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by tmcsean
Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:44 am
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: Guttering
Replies: 2
Views: 169

Re: Guttering

The 4D model shop carries a good range of extruded plastic shapes, including one that serves as very decent 4mm guttering - and is easy to work.

https://modelshop.co.uk/Shop/Strip-Shap ... ?orderby=1

Tony
by tmcsean
Tue May 12, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: DCC
Topic: Poor running with TCS decoder
Replies: 16
Views: 1009

Re: Poor running with TCS decoder

This maybe an obvious suggestion, but do you know anyone with a functioning DCC layout, or someone from your local Area Group who might know someone? Posting the loco to them would at least eliminate or confirm the duff controller possibility. I would offer, but I'm still at the novice stage myself ...
by tmcsean
Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 565
Views: 130332

Re: Brettell Road

Lovely photos, and I will cherish the idea of the royal family travelling through the midlands by railbus. I can still remember the fairground-ride trackholding when trsvelling on them on the Barking to Tottenham line. More generally, the illusion of the nasty wet night is beautifully sustained. Tony
by tmcsean
Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2020
Replies: 113
Views: 10438

Re: Scaleforum 2020

I reckon that the whole covid thing will be over by the end of May. If shows are cancelled into the autumn it will be because of 'civil unrest' caused by the government playing safe and not lifting the lockdown. Of course, we all have a choice of whether we listen to people who look at the real dat...
by tmcsean
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Will L
Topic: Buck Jumping on Mass
Replies: 94
Views: 36844

Re: Buck Jumping on Mass

My experience is that the RSU is an absolute godsend for the hamfisted modeller, Its one of those equaliser tools that enables you to work far above your innate skill and dexterity level. The two professional modellers I know manage perfectly (literally) well without one but for me it makes Bradwell...
by tmcsean
Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Goods Sheds and Warehouses
Replies: 9
Views: 2489

Re: Goods Sheds and Warehouses

As you would expect from English Heritage. it's a very nicely printed book, and I've enjoyed thumbing through it.

Tony
by tmcsean
Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Eileens, Corona Virus and Shows
Replies: 23
Views: 3394

Re: Eileens, Corona Virus and Shows

Good luck, Derek, during the national hiatus, and thanks very much for the speed with which you are turning round orders. My recent one came almost be return of post, double welcome since i was right out of .4mm drill bits.

Tony
by tmcsean
Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Accurascale couplings
Replies: 7
Views: 1824

Re: Accurascale couplings

That was the gist of my question. They look well made and ok, but I don't have a layout to allow me to put an Accurascale-coupled wagon at the front of a long, grumpy goods train and see what happens.

Tony
by tmcsean
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Accurascale couplings
Replies: 7
Views: 1824

Accurascale couplings

I've bought some Accurascale instanter and screw couplings - sadly almost the only items on their website which are in period for me. They look really fine, but in my glass-half-empty moments I have been wondering if the shank and the couplings themselves are robust enough to hold up to heavy use in...
by tmcsean
Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Railmatch paints
Replies: 3
Views: 1385

Railmatch paints

I've used Railmatch paints for many years, mainly as the basis for working wagons. Their black, rust and filth colours can be very effective. Recently is seems to me that they have become more glutinous, even when using a new pot for the first time. They're still usable (though I've not tried thinni...
by tmcsean
Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: A question of colour
Replies: 18
Views: 2267

Re: A question of colour

What is really needed is a chemist who knows how to make a black paint! When I worked in a factory, in another life, we dyed man made materials black but, there is always a but, there was no such thing as a black dye. We had to mix different colours to make black and one of the main ones was red. N...
by tmcsean
Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: A question of colour
Replies: 18
Views: 2267

Re: A question of colour

Google image comes up short when you are looking for hard-worked BR locos, but I have two colour albums - BR steam in colour and British Railways seam in colour which include many engines that show a red-brown tinge. In his book Martyn Welch recommends including Humbrol 62 (a matte, fairly pale brow...
by tmcsean
Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: A question of colour
Replies: 18
Views: 2267

A question of colour

In many colour photos of working BR steam locomotives, there is a distinct reddish tinge to the black shades. While working out a paint mix to replicate this I found myself wondering whether the photographs were recording the result of 1950s paint technology degrading from the heat of the metal, or ...
by tmcsean
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Hold and Fold Tools
Replies: 16
Views: 2336

Re: Hold and Fold Tools

It's not an essential tool by any means, but is a very useful "equaliser" tool, much like a resistance soldering unit. It does nothing that an experienced and skilled modeller can't knock out easily with a vice and a couple of straight edges, but for the less adept it means we can produce ...
by tmcsean
Sun Dec 29, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Hold and Fold Tools
Replies: 16
Views: 2336

Re: Hold and Fold Tools

I bought one from small shop some years ago and it both saves a lot of time and gives excellent results with etched kits. But I'm not sure I would be prepared to spend the money that is being asked for them now.

Tony

Tony
by tmcsean
Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 222
Views: 23374

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Sometimes whole minutes fly by without my dropping something tiny and important, but a partial solution is the old jewellers/goldsmiths trick of wearing an apron with the bottom fixed to the underside of the workbench. I learned this from Prem Holdaway and it has saved me hours of fruitless searchin...
by tmcsean
Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: None specific model products
Replies: 27
Views: 4497

Re: None specific model products

Or even the generic Enamel Thinners that comes in an aluminium tin with a conical top - looks like something from the Wizard of Oz but is a lot cheaper than Humbrol. If you're lucky enough to live near a modelling or craft shop.

Tony
by tmcsean
Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: BR Snow Plough - Hurst Models Kit
Replies: 5
Views: 1263

Re: BR Snow Plough - Hurst Models Kit

Springing: The limit of my abilities was to get the wheels going round reasonable freely. Ted just took them off to his workbench and in what seemed like seconds everything was perfect. I think chassis just see him coming and mutter to themselves that its time to sit up and face front.

Tony
by tmcsean
Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: BR Snow Plough - Hurst Models Kit
Replies: 5
Views: 1263

Re: BR Snow Plough - Hurst Models Kit

I built a couple of them not long after they came on the market. They went together reasonably well, but I found two areas of difficulty. The first and more painful was that I found there was a huge gap at top corners of the plough blades were supposed to meet the front of the cab. I tried all sorts...
by tmcsean
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Accurascale PCA
Replies: 8
Views: 1711

Re: Accurascale PCA

The customer service is as good as their products. I sent an email on yesterday (Sunday) asking if they sell the HOP24s singly (they don't). I'd hoped for a reply maybe by the time I got back home tonight, but back it came pretty well immediately. Not like a model railway supplier at all, really. Tony
by tmcsean
Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Dullcoat
Replies: 11
Views: 4438

Re: Dullcoat

That's pretty well what I heard. My as-yet unused Dullcote was bought on eBay UK and claims to be the US formula, I've not tried the new stuff yet, but will take my own advice about experimenting first with disposable wagons. And speaking for health hazards. For its unmatchable finish, I still pine ...
by tmcsean
Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Dullcoat
Replies: 11
Views: 4438

Re: Dullcoat

I don't know what is behind Bill's query but if I may add a word of caution - I recently tried to use Dullcoat to seal some Fox waterslide transfers (which had been allowed 24 hours to dry as recommended btw). Unfortunately a second or two after spraying them the lovingly applied bespoke transfers ...
by tmcsean
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: BR Standard Class 2, 2-6-2 tank
Replies: 16
Views: 3408

Re: BR Standard Class 2, 2-6-2 tank

A wonderful evocation of an interesting and largely ignored class of ocomotives. Hard to se how it could be improved - congratulations.

Tony
by tmcsean
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Auto- Couplings , what choices - decisions
Replies: 36
Views: 6754

Re: Auto- Couplings , what choices - decisions

Dear Martin Your demo at Scaleforum last week, and your explanation, was very impressive and has got me thinking. Is there any chance you might use your phone to take video of them in action on Burford? Apart from being of itself a lovely thing to watch, it would make their practicability and the ae...
by tmcsean
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Airbrushing varnish: advice sought
Replies: 62
Views: 24117

Re: Airbrushing varnish: advice sought

For matt varnish I have been using Marabu Mattlack aerosol for many years with good results and no problem. Its advantage is that Marabu cans are very often stocked by art shops and those catering to graffiti artists, and is cheaper than Dullcote, which is aslo very good and, in my experience, risk ...

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