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by shipbadger
Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: 14.4mm dia wheels
Replies: 10
Views: 2216

Re: 14.4mm dia wheels

Branchlines/Steam Era wheels have been my first choice wheels for stock and loco/DMU/EMU conversions for some years. If available they will continue to be. I've done 10 or more DMU conversions for friends in the last 12 months and with the arrival of the the new Bachmann DMU and hopefully Bulleid co...
by shipbadger
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Virtual Scaleforum
Topic: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH
Replies: 132
Views: 7064

Re: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH

Some of us will have a delayed start to virtual Scaleforum, my GP surgery has booked me in for my flu jab in the morning. Gives me an excuse for sitting in front of the computer as I 'recover'. :-)

Tony Comber
by shipbadger
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: What 5-plank wagon is this and what livery should it be?
Replies: 10
Views: 658

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

The first of the prototype photos has what I can only describe as bi-concave discs on the bottom plank and the bottom of the door. Indicative of a product of Ashford works. They were where the ropes holding the sheet could be fixed.
Tony Comber
by shipbadger
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Alan Gibson crankpin nuts
Replies: 20
Views: 1230

Re: Alan Gibson crankpin nuts

Posh versions of my home made ones :-)
by shipbadger
Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Alan Gibson crankpin nuts
Replies: 20
Views: 1230

Re: Alan Gibson crankpin nuts

I have a set of home made nut runners for small hexagon nuts. The 'working part' consists of a socket cap screw. Most of them have been neatened and fitted to aluminium handles but a few are just the screw chucked in to the plastic drawer containing the nuts. Years ago I had a chart (probably from M...
by shipbadger
Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: BR Mk1 Full brake (BG) livery query
Replies: 8
Views: 623

Re: BR Mk1 Full brake (BG) livery query

Although Eastleigh built some BGs none were allocated to BR(S) until late 1965. These were dual heated and came from the LMR. They were some of the last repaints into green and therefore the repaint was from maroon to green. Details are to be found in Parkin, BR Mk1 coaches. These vehicles are there...
by shipbadger
Sun May 24, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 108
Views: 7374

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

Beware WD 40 as a rust preventer, after about three months it starts to break down and become hygroscopic, in other words instead of repelling water it starts to absorb it. Duck Oil from Swarfega may be a better alternative.
by shipbadger
Wed May 13, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Brass preparation for painting
Replies: 29
Views: 5578

Re: Brass preparation for painting

Cif used to be called Jif. Name was changed so that it could be used across a number of countries. A bit like Marathon bars becoming Snickers.
by shipbadger
Sat May 09, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles
Replies: 98
Views: 36403

Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

That's captured the look of an ergo cabbed truck beautifully. The cabs were supplied by Sankey, a rather more basic version used on Albions; the central window in the back of the cab and sound proofing being amongst the options. AEC's were often said to have thinner steel used than their Leyland bre...
by shipbadger
Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Ralph's workbench
Replies: 24
Views: 3310

Re: Ralph's workbench

Pete,

Don't forget the old trick of using 7mm scale handrail knobs as the ball end for UJs. Saves drilling holes through the end for the wire.

Tony Comber
by shipbadger
Fri Apr 17, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2020
Replies: 115
Views: 14190

Re: Scaleforum 2020

An aspect which has not been mentioned yet is those of us who have been asked to bring a club layout. Effectively work has ceased on any collaborative working. We have already missed one weekend when we were hoping to set up the layout in a hall. The local show in August we would have used as a dry ...
by shipbadger
Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: AK Weathering Wash for Panzer Grey...
Replies: 54
Views: 4228

Re: AK Weathering Wash for Panzer Grey...

For those in the UK Halfords now do their own etching primer at about half the price of the U-Pol one. I've only used it on full size wagons (ventilator bonnets on 12T vent vans) so can't comment on how it works on smaller items.
by shipbadger
Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: AK Weathering Wash for Panzer Grey...
Replies: 54
Views: 4228

Re: AK Weathering Wash for Panzer Grey...

The green on the axlebox and buffer body will be algal growth. The atmosphere is now so much cleaner that this is now seen much more often than years ago. When we start work on a new wagon the first job is always to give it a good pressure wash to remove all the moss and algae. On one occasion we al...
by shipbadger
Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: AK Weathering Wash for Panzer Grey...
Replies: 54
Views: 4228

Re: AK Weathering Wash for Panzer Grey...

After some years now of working with full size wagons can I suggest that if metal parts are becoming darker it usually means that rust is spreading beneath the paint layer. A tap with a hammer usually results in the paint on the head of a bolt falling off. Round rivet heads seem to last longer befor...
by shipbadger
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Marking gauge?
Replies: 25
Views: 2459

Re: Marking gauge?

Pete, I made a miniature marking gauge along the lines of the traditional woodworkers gauge, but in steel many years ago. An old gramaphone needle provides the 'scratch maker'. I think Rod Neep first described something similar possibly in a very early MRJ. If you haven't found anything else before ...
by shipbadger
Sat Mar 07, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Horse boxes and race meetings
Replies: 28
Views: 8178

Re: Horse boxes and race meetings

Slightly OT but not that far away. Having read through this thread two thoughts occurred to me. When did the mounted regiments of the British Army cease to move their horses by rail? And in a similar vein, when was the last foxhunt conveyed by rail, I suspect before WW2 but I really have no idea but...
by shipbadger
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: A possible new P4 wheel source
Replies: 13
Views: 3581

Re: A possible new P4 wheel source

I have both Q1 and light pacifics in need of wheels.
by shipbadger
Mon May 06, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: RCH Wagon Drawings
Replies: 11
Views: 2334

Re: RCH Wagon Drawings

Thanks for the replies with regard to Helvetia leather. The reference to being heavily greased would tie in with it's use as a gasket with the axle revolving in contact with it. I wonder how long they lasted in use. Perhaps they were a regular 'service item' or maybe they were expected to last the l...
by shipbadger
Sun May 05, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: RCH Wagon Drawings
Replies: 11
Views: 2334

Re: RCH Wagon Drawings

Brilliant resource, answered a few questions that had been nagging, such as axlebox dust shields. Only ever found the remains of them when working on 12":1' restorations. Now all I need to know is what Helvetia leather is; does this refer to the country of origin do you think?

Tony Comber
by shipbadger
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Forest of Dean MRC - Lydney Show
Replies: 0
Views: 1072

Forest of Dean MRC - Lydney Show

After a major rebuild and refresh the Glevum Group will be giving Brinkley it's first outing fully assembled in it's 38' length at the Lydney Model Railway Show. Since it appeared in the pages of Model Rail two baseboards have been scrapped and the loco shed area redeveloped on new and longer boards...
by shipbadger
Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 428
Views: 77427

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Steady on Philip, A trip down memory lane, the Sundeala works (recycled newsprint) and Weyroc. I lived not far from the Weyroc factory, usually referred to as the 'Airscrew' on account of their production of propellers, especially during wartime. The company was actually called Airscrew-Weyroc Ltd. ...
by shipbadger
Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Starting to paint stuff
Replies: 18
Views: 5501

Re: Starting to paint stuff

Allan, Find yourself an old tin and try spraying that. Other options include something from the trays second hand dealers have at shows, often under their stall or a no longer wanted model. I used the tin that Boots used to sell meths in for over twenty years but any tin or old model will do. Stop w...
by shipbadger
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 119598

Re: Track Construction for a Test Track

A couple of friends and myself have recently bought toggle latches of this type sold on ebay. As you can see they are adjustable which means that when fitted the pressure exerted between adjoining baseboards can be adjusted. I have a layout with 'standard' toggle latches, but that requires the appli...
by shipbadger
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 96
Views: 23616

Re: Resistance Soldering

When the MMS resistance unit was developed the electrodes were from the carbon arc unit that came with my arc welder. Subsequently a box of the electrodes was bought from a welding supplier. Eileen's still sell them in 4, 5 and 6mm diameter.

Tony Comber
by shipbadger
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Best option for a Terrier
Replies: 10
Views: 3051

Re: Best option for a Terrier

Gareth I did one years ago after buying a Dapol, as it was then, body. I used a Branchlines chassis but modified for split axle pick up. Whatever you do you will need to research your intended loco very thoroughly as there are innumerable variations. I chose an ex-Isle of Wight loco so had to alter ...

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