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by Julian Roberts
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Bill Bedford Coach Bogies
Replies: 16
Views: 550

Re: Bill Bedford Coach Bogies

Just been to guitar shop while in city. Correct thickness of E string varies according to ..... bla bla ...no time to understand with parking meter expiring! But 11 thou is ONE of the correct thicknesses for E string, and is the correct thickness for AJs according to Turner/S4 jig instructions. Grea...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Bill Bedford Coach Bogies
Replies: 16
Views: 550

Re: Bill Bedford Coach Bogies

Which guitar string is the correct one for AJs Keith and is Ernie Ball the only brand where you can get the qualities you're after?
by Julian Roberts
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van
Replies: 15
Views: 2467

Re: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van

Thanks Dave - yes it's so frustrating when some thoughts disappear like that. Essentially, if it won't stay on the track at 1 oz per axle there's something wrong. The thing does stay on the track! This was a test to destruction on much worse trackwork than it will normally go on. mGzpirm-4SM I teste...
by Julian Roberts
Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van
Replies: 15
Views: 2467

Re: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van

Hi Dave and Will. Dave the electromagnetic uncouplers on Calderside are pretty macho. I'll see whether the hoop is now too high to be pulled down. You said earlier you have one of these vehicles - is it a kit of yours, or whose? Will I refer you to my OP where I experimented with the chassis, weight...
by Julian Roberts
Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Gibson crankpins
Replies: 8
Views: 1243

Re: Gibson crankpins

601 is the stuff I've had for years.
by Julian Roberts
Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van
Replies: 15
Views: 2467

Re: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van

Testing on the group layout Calderside the van ran over most of the complex trackwork perfectly but at two locations near or on points derailed occasionally . The non-compensated wheelset was the one jumping the rails. I have put in two more 10g sheets of lead flashing, evenly distributed, so the we...
by Julian Roberts
Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Gibson crankpins
Replies: 8
Views: 1243

Re: Gibson crankpins

There was a lot written on the Forum about return cranks last year on my Crab thread and on one of Dave Holt's loco threads. But not I think specifically on the problem you have. I'm surprised if Loctite isn't the answer. I always find it devastatingly effective - I would worry more about it getting...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Jan 05, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 23
Views: 3749

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Meanwhile the chassis has been revisited, having found I needed renew the driving wheels. Looking up the Sharman bible I found the crank throw should be greater than the ones that came with the semi-built model. The correct wheels are those also for one of the large GWR locos. I knew this might give...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van
Replies: 15
Views: 2467

Re: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van

With another project running concurrently progress has been slow. But that allows paint to dry. Van ready for testing on Calderside. Runs fine on my test tracks. Terrible paint job?....or realistic weathering?....glazing remains to be done once I've decided when to stop.... Couplings to do still. 20...
by Julian Roberts
Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 23
Views: 3749

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Absolutely Will. I haven't encountered the terms tub or virality but I think my activity today illustrates the point you are both making about leaving small items large enough to be able to hold firmly as long as possible. I'm going from the biggest parts of the loco to the smallest - this exhaust s...
by Julian Roberts
Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 23
Views: 3749

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Again very many thanks for your suggestions John, very wise in all aspects. And thanks for sharing your photos. I'll be pleased to get half as good an outcome.

Happy New Decade anyone reading this.
by Julian Roberts
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 23
Views: 3749

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Very many thanks for your comprehensive reply John. Your photo looks very convincing. I don't own any of these machine tools, though I can have access to a lathe at our club. I wonder how you fabricated the one done without machine tools and how it compares. Mulling this over, I have some double sid...
by Julian Roberts
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 23
Views: 3749

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Anyway, now it's the bit that possibly explains why I found I had more urgent loco projects six years ago. :o Midland Compound 015.jpg Midland Compound 108.jpg Midland Compound 107.jpg Midland Compound 106.jpg This is the right hand side of 1000. I believe all this plumbing is the large ejector (?)....
by Julian Roberts
Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 23
Views: 3749

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Found I had this too - any use?
by Julian Roberts
Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 23
Views: 3749

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Hi Horsetan - my pc was Out of Service but now I can upload the pictures I took of 1000, that show the tender. I don't know the answer to your question, but here they are if that helps. The tender of this kit was more or less complete when I bought it. Regarding all the solder, I hope my skills may ...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 23
Views: 3749

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Yes.....Solder or no solder here is an attempt at the mudhole door. I wonder if there's a better way of representing them.

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I took the type of door on this loco
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forgetting one of Jeremy's photos showed no door at all on the right side... :cry:
by Julian Roberts
Fri Dec 20, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 23
Views: 3749

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Hereon I'm working on both the chassis and body. I always find it a struggle deciding which actual loco I'm modelling. The first criteria is, one that was working in Scotland in the 1950s. I've fixed on extended frames and smoke box so that limits me. It's difficult finding photos of both sides of o...
by Julian Roberts
Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 23
Views: 3749

Gibson LMS Compound

Six years have passed on what were supposed to be some quick projects. Now my focus is getting this finished. I had been rather set back with electrical problems, short circuits. I assumed I had not got full insulation of bogie or tender and spent much time trying to see what I'd done wrong. I overl...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 2862

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

what happened to the bit of tube soldered through? Photos weren't in order. I assumed you'd assume these, here they are for clarity. Perhaps people don't want to ask stupid questions, or questions that make them seem stupid!? I never worry about that, it's part of the job being the clown of the orc...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 2862

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

Quick couple of photos show how I (and Heath Robinson) made the jig, and that it was for a different purpose - to alter the crankpin position. (The nearest available wheel crankpin throw was great enough that fouling might occur at the top of the stroke.) Over the last couple of days I couldn't thin...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 2862

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

Yes Will I agree. All I needed here was a way of holding a hand drill vertical. Wonder if George Watts could come up with something. His quartering jig is just so clever - and only half the price or less of a RTR loco.
by Julian Roberts
Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 2862

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

This will read in the same way as after an orchestral concert the PA system is sometimes used to blast out some rock music while the stage hands get on with putting all the stage stuff away and packing up. After such a lot of excellent advice I am embarrassed to say I have been quite Heathen and Hea...
by Julian Roberts
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 2862

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

Very many thanks all. :thumb
by Julian Roberts
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 2862

Jig for drilling crankpin hole

I've got some new Gibson wheels with dimples only. They aren't available with a hole. All that's required is to drill the hole vertically. Hah! - not so terribly easy to get it really accurately vertical. I'm pretty sure I saw here a jig for doing this that may have been commercially available, with...
by Julian Roberts
Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 3
Replies: 145
Views: 34963

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 3

:D Brilliant Allan, thanks! From such happy memories :lol: is our enthusiasm many decades later!

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