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by andrewnummelin
Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: problems making wagon brakes
Replies: 8
Views: 1387

problems making wagon brakes

At present I'm slowly making a model of a Rhymney Railway brake van and I've hit problems with the brake gear. Unfortunately there's no commercial product that I'm aware of that is a close match so it will have to be scratch building. (For a one off I think the costs of designing and etching one set...
by andrewnummelin
Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 74
Views: 8867

Re: Carriage loading docks

Apologies for being so slow in posting these, but they may still be of interest. Unfortunately the originals were not very good and also suffered from a stint in the tropics.(So resolution greatly reduced for posting.) The black and white one is of Blaenavon Low Level and was taken in 1962 a few mon...
by andrewnummelin
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Best Rolling road
Replies: 15
Views: 3352

Re: Best Rolling road

I was intending to purchase the Bachrus system, but as these are no longer available I bought some from DCC Concepts. I have however made a slight modification to them, having them separately wired rather than relying on contact with track. I've described my new set up in a different thread: https:/...
by andrewnummelin
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: which controller for a test track?
Replies: 16
Views: 3142

Re: which controller for a test track?

P1010692.JPG At last it's complete (apart possibly for adding buffers)! Decided on the MERG kits in the end as I was able to buy these when attending the Missenden weekend. Adding meters to the set-up was delayed by my ordering one incorrectly and having to wait for a new one: all mounted in a box ...
by andrewnummelin
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1079
Views: 142366

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

I am currently contemplating the purchase of a Lathe .... I was wondering what peoples thoughts might be regarding the usefulness of a Vertical slide? I don't possess a pillar drill or a milling machine ... it struck me that for the size of work we do a vertical slide attachment might possibly be a...
by andrewnummelin
Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: NLR 060T pipework
Replies: 17
Views: 2752

Re: NLR 060T pipework

Hello Jol Unfortunately I do not have access to a suitable drawing package to produce the necessary artwork, otherwise I might have a go. Regards Sapper I’ve found Draftsight to be very good for 2D: it has an interface that feels more natural to me than TurboCad (which I also have). Draftsight is f...
by andrewnummelin
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: which controller for a test track?
Replies: 16
Views: 3142

Re: which controller for a test track?

Alan, Keith, Nigel, Tim Having done a little bit more hunting around, I've decided to go with the d-i-y approach - thanks for the useful advice. One question now is, could someone let me have a copy of the article from MRJ 11 and the follow-up letter in MRJ 13 (when these came out I wasn't into elec...
by andrewnummelin
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 20661

Re: Scaleforum 2018

Yes indeed, a great day out. Very many thanks to all those involved with organising, running, attending and supporting the show: well worth the six hours driving. (Special appreciation for the stewards outside in the rain to help car parking.) I particularly enjoyed the number and range of demonstra...
by andrewnummelin
Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Auto- Couplings , what choices - decisions
Replies: 36
Views: 5236

Re: Auto- Couplings , what choices - decisions

... For myself, the hand of god and three link couplings are the most prototypical. They look right in use, and they were after all manually uncoupled and coupled on the real thing Fingers crossed for the development of micro engineered 4mm robots with poles :D Agreed. However this really isn’t eno...
by andrewnummelin
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: which controller for a test track?
Replies: 16
Views: 3142

Re: which controller for a test track?

Gents, Many thanks for the informative and useful replies. Plan now is: 1. extend the shopping list for Scaleforum - if this fails 2. get detailed info on Gaugemaster and Modelex units - if this approach fails 3. get a copy of the MRJ article and then DIY. Third possibility seems the most likely at ...
by andrewnummelin
Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: which controller for a test track?
Replies: 16
Views: 3142

which controller for a test track?

Having consigned very old, rather dodgy, units to recycling facilities during a house move, I now want to renovate my test track and connect it with a new DC controller. As this would be for loco testing only I would prefer pure DC with no feedback or such sophistication - adding a couple of cheap a...
by andrewnummelin
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 92
Views: 31354

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

The image in Gareth’s post reminded me of when I went to the opticians for a check and discovered that I did not have to explain my needs as he had jeweller and watchmaker clients. The mention of using power tools also meant that safety lenses were prescribed in frames appropriate to what I do. It c...
by andrewnummelin
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: fabricating short wheelbase brakes
Replies: 14
Views: 3019

Re: fabricating short wheelbase brakes

I'd look at using Masokit's early PO wagon brakes - the push rods can be shortened easily. I believe I used them when converting the Bargoed wagon to P4 a few years ago - unfortunately the plastic in the Blaenavon wagon had degraded over the years and it broke up while I was trying to convert it. Sh...
by andrewnummelin
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: andrewnummelin
Topic: RR no. 29
Replies: 0
Views: 4482

RR no. 29

chimney-300px.jpg I've not posted anything for quite a while, so I thought I'd better show that I've not been completely inactive. I'm both pleased and disappointed with this latest bit: I didn't think I'd manage to make it at all, but I wish my skills had been up to making something of better qual...
by andrewnummelin
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: North East Essex (NEEAG)
Topic: NEEAG May meeting
Replies: 5
Views: 1747

Re: NEEAG May meeting

Richard,

Many thanks. Very clearly explained: I'll be ordering some of the bits and giving the technique a try on on my next project using my Sherline mill - unfortunately this does have a bit of backlash so some extra care will be needed.
by andrewnummelin
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: North East Essex (NEEAG)
Topic: NEEAG May meeting
Replies: 5
Views: 1747

Re: NEEAG May meeting

... Richard M demonstrated cutting hinge slots in etched brass coach sides using a Proxxon miniature milling machine. ... I’d be very interested to learn more about this technique and wonder whether it would work with the thicker Trevor Charlton etches or with polystyrene. The smallest cutter I’ve ...
by andrewnummelin
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Private Owner Wagons
Replies: 20
Views: 2629

Re: Private Owner Wagons

In addition to the excellent suggestions already made, I’d like to recommend two of my favourites: Len Tavender, Coal Trade Wagons, 1991, ISBN 0951098713 (out of print) Tony Watts, Private Owner Wagons from the Ince Waggon & Ironworks Co., 1998, ISBN 0902835041; HMRS £7. Better value might come ...
by andrewnummelin
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Real locations - multi-era photographs
Replies: 21
Views: 3488

Re: Real locations - multi-era photographs

For those of you thinking about the artistic aspects of our hobby http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-43119445/photographer-stephen-wilkes-shows-day-to-night-in-one-image is well worth a look.
It’s a “small” step to move from a day to a few decades, and from 2D to 3D.
by andrewnummelin
Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 226
Views: 46881

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

Fantastic indeed!
Any idea what the minimum radius curve for such a set-up will be? I’ve a long term plan to build 0-4-4ST that had this type of suspension.
by andrewnummelin
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Custom Transfers
Replies: 6
Views: 1532

Re: Custom Transfers

The 4D Model shop is another alternative for dry transfers http://modelshop.co.uk/Static/WorkShop/Dry-Transfers . Expensive if you only want enough for a single item but good value if you can fill a sheet. I did enough for a rake of wagons and a couple are illustrated below. Their art work check bef...
by andrewnummelin
Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: andrewnummelin
Topic: A railmotor or two - using the skills of others - etching
Replies: 13
Views: 4717

Re: A railmotor or two - using the skills of others - etching

Life got in the way... so it was clear that I was not going to have time to follow all the good advice given about etch design. So I've gone ahead and had an etch made of my first, far from optimum, drawing. At first examination, I am delighted with what came back from PPD. valve_gear_etch.jpg There...
by andrewnummelin
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GSWR/HR Drummond 4000gal tender kits or drawings?
Replies: 9
Views: 2055

Re: GSWR/HR Drummond 4000gal tender kits or drawings?

Way outside my area of interest so may be relevant, but could this be useful?
http://www.hmrs.org.uk/drawings/drawinginfo.php?id=18688
by andrewnummelin
Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: andrewnummelin
Topic: A railmotor or two - using the skills of others - etching
Replies: 13
Views: 4717

Re: A railmotor or two - using the skills of others - etching

Gentlemen, Very many thanks for all the hints and suggestions - most helpful indeed. One however I shall not follow: I'm going for the 110yard hurdles before learning to crawl! (It was the only thing I was not terrible at when in school, and I was told that my parents got rid of our dog when it made...
by andrewnummelin
Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: andrewnummelin
Topic: A railmotor or two - using the skills of others - etching
Replies: 13
Views: 4717

Re: A railmotor or two - using the skills of others - etching

Penrhos1920 wrote:
Are these of any use?

Richard,
Thanks - I already have copies of these, and indeed they were useful.

How are your trailers coming on?
by andrewnummelin
Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: andrewnummelin
Topic: A railmotor or two - using the skills of others - etching
Replies: 13
Views: 4717

Re: A railmotor or two - using the skills of others - etching

I doubt you will have the space for proper forked joints, assuming a standard 12 thou nickel etch. Russ, Sorry for the delay in replying - gardening got in the way! I went back over the stuff I learnt at the Missenden CAD course last year and started to draw out the design for my first ever etch. I...

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