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by Horsetan
Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: GWR 1361 CSB
Replies: 15
Views: 453

Re: GWR 1361 CSB

Will L wrote:.... its doing the Walschaerts valve gear that size that gives me the horrors.
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The 2FS band might be able to help....
by Horsetan
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: GWR 1361 CSB
Replies: 15
Views: 453

Re: GWR 1361 CSB

That looks like fun.

Another one for the Hawksworth 15xx (6'4"×6'6") will be equally tight.
by Horsetan
Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 209
Views: 22194

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

grovenor-2685 wrote:The website says brass!


Just looked at mine. All n/s.

Maybe the next one I buy will be brass.
by Horsetan
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 209
Views: 22194

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Serjt-Dave wrote:....why is your tenders in nickel silver?...


I'd say most of these kits were turned out in nickel silver. All of the ones I have are n/s.
by Horsetan
Sun Jun 14, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mitchell Castle bogie
Replies: 27
Views: 975

Re: Mitchell Castle bogie

DougN wrote:This is exactly the thing I was talking about. Horse has lost his, ....


I haven't lost mine. I just can't remember where I put them!!
by Horsetan
Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mitchell Castle bogie
Replies: 27
Views: 975

Re: Mitchell Castle bogie

....the late Dave Haswell handed me a part-built 2-6-4T in a Lima (!) box with no instructions and lots of tiny parts, many of which were cut from the fret. From the wheels and the shape of the running plate, and the smokebox/boiler/firebox castings I would guess it to be a Gibson Stanier. If anyon...
by Horsetan
Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 209
Views: 22194

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

davebradwell wrote:....No consideration for those putting the motor in the tender, I see.


I think there was an assumption back in 1993 that the supply of RG4s wouldn't dry up :evil: so the possibility of having a rear engine wasn't catered for in the tender design.
by Horsetan
Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mike G's catch up.
Replies: 39
Views: 1885

Re: Mike G's catch up.

...., the County is 4-6-0 as Ivan has said. Origins were Falcon. The only bits that made it to the final model were the cabsides and foot plate - and that was shortened. .... On reflection, the old M&L Hawksworth County is probably a better starting point. The Falcon "Mod. Hall" turne...
by Horsetan
Wed Jun 10, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mike G's catch up.
Replies: 39
Views: 1885

Re: Mike G's catch up.

.....whose kit is the County? is it the 4-4-0, or the later 4-6-0? I ask because I have been working on a Mitchell Castle kit bogie, springing it as the prototype, and the owner has suggested that what has been done might help you and/or others..... It's the 4-6-0, and it started life as a Falcon B...
by Horsetan
Mon Jun 08, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Martin Finney V2
Replies: 50
Views: 4971

Re: Martin Finney V2

.... have a pair of times 3 plain glasses and it makes one hell of a difference and on the odd occasion I still use the optovisor with them as well. I have too say that the specs take a bit of getting used to, especially when you look for bits or tools on the bench.... https://upload.wikimedia.org/...
by Horsetan
Sat Jun 06, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Martin Finney V2
Replies: 50
Views: 4971

Re: Martin Finney V2

.... I don't have modelling issues at the moment being short sighted, so I guess I have about 10 years before I have to look at optivisors etc... getting older is no fun like this. .... I've been shortsighted since 12 partly because of modelling. But correcting it with varifocals now makes it diffi...
by Horsetan
Fri Jun 05, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Martin Finney V2
Replies: 50
Views: 4971

Re: Martin Finney V2

Dunno, Doug. I picked up the soldering iron for what seemed like the first time in months, and realised that my eyesight isn't what it used to be, even with varifocals. Tasks such as assembling coupling rods are no longer the easy process I used to take for granted. I 'm going to try an Optivisor ma...
by Horsetan
Sat May 30, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann B1
Replies: 100
Views: 7406

Re: Bachmann B1

davebradwell wrote:....We've nearly got an A2 test etch....


Believe me, I've waited a long time for this.
by Horsetan
Sat May 30, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann B1
Replies: 100
Views: 7406

Re: Bachmann B1

I think the point of underetching small parts like these is to provide the builder with enough safety margin to file down.
by Horsetan
Fri May 29, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mike G's catch up.
Replies: 39
Views: 1885

Re: Mike G's catch up.

....The other 10 year old project has been my standard class 5 from a Gibson kit. Still waiting for the gearbox for this, I still have no idea why I didn't finish it! I know it wasn't a very happy build..... Let me guess: footplate valancing not reaching to the buffer beam? Asymmetrical firebox cas...
by Horsetan
Thu May 28, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mike G's catch up.
Replies: 39
Views: 1885

Re: Mike G's catch up.

Mike Garwood wrote:....the last of the Sharman's wheels that I have....


Unearthed a similar set of Sharman 6'2"s that I forgot I had :roll: - those crankpins were never quite long enough.
by Horsetan
Tue May 26, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: M.R. 0-4-0T 0F
Replies: 10
Views: 1080

Re: M.R. 0-4-0T 0F

.... All my chassis are built with split axles. The centre line on the rear axle isn't a split - it's just where the beam has rubbed. I used HL hornblocks and on the driven axle fitted wire through the keeper plates that was too thick to allow any flexing. As I result it's rigid but I can drop it o...
by Horsetan
Sat May 23, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: LSWR G6 on eBay
Replies: 1
Views: 664

Re: LSWR G6 on eBay

nberrington wrote:..... Already showing £53, so I’m sure it will sell for way too much anyway......


If the Y7 going for £102 a week or two ago was anything to by....
by Horsetan
Mon May 18, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Another B1 chassis
Replies: 7
Views: 568

Re: Another B1 chassis

PeteT wrote:....I doubt there ever will be Ultrascales, .....


The same might be said of BR Standard wheels for the Pacifics and the 9F...
by Horsetan
Fri May 15, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: P4 Refresh - Hi
Replies: 20
Views: 1560

Re: P4 Refresh - Hi

any thoughts on whether replacement D11/D13 motor brushes can be sourced or whether a re-motoring would be necessary? You may be able to adapt pencil leads if you're stuck for spares. From what I can see, the 4mm build market has shrunk considerably from early 1990s or is that me misreading? Will m...
by Horsetan
Fri May 15, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: P4 Refresh - Hi
Replies: 20
Views: 1560

Re: P4 Refresh - Hi

Philip Hall wrote:...I spoke to David Rogers yesterday and at the moment he's getting in still.


That's good news. :thumb Should be able to put in an order for more axles of various lengths at end of month.
by Horsetan
Fri May 15, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan class 14 0-6-0. Seperating the body from the chassis.
Replies: 9
Views: 2622

Re: Heljan class 14 0-6-0. Seperating the body from the chassis.

DaveHarris wrote:I have just been looking at the website 'EM Gauge 70s'. This has a section dealing with the conversion of various locomotives, to EM Gauge, but irrespective of gauge it provides some useful information for you and your 'Loco man'.


Direct link to Class 14 wheel conversion
by Horsetan
Fri May 08, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: class 15xx pannier tank (with a bit of 97xx thrown in)
Replies: 86
Views: 23434

Re: class 15xx pannier tank (with a bit of 97xx thrown in)

jim s-w wrote:Wanna bet on how many actually get built? :D :D


Apparently as many as 26 of the 7mm kit were completed.

I think we'll be lucky if we reach double figures.

UPDATE: artwork going off to the etchers next week. Looks like there are some etch firms that are still working.
by Horsetan
Fri May 08, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: class 15xx pannier tank (with a bit of 97xx thrown in)
Replies: 86
Views: 23434

Re: class 15xx pannier tank (with a bit of 97xx thrown in)

Some minor tweaks to the motion, which now has some facility to be built reversible:
by Horsetan
Tue May 05, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: class 15xx pannier tank (with a bit of 97xx thrown in)
Replies: 86
Views: 23434

Re: class 15xx pannier tank (with a bit of 97xx thrown in)

Warren Shephard has now disclosed some of the artwork that he has tweaked for 4mm scale:

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There's also the original instruction diagrams for the 7mm kit available if anyone is Interested.

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