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by Will L
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: iak
Topic: Screw Coupling Protocol
Replies: 11
Views: 1143

Re: Screw Coupling Protocol

When using these couplings, it may just prove more practical to couple routinely if you use the longer link as they get more difficult to use the sorter/tighter they are, although this is less true if you use sprung buffers. But also keep in mind you don't need to make the bend in the loop too tight...
by Will L
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR 1366PT - Heljan Model
Replies: 16
Views: 775

Re: GWR 1366PT - Heljan Model

Will wrote: Yes I was significantly under informed too and had never heard of them. Seems they primarily do small industrials and appear to have a significant range. Will, you took a close look at a CSP kit at Scaleforum in September... Remember this little CSB'd CSP kit? :D As said, significantly ...
by Will L
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR 1366PT - Heljan Model
Replies: 16
Views: 775

Re: GWR 1366PT - Heljan Model

steve howe wrote:I have a DJH kit waiting its turn, I've never heard of CSP, can anyone enlighten me?


Yes I was significantly under informed too and had never heard of them. Seems they primarily do small industrials and appear to have a significant range.
Web site here
by Will L
Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Flywheel sources
Replies: 9
Views: 544

Re: Flywheel sources

A small lump of turned brass is an awful lot cheaper than a DCC system... ...or even an emf based DC controller, but considerably less effevtive. Your flywheel does nothing when you really need it, at very slow speed, while the emf based system is at it's best at low speeds. No experience of Nigel'...
by Will L
Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 129
Views: 9994

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

mikemeg wrote:I did wonder whether doing a 'blow by blow' of the build(s) was of any interest but, Dave, you've answered that query - many thanks.


Fear not, Dave will not be the only one to watch with interest. I for one will be disappointed if you don't. See the Digital Highlights column in the next snooze.
by Will L
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 129
Views: 9994

Re: Some North Eastern Locomotive Builds

...I'm using HMRS pressfix transfers on this and as the sheet is now quite old, the glue is not as potent as it might be so getting the various elements to stick can be a challenge... I seem to remember that Pressfix transfers that have passed their best can be made to work by treating them like Me...
by Will L
Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: track inclines from level to standard bridge height
Replies: 3
Views: 319

Re: track inclines from level to standard bridge height

You may find the following of interet, as it gives you an idea of what sort of things can be achieved https://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=1500#p30680 But you will note this is all to do with getting good performance out of your loco, a point Keith also made in passing when he no...
by Will L
Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Example prototype ride over VERY uneven track
Replies: 8
Views: 726

Re: Example prototype ride over VERY uneven track

Bogie vehicles are generally the best able to deal with very uneven track, while vehicles with more than two axles in a rigid frame are the least able. My, certainly only very cursory, research has shown that the average Uk built loco chassis allows no more than 2 inches of vertical movement either ...
by Will L
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Example prototype ride over VERY uneven track
Replies: 8
Views: 726

Re: Example prototype ride over VERY uneven track

All goes to show that working suspension is a wonderful thing, something people who complain about their stock falling off "at random" should consider.
by Will L
Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: painting paving stones and platform copings
Replies: 14
Views: 1346

Re: painting paving stones and platform copings

martin goodall wrote:.. I have not used this technique with paving slabs, but have applied it to individually laid roof slates.


In deed yes, I very much favour this method of slating too.
by Will L
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: painting paving stones and platform copings
Replies: 14
Views: 1346

Re: painting paving stones and platform copings

To get a variation of colour in paving stones I find it easiest to score a lot of slabs on a plastic sheet. Paint then with an uneven wash of your favoured colour before braking them out of the sheet and then lay them at random. Finally wash with a very thin coat of mat back/dark gray to get into th...
by Will L
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: The Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1876

Re: The Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2018

Too much shunting on Black Lion Crossing? ... So, I am truly sorry if the operation of the layout was not up to your expectations, but for me, I had a ball………… Certainly no need to apologies, and I agree the operations did at the very least ensure that all the facilities of the layout did get used ...
by Will L
Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: DCC Concepts Rolling Road
Replies: 9
Views: 1458

Re: DCC Concepts Rolling Road

Philip Hall wrote:Andy, same for me, will make contact when I work out how to, as you’re in the Guest Book, not a member!

Philip

Andy and Proto 87 Stores can be reached at
contact@proto87.com
his website is
http://www.proto87.com/
Andy is in America
by Will L
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench
Replies: 376
Views: 96550

Re: Tim V's workbench

Thanks for the link Noel, the last few post now make some sort of sense
by Will L
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: The Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1876

Re: The Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2018

Black Lion Crossing is an awesome layout - based on the Wrexham area where I spent alot of my childhood and student days so know the prototypes well. If you go to the exhibition, it's worth spending alot of time at this layout, it's well worth seeing and highly recommended viewing. Gareth Agreed it...
by Will L
Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: The Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1876

Re: The Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2018

Black Lion Crossing is an awesome layout - based on the Wrexham area where I spent alot of my childhood and student days so know the prototypes well. If you go to the exhibition, it's worth spending alot of time at this layout, it's well worth seeing and highly recommended viewing. Gareth Agreed it...
by Will L
Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: CSB Fulcrums
Replies: 11
Views: 1234

Re: CSB Fulcrums

...For a four-coupled loco, this also has the advantage of more or less ensuring that the driving axles take equal weights. Yes but only if and when the loco is sitting level. I do agree that we are most unlikely to have any greater need for secondary springing on a bogie than the prototype and the...
by Will L
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: CSB Fulcrums
Replies: 11
Views: 1234

Re: CSB Fulcrums

...I am assuming that it is the horn blocks which ensure the vertical movement you are describing as far as the driven axles are concerned? The axles themselves have the ability to pivot giving independent springing action to each wheel? In theory, though quite how independent opposite ends of a 1/...
by Will L
Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: CSB Fulcrums
Replies: 11
Views: 1234

Re: CSB Fulcrums

...If there is no weight acting on the CSB then surely this height will relate directly to the heights of the anchor points in the frames ...and the deflection which you have drawn relates to the spread sheet calculations ...... dependent upon the C of G and the relative positions of the anchor poi...
by Will L
Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 169
Views: 20452

Re: Crab Comet conversion

"Le Corbusier" PMed me querying me exactly what I meant by ... I have a concern by the fact that that the effective height from the rail head to the CSB fulcrum needs to be the same for the bogie to rubbing plate assembly as for the driving wheel axle bearing block assembly. ... and asked ...
by Will L
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 169
Views: 20452

Re: Crab Comet conversion

...Will I assume you'd agree that springing of the bogie as in Mike's Scot means some weight is being taken. Although my original intention was to have the carrying wheels just going along for the ride, and while certainly they aren't necessary to support the loco weight as on the prototypes, my fe...
by Will L
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 169
Views: 20452

Re: Crab Comet conversion

.. I can't help feeling that there must be a way to mount the bogie itself so that it is sprung off the main CSB? ....Hopefully in such a way that it can be calculated as a simple 0-6-0 with the percentage of weight allocated to the Bogie truck via the spread sheet in line with the loading requirem...
by Will L
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 169
Views: 20452

Re: Crab Comet conversion

Having made a number of equalised bogies, though always using compensating beams, I would imagine that using csb's on bogies might be difficult. Most locomotive bogies have a wheelbase of 6' 0 - 7' 3" so 24 - 29 mm in 4 mm scale. In that distance and especially as there is very little space, b...
by Will L
Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 169
Views: 20452

Re: Crab Comet conversion

Continued post household chores. Of course once you had bogies in play, our American fiends discovered that the 4-4-0 configuration gave considerable advantages when trying to deal with less than perfect track as well as allowing a much larger boiler to be mounted over two coupled axles which provid...
by Will L
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 169
Views: 20452

Re: Crab Comet conversion

...For Clarification purposes .... could someone define the difference between a 'pony' and a bogie truck ... and where each is used on a locomotive? and why the difference? - both I assume are there primarily for weight distribution. :thumb A pony truck has 1 axle and a bogie (normally) 2. The use...

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