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by Rod Cameron
Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 170
Views: 14274

Re: Scaleforum 2019

it wasn't much of a compromise, and the model appears to follow the ordnance plan quite closely. :D The most noticeable thing is the road alignment and how to deal with the cutting at the south end of the tunnel, especially given that on the layout the curve then swings west and not east. But hey h...
by Rod Cameron
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 170
Views: 14274

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Having the platforms pass through the tunnel is an unusual and interesting feature of Balcombe. Was the tunnel formed by 'cut and cover' or was the flank of the hill left in place to provide a route for the road over the railway? It's somewhat reminiscent of the 'Long Arch' at Midford where a minor...
by Rod Cameron
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 170
Views: 14274

Re: Scaleforum 2019

It has come to my attention that the Ouse Valley Viaduct is considered to be a bit of a myth, and that we are a figment of Balcombe's imagination. So to assuage these ideas, here are some pics from the last weekend (only about the 6th time it has ever been put up in entirety, and the last before Sca...
by Rod Cameron
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 170
Views: 14274

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Gulp ... :o Tis indeed on the list https://www.scalefour.org/scaleforum/2019/ The old Latin saying - Digitus Extractus ... Yes, thanks Keith and Tim ... :roll: My 'gulp' was not to suggest we were surprised to be on the list (as if), just the extra responsibility that someone was coming 10,000 mile...
by Rod Cameron
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 170
Views: 14274

Re: Scaleforum 2019

"two layouts that I have long wanted to see, namely the Ouse viaduct and Burntisland, particularly the latter as I have heard so much about it ... . I have also followed the threads on Alpha Mill and Glenmutchkin with a great deal of interest and am looking forward to seeing them as well. In f...
by Rod Cameron
Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Wizard Models
Replies: 60
Views: 3320

Re: Wizard Models

I had a brief discussion with Andrew about this on the phone recently and I have nothing but sympathy for his situation and I wish him all the very best for the future in terms of developing the business in an 'on line' context and getting parts of his house and his life back. At least he's still g...
by Rod Cameron
Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Professional 4mm model-maker (coaches) sought
Replies: 24
Views: 1377

Re: Professional 4mm model-maker (coaches) sought

Rod, Ian has been looking at 4 LAV frets in detail and I would need to find out from him exactly what his thoughts are with the frets. As he is returning to the UK in time for Scaleforum we would very much like to sit down and talk! I perceive Ian may have already chatted to your layout members - i...
by Rod Cameron
Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 96
Views: 10799

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

Wot they said - amazing, Robin :o
by Rod Cameron
Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Professional 4mm model-maker (coaches) sought
Replies: 24
Views: 1377

Re: Professional 4mm model-maker (coaches) sought

From our Balcombe colleague who is building the LAV: "The 4LAV etches have dimples on the reverse to indicate door bang positions but did not have holes for the door hinges. John (Farmer) pin punched the door bangs on the sides he did. I drill them out and use .33 wire to represent them. John t...
by Rod Cameron
Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Professional 4mm model-maker (coaches) sought
Replies: 24
Views: 1377

Re: Professional 4mm model-maker (coaches) sought

Thank you for the reminder in respect of the Worsley Works etches. As you advise, these don't feature dimples for door hinges etc; one of the things Ian has added to our etch designs (it makes construction so much easier). I believe these may be connected to the Balcombe Viaduct layout crew and the...
by Rod Cameron
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 170
Views: 14274

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Isn't it at least worth a try, perhaps starting at Scalefour North next year? If that happens I might actually go. This is getting a bit surreal. Are you saying that your decision to go or not go is based on people wearing name badges? I know, you could volunteer to man the badges desk! ;) At profe...
by Rod Cameron
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Operations on the Lickey
Replies: 7
Views: 1375

Re: Operations on the Lickey

To go with these (and you can get the Railway Roundabout annual highlights in DVD) there are also Peter Handford's sound recordings on the Lickey, although I'm not sure of their availability as a CD at the moment. Apart from the sounds of the trains (and the shouts of the spotters on the incline) hi...
by Rod Cameron
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 62
Views: 3597

Re: Track cleaning

What I will do is buy some Heptane, try it in CMX alone or with IPA in the proportions used by the WD40 product and do some trials in my CMX tanker: 1. Clean GWR Up with IPA alone 2. Clean Gwr Down with Heptane + IPA mix 3. Clean S&DJR with mix as 2 and then a light rub of graphite on gauge cor...
by Rod Cameron
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 62
Views: 3597

Re: Track cleaning

I don't know Paul, sorry, but alongside this what do people use? Acetone, lighter fluid?
by Rod Cameron
Wed May 22, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: CMX Track Cleaner P4 Conversion
Replies: 11
Views: 1253

Re: CMX Track Cleaner P4 Conversion

We have one for 'Balcombe'. Rod successfully converted it using (IIRC) Brassmasters CCUs. I'll ask him for some pictures when he's available. I did a cut-and-shut and carve-up on a Brassmasters bogie and using 10.5mm (IIRC) Kean Maygib wheels. To be honest there wasn't much left of the bogie frames...
by Rod Cameron
Fri May 10, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: CCU for LMS 6-wheel Bogie
Replies: 9
Views: 784

Re: CCU for LMS 6-wheel Bogie

I tried my best with a Masokits sprung bogie for a 12-wheel Pullman. On 8 wheels it was fine, but with 12 I just couldn't get the centre axle to stay on the track. My pragmatic solution - cut-and-spread a Brassmasters twin-torsion bogie and use flangeless dummy wheels in the middle. Nobody can see, ...
by Rod Cameron
Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Keeping those wires and rods in order
Replies: 4
Views: 838

Re: Keeping those wires and rods in order

In another place a member was asking about storing all those loose bits of wire etc and was making good use of a Johnny Walker box. Hi John Not getting at you specifically, many do it, but assuming you mean RMWeb (other forums are available) why can't we say 'On RMWeb' or even provide the link in c...
by Rod Cameron
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: East of Scotland
Topic: Burntisland at Alexandra Palace 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1739

Re: Burntisland at Alexandra Palace 2019

Rod - the cameras we use in the Roundhouse are standard CCTV pinholes like this one: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B06XXPD7X4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I use them on Cadhay also (thanks to Lindsay & the team's research of their operation for the Roundhouse) and ...
by Rod Cameron
Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: East of Scotland
Topic: Burntisland at Alexandra Palace 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1739

Re: Burntisland at Alexandra Palace 2019

Can you tell me something about the camera set-up in the roundhouse please? Make/model of camera especially. Thanks.
by Rod Cameron
Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Tube stock andHeljan Metropolitan electric conversion
Replies: 6
Views: 1233

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: 1370

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: 1233

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: 2406

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: 2688

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: 1043

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...

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