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by steve howe
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Formation (and size) of a pick-up goods train
Replies: 20
Views: 485

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

David, you're not alone in being ignorant of the subtleties of vacuum brakes. Until becoming involved as a footplate volunteer on a preserved railway (the Welshpool & Llanfair) I hadn't grasped exactly how they worked either. David I was also pleased to read David's account of vacuum braked veh...
by steve howe
Wed Sep 02, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Boiler Bands
Replies: 9
Views: 405

Re: Boiler Bands

I've used the sellotape method and it seems to work OK, you need to cut it with a new blade on a piece of glass.

Steve
by steve howe
Thu Aug 27, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Brassmasters Axle Setting Jig
Replies: 7
Views: 757

Re: Brassmasters Axle Setting Jig

Thanks Paul and chaps, :thumb :thumb I did wonder about the 1' 6" slot, but couldn't work out how it related to the rest, now resolved! I have both jigs, the longer and short, and find them generally very useful, most of the running problems on my early P4 builds were subsequently traced to non...
by steve howe
Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Brassmasters Axle Setting Jig
Replies: 7
Views: 757

Brassmasters Axle Setting Jig

Hi all, I have been using my axle setting jig for some time now and found it indispensable for getting axles parallel, I am slightly confused as to how one sets distances of 6", i.e my present project is a GWR heavy Toad 6wheeler, the axle centres are 6' 6" ie. 13' over the outer axles. I'...
by steve howe
Wed Aug 19, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: GWR Bloater livery
Replies: 11
Views: 743

Re: GWR Bloater livery

Even if the solebars and headstocks were wooden, as on earlier vehicles, they still carried a lot of ironwork and it was customary to paint iron black, being a mixture of black iron oxide, carbon, lead and linseed oil, as a fairly effective coating against corrosion.

Steve
by steve howe
Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: GWR Autocoach control gear
Replies: 16
Views: 1204

Re: GWR Autocoach control gear

Splendid work David!

I'll certainly be after a couple :thumb

Steve
by steve howe
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Solder paint
Replies: 13
Views: 1089

Re: Solder paint

If the flux in the paste was a solution, then would it not be sufficient just to add water? I tried various liquid fluxes that I had to hand and none mixed, however when I pulled the plunger out of the syringe I noticed a distinct whiff of Isopropyl...so I added a few drops and poked it about with ...
by steve howe
Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Solder paint
Replies: 13
Views: 1089

Solder paint

Can anyone suggest a flux/solvent that will re-activate Carrs 179 solder cream? I have had a tube of the stuff around for yonks and not used it much until recently having discovered the joys of the RSU. The stuff in the tube is pretty dried up and solid and I'm wondering what might render it soft ag...
by steve howe
Sat Jul 25, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR clack valves
Replies: 4
Views: 358

Re: GWR clack valves

Thank you Peter, That sort of solves the problem - I've got the top feed, I haven't got the clack valves! Its interesting how these older locos were 'upgraded' over their lifetimes, presumably each time they went in for a 'heavy general' more modern fittings were added - the screw reverser on my exa...
by steve howe
Sat Jul 25, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR clack valves
Replies: 4
Views: 358

Re: GWR clack valves

Just as a follow-on from above; I now realise some of these locos were fitted with top-feed at various rebuilds, my example 3223 being one, I guess this would have made cab-mounted valves redundant?

Steve
by steve howe
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR clack valves
Replies: 4
Views: 358

GWR clack valves

I wonder if anyone can give me a steer on this? I'm finishing an old Mallard kit for the GWR Barnum 3206 class 2-4-0 started about 40 years ago by an old friend. He gave up on it when he couldn't find a motor to fit without compromising the cab. Now with a HL gearset in place, the chassis is about d...
by steve howe
Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Boston Frodsham
Replies: 24
Views: 9069

Re: Boston Frodsham

I really like the representation of the water in those scenes, it looks very natural. I saw the links from Jim S-W to some products, which look quite interesting, but if you could share how you achieved that convincing surface effect I would appreciate it. I was about to ask the same question! look...
by steve howe
Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Easing wheels tight to gauge
Replies: 27
Views: 2413

Re: Easing wheels tight to gauge

Very useful solution, and washers are easy to come by :thumb

Thanks Peter


Steve
by steve howe
Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Rebuilt Royal Scot, 46109
Replies: 25
Views: 2958

Re: Future Project?

A single cylinder 0-1-0? :)
by steve howe
Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: hedgelaying
Replies: 10
Views: 4346

Re: hedgelaying

My Grandfather used to do this a lot when I was a boy, William is quite right about laying towards the slope, or if level, with the prevailing wind. They look lovely when done well.

You will have to make yourself a miniature billhook tho... ;)

Steve
by steve howe
Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery
Replies: 413
Views: 136748

Re: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery

These old kits can be challenging in the light of today's offerings. I am just in the process of completing a Mallard 'Barnum' started about 40 years ago by my old mate and mentor Pat English, sadly no longer with us. He gave up on it when he couldn't find a motor to fit without compromising the cab...
by steve howe
Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bodmin General (1955)
Replies: 55
Views: 14476

Re: Bodmin General (1955)

Steve, I haven't forgotten about photographing the buildings but they have been packed away while I've been preparing the track bed. I'll try and get some photos done shortly. Jeremy T No worries, just interested in the construction methods. If you need details I can always nip up the road and take...
by steve howe
Sun Jul 12, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 108
Views: 6937

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

zebedeesknees wrote:
Another possibility would be for a working 'slip', but there are not many modelling opportunities for those...


Cheers!

Ted.


I wonder how many people remember 'Long Suffren' when it was on the show circuit, that had a working slip coach, but I've never seen it done since.

Steve
by steve howe
Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Rumney Models - To Reopen 1st September
Replies: 105
Views: 32893

Re: Rumney Models - Still Closed But...

Sorry if this is a Numpty question and being out of the loop, but what is the current situation with Nucast Partners? they don't seem to have a website and the main references seem to be old entries on RMWeb. Just interested to know how far the re-introduction of the NuCast range has got. Just to a...
by steve howe
Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Nu Cas/Ks t reintroductions
Replies: 4
Views: 835

Nu Cas/Ks t reintroductions

I have been in touch with Brian at Branchlines and he has given me a list of those NuCast/K's kits so far re-issued. More are in the pipeline.

Hope that may be of some interest.

Steve
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by steve howe
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: 0-4-2 compensation
Replies: 9
Views: 721

Re: 0-4-2 compensation

Thanks Will for an excellent steer via the CLAG website, plenty of pitfalls to look out for! and Dave thanks for the heads up on wire beams, I might give that a go, what thickness would you recommend? I'm using a High Level gearbox in the 517 having had great results with them on previous projects, ...
by steve howe
Sun Jul 05, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: 0-4-2 compensation
Replies: 9
Views: 721

Re: 0-4-2 compensation

I would be inclined to put compensation beams between the driven axles. You'll need a pair to clear the gearbox. Then put a central pivot for the trailing axle to rock on. Or you could do it the other way around, pivot the first axle and compensate the other two, but the geometry and construction w...
by steve howe
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: 0-4-2 compensation
Replies: 9
Views: 721

0-4-2 compensation

I wonder if anyone has a view on this one: its a 0-4-2 GWR 517 class from an ancient Mallard kit. I built one of these when they first came out in the late 1970s in P4 using Mallard's method of compensation which has an inner cradle holding the motor, gear set and driven axle all pivoting on inner b...
by steve howe
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chivers Kits Return...
Replies: 18
Views: 1805

Re: Chivers Kits Return...

I have posted a suggestion on Matt's Facebook page to publish a list of available kits, although I believe from earlier posts he already has this in hand.

Steve
by steve howe
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Guidelines for the SGW
Replies: 23
Views: 15863

Whatever happened to the SGW?

Has the SGW died a death? it all seemed so promising then seems to have withered away... I would have thought lockdown might have been an ideal opportunity to blow the dust off a few schemes?

Steve

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