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by Rod Cameron
Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Tube stock andHeljan Metropolitan electric conversion
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Re: Tube stock andHeljan Metropolitan electric conversion

I just did this conversion this afternoon, took about an hour and taking my time. The bogie cover plate is conventional Heljan, start to prise it off from one end with a small screwdriver and gently pull it away from the clips. I did it from the inboard end but still managed to break one of the cros...
by Rod Cameron
Thu Mar 07, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Mystery apparatus at Radstock
Replies: 8
Views: 628

Re: Mystery apparatus at Radstock

Ivo Peters' tripod?
by Rod Cameron
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Tube stock andHeljan Metropolitan electric conversion
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Re: Tube stock andHeljan Metropolitan electric conversion

Has anyone converted a Heljan Metropolitan electric to P4 and is it a reasonable proposition for a first attempt at a RTR conversion? I haven't done mine yet, but there's plenty of room and it looks as straightforward as other Heljan locos. Unclip the bogie cover plate (it looks like it's the entir...
by Rod Cameron
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Dullcoat
Replies: 11
Views: 863

Re: Dullcoat

Hi Bill

All it says on my can is 'contains alcohols, petroleum distillates and liquefied petroleum propellant'; and that it contains a chemical known by the state of California to be carcinogenic and cause birth/reproductive harm. But you probably know that much already.
by Rod Cameron
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Colin Parks, Scalefour member
Replies: 20
Views: 1458

Re: Colin Parks, Scalefour member

That is very sad news. Colin's work on Newhaven and in particular his scratchbuilt plasticard 4SUB were inspirational. Many condolences to you and your family.
by Rod Cameron
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: MIDLAND RAILWAY FOOTBRIDGE KIT ON EBAY
Replies: 5
Views: 737

Re: MIDLAND RAILWAY FOOTBRIDGE KIT ON EBAY

It's a beautiful kit, usable for many places, not just the Midland (presumably a contractor's 'standard' product, although they all seem to be slightly different). I have bashed three of them into the long-span footbridge for Balcombe - OK I only needed two of them for the extra straight span sectio...
by Rod Cameron
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Southern N class Mogul research
Replies: 3
Views: 311

Re: Southern N class Mogul research

Hi Steve

Presumably the H and L are 'heavy' and 'light', as in 'heavy intermediate' and 'light intermediate'.
by Rod Cameron
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Track on bridges and viaducts
Replies: 8
Views: 879

Re: Track on bridges and viaducts

On the Ouse Valley viaduct we have found that the style of guard rails changes quite often, usually some form of FB rail (probably conductor rail) spiked in the four-foot, but at varying gauges, and sometimes some form of rail or bar attached to the outside of the running rail. (Our question would b...
by Rod Cameron
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Blood and Custard
Replies: 16
Views: 1327

Re: Blood and Custard

Bit of a minefield this one. Certainly blood & custard Bulleids could have a crimson upper band or no discernible crimson at all - compare for example the photos on pages 153 and 155 of King's Southern Coaches book. King defers to Parkin for chapter and verse on the crimson/cream paint scheme. A...
by Rod Cameron
Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Hessle Haven
Replies: 4
Views: 1321

Re: Signals for Hessle Haven

Good to see you back, Mike :)
by Rod Cameron
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 15167

Re: Scaleforum 2018

Tim, did you record who won the Eileen's Emporium prize at Scalefour North earlier this year?
by Rod Cameron
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Auto- Couplings , what choices - decisions
Replies: 36
Views: 3632

Re: Auto- Couplings , what choices - decisions

You should have come over to the test track Martin! (I would have been interested to see them myself, but had little time away from it.)
by Rod Cameron
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: A cautionary tale re Exactoscale RSU
Replies: 13
Views: 1455

Re: A cautionary tale re Exactoscale RSU

I am not a great fan of screw terminal connectors in general. They may be all right for short term testing, but as a long term or permanent arrangement, no. The biggest problem is that people don't do the screws up tightly enough to begin with and wires have a habit of coming loose causing failures...
by Rod Cameron
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Paul Townsend
Topic: A cautionary tale re Exactoscale RSU
Replies: 13
Views: 1455

Re: A cautionary tale re Exactoscale RSU

The manufacturer had made the classic mistake of solder filling the thick flexible wires before clamping them into the screw terminals. All electrical users, especially manufacturers should know that over years the solder migrates under pressure thus loosening the joint and causing heating.....the ...
by Rod Cameron
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Balcombe testing
Replies: 16
Views: 2124

Re: Balcombe testing

Alan Woodard wrote:I'd prefer A billinton B2 with the Pullman Brighton limited. :D

Vert nice layout, will look forward to seeing it exhibited.

Cheers.

Alan.


Hopefully Scaleforum 2019 when we will be offering running powers to Pulborough stock.
by Rod Cameron
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Balcombe testing
Replies: 16
Views: 2124

Balcombe testing

This bank holiday weekend just gone would have been the dress rehearsal for Scaleforum, but personal events conspired against us and brought progress almost to a halt. Nonetheless we kept the hall booking (the only occasions when we can put it all up) for an assembly and running test. Here are some ...
by Rod Cameron
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Pentroller repairs
Replies: 50
Views: 7345

Re: Pentroller repairs

For those who might have guessed already, or not, here is one for sale

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/222912362861 ... 9#payCntId
by Rod Cameron
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Pentroller repairs
Replies: 50
Views: 7345

Re: Pentroller repairs

JFS wrote:The Pictroller is probably the best alternative - it is not perfect (especially on small Portescaps) but it is a LOT better than most of its competitors.

And you can buy three of them for the price of an ebay-Pentroller!


Pictrollers seem to be £65 - do Pentrollers go on Ebay for £200?!
by Rod Cameron
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Real locations - multi-era photographs
Replies: 21
Views: 2446

Re: Real locations - multi-era photographs

Ah, Trigger's broom again.
by Rod Cameron
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: 3D Printed Turnouts - Promising Progress
Replies: 25
Views: 3485

Re: 3D Printed Turnouts - Promising Progress

it would presumably struggle for switchblades .... Electrical feeds would be a challenge My idea for electrical feeds: http://85a.co.uk/forum/view_topic.php?id=2734&forum_id=6&jump_to=23443#p23440 That could work for plain track. Getting feeds to crossings/blades in the absence of rail join...
by Rod Cameron
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: 3D Printed Turnouts - Promising Progress
Replies: 25
Views: 3485

Re: 3D Printed Turnouts - Promising Progress

Very interesting development, especially for more bespoke crossing formations. I haven't read the full thread on the Templot forum, but I would see this as something to integrate with 'conventional' track work in specific areas, and as Terry has alluded to it would presumably struggle for switchblad...
by Rod Cameron
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: 3-way tandem turnouts in Templot
Replies: 5
Views: 1195

Re: 3-way tandem turnouts in Templot

Excellent, thanks Martin. There's a couple of them on Lewes which exist at the moment just as simple turnouts and an overlapping length of plain line (or is it overlapping turnouts) which will benefit from upgrading.
by Rod Cameron
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wheel diameter of "Queen Mary" brake van
Replies: 7
Views: 1324

Re: Wheel diameter of "Queen Mary" brake van

MRJ 254
by Rod Cameron
Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Short LMS film
Replies: 4
Views: 977

Re: Short LMS film

I was half expecting a Harry Enfield alternative version! Good film though.
by Rod Cameron
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: David B
Topic: Lost Property
Replies: 8
Views: 4061

Re: Lost Property

I could see those ceramic tweezers being handy for 3-link coupling and uncoupling for those, like me, who don't get on with hooks but still have to put up with residual magnetism.

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