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by jim s-w
Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Class 25
Replies: 9
Views: 1448

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: 39
Views: 6830

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: 26
Views: 1889

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: 26
Views: 1889

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: 26
Views: 1889

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: 10464

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: 26
Views: 1889

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: 26
Views: 1889

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: 1448

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,...
by jim s-w
Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Duchess test build
Replies: 26
Views: 1889

Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

So progress continues on my Coronation build. http://www.p4newstreet.com/wp-content/uploads/front-frames-.jpg The front frame is as far as I can go for the moment. (I don't have the cast bits for the loco yet. If you are wondering about the cylinders they are a separate sub assembly. http://www.p4ne...
by jim s-w
Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Class 25
Replies: 9
Views: 1448

Re: Class 25

Apart from the central window (which I always felt was a tad small and too high) the Hornby body is very good. I carefully enlarged the window downwards and made both a 24 and 25. I added new doors too. It is too small so enlarging it downwards is the way to go. It’s not too high, the problem is th...
by jim s-w
Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Vehicle dynamics and trackholding
Topic: Better Running
Replies: 16
Views: 1218

Re: Better Running

A very good question and logical responses which have already split between numbers of derailments and smoothness of ride - might there be a link between the two? What type of suspension do you fail most often, Jim? DaveB There’s no real pattern. Other than to say anything that’s not set up right, ...
by jim s-w
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Vehicle dynamics and trackholding
Topic: Better Running
Replies: 16
Views: 1218

Re: Better Running

I think the easiest way is to just run stuff. A weekend exhibition* will show up problems. Of course it’s less controlled and there’s a lot of variables so you could argue it’s less scientific but it’s also more ‘real world’ Of course if something falls off and you just plonk it back on and carry on...
by jim s-w
Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Electric traverser
Replies: 3
Views: 498

Electric traverser

This is quite funky

by jim s-w
Wed Oct 23, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Duchess test build
Replies: 26
Views: 1889

Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

This is a delicious prospect Jim! It will be great if you keep on showing us the build.The forum can show so much more than magazine articles. Did you test build their Princess kit too I wonder. Nope, not me. I’ve built a couple of Brassmasters kits now but this is my first test build I will post h...
by jim s-w
Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Duchess test build
Replies: 26
Views: 1889

Brassmasters Duchess test build

Hi All I am currently embarked on building a test build of the forthcoming Brassmasters Coronation or Duchess kit. Way before I got distracted with Brettell Road I always thought that if Brassmasters ever did a Duchess i would have a go at building one as 46235 'City of Birmingham'. Well now they ar...
by jim s-w
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 109
Views: 13297

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

Don’t forget the good old, cheap as chips Airfix kit Tim. Especially if you are going to chop it up

Jim
by jim s-w
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: New C&L Crowdfunding Project for P4 Plain Track
Replies: 9
Views: 1586

Re: New C&L Crowdfunding Project for P4 Plain Track

Philip Hall wrote: They are, though, using hi-ni rail, and we know that there have been difficulties with this rail fitting existing chair and track mouldings because of a thicker web.
Philip


Is it bad that I’ve never noticed any difference? :?
by jim s-w
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23910

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I also enjoyed the show. Thanks to all those who stopped by for a chat at my ‘tarting up tat demo’ (as someone lovingly titled it for me!) :D

Thanks to Terry and his team for all their work over the years.
by jim s-w
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23910

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Hi Martin

I didn’t say it wasn’t a good model. It’s just that the previous guest layouts I’ve most enjoyed tend to bring something quite a bit different to what’s already at the show or that we usually see.

Cheers

Jim
by jim s-w
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23910

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Gotta admit to a raised eyebrow when I saw it listed. It's too similar to other layouts at the show just in 00. I like the guest layouts but would rather that we as a society invite something different or unusual to what we do as a group. I hope we don't go down the route of inviting a guest layout ...
by jim s-w
Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 535
Views: 106520

Re: Brettell Road

This post can best be described as a taste of local flavour if not the full meal itself. http://www.p4newstreet.com/wp-content/uploads/139001@-Stourbridge-Jnc-19_03_2012.jpg Anyone familiar with railways in the Stourbridge area will be aware of the Parry People Movers that operate between Stourbridg...
by jim s-w
Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters J94
Replies: 42
Views: 4432

Re: Brassmasters J94

Hi Jim, :D It is always the little things when it comes to engines. Are your locos DCC by the way? I may have normal DC for the first year just to get everything working, but have plans for adding DCC ASAP. The Buckhaven/Methil branch will be switchable for either for anyone who wants to run someth...
by jim s-w
Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters J94
Replies: 42
Views: 4432

Re: Brassmasters J94

grovenor-2685 wrote:Is the second video meant to be this one?


Yes, thanks Keith
by jim s-w
Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters J94
Replies: 42
Views: 4432

Re: Brassmasters J94

Thanks Alan

This evening I found the tiny pin I use to set the quartering was ever so lightly touching the coupling rod. Filled a gnats whisker off and the slight hesitation has now gone! The littlest things sometimes. ;)

Brettell Road is next out at scalefour north next year.

Cheers

Jim

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