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by ben mason
Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Coach gangway connectors
Replies: 6
Views: 924

Re: Coach gangway connectors

Thanks for the replies, especially the photos, I will have a go at the Masokits gangways.
by ben mason
Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Coach gangway connectors
Replies: 6
Views: 924

Coach gangway connectors

I have a pair of Falcon brass LSWR gate stock coaches on my workbench. They have gone together nicely and I'm starting to paint. A couple of things would improve the final result, one being the seats which may need to be scratch built following a plasticard technique which I have used before, unless...
by ben mason
Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: LSWR loco crest
Replies: 1
Views: 872

LSWR loco crest

The latest 'problem' to arrive on the workbench: I am working on some fine Drummond Greyhounds, a T9, L11 and K10 loco's and all would benefit from a company crest on their splashers as finishing touch. Suggestions as to how to achieve this would be appreciated since I cannot find them available fro...
by ben mason
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann N class mogul p4 conversion
Replies: 24
Views: 4820

Re: Bachmann N class mogul p4 conversion

Thanks Phillip, that gives me some insight before I start the conversion, which won't be started until sometime next year. I now have Tim Shackleton's article in MRJ so I'm starting to get some idea how to approach this.
by ben mason
Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann N class mogul p4 conversion
Replies: 24
Views: 4820

Re: Bachmann N class mogul p4 conversion

Thanks Richard, I now have the etches on order!
by ben mason
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann N class mogul p4 conversion
Replies: 24
Views: 4820

Re: Bachmann N class mogul p4 conversion

Thanks Jeremy, I have seen the Mogul on St Meryn, and was wondering if it was a straight forward conversion. I'm encouraged to to try this approach. I will aim for a sprung tender chassis as the result I've had with my Adam's Steamroller 4-4-0 was a great improvement using High Level mini-blocks. I'...
by ben mason
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann N class mogul p4 conversion
Replies: 24
Views: 4820

Re: Bachmann N class mogul p4 conversion

Thanks, I'll have a look around for alternatives. It seems I have the correct tender for my project which is to model the "withered arm " to Padstow, all the photo's show the N's running with flat sided 6 wheeled tenders. Converting the tender doesn't look too hard and could easily be spru...
by ben mason
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann N class mogul p4 conversion
Replies: 24
Views: 4820

Re: Bachmann N class mogul p4 conversion

It seems that Alan Gibson may be able to provide replacement frames for the N class mogul. This might be the way to get a CSB sprung chassis.
by ben mason
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann N class mogul p4 conversion
Replies: 24
Views: 4820

Re: Bachmann N class mogul p4 conversion

Thanks for your help, I have ordered a copy of MRJ 112 to see how Tim Shackleton got on, seems like it's possible but I'm only concerned about fitting the wheels without using springs. The model is fairly weighty which might be helpful.
by ben mason
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann N class mogul p4 conversion
Replies: 24
Views: 4820

Bachmann N class mogul p4 conversion

Currently I'm looking at converting a Bachmann SR/BR N class 2-6-0 to p4. I see that Gibson's do a conversion pack, I wonder if anyone has experience if using this way? The alternative would be to get a chassis from SE Finecast but this would seem a lot more complicated. Any advice would be apprecia...
by ben mason
Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:29 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: LSWR Buffer Stops
Replies: 3
Views: 1021

Re: LSWR Buffer Stops

Thanks Tom, I'll go ahead with that colour scheme!
by ben mason
Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: LSWR Buffer Stops
Replies: 3
Views: 1021

LSWR Buffer Stops

I have just finished a buffer stop scratch built from code 75 using a Mikes Models kit as a template. Happy with the result, but I'm struggling to find a good LSWR period photo to give me the right scheme for painting. Does any one know what's correct pre-grouping? I'm guessing the white-red-white s...
by ben mason
Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout wiring for DCC operation
Replies: 1
Views: 773

Turnout wiring for DCC operation

I am currently working on the track for my layout using a Powercab and Cobalt point motors. In order to avoid short circuits do I still need to reverse the polarity of the point frogs? The Cobalt digital IP motors have switches built in which would make this easy to achieve, however there is nothing...
by ben mason
Fri Mar 03, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Prototypical track dimensions
Replies: 6
Views: 1640

Re: Prototypical track dimensions

Thanks that's very helpful, I will start to lay out my run-round loop with a bit more confidence! Regards, Ben :)
by ben mason
Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Prototypical track dimensions
Replies: 6
Views: 1640

Prototypical track dimensions

One thing in particular I would be grateful if someone can confirm for me is the standard gap between parallel tracks for example running through a station with two platforms. One thing I can remember from the distant past is the "six foot way", but is that the normal distance between the ...
by ben mason
Wed Nov 30, 2016 3:11 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Exactoscale sprung wagon W-irons
Replies: 2
Views: 1073

Re: Exactoscale sprung wagon W-irons

thanks for the link- yes the separate w-irons seem to have the same system as this. I would never have guessed!
by ben mason
Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Exactoscale sprung wagon W-irons
Replies: 2
Views: 1073

Exactoscale sprung wagon W-irons

I am trying to build some springs into a few wagons using Exactoscale w-irons.The units fit in place but there are no instructions for fitting the springs. Can someone direct me to any information or article on how to use them? The units are Midland with the code E4WC S08A
by ben mason
Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:49 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Correct wire for CSB and chassis springs
Replies: 24
Views: 4399

Correct wire for CSB and chassis springs

I have just recently been enjoying the benefits of using continuous springs in my loco's and rolling stock.
Can anyone tell me what is the best gauge of wire to use, presumably steel piano wire, for Bill Bedford
(and others') underframes before I go ahead and order the wrong one!
by ben mason
Sat Mar 26, 2016 10:42 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Adams 380 class 4-4-0 LSWR "Steamroller"
Replies: 2
Views: 1234

Re: Adams 380 class 4-4-0 LSWR "Steamroller"

Yes only a couple of months- the kit went together very well without much alteration. The chimney and dome are lovely, not sure if turned or cast, and the rest of the fittings also lost wax brass and really good. Perfect for my rural West Country branchline.
by ben mason
Sat Mar 26, 2016 2:01 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Adams 380 class 4-4-0 LSWR "Steamroller"
Replies: 2
Views: 1234

Adams 380 class 4-4-0 LSWR "Steamroller"

Many thanks to Neil Berrington for this Falcon Brass kit, which I have built and is now mostly finished. I had to find a smaller set of bogie wheels, and was lucky to find a 9mm set which are Romfords (not really p4 but fine scale profile is quite good) and currently running on Gibson drivers althou...
by ben mason
Thu Dec 31, 2015 1:24 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: LSWR 380 class 4-4-0
Replies: 4
Views: 1400

LSWR 380 class 4-4-0

I am deeply drawn towards modelling one of these handsome tender engines for my Devon/Cornwall border LSWR branch line project. That's obviously not going to be straight forward, but I'm wondering if it's ever been done before and has there ever been a kit on the market (Keyser perhaps)? Other alter...
by ben mason
Fri Jul 03, 2015 2:47 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Loco axle lubricants
Replies: 4
Views: 1859

Loco axle lubricants

I have a question concerning the use of lubricants for steam locos. I've been using peco electrolube since the 80's (!) and having just recently upgraded to p4 I wonder if anything better has been created in the last 30 or so years!?
by ben mason
Wed May 27, 2015 3:10 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: LSWR operation; horse boxes
Replies: 23
Views: 4857

Re: LSWR operation; horse boxes

Thanks for sending your comments, I am starting to get a picture of how I should operate. Loaded deliveries or departures should be attached to passenger trains, and next to the engine for a more comfortable ride for the passengers. Empty vans could be positioned by goods trains as has been pointed ...
by ben mason
Tue May 26, 2015 6:15 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: LSWR operation; horse boxes
Replies: 23
Views: 4857

LSWR operation; horse boxes

A question regarding prototype operation, and in my case concerning the LSWR; were horse boxes usually attached to passenger trains, or were they ever to be seen in goods train formation? My layout is planned to have a short siding with a bay for a horsebox but I'm unsure what other stock I can run ...
by ben mason
Mon Apr 06, 2015 4:25 pm
Forum: DCC
Topic: Starting out in DCC
Replies: 6
Views: 2565

Starting out in DCC

I have taken the decision to switch from EM to P4 and at the same time switch to DCC from analogue controls. I'm drawn towards 2 systems, either NCE Powercab or Gaugemaster Prodigy Advance 2. Can anyone recommend either of these or suggest a better starting set? I would also like to use Tower Pro SG...

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