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by steve howe
Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: 1950 building colours
Replies: 2
Views: 90

1950 building colours

This might open another hornet's nest, but I would like a steer on painting schemes, particularly for windows, that British Railways adopted in the LMR region post-Nationalisation? I've been lumbered with making some buildings for our 00 :? Club layout which is set in the Birmingham area circa 1950....
by steve howe
Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Electro magnets for AJs
Replies: 65
Views: 13246

Re: Electro magnets for AJs

Agreed, I tried Dinghams and DG and found a marked difference between them, the DG ones (from Andrew at MSE) being markedly stronger. I will try some experiments with H&M coils and report back - no breath holding now!

Steve
by steve howe
Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: jon price
Topic: Tracklaying
Replies: 16
Views: 2192

Re: Tracklaying

Bullhead fishplates from Peco. Too late. The track is laid. How irritating that I didn't know about them a week ago. It pays to keep your eyes on the forum :) https://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=5435&p=53924&hilit=peco+fishplates#p53924 Too busy modelling to follow this ...
by steve howe
Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: jon price
Topic: Tracklaying
Replies: 16
Views: 2192

Re: Tracklaying

I tend to agree with Terry and Keith that it is easier to fabricate pointwork on the bench, although if I have to make curved points to follow the flow of the track, I make a 'fishbone' by fixing the crossing assembly and straight stockrail in place, then pinning it to the baseboard, lining all up, ...
by steve howe
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Electro magnets for AJs
Replies: 65
Views: 13246

Re: Electro magnets for AJs

I used half of an old point motor to work my Dinghams. The only catch was that I had to make up a new core section as the existing one was too loose and would fly out when the coil was activated :oops: . That said, a single coil has enough oomph to work the coupling. I use about 6 VDC from an old p...
by steve howe
Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Electro magnets for AJs
Replies: 65
Views: 13246

Re: Electro magnets for AJs

Seems the best place to ask this: Having replaced all the old H&M point motors on 'Watermouth' with Cobalts, I am looking at the pile of old motors and thinking the coils would make good electro-magnet uncouplers for AJs..... Just wondering, (what with being electrically illiterate and all), if ...
by steve howe
Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR 1366PT - Heljan Model
Replies: 16
Views: 819

Re: GWR 1366PT - Heljan Model

I have a DJH kit waiting its turn, I've never heard of CSP, can anyone enlighten me?

Steve
by steve howe
Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 256
Views: 25985

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

I have tried various underlays over the years and have concluded that cork is probably the best for keeping level and general resilience. I like Evo-Stik 'Time Bond' to stick it down rather than PVA which, being water based could affect the ply baseboard, I also think PVA sets too hard and increases...
by steve howe
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 59
Views: 9355

Re: Resistance Soldering

H David,
At the risk of turning it into another topic, I for one would be very interested to see how you progress the railmotor chassis. Detailed shots like this are so useful to people like me fumbling around! :thumb

Steve
by steve howe
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Local Show Publicity
Topic: Cornish Spring Show
Replies: 0
Views: 338

Cornish Spring Show

Helston & Falmouth MRC is pleased to announce the line-up for our forthcoming show in April 2019 held at Helston Community College, Church Hill, Helston, Cornwall TR13 8NR. rsz_april_2019_show_poster.jpg Hot food and refreshments served all day Ample free parking Full disabled access One P4 lay...
by steve howe
Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Great Western brake vans
Replies: 8
Views: 1213

Re: Great Western brake vans

Thanks David,

I can now see a way of using the BB jig to make continuous handrails - achieving consistency is the tricky bit!


Must try harder... :)

Steve
by steve howe
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Great Western brake vans
Replies: 8
Views: 1213

Re: Great Western brake vans

May I use this thread to ask advice on GWR toad handrails? I have several Toads awaiting handrail fitting, what puts me off is the handrails (apart from early outside framed examples) seem to be fabricated as continuous rectangles with radiused corners held off the body by stanchions. My query is: i...
by steve howe
Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 47
Views: 5560

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

[quote="barrowroad" The engine is converted to P4 using Alan Gibson wheels. The Hornby chassis has cosmetic frames - a Gibson milled version - which I attached using strips of plasticard, as spacers, to widen the distance between the frames. The coupling rods and valve gear are the origina...
by steve howe
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: flat bottomed rail - advice please!
Replies: 9
Views: 644

Re: flat bottomed rail - advice please!

I never thought of P87..... :? the idea of using steel plate as a base for the template and magnets to hold the rails down is a corker :thumb off to try that one! the tricky bit I'm finding (ageing eyesight notwithstanding) is keeping the rail upright during fitting and soldering, its very easy to g...
by steve howe
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: flat bottomed rail - advice please!
Replies: 9
Views: 644

Re: flat bottomed rail - advice please!

Mucho encouragement, thanks guys,

That track looks great David, how did you attach the rails to the sleepers? (assuming they're not copperclad!)
Steve
by steve howe
Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: flat bottomed rail - advice please!
Replies: 9
Views: 644

flat bottomed rail - advice please!

Just started building the trackwork for my Cameo Layouts Challenge project http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/137565-sandsifters/?hl=sandsifters - well better late than never - the theme is Light Railway circa 1920 so for a change I'm using Code 55 steel FB rail on copperclad sleeperi...
by steve howe
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019 - the social side
Replies: 23
Views: 2765

Re: Scaleforum 2019 - the social side

Can someone also recommend a small inn or hotel where one could stay? Leatherhead had a super traditional English Inn down the road (Running Horses I think). Is there something near the new venue? My wife and I are hoping to make the trip over in September. I can well reccommend Ardenwood B&B o...
by steve howe
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: DJ Models 14xx on High Level chassis
Replies: 31
Views: 3153

Re: DJ Models 14xx on High Level chassis

I once put Ultrascale wheels on an Airfix 14xx (I still have it) and fitted the full panoply of Riceworks bits, so that it did indeed look like a 14xx. It still sounded like a concrete mixer full of granite boulders but ran reasonably. Philip I have the modified Airfix body running on a High Level ...
by steve howe
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Foamex
Replies: 6
Views: 732

Re: Foamex

Its worth getting to know the managers at your local B&Q, (other stores available) A lot of promotional signage is produced on a Foamex type substrate and generally goes in the skip when finished with. I got a good bunch of it about 4mm thick, 2m long by about 600mm wide from our B&Q. Althou...
by steve howe
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Dorset 1937
Replies: 13
Views: 1980

Re: Dorset 1937

Nice work :thumb
What make of turntable is that Neil?

Steve
by steve howe
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: painting paving stones and platform copings
Replies: 14
Views: 1350

Re: painting paving stones and platform copings

At the risk of roasting another old chestnut (well it is that time of year) am I right in thinking the white painted line on platform edges only dates from WW2 as a result of blackout precautions?

Steve
by steve howe
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: painting paving stones and platform copings
Replies: 14
Views: 1350

Re: painting paving stones and platform copings

Dave,

I have found Tamiya 'Buff' followed by a wash of very dilute matt black to be effective for paving stones. Slabs are fairly consistent in tone so an overall colour followed by individual weathering seems to work for me.
Steve
by steve howe
Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 153
Views: 14568

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

For Heaven's sake don't drop the box!!

Steve
by steve howe
Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: RAILEX 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 834

Re: RAILEX 2019

Arun Quay....absolutely brilliant!

(am I being lured over to the Dark Side? ;)) oh yes!

Steve
by steve howe
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Hinged Alex Jacksons
Replies: 29
Views: 14673

Re: Hinged Alex Jacksons

I found Brian Self's article on making AJs in the 210 issue of Snooze and the 'back to basics' approach very useful, some sound advice to mull over from a seasoned practitioner. I was interested to see the underside view of one of his wagons shows the dropper to be forward of the axles rather than t...

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