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by Captain Kernow
Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 71
Views: 1841

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

I'm amused and a bit concerned that this appears to be a problem which is only soluble by the ownership of a decent drill press. Better not tell new members that until we got their membership free. More seriously, while I do admire the engineering skills many of you exhibit, I do think we might nee...
by Captain Kernow
Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23912

Re: Scaleforum 2019

A few of Balcombe from me:
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Balcombe station approaches


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Probably my favourite view along the layout


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Details at Balcombe station (some scenic work is still to be completed)
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The down platform 'Gents', my own extremely small contribution!
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by Captain Kernow
Wed Oct 02, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23912

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I saw the Q1 and ballast hoppers in the fiddle yard at Scaleforum, and assumed that the brake van had yet to be attached. I presume it's absence in the video is intentional, so was this a peculiarity of SR practice? I ask because I had always understood that a brake van was required for all main li...
by Captain Kernow
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23912

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Don’t think this has been posted on the forum yet https://albionyard.wordpress.com/ Shelfie 2 won’t be appearing owing to personal circumstances Best regards, Chris That's a shame, I was looking forward to seeing this layout, but I wish Paul all the best and hope his issues get sorted out quickly.
by Captain Kernow
Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Wizard Models
Replies: 60
Views: 4352

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 go...
by Captain Kernow
Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23912

Re: Scaleforum 2019

steve howe wrote:Oh dear.....

This gets more like RMWeb every day...…. :?

Steve

You may say that, but some of us couldn't possibly comment!
by Captain Kernow
Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23912

Re: Scaleforum 2019

If you're going to The Scaleforum Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair If you're going to The Scaleforum You're gonna meet some model people there For those who come to The Scaleforum Autumntime will be a compensated affair In the aisles of The Scaleforum Model people with flowers in their hai...
by Captain Kernow
Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23912

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Tim V wrote:
dcockling wrote:You could always wear a flower in your hair just in case.

Since when did Aylesbury become San Francisco?

Since poetry (or are they song lyrics, I have no idea) became part of the hobby too, I suppose.
by Captain Kernow
Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: 16" Std Bagnall 0-6-0 industrial tank
Replies: 16
Views: 1628

Re: 16" Std Bagnall 0-6-0 industrial tank

Like Horsetan, I'd also go for one of the really big Bagnalls like Victor and Vulcan (I have a bit of a soft spot for these locos, as they were active on the WSR when I was volunteering on that railway in the very early days and I was the first fireman on Vulcan, when it was restored to service in 1...
by Captain Kernow
Thu Jul 25, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Uncompensated 16T Bachmann Minerals in P4
Replies: 23
Views: 2423

Re: Uncompensated 16T Bachmann Minerals in P4

Bachmann 16t’s. Recently converted to P4 with no springing, compensation or axle bearings. I’ve 5 more to do :D My more recent wagon conversions up until about 5 years ago, when work on Callow Lane was temporarily suspended, were mostly straight wheel and axle swaps into the RTR bodies (mostly Bach...
by Captain Kernow
Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23912

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I see it's now re-opened as the Polka Hop. As this is a species of morris dance I've never danced Morris, John, but in my younger days in London I used to know quite a few Morris dancers [mostly female] from both Cotswold and North West England Clog traditions, but I don't remember ever having hear...
by Captain Kernow
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23912

Re: Scaleforum 2019

But it might also be worth reflecting that a topic which is now discussing the viability and potential benefit of name tags is getting more engagement from the forum users than some of the more serious topics. I do hope this excursion into triviality is soon resolved. If agreement on id badges is n...
by Captain Kernow
Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Rewheeling a Heljan 128 & Dapol 122
Replies: 12
Views: 1935

Re: Rewheeling a Heljan 128 & Dapol 122

Has anybody P4'd a Heljan 128 or a Dapol 122. What manufacturers wheels have you used or would you recommend,and is there any pit falls to watch out for? Many thanks. Ray. Here's my blog on RMWeb from a few years ago, covering the Heljan 128 - https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blogs/entr...
by Captain Kernow
Fri May 03, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (calling at the Quintinshill disaster, use of collars and setting back)
Replies: 52
Views: 5335

Re: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (meandering into the Quintinshill disaster)

With regard to the track workers, my immediate thought would be that they are undertaking work on the track between trains, or on lines not affected by the passage of trains and the lever collar is there to remind the signalman not to inadvertantly clear the signal protecting their site of work. The...
by Captain Kernow
Fri May 03, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (calling at the Quintinshill disaster, use of collars and setting back)
Replies: 52
Views: 5335

Re: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (meandering into the Quintinshill disaster)

I recall one P4 layout, relatively recently (but can't recall the name), where Single Line Working was shown. I think that was the only time I've ever seen it done in model form. Possession of the up line, Knutsford East, at Scalefour North in 2013, perthaps? Thanks, yes, that's the one. I think I ...
by Captain Kernow
Fri May 03, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (calling at the Quintinshill disaster, use of collars and setting back)
Replies: 52
Views: 5335

Re: Arrangement of levers in a signal box

As far as I recall, the first set of Signalling Regs issued nationally was dated 1 October 1972 - a quarter of a century on from Nationalisation You may well be correct, I started my career using the 1972 Rule Book and associated publications, but I thought I could recall the 'Green Book' being old...
by Captain Kernow
Fri May 03, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (calling at the Quintinshill disaster, use of collars and setting back)
Replies: 52
Views: 5335

Re: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (meandering into the Quintinshill disaster)

Actually, what interests me about this in a modelling sense, is whether Jim was interested in depicting any operating situations in model form, possibly some which might involve the signalman in Bretall Lane signal box using a lever collar. I recall one P4 layout, relatively recently (but can't reca...
by Captain Kernow
Fri May 03, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (calling at the Quintinshill disaster, use of collars and setting back)
Replies: 52
Views: 5335

Re: Arrangement of levers in a signal box

You must tell us The Tale of the Neglected Lever Collar... Well, a Gentleman should never speak of such things! But typical example of where a lever collar could be used might be where the signalman is notified that a passenger train has passed through the section with a 'door on the catch'. There ...
by Captain Kernow
Thu May 02, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (calling at the Quintinshill disaster, use of collars and setting back)
Replies: 52
Views: 5335

Re: Arrangement of levers in a signal box

The design of the lever frame, block instruments and reminder appliances may differ, but their application in accordance with the Rules & Regulations would not have differed by the British Railways era. Well, that is a sweeping statement if ever there was one and, off hand, I can't think of mor...
by Captain Kernow
Wed May 01, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (calling at the Quintinshill disaster, use of collars and setting back)
Replies: 52
Views: 5335

Re: Arrangement of levers in a signal box

jim s-w wrote:I know it is. But Brettell Road (the model) is based in midland territory.

The design of the lever frame, block instruments and reminder appliances may differ, but their application in accordance with the Rules & Regulations would not have differed by the British Railways era.
by Captain Kernow
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Arrangement of levers in a signal box (calling at the Quintinshill disaster, use of collars and setting back)
Replies: 52
Views: 5335

Re: Arrangement of levers in a signal box

I actually found a video of round oak signal box on its last day. What are the collars the bobby uses a couple of times? Round Oak box appears to be a GW box, Jim. The reminder collars are typical GW or BR (W) ones, still used in any ex-GW box currently operational. Most instances of use these days...
by Captain Kernow
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: P4 wagon Compensation(springing)
Replies: 31
Views: 3314

Re: P4 wagon Compensation(springing)

Hi Dave, When I started doing P4, I wanted to 'do the right thing' and also used Bill Bedford springing units (still have some to install on some wagons). However, I also found that compensation (internal or external rocker - done both) was actually easier, so I did a fair few wagons like that, usin...
by Captain Kernow
Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Dullcoat
Replies: 11
Views: 3206

Re: Dullcoat

I have heard that Testors have changed the formulation because of the health dangers, but this was only gossip I would say that this is actually true. I bought some original Dullcote aerosol cans a few years ago and they gave an excellent, matt finish. More recently, I bought another aerosol can fr...
by Captain Kernow
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: DJ Models 14xx on High Level chassis
Replies: 32
Views: 5820

Re: DJ Models 14xx on High Level chassis

Yes indeed this is really a labour of love rather than a commercial proposition I would have to accept, although if you did a batch of say 5 the last 4 might be a little quicker; it's the filing under the footplate at the cab end and the fiddling about fitting the chassis that took the time. Otherw...
by Captain Kernow
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: DJ Models Austerity
Replies: 15
Views: 2947

Re: DJ Models Austerity

A friend has one, we've stripped it down to see what its like and how to make it work on EM. The downhill lumpy running (gears clashing with rod movements) makes it useless on the layout with two significant gradients, so it will get an RT models chassis, and we'll solve the wheels either by "...

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