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by MPR
Sat Apr 18, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Ultrascale Updates
Replies: 55
Views: 11244

Re: Ultrascale now closed to new orders

I’ve placed and received an order in the last week - it’s worth noting that there is a stock items listing on the website these days. I believe it is important to continue to support key suppliers like Ultrascale at this difficult time - my understanding of the situation is not that they are shutdow...
by MPR
Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Balcombe developments
Replies: 15
Views: 998

Re: Balcombe developments

Is that a 5-CAT and a 2-CAT then?

.... and a 1-KET too (looking at the Swiss photo)
by MPR
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies
Replies: 61
Views: 4960

Re: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies

Building and modification of the Ratio Clayton kits are covered in Stephen Williams’ “The 4mm Coach” books published by Wild Swan. There are drawings and some prototype photos also.
by MPR
Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 565
Views: 130325

Re: Brettell Road

The correct smokebox door can be had from Brassmasters, along with other useful parts for a large prairie.
http://www.brassmasters.co.uk/gwr_castings.htm
by MPR
Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 236
Views: 58998

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

Very neatly done - these are especially vulnerable parts on a bow-ended vehicle and will be much more robust as well as functioning and looking better. Fantastic to see further progress on this fascinating design and build!
by MPR
Mon Aug 31, 2015 7:15 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Wheels for GWR 68xx Grange locos
Replies: 20
Views: 6212

Re: Wheels for GWR 68xx Grange locos

The Manors had both types - the locomotives built before the War were true renewals of 43xx - they reused the wheelsets and the motion. Other components, up to and including the frame sets/cylinders, were retained where serviceable to extend the life of the remaining 43xx in service. This group of 1...
by MPR
Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:33 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: David Geen
Replies: 2
Views: 1768

Re: David Geen

by MPR
Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:33 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Martin Finney
Replies: 25
Views: 8369

Re: Martin Finney

Martin Finney has reported in his web-site that 31st March was his last day of trading and that the 4mm range has now been sold. Best wishes to him on his retirement!

http://website.lineone.net/~cbwesson/
by MPR
Thu Jan 15, 2015 11:44 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Suitable flux for soldering steel rail.
Replies: 22
Views: 6311

Re: Suitable flux for soldering steel rail.

I would suspect that there is an acidic residue- I would mechanically remove as much surface corrosion as possible, then apply neutralising solution until the fizzing stops! Any residue can then be rinsed/blotted away and the area dried.
Regards
Martin
by MPR
Mon Dec 29, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: class 15xx pannier tank (with a bit of 97xx thrown in)
Replies: 86
Views: 23592

Re: class 15xx pannier tank

Modern Outline Kits are proposing a 15xx in 7mm. I wonder if a 4mm version would be viable? It is certainly one I'd like to build.
by MPR
Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:03 am
Forum: Bristol
Topic: Bristol group visit Highbridge Part II
Replies: 90
Views: 30346

Re: Bristol group visit Highbridge Part II

Crossings aren't always flat.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkaFe0um ... re=related
(Check out at about 23 mins in)
by MPR
Tue Jun 10, 2014 5:15 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Exactoscale drawings
Replies: 1
Views: 1172

Re: Exactoscale drawings

I asked a similar question last year for the non-working version - the instruction sheet is common between the two types. See
http://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=2734

Regards

Martin
by MPR
Sun Jun 08, 2014 4:26 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Perhaps a not so good idea...
Replies: 58
Views: 21482

Re: Perhaps a not so good idea...

The 3rd part of the series of 1939 colour photographs is now posted to DP Review - it has further colour views of Wells

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2014/06/08/1939-england-in-color-part-3/9

Regards

Martin
by MPR
Wed May 07, 2014 11:38 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Ultrascale Conversion Proposals
Replies: 60
Views: 14136

Re: Ultrascale Conversion Proposals

It's a process that seems to be carrying on into the 21st century too, as the new build 47xx, 4709 will have a new 5'8" CBS wheel set. As far as I can tell, the previous nine locomotives were all COS throughout their working lives. (The other three coupled wheelsets, ex-4115, are also CBS) Martin
by MPR
Sat Apr 26, 2014 12:09 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Perhaps a not so good idea...
Replies: 58
Views: 21482

Re: Perhaps a not so good idea...

Saw this on DP Review - a lovely selection of colour slides from August 1939.
You might want to check out image 20...

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2014/04/25/1939-england-in-color-part-1/20

Best wishes

Martin
by MPR
Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Non-working Exactoscale couplings CH001B
Replies: 12
Views: 4863

Re: Non-working Exactoscale couplings CH001B

Thanks Keith, that's exactly what I need. It looks very much like the attachment of the threads is supposed to be glued at both ends for the non-working version

Regards

Martin
by MPR
Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:10 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Non-working Exactoscale couplings CH001B
Replies: 12
Views: 4863

Re: Non-working Exactoscale couplings CH001B

I think that both hand-rail knobs are drilled rather than threaded- the screw thread passes through, but the unthreaded portion does not. The small brass sleeve passes all the way to the head of the screw, as you see in the photo enclosed. I'm sure you are correct that the wire is supposed to repres...
by MPR
Tue Jun 18, 2013 9:37 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Non-working Exactoscale couplings CH001B
Replies: 12
Views: 4863

Re: Non-working Exactoscale couplings CH001B

Thanks for the reference - the working version is somewhat different though to the approximate versions in the parts I have. I searched on some old ebay auctions, but all the lots seemed to have no instructions either!
by MPR
Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Non-working Exactoscale couplings CH001B
Replies: 12
Views: 4863

Non-working Exactoscale couplings CH001B

With only a few weeks to to Railwells, I thought I had better convert another locomotive as a spare for Torre. The selected victim is a Heljan Hymek, to which I decided to add non-working Exactoscale couplings, which I have had in store for a very long time. I seem to have lost the instructions, tho...
by MPR
Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:28 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Beyer and Peacock engine in Sweden!
Replies: 1
Views: 1714

Re: Beyer and Peacock engine in Sweden!

Hi Gustav! There were similar locomotives built for English Railway Companies. The closest existing now are the two preserved 0298 Class locomotives, numbers 30585 and 30587. These are well tank locomotives, and have been rebuilt many times. There is a kit available for these locomotives from Falcon...
by MPR
Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:50 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Help on bogies please...
Replies: 3
Views: 3226

Re: Help on bogies please...

The Airfix autocoach is very close to the A30 diagram, with only the location of the battery boxes and vacuum cylinders on the underframe being markedly wrong. The A28 has flush doors and more significantly from the point of view of your question, 7'0" bogies rather than the 9'0" of the A3...
by MPR
Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:25 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Droppers on track
Replies: 40
Views: 17145

Re: Droppers on track

I've built my small layout with holes drilled half way up the rail section in line with the chair position. A single plain sleeper with a rivet sized hole is positioned underneath, and the hole continued down through the baseboard.A couple of lengths of fine copper wire are then threaded up through ...

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