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by James Wells
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: 47206 - The Fully Sprung, Hybrid Class 47
Replies: 57
Views: 14482

Re: More Class 37s

I've not posted on here for a long time, this is my latest project to be finished - this is what I posted on my blog but it might be of interest to some of you in The Society... https://westhalton.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/imgp8495-copy.jpg?w=676 Despite the various newer versions on the class 47,...
by James Wells
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum North 2018
Replies: 54
Views: 10334

Re: Scaleforum North 2018

A bit belated, but we thoroughly enjoyed Scalefour North :) It's such a lovely, welcoming and friendly show - I think as a society we should be very pleased with the atmosphere at Society events. The interesting thing for me is how my son, Thomas, is treated. Some of you may have noticed him around ...
by James Wells
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering mazak
Replies: 15
Views: 3255

Re: Soldering mazak

one way out of the pickle if you are unable to get a replacement from Hornby may be to use the frame from a Lima class 31 as someone posted over there, and transfer the Hornby mechanism to the Lima chassis. Was that me? You can cannibalise the model and upgrade a Lima model - http://eastmoor.blogsp...
by James Wells
Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Blackening Stainless Steel?
Replies: 8
Views: 1655

Re: Blackening Stainless Steel?

Thank you for the replies!

Philip, the etching pen looks like it could be very useful!
by James Wells
Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Blackening Stainless Steel?
Replies: 8
Views: 1655

Blackening Stainless Steel?

Is it possible to chemically blacken stainless? I currently have a loco to weather (a Tower Brass 45XX Small Prairie) which has stainless steel buffer heads which shine brilliantly but look terribly toy like. Aside from heat treatments (the buffers are pinned in place, possibly soldered) are there a...
by James Wells
Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: DEFine Modellers Day 2018
Replies: 20
Views: 3547

Re: DEFine Modellers Day 2018

A really great day for anyone interested in modelling the railway post-steam. Not quite an exhibition and not quite a group/club meeting, a really lovely combination of the two with some fantastic modelling on show! https://westhalton.wordpress.com/2018/01/21/a-trip-to-define-modellers-day/ I think ...
by James Wells
Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: John Donnelly
Topic: Motive power for South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 39
Views: 9376

Re: Motive power for South Pelaw Junction

John Donnelly wrote:with new pickups, Brassmasters coupling rods and a sprung centre axle and now runs flawlessly.


John, have you got any more details on this?

I'm just about to attack a Hornby 08, you see!
by James Wells
Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2017
Replies: 67
Views: 12094

Re: Scalefour North 2017

That's me on the left on your pic James :mrgreen: I'd have said hello if I'd realised! A few highlights for me were Chris Pendlenton's DCC sound equipped Q6, Phil Sutton's array of class 24s, the Smoke Box Jury and the young lad driving trains on Calcutta Sidings. He hasn't stopped talking about it...
by James Wells
Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2017
Replies: 67
Views: 12094

Re: Scalefour North 2017

A cracking day at Scalefour North! A lovely selection of exhibits and trade and the usual friendly, laid back atmosphere. And my little boy, Thomas,was very happy - the operators of a number of layouts invited him behind the scenes and he spent the best part of an hour assisting with Calcutta Siding...
by James Wells
Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Flexi Chassis an Appreciation
Replies: 467
Views: 63140

Re: Flexi Chassis an Appreciation

If you want a more obvious example of that fact that direct wheel springing is worse at track holding than more equally weighted wheel following, then test drive a sports car. The harder the suspension, the better the handling. That doesn't actually bear out - really hard suspension isn't always go...
by James Wells
Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Custom waterslide transfers
Replies: 8
Views: 2062

Re: Custom waterslide transfers

adigill wrote:James that is a very good article in MRJ even if it is about an "oil burner"....


That's very kind of you say! Thank you!

To say I was excited when it came out would be an enormous understatement!
by James Wells
Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Custom waterslide transfers
Replies: 8
Views: 2062

Re: Custom waterslide transfers

Might be worth having a chat with Railtec -

http://www.railtec-models.com

They are now doing complete loco packs where they are produced to order with your chosen number so commissions shouldn't present a problem I don't think. Steve's very helpful too if contact him.
by James Wells
Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: 47206 - The Fully Sprung, Hybrid Class 47
Replies: 57
Views: 14482

Re: More Class 37s

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by James Wells
Sat Jan 21, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Early photographs
Replies: 20
Views: 3711

Re: Early photographs

Believe it or not but many London streets were paved with wood blocks. I have a map, presumably provided by the suppliers, showing which streets were so paved. I can't remember the date of it, I'll have to try and find it, but it's probably early 20th century. Hull had similar sets on its streets -...
by James Wells
Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: 47206 - The Fully Sprung, Hybrid Class 47
Replies: 57
Views: 14482

Re: More Class 37s

Looking really good James. Thank you! I had three weeks off and did " a bit". I reckon I could have managed some with three and a half weeks off! I normally only get Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The trouble was that the weather here was hot - over 40 degrees most days and wallowing in th...
by James Wells
Sat Jan 21, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Recommend a Primer
Replies: 15
Views: 2968

Re: Recommend a Primer

This is Halford's own etch primer -

http://www.halfords.com/motoring/paints ... imer-500ml

For mixed media it sounds like a decent punt from the blurb.
by James Wells
Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Recommend a Primer
Replies: 15
Views: 2968

Re: Recommend a Primer

I've used Halford's normal grey/white/red primer on mixed media projects with success. As long as the parts are clean it goes on really well.
by James Wells
Fri Jan 20, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Recommend a Primer
Replies: 15
Views: 2968

Re: Recommend a Primer

Halford's do excellent primers - normal, etched, filling and plastic varieties so you should find one that suits :)
by James Wells
Fri Jan 20, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: 47206 - The Fully Sprung, Hybrid Class 47
Replies: 57
Views: 14482

Re: Merry Christmas!

I've read in magazines and on the net that people have Christmas projects and get lots done over the festive period - I presume they must have quite boring Christmases as with two small children there is just no time for, well, anything really. So despite being off between Christmas and New Year for...
by James Wells
Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 535
Views: 103609

Re: Brettell Road

Some Kirtleys had a simple weather hood to protect the crew. It stretched from the cab roof to the tender front. Anyone got any thoughts on how to replicate this? It will need to be flexible. If you can find a cloth material with a very fine structure, than might work or if you can find a thin blac...
by James Wells
Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:39 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby Peckett saddle tank
Replies: 30
Views: 6687

Re: Hornby Peckett saddle tank

Noted, and fair enough, but we're above that kind of thing really, aren't we? I was always taught the railway runs on tea, overtime and sarcasm! ;) Happy New Year, anyway. Are you working over the holiday period? Fortunately my winter week fell between Christmas and New Year so for the first time s...
by James Wells
Sat Dec 31, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby Peckett saddle tank
Replies: 30
Views: 6687

Re: Hornby Peckett saddle tank

Captain Kernow wrote:But do you think I am reading too much, then, into what you don't say, when you (or anyone else) mention RMWeb in such terms?


For what was basically a sarcastic remark, probably...
by James Wells
Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby Peckett saddle tank
Replies: 30
Views: 6687

Re: Hornby Peckett saddle tank

Re6/6 wrote:For goodness sake there's no need to be so precious and insulting. So you would be happy that those of us who are on both don't bother to post any relevant links in the future then.


If you read what I put, you'll not find anything of the sort in my very brief comment.
by James Wells
Sat Dec 31, 2016 8:13 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby Peckett saddle tank
Replies: 30
Views: 6687

Re: Hornby Peckett saddle tank

Captain Kernow wrote:Yes, please can we call that forum by it's proper name. What's all this 'other place' malarky?


I think some of us find it hard to use the terms "proper" and "RMweb" in the same sentence! ;)
by James Wells
Sun Dec 25, 2016 11:30 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby Peckett saddle tank
Replies: 30
Views: 6687

Re: Hornby Peckett saddle tank

In "another place" there is a short thread about them with some useful photos, motorised chassis dimensions, commentary and a video of one running on 00 track, but as yet nothing about the drive train (eg axle diameter) or of consequence about conversion potential. This review might be of...

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