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by DougN
Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: North London Group
Topic: NLG January 2020 test track meeting
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: NLG January 2020 test track meeting

All looks rather tasty there Horse. Which one did you build?
by DougN
Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Martin Finney V2
Replies: 13
Views: 602

Re: Martin Finney V2

Thanks Colin, I will debate the idea of how much additional detail I will go to on the gear after these photos. My aim is for working models but there always needs to be a level of "robustness" needed to these items. I was working through last night the wheels to the second loco, only to f...
by DougN
Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:41 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Martin Finney V2
Replies: 13
Views: 602

Re: Martin Finney V2

Thanks goes to Dave B. for the recommendation to take the bosses off the wheels. Now I have measured them and the wheels over all are now 2mm. I was amazed that I needed to take off 0.75mm off the axle lengths. So the wheels started looking like wheel on the right... to look like the wheel on the le...
by DougN
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Martin Finney V2
Replies: 13
Views: 602

Re: Martin Finney V2

Thanks Dave, Yes I am rather keen on the idea of dual spring to the rear Cartazzi a photo or diagram and I will have the change on both locos! I don't have a lathe but I see it would be a good idea.... I have done some turning in a night class years ago. I can see I will end up at some point buying ...
by DougN
Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Martin Finney V2
Replies: 13
Views: 602

Re: Martin Finney V2

Thanks Dave, I will have to spend some time with these over the coming long weekend, taking the wheels back in thickness. I will do all 6 drivers. I have a few ultrascale crank pins to use up so I will change both locos over. Once I was back home last weekend I found I have ultrascale crank pins whi...
by DougN
Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:12 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Martin Finney V2
Replies: 13
Views: 602

Re: Martin Finney V2

Thanks Horse,

yes that is the problem. I will grab more photos tonight! (OK I had forgotten that I had sent that to you!) :thumb
by DougN
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Martin Finney V2
Replies: 13
Views: 602

Martin Finney V2

Hi All, I hope every one is well. I am at it again with not one but 2 Martin Finney V2's. Why 2? Well I was lucky enough to purchase a second kit after the first has been around for about 5 years. Any how Kit 1 has a tender complete and painted in black at the moment, with the chassis wheeled, quart...
by DougN
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 202
Views: 25681

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

That photo looks great. It is very evocative of the era. Also one of my favourite locos!

I find York and the surrounding area very interesting from the railway infrastructure and the cross roads if became from every direction. It is the one area that is my main interest. :D
by DougN
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Finney Kits
Replies: 3
Views: 317

Re: Finney Kits

I'm building a V2 at the moment I have found the brassmasters instructions very helpful as there is photos of the castings as these are difficult to identify from the originals. I doubt there is any difference in buildability between either as the artwork and castings are from the same masters!
by DougN
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1104
Views: 152975

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

Tim I endlessly can geting the nuts to loosen and fall off. :o So the solution I heard or read some where was to use nail varnish. If you use clear it can be v ry helpful. The nuts no longer come off but can be removed with pliers as the bond isn't that strong. So a reversible situation if something...
by DougN
Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Tools
Replies: 46
Views: 3044

Re: Tools

The Jaycar microboxs drills don't seem to be as "sharp" as some of the others I have used. But I do use the same drills a lot. Then again as they are only 12AUD buying another drill set is not a massive issue. One thing I do use a heap is the small tapered broaches. The last set cost about...
by DougN
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Tools
Replies: 46
Views: 3044

Re: Tools

Jol I find the opposite true the faster the drill the less likely the breakage of the drill bits from the Micro box's. Mind you I now buy them cheaply from the local "electronics" shop (Jaycar here in Australia) it is by far the cheapest source compared to the model shops. The current 2 mi...
by DougN
Wed Nov 20, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 202
Views: 25681

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Good on you Mike! I just have a bit of get stuff done thing going on. Last year I aimed to have a item finished each month. Which I achieved. this was as small as a wagon and ended up being a full coach. This year my aim was to do "something substantial" each month. The time spent wasn't i...
by DougN
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 215
Views: 46388

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

That is seriously impressive, the ingenuity is fantastic. You could practically sell them! any one to purchase 2 and then all you have to do is build the layout in between or change around to have different layouts with such a great fiddle yard system!
by DougN
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Chester Breakdown Train
Replies: 2
Views: 447

Re: Chester Breakdown Train

That is a beautiful model of the crane and support coaches. Mostyn is one of those layouts that I hear about but havn't seen much in the way of photographs. One day I may be able to see it in the flesh. I hope it is still around when i finally make it back to the UK!
by DougN
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 202
Views: 25681

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Mike, I am glad that it takes you as long as I do (plus more but my excuse is I work full time) to build a kit. It shows that we all have too many kits on the go at any one time. Some start and finish very quickly others... it has been years!
by DougN
Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 202
Views: 25681

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Another Regular here. I am enjoying all you threads! The NER area I. The LNER period is my interest so I do read for future reference. I have a Dave Bradwell J39 which is nearing completion and a Finney V2 which I am doing things on so you modelling and mine align. Looking above is encouraging me to...
by DougN
Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 52
Views: 4970

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Looking great Dave. I have a Finney V2 which I am enjoying assembling. It has the Coupling rods on similar to your experience it rolled smoothly the first time :D . For the first time I opening the rods out to 1.6mm first then reaming them for running clearance.This was spot on the first time. One t...
by DougN
Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Duchess test build
Replies: 30
Views: 2794

Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

Have to agree with you Jim, I find it easier to quarter by eye and feel as if the chassis and the rods are correct the loco rolls nicely. I have recently done a J39 which had a few challanges as the Gibson wheels on the driven axle are slightly loose on the axle. I have to look at a way to pin the w...
by DougN
Fri Oct 25, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR 44xx Kits
Replies: 20
Views: 1730

Re: GWR 44xx Kits

The Mitchell kits were available from David geen for a long time. I heard that his health resulted in the business running down/closing. There was a note that the Mitchell range had gone back to Pete waterman on RMweb, So I guess there is a possibly of it re appearing. Does any one have contact with...
by DougN
Fri Oct 25, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Track Planning & Layout Ideas - New Builds Started
Replies: 205
Views: 48859

Re: Track Planning & Layout Ideas - New Builds Started

Knuckles, don't beat yourself up about having 2 layouts in 2 different gauges. I have an unashamedly OO RTR layout where almost every thing is RTR where I can buy and plonk a new Hornby Bachmann what ever and leave running for hours on end... it is a figure 8 in a space of 14' x 4'3" tight curv...
by DougN
Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Duchess test build
Replies: 30
Views: 2794

Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

Jim, your making me want to get back into the Finney V2 I have been building for years.... The chassis has had the main bits put together.... the tender is painted black... and the foot plate and boiler fabricated.... But my list of things to finish keep pushing it back a little... completion of a D...
by DougN
Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Hattons RTR period stock
Replies: 4
Views: 751

Re: Hattons RTR period stock

Have to agree with Andrew here. I have been looking, though not that hard, at the idea and I believe that Hattons are onto a winner. The generic nature of the 4 and 6 wheel won't match exactly any company but is a good representation of coaches that were mostly scraped over 100 years ago! The livery...
by DougN
Wed Oct 02, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Road and platform surfaces
Replies: 17
Views: 2130

Re: Road and platform surfaces

David Clift is right. The blocks were used on Tram routes and are still being removed depending on the track renewal program. I can't think off the top of my head if there is any where that still has them under the road surface. They were about 12inches long about 3 inches wide and about 3inches dee...
by DougN
Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1104
Views: 152975

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

I have never tried to rivet plasticard, being keen on brass personally (I was actually looking at my finney V2 that I need to finish) I have only one point and anvil. Not sure if these come with more normally. Personally I think the extra will in the dim distant future seem like spare change once yo...

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