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by Neil Smith
Thu May 14, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 4
Replies: 32
Views: 1722

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 4

I don't want to hijack this thread any more by going over old ground ... see here https://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=63195#p63195 and forward...... I was mainly interested in Allan's specific thoughts on his prototype - given his knowledge and research into the Wemys line. I was also i...
by Neil Smith
Wed May 13, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 4
Replies: 32
Views: 1722

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 4

Agreed its not a perfect comparison Noel, but that's why I suggested Llan or KWVR: the pull is sharp, the loadings are not light (and a few Mark 1s put more on the drawbar than a few 4 wheelers), plus both lines don't tend to potter around... I have been a heritage Fireman for over 20 years, and hav...
by Neil Smith
Tue May 12, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 4
Replies: 32
Views: 1722

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 4

Thanks for taking the time to do this .... much appreciated :thumb I shall have to spend a little time digesting. ;) Hi Tim Is it worth trying to get some information from one of the heritage lines that have hosted 41708? It's run at both Llangollen and Keighley amongst others and both these have s...
by Neil Smith
Sun May 10, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: First steps in P4- now on my second loco
Replies: 118
Views: 21199

Re: First steps in P4- now on my second loco

I may be completely wrong, but that looks like a displacement lubricator carrying oil for the valve chest and/or cylinders. A 12" to the foot scale loco I know rather well, Furness Railway Number 20, has something very similar, albeit mounted on the front of the valve chest, but the idea of the...
by Neil Smith
Fri May 08, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 841
Views: 9642

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

I think the critical thing is not how the work is held on top, but how it's supported underneath. In the absence of a proper anvil, it needs something flat and firm but slightly resilient, so that the nascent rivet can push into it. If the backing material distorts other than directly under the riv...
by Neil Smith
Fri May 08, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 841
Views: 9642

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

That's really useful thank you Flymo! I have been using a gravity rivet tool thus far in my new foray into modelling, and am getting frustrated that while it does the business of producing a replica rivet, however hard I try to hold or clamp the piece, including by delivering the blow through a smal...
by Neil Smith
Thu May 07, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2020
Replies: 113
Views: 9225

Re: Scaleforum 2020

The bits of card and arrangement of the masking tape was particularly tricky and taxed my filmography skills to the limit, but I got there in the end. Or, just type "mobile phone tripod mount" into your favourite search engine, part with less than a fiver and in a couple of days you could...
by Neil Smith
Sun May 03, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: David B
Topic: Delivering the Goods
Replies: 34
Views: 8345

Re: Delivering the Goods

Can you suggest a suitable paint (colour) for the LNWR Quick Brown? Hi David, In "LNWR Liveries" (Pendragon aka Atlantic & HMRS) it states that horseboxes (and carriage trucks) were painted in carriage lake until about 1900, after which they received "quick brown". This is d...
by Neil Smith
Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2020
Replies: 113
Views: 9225

Re: Scaleforum 2020

...the most likely format, I fear, is a programme of an arbitrary set of 'highlights', as seen by the editor of the programme. This does surely depend entirely on the editorial decision-making behind any video. There are many people on here who it is clear to me as a beginner do put in huge amount ...
by Neil Smith
Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2020
Replies: 113
Views: 9225

Re: Scaleforum 2020

I agree that this idea is worth exploring and like David I think it could be possible to produce acceptable videos on a smartphone, with a bit of care. Like Paul did, I still work for the BBC, in radio (30 years this summer since my first pay cheque) , but I am required to shoot TV pictures from tim...
by Neil Smith
Sat Apr 11, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies
Replies: 61
Views: 4259

Re: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies

Thanks Pete for filling in the gap for me. I feel a bit of a fraud referring to books not in my possession...!

All the best

Neil
by Neil Smith
Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies
Replies: 61
Views: 4259

Re: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies

To be fair to the Wild Swan "Midland Railway Carriages" books they are indeed that, not LMS Carriages books, though yes Volume 1 (the relevant one for the Clayton square panel 48' clerestories and the book I have) does tend to tell more of the full life story of only some of the different ...
by Neil Smith
Mon Apr 06, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: When did aerials become common place?
Replies: 11
Views: 759

Re: When did aerials become common place?

One other point, which may or may not track back to the 50s/60s but is certainly a more current practice.. In the UK main or regional transmitters trend to use horizontal polarisation, so the aerial works best pointing towards the transmitter with whatever bits (the side bars in Guy's example above)...
by Neil Smith
Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: AK Weathering Wash for Panzer Grey...
Replies: 54
Views: 2682

Re: AK Weathering Wash for Panzer Grey...

Look at how the hinges are outlined in black though, and the rivets on the hinges are pronounced in a dark colour, which may be shadow I guess. But a carefully applied dark wash will achieve that effect.l. Another observation of the nearer wagon is that the joints between each plank of the body are...
by Neil Smith
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies
Replies: 61
Views: 4259

Re: Ratio Midland Carriages

To show I have done some modelling here is a Ratio Midland Clerestory I painted and lined a while ago. Awaiting Society bogies with springy beams. 20200331_005303.jpg 20200331_005159.jpg Ooh that's something to aim at! Thank you for sharing! I am unfortunately making my life hard by retrofitting th...
by Neil Smith
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: AK Weathering Wash for Panzer Grey...
Replies: 54
Views: 2682

Re: AK Weathering Wash for Panzer Grey...

Hi Paul, That's an excellent finish. Did you use enamel paint for the Midland grey? I ask because some of these washes don't like acrylic. John, The paint is an enamel. I only use enamels (or now, cellulose for certain situations) on models. I've never got on with acrylics. The only ones I have are...
by Neil Smith
Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: Miniature clothes pegs
Replies: 2
Views: 673

Re: Miniature clothes pegs

And Eileens do them - though not in such large quantities! 6 for 50p. Which is probably enough for most projects.. Two of them came in very handy today..

All the best

Neil
by Neil Smith
Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Eileens, Corona Virus and Shows
Replies: 23
Views: 2579

Re: Eileens, Corona Virus and Shows

And grateful thanks for the very swift shipping of my order, which was only placed on Wednesday and arrived this morning!

Wishing all well,

Neil
by Neil Smith
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies
Replies: 61
Views: 4259

Re: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies

Thank you Hardwicke - would not expect any access to any heritage site. I now have THREE different types of etched bogie to build for what is becoming quite a comparative trial...! And given that I started my first ever etched kit this week (a Brassmasters wagon underframe that I wanted to do as a t...
by Neil Smith
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Ground Signals
Replies: 21
Views: 1110

Re: Ground Signals

And unless your line is "one engine in steam" consideration needs to be given to ensure that an engine running round which wrongly passes the advanced starter could still stop before colliding with a second incoming train held at the home signal. Not an issue, for two reasons. First, a dr...
by Neil Smith
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Ground Signals
Replies: 21
Views: 1110

Re: Ground Signals

I would agree with Noel's thoughts, but would add that an advanced starter would need to protect the LC so that any loco running round would not then foul the crossing (that or you would need the crossing to be interlocked so that the run round could only take place when the gates were open to the r...
by Neil Smith
Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies
Replies: 61
Views: 4259

Re: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies

In the current climate please look after yourself first and foremost. Whether I add some bits of fiddly wire to some moulded plastic is low down on the overall priority list...!

But thank you for your ongoing interest and help.

All the best

Neil
by Neil Smith
Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Ground Signals
Replies: 21
Views: 1110

Re: Ground Signals

Attached is the track plan of my proposed layout. Can anyone advise me what, if anything, should be installed at the pisition of the question mark. Movement from the yard to the runaround across the single slip is planned. any comments on the signalling would be appreciated too. Thanks Colin Hi Col...
by Neil Smith
Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies
Replies: 61
Views: 4259

Re: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies

Hardwicke wrote:They have some 9' bogies

OK that was not what is expecting! This gets more and more confusing!
by Neil Smith
Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies
Replies: 61
Views: 4259

Re: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies

Hardwicke wrote:I've asked the Midland HC&W group


Great, many thanks!

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