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by Guy Rixon
Sat May 02, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Socially-distanced challenge: SER 27' close-coupled stock
Replies: 19
Views: 4879

Re: Socially-distanced challenge: SER 27' close-coupled stock

I haven't quite worked out how to do the short buffers yet. I was hoping to adapt the castings in the kit. Using the castings, internal springing a la AGW and MJT can't work as there isn't enough depth to house the spring. A print could fix this. I had considered an unsprung arrangement where the bu...
by Guy Rixon
Fri May 01, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Socially-distanced challenge: SER 27' close-coupled stock
Replies: 19
Views: 4879

Re: Socially-distanced challenge: SER 27' close-coupled stock

IMG_4835.JPG After a long diversion to finish a 31-year-old model of a goods van (don't ask), I got the big bits of the coach together. I've arranged for the body and chassis to be separable. The "stilts" under the body are 12BA studs to engage the holes in the chassis top. I find it much...
by Guy Rixon
Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Socially-distanced challenge: SER 27' close-coupled stock
Replies: 19
Views: 4879

Socially-distanced challenge: SER 27' close-coupled stock

IMG_3902.JPG The ultimate aim is a train of 9 or 10 coaches, with alternate brake-ends for services on the Met and on taller railways. The actual subject for the challenge is a brake-3rd which I actually finish (the previous three coaches in this train were becalmed years ago), and in which I solve...
by Guy Rixon
Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Registration Thread
Replies: 47
Views: 9599

Re: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Registration Thread

Since my virtual banana vans may have to held over for a new printer after lock-down, I'm making another entry. Having recently finished a couple of items from the FIFO of Fear, I feel justified in starting a new kit. Therefore: SECR (ex-SER) 27' brake-3rd of 1897. IMG_3902.JPG This comes from the J...
by Guy Rixon
Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2020
Replies: 115
Views: 18680

Re: Scaleforum 2020

Maybe there's an opportunity here to specifically involve only 'layouts that never leave home'? There's a lot of online innovation going on with other activities which may or may not suit us, but even if those members who have home-based P4 layouts could do some sort of video that can be hosted the...
by Guy Rixon
Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Craig Warton
Topic: wagon building progress.
Replies: 114
Views: 46005

Re: wagon building progress.

A printed support would be very fragile until installed. On the wagon, it would be braced by the tarpaulin rail itself, presumed to be made of brass wire, and then probably OK. The pivot mechanism would be the most vulnerable part. It could be printed to be robust or close to scale but not both. It...
by Guy Rixon
Sat Apr 18, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: Craig Warton
Topic: wagon building progress.
Replies: 114
Views: 46005

Re: wagon building progress.

A printed support would be very fragile until installed. On the wagon, it would be braced by the tarpaulin rail itself, presumed to be made of brass wire, and then probably OK. The pivot mechanism would be the most vulnerable part. It could be printed to be robust or close to scale but not both. It ...
by Guy Rixon
Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 301
Views: 84916

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

Cleaning up 3D prints in areas is fairly normal though. Until we get to injection moulded quality it'll be the norm. Those pics are from 2018 so modern prints might be different now. It's the usual orientation factor no doubt. It's the 3 plank that looks the worst there. Bit of a scrub would sort i...
by Guy Rixon
Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Craig Warton
Topic: wagon building progress.
Replies: 114
Views: 46005

Re: wagon building progress.

If the etched tarpaulin support does not appear, and assuming that dimensions are available, I could print some.
by Guy Rixon
Fri Apr 17, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: D95 banana van
Replies: 28
Views: 3797

Re: D95 banana van

The reference to deck cargo is significant. Fruit carried on deck would be ripe on arrival, so infrastructure of heated vans and ripening rooms would not be needed. When the banana boats with refrigerated holds came into service then the heated vans would have had a role. Noel, your latest ship-list...
by Guy Rixon
Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 301
Views: 84916

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

Thanks. So it looks like you have patterning on the sides of the SW prints, but not so much on the ends? That's what I was expecting.
by Guy Rixon
Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: D95 banana van
Replies: 28
Views: 3797

Re: D95 banana van

Thank you Noel for that analysis. The information on the ships is particularly useful. The LNWR D95 vans carried 10 tons rather than 8, suggesting about 180 vans per per ship. Before D95 was introduced c.1905, there only 14 vans specifically listed as banana vans (and these were not heated, apparent...
by Guy Rixon
Thu Apr 16, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 301
Views: 84916

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

Do you have photos of the wagon prints?
by Guy Rixon
Wed Apr 15, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: D95 banana van
Replies: 28
Views: 3797

Re: D95 banana van

Interesting. Playing around with the spruing reveals some useful savings. BFI: £37.40 + Thin side and ends from 1.5 to 1mm: £35.09 + Align in z to reduce support material: £32.18 + Reduce longest axis by rearranging: £29.67 + Replace solid floor with girder-work: not yet worked out because complicat...
by Guy Rixon
Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: D95 banana van
Replies: 28
Views: 3797

Re: D95 banana van

I was hoping for around £25, but spruing up the carcass parts, including the roof, in a simplistic way gives a base price of £37.40 including VAT, to which SW add £2.24 handling fee. The final fee would be a little higher as there are detail parts to add to the sprue and anything printed below the s...
by Guy Rixon
Wed Apr 15, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: D95 banana van
Replies: 28
Views: 3797

Re: D95 banana van

D46 has already been done on Shapeways by 5D_stoke. It's a one-piece print and when I bought one it didn't print very well. Mine's on the shelf awaiting rescue. At least it's cheaper now if you want to try. D87, in vacuum-fitted version with the small wheels, sounds fun and I might have a go at tha...
by Guy Rixon
Wed Apr 15, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: D95 banana van
Replies: 28
Views: 3797

Re: D95 banana van

Arrgh, another dilemma to wrestle with - I would dearly love one (or more) of these for my Premier Line goods fleet, but can I face the trauma of (non-) delivery from Shapeways, who don't recognise the realities of couriers in rural France and refuse to use the far more effective postal service? I ...
by Guy Rixon
Wed Apr 15, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: D95 banana van
Replies: 28
Views: 3797

Re: D95 banana van

This kit component design looks really good. I would need more info on banana traffic to justify some of these, but I can probably make up an argument for why I need one in 1906. And of course once you have done this it will be only a small step design-wise to the 16ft 6ton vans which I really defi...
by Guy Rixon
Tue Apr 14, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Rixon Finescale Models
Replies: 20
Views: 7520

Re: Rixon Finescale Models

New products today: axleboxes with springs and shoes for LCDR wagons and axleboxes (no springs) + buffers for GNSR wagons. Also, the GWR self-contained buffers are back after re-engineering to make the ram collars fit the guides properly.
by Guy Rixon
Tue Apr 14, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: jon price
Topic: A new prevarication
Replies: 13
Views: 7169

Re: A new prevarication

It surprises me that British units were building railways in France in 1940. I see the need for it in 1944, but before the fall of France were there not civilian railways enough that were undamaged and French engineers to build any extra sidings? Also, why were the British building in Normandy when ...
by Guy Rixon
Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: D95 banana van
Replies: 28
Views: 3797

Re: D95 banana van

Yes, these will be in the shop, if they work.
by Guy Rixon
Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: D95 banana van
Replies: 28
Views: 3797

D95 banana van

As punted in the socially-distanced challenge, I'm building some D95 banana-vans of the LNWR. Since I need 10 or so of these, I need to make me a kit. It's going to be a printed kit, done as a learning exercise in design. Similar kits may follow. They're fairly modern vans for 1905: 18' over headsto...
by Guy Rixon
Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Andy W
Topic: 3D printed MR Brake
Replies: 5
Views: 1103

Re: 3D printed MR Brake

He may have his eyes on a different market. Removing the brass bits simplifies the build and attracts those who don't do conventional kits. It probably lowers the cost, too. Brake parts are at the limit of printability, but can be done well enough. Compared to mouldings, they can be much finer. Axle...
by Guy Rixon
Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: 3D printed MR Brake
Replies: 5
Views: 1103

Re: 3D printed MR Brake

This kit does not have a drop-in, etched chassis? Weird; I though Bill was onto a winner with those.
by Guy Rixon
Mon Apr 06, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: When did aerials become common place?
Replies: 11
Views: 1897

Re: When did aerials become common place?

The kind you probably don't want for an early scene is the yagi antenna, the one that has a rod pointing towards the transmitter with short, horizontal rods (quarter-wave dipoles?) crossing it. These, IIRC, were associated with higher-frequency broadcasts that started later; around the time that BBC...

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