Search found 589 matches

by John Palmer
Wed Nov 12, 2014 1:49 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Problems with transfers and glazing
Replies: 13
Views: 6997

Re: Problems with transfers and glazing

I had not considered the possibility of using microscope cover slips, but they might work well on this vehicle, in which the window apertures have right-angled corners throughout. Looking at the laminated glass in MRJ 227 I note that the edges are quite rough, and achieving an adequately smooth edge...
by John Palmer
Sun Nov 09, 2014 1:47 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Problems with transfers and glazing
Replies: 13
Views: 6997

Re: Problems with transfers and glazing

Thank you for very much for all your suggestions. For the future I shall be on the lookout for alternative sources of glazing material such as that on the Tesco pizza boxes, and will think in terms of treating the edges of the glazing before insertion as per John Donelly's suggestion. I cut the Plas...
by John Palmer
Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:39 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Problems with transfers and glazing
Replies: 13
Views: 6997

Problems with transfers and glazing

I've had a couple of finishing problems as illustrated on the image below, and should be glad to have suggestions about how I might avoid these in the future. Finishing problems.jpg The captions should speak for themselves. The transfers are very elderly Methfix, dating from when PC Models was still...
by John Palmer
Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:28 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: EM wheels on 18.83mm track
Replies: 111
Views: 30063

Re: EM wheels on 18.83mm track

This was the finding in the report that prompted my characterisation of the derailment as being one at speed: "[h]aving regard to the distance traversed by the coaches, clear of the track, subsequent to derailment, the light weight of the train, and the damage to the permanent way, I think it q...
by John Palmer
Fri Nov 07, 2014 11:20 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: EM wheels on 18.83mm track
Replies: 111
Views: 30063

Re: EM wheels on 18.83mm track

The report of Lt. Col. Mount referred to in the GW Magazine article must be the one upon the derailment of a GW train on 13th January 1928 on the Severn Valley Line north of Bridgnorth. The derailment's principal cause was rotten sleepering, the fangbolts securing the chairs to the sleepers being un...
by John Palmer
Thu Nov 06, 2014 2:05 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: EM wheels on 18.83mm track
Replies: 111
Views: 30063

Re: EM wheels on 18.83mm track

Which is the accident report of Colonel Mount referred to in the extract from the GW Magazine? If that's not known, what is the date of the Magazine? Might be interesting to discover what the accident report had to say on the subject, and the magazine date would help identify the report.
by John Palmer
Mon Nov 03, 2014 1:40 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Tor Giffard (TG) former LSWR routes of North Devon 1951-1971
Replies: 121
Views: 41183

Re: Tor Giffard (TG) former LSWR routes of North Devon 1951-

Blimey, I hadn't noticed how many unused templates there were! Should have thought to go into the storage box and clear them out.
by John Palmer
Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:42 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Tor Giffard (TG) former LSWR routes of North Devon 1951-1971
Replies: 121
Views: 41183

Re: Tor Giffard (TG) former LSWR routes of North Devon 1951-

I own up to being the one who was too profligate in the use of long timbers in the work I did on Dave's Templot design. At his request I've made a number of modifications to it, and uploaded the revised design to the Templot forum.
by John Palmer
Fri Oct 31, 2014 3:54 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Repairing torn book pages
Replies: 5
Views: 3864

Re: Repairing torn book pages

My 1954 edition seems to include a reasonable amount of data on metric threads. <smug> Best of all, a friend gave it to me as a present. </smug>
by John Palmer
Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:45 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Type of track ballast
Replies: 49
Views: 24241

Re: Type of track ballast

The creosoting cylinder shown in that film looks identical to the one referred to in my previous post. What I hadn't appreciated from the 'Railways of Today' photograph was the readiness with which you could run in multiple trolleys of wood for treatment, the number presumably being limited only by ...
by John Palmer
Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:00 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Type of track ballast
Replies: 49
Views: 24241

Re: Type of track ballast

My copy of 'Railways of Today' dating from about 1930 has a photograph of creosoting cylinders for treatment of sleepers. The text describes the process as involving the exhaustion of air from the cylinder after it has been packed with timbers for treatment and the introduction of creosote oil 'unde...
by John Palmer
Tue Oct 14, 2014 1:10 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Tor Giffard (TG) former LSWR routes of North Devon 1951-1971
Replies: 121
Views: 41183

Re: Tor Giffard (TG) former LSWR routes of North Devon 1951-

I would have thought it was odds on that ballast would have come from nearby Meldon, in which case I would think in terms of a very light, almost white colour to the ballast as it comes out of the hoppers but weathering to a slightly darker grey. Your brown ballast looks more like the product of The...
by John Palmer
Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:38 am
Forum: Colin Parks
Topic: P4 conversion work
Replies: 228
Views: 70624

Re: Starting out in P4

I find it very difficult to detect any difference between the flared and unflared check chairs just by looking at them. However, as well as being laid out in sequence on the moulding, as Jim says, the different types can also be identified by the codes embossed onto the moulding sprues, as shown out...
by John Palmer
Sun Oct 05, 2014 6:14 pm
Forum: Colin Parks
Topic: P4 conversion work
Replies: 228
Views: 70624

Re: Starting out in P4

There are some odd-looking concrete block set in the four-foot way on the sharpest curves of the running lines at Newhaven Harbour. If these are the blocks visible in the centre of the left-hand line in this photograph https://www.flickr.com/photos/31890193@N08/11476243853/ then I think they may be...
by John Palmer
Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:12 pm
Forum: Colin Parks
Topic: P4 conversion work
Replies: 228
Views: 70624

Re: Starting out in P4

I have an alternative suggestion for thinning down small nuts. Thread two of them onto a suitable bit of sacrificial studding (or a screw). Tighten the lower nut onto the upper to restrain it from rotating, then file/abrade the upper nut to the thickness desired. You may lose the tip of the studding...
by John Palmer
Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:46 am
Forum: Vectis
Topic: Winter programme
Replies: 1
Views: 1729

Re: Winter programme

Steve,

Check your PM's - you have mail!
by John Palmer
Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:09 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Weathered sleepers
Replies: 7
Views: 4959

Re: Weathered sleepers

The liquid in question is vinegar. When wire wool is steeped in this for a few days it produces a mix known (at least to Americans) as iron buff. This is then used as a wood stain. In experimenting with such stains, I've tried both white vinegar (as recommended by some of the American articles I've ...
by John Palmer
Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:53 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Boxpok Plan D...West Country Pacifics in P4
Replies: 41
Views: 14326

Re: Boxpok Plan D...West Country Pacifics in P4

He preferred a route of enlarging the crankpin hole in the plastic Gibson wheel to around 3mm to take a brass rod of the same diameter, which already has the correct diameter crankpin hole drilled off centre (lathe drilled rod cut off to wheel thickness lengths) . A common axle supports all 6 drivi...
by John Palmer
Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:39 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Re: Tim V's workbench - latest shenanigans
Replies: 421
Views: 159290

Re: Tim V's workbench

Is that Airfix or Dapol in origin, Tim? I remember stripping the paint on my Airfix pair using brake fluid - they were then moulded in white plastic, I think (like your vents?). To do away with the excess window I separated the window concerned from the rest of the transparency, glued it in place, w...
by John Palmer
Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:09 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Caledonian Railway Point Sleepering Practice
Replies: 8
Views: 3905

Re: Caledonian Railway Point Sleepering Practice

Allan Ferguson contributed an excellent photograph that illustrates Caledonian P&C practice at http://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1826 . This shows both a common crossing and what I take to be a Caledonian loose-heel switch forming a trap. If this is representative of the Cal...
by John Palmer
Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:33 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Manchester is Back - in 2015
Replies: 16
Views: 6248

Re: Manchester is Back - in 2015

The Facebook link doesn't work for me - has the URL been mangled?
by John Palmer
Sat May 31, 2014 10:02 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Tor Giffard (TG) former LSWR routes of North Devon 1951-1971
Replies: 121
Views: 41183

Re: Tor Giffard (TG) former LSWR routes of North Devon 1951-

What kind of digital still camera is required for good quality close up work? Dave How much do you want to spend, Dave? If you want to make a big thing of photography, you could splash out on a DSLR and equip it with whatever specialised lenses you need. The DSLR body may cost several hundred pound...
by John Palmer
Sat May 31, 2014 9:27 am
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Re: Tim V's workbench - latest shenanigans
Replies: 421
Views: 159290

Re: Tim V's workbench

Bet you're glad of the Myford's grunt for work like that. And the reason for the steady is?
by John Palmer
Tue May 13, 2014 1:54 am
Forum: Dave K
Topic: The Station Building
Replies: 30
Views: 13758

Re: The Station Building

As Tim has mentioned the Peco 2mm sheet I hope he won't mind my reproducing one of his pictures of Burnham, showing the box on a platform faced with this material, and edged with individual bricks (individually picked out in varying shades, oh my!) I recommend this material.
Burnham_Platform.jpg
by John Palmer
Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:08 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Brassmasters Axle Spacing Jigs
Replies: 15
Views: 6232

Re: Brassmasters Axle Spacing Jigs

You could always knock up your own...
DSCF0004-2.jpg

(had to find an excuse to play with the new camera!)

Go to advanced search