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by ralphrobertson
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Manchester AG
Topic: Progress with Slattocks Junction
Replies: 107
Views: 34151

Re: Progress with Slattocks Junction

First trial of the RTS machine has proved very encouraging but I have had to prepare more bits of expanded foam to work on to check out the results. I expect to be able to show more results in the next few days once I have had chance to get to grips with this machine.

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Ralph's workbench
Replies: 23
Views: 2117

Re: Ralph's workbench

Having gone through a mammoth workbench tidy up I thought it would be useful to have a stand to hold some metal sections in so I drew up a design and cut this out on my laser cutter. 2mm MDF which is a pain on the Emblaser cutter but after a few hours work a suitable stand came out. I passed the ide...
by ralphrobertson
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Manchester AG
Topic: Progress with Slattocks Junction
Replies: 107
Views: 34151

Re: Progress with Slattocks Junction

Tony's photos show lots of foam that needs turning into scenery. The group have spent a long time trawling Youtube looking at various people producing scenery using many different techniques. I found Luke Towan's videos most interesting and a read of a thread on RMWeb opened up further interesting i...
by ralphrobertson
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Ralph's workbench
Replies: 23
Views: 2117

Re: Ralph's workbench

At the same time I have been playing around with static grass and some test pieces for Slattocks. I will post on the Slattocks thread for that.

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Ralph's workbench
Replies: 23
Views: 2117

Re: Ralph's workbench

Its been a while since I wrote anything but I have been busy. I decided to stop work on the sprung tender chassis for the 4F and change it to a different design along the lines I used for the A Class locos. These have a milled brass block chassis which gives low down weight in the tenders and make i...
by ralphrobertson
Sat Jun 13, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 222
Views: 23387

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Hi Dave,

I use this solder most of the time with a phosphoric acid flux and set the iron about 350 degrees. Love it, it flows beautifully and I rarely have to clean up after that.

Love the Black 5 Dave, superb work.

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: barrowroad
Topic: Bachmann Patriot 45504 Royal Signals
Replies: 6
Views: 406

Re: Bachmann Patriot 45504 Royal Signals

Thanks Robin and Dave. Would be most interested in learning more but right now I am working on this tender. I am sure we will host another get together like the last one Dave once all this is over. It was a year last March when we had the last one, time flies. Our group enjoyed playing host and it w...
by ralphrobertson
Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Ralph's workbench
Replies: 23
Views: 2117

Re: Ralph's workbench

Thanks Dave. Have you thought about selling your jig for putting wheels on square? Yes, I did but so far the reject rate has been pretty high so for now it is a non starter. Once I have got a working version you will see what I mean. Colin Wrangles is sadly missed, but I have one of his locos, a con...
by ralphrobertson
Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: barrowroad
Topic: Bachmann Patriot 45504 Royal Signals
Replies: 6
Views: 406

Re: Bachmann Patriot 45504 Royal Signals

That looks great, we need one of those for Slattocks, I have one in the cupboard to convert one day.

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Ralph's workbench
Replies: 23
Views: 2117

Re: Ralph's workbench

Been a while since I posted but I have been beavering away with things. The L&Y locos have had their chimneys changed and now, thanks to John Redrup and help from L&Y Society boys sending me in that direction, they now have brass lost wax castings which are a bit more circular than the cast ...
by ralphrobertson
Sun May 31, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout
Replies: 50
Views: 9300

Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

I took a look at Lightburn but I don't think it supports the commercial machines like my HPC laser. Hi Dave, It is always worth dropping these guys a line as they are very helpful and obliging. In view of the number of HPC machines around they may well be interested in adding in a driver for it - I...
by ralphrobertson
Wed May 13, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 236
Views: 59004

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

Those windows look nice Jeremy. The Photon never ceases to amaze me at what you can do with it, I did try doing some boiler washout plugs the other day and kicked that into touch, perhaps a mite too small but otherwise it is a brilliant piece of kit.

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Sun May 10, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Ralph's workbench
Replies: 23
Views: 2117

Re: Ralph's workbench

That is very interesting Dave. The Slattocks group have some Black 5s which were built using Hornby bodies with a Comet chassis, Mashima motors and Roadrunner+ 40:1 gearboxes. Whilst they ran perfectly the speed at which they ran with a passenger train was, in our view, far too slow so the ratio got...
by ralphrobertson
Sat May 09, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Ralph's workbench
Replies: 23
Views: 2117

Re: Ralph's workbench

Thanks for your encouragement guys. The second loco is now running much better after stripping down the tender, the tender wheels were dragging on the sideframes so did a bit of thinning down and now it runs well. Moved on to my good old 4F. Now this has a long, long history. It is a real combinatio...
by ralphrobertson
Fri May 08, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Ralph's workbench
Replies: 23
Views: 2117

Re: Ralph's workbench

Things have progressed since the last post and a lot of detailing has taken place. One loco is running perfectly, the other still needs some tweaking which is tomorrow's job. Need to get a couple of brass whistles and some chequer plate for the fall plate. Getting there.

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Wed May 06, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout
Replies: 50
Views: 9300

Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

That goods shed is going to look superb David. I usually find when brick lines don't come out right that it is down to me putting in the same line twice (or sometimes even more times) on the drawing and normally because the step and repeat function gets cocked up (by me!). As far as software for the...
by ralphrobertson
Tue Apr 28, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Yard crane gears
Replies: 28
Views: 1619

Re: Yard crane gears

Looks to me like that crane is mounted on an old tender chassis. They were often used for odd things like that.

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Ralph's workbench
Replies: 23
Views: 2117

Re: Ralph's workbench

I see in all those fine looking bits that the drive shaft has the pins at right angles - they should be in-line in order to achieve a constant velocity drive and minimise wear. See https://www.beldenuniversal.com/universal-joint-phasing or others. That's very useful Dave thanks, I can easily change...
by ralphrobertson
Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Ralph's workbench
Replies: 23
Views: 2117

Ralph's workbench

Since we are all constrained and tied to our home and with me being fed up of making buildings I decided to resurrect one of my old projects that I have had on the go for 2 or 3 years (or probably more actually). This isn't my oldest project, like most people I have quite a few more some of which da...
by ralphrobertson
Sat Apr 25, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: PeteT
Topic: Stanier 3P - Judith Edge Kit
Replies: 62
Views: 4039

Re: Stanier 3P - Judith Edge Kit

Looks almost like scratch building, but without the need to mark out the parts. There appears to be an ex-L&Y Class 27 lurking in the background. How about posting something about that? Hi Dave, yes it certainly was like scratch building with the exception that the rivet detail was actually ver...
by ralphrobertson
Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: PeteT
Topic: Stanier 3P - Judith Edge Kit
Replies: 62
Views: 4039

Re: Stanier 3P - Judith Edge Kit

I am watching this with a great deal of interest. In my possession I have had, for many years I might add, a set of parts which I inherited from various sources of a very early etch of a Stanier 2-6-2T. Now this must date back to the 1960s or thereabouts and I believe it was produced by the LMS Soci...
by ralphrobertson
Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1141
Views: 185514

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

Shame you didn't have a high quality state of the art Cine camera with you at the time Ah yes, if only we had digital in those days a lot of memories would be preserved. We used to get off the train at Great Longstone, walk along the lanes to Monsal Head, go down the hill and up to the station, spe...
by ralphrobertson
Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1141
Views: 185514

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

That's an interesting film Tim. Brings back memories of me standing in a field at the side of Monsal Dale box trainspotting all those years ago.

Has anyone else spotted at 7:51 the last coach on the train looking like there was a door left open? Or is it just me? Looks like it anyway.

Ralpg
by ralphrobertson
Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout
Replies: 50
Views: 9300

Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

Hi David, Nice work - looks like we are treading the same path right now. I bought some downpipe brackets from Modelu and the group got through 50 quite quickly so I drew some up for printing on my Photon too. I modified the design by adding a spigot to go into a drilled hole and then printed it. I ...
by ralphrobertson
Mon Apr 13, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Swanage (again)
Replies: 98
Views: 13614

Re: Dorset 1937

That's great thanks. Will take a look and see.

Ralph

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