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by Paul Willis
Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:40 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: 16T Weathering Experiments
Replies: 30
Views: 1666

Re: 16T Weathering Experiments

Another area that I always struggle with is the depiction of bare wood. Your photos have given me an idea or two so I'll go away and have a play with that too. Hi John, One of the tutorials that I keep bookmarked is this one on weathered wood: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/9982...
by Paul Willis
Mon Jan 18, 2021 9:10 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Challenges - lamp irons and footboard supports
Replies: 10
Views: 645

Re: Challenges - lamp irons and footboard supports

Gents, Thanks for the comments and suggestions: I've now got some ideas to work on. For the lamp irons I've two options - fold-up etch (to be included in a future etching project) or casting (I'll be posting questions in a different part of the Forum). This is the rough design sketch for a lamp iro...
by Paul Willis
Sat Jan 16, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 160
Views: 16504

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Another piece of moulded detail that came off my locomotive during the mammoth carving session was the representation of the steam lance cock-tap at the front of the smokebox. Not only did it get in the way of carving off the smokebox door, but it was a bit of a misshapen blob anyway. The prototype ...
by Paul Willis
Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:29 am
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 160
Views: 16504

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

The next stage of working on the body is to add detail to the buffers front and rear. Iain Rice mentions this in his article, but so briefly that I almost missed it: " A further detail was to file flats atop the buffer shanks, and cement on scraps of microstrip to represent the steps. Well, loo...
by Paul Willis
Sun Jan 10, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: J94 CSB chassis questions.
Replies: 18
Views: 843

Re: J94 CSB chassis questions.

I have both those tools i have only just started using the old style hornblock jigs as the avonside is what i have built many rigid chassis on it. Ah, excellent. In which case, you'll be familiar with how it works. In terms of getting the chassis square (your original question) the main thing to co...
by Paul Willis
Sat Jan 09, 2021 9:50 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: J94 CSB chassis questions.
Replies: 18
Views: 843

Re: J94 CSB chassis questions.

I think everyones input has been great in answering my questions. Will you answered yet another that cropped up whilst dicing with snow on the M6! This was how to check you had built the chassis square. I'm going to order some additional bits today now i have a shopping list of parts to complete th...
by Paul Willis
Wed Jan 06, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: J94 CSB chassis questions.
Replies: 18
Views: 843

Re: J94 CSB chassis questions.

I am currently getting parts together to build my first csb chassis & i have a few questions. There will be a Will Litchfield along in a day or two with all the answers... What Will can't explain about CSBs isn't worth knowing. I could have a stab at a couple of those questions, but there are f...
by Paul Willis
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:24 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Simons workbench industrials. 16t mineral wagon
Replies: 33
Views: 2889

Re: Simons workbench industrials.

Simon, That yellow has gone on very well indeed. One thing that I've just seen is the buffers. It's the first time that you've had the bufferheads fitted. It looks very obvious from the first photo that there is quite a sizeable "pip" left from the turning in the middle of the buffer face....
by Paul Willis
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 160
Views: 16504

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Following my comment to DougN about extracting digit, and getting on with finishing some projects, I should crack on with the story. The next stage that I completed was the filling in of the gap beneath the boiler where the RTR chassis block had previously sat. Whilst for much of the bodywork modifi...
by Paul Willis
Sun Jan 03, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: A few things on my workbench
Replies: 82
Views: 11273

Re: A few things on my workbench

2 years ago I had a New Years resolution to finish a model each month. At the end of the year I had about 16 models finished! Not sure if I should have a resolution this year or not... I need to finish my V2's but I keep finding smaller projects that keep distracting me. Then again I do have anothe...
by Paul Willis
Sat Jan 02, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 160
Views: 16504

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

I would put less than a full bunker unless you want the space. Leave the sides built up with a slope down to the middle behind the bunker coal door. With the fireman on the left side the middle would go first with coal from the sides tumbling down followed by the right hand side behind the drive - ...
by Paul Willis
Fri Jan 01, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 160
Views: 16504

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Onwards, toward completing the body works! I think that I already mentioned elsewhere that I had made up a set of fire-iron hooks from nickel-silver strip. These are they, with little tags or tails for placing into pre-drilled holes in the bunker to secure them. IMG_6939.JPG I made them out of nicke...
by Paul Willis
Fri Jan 01, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Simons workbench industrials. 16t mineral wagon
Replies: 33
Views: 2889

Re: Simons workbench industrials.

I decided to go & have a few hours in the workshop this afternoon & get some more work done on the steelman. Its been a really good session & i have got everything fitted & finished. I still have parts that need fitting but I'm not adding those parts until it is painted. I'm going t...
by Paul Willis
Sat Dec 26, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Hornby A4 OO to P4 conversion
Replies: 17
Views: 1843

Re: Hornby A4 OO to P4 conversion

Hi Camden, Welcome to the Society, and the Forum. You've already found the best place to begin - "Starting in P4". I haven't tried one of the Easichas kits myself, but the newly released J15 one is the first that fits my interests. So I'll probably be giving it a try in the near future. Ho...
by Paul Willis
Sat Dec 26, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 160
Views: 16504

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

I have found that the steam heat pipe on mine hangs to low and catches on point blades etc. I wondered about cutting out the 'link wire' and bending it up but reading what's been said about it representing a length of chain I'm not so sure now. Thanks Paul. I haven't had the wheels in my chassis ye...
by Paul Willis
Fri Dec 25, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 160
Views: 16504

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Does anybody have a suggestion for a decent replacement dome for the 14xx? I haven’t found a suitable one yet. The moulded part on the Airfix body has a very significant taper on it. Sorry, I'm afraid that this isn't a stone that I chose to turn. I've left mine with the original. Looking at the mod...
by Paul Willis
Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 160
Views: 16504

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

I've always been an artist, rather than an engineer, and if it gives the correct impression, then I'm happy! But both pipes hanging below the buffer beam doesn't. Why do all the other improvements you have done, basically for purely cosmetic reasons, and ignore something so obvious? Yes, I know, Ru...
by Paul Willis
Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 160
Views: 16504

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Many years ago, now, Iain Rice did a set of castings for the 48xx, which included the front brake pipe and wiring cover; I seem to remember that someone else took them on subsequently, but I can't currently remember who. Mainly Trains... That is why the brief instructions (one written side, one sid...
by Paul Willis
Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 160
Views: 16504

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

I wouldn't worry too much about the brake hose castings, Paul, since neither prototype matches the castings. The dummy for the front one is the other side of the cover for the wiring to the trailer, so either the hose crosses said cover in a way unique to GWR auto-fitted tanks [usual], or is just l...
by Paul Willis
Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 160
Views: 16504

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

A small whoops, and onwards... A couple of things to cover in this episode of the body detailing work. The first is a "don't do as I do, do as I say" moment... The various lost wax castings in the Mainly Trains kit are supplied on a sprue, from which you cut them off, and clean them up. Th...
by Paul Willis
Fri Dec 18, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: Boats. Of all shapes and sizes...
Replies: 12
Views: 1465

Re: Boats. Of all shapes and sizes...

The shape of the boat and cabin suggest a wooden BCN day boat - sunken examples of these and their iron/steel(rarer) brethren used to be all over the Black Country canals - but one with a cratch (the triangular structure at the fore end of the hold) would be a rare beast, these were usually found o...
by Paul Willis
Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Boats. Of all shapes and sizes...
Replies: 12
Views: 1465

Boats. Of all shapes and sizes...

Whilst browsing a few topics on modelling, I came across a link to this website. It is intended mostly for wargaming, but I was fascinated by the variety of boats - particularly the abandoned and half sunken ones. As someone who grew up in the Black Country in the eighties, it seemed like you couldn...
by Paul Willis
Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Eileens Emporium Newsletter December 2020
Replies: 4
Views: 590

Re: Eileens Emporium Newsletter December 2020

Eileen's Emporium December Newsletter Our elves are also hearing from some customers about random delivery delays by Royal Mail. (Their busy elves must be a little overworked at this time of year). This seems to be localised as mail is coming fast in some areas and not others. We are also seeing se...
by Paul Willis
Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 160
Views: 16504

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

The next step on the body is another one of those features which vary, depending on the period in which you're modelling your prototype. Cab steps. Two types thereof. First, the as-built, early locomotives, as shown in this cropped photo of a 48xx wearing a mid-1930s GWR roundel: Cab steps detail.jp...
by Paul Willis
Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 160
Views: 16504

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

A question: you mention skimming a strip off. Was there any particular way that worked well to do this? Or just with a good needle file and a degree of care? Yes, Paul, just a good needle file and some care. Blind or ground off on the side which points towards the rear of the roof. Best, David. Dav...

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