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by dal-t
Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: S4-9?
Replies: 9
Views: 665

Re: S4-9?

Not very. For me, the prime requirements of a coupling are (a) couple up readily, (b) stay coupled when you want them to, and (c) uncouple reliably when you want them to. The Meridian choppers meet (a) and (c) fine (using a simple 00-9 push-up uncoupling ramp for (c), that also operates Bemo hook-an...
by dal-t
Wed Sep 02, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Boiler Bands
Replies: 9
Views: 409

Re: Boiler Bands

If using the tape method, I'd recommend Kabuki rather than Sellotape - it may be more over-scale, but the adhesive seems to last for ever, and it cuts and takes paint far better. All of my aircraft models have for many years had seat-belts made from this material (except the 1/32 or 1/24 scale ones,...
by dal-t
Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Bill Bedford 3D wagon kits
Replies: 17
Views: 1601

Re: Bill Bedford 3D wagon kits

This is the worst of mine, a 3-plank in the dark plastic. Another, similar, is less bowed, and a couple of D.33 vans in the lighter resin show slight signs of bowing but should not be a problem with some internal bracing and the roof fitted (although I might still try the hot/cold water treatment on...
by dal-t
Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Bill Bedford 3D wagon kits
Replies: 17
Views: 1601

Re: Bill Bedford 3D wagon kits

I have a couple suffering from the same problem which I haven't got around to sorting yet, but my planned approach is the standard for warped plastic/resin (or indeed flat plastic you want forming to a shape), that is attach firmly to a suitable shape - wood block from an old rubber stamp usually wo...
by dal-t
Mon Jul 20, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: hedgelaying
Replies: 10
Views: 4351

Re: hedgelaying

Well, the link to Northamptonshire methods looked pretty close to what I remember watching as a lad (have bike, will travel any byway) in my part of Buckinghamshire - but we were the wrong end of the county, so although we spoke much better than them furriners, Norff Ants wasn't that far away. At th...
by dal-t
Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: EBMA Material Stand
Replies: 43
Views: 3368

Re: EBMA Material Stand

My latest parts storage device in the humble egg box. Over here they come in four different sizes (4, 6, 10, and 12 eggs) and those that are given freely when you buy 'loose' eggs are invariably made of old-fashioned, compostable cardboard (supermarkets do occasionally have the nasty blown plastic o...
by dal-t
Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Best Glue for the job!
Replies: 29
Views: 2361

Re: Best Glue for the job!

Has anyone yet tried the new MIG/AK/Colle 21 black cyano? Since I can't seem to avoid applying oversized blobs of superglue, and hate the white mounds that result when it dries, I'm about to order some (unless anyone tells me its absolute rubbish and i ought to stick with the standard stuff - in whi...
by dal-t
Wed May 06, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Yard crane gears
Replies: 28
Views: 2198

Re: Yard crane gears

I think it is there Richard. If you look at the two struts that come down from the pillar to the beam, the back strut does seem to go behind a “box”. If it was something on the building in the background then both struts would be visible. Great piece of work Andy. I agree, the vanishing strut (sing...
by dal-t
Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: D95 banana van
Replies: 20
Views: 1609

Re: D95 banana van

Arrgh, another dilemma to wrestle with - I would dearly love one (or more) of these for my Premier Line goods fleet, but can I face the trauma of (non-) delivery from Shapeways, who don't recognise the realities of couriers in rural France and refuse to use the far more effective postal service? I t...
by dal-t
Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies
Replies: 61
Views: 5979

Re: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies

Oh drat, wish I'd read that bit about the ventilators earlier (like about six years earlier!). I've got a batch of clerestories in build (yes, they've really been on the go that long - other projects, mostly with wings and pointy noses, have forced them into the layby siding) and they're meant to be...
by dal-t
Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Humbrol enamel paint chart
Replies: 8
Views: 901

Re: Humbrol enamel paint chart

Too true, and it goes well beyond the colour - recent pots have something much closer to treacle than paint, and don't respond well to normal enamel thinners, whether white spirit or genuine 'turps'. But it isn't a new thing - I have about six generations of Hu 54 'Brass', each one different, and th...
by dal-t
Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Railmatch paints
Replies: 3
Views: 1494

Re: Railmatch paints

Humbrol are suffering from the same problem - some of their recent stuff is more like thick custard than cream or milk, and it doesn't necessarily mix well with thinner, although it does seem to get a bit better if you keep it unopened for a while (ike a couple of years). I have heard that despite t...
by dal-t
Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Hold and Fold Tools
Replies: 16
Views: 2799

Re: Hold and Fold Tools

Alongside the table-top models, there is a handy little option for those minor jobs

here

I just like the idea of using photo-etch to fold photo-etch ...
by dal-t
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Rumney Models - To Reopen 1st September
Replies: 105
Views: 32975

Re: Rumney Models - New Address

Hope you settle in well in Ross - always one of our favourite places to visit when we lived in FoD, with a range of good eateries*, some eclectic shopping, and, of course, remnants of railway interest. Good also that there is going to be a model railway connection again! *I shall always remember lun...
by dal-t
Sun Dec 08, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 6160

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

Unimat 1 Metaline still available new (699 euros with tax in France) - plastic Unimat 1 with many parts in metal instead - but only secondhand Unimat 3s (not sure the downgraded Unimat 4 ever sold here).
by dal-t
Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 215
Views: 36487

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Are there any regular readers? I'd say so, always a delight (even though its not 'my' railway), and none of that bickering some other threads seem so prone to. Keep 'em coming, please - and good luck with the house move, in my experience half a mile (or at least a few miles) can be as disruptive as ...
by dal-t
Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Buffer Stops
Replies: 7
Views: 1337

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: 5068

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: 1634

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: 7734

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: 1801

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: 7734

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: 121
Views: 21364

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: 121
Views: 21364

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: 2521

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...

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