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by Julian Roberts
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie
Replies: 179
Views: 26842

Re: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie

Lots of inspiration from your layouts and others Allan; lovely pictures. Looks like Dubbieside's retirement may be as indefinite as mine from the orchestra! The oldies still have something to offer :D :!:
by Julian Roberts
Tue Nov 12, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van
Replies: 7
Views: 851

Re: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van

A pic to clarify centre wheel arrangement. I stayed with the kit middle wheel design as far as possible for an easy life. But I think springs outside the wheels rather than inside as here might exert the force required rather more effectively and therefore might not need to be so strong....thus ther...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van
Replies: 7
Views: 851

Re: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van

Andrew I just wonder what the point would be? I don't think the real thing had any steering(?) My SR van goes round a 2ft curve no problem. Possibly an advantage we have in P4, the great big flanges in 00 might need steering more than we do? Edit...whoops!.... I've just seen Philip's post! David Fra...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van
Replies: 7
Views: 851

Thompson BZ 6 wheel van

Things likely to fall off, from observation: ................... * Six-wheeled coaches, on plain line. Happens each time anybody farts in the same postcode, on both P4 and EM. . Such a memorable thought has stayed in my mind challenging me to see if it's true. This nice BZ kit was on sale at Scalef...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 37
Views: 3287

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Loads about all this including much advice from Dave and others over last 3 and a bit pages of my Crab conversion thread. I found 14BA thread is not compatible with 1M Gibson crankpin over a longer length than a retaining nut. Final bit was tightening up against shims then lightly locking with threa...
by Julian Roberts
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1054
Views: 137893

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

Thanks Tim. Interested to see that continuing process as you go.
by Julian Roberts
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 37
Views: 3287

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Dave I'm glad you found a spare rod. No doubt you'll find the one you lost when you're someday looking for something else. I wonder what sort of suspension arrangement you'll have for the bogie. I would be very grateful if you can show the construction there in detail when you get to it. You have a ...
by Julian Roberts
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1054
Views: 137893

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

It's such a luxury making a loco from a good kit where everything fits together! I cut my teeth on locos where I had to get Gibson frames and did a bit of bodging for the brakes. Whether the holes weren't in precisely the right place or it was my ineptitude it didn't matter much really, they aren't ...
by Julian Roberts
Sat Oct 26, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 291
Views: 43646

Re: Crab Comet conversion

Allan Goodwillie wrote:
I am not suggesting doing this on Calderside!



Nor this! -

by Julian Roberts
Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Duchess test build
Replies: 26
Views: 1739

Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

This is a delicious prospect Jim! It will be great if you keep on showing us the build.The forum can show so much more than magazine articles. Did you test build their Princess kit too I wonder.
by Julian Roberts
Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1054
Views: 137893

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

Back to your previous post Tim I seem to recall this is the second time such a "call" has been made during the the time your thread has been going! And that Railtrack at the time of its maximum 'irrational exuberance' before Hatfield made just such a call. You'll be in a good place to offe...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 126
Views: 21405

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

+1 ......not least, for the great music sound track!
by Julian Roberts
Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 126
Views: 21405

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

It is difficult to make a symmetrical bend if one side is held in pliers and the other side is made with fingers. The side held in pliers will be dead straight up to the start of the bend. The side held in fingers will be slightly curved up to the start of the bend. It is all but impossible to keep...
by Julian Roberts
Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 126
Views: 21405

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

Yes....how things used to be done. Deliciously complex trackwork. For all our technology how long would NR take to do that now? I've found the answer to my question on the three marks at the knuckle - https://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=5235&p=50574#p50574 Having looked at th...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 126
Views: 21405

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

Thanks Martin for clearing up another myth I mistakenly held. Again I hope this is not to deflect the thread too far. The print out of a turnout on Templot has three lines at the knuckle as well as a cross showing the Fine Point. Would I be right to surmise these are the middle and ends of the curve...
by Julian Roberts
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 126
Views: 21405

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

Thanks Tony. I don't want to stray the thread far from your practical how-to description of making turnouts. One question - I had thought switches and crossings were normally straight even on curving track except on the GWR. But is that wrong? When is a curved switch and crossing likely to occur? - ...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 291
Views: 43646

Re: Crab Comet conversion

Haha Allan! That film might be taking Mike Sharman's ideas of challenging trackwork beyond their limits!
by Julian Roberts
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 291
Views: 43646

Re: Crab Comet conversion

Very tardily, Thank you to Tim for your kind words. And yes Allan the Glasgow Proms "Last Night" is much more Glaswegian than British, and much the better for it. Now I've had my last concert (a proper one!) as a full time player, though I'm continuing for the present with them as a freela...
by Julian Roberts
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: Lanarkshire Models & Supplies
Replies: 16
Views: 3470

Re: Lanarkshire Models & Supplies

Exquisite little loco Dave. That AJ uncoupling dropper looks good and also looks as though it's much easier to fit than other AJ uncoupling devices.
by Julian Roberts
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss
Replies: 24
Views: 1579

Re: P4 wheels centre outside boss

I have found on occasion that if an axle, being too short, is not inserted all the way into a wheel the wheel is more likely to wobble, but this has been in extreme cases. Philip Touche Philip (don't know how to do an " E acute" accent!). The pair of wheels has a wobble with max BB of abo...
by Julian Roberts
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss
Replies: 24
Views: 1579

Re: P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss

More thanks to all. I'm getting my head round this now. Up till this escapade, I'd taken manufactured wheels on trust, but now I see that they have to be treated with the same scepticism as everything else and may need to be adjusted to suit the purpose. For correct appearance, as Keith says, as the...
by Julian Roberts
Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss
Replies: 24
Views: 1579

Re: P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss

Thanks for your replies, folks. I'm getting the message that you take the thickness of the boss as correct, and you get or make a suitable length axle. Not the inverse, taking the axle as the given, and filing or sanding down the boss to the length of that axle. Nor is anyone so far going with Dave ...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss
Replies: 24
Views: 1579

Re: P4 wheels centre outside boss

Hi Gordon - yes, sure, and I've got no problem with filling up the slight indentation. My question is whether the boss should be this extra thickness. Perhaps it varies from prototype to prototype.
by Julian Roberts
Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss
Replies: 24
Views: 1579

P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss

The wheel seat is 2.5 mm long at most and less if you file off the protruding front boss, as I do, on outside cylinder engines to allow the prototype valve gear alignment. I've just assembled a wheelset from Alan Gibson (aka Colin Seymour). Each of the outside bosses were 0.6mm (or just over) thick...
by Julian Roberts
Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1054
Views: 137893

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

Just checking Tim whether you know about layout planning functions in Templot? You can download maps and design your layout around them. (If I understand correctly. :| )
http://85a.co.uk/forum/view_topic.php?i ... forum_id=1

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