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by hughesp87
Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Layouts
Topic: De Graafstroom - OntraXS!
Replies: 21
Views: 421

Re: De Graafstroom - OntraXS!

Vincent,

Wonderful when family history and modelling come together. I'm sure you're the first person on this forum to post a self-portrait as a toddler!

Thanks for sharing!

Geraint
by hughesp87
Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Layouts
Topic: Obbekaer
Replies: 13
Views: 204

Re: Obbekaer

Thanks Morgan. Much appreciated.

Geraint
by hughesp87
Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Layouts
Topic: Obbekaer
Replies: 13
Views: 204

Re: Obbekaer

Stuart, Yes I've spent many hours at the museum in Odense, as well as on some of the preserved railways in Jutland. I now have a reasonable collection of books to draw inspiration from. Reading these has become easier as the years have progressed. If you read Danish you can spot the roots of some En...
by hughesp87
Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Layouts
Topic: Obbekaer
Replies: 13
Views: 204

Re: Obbekaer

To follow on from the last post, I should acknowledge the contributions of my regular operators, Brian Page and Ian Thomson, towards the success of Obbekaer. Ian in particular has made a major contribution to the rolling stock that appears on the layout. Sadly, because the filming had to take place ...
by hughesp87
Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Layouts
Topic: Obbekaer
Replies: 13
Views: 204

Re: Obbekaer

David, Thanks for your comments. When you're modelling a "might have been" I always think it's essential to get the background story right in order to make the model convincing. That's why the link to the club in Ribe has been so important for me. Books can show you lots of things, and the...
by hughesp87
Sat Sep 26, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Layouts
Topic: Obbekaer
Replies: 13
Views: 204

Re: Obbekaer

Thanks Carlos. Hope to catch up with you soon.

Geraint
by hughesp87
Sat Sep 26, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Layouts
Topic: Obbekaer
Replies: 13
Views: 204

Re: Obbekaer

Hi Vincent, Certainly all the trackwork and buildings are scratchbuilt. Stock is a different matter, because there are some nice models available off the shelf from Danish manufacturers such as Hobbytrade and Heljan, but they still need to be converted to p87. The Litra D 2-6-0 is a case in point. W...
by hughesp87
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1215
Views: 207175

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

Hi Tim, On the recent subject of dry stone walling, I finally managed to find my copy of this little booklet produced by The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. Building and repairing dry stone walls.pdf Maybe you have seen something like this before, but I'm going to use it to refresh m...
by hughesp87
Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Virtual Scaleforum
Topic: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH
Replies: 132
Views: 6944

Re: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH

You'll have to reach your own judgement when you see my video next weekend, but as a film rookie indulging in a one-off exercise, it's actually quite difficult to find a piece of music that's (a) the right length, (b) free from charges and royalties and (c) not too intrusive on the video itself or t...
by hughesp87
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Formation (and size) of a pick-up goods train
Replies: 20
Views: 507

Re: Formation (and size) of a pick-up goods train

David,

The Essery volume is in my bookcase if you want to borrow it.

Geraint
by hughesp87
Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1215
Views: 207175

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

Tim, As Dave suggested in his article, I've been spreading it on a sheet of baking parchment and leaving it to dry before breaking it into pieces. The experiments are focusing on the breaking - options being a small hammer, Stanley knife or scalpel. The other point to note is the structure of the wa...
by hughesp87
Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1215
Views: 207175

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

Tim, Oddly enough I'm going through the same thought process for my Friden project. To start with, there's a good article from Dave Barrett in (I think) issue 208 of Scalefour News, which describes the process you have outlined, using tile grout. I've done one or two experiments with left over tile ...
by hughesp87
Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Wheels for Peckett B2 conversion (and others)
Replies: 19
Views: 3224

Re: Wheels for Peckett B2 conversion (and others)

Philip, Thanks for the nice comments. The tyres ordered from Ultrascale were 2.00mm wide. From memory they were 10.64mm internal diameter, and Alex then turned down the wheel centres to give an interference fit. The tyres were laid face down on a piece of tufnol and the wheels pressed in from the ba...
by hughesp87
Fri Jul 17, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Wheels for Peckett B2 conversion (and others)
Replies: 19
Views: 3224

Re: Wheels for Peckett B2 conversion (and others)

Like many, I fell for the charms of the Hornby Peckett W4 even before it hit the shops. I nurtured dreams of converting it to P4, but for many months avoided the inevitable. The announcement of Gordon Ashton’s etched chassis seemed to make things more achievable, but somehow I was reluctant to throw...
by hughesp87
Sat Jul 11, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Danish Model Railroads
Replies: 2
Views: 423

Re: Danish Model Railroads

Thanks for posting Danny. I'll be interested to see this because these three have been friends of mine for many years and have been part of the inspiration and knowledge base behind my p87 efforts. Indeed two of them were part of my team when we exhibited Obbekær at Scaleforum in 2013, and they arra...
by hughesp87
Wed May 06, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Operation of an unsignalled interchange yard
Replies: 18
Views: 2421

Re: Operation of an unsignalled interchange yard

David,

Fascinating! Thanks very much for this. I will study it at my leisure and push some pieces of paper around the layout plan!

Best wishes,

Geraint
by hughesp87
Tue May 05, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 108
Views: 7318

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

Noel,

I have just successfully removed the numbering from a Hornby Peckett using a small amount of Mekpak applied with a cotton bud. Be sparing with the solvent though, or else you might take the paint away as well!

Regards,

Geraint
by hughesp87
Sun May 03, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Operation of an unsignalled interchange yard
Replies: 18
Views: 2421

Re: Operation of an unsignalled interchange yard

David, Examination of the working timetable for 1963/4 shows the Friden Goods leaving Buxton at 09.00, arriving at Parsley Hay at 10.00, leaving at 10.27 and finally getting to Friden at 10.40. The High Peak goods (Target 75) left Middleton Top at 09.00, with the last scheduled call at Longcliffe (0...
by hughesp87
Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Operation of an unsignalled interchange yard
Replies: 18
Views: 2421

Re: Operation of an unsignalled interchange yard

It's not that I find inclines boring - more a case of "done that"! For many years I exhibited Middlepeak and must have completed a few thousand incline operations, many with a running commentary for interested onlookers. Having said that, both top and bottom were locations for only one loc...
by hughesp87
Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Operation of an unsignalled interchange yard
Replies: 18
Views: 2421

Re: Operation of an unsignalled interchange yard

A brief note to thank you all for the interesting and thought provoking contributions to date. There is certainly some mileage in the concept that regular crews would have developed their own understanding and methods of working over the years. Certainly in respect of the crews at Middleton Top shed...
by hughesp87
Sat Apr 25, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Operation of an unsignalled interchange yard
Replies: 18
Views: 2421

Operation of an unsignalled interchange yard

As I embark on a new P4 project, this time of a prototype location, I'm left pondering how the real thing would have been operated safely. Perhaps someone out there may be able to help. The prototype is Friden yard, at the west end of the Cromford & High Peak Railway, where wagons from the High ...
by hughesp87
Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Water Tenders. Modified?
Replies: 5
Views: 630

Re: Water Tenders. Modified?

Pete,

That's a McConnell 4-wheel tender. 6-wheel tenders were also used, with the centre axle removed to allow them to negotiate sharp curves and changes of gradient on the inclines.

Regards,

Geraint
by hughesp87
Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Water Tenders. Modified?
Replies: 5
Views: 630

Re: Water Tenders. Modified?

Jon, My experience of these relates to the Webb, McConnell and Canada Works tenders used to convey water supplies to the isolated houses and industries along the Cromford & High Peak Railway right up to 1967. All the evidence there suggests that there were no changes made to the coal space to cr...
by hughesp87
Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Rolling a roof
Replies: 4
Views: 829

Re: Rolling a roof

Mark / Pete,

Many thanks for your thoughts. Can I just ask - did you roll the tight curves before the main curvature of the roof, or afterwards?

Regards,

Geraint
by hughesp87
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Rolling a roof
Replies: 4
Views: 829

Rolling a roof

Can any of you experienced carriage builders help with a question of technique for rolling a roof? I am scratchbuilding a small boxcab diesel in P87. It has a three-arc roof profile, with tight curves down to 2.7mm radius at the gutters. The bodywork and roof have been etched in 0.3mm nickel silver,...

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