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by Knuckles
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 215
Views: 48461

Re: Some North Eastern Locomotive Builds

Wish I had something useful and constructive to say in this thread yet I don't. That said I am very much enjoying seeing your creations, some lovely work here. Inspiring stuff. ;)

Drooling over your B16, may need a rag. Then again I've always been a fan of Vincent's locomotives.
by Knuckles
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 14730

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

Hi Julian, now I'm the one apologising for the delay. I've read your two posts. Regarding EM spacers I'll consider that as a possibility. Overly large gaps between the frame edges and wheel backs are not ideal but I can live with them. The Bachmann Pannier I converted the easy way with Ultrascale wh...
by Knuckles
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout
Replies: 53
Views: 14169

Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

Aahhhh....recognized. I believe we recently spoke on YouTube. I'm Sparkshot there.

Looking forward to seeing this progress. :)
by Knuckles
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 14730

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

Yep, and the verdict is a solid no. I'm not sure what looos worse, those or tension locks. :? I figured out my coupling conundrum with a gool ol' bodge job (vid on an earlier page). It's just the curve issues with big locomotives that are currently taxing me. I'll reply to Julian once I get on the PC.
by Knuckles
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 14730

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

Thanks Knuckles! The moving bit you refer to is the radius rod. No problem, and cool. I have learned the names of the various rods before but keep forgetting. So many of the bloomin' things. It does look very convincing in motion, something I'd like to see modelled more. Whether I'll be a one to do...
by Knuckles
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: RTR EM Gauge Track from Peco.
Replies: 26
Views: 7370

Re: RTR EM Gauge Track from Peco.

P4 it seems to me is a state of mind ... an approach which tends towards an obsession with detail and has a focus on track and wheels. This I am aware is a personal view ... but with the finescale approach being so well represented in both EM & OO it does seem to be the point of difference. The...
by Knuckles
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: RTR EM Gauge Track from Peco.
Replies: 26
Views: 7370

Re: RTR EM Gauge Track from Peco.

I've built a handfull of P4 points, 3 standard turnouts and a single slip. That's currently it. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to starting the next P4 layout once a plan can finally be finalized. That said, if P4 Ready To Plant/Plonk turnouts end up being made and they are no more than at a max...
by Knuckles
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 14730

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

Many thanks for those extras (addressing last two posters). I wouldn't need to go as tiight as 2' so that is looking very promising indeed. There is only one reverse curve on the plan that isn't a standard crossover but not that tight. I love your Crab by the way. On a different earlier video seeing...
by Knuckles
Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 14730

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

Many thanks and also to everyone who has posted so far, it helps.

I'm still a wee stuck on it all but thinking so far providing I don't do a piggy ear hole job things will be fine. Won't know fully until the loft is more finalized but then some more in depth tests can be conducted.
by Knuckles
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: Rixon Finescale Models
Replies: 20
Views: 7876

Re: Rixon Finescale Models

I tried respruing the baseplates and the price actually went up as I made it more compact. I'm afraid we're stuck with those prices. Being wound up by it for far too long, Shapeways' latest antics have driven me to take action. I've grabbed the ox by its horns and brought the Anycubic Photon DLP. F...
by Knuckles
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 14730

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

The big layout regardless of gauge is a 10-20 year projection and would cost a fair bit either way. I can't do exhibitions as I can only attend Sundays and buggered if a manager wants to fill a slot for only one day. Besides which I helped exhibit a layout on a Sunday once and it bored the crap out ...
by Knuckles
Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 14730

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

Deep down would rather it be the other way around, have the big one as P4 so it is the main one but tight curves and other things keep swaying me to do the easier and quicker 00 option but then every time I see anything P4, my own or other wise, I wanna do it in P4 and the cycle continues. It's been...
by Knuckles
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 14730

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

Choosing gauge for this layout is killing me. You could also consider 00FS (or is it 00SF?). If you really feel that P4 will limit your aspirations for this layout, that might be the answer. DT Been considering 00-SF on and off for a long time but I have the view that if I am to put effort in track...
by Knuckles
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 14730

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

Thanks, Bob. Bogie swing etc indeed is an area I over looked initially so thanks for the reminder. I have read about P4 Black 5s and Pacifics going around sub 30" P4 curves which is why I revisited the option. I can live with cylinder cut outs as indeed I have since day 1 but the other points y...
by Knuckles
Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chairs and Rail
Replies: 51
Views: 15741

Re: Chairs and Rail

seanmcs wrote:In 2090 I bought from C & L GW.........


Don't think you did...unless you own a functioning Tardis! :mrgreen:
by Knuckles
Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 14730

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

Lol, I hate the bars too, I really do. Before I saw your post I was doing this.... Video Description.... Dingham Auto Couplers - I love them. You can use them with real 3-Link, Instanter & Screw couplings with the minimal of fettling, they provide delayed uncoupling and they use the buffers to p...
by Knuckles
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 14730

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

Ok many thanks. Had another thought too, and this is based on my experiments so I know the concept works but whether it will work well enough in anger with long wheelbase stock with more pressure and weight I'm yet to find out. With Dinghams and with the overscale but easier and more compatible Smit...
by Knuckles
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 14730

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

Been looking at the DGs and might by a set for coach tests. However after scrutinizing them it seems they are basically the same as a Dingham with the main differences being mounting height and that buffing plate. Based on this it seems if I were to use that dodge of adding a bar across the buffers ...
by Knuckles
Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 14730

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

Thanks for all your collective feedback. Very much appreciated. We'll continue working on the loft and then some tests can begin once boards built. You've given me many extra considerations and factors to muse over and for that I am greatful. :) So far we got some more L brackets to put up, finish p...
by Knuckles
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 14730

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

Knuckles, can I suggest you build a test segment in both P4 and OO to see which you feel comfortable with and which works as a test, before setting of on one road or the other? I did a test layout in P4 before so already know I like P4 and can do it. If you mean for the curves I intend to. :) Read ...
by Knuckles
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 14730

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

Of course, there's always N gauge ;) Already modelling N! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vv5KammA34 Small layout for my room as a side project. Also above pictures shows evidence of a N gauge terrace I am designing for the layout. 3D printing it. I never fully abandoned 00 either and have dabbled...
by Knuckles
Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 14730

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

Thanks you two. With the loft work, preparation and frame work being almost done I think best bet may be build the boards then I'll have a proper canvas to test things on before any solid decisions are made. Board joins and turnout clearance already planned. Current thinking then is to buy some DGs,...
by Knuckles
Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 14730

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

There is only one curve that would need to push a rake of coaches so the only major issue there...I think. The rest would be pulled. Will look at DGs thanks. EDIT: Hmm,looked at DG. I like the way they look. Can they be fixed to the beam as per prototype and Dinghams? They look to be very Dinghqm li...
by Knuckles
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 14730

Re: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

Ok thanks you two. I have been thinking about that too. Screw, 3 link & Dinghams is what I want although I know they can lock. Was thinking coaches could be 8n fixed rakes and could keep their RTR couplings on and have aconverter for the end. Also plan has it that coupling would only happen on a...
by Knuckles
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.
Replies: 60
Views: 14730

Radius Testing - Practical Experiments.

As the title suggests really. I've been planning a few layouts for a while and the big dream layout I have not decided whether to do in 00 or P4. Initially I scrapped the P4 idea for this particular layout because the 'minimum' curve radius of 48" wouldn't fit. However, after spending several h...

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