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by williambarter
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Cal-Scale couplers
Replies: 0
Views: 652

Cal-Scale couplers

Some years ago, I bought a couple of pairs of Cal-Scale HO "Standard E" couplers, thinking they would be a decent representation of buckeye couplers for 4mm scale use. Now I've got round to trying them out, they will do very well for my application. But I can't remember where I bought them...
by williambarter
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Joggled Stockrails
Replies: 65
Views: 6851

Re: Joggled Stockrails

Sorry, trying again ...
by williambarter
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Joggled Stockrails
Replies: 65
Views: 6851

Re: Joggled Stockrails

And ...
by williambarter
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Joggled Stockrails
Replies: 65
Views: 6851

Re: Joggled Stockrails

Out of interest (I hope) here's a couple of examples from the Suvvern.
by williambarter
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Professional 4mm model-maker (coaches) sought
Replies: 24
Views: 1690

Re: Professional 4mm model-maker (coaches) sought

I can assure you that John Arkell is alive, well and active! Did you e-mail him, if not, please do try the address I gave.

William
by williambarter
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Professional 4mm model-maker (coaches) sought
Replies: 24
Views: 1690

Re: Professional 4mm model-maker (coaches) sought

You could try John Arkell of Meadow Road Models, based in Tunbridge Wells - john.arkell@meadowrd.demon.co.uk - though he does say he has a fairly full workload right now.

William
by williambarter
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Adhesive for coach glazing
Replies: 3
Views: 422

Adhesive for coach glazing

I've always struggled to glaze coaches to my satisfaction, through lack of an adhesive that actually works but doesn't form strings. But quite by chance I picked up a tube of EverBuild Stick2 Hard Plastic Adhesive - apparently intended for applications such as guttering. This is the best I have come...
by williambarter
Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Brake Force and Stopping Distance
Replies: 18
Views: 3271

Re: Brake Force and Stopping Distance

Reading back, 50 tonnes brake force is about right for a Class 37, but if the driver were to apply the brake in full all at once I'm sure the result would be derailment of the following wagons. In fact I've seen it happen, smashing 15 vanfits (it was my fault, as I had just said to the chargeman &qu...
by williambarter
Sat Aug 13, 2016 8:48 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Rooves
Replies: 11
Views: 3903

Re: Rooves

I use brass roofs with planking lines etched on the inside to assist forming into an ellipse. My practice now is to have a bracket within the coach locating below the top flange of the etched sides - this takes a bolt that matches a nut within the roof. So unless you are looking up into the coach fr...
by williambarter
Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:58 am
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Minories
Replies: 38
Views: 9580

Re: Signals for Minories

Thanks anyway, Howard, I'm sure another use for this material which is new to me will come to mind as soon as I see some.

William
by williambarter
Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Minories
Replies: 38
Views: 9580

Re: Signals for Minories

Can you suggest a source for the self-adhesive vinyl you used on the arms? Presumably it is quite thin and I was wondering about using it for wagon lettering if I can cut letters out of it.

William
by williambarter
Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:00 am
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Coaches with wooden armatures
Replies: 29
Views: 5600

Re: Coaches with wooden armatures

Sorry, trying again. The buffers are Guy's 3D printed.
by williambarter
Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Coaches with wooden armatures
Replies: 29
Views: 5600

Re: Coaches with wooden armatures

And another.
by williambarter
Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:58 pm
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Coaches with wooden armatures
Replies: 29
Views: 5600

Re: Coaches with wooden armatures

For good measure, here's a couple of coaches with the brass roofs between T-section cantrail strips and with 3D-printed roof furniture.

William
by williambarter
Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:54 pm
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Coaches with wooden armatures
Replies: 29
Views: 5600

Re: Coaches with wooden armatures

For cantrail strips, I use T-section brass, head out and stalk soldered to the top edge of the bodyside. That leaves a rebate that the roof can sit inside and covers any imperfections in the join. The bodyside needs to be reduced by the thickness of the stalk of the T of course. Having used brass ro...
by williambarter
Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:42 am
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Coaches with wooden armatures
Replies: 29
Views: 5600

Re: Coaches with wooden armatures

Have you checked the roof profile offered by this kit against any data on the prototype carriages? I bought one once and found that it was much too high - more like an LBCSCR "Balloon" coach. The planking method for the roof is elegant, but if the roof profile is not right will have been a...
by williambarter
Thu Aug 20, 2015 7:56 am
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Printed buffers for wagons
Replies: 62
Views: 15449

Re: Printed buffers for wagons

Shapeways will print in wax and use that to cast in brass for you, but according to their website the various minimum widths and thicknesses are coarser so it may not be possible to obtain the same refinement as by printing in FUD. I drew up and had printed some torpedo vents (which was about as che...
by williambarter
Sat Jul 18, 2015 9:04 am
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Goods and minerals
Replies: 13
Views: 5471

Re: Goods and minerals

Guy, Looking very good! One thing though - the bit of iron plate located in the middle of the door is there to make contact with a single door spring when the door is open, as per the original kit. On this SECR variant, there are two door springs, and they make contact with the strapping of the door...
by williambarter
Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:05 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: S.E.&C.R coach crimson
Replies: 13
Views: 3816

Re: S.E.&C.R coach crimson

I wouldn't want to sound authoritative about SE&CR coach maroon, but I think it's fairly clear from the evidence that there was a change in the coach colour during WW1, along with the change to a loco livery of grey. What that brown actually was is open to debate.The panels on the Bluebell have ...
by williambarter
Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:28 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Bachmann "C" Clss conversion
Replies: 16
Views: 5183

Re: Bachmann "C" Class conversion

A bit of a side issue but much as I had been taught the theory behind regeneration I had never quite believed it. Not that is, until I placed two locos with Portescap motors on a test track, pushed one (which you can do because it drives through spur gears rather than a worm), and saw the other move...
by williambarter
Sun Jan 25, 2015 10:31 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: White metal wagons
Replies: 10
Views: 3643

Re: White metal wagons

When fitting the MJT rocking unit (which has inside bearings) I have fitted the floor to be just too high, then positioned the rocking unit by fitting an axle between the fixed W-irons, with the rocking unit and its baseplate suspended from it. A good splodge of expoxy between the baseplate and the ...
by williambarter
Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:16 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Cannon Street station approach roads
Replies: 12
Views: 3531

Re: Cannon Street station approach roads

That rationale is plausible, as at Charing Cross only the Slow lines and platforms 1-3 were electrified at the outset. I had often thought that was the case, but have only recently seen a track plan showing all three rails to confirm it. The pressing need was to remove the weight of steam locomotive...
by williambarter
Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:31 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Cannon Street station approach roads
Replies: 12
Views: 3531

Re: Cannon Street station approach roads

Not sure it sheds much light on the difference between CS and CX bridges, but The Engineer in 1895 ran as series of articles on the Thames Bridges. About Cannon St it says the flooring is formed of wrought iron plates riveted to the girders. On these is spread a layer of asphalt, sloped to discharge...
by williambarter
Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:18 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Etched headstocks
Replies: 7
Views: 2746

Re: Etched headstocks

Guy, what is it exactly that you are building? I may have some parts from test or superseded etches that would do.

William
by williambarter
Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:03 am
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Printed buffers for wagons
Replies: 62
Views: 15449

Re: Printed buffers for wagons

If the orientation of the buffers was like the coaches, then the outermost rib on each side would have been on a horizontal, with the inner ribs angled up and down.

William

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