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by jim s-w
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 551
Views: 117394

Re: Brettell Road

When it comes to building I admit i tend to just get on and scratchbuld them. Part of this is due to ignorance of whats actually out there but recently I picked up a couple of Wills kits and have had a go at these instead. http://www.p4newstreet.com/wp-content/uploads/wills-lamp-store-1.jpg First up...
by jim s-w
Sat Mar 28, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 551
Views: 117394

Re: Brettell Road

In the absence of Scalefour North I have finished off a few vehicles that have been lurking near my workbench for a while now. http://www.p4newstreet.com/wp-content/uploads/march-2020-vehicles-.jpg http://www.p4newstreet.com/wp-content/uploads/fiesta-and-range-rover-.jpg Starting with a couple for N...
by jim s-w
Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Fixing Steel Axle to Plastic Gear
Replies: 10
Views: 973

Re: Fixing Steel Axle to Plastic Gear

I just roughen up the axle where the gear will go by rolling a file over it. I’ve never glued a gear in place on any RTR conversions

HTH

Jim
by jim s-w
Thu Feb 27, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 551
Views: 117394

Re: Brettell Road

It was. I’ve worked out the original arrangement for this and there will be some clues as to what it was on the finished layout as there are now (locked and pined points, parts of facing point locks still there), the platform signal with have a removed arm and some newer realigned trackwork. I think...
by jim s-w
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 551
Views: 117394

Re: Brettell Road

As the song goes, regrets, I've had a few but unlike the song I am going to mention them. With Brettell road pretty much finished off thoughts have turned to what to do next. Before anyone asks, New Street isn't calling me back at the moment. Brettell road was only supposed to be a play thing for ho...
by jim s-w
Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Lever Frames
Replies: 93
Views: 73337

Re: Lever Frames

Tonycardall wrote:
The single ground signal that I have working I made from a kit some time ago and can't remember the make. It has a white metal body and etched disc.


Sounds like a MSE one (model signal engineering)
by jim s-w
Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Throwing single slips
Replies: 7
Views: 665

Re: Throwing single slips

Thanks Tim May not have been clear enough. On a double slip you have to ensure the correct route is set at both ends. On a single slip you don’t. For example if the straight road is set one end. The other, where the point blades are not on the route that’s set can be left at whatever they happen to ...
by jim s-w
Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Throwing single slips
Replies: 7
Views: 665

Throwing single slips

Hi all A thought has crossed my mind on single slips. On a double slip both ends need to be thrown to set the route but on a single slip, you can throw one end and not necessarily the other. From a model point of view with traditional wiring you do need to throw both ends but I wonder, on the protot...
by jim s-w
Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Serjt-Dave
Topic: Brassmaster 4F The journey
Replies: 20
Views: 1804

Re: Brassmaster 4F The journey

The London road models one might be better than these 2

Cheers

Jim
by jim s-w
Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 551
Views: 117394

Re: Brettell Road

With my ongoing Duchess build my thoughts turned to a little quick win project (also with Scalefour North coming up at the end of March). I said relatively speaking in the title because a few years ago I would have likely considered this quick win as a bit of an undertaking but there you go. When we...
by jim s-w
Sun Feb 02, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Track for battery/radio control?
Replies: 28
Views: 1533

Re: Track for battery/radio control?

My only real question is how strong would it be if a loco slips while trying to pull away. Would you get grooves like the real thing can in extreme circumstances?
by jim s-w
Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: DEFine Modellers Day 11th Jan 2020
Replies: 14
Views: 2430

Re: DEFine Modellers Day 11th Jan 2020

PeteScR wrote:
New for this year, we will also be having a DEFine members “Pre-Loved Items” table with some stock and books etc for sale on the day.

We hope you can join us.


Can visitors sell stuff Pete?
by jim s-w
Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Duchess test build
Replies: 30
Views: 3207

Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

Hi nick

I needed to open them up. The axle boxes and springs are separate but a couple of seconds with a round burr in a minidrill is all that was needed.

Cheers

Jim
by jim s-w
Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Duchess test build
Replies: 30
Views: 3207

Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

The tender chassis is now effectively done - Not a lot else to say really so here's some pictures. http://www.p4newstreet.com/wp-content/uploads/tender-chassis-RH-side.jpg Right hand side http://www.p4newstreet.com/wp-content/uploads/tender-chassis-rear-end.jpg Rear end http://www.p4newstreet.com/wp...
by jim s-w
Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Duchess test build
Replies: 30
Views: 3207

Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

I've moved away from the loco for a while as the next stage of the build is the cylinders and I don't have the castings i will need for them just yet. So attention has shifted to the tender. http://www.p4newstreet.com/wp-content/uploads/tender-outside-basic-frame.jpg The first stage is the outside s...
by jim s-w
Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: 4 wheel wagons rigid or non-rigid chassis?
Replies: 12
Views: 868

Re: 4 wheel wagons rigid or non-rigid chassis?

I agree with Mark. If you want to go sprung you need to decide at the start, converting later is going to be a bit of a faff.
by jim s-w
Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Class 25
Replies: 9
Views: 2128

Re: Class 25

The newest releases (97201) have better windows and new grilles. The windows are to be made available to owners of older models for upgrading if they wish iirc. So basically the bits some people were insistent I was wrong for saying could be better, have been made better then? :twisted: :twisted:
by jim s-w
Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: High Level 03 Chassis Build
Replies: 44
Views: 8356

Re: High Level 03 Chassis Build

I am also wanting to build a Class 03 shunter [D2133 in Green Livery]. High Level chassis is a must. But what of the body? Three choices exist. 1, Airfix/Rosebud kit, however this has the wrong style of chimney. Also I doubt my skills of painting the black & yellow chevrons. 2, Mainline what is...
by jim s-w
Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Duchess test build
Replies: 30
Views: 3207

Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

There’s more pictures of progress so far now on the Brassmasters site

http://www.brassmasters.co.uk/Coronation_pre-production_build.htm
by jim s-w
Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Duchess test build
Replies: 30
Views: 3207

Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

I use a hand held mini drill if that helps?
by jim s-w
Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Duchess test build
Replies: 30
Views: 3207

Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

Remember I'm a kitchen table man so, if this is going to be a hand drilling job, drilling through the wheel hub first and into the axle is something which is unlikely to go well. It’s what I normally do. Had a few broken bits (which I just use as the pin anyway) but other than that not had a proble...
by jim s-w
Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Hardwicke
Topic: Yorkshire Engine DE2
Replies: 28
Views: 11743

Re: Yorkshire Engine DE2

Hardwicke wrote:Slow progress, but progress nonetheless.


Oh I dunno, it’s only 6 and a half years since you first posted! :D :D

Jim
by jim s-w
Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Duchess test build
Replies: 30
Views: 3207

Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

I’ve got a GW models wheel press but to be honest haven’t really got on with it so I do the quartering by eye (looking through the spokes)
by jim s-w
Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Duchess test build
Replies: 30
Views: 3207

Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

Seems ok so far.

Bear in mind I’ve only actually built 2 complete etched loco kits, one mashed up white metal one and a handful of chassis before. This will be my second attempt at outside valve gear so I guess ‘if’ I manage to do it It can’t be that hard.

Jim
by jim s-w
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Class 25
Replies: 9
Views: 2128

Re: Class 25

Possibly because retooling is expensive and the thing hasn't started turning a decent profit yet? Wouldn’t need a retool it a new photo tool which costs next to nothing, in the grand scheme of things. ISTR Phil had a new etch ages ago and it appears the most recent release might have better grills,...

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