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by Julian Roberts
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 39
Views: 5295

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

It was invaluable to have the Wild Swan GA drawing for all this and adding sanding gear. I'm not sure about copyright rights and wrongs but forebear from photographing that part of the drawing for that reason. It enabled me to make sense of the pictures that I took all those years ago that follow. I...
by Julian Roberts
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 39
Views: 5295

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

The brakes were a bit of a headscratcher as the kit's first owner had made a start and I couldn't relate anything to numbered parts in the instructions. These refer to two different lengths of brakes according to whether one is making an original 7 foot wheel loco or later 6' 9". More to the po...
by Julian Roberts
Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 39
Views: 5295

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

The photos of construction I took are not very good, all fairly obvious anyway
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by Julian Roberts
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 39
Views: 5295

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

I'll catch with what I've already written as a draft for this thread in thee parts - drain cocks, brakes, sanding gear. I've started the chassis detailing, though ideally I'd have tested the loco on "Calderside" more thoroughly before this stage. It's all delicate and vulnerable to damage,...
by Julian Roberts
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 39
Views: 5295

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Progress now at this stage. I'll finish writing a description sometime soon.
by Julian Roberts
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 92
Views: 9734

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Although guided by the pipe and rod diagram for the full size loco.... Dave all the extra detail is one of the things that lifts your models to such distinction. Are pipe and rod diagrams of other steam locos generally obtainable for modellers? I'm wondering how I can get such knowledge of the deta...
by Julian Roberts
Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: First chassis in P4
Replies: 49
Views: 2609

Re: First chassis in P4

HlH3vxjxE7w ifIRUOo3eUo Hi David That's my High Level Barclay at Model Rail Scotland a few years ago, compensated with twin longitudinal beams between the rear and middle drivers, and a central beam on the front axle. I think it's probably as smooth as you are looking for - bearing in mind that the...
by Julian Roberts
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van
Replies: 19
Views: 3091

Re: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van

Yes Noel I remember that generally on passenger guards coaches. The model kit comes with reference photos of the preserved BZ at the Great Central Railway. Here is one of them. Seems your message needs to be told there too. Or maybe they hadn't quite finished when the photo was taken. Thank you for ...
by Julian Roberts
Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van
Replies: 19
Views: 3091

Re: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van

Van is finished now, with numbering and weathering advice from friend and guru Allan Goodwillie. Apparently however dirty it became the number would always be wiped to keep it legible. (I'd hoped to get away without bothering with numbering...) 20200224_160327-1-1.jpg Here it is at a previous stage ...
by Julian Roberts
Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 39
Views: 5295

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Basic effort confected from some spare valve gear etch. When it's painted a darkish colour it'll look better... 20200206_215420.jpg 20200207_110117.jpg 20200207_110420.jpg The connection to the lubricator presently fixed to the pipe will look OK when the lubricator is there. The other connecting lev...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 39
Views: 5295

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Just as I thought I was nearly through with only a few small details left to fix on I realised the reverser isn't on yet. And that took me to a load of photos I took - many more than these. Some of this must be represented. Lots of scratchbuilding?...at least I've got plenty of information, but I wo...
by Julian Roberts
Sat Feb 01, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 39
Views: 5295

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Yes Will (thank you! - my progress may bring shudders to those of equine saddlery sensibilities but I do this to encourage others of my unashamedly amateur standard to similarly have a go) and for the reason you pointed to I won't build anything more with a fixed axle. (Both loco and tender of the C...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 39
Views: 5295

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Parking the lubricator question for the time being (the pipework on the left of it is apparently the atomiser) I got on with the front steps. When I acquired the semi-built kit these were already attached but vulnerable and I removed them. The two holes for the footstep handrail were drilled each si...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Track for battery/radio control?
Replies: 28
Views: 1515

Re: Track for battery/radio control?

This sounds a brilliant idea Martin. I'd have thought the potential is limited only by our imagination. I won't be going down the route myself being committed to traditional control methods. Not meaning to be dismissive in any way, maybe the possibilities in the kids or junior side of the trade or h...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 39
Views: 5295

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Thanks Tim! - RS Components
by Julian Roberts
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 39
Views: 5295

Re: Gibson LMS Compound - Wakefield lubricator detailing

Thanks John (apologies for calling you Jeremy before this edit!) - great that you're making an etch. Below I'll put all the remaining photos of that part that I took in case it's useful. I've been thinking all the way along, surely it must be possible to get castings or etchings made for this assemb...
by Julian Roberts
Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 39
Views: 5295

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

With the new wheels the loco went like this on first powering up. This was minimum speed. I-7jR_eM43o The front tender wheels prove to be damaged and the centre ones at this stage had a coil spring tangled up in the axle. That has since been sorted, and Colin will replace the centres of the front pa...
by Julian Roberts
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 92
Views: 9734

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Please don't lose heart Dave! Will you or your locos be at Scalefour North?
The combination lever looks as though it's been modified? Or have you mentioned that already.
by Julian Roberts
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Bill Bedford Coach Bogies
Replies: 17
Views: 1021

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: 17
Views: 1021

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: 19
Views: 3091

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: 19
Views: 3091

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: 9
Views: 1695

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: 19
Views: 3091

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: 9
Views: 1695

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...

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