNER Lowmac-L, which indeed ...
by timlewis
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Lord Colnago
Topic: A source of very fine sand
Replies: 11
Views: 3795

Re: A source of very fine sand

Aquarium sand? (just avoid the lurid blue colours!)
by timlewis
Sat Jul 27, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: MR Cattle Wagon
Replies: 8
Views: 2212

Re: MR Cattle Wagon

Some time ago, I came across a photo (somewhere on the web) of Kelso with what I'm pretty sure were two MR cattle vans in the background. I can't find it again now (I'll have another look later), but I seem to remember it was mid-fifties. Found the picture now: https://www.flickr.com/photos/8818202...
by timlewis
Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: MR Cattle Wagon
Replies: 8
Views: 2212

Re: MR Cattle Wagon

Some time ago, I came across a photo (somewhere on the web) of Kelso with what I'm pretty sure were two MR cattle vans in the background. I can't find it again now (I'll have another look later), but I seem to remember it was mid-fifties.
by timlewis
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann D11/2 conversion
Replies: 16
Views: 4344

Re: Bachmann D11/2 conversion

This will be a very interesting project - I've always thought that Reedsmouth would make a fabulous layout. Good luck with it. I converted a Bachmann D11/2 a few years ago. After some deliberation I left the gears in place. Haven't had any problems with it in that respect (the tender is currently de...
by timlewis
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG)
Topic: CRAG Meeting March 29 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 2453

Re: CRAG Meeting March 29 2018

Doug, you got the J71 and J77 mixed up. The first picture (68724) is a J72, the second (68232) is a J71 and the third (68395) is a J77. Yes, they do look quite similar but there are several detail differences. Lovely models!
by timlewis
Sat Dec 17, 2016 5:53 pm
Forum: Lord Colnago
Topic: Goings on at the Norfolk Wagonarium
Replies: 129
Views: 45531

Re: Goings on at the Norfolk Wagonarium

Thanks for that John - I'll keep a look out for the Rumney bits. Regarding the ironwork, I did zoom in to see whether it was there, but couldn't quite tell from the photo, which does rather beg the question of whether it's actually necessary! I've done 5 of these (also with Bradwell underframes as y...
by timlewis
Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: Lord Colnago
Topic: Goings on at the Norfolk Wagonarium
Replies: 129
Views: 45531

Re: Goings on at the Norfolk Wagonarium

Very nice wagons! Re. your LMS D2039 van: do Rumney Models do a detailing kit for LMS van bodies? I haven't be able to find it on the website, or is it a very new product that hasn't made it on to there yet? Not wishing to be picky, but have you added the extra ironwork at each end of the diagonal b...
by timlewis
Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:16 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2013
Replies: 476
Views: 121548

Re: Scaleforum 2013

Another brilliant Scaleforum. Shame it looks as though the numbers are down a bit, but maybe this is 'generic new venue syndrome' as has been mentioned, and not any kind of reaction to the specific move from Leatherhead to Aylesbury. Others have already said this, but we are very lucky to have peopl...
by timlewis
Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:54 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Companies using 4-bolt chairs
Replies: 13
Views: 5727

Re: Companies using 4-bolt chairs

North Eastern used 4-bolt chairs as well.

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