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by steve howe
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: concrete block walling
Replies: 6
Views: 457

Re: concrete block walling

There are a couple of items in Slater's embossed plastikard range which offer possibilities. The sizes aren't precisely right but the regularity of the embossing gives precisely the right impression, particularly if you use a very fine coloured plaster mix to almost fill the embossed cracks and bot...
by steve howe
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: concrete block walling
Replies: 6
Views: 457

Re: concrete block walling

Thank you Noel. I have researched this and measured several structures which date from the 1920s & 30s. Concrete block made an early appearance in Cornwall as a building material when enterprising local firms began using shingle from certain beaches or crushed mine waste – of which there was a p...
by steve howe
Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: concrete block walling
Replies: 6
Views: 457

concrete block walling

I have some pre-War industrial stuff to make requiring concrete block walls. Before I sit down and laboriously scribe several feet of the stuff... :? does anyone know of a pre-formed product? I thought S E Finecast had included it in their range, but the only one I can find is "textured concret...
by steve howe
Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 34
Views: 1933

Re: Plywood disaster

Getting back to the ply problem. The principle of the open-top system in my understanding is that any horizontal plane is stiffened by a vertical one either below or above it. In other words, a strip of ply forming a base for the track should have at least one corresponding strip glued and pinned, o...
by steve howe
Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR number plates
Replies: 12
Views: 1080

Re: GWR number plates

Kings Cross plates are still available:

http://www.gcrsociety.co.uk/kingscrossplates.html

Steve
by steve howe
Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Road and platform surfaces
Replies: 17
Views: 1795

Re: Road and platform surfaces

Lindsay[/quote] I'm sure Hull Docks has wooden blocks. End grain uppermost, I guess so that when it's wet, it swells and doesn't come loose. Also better grip.[/quote] I certainly remember wooden block paving, end grain uppermost, outside the Humber Dock Tavern and around what is now the Marina from ...
by steve howe
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 301
Views: 44070

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

We used Cobalt motors on our 00 club layout which represents a medium sized urban terminus. They were set up for push-button route selection (one of our members is a ex-Railtrack signal engineer) so anything up to six or seven motors fire simultaneously! The motors were bought relatively recently, w...
by steve howe
Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Hattons RTR period stock
Replies: 4
Views: 607

Hattons RTR period stock

I don't know if anyone has seen this press release from Hattons… they appear to be planning a range of 4 and 6 wheel carriages in a range of pre-Grouping liveries. Presumably the coaches are not to any specific Diagrams to be able to cover so many companies, but its an interesting step in the right ...
by steve howe
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Local Show Publicity
Topic: Cornish Model Railway Show 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 694

Cornish Model Railway Show 2020

Helston & Falmouth MRC are pleased to announce their April 2020 show has moved to a new and more convenient venue: Pool Academy, Church Road Pool, Redruth TR15 3PZ is located centrally between Redruth and Camborne and just 3 minutes off the main A30 at Tolvadden Junction. April 2020 poster COLOU...
by steve howe
Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Drill for rivets.
Replies: 18
Views: 991

Re: Drill for rivets.

My trick (which I'm sure is not original) is to put small broach or fine needlefile through the hole, into the rivet, position, and press...
seems the most painless way ;)

Steve
by steve howe
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 226
Views: 45690

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

They are nice little buildings. I did one in local stone for our Club layout a few years ago using the 'Pendon' method of card and watercolour using the drawings in Karau's book, but slightly adapted the floor plan to provide a forecourt entrance: trenance1.jpg trenance2.jpg The goods shed was also ...
by steve howe
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 226
Views: 45690

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

ralphrobertson wrote:Well done Jeremy. Like the station building!

Ralph


Indeed, the whole project looks fascinating, :thumb Is the station building a William Clarke design? they seemed to crop up all over the GWR area in a variety of disguises.

Steve
by steve howe
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Road and platform surfaces
Replies: 17
Views: 1795

Re: Road and platform surfaces

Getting back to Neil's original query, pre-tarmac roads, especially in rural areas were just crushed stone and grit which (in Cornwall at least) the local clay worked its way through in wet weather making them muddy in winter and dusty in summer. I replicate tarmac surfaces on platforms etc. by pain...
by steve howe
Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: David B
Topic: Lost Property
Replies: 14
Views: 5934

Re: Lost Property

Not that I eat much take-away nosh, but nowadays more takeouts seem to come in shallow plastic containers with lids. The deeper ones will accommodate a tank loco or tender-less loco for safe storage, while the shallower ones are ideal for all those bits that come in kits. I also have stashes of scen...
by steve howe
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 109
Views: 13050

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

Dave Franks wrote:
Le Corbusier wrote:
steve howe wrote:[quote="Dave Franks"rake of coaches - discuss'


Maybe Tim but I like to keep me head just peeking over the parapet just in case I need to duck quick. ;)

Anyway this is getting away from Robin's thread which I've been following with much interest.

Dave F.


Agreed, but it had me fooled, I thought it was P4! :D

Steve
by steve howe
Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 109
Views: 13050

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

Yes, but of course, P4 will never work... ;)

Steve
by steve howe
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 109
Views: 13050

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 steve howe
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: 16" Std Bagnall 0-6-0 industrial tank
Replies: 16
Views: 1567

Re: 16" Std Bagnall 0-6-0 industrial tank

Does anyone know news of Robin Arkinstall? I ask because presumably the artwork and masters for his kits might still exist and could form the basis for an upgraded range if he were willing to make them available and someone with the necessary skills could re-vamp them? They were excellent kits back ...
by steve howe
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Lord Colnago
Topic: A source of very fine sand
Replies: 11
Views: 1535

Re: A source of very fine sand

Andrew Ullyott wrote:Attwood Aggregates sell pots of dust from different quarry sources as mentioned above.
Chinchilla dust sieved through an old pair of tights is a Gordon Gravett trick which I’ve copied. Just pour some in, wrap around and shake through.


Presumably not while Maggie's still in them? :D :D
by steve howe
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Lord Colnago
Topic: A source of very fine sand
Replies: 11
Views: 1535

Re: A source of very fine sand

Try Attwood Aggregates, they have a very fine sandy coloured grit, sorry I don't know the serial code. Also have a look online for pottery suppliers selling 'Grog' this is fired clay ground and sold in many different grades for mixing with clay to lessen thermal shock. It comes in grades from very c...
by steve howe
Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: None specific model products
Replies: 27
Views: 3105

Re: None specific model products

Alan Turner wrote:
davebradwell wrote:....or suggest a way out?

DaveB



Use Humbrol thinners.

regards

Alan


or lighter fuel?

S
by steve howe
Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: None specific model products
Replies: 27
Views: 3105

Re: None specific model products

How about the gallon of white spirit from B&Q (other DIY stores are available), instead of those little tins ... Indeed, and cellulose thinners! if you happen to live near a Mole Valley Farms, or similar agricultural outlet, its worth looking in the paint and hardware bit, stuff like thinners i...
by steve howe
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Cornish Riviera Area Group
Topic: Cornish Riviera Area Group
Replies: 13
Views: 11923

Re: Cornish Riviera Area Group

Its been a long time since I updated this thread, but progress on the Watermouth project is being made, albeit at a glacial pace, partly due to our Club 00 layout requiring all hands to get ready for this year's exhibition. The main emphasis is still on re-wiring and upgrading the control systems an...
by steve howe
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23143

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Oh dear.....

This gets more like RMWeb every day...…. :?

Steve
by steve howe
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Rail codes
Replies: 4
Views: 848

Rail codes

Can anyone enlighten me on the relationship of rail codes to the weight per yard of the real thing? Does, for instance Code 55 rail relate to 55lb per yard? My current project uses Code 60 FB rail, and I am just intrigued as to the correlation between the codes and the actual rail weight.

Steve

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