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by Noel
Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Tools
Replies: 11
Views: 404

Re: Tools

Cheap files are okay for use on white metal or removing excess solder In which case a file card is likely to be useful. I would suggest that one of the most useful 'tools' is a mindset willing to check 'received wisdom' [which is in no way intended as a criticism of Jol, just a general comment], an...
by Noel
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: concrete block walling
Replies: 6
Views: 514

Re: concrete block walling

I was aware that concrete blocks were pretty much a post-war phenomenon, but this speciality of Cornwall had passed me by. Thanks for the information, Steve; as you say, unlovely stuff!
by Noel
Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: concrete block walling
Replies: 6
Views: 514

Re: concrete block walling

It does depend on how long before the war it was built, what sort and size of structure it is, and what was intended to happen inside the structure when it was designed, but I would suggest that concrete block is definitely not the most likely material, unless, of course, you are modelling a specifi...
by Noel
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR number plates
Replies: 12
Views: 1107

Re: GWR number plates

bordercollie wrote:So if I can get the number I need I think I will use narrow Planet or 247 developements. Has anybody any thoughts?


Only that the overall appearance, font shape and size, and spacing of digits is probably more important to a convincing number plate than a slight inaccuracy in thickness.
by Noel
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR number plates
Replies: 12
Views: 1107

Re: GWR number plates

The measurements I've taken give a depth of 1" over beading and numbers, with the numbers themselves 1/4" high I was using a diagram in Brian Haresnape's "Railway Liveries", which agrees on the depth of the numbers; it doesn't look like a Swindon Drawing, but the author was gene...
by Noel
Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR number plates
Replies: 12
Views: 1107

Re: GWR number plates

The maximum depth [over beading and numbers] was 3/4 inch, which is just about 10thou in 4mm unless my maths has gone awry.
by Noel
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR number plates
Replies: 12
Views: 1107

Re: GWR number plates

The Martin Finney d-i-y ones are available from Brassmasters http://www.brassmasters.co.uk/gwr_etched_components.htm.
by Noel
Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Chris Wesson Cellulose Paints
Replies: 13
Views: 1387

Re: Chris Wesson Cellulose Paints

Very nice, and the colours look good to me. I'll happily agree with that, and do much admire the standard of construction as well. However, according to Jenkinson and Essery, this shows the style of the first two lots to D1807, but the third and fourth lots [this vehicle as numbered is from the thi...
by Noel
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon W-iron types
Replies: 5
Views: 690

Re: Wagon W-iron types

These differences were in the nature of the solebars. Wagons with the semi-circular crown plate had plain wooden solebars, while those with just bolts had a steel flitch(strengthening) plate on the outer face. For any reader that doesn't know, Bill's comment refers to wood underframes. Iron and ste...
by Noel
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Best technique for curving rail?
Replies: 10
Views: 669

Re: Best technique for curving rail?

I tend to use thumb and forefinger only, with the rail against the middle section of the finger, as I find that works better for me; use whatever method suits you. Otherwise it's as Dave's method. You don't have to try and get the curve right first time; do it gently and repeat as necessary. I find ...
by Noel
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Harton High Staithes inspired Layout
Replies: 20
Views: 3751

Re: Harton High Staithes inspired Layout

BR 1/146 welded 21T hoppers were introduced in 1952, and the 1/142 welded 13T hopper in 1949. The 1974 date relates to those hoppers rebuilt by Shildon with welded bodies to a new design https://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/brhuckbolt21t.
by Noel
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss
Replies: 24
Views: 1579

Re: P4 steam loco driving wheels centre outside boss

I had assumed that there would be some consistency in locos from the same designer, e.g., Stanier LMS locos. However, not so. Black 5's and 8F's show the boss only 1/2" outside the rim, but Coronation pacifics appear to have about 2" to the face local to the crank pins and a further 1/2 r...
by Noel
Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23224

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I'm sorry that we seemed to have made a 'mistake' in your view. It could be that you're right but was it necessary to be critical over something rather insignificant in the overall scheme of things that could be incorrect or correct? I haven't said that you are wrong; I just asked a question becaus...
by Noel
Wed Oct 02, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23224

Re: Scaleforum 2019

but we agreed that there could have been a narrow time window in 1967, when steam was still in use on the Southern Region, but after the introduction of the new policy to dispense with brake vans on fully fitted trains. OK, but the policy was to dispense with brake vans on fully fitted trains at th...
by Noel
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23224

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I saw the Q1 and ballast hoppers in the fiddle yard at Scaleforum, and assumed that the brake van had yet to be attached. I presume it's absence in the video is intentional, so was this a peculiarity of SR practice? I ask because I had always understood that a brake van was required for all main lin...
by Noel
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 226
Views: 45858

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

Two photographs, same camera presumably, two very different colour renderings. Who says cameras don't lie? A very impressive model.
by Noel
Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Road and platform surfaces
Replies: 17
Views: 1804

Re: Road and platform surfaces

Wood suitable for road surfaces is rather more available in Australia than the UK, so Australian practice is not necessarily a reliable guide to UK practice, where much wood was being imported by Victorian times. I know little about UK street tramways, but so far as I know the usual infill was stone...
by Noel
Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Road and platform surfaces
Replies: 17
Views: 1804

Re: Road and platform surfaces

We have hardwood sets beneath much of the tarmac around where I live in Southwark (Mint Street/Southwark Bridge Road area). They are revealed by pot holes as and when the frost splits the tarmac. Not particularly a residential area historically or one that would demand quiet. Perhaps in some instan...
by Noel
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Road and platform surfaces
Replies: 17
Views: 1804

Re: Road and platform surfaces

Besides the large slab or chequer brick edging for the full length of the platform, some minor BR WR stations had smaller slabs in front of the station building, often more or less coterminous with the canopy. In later days the rest of the surface was often tarmac, but not always. The rest had scree...
by Noel
Sun Sep 29, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23224

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Slight downside - last year, after a bit of badgering, they did finally slot in odd chairs and tables around the hall for us who need a brief rest and to pack our purchases. Not so evident this year. There were at least three tables, though not all in the same place. One provided a good long-distan...
by Noel
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: GWR AA7 toad
Replies: 21
Views: 5955

Re: GWR AA7 toad

Side lamp irons?
by Noel
Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: GWR AA7 toad
Replies: 21
Views: 5955

Re: GWR AA7 toad

The first edition of GWR Goods Wagons has photos of new goods brake vans dated 1890 [handrails in body colour] and 1919 [handrails in white]. It also has photographs of new wagons built 1913 and 1915 with brake levers entirely in body colour [bear with me] and of one converted from a carriage in 191...
by Noel
Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Attaching axleboxes and buffers
Replies: 17
Views: 983

Re: Attaching axleboxes and buffers

To answer your original question, I use Evostick [even on the plastic chassis I usually build...] Just don't use too much.
by Noel
Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Wizard Models
Replies: 60
Views: 4179

Re: Wizard Models

One would hope from a traders perspective that a presence will generate future orders as well as show purchases and will raise the business profile - as such an element of such attendance is for marketing purposes? Possibly, but S4 Society members are likely to be a relatively small part of the cus...
by Noel
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 226
Views: 45858

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

The HMRS booklet I mentioned states "The staff in the locomotive drawing office and in the paint shop kindly produced and loaned colour samples to which the colour card was matched." Paint and print technologies being different, this is not an absolute guarantee, and it's certainly not con...

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