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by Rod Cameron
Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Vehicle dynamics and trackholding
Topic: Masokits Track Defect Detection Vehicle
Replies: 6
Views: 327

Re: Masokits Track Defect Detection Vehicle

I've built one of these Steve. IMG_3684.JPG I used 14mm coach wheels, either from Gibson or MSE (which I think are the same?). In any event I carefully selected a pair that were concentric and wobble-free. Useful piece of kit, although it can make you paranoid even on 'perfectly true' track! Good fo...
by Rod Cameron
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: 35th Uckfield Model Railway Exhibition - 19/20 October
Replies: 18
Views: 1475

Re: 35th Uckfield Model Railway Exhibition - 19/20 October

I wish I could get there to see De Graafstroom, but I'll have to be content with watching the videos!

by Rod Cameron
Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23224

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Haha, yes we thought of that too!

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But it starts to add to the overall footprint a bit.

(I'm conscious that we are risking taking over the whole Scaleforum thread here, and we ought to move this to a dedicated topic).
by Rod Cameron
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23224

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Rod, I just wondered ... do you have any plans or thoughts for a back scene to the viaduct? Absolutely Tim. Back in January we had a set up of just the viaduct to experiment with exactly that in mind. Apart from the height/size (and cost, and weight) that has to be considered, there is also the que...
by Rod Cameron
Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23224

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Many thanks Richard. Mike's explanation is also quoted in one of my posts above. And I agree entirely about the J and Birdcage set!

Finally, another video which shows the tail lamp on the ballast train (and also the changing signal aspect as a bonus).

by Rod Cameron
Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23224

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Mike doesn't do forums, but he says "for the record, the answer is (1) I reckon I’ve seen pictures of fully fitted freights without brake vans in steam days and (2), more importantly, my SR bogie brake is still under construction".

It did have a tail lamp anyway ...
by Rod Cameron
Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23224

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Or even sooner than that ...

















by Rod Cameron
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23224

Re: Scaleforum 2019

As promised, some photos of the Ouse Valley Viaduct and Balcombe. Videos to follow in the next day or so (with running trains!)

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by Rod Cameron
Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23224

Re: Scaleforum 2019

The Ouse Valley Viaduct & Balcombe team had a great time despite the somewhat shaky start on Saturday morning. We are grateful for all the kind comments both at the show and on here, and I'm relieved that David Clift liked it after coming all the way from Australia (and thanks David for helping ...
by Rod Cameron
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23224

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Balcombe does hit you with its size. I was pleased to note that Rod was happier towards the end of the day than he was at opening. What I like about Balcombe is that a 10 coach train can be lost in the landscape. I remember seeing Chiltern Green as a child at the Bristol Show, with its sense of a r...
by Rod Cameron
Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23224

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: 249
Views: 23224

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: 249
Views: 23224

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: 249
Views: 23224

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: 249
Views: 23224

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: 4177

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: 1694

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: 109
Views: 13076

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: 1694

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: 1694

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: 249
Views: 23224

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: 2187

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: 4451

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: 4451

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: 1464

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...

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