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by steve howe
Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: GWR Autocoach control gear
Replies: 15
Views: 685

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: 640

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: 640

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: 274

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: 274

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: 274

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: 8762

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: 2187

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: Future Project?
Replies: 12
Views: 1303

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: 4201

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: 134029

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: 13902

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: 6184

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 - Still Closed But...
Replies: 104
Views: 31196

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: 737

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: 617

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: 617

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: 617

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: 16
Views: 1234

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: 14988

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
by steve howe
Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Rumney Models - Still Closed But...
Replies: 104
Views: 31196

Re: Rumney Models - New Items, Temporary P&P Rates and Development News

New Items As of today the following new items are available to order: M&SWJR 2-4-0 Loco and Tender Chassis (X.13 - £35) This set of etches is intended for the Nucast Partners kit and can be built in OO, EM and P4. Both Loco and underframe can be built rigid or sprung using High Level hornblocks...
by steve howe
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 108
Views: 6184

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

So, back to the preparation of the body, and I'm still going through the removal of moulded detail. Next off were the four moulded lifting rings from the top of the side tanks. I used a miniature chisel for these - a new tool that I bought recently as an experiment. It worked well, but I think I ch...
by steve howe
Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 108
Views: 6184

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

There are also problems with the Prairie relating to the cylinders, sandboxes, buffer beam handrails, steam pipes, and generally poor detailing, plus, for BR versions, the lack of bunker steps and the tall safety valve cover, as most BR-era engines had the short one. I think that's rather harsh. Wh...
by steve howe
Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh tandem turnout length and other questions
Replies: 30
Views: 1168

Re: Tandem turnout length question

Looks like a fascinating location Julian, even got a 'sneak off' line to the fiddleyard!

where is it?

Steve
by steve howe
Tue Jun 16, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 108
Views: 6184

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Not sure which of the three current threads to post this on - but just happened across this video of the final train on the Wallingford branch. It's old 8mm silent film so the quality isn't great but still some lovely details in it. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RE6YF5mRTfw All the best Neil Lovely...

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