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by dal-t
Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Buffer Stops
Replies: 7
Views: 539

Re: Buffer Stops

When I first saw your photo it struck me how close it looked to the Lanarkshire L&NWR components currently adorning my workbench (proved too long for an already built location - had to be substituted by a set from that nasty company that ran small red engines). They are not identical - the Nor'W...
by dal-t
Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: None specific model products
Replies: 27
Views: 2769

Re: None specific model products

Returning briefly to Jim's original theme for this thread, I have two contributions. The first - and my favourite - is the use of supermarker 'press and dispense' correction pens (liquid 'snopake' to those of us who pre-date digital printing) for filling seams in plastic kits. If you have a less tha...
by dal-t
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Pre-Grouping locomotive photographs
Replies: 5
Views: 922

Re: Pre-Grouping locomotive photographs

That photo of Hampden (slightly cropped) is in Talbot's 'LNWR Engines', along with another of it showing a different (and slightly less inelegant) design that was also fitted to the 4-4-0 Jubilee Iron Duke. Ted says "(Hampden) seems to have run with it for several months if not years. How well ...
by dal-t
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Wizard Models
Replies: 60
Views: 3885

Re: Wizard Models

Not on my computer - it was quite clear it was going to charge me the full wack, and I very nearly pressed 'Go' on the pay button. I appreciate postage costs have to cover packaging, and from the UK there are Royal Mail's inflated profits to subsidise, but I do get a bit steamed up with people who s...
by dal-t
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Movement detector?
Replies: 9
Views: 810

Re: Movement detector?

I've got an annoying little motion detector that came in the form of a cheap rechargeable torch cum emergency light. It sits plugged into it's charger in a power socket, from which it can just be lifted out if you want a torch, but it also comes on automatically if there's a power cut. Ideal for our...
by dal-t
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Wizard Models
Replies: 60
Views: 3885

Re: Wizard Models

Well, I hope he makes a go of it, but there won't be many on-line orders from me. I was about to purchase a couple of ground signals and an odd bit and bob earlier this week, until I discovered that the postage was going to be more than twice the value of the goods. It's a fixed sum, so OK if you're...
by dal-t
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 109
Views: 12379

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

Ah, thanks for the explanation. That's the problem with roundhouses, and the reason sensible railways moved away from them at an early stage, but they do make very impressive structures, as models and in real life!
by dal-t
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 109
Views: 12379

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

I particularly like the two interlaced exits from the nearest wagon t/t - don't think I've seen such a layout before (but it has a number of attractions in a tight yard ...). However, am I right in thinking that all those lines go tits-up if the big spinning disc in the house where they keep the fie...
by dal-t
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: New C&L Crowdfunding Project for P4 Plain Track
Replies: 9
Views: 1356

Re: New C&L Crowdfunding Project for P4 Plain Track

It appears you get 20M of track for your £150 - too difficult for me to work out if that is a fair price or not, I tend to work in hundreds of chairs and metres of sleeper strip, as per the Stores order form. But what really confuses me is whether 75% of the required costs (whatever they are) have t...
by dal-t
Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signalling for Tingley Common
Replies: 39
Views: 2738

Re: Signalling for Tingley Common

Personally, I much prefer the original Microscale Kystal Klear to Humbrol's somewhat shoddy ripoff, but each to their own. What you will find is that all such window glues, to a greater or lesser extent, produce a dished 'lens' rather than a flat pane. Sometimes this can be used to advantage, someti...
by dal-t
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Track Laying
Replies: 32
Views: 2698

Re: Track Laying

Not making any recommendations, but in the very early days (45 years ago), with no local model shops, and unable to attend the big shows where traders were, I used cellulose thinners from Halfords to weld plasticard. It worked, if not as well as the butanone I use now. I think the point is that any...
by dal-t
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Track Laying
Replies: 32
Views: 2698

Re: Track Laying

There's another benefit to wooden sleepers if you're a ham-fisted modeller like me (not suggesting for one moment this applies to you, Paul, as you're clearly much better organised and prepared than I ever am) - if you happen to get a hot soldering iron near them, as I've just done fixing up the gro...
by dal-t
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 268
Views: 64839

Re: The Burford Branch

Works as advertised on my ancient ipad running ios5.1.1 and (almost as ancient) Dell running Windows XP. Ain't that weird?
by dal-t
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Railmotors, Railcars and Multiple Units
Topic: Why the big windows?
Replies: 23
Views: 3481

Re: Why the big windows?

The Deltic nose did allow fitting of the crew loo and washbasin - don't think that was what 'drove' the design, though ...
by dal-t
Thu May 30, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Exactoscale PW023
Replies: 16
Views: 1499

Re: Exactoscale PW023

Ha, so parallel on the left, triangular on the right? Just wondering also how much 'tolerance' is built into all those soldered/riveted/bolted joints?
by dal-t
Tue May 28, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 535
Views: 103239

Re: Brettell Road

It is often the little things that make the difference and you have illustrated that with your usual thoroughness, two definite improvements to add to an already smashing totality. I just hope we're not now going to get into a long debate about 'joggled' baseboard joints ...
by dal-t
Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Craig Warton
Topic: wagon building progress.
Replies: 84
Views: 25712

Re: wagon building progress.

Nice set of the FoD's finest there - instantly reminded me of trips to the pub/restaurant in Newnham where they used to have a rake of local wagons on the mantlepiece. It is many years since I built my last 4mm mineral - I've knocked out a few 7mm ones in the meantime - but with goodies like those u...
by dal-t
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: rail/wheel profile - prototype has problems too
Replies: 22
Views: 2318

Re: rail/wheel profile - prototype has problems too

Re the 50gms/1oz weighting, I have pointed out before (too many years spent perusing 'Model Railroader' from cover to cover) that it was based on fairly extensive empirical research, but all with vehicles on US-style 4-wheel trucks . So applicability to UK rigid-wheelbase wagons is certainly open to...
by dal-t
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Crossing Vee Jig
Replies: 26
Views: 3932

Re: Crossing Vee Jig

I'm so pleased to learn Templot comes equipped with a big 'ammer - I shall have much more confidence when using it now! :D :D :D
by dal-t
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Mystery apparatus at Radstock
Replies: 8
Views: 1454

Re: Mystery apparatus at Radstock

Feeling ever so slightly 'smug' that my intuitive 'guess' was what it turned out to be, despite failing to find any documentary evidence to support my feeling, which held me back from posting before the experts had spoken. But I am now fretting (a habit I seem completely unable to shake) over where ...
by dal-t
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Scalescenes Industrial Box File Layout
Replies: 9
Views: 1788

Re: Scalescenes Industrial Box File Layout

I have been following other attempts at this - prompted by a discussion of industrial building colours in the 1950s - but have been disappointed to see very few, if any, attempts at properly 'inset' track. It would be nice if that were about to change ... ;) ;) ;)
by dal-t
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 290
Views: 41474

Re: Crab Comet conversion

Is it just the video, or do I detect (marginally, in the initial slow running) the presence of the 'iron rule' that locos must always go better backwards than forwards? There seems to be a very, very slight hesitation when the crankpins reach tdc in forward gear, that isn't present in reverse ...?
by dal-t
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 290
Views: 41474

Re: Crab Comet conversion

Dave,

Many thanks - (small) store of technical knowledge now expanded!
by dal-t
Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 290
Views: 41474

Re: Crab Comet conversion

OK, idiot question, but it is an idiot asking it - where's the third pipe come from (I do know Crabs are two-cylinder locos!)? Is there a drain cock on the valve chest as well as the two on the piston?
by dal-t
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Congratulations to Dave Franks et al.
Replies: 14
Views: 1351

Re: Congratulations to Dave Franks et al.

It's only EM if they've done a gauge conversion overnight a la GWR; always billed as OO, although I agree it is difficult to tell from the look of the track. Its successor will also be narrow gauge, I understand.

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