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by Noel
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 124
Views: 10241

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

I believe the conduit which ran up the drivers side of the cab was for the auto-working, and controlled the circuits for the communication bell system between the driver and fireman when auto-working. The bell communication system would have been essential from the start on any auto-fitted engine, ...
by Noel
Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 124
Views: 10241

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Looking at the photo with the new handrails fitted, I see that the pipe/conduit up the front offside of the cab is still there. The Airfix version is a significant, but for production reasons probably inevitable, fudge in shape and location. I'm not sure what it is for, but photographs show that it ...
by Noel
Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 231310

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

This quote from the link you give surprised me somewhat, given that it could potentially involve four, four digit, numbers: "The outside lamp mentioned earlier was used to light the engine numbers, which were recorded for every train, and signalmen developed expertise in remembering the numbers...
by Noel
Sun Nov 15, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mike G's catch up.
Replies: 62
Views: 6413

Re: Mike G's catch up.

Cambridge Custom Transfers BL93 should do if as advertised [I have not seen it]. Modelmaster MM4628 and MMPC53 have the essential 'Blue spots' for a roller-bearing van, but the numbers are for Diagram 800, which has differences from the Diagram 801 that Justin did. Fox do a number of variations on t...
by Noel
Thu Nov 12, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Bill Bedford underframe.
Replies: 10
Views: 699

Re: Bill Bedford underframe.

Sorry, Noel, I'm not getting this from 4A: Dia.13 is a bogie steel hopper, while the Parkside kit PC61 has the more modern door with the horizontal frame piece which I mentioned above, introduced (on the evidence of the photos in Tatlow) in 1934, at the same time as the shift to 10'-wheelbase under...
by Noel
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Fitting LEDs to Modelu loco lamps
Replies: 8
Views: 307

Re: Fitting LEDs to Modelu loco lamps

"The head lamps will be carried on the same lamp irons day and night, the difference being that they will be extinguished by day and lighted at night and during fog or falling snow." - GWR General Appendix to the Rule Book. It's in the BR Rule Book as well, so standard practice.
by Noel
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Fitting LEDs to Modelu loco lamps
Replies: 8
Views: 307

Re: Fitting LEDs to Modelu loco lamps

Very neat, but way beyond my skill set. How will you arrange for an on/off switch, though?
by Noel
Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Bill Bedford underframe.
Replies: 10
Views: 699

Re: Bill Bedford underframe.

Can anybody give me advice/tips/suggestions on how to proceed with the assembly of the Bill Bedford BBUW 0195 LNER 9' steel wagon underframe. Also which wagon or van body kit would be suitable for this u/f? Having looked in Tatlow LNER wagons 4A & 4B, the only possibilities I have found are Ear...
by Noel
Wed Nov 11, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Scale Length Conversions
Replies: 34
Views: 1131

Re: Scale Length Conversions

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by Noel
Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Scale Length Conversions
Replies: 34
Views: 1131

Re: Scale Length Conversions

I had considered being able to enter feet and inches and figured that users should be able to multiply by 12 but I may reconsider. It's not just input, the conversion should work both ways to be truly useful, so output is also relevant. If the output is, say, something like 38.84 inches or 0.766 in...
by Noel
Tue Nov 10, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Scale Length Conversions
Replies: 34
Views: 1131

Re: Scale Length Conversions

Since I sometimes write software myself [not much and not often], I know some of the problems which can arise. I played with the curve radius calculator a bit and found that putting in negative numbers got a negative answer [not unreasonable, but...] I also saw that the 4mm answer was not twice the ...
by Noel
Sun Nov 08, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon Identity
Replies: 12
Views: 528

Re: Wagon Identity

David Larkin's "Pre-nationalisation Freight Wagons on British Railways" [Bradford Barton 1977] p20 has a 1960 photo of S19228, an ex-SECR 10T open, which has three remaining round tie cleats, originally to a different pattern [2-1-2] to the model, and wooden end stanchions on horizontal en...
by Noel
Sat Nov 07, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon Identity
Replies: 12
Views: 528

Re: Wagon Identity

In later years the O13’s were rebuilt to remove DC2 brake gear True, but not until after 1939, and they had pretty much all gone by 1960. They spent more of their lives with DCII than with the replacements. It is very unlikely that any were ever fitted, as they were old, and Swindon started buildin...
by Noel
Sat Nov 07, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon Identity
Replies: 12
Views: 528

Re: Wagon Identity

I think the grey wagon is most likely K's; they did some SECR kits, which would account for the lift-link lever, which was a feature of SECR wagons.
by Noel
Sat Nov 07, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon Identity
Replies: 12
Views: 528

Re: Wagon Identity

Unless I'm very much mistaken, that end door has been fitted upside down You are right of course; ideally the hinge bar should be somewhat closer to the door as well. The brake gear is wrong [always a potential problem with Kirk kits] as O13 had non-vacuum DCII gear with both levers at the non-tipp...
by Noel
Wed Oct 28, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Ralph's workbench
Replies: 36
Views: 5279

Re: Ralph's workbench

(There's a slight after thought on the doorways at the front - forgot to add access to the flats above the building). Looking at the two photos you included, I'm not at all sure that there was access to the flats shown in either. I don't know about Manchester in particular, but have come across sev...
by Noel
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Carriage ride height and springing
Replies: 31
Views: 1900

Re: Carriage ride height and springing

I wonder if part of the problem might be that the secondary springs are bend too close round the anchor points, making the spring stiffer? Here's the arrangement I've had until now, with the springs (not trimmed) bent hard up against the anchor points: Probably. Springs have to be able to deflect, ...
by Noel
Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Super elevation
Replies: 6
Views: 573

Re: Super elevation

Not sure I've understood either, Mark, but any time I've noticed superelevation on a double track line recently, both outer rails were more or less at the same height, and both inner rails as well, which differs from your diagrams. Was steam era track different?
by Noel
Tue Oct 06, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West Scotland Group's Weathering wagons part 1
Replies: 20
Views: 1166

Re: West Scotland Group's Weathering wagons part 1

Even copying prototype wagons in the 1970s was not foolproof. I had a problem with this as well when I started to pay more attention to 16T minerals. In my case though it was not realising that I was looking at 1960s rebodied examples, rather than originals; the latter had bodies all the same way r...
by Noel
Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West Scotland Group's Weathering wagons part 1
Replies: 20
Views: 1166

Re: West Scotland Group's Weathering wagons part 1

I was sorry to hear that you had done away with some of your wagons as that all represents modelling time long gone. Different people make different choices; modelling time is never truly wasted as skills and knowledge take time, and most importantly, practice to develop, as you know. So far as the...
by Noel
Mon Oct 05, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West Scotland Group's Weathering wagons part 1
Replies: 20
Views: 1166

Re: West Scotland Group's Weathering wagons part 1

Allan, I have not requested that you do anything, nor am I now. I have suggested that, to be fair to future readers as much as anything else, that it may be misleading if they are not warned not to use the illustrations for any other purpose than that for which they have been provided. Image1.jpg Bo...
by Noel
Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West Scotland Group's Weathering wagons part 1
Replies: 20
Views: 1166

Re: West Scotland Group's Weathering wagons part 1

Hi, Allan. I'm well behind you, with only about 110 wagons and NPCCS currently [still building], but have chosen to stick to one period only, circa 1959, so can specialise a little more! I started over 50 years ago in OO, switching to P4 a few years later and have been buying wagon books [and others...
by Noel
Sun Oct 04, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West Scotland Group's Weathering wagons part 1
Replies: 20
Views: 1166

Re: West Scotland Group's Weathering wagons part 1

As a matter of history, the MoS in WW2 dealt with equipment for the armed forces; 16T minerals were the province of the Ministry of War Transport [MoWT], which became the the MoT after the war. In any event, when MoWT wagons transferred to BR they were given B numbers; the one in your post has a P n...
by Noel
Fri Oct 02, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Tanks (Septic?) as wagon loads?
Replies: 20
Views: 1791

Re: Tanks (Septic?) as wagon loads?

So do we reckon the 'load' was the contents of the tank rather than the tank itself? No. The load is the empty tank. BR did have a number of demountable special tanks for a variety of contents, which travelled on Conflats A, with securing chains as with any container. Carrying a tank in the way see...

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