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by andrewnummelin
Sun Nov 22, 2015 5:01 pm
Forum: Lathe Work
Topic: Lathe for non-metals
Replies: 6
Views: 2267

Lathe for non-metals

My daughter's fiance has asked for advice on getting a lathe for work with various plastics, resins or hard woods - he's a model maker but not (yet) a railway modeller so is not after something for metal turning or working to high precision. I've only ever looked at small metal working machines (Uni...
by andrewnummelin
Sun Nov 22, 2015 4:47 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Metal Shears/Tin Snips
Replies: 16
Views: 6566

Re: Metal Shears/Tin Snips

Two possibilites for light and heavier duty
http://www.axminster.co.uk/jeweller-s-shears-502418
http://www.axminster.co.uk/305mm-sheet-metal-worker-900118

(My only connection with Axminster is as a satisfied customer.)
by andrewnummelin
Fri Oct 30, 2015 9:12 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Magnifying headband
Replies: 15
Views: 3739

Re: Magnifying headband

I put a similar question to our dentist a few weeks ago - what he advised would require sticking a couple of noughts on the end of the prices you gave! A couple of years back I mentioned to an optician that I was not able to focus at close distance like in the past (small items but not needing magni...
by andrewnummelin
Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: E.B. Wilson fluted boiler mountings
Replies: 11
Views: 3770

Re: E.B. Wilson fluted boiler mountings

Some books that might help: 1 E B Wilson & Co by Clive Hardy, published 1981 byThomas Aleksander. ISBN 0906829119 - a works list with some drawings and photos of fluted boiler fittings. 2.Locomotives of Quality - a pictorial history of Manning Wardle & Co by John E Simpson, published Ross-E...
by andrewnummelin
Sat Sep 19, 2015 4:35 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2015
Replies: 123
Views: 33024

Re: Scaleforum 2015

On my way home after an excellent day out. I arrived, very comfortably by Heyfordian, with a number of problems to solve, and have left with solutions to them all and several unexpected ideas to push my modelling onwards. Very many thanks to all involved with organising, exhibiting, demonstrating an...
by andrewnummelin
Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:19 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: E.B. Wilson fluted boiler mountings
Replies: 11
Views: 3770

Re: E.B. Wilson fluted boiler mountings

Hardwicke wrote:....... but the fluted dome did not survive.

What a shame - there goes the justification for a holiday trip! Thanks for the links and information.
by andrewnummelin
Sat Aug 22, 2015 7:23 am
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Private owner wagons
Replies: 8
Views: 2920

Re: Private owner wagons

To find out a bit about the travels of PO wagons you may like to have a look at: Coal Trade Wagons Author: L. Tavender, (Leonard), 1935- Subjects: Coal Rail transport History ; Great Britain ; Dewey: 662.6240941 Publication Details: L. Tavender, c1991. Language: English Identifier: ISBN 0951098713 (...
by andrewnummelin
Tue Aug 11, 2015 7:35 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: E.B. Wilson fluted boiler mountings
Replies: 11
Views: 3770

Re: E.B. Wilson fluted boiler mountings

Armchair Modeller,

Many thanks for the leads that I shall follow up.

If my memory serves me correctly, a rare event these days, Manning Wardle stopped with the decorative boiler mountings when the craftsman that made them retired or passed away (Chronicles of Boulton's Sidings)
by andrewnummelin
Mon Aug 10, 2015 12:35 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: E.B. Wilson fluted boiler mountings
Replies: 11
Views: 3770

E.B. Wilson fluted boiler mountings

I wonder if anyone knows of a good drawing of these fittings: I thought that making one would be a good project for a weekend in March at Great Missenden where I hope to start learning about 3D printing. The only drawings I have in my files are: - the tiny ones by ELA in the RCTS book on absorbed GW...
by andrewnummelin
Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Ex-LNWR shed, somewhere in South Wales.
Replies: 12
Views: 4475

Re: Ex-LNWR shed, somewhere in South Wales.

philip-griffiths wrote:Thanks Ian,

...then why build it narrow gauge and with chasms for checkrails? :-)

regards


Didn't the original Sirhowy line look a bit like that?
by andrewnummelin
Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Maximum Gradients
Replies: 16
Views: 3846

Re: Maximum Gradients

All depends on whether you want to be able to control the train on the incline and how much "run out" you have at the bottom. And, of course, on whether the approaches are curved or not. The answers will also depend on the stock - if it's one of your modern multiple units with "contin...
by andrewnummelin
Wed May 27, 2015 4:41 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: LSWR operation; horse boxes
Replies: 23
Views: 5127

Re: LSWR operation; horse boxes

I think when possible a horse box would be coupled next to the engine to ensure as smooth a ride as possible. I would have thought that the opposite was likely to be the case - surging from a steam loco will reduce the further back in the train you are (continuous brakes, taught couplings, buffers ...
by andrewnummelin
Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: Mark Tatlow
Topic: A Highland Miscellany
Replies: 274
Views: 82684

Re: A Highland Miscellany

I have produced the coupling rods (and connecting rods) in true scale and fattened by 15%. This, and may other pregroup locos, had very slender coupling rods - so slender indeed that I am concerned as to their durability in use. I'm curious and since I'm planning my own pre-grouping efforts, where ...
by andrewnummelin
Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:26 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Drakelow
Replies: 47
Views: 16432

Re: Drakelow

And now we have the evidence -- a ladder of Barry slips at Barry: http://85a.co.uk/forum/gallery/2/2_280655_080000000.jpg Many thanks to Sandy Croall for the pic. Martin. I'm pretty sure these "Barry Slips" were not at Barry. This photograph appears on page 51 in John Hutton's "The N...
by andrewnummelin
Wed Nov 26, 2014 5:58 pm
Forum: Vehicle dynamics and trackholding
Topic: Tractive Effort
Replies: 14
Views: 4306

Re: Tractive Effort

Will L wrote:... and some truly startling performances should be available from a motorised wheel barrow type loco. In a 4mm world the loco designers would probably have stuck with single drivers.

Mr Emett on a monorail?
by andrewnummelin
Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:31 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Etched headstocks
Replies: 7
Views: 2768

Re: Etched headstocks

Guy Rixon wrote:William: I'll nned to build some ..... coaches, including Metropolitan, where no kits exist.


There are some available - I've a few of these but have yet to complete a proper ("rigid") underframe.
http://www.roxeymouldings.co.uk/category/22/4mm-scale-metropolitan-railway/
by andrewnummelin
Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: iak
Topic: Wagon floors... Wagon sides... Bare Wood... Worn wood or what?
Replies: 45
Views: 13355

Re: Wagon floors... Worn,Corroded or What?

Noel wrote:
iak wrote:... suggesting a photograph date in the late 1960s ...

The year and location is on the photo which was almost certainly taken in August or September. Further details (embedded in the file) are that the wagon was ex PO number P245914K registered GWR 1933 no 3689.
by andrewnummelin
Sun Jun 15, 2014 11:50 am
Forum: iak
Topic: Wagon floors... Wagon sides... Bare Wood... Worn wood or what?
Replies: 45
Views: 13355

Re: Wagon floors... Worn,Corroded or What?

An example, but the sides are clearer than the floor (with image adjusted to lighten the shadows using Photoshop elements.)
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by andrewnummelin
Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:05 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Industrial Track inset into Setts
Replies: 8
Views: 3488

Re: Industrial Track inset into Setts

I'd guess that the minimum radius will be well under 1': but take care with the layout as buffer locking could be a problem. If you look at Blaenavon ironworks you'll find some prototype situations with very tight curves - my memory was that you could get around 4 wagons on one of the 90 degree bend...
by andrewnummelin
Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:37 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: "old" flat bottom track
Replies: 11
Views: 3576

Re: "old" flat bottom track

Thanks for all the suggestions. The rail is on its way so it won't be long before I experiment with a couple of the techniques.
by andrewnummelin
Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:05 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: "old" flat bottom track
Replies: 11
Views: 3576

"old" flat bottom track

To contrast with the bullhead on the main line, I've decided to lay a couple of sidings using flat bottom track, not the modern variety on baseplates but late 19th century type where the rail appears to be spiked directly to the sleepers. I prefer to use plywood sleepers but I don't fancy "gett...
by andrewnummelin
Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:03 pm
Forum: andrewnummelin
Topic: PC&NR and other things.
Replies: 24
Views: 11212

Re: PC&NR and other things.

At last I have found a bit of spare time to continue this thread. 0-6-4T No 23 did just make it to Scaleforum where there were many excellent models on display: it was very nice to see more than in recent years, let's hope that next year there are even more. Scaleforum.jpg workbench07.jpg To my dism...
by andrewnummelin
Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:24 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Wooden buffer beams
Replies: 22
Views: 5151

Re: Wooden buffer beams

I had a quick look in a couple of books this morning and found that it was mostly impossible to tell the structure of the beams, in particular whether or not there was a rear plate. The only good photos I found were of preserved locos: an ex Mersey Railway 0-6-4T in Australia (two plates), Trojan at...
by andrewnummelin
Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:43 pm
Forum: andrewnummelin
Topic: PC&NR and other things.
Replies: 24
Views: 11212

Re: PC&NR and other things.

Penrhos1920 wrote:
What did you do for the driving wheels in the end?

Richard

By sheer luck, I found in the spares box a few Sharman wheels that were slightly under their nominal size.
by andrewnummelin
Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:39 pm
Forum: andrewnummelin
Topic: PC&NR and other things.
Replies: 24
Views: 11212

Re: PC&NR and other things.

Penrhos1920 wrote:1 down just 2 more to go?
Richard

1 hasn't gone yet!!!!!!!!!!!

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