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by craig_whilding
Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:36 am
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: how do I convert a Bachmann 47 to P4
Replies: 6
Views: 4384

Re: how do I convert a Bachmann 47 to P4

Yes you have to take all the brakes off and fettle on a P4 conversion, same as a 37.
by craig_whilding
Fri Jul 27, 2012 3:57 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Sprung/Compensated bogies
Replies: 25
Views: 9551

Re: Sprung/Compensated bogies

I'm intrigued that Bill Bedford has gone from designing complex sprung bogies with lots of fiddly parts to 3D printing of whole underframes, printed in one piece - absolutely no bits to add - with one piece bogies shells - see http://www.mousa.biz/fourmm/coach/coach_parts/lms4.html They can hardly ...
by craig_whilding
Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: GWR "B" Sets
Replies: 12
Views: 6365

Re: GWR "B" Sets

If you mean the Airfix Autocoach then its a pretty scale model but it does have bits of detail from two diagrams (28/30 iirc) and needs flush glazing. There have been loads of articles on upgrading it though.
by craig_whilding
Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:06 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Mind the gap! Or how to secure the track either side?
Replies: 23
Views: 11032

Re: Mind the gap! Or how to secure the track either side?

On Slattocks we've used Exactoscale brass chairs soldered to PCB sleepers for the last two sleepers either side of the joints. Seems to be ok so far when we take it down for club meetings.
by craig_whilding
Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:42 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Knuckles's Wagon Building Log
Replies: 169
Views: 37551

Re: Knuckles's Wagon Building Log

Buy these ones - BBWF080-4 BR Open Axleguard 4mm


These two are for 20T plus wagons -
BBWF006-4 RCH Heavy Wagon W-Irons 4mm
BBWF081-4 BR Plate Axleguard - 4mm
by craig_whilding
Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:31 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: swinging nose units
Replies: 6
Views: 2464

Re: swinging nose units

I agree with the others - fix the issues rather than trying to do something more complicated to work around them.

I'd also add you can have a dipped checkrail if say the plastic chair has melted a bit which can also make it ineffective.
by craig_whilding
Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:26 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Protofour Society Manual (TOUs)
Replies: 8
Views: 2830

Re: Protofour Society Manuel

There were some of these for sale at Scalefour North actually on the BnB, either official ones or a copy. They looked a bit more robust than the modern Exactoscale plastic bases which now essentially provide the same basis (sliding bar with tubes about 20.5mm apart that allow pivot wires from the sw...
by craig_whilding
Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:24 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Couplings and Sprung Buffers
Replies: 9
Views: 5089

Re: Couplings and Sprung Buffers

What coaches are they?

MJT do some nice Gresley and I think LMS coach buffers, Model Railway Developments may do something for GWR coaches as well as David Geen.
by craig_whilding
Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:47 am
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels
Replies: 102
Views: 41354

Re: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels

They look a lot better now, good work :). What is the clearance between the wheels and the chassis btw? I'd done a 3D drawing of the hornblocks on the cl14 and was wondering if they would fit the Heljan. Bought some tube of the correct diameters at Railex btw so hopefully I can try sorting out a 37 ...
by craig_whilding
Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:20 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Knuckles's Wagon Building Log
Replies: 169
Views: 37551

Re: Knuckles's Wagon Building Log

Does anyone know much about this wagon? Other than the fact that it is according to the instructions more of a Southern rather than Northern wagon. I really like the unique design of it so will probably do a few more, looks somewhat older and has more character than your bog standard RCH 5 planker....
by craig_whilding
Wed May 30, 2012 8:38 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Which gauges for track construction?
Replies: 52
Views: 16819

Re: Which gauges for track construction?

Ah sorry, that one is a bit more useful.
by craig_whilding
Wed May 30, 2012 7:47 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Which gauges for track construction?
Replies: 52
Views: 16819

Re: Which gauges for track construction?

Thanks Keith. I'm going to build my first "P4 plank" using C&L components, gluing chairs to ply sleepers with butanone ie I'm not soldering. I've put a post in the "Private wants" section to see if anyone has a spare check gauge - so far, 54 views and no offers! Fingers cros...
by craig_whilding
Fri May 25, 2012 11:20 pm
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels
Replies: 102
Views: 41354

Re: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels

Outer rods - 4" x 1.5"
Middle - 5.5" x 1 5/8"

That main boss is 7" wide.

I was going to try and 3D print a master for the horblocks at some stage as you can see them behind the wheels on the prototype.
by craig_whilding
Fri May 25, 2012 12:13 am
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels
Replies: 102
Views: 41354

Re: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels

Ah class 14 coupling rods.. I etched two sets based on the works drawings. Unfortunately I went a bit extreme as they were about 10 layers of 0.25mm thick! http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/3646-p4-finney-28xx-currently/page__st__100#entry208884 I did post a closeup of the rods but I...
by craig_whilding
Sun May 20, 2012 5:35 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log
Replies: 173
Views: 55698

Re: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log

I know about the closure rails, but yeah the closure and switch rails is essentially one, you just have to add rail joints cosmetically afterwards. Ill do all future stretcher bars with higher solder. Unless this fails I think it'll be ok. Will leave it until (if) it breaks. I think next thing may ...
by craig_whilding
Sun May 20, 2012 5:19 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log
Replies: 173
Views: 55698

Re: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log

The rails butting up to the wing rails are the closure rails btw though I assume in the C+L kit they are part of the same bits of rail as the switch rails for strength and ease. I believe they were the rails cut on the prototype too for certain situations of mild curve. Looks like a good build anywa...
by craig_whilding
Thu May 17, 2012 9:36 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: SMP Scaleway
Replies: 8
Views: 4288

Re: SMP Scaleway

There may also have been mention of it in his book on Building Finescale Track, as the key advantage was the colouration for slightly rusty rail, and I'm sure that is discussed there in the introductory chapters. Flymo I always think the rail head then looks odd with PB rail as it doesn't show any ...
by craig_whilding
Mon May 14, 2012 4:25 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Knuckles's Wagon Building Log
Replies: 169
Views: 37551

Re: Knuckles's Wagon Building Log

4ft minimum is normally to allow most of the details to be put on locos in the right place such as footsteps on the corners at the front of locos which can usually interfere with pony trucks/bogies. 3ft seems ok for some locos build specifically for it, not sure if anyone can confirm a pacific aroun...
by craig_whilding
Sun May 13, 2012 7:24 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log
Replies: 173
Views: 55698

Re: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log

Put the wood over the plan and if it all matches up then its fine..

I normally build the pointwork on top of a plan anyway to get the rails roughly in the right place as I also build from strip like Keith.
by craig_whilding
Sun May 13, 2012 6:19 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log
Replies: 173
Views: 55698

Re: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log

Looks quite useful to me as you can easily cut the webs prior to laying the turnout without having to try to stick the knife under the rail. Whether its accident or design I don't know though!
by craig_whilding
Sun May 13, 2012 2:28 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Knuckles's Wagon Building Log
Replies: 169
Views: 37551

Re: Knuckles's Wagon Building Log

I'd really suggest ditching the fold up tabs on the w-irons in future and laying lead the full length of the chassis with a small slot in each end for the coupling hook. Possibly also cut away some of the plastic at the base of the brake shoes to give you more room still and you should be able to ge...
by craig_whilding
Wed May 09, 2012 6:48 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Wheel bosses, hornblocks and side play - practical matters
Replies: 17
Views: 7275

Re: Wheel bosses, hornblocks and side play - practical matte

A railway curve to your minimum radii is invaluable for sliding around and checking for issues in track laying i've found.
by craig_whilding
Fri May 04, 2012 9:50 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Converting a Dapol Class 22 to P4
Replies: 13
Views: 7370

Re: Converting a Dapol Class 22 to P4

I've seen on forums a few attempts to convert the Dapol Class 22 to P4 and a lot of effort seems to be put into them simply to keep the split axle pickup arrangement. I can understand why people might like split axle pick ups but I wonder if it wouldn't save a lot of hassle simply to change the pic...
by craig_whilding
Fri May 04, 2012 6:52 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Which gauges for track construction?
Replies: 52
Views: 16819

Re: Which gauges for track construction?

Alan Turner wrote:The gauge that is a must-have is the check-gauge that must always be used to set the checkrail.

Alan

Doesn't work so well with plastic check rail chairs though.. As Keith said, its not normally giving you much in most situations unless you really go for a lot of flowing crossings.

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