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by Andy W
Thu May 28, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mike G's catch up.
Replies: 18
Views: 626

Re: Mike G's catch up.

Tremendous work Mike. When you replace your gearboxes do you anticipate having to change the wheels? Or do you use a wheel press?
by Andy W
Thu May 28, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Socially Distanced Challenge – CR Class 488 Build
Replies: 55
Views: 3554

Re: Socially Distanced Challenge – CR Class 488 Build

Lindsay, a really interesting build of a wonderfully eccentric loco. For what it’s worth I’d try and keep the pipe work etc as separate units whenever possible. It’ll make painting easier. Just keep the parts safely!
by Andy W
Thu May 28, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Serjt-Dave
Topic: Brassmaster 4F The journey
Replies: 29
Views: 2711

Re: Brassmaster 4F The journey

Dave, I hope you resolve your chassis issues as the body deserves something good to run on.
by Andy W
Thu May 28, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Andy W
Topic: M.R. 0-4-0T 0F
Replies: 7
Views: 463

Re: M.R. 0-4-0T 0F

Alan: I promise I’ll tweak the 3 links the next time it’s taken out of storage. Enigma: wheels are Gibson’s. “It would look great in my standard corporate steam engine green....“ No. Not allowed. :) P.S. there’s been discussion on young Flymo’s thread about using conductive paint for split axles. I’...
by Andy W
Tue May 26, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: M.R. 0-4-0T 0F
Replies: 7
Views: 463

Re: M.R. 0-4-0T 0F

Distortion
by Andy W
Tue May 26, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: M.R. 0-4-0T 0F
Replies: 7
Views: 463

M.R. 0-4-0T 0F

I think I was attracted to the Brassmasters 0F because it reminded me of my school report grades. It's been sitting on my S of S for quite a while awaiting glazing; lining and a few other things. Like an idiot I decided to fully line like the few early types - but I love the black battered heavily r...
by Andy W
Sun May 24, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 4
Replies: 40
Views: 2281

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 4

No. 16 has bundles of character. Your locos really do give the impression of weight. Marvellous.
by Andy W
Sat May 23, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1141
Views: 176874

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

Many of those small lads would have been caught up in the horrors of WW1.
by Andy W
Sat May 23, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: GWR query
Replies: 18
Views: 1064

Re: GWR query

That’s terrific Andy. One central entwined logo looks the way to go.
by Andy W
Wed May 20, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Andy W
Topic: GWR query
Replies: 18
Views: 1064

Re: GWR query

If it’s good enough for you Martin, it’s certainly good enough for me.
by Andy W
Tue May 19, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: GWR query
Replies: 18
Views: 1064

Re: GWR query

Thanks chaps. I probably will leave the inner line out - but the guilt is already with me......
by Andy W
Mon May 18, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: GWR query
Replies: 18
Views: 1064

GWR query

A couple of long term residents of my Shelf of Shame are two GWR vehicles, a W1 parcels van kit bash and a Picnic saloon from Shirescenes. Being a Midland modeller this is unfamiliar territory for me. I've tried to research where and which crests would be correct. I've Photoshopped the following ont...
by Andy W
Sun May 17, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 8558

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

However your paint finish looks really good Julian.
by Andy W
Sat May 16, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 8558

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Blue tack is very useful to mask small details and the inside of locomotive buffers. To keep coach buffers clean the sharp end of a toothpick does the job.
by Andy W
Thu May 14, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Mark Tatlow
Topic: A Highland Miscellany
Replies: 297
Views: 92341

Re: A Highland Miscellany

The definition of a fool is a man (because it’s usually a man!) who trips over the same stone twice. I know!

But tripping is the best way to learn.
by Andy W
Thu May 14, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Brass preparation for painting
Replies: 29
Views: 4610

Re: Brass preparation for painting

I use an ultrasonic bath when I think there may be some fibres or flux lurking around, but I only add tepid water. The machine should heat up itself. Don’t get too scientific about this, take the simple route. Clean, protect from dust under a see through container then spray with a primer. Dust is t...
by Andy W
Wed May 13, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Brass preparation for painting
Replies: 29
Views: 4610

Re: Brass preparation for painting

The brass doesn’t have to be shiny - just clean. The primer will show any problems which can be addressed before your top coat is applied.
by Andy W
Wed May 13, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Brass preparation for painting
Replies: 29
Views: 4610

Re: Brass preparation for painting

If your top coat is going to be enamel and grey, green, blue or black then the Tamiya grey surface primer is excellent stuff. It gives a lovely surface - but not suitable for cellulose finishes. Also for red and yellow it might be better to use a red oxide - Halfords?
by Andy W
Thu May 07, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Yard crane gears
Replies: 28
Views: 1426

Re: Yard crane gears

Thanks Mr Duckworth. Gardening is bad for your health, get inside inhale some flux fumes and build some more of your fantastic locos!
by Andy W
Thu May 07, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Yard crane gears
Replies: 28
Views: 1426

Re: Yard crane gears

I think the “box” is indeed more likely to be a stone block. Fortunately this is unattached so I can remove the lip at the top fairly easily. Would the whole vehicle would have been painted grey originally? Or oxide? I think the lettering on the horizontal beam reads “To be secured to the rails befo...
by Andy W
Thu May 07, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: SCALEFORUM 1997
Replies: 7
Views: 810

Re: SCALEFORUM 1997

It's sobering to see Tony Osmond, who sadly passed away a couple of weeks ago, talking about Brockley Hill 21:19.
by Andy W
Wed May 06, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Yard crane gears
Replies: 28
Views: 1426

Re: Yard crane gears

A few tweaks - all held together with bits of blue tack. The securing shackles are adapted Brassmasters screw couplings. Not all the gears are shown and the chain isn't on the barrel, all parts are loose - posing this shot took almost as long as building the model. The weight box platform will be ex...
by Andy W
Tue May 05, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Socially Distanced Challenge – CR Class 488 Build
Replies: 55
Views: 3554

Re: Socially Distanced Challenge – CR Class 488 Build

An interesting build of a characterful locomotive. Keep going.
by Andy W
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Yard crane gears
Replies: 28
Views: 1426

Re: Yard crane gears

Thanks RAO
by Andy W
Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Yard crane gears
Replies: 28
Views: 1426

Re: Yard crane gears

Am I right in thinking that the back weight box would have been open with no top/lid to enable it to be filled with various weights if necessary. Or would it have been a solid block?

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