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by JFS
Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: Turning a chimney
Replies: 69
Views: 13443

Re: Turning a chimney

First-rate Jeremy - excellent job and very well explained.
Many thanks indeed for posting.

Best Wishes,
Howard
by JFS
Tue Dec 22, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 220
Views: 44462

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

I suspect Tony has as much practical experience as anyone, but I wonder if there is a good reason for using solid tinned-copper wire? Would a multi strand wire not give additional flexibility? ... the result was a high level of failures. DaveB We must both be unlucky Dave - I too had failures with d...
by JFS
Mon Dec 07, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: What 5-plank wagon is this and what livery should it be?
Replies: 18
Views: 1925

Re: What 5-plank wagon is this and what livery should it be?

I wonder if it had been, and perhaps still was to a limited extent, a gong post for communicating with the relevant signal box. I can't see a gong but the lever could well have been used to ring a gong in the box. That was my guess also - I am not convinced it has been cut-down - it looks complete ...
by JFS
Mon Dec 07, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: What 5-plank wagon is this and what livery should it be?
Replies: 18
Views: 1925

Re: What 5-plank wagon is this and what livery should it be?

Terry Bendall wrote:And in the rest of the picture no end of interesting things that could be modelled -


I very much agree - anyone any idea what this thing is?

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by JFS
Tue Dec 01, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: T.W. Ward - Rails and Rail Accessories
Replies: 8
Views: 851

Re: T.W. Ward - Rails and Rail Accessories

.. I wait for the fall-out from those who will undoubtedly blow a gasket or two that the double-checked track is defined by track gauge and flangeway clearance, I'm just musing on whether I can now stop feeling so guilty for building my EM track that way for years, before I switched to P4 and disco...
by JFS
Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Mk2 Lever frame musings
Replies: 75
Views: 16458

Re: Mk2 Lever frame musings

I would add that the quality of workmanship is excellent - much better than mine! And I think it shows that very careful work pays dividends until you have gained confidence from your first few assemblies. I think the suggestion of fully completing a single lever before dropping into "mass prod...
by JFS
Fri Nov 06, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Ralph's workbench
Replies: 52
Views: 7248

Re: Ralph's workbench

Whoever built this model made a nice job of the brickwork, but a shocking mess of bedding it into the scenery :D

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Good to see the excellent work continues Ralph!

Best Wishes,
by JFS
Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Rebuilt Royal Scot, 46109
Replies: 126
Views: 15342

Re: Brassmasters Rebuilt Royal Scot, 46109

Sorry to be slightly irrelevant to your immediate concern Dave, and to show such ignorance, but what is the exhaust steam going to do and where does it go from and to? Is it to create vacuum? It is comming from a connection in the blast pipe and it is feeding the exhaust steam injector. The idea is...
by JFS
Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Rebuilt Royal Scot, 46109
Replies: 126
Views: 15342

Re: Brassmasters Rebuilt Royal Scot, 46109

Very much enjoying this one Dave and looking forward to each installment!

Good luck and keep up the great work!

Best Wishes,
Howard
by JFS
Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: First steps in track building and P4.
Replies: 34
Views: 3296

Re: First steps in track building and P4.

any guage which holds the rail vertically whilst 1:20 chairs are glued will result in guage narrowing due to the rail springing to 1:20. And it is not insignificant. Only if the track is straight or very nearly straight. Curved model rail cannot be canted at 1:20 . If it were so, it would mean that...
by JFS
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: First steps in track building and P4.
Replies: 34
Views: 3296

Re: First steps in track building and P4.

but have come across suggestions that they can hold the rail head vertical, which results in instant gauge narrowing when you remove them, as the chairs adopt their designed 1:20 inclination, I have to say that I have never found this. If the chairs are glued to the sleepers and the gauges left in ...
by JFS
Thu Sep 03, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: transfers for signals?
Replies: 7
Views: 1123

Re: transfers for signals?

davebradwell wrote:You might follow Mick Nich's advice and use Solartrim

DaveB


Just to support this, I would mention that Mick Nich was the person who donated the materials I used. I therefore would assume that Solartrim is the material in my photo.

https://solarfilm.co.uk/products/solartrim

Best Wishes,
by JFS
Thu Sep 03, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: transfers for signals?
Replies: 7
Views: 1123

Re: transfers for signals?

I think you might be refering to the Chiltern Models transfers. I had a look for these but the only on-line reference I found was here:- http://www.hall-royd-junction.co.uk/Products/Signal_Transfers/MSE_signal_transfers.html No doubt a further search would get a result. However, when I tried these s...
by JFS
Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Minories
Replies: 53
Views: 15526

Re: Signals for Minories

It will use Chris Pendlenton's technique of invisible mending thread round pins. DaveB Hello Dave, I thought that would be the case - you NER chaps have an advantage in that the balance weights are not small and are at the bottom of the doll - "if in doubt, first try it the way the real thing ...
by JFS
Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Minories
Replies: 53
Views: 15526

Re: Signals for Minories

Terry, many thanks for the kind words. Dave - very nice looking signal. What is the plan for getting the drive to the balance arms? Good idea about the finial - I don't have that luxury as mine are etched so I roll my sleeves up, then the finials draw blood if attacked! Just on spectacle colours, th...
by JFS
Tue Aug 25, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Minories
Replies: 53
Views: 15526

Re: Signals for Minories

... Flat lattices seem to be half a pitch out so 9" as there would be a mega clash in the corner. DaveB Hello again Dave, I have quite a few pics of M&H lattices, but the ones I have of the Flat-pattern posts do not unfortunately show two sides at once - but I will continue to look. In the...
by JFS
Tue Aug 25, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Minories
Replies: 53
Views: 15526

Re: Signals for Minories

I've tried to etch these things myself but have been restricted to brass so far with the corner angles looking too heavy so haven't achieved the lightness you've captured. The apparently smaller cross section of my slotted M&H dolls hasn't helped. I had a notion that chamfers might be filed on ...
by JFS
Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Minories
Replies: 53
Views: 15526

Re: Signals for Minories

grovenor-2685 wrote:Since this topic only started in November 2015 perhaps you could provide a link to the 2009 post. :)


Ah yes, well, what I meant was Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:05 pm - despite the appearance of (some of my) models, I was never one to get bogged down in detail :( !

Thanks for the correction!
by JFS
Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Signals for Minories
Replies: 53
Views: 15526

Re: Signals for Minories

This small detail does not, of course, distract from the fine models shown in this thread and it is entirely up to the builder whether he wants to reproduce this feature. However, we might take care when criticising commercial parts. DaveB Look closer Dave - you will see the offset IS there! Edit:-...
by JFS
Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: Turning a chimney
Replies: 69
Views: 13443

Re: Turning a chimney

I'm certainly not cleverer than Terry, but the idea is that when a forward-facing tool is subjected to a downward pressure, it leans forward and digs in to the work, while the resultant upward pressure of a rear-mounted, upside-down tool tends to move the tool back and out of the cut. That is also ...
by JFS
Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 228
Views: 37015

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

... I'm still pondering if I can make the intermediate buffers sprung or just fix them rigid, as intended by the kit. Dave. I am currently building a Finney Drummond tender and pondering exactly the same question. It is someting I think "ought" to be worthwhile. That said, the the only so...
by JFS
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 384
Views: 116001

Re: The Burford Branch

The bridge will now be removed from the layout, and final dismantling can take place at last. The next news will cover the resumed dismantling process and the final delivery of the layout to its new home (I hope). Lovely work as ever Martin. Fingers crossed for the next phase - good luck! Best Wish...
by JFS
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 454
Views: 96217

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Can I point out that your blades are still not opening far enough - only about 1mm. The prototype opening was 4 1/4" or thereabouts so you need almost half as much again for safety. DaveB ... but any more Dave, and he will have a short on the opposing slide chairs. Anyone who says double slips...
by JFS
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 228
Views: 37015

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

I confess I am a bit with Philip - when I first opened your post Dave, my first thought was that the job had not yet been done :D Still, it looks first rate and that is what matters! I will be sending the Big Lads round to confiscate all your super glue (safely distanced of course). Just a thought o...
by JFS
Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 228
Views: 37015

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

I see your 242A1, and I raise you: Of topic as it is not a Smith System compound :D But I have to concede that not many locos could manage a 305km trip with a 1200t train for a running-in turn... Probably more tonne-kilometers in its first trip than many of the LMS compounds achieved in their whole...

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