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by dal-t
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Railmotors, Railcars and Multiple Units
Topic: Why the big windows?
Replies: 23
Views: 2116

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: 952

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: 523
Views: 90223

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: 22462

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: 1620

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: 3053

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: 1128

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: 1331

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: 257
Views: 31336

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: 257
Views: 31336

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: 257
Views: 31336

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: 882

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.
by dal-t
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Suitable paint for goods vehicles
Replies: 12
Views: 889

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: 34
Views: 2849

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: 941

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: 74
Views: 5003

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: 263
Views: 41385

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: 7140

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: 247
Views: 56379

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: 2258

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: 1925

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: 1275

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: 103361

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: 74
Views: 16972

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: 4565

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 ...).

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