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by dal-t
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Suitable paint for goods vehicles
Replies: 12
Views: 464

Re: Suitable paint for goods vehicles

A couple of years ago I realised I was running out of Precision L&NWR grey, and knowing it would be difficult to replenish here, whereas I can get Humbrol enamels from a local supplier, I did some trials of likely contenders for a stand in. Unfortunately the detailed results, with photos taken f...
by dal-t
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Modelling loose heeled switches in 4mm
Replies: 17
Views: 629

Re: Modelling loose heeled switches in 4mm

Oh, so glad those pics right themselves when opened up, my vertigo was having fits (yes, it does anyway, but ...). Now, not being critical, merely curious, but how long do those fishplates last before they snap? My experience of folding photoetch is if I look at it twice it's likely to split, maybe ...
by dal-t
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Frame Spacers for P4 and EM
Replies: 7
Views: 636

Re: Frame Spacers for P4 and EM

I am so glad you have asked this question, because after many years of building locos in EM I got thoroughly fed up with the number of axle washers I had to use to get the sort of running I wanted (i.e. not swaying all over the track, or looking like a segmented snake) but thought it was just my bui...
by dal-t
Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 55
Views: 2128

Re: Carriage loading docks

Don't know how to link to a post on Facebook, but the 'Everything Great Western' Group** has posted an interesting photo of a Fowler traction engine waiting to be unloaded at Carn Brea. Not over an end (carriage) dock, unfortunately, just in the yard and apparently about to be handled with block and...
by dal-t
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 222
Views: 32386

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

Also, Gavin's blemish-removal technique is very, very good. Any chance of getting this demonstrated at a show sometime? I must switch from Squadron green putty to Humbrol for this kind of thing, as I've recently made a right mess of filling and smoothing some wagon prints. Which brand of primer is ...
by dal-t
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Any Wheel and size!
Replies: 62
Views: 5571

Re: Any Wheel and size!

Sounds like the ex-Midland traffic inspector asking the ex-L&NW driver, post 1923, "Where's your Pilot engine?"; pause, shift pipe in teeth, check pocket watch, reply disdainfully (as ex-Premier Line to ex-second best) "Back in 't shed, where 'e belongs!" - or in this case, &...
by dal-t
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 242
Views: 49228

Re: The Burford Branch

Assuming you're using something more recent than iOS 8, the iPhone does have white balance adjustment. Can't say how effective it is or whether you can use it with a grey card, but I can testify that on the odd occasions when I use my wife's iPhone it captures much warmer images than my (seldom colo...
by dal-t
Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: DJ Models Austerity
Replies: 15
Views: 1820

Re: DJ Models Austerity

Anyone wanting an RT chassis may have to wait a bit at the moment, Robert is taking some time off from model supply because the day job (stepping in when the big railway falls over) is proving a bit busy - see announcement/discussion/best wishes etc in the other place.
by dal-t
Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: BR Standard Class 2, 2-6-2 tank
Replies: 16
Views: 1380

Re: BR Standard Class 2, 2-6-2 tank

Very nice, reminds me of my Spottings days at Bletchley in the early 60s. We had 84002 & 84004 which used to work the Wolverton to Newport Pagnell (Newport Nobby), Bletchley to Banbury and Bletchley to Bedford Push/Pull Services. Yes, 84004 was the usual stand-in for 41222 on Nobby when the lat...
by dal-t
Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Serjt-Dave
Topic: Second time Around
Replies: 10
Views: 900

Re: Second time Around

FWIW all three of Noel's vans seem to match prototype examples I have seen (according to how they display on my laptop screen and my personal colour memory, of course). I'm intrigued by the Humbrol Satin Red, though. The current (acrylic ) railway series has several reds, but they are all matt. The ...
by dal-t
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 932
Views: 86610

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

Regarding sleeper-built stops, by coincidence I was exposed to a drawing of one earlier today, which can be found here. I had previously thought the version offered by PECO (which I confess I've used from time to time on 'hidden' sidings) was a work of pure fiction, but perhaps not ...
by dal-t
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Exactoscale Products
Replies: 67
Views: 13275

Re: Exactoscale Products

As an active 'Airfix' modeller, but with a full set of singed fingertips from years of solder and PCB track construction, I can confirm that building a simple turnout, whether from prepared bits or from raw lengths of rail and sleeper, is a darn sight easier than producing a fully detailed version o...
by dal-t
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Scenic modules
Replies: 26
Views: 3166

Re: Scenic modules

Excellent workmanship and instructive to see how the foam is being used. But Gibbon is worth more than that - the sidenotes alone make for an entertaining evening (although giggling over them in the school library is not necessarily the best way to impress your History master ...).
by dal-t
Fri Nov 23, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Hardwick
Topic: PH Designs Wagon Turntable
Replies: 8
Views: 1448

Re: PH Designs Wagon Turntable

Interesting. I like the look of the etchings, but I think I'll await the next part of the saga before placing an order (or trying to - T&Cs that say you'll get an e-mail with payment details are always a trifle off-putting, even if they do recognise there's more to the world than Little England...
by dal-t
Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Hardwick
Topic: PH Designs Wagon Turntable
Replies: 8
Views: 1448

Re: PH Designs Wagon Turntable

Interesting. I like the look of the etchings, but I think I'll await the next part of the saga before placing an order (or trying to - T&Cs that say you'll get an e-mail with payment details are always a trifle off-putting, even if they do recognise there's more to the world than Little England,...
by dal-t
Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: seeking tandem turnout template
Replies: 18
Views: 1359

Re: seeking tandem turnout template

Martin,

This may be a question better put in Templot Club than here (but I'm logged in now so I'll ask it anyway!) - how did you work out the second turnout had to be an A-7? Is it one of those things you just have to know, or am I missing something obvious (I usually do)?
by dal-t
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 185
Views: 28895

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

Once that is built I can move onto the roof seats and any other interior parts


Can't wait for the roof seats - must have been pretty windy up there ...
by dal-t
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Bridge arch question
Replies: 12
Views: 1252

Re: Bridge arch question

Ah, fooled by a slope - thanks for clearing that up! I do love sighting panels (guilty as charged, m'lud, of blatantly over-using them whenever the possibility presents). Obviously that bridge was custom-made for one of my static dioramas ...
by dal-t
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Bridge arch question
Replies: 12
Views: 1252

Re: Bridge arch question

At the risk of spreading confusion where there should be none, am I right in thinking the photo shows a bridge with a (slight) skew, but the drawing is square-on?
by dal-t
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Hessle Haven - a model of a railway
Replies: 74
Views: 18942

Re: Hessle Haven - a model of a railway

Still o/t, but just have to say I've always thought the Desert Air Force camo suits a Spit best. High Speed Silver I'm not so sure about.
by dal-t
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Serjt-Dave
Topic: Happy Chappies
Replies: 2
Views: 696

Re: Happy Chappies

A fine set of shovellors and steerers, if I may say so. What paints did you use? I've been doing a bit of dabbling with Xtracrylics and have been surprised that they're behaving better than Humbrol enamels in the little local chaleur we're having over here at the moment.
by dal-t
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Platform clearance
Replies: 10
Views: 1830

Re: Platform clearance

That does look like a photo to be a bit wary of - the mortar between the bluebrick bulls (and, indeed, the stretchers below them) seems very recent, so I suspect the platform edge had a fair amount of 'tidying-up' sometime after the tracks were lifted. Overhanging edges do represent an ongoing maint...
by dal-t
Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 153
Views: 14578

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

Based on many years swearing and cursing at narrow/mixed gauge layouts with 00-9, 12mm and 14mm track, I would say by all means keep any Peco 9mm plain track, if you can stand the 'crazy' sleepers (I think they do a 'mainline' version now, but assume yours is the original), but ditch any Peco turnou...
by dal-t
Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: London Road Models temporary business disruption
Replies: 9
Views: 1933

Re: London Road Models temporary business disruption

Yes, do please let him know there are many of us hoping he makes a full and speedy recovery (and not just for business reasons - one of the (few) things I miss from UK exhibitions is the chance to chat with him). Sending all the positive thoughts I can muster at short notice, more to follow when the...
by dal-t
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: The LNWR brown train
Replies: 23
Views: 3124

Re: The LNWR brown train

Guy, not an area of my expertise, but worth posing the question on the LNW Soc forum for Philip or A N Other to help you (if Jol doesn't pop along in a minute with the answer). I confess I can't really see from the drawing how the necessary articulation for curves and gradient changes would work on ...

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