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by jim s-w
Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 125
Views: 10548

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Have you used the same sized wire for the handrails Paul? The vertical ones are noticeably chunkier on the prototype.
by jim s-w
Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 587
Views: 158978

Re: Brettell Road

One of the things that struck me as a bit weird with the pics of the class 103 underframes I showed last time was that the bogies seemed to be too far inboard from the ends.  The class 103 (and class 110 for that matter) have bogies centres of 40 feet but Hornby have them set closer to 38 feet.  Thi...
by jim s-w
Mon Nov 09, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 587
Views: 158978

Re: Brettell Road

Cheers Paul

Much appreciated
by jim s-w
Fri Nov 06, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 587
Views: 158978

Re: Brettell Road

Attention has moved the the under frames of my DMU project. As I mentioned when building my class 114 the easy option for the 103 would be to stick with the 110 under frames and I would expect most people wouldn't notice.  However as per my 114 project that wont really do. http://www.p4newstreet.com...
by jim s-w
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Rt models hudson vee tipper compensation ?
Replies: 14
Views: 662

Re: Rt models hudson vee tipper compensation ?

Do I need to compensate a wagon with such a small wheelbase? Modelling in em is simple, it can be made rigid but I assumed p4 wagons need some form of compensation? Nope. Just build the chassis on a piece of glass. As it’s inside bearings it wouldn’t hurt to extend the slots downwards at one end bu...
by jim s-w
Mon Oct 05, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 587
Views: 158978

Re: Brettell Road

http://www.p4newstreet.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/20140906-131719.jpg Long time followers may recall this old picture of a Hornby Class 110 DMU that I intended to chop up into something a little more 'local'.  With the acquisition of a Bachmann Derby lightweight as a gap filler it kind of fell ...
by jim s-w
Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: North Norfolk
Topic: North Elmham NNAG Layout
Replies: 12
Views: 4189

Re: North Elmham NNAG Layout

I wouldn’t worry Denis

As I’ve said Tim before, I like a layout with view blockers.

Jim
by jim s-w
Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Wagon A or Wagon B? A bit of fun...
Replies: 16
Views: 1316

Re: Wagon A or Wagon B? A bit of fun...

The idea that you never see pure black or white is let down by the misconception that paint is pure black or white which it isn’t either! :twisted:
by jim s-w
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 587
Views: 158978

Re: Brettell Road

A while ago I shared my initial thoughts on extending Brettell Road.  For those that missed it heres a link http://www.p4newstreet.com/brettell-road-2.html The initial plan required some modification to the left hand end of the existing layout but otherwise it was pretty much an add on.  Then the co...
by jim s-w
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 587
Views: 158978

Re: Brettell Road

So back to the Bachmann compound then. http://www.p4newstreet.com/wp-content/uploads/compound-body-mods.jpg The body  looks pretty much spot on to me and the firebox Bachmann had modeled suits the loco I have chosen to do. 40925 was a late survivor and based at Bournville so that's local enough  for...
by jim s-w
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 587
Views: 158978

Re: Brettell Road

http://www.p4newstreet.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/shunters-compared.jpg One thing that's always bugged me a little about the above image is the coupling rods on the class 11 (left). I cant remember why but I used the Brassmasters standard rods rather than their finescale ones. Well I finally go...
by jim s-w
Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Running out of coal.
Replies: 13
Views: 1223

Re: Running out of coal.

Lord Colnago wrote:Hi Jim,

I would imagine that if you go for a slightly less than half full tender it won't be too far off and would probably look right too.

John


Thanks chaps

Will L wrote:Does help if you've modelled the inside of the tender coal space though.


That’s the plan Will
by jim s-w
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Running out of coal.
Replies: 13
Views: 1223

Re: Running out of coal.

Thanks Jeremy

I realise the long distance stuff would but what about a loco pottering around on local services. I guess they weren’t topped up if there was still enough coal for what they needed to do? why would they bother?

Cheers

Jim
by jim s-w
Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Running out of coal.
Replies: 13
Views: 1223

Running out of coal.

Hi all I’ve tried to look into this but haven’t got very far. Was it common for steam locos to be still in service but really low on coal. As you might be aware Brettell Road is set in the evening so would a loco coming to the end of its roster and with a ‘not very full’ tender be something relative...
by jim s-w
Mon Aug 24, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles
Replies: 98
Views: 39455

Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Been busy knocking up a few more trailers. http://www.p4newstreet.com/wp-content/uploads/mercedes-trailer.jpg Starting with this offering from Knightwing. Although the cabs they supply are to a slightly larger scale the trailers, or at least this one, is pretty much spot on for 4mm scale. I changed ...
by jim s-w
Fri Aug 21, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 587
Views: 158978

Re: Brettell Road

Thanks Philip

Im not all that worried as these are defiantly brass and even if the joint fails the bush isn't going anywhere as you say.
by jim s-w
Fri Aug 21, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 587
Views: 158978

Re: Brettell Road

I found a relatively cheap Bachmann Compound recently and thoughts have turned to what to do with it. Lets start with a little disclaimer. Alan Gibson supplies a set of wheels to convert this loco to P4 and I would have every confidence that just swapping the wheels would get a p4 steam loco up and ...
by jim s-w
Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: New Street progress
Replies: 407
Views: 135872

Re: New Street progress

One of my earlier DMU conversions was a class 120. Built from Craftsman overlays on a Lima 117 it's done many shows on Moor Street and was probably due a bit of an overhaul. http://www.p4newstreet.com/wp-content/uploads/class-120-at-brettell-road.jpg I had already rebuilt the underframe to better ma...
by jim s-w
Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 587
Views: 158978

Re: Brettell Road

Thanks tony.

It’s really thin latex from a glove. I got a box years ago before covid made them like gold dust!

Cheers

Jim
by jim s-w
Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 587
Views: 158978

Re: Brettell Road

http://www.p4newstreet.com/wp-content/uploads/class-27-new-buffers.jpg Something that always bugged me about my Heljan class 27 was the somewhat odd buffers. A long time ago i got a set of replacements from Sutton Loco Works and its just one of those things I never quite got around to. Well now tha...
by jim s-w
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Phoenix Paints
Replies: 26
Views: 3352

Re: Phoenix Paints

Well, there's an opportunity for someone to step in and do it cheaper with new technology :-) The photos on the Precision website suggest the tyre treads are at least as grooved as Gibson ones. So some polishing will be required before fitting to locos. For at least a year now all the gibson wheels...
by jim s-w
Fri Jul 24, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 587
Views: 158978

Re: Brettell Road

I understand that you are aware of scaling colours (not overusing blacks etc) but was wondering if a dark wet night might make for harsher contrasts? Or does the layout lighting achieve that by having low light accentuate the grunge? Not criticising, just interested! Andrew It’s a good question And...
by jim s-w
Fri Jul 24, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 587
Views: 158978

Re: Brettell Road

Serjt-Dave wrote:Well done and have you started doing my station building yet? LOL.
Dave


Erm? :shock: :?
by jim s-w
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 587
Views: 158978

Re: Brettell Road

Bit of a random post this time but I have been revisiting a few things. Be warned though these are all really subtle and if I didn't point them out I suspect no one would ever know. http://www.p4newstreet.com/wp-content/uploads/prairie-safety-valves.jpg Starting with the safety valves on my prairie....
by jim s-w
Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Serjt-Dave
Topic: Pull the Other One!
Replies: 24
Views: 2627

Re: Pull the Other One!

Hi built one for Brettell road before I decided handset control was more suitable for what I was doing. I’ve still got it though and agree, it’s a great tactile thing to fiddle with.

A long row of them looks great Dave

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