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by Dave Franks
Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Bill Bedford Coach Bogies
Replies: 17
Views: 785

Re: Bill Bedford Coach Bogies

And remember, Lanarkshire Models sell rust resistant spring steel wire as used in the CSB chassis kits and I use it myself.....

http://lanarkshiremodels.com/lanarkshir ... te_200.htm

Cheers
Dave Franks
by Dave Franks
Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 1790

Re: Non Railway Modelling

These are superb John, I had no idea you were into such things.
You could easily win a pot at an IPMS show, I once judged at one when I had the old trade stand there, got my eyes well and truly opened by those guys and gals. :o

Dave Franks.
by Dave Franks
Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Gibson crankpins
Replies: 8
Views: 1316

Re: Gibson crankpins

A trick that was shown to me many years ago and I've used with success since is to solder a nut onto the crank, clean it out with a tap and then just screw it onto the crankpin and fix with nut lock, no melting of the plastic wheel centre and everything stays tight.

Dave Franks
Back on board.
by Dave Franks
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: 4 wheel wagons rigid or non-rigid chassis?
Replies: 12
Views: 671

Re: 4 wheel wagons rigid or non-rigid chassis?

I agree but do run an embarrassing number of r-t-r wagons with just the wheels swapped for P4, although a little slogger in the bearings helps the things adapt to small track imperfections. Many of these are 12ft wheelbase hoppers which is pushing my luck but I suggest you don't risk longer wheelba...
by Dave Franks
Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Serjt-Dave
Topic: Track Cleaning Wagons. The Saga!
Replies: 5
Views: 525

Re: Track Cleaning Wagons. The Saga!

Hi Dave, as soon as I saw this I thought - 'oh no what's he trying to do, that is completely the wrong van'. The track cleaner is designed for the old Airfix RTR guards van that Hornby took over to replace that dreadful toy one with the red light in it.... Yes the very one that can be had on Ebay fo...
by Dave Franks
Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Exactoscale Fastrack
Replies: 7
Views: 599

Re: Exactoscale Fastrack

On my layout I stuck 1/2'' masking tape down the middle of the C&L sleepers, which then held the sleepers in place whilst I cut the webs. The track was trial laid approx 500mm at a time (2 x 60' panels) and dressmakers pins pushed into the cork on the outer side of the rails to allow the section...
by Dave Franks
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: John Donnelly
Topic: A photo plank...
Replies: 9
Views: 1178

Re: A photo plank...

For me I like what you've done with the bufferstop too.....

If I could find the time I need the practice with the static grass, the group I'm part of but working on my own has just invested in a posh static grass applicator though I've yet to try it myself.

Cheers John.
by Dave Franks
Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1104
Views: 152454

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

Looking good Tim, we'll soon have you building ten coupled locos afterall the Midland had one...

Dave Franks.
by Dave Franks
Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Exactoscale wheels and axles.
Replies: 7
Views: 1049

Re: Exactoscale wheels and axles.

I replaced my 20 year old 601 as the cap got stood on and didn't seem to fit very well and so went off, bought EXPO's Thread Lock and it works fine on worm gears and wheels, takes a couple of minutes to set which is fine in my book.
'EXPO Drills and tools'.

Dave Franks.
by Dave Franks
Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Ultrascale wheel sets
Replies: 5
Views: 616

Re: Ultrascale wheel sets

I think there was a set on Fleabay last week, might still be there. No problem with any type of suspension with these or most wheels.

Cheers

Dave Franks.
by Dave Franks
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: Lanarkshire Models & Supplies
Replies: 16
Views: 3788

Re: Lanarkshire Models & Supplies

Thanks guys, I had the first droppers on my layout last year and demo-ed them at the Linlithgow Skills day this year, they seemed to go down well so I put them in the range and they are selling well and yes a screw coupling version is being worked on, I did a trial etch last year but I didn't like i...
by Dave Franks
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Lanarkshire Models & Supplies
Replies: 16
Views: 3788

Re: Lanarkshire Models & Supplies

More new items from LMS:- Universal 0-6-0 coupling rods for small/medium inside cylinder locos, photo to follow and on the website next week. Magnetic Instanter dropper for Jackson couplings Just noticed the twist in the iron link.... Instanter dropper.JPG And something I've been working on from Hig...
by Dave Franks
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss
Replies: 24
Views: 1988

Re: P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss

Yes Gibson axles can sometimes be short and in the past I asked for P4 axles for EM wheelsets and turned them down slightly, it's compounded now by the fact my EM wheels are set to 16.65 B2B so axles are always short. Ultrascale do lengths of ground steel axle material and I just chop to suit whatev...
by Dave Franks
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: None specific model products
Replies: 27
Views: 3506

Re: None specific model products

p[/quote] I have used Shellac for French Polishing :? My observation is that even the lightest (blonde) mix still results in a golden coating :? ..... how does this impact upon ballast? My preferred method to date has been the Dave Franks method using a dropper and dilute PVA mix with detergent to b...
by Dave Franks
Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 283
Views: 54752

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

Thought I'd seen that picture before.... Not quite but it did remind me of this. Caley 812s.jpg Caley Coaches kits, some with new turned chimneys and added extras. Two in OO, one in EM and one in P4 which is pictured on the Caley Coaches website. Back in the day when I was still able to do these thi...
by Dave Franks
Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Lanarkshire Models & Supplies
Replies: 16
Views: 3788

Re: Lanarkshire Models & Supplies

Thanks Steve, well the Jackson coupling dropper has been very well recieved and is almost sold out so I've done an Instanter version as well, I have a lot of BR Standard fitted wagons and vans which should have Instanter couplings with 1'6'' buffers as built so it's slightly selfish. These and more ...
by Dave Franks
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 113
Views: 14777

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

I have to agree, the Bachmann Jubilee is a good runner and even better when fitted with a Mashima motor. This one of mine 'Alberta' has Gibson wheels, modified valvegear, CSB tender chassis, side control on the bogie. No extra weight has been added but as seen in the video it can take about thirty ...
by Dave Franks
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 113
Views: 14777

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

Duplicate post for some reason.

Dave F.
by Dave Franks
Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 113
Views: 14777

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

Yes, but of course, P4 will never work... ;) Steve But of course we know it works so that's all that matters. I've built a fair few P4 locos for people, locos like Royal Scots and WD 2-10-0s down to little 0-4-0s and as far as I know they are still working. There will always be people who poo,poo, ...
by Dave Franks
Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 113
Views: 14777

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

Le Corbusier wrote:
steve howe wrote:Yes, but of course, P4 will never work... ;)

Steve


Might be wrong but I thought Wharfeside was EM? ..... Barrow Road on the other hand . . . . .


Tis correct Tim but I try to be as accurate in my work as P4 if you get my drift.... :thumb

Dave Franks
by Dave Franks
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 113
Views: 14777

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

Hi Robin, I will need to check but I think either a 1424 or 1426 both very good motors, I laid a stock in a wee while ago and have fitted a few RTR locos with them. Sometimes all it needs is a collar turned up to fit over the front motor boss and the worm bored out to 2mm, the rear motor boss should...
by Dave Franks
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 113
Views: 14777

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

I have to agree, the Bachmann Jubilee is a good runner and even better when fitted with a Mashima motor. This one of mine 'Alberta' has Gibson wheels, modified valvegear, CSB tender chassis, side control on the bogie. No extra weight has been added but as seen in the video it can take about thirty c...
by Dave Franks
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1104
Views: 152454

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

I'm definately hiding in the bushes now, thanks for the glowing report Allan. :oops:

See you soon,

Dave Franks.
by Dave Franks
Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1104
Views: 152454

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

Hi Tim, nice work on the coupling rods, would now be a good time to announce the next coupling rods????

You guessed it - universal coupling rods for inside cylinder locos and these will be a lot slimmer than the heavy ones you've used, sorry about that.

Dave Franks
Hiding in the bushes.
by Dave Franks
Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Any Wheel and size!
Replies: 79
Views: 12064

Re: Any Wheel and size!

Mike Garwood wrote:"Will the 9F print survive being pressed into a tyre?"....from whence cometh the tyres?

Mike


My question too....

Dave Franks.

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