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by Julian Roberts
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:48 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Rebuilt Royal Scot, 46109
Replies: 186
Views: 25959

Re: Brassmasters Rebuilt Royal Scot, 46109

davebradwell wrote:That's nuts Dave

DaveB

:D
Nuts or not, I'm enjoying every minute of this thread! Fantastic work DaveH. So glad that Cab view driver didn't permanently distract you away from modelling. It was the end of my sons' interest in the trainset I made for them!
by Julian Roberts
Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:53 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Hornblock cut out question
Replies: 25
Views: 1105

Re: Hornblock cut out question

Don't know if this is helpful - I've concluded it's a lot easier to adjust the rods than the chassis, using the stepped axle jigs. Recent builds have had two layer rods, or I've used Gibson universal ones, that adjust to the wheel spacing. Not sure if there is a problem of expansion/contraction when...
by Julian Roberts
Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:42 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction for Kyle of Lochalsh
Replies: 81
Views: 11718

Re: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction for Kyle of Lochalsh

I bought blades primarily so that I would know the stockrail side would be mating properly with the stockrail, flush all the way, once it is straightened. So the tip of the diverging blade is 0.15ish or less - pretty damn fine for a joggled switch. It's 1.9 high or maybe a tad over, 1.95. The Web on...
by Julian Roberts
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:41 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Simons workbench industrials. Primrose no2
Replies: 132
Views: 11802

Re: Simons workbench industrials. Primrose no2

Simon it's been great reading your thread. You've mentioned the problems of painting. I made all my locos as you do, compensated with a fixed wheel, until I made a High Level kit. That was a revelation in that it showed me how to do several things I'd been realising I needed to do. 1. To have all wh...
by Julian Roberts
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:26 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Hornblock cut out question
Replies: 25
Views: 1105

Re: Hornblock cut out question

I wonder if the excellent advice here could be summarized into an article for the Snooze? Without drawings of exactly what is being talked about I've found it not totally easy to follow. Or is the conclusion that JB's article already says it all?
by Julian Roberts
Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:02 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 243
Views: 54204

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

There is a conversation here https://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=7028&start=75 on E Switch chairing with several drawings. Hello Ted My main issue now, having been enlightened by your post, is where to first fix the switch (how far from the tip) as I think I read on Tony's tu...
by Julian Roberts
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction for Kyle of Lochalsh
Replies: 81
Views: 11718

Re: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction for Kyle of Lochalsh

Hi Ted and Tony Many thanks both for all this help. Would it agreeable to you if I copy and paste that exchange onto the turnout question thread? I've got a limited choice remaining in etched chairs.  There are running chairs, slide chairs, and block chairs to choose from for this area.  The block c...
by Julian Roberts
Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction for Kyle of Lochalsh
Replies: 81
Views: 11718

Re: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction for Kyle of Lochalsh

Hello Ted I'm very grateful for your assistance. I didn't really expect anyone to come up with an answer to my question, or even that anyone would be reading it! It's a relief that I've cut up the rails to the right lengths. My main issue now, having been enlightened by your post, is where to first ...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Apr 04, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction for Kyle of Lochalsh
Replies: 81
Views: 11718

Re: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction for Kyle of Lochalsh - E16 switchrail joints

Thank you Tony and Keith for your help there. I've got a bit bogged down setting up the stockrails. Previously I showed setting up the stockgauge. However I found that the rail used for the switches I've bought is slightly wider. Result undergauge stockgauge. So I had to re-do it and thought while I...
by Julian Roberts
Tue Mar 30, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction for Kyle of Lochalsh
Replies: 81
Views: 11718

Re: E16 for Masokits etched chairs turnout construction for Kyle of Lochalsh

This curved turnout is massive. 20210318_205249.jpg The radius is vast, so I'm assuming/pretending the planing is straight. I've followed the instructions for making the stockgauge on the Templot site. 20210329_171102.jpg Then done this to get it straight, which was the procedure on the first side t...
by Julian Roberts
Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 243
Views: 54204

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

Follow the prototype, make your switch so it sits fully against the stock rail naturally without any forcing, assemble it like that. Then the tie bars pull it away to open it rather than pushing to close it. The way flexible switches work is that the switch blades (points) are sprung against each o...
by Julian Roberts
Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 243
Views: 54204

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

Really a great series Tony. Thank you for all this work showing us and future readers how it's done. For the moment I'm unlikely to be making any FB track. But as a matter of interest, I wonder if you'll include anything about the fixings. On plain track the much more delicate fixings, as chairs are...
by Julian Roberts
Wed Mar 24, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Turnout Construction - a summary of what I've learned from the Forum and Templot
Replies: 9
Views: 941

Re: Turnout Construction - a summary of what I've learned from the Forum and Templot

Thanks for feedback everyone. I've edited the first post and attached an updated download. Apologies that the whole thing is not really absolutely finished. It is not in any way meant to supplant or change anything that Tony and Martin have written. It is drawn from them but as you say Richard may m...
by Julian Roberts
Tue Mar 23, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Turnout Construction - a summary of what I've learned from the Forum and Templot
Replies: 9
Views: 941

Turnout Construction - a summary of what I've learned from the Forum and Templot

I started making P4 turnouts about 6 years ago. Since then I've learned a huge amount from this Forum and the Templot Forum, and particularly from the Templot "Real Track", now at https://85a.uk/templot/companion/real_track.php I've summarized it recently. I've written it as though I was s...
by Julian Roberts
Tue Mar 23, 2021 7:45 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits vs Ambis vs Exactoscale tiebars
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: Masokits vs Ambis vs Exactoscale tiebars

That looks a good way to go. Seeing Geraint's post above reminds me of these (Turnout Ground Connection Kit) that you can get from the Society Stores. Scalefour Soc stretcher bars.PNG I made them up a few years ago but they needed modification to get this result. They work fine at keeping the blades...
by Julian Roberts
Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:50 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Simons workbench industrials. Primrose no2
Replies: 132
Views: 11802

Re: Simons workbench industrials. 16inch Hunslet

The set needs to be just the right angle, and in the proper place. I always understood that that was the critical objective and the set compensates for the width in the switch rail. Any planing of the switch tip is to guide the wheel onto the switch rail and not to compensate for its width. Hi Rich...
by Julian Roberts
Mon Mar 22, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Simons workbench industrials. Primrose no2
Replies: 132
Views: 11802

Re: Simons workbench industrials. 16inch Hunslet

Simon, your turnout is working, that's the main thing. As you show, just a few strokes of the files make the undercut blade perfectly practical. Tony Wilkins describes it all in full detail https://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=5727 with this result Switches 45.jpg He says that the...
by Julian Roberts
Mon Mar 22, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Simons workbench industrials. Primrose no2
Replies: 132
Views: 11802

Re: Simons workbench industrials. 16inch Hunslet

That's great news Simon. I agree with your idea of springing the wheels rather than just rely on them dropping. How heavy are these little wagons? The tips of switch blades are often prone to a tiny track undergauge, Allan F Allan, is it not the case that, "if you think about it" (as the p...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Mar 21, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits vs Ambis vs Exactoscale tiebars
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: Masokits vs Ambis vs Exactoscale tiebars

https://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7028&start=25 https://85a.co.uk/forum/view_topic.php?id=3805&forum_id=6 Hi Neil The 2nd of those links is perhaps more helpful... I think it depends what your criteria is/are. Are you intending they actually actuate the blades or are more by wa...
by Julian Roberts
Sat Mar 20, 2021 7:56 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction for Kyle of Lochalsh
Replies: 81
Views: 11718

Re: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction for Kyle of Lochalsh - curviform crossing

The Pickersgill 4-4-0s were handsome locos, even without smoke ix wing plates. They were long lasting and looked really good in lined BR black. Jim P Would they have been one of Pickersgill's most successful classes Jim? The redesign of the single slip (so it is straight not curved) necessitated re...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Mar 19, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Simons workbench industrials. Primrose no2
Replies: 132
Views: 11802

Re: Simons workbench industrials. 16inch Hunslet

Dave i have had it sat on a piece of plate glass to make sure it has all four wheels down. Its all straight & i have checked everything as i have gone. As soon as it hits the point blade its lifting. Simon you've got to the nub of the whole thing here. It's extraordinary how P4 flanges can just...
by Julian Roberts
Wed Mar 17, 2021 12:04 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Track height
Replies: 4
Views: 445

Re: Track height

Quite agree Philip. Just to answer the question

Wizard copperclad sleepers 1.6

Rail height with Masokits etched chairs 4.2 on Wizard sleepers

(Possibly over liberal tinning may add around 0.1 to rail height.)

So etched chairs give rail to sleeper gap 0.6

Old copperclad 1.1

Old FB rail 2.1
by Julian Roberts
Wed Mar 17, 2021 6:37 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Track height
Replies: 4
Views: 445

Re: Track height

My bullhead rail currently in use is 1.9mm high. Bought some 20 years ago as EM track from SMP. Masokits etched chairs raise the rail bottom 0.5mm (maybe a tiny bit more) above sleeper. I've got two kinds of pre-cut copperclad sleeper on the go, more recent glass fibre(?) stuff from Wizard is thicke...
by Julian Roberts
Tue Mar 16, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: A detailed Bachmann 57xx pannier tank
Replies: 8
Views: 864

Re: A detailed Bachmann 57xx pannier tank

Lovely absolutely filthy finish :) I echo Steve - how do you do it? I really like the ground level camera perspective. Regarding slow speed running, assuming you've got exact correlation of wheel spacing and rod lengths, crankpins exactly matching each other for throw and angle on each side, and qua...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:29 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction for Kyle of Lochalsh
Replies: 81
Views: 11718

Re: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction for Kyle of Lochalsh

Thanks for the advice Terry and Will, and the encouragement. It's Pickersgill's version of the Dunalistair. (Not sure if they were found to be any improvement on McIntosh's final version which look very similar.) This was the only vehicle that climbed one of the switch rails, going backwards without...

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