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by steve howe
Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: PeteT
Topic: Stanier 3P - Judith Edge Kit
Replies: 72
Views: 7448

Re: Stanier 3P - Judith Edge Kit

7mm narrow gauge eh?!! its a slippery slope Pete! :shock:
by steve howe
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: common crossing vee angles
Replies: 32
Views: 1489

Re: common crossing vee angles

Re-positionable spray adhesive might be OK for sticking paper to cork. I have always used Evo-Stik Timebond to stick the cork itself down, it also allows you a bit of leeway for minor adjustments.

Doesn't Iain RIce advocate building track on paper complete with ballast and sticking it down?

Steve
by steve howe
Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 124
Views: 10235

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Good to see progress on this again Paul, its amazing how much difference the little details like the lifting rings can make to a basically good RTR moulding. Reminds me I need to crack on with my second one, (if I could only get rid of this wretched Cameo project - anyone want it? https://www.rmweb....
by steve howe
Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Port Bréige
Replies: 5
Views: 821

Re: Port Bréige

I've been looking at these Scalescenes boxfile dioramas as well and its good to see one being built properly and turned into a workable model. I am wondering if the two current kits could be combined to make one longer scene.... https://scalescenes.com/product/ly02-canal-wharf-boxfile-layout/ https:...
by steve howe
Tue Oct 06, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Caution: Testors vs POWsides
Replies: 5
Views: 812

Re: Caution: Testors vs POWsides

I wonder if the base paint might make a difference?

Just a thought

Steve
by steve howe
Fri Oct 02, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Who would want a form tool for re-profiling wheels?
Replies: 62
Views: 4530

Re: Who would want a form tool for re-profiling wheels?

I'm interested. Side note, I saw an article somewhere. The author made a form tool by turning a disk, then cutting a notch in (with suitable rake). My point is, that tool was able to be resharpened many times. Not sure of the design being contemplated, and I'll buy it either way, just offering a co...
by steve howe
Fri Sep 25, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: A few things on my workbench
Replies: 60
Views: 7282

Re: A few things on my workbench

Looking very nice Pete, is it the Peter K kit? and are you using an RSU mainly?

Steve
by steve howe
Fri Sep 25, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Wagon A or Wagon B? A bit of fun...
Replies: 16
Views: 1288

Re: Wagon A or Wagon B? A bit of fun...

jim s-w wrote:The idea that you never see pure black or white is let down by the misconception that paint is pure black or white which it isn’t either! :twisted:


I always used to argue with my students that black (and white) is not a colour - discuss... :twisted:

Steve
by steve howe
Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: best33
Topic: High Level Fowler.
Replies: 8
Views: 655

Re: High Level Fowler.

I'd be interested to know how the build went, in my experience HL kits are so well designed they are a joy to build. Whose wheels did you use?

Steve
by steve howe
Tue Sep 22, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: best33
Topic: High Level Fowler.
Replies: 8
Views: 655

Re: High Level Fowler.

What a cracker! :thumb

My wishlist just got longer!

Steve
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: 973

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: 14
Views: 1301

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: 1056

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: 1056

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: 1114

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: 1816

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: 1787

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: 1787

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: 577

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: 577

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: 577

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: 9812

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: 3212

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: 84
Views: 9044

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: 4686

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

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