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by billbedford
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Colouring Bill Bedford 3D print three link couplings
Replies: 13
Views: 1990

Re: Colouring Bill Bedford 3D print three link couplings

That maybe the CiF. I've just tried permanent marker on some new FUD sprues and it works very well, and gives a matt finish. Not sure how you would tone down the black though.
by billbedford
Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Colouring Bill Bedford 3D print three link couplings
Replies: 13
Views: 1990

Re: Colouring Bill Bedford 3D print three link couplings

Never found the need to soak FUD in white spirt. It always seemed to raise a 'knap' on the surface.
by billbedford
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 290
Views: 41859

Re: Crab Comet conversion

Julian Roberts wrote:Fascinating Bill! Beyond my powers of comprehension.


Then I suggest that model railways is not really for you. Perhaps you should take up something less challenging, maybe like knitting?
by billbedford
Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 290
Views: 41859

Re: Crab Comet conversion

CRAB MODEL PONY TRUCK SUSPENSION DESIGN Before I started making this bit I wrote the following to a pal. The real locomotive pony truck may not go round such sharp bends that the flanges will encounter the frames. But if it did the springing would in any case make the frames rise with the pony whee...
by billbedford
Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann N class mogul p4 conversion
Replies: 24
Views: 4943

Re: Bachmann N class mogul p4 conversion

Of course, a phone call or even email to Dart could have settled the matter in a few minutes --but where's the fun in that?
by billbedford
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 290
Views: 41859

Re: Crab Comet conversion

It's always a good idea to look a the prototype and model that. It usually save an awful lot of time from not going down the road of fantasy configurations.
by billbedford
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann N class mogul p4 conversion
Replies: 24
Views: 4943

Re: Bachmann N class mogul p4 conversion

Don't you love the 'helpful' advice given about 40 year old kits where the adviser has no knowledge what so ever about what updates have been produced in the mean time.

Chocolate tea pots come to mind.
by billbedford
Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 290
Views: 41859

Re: Crab Comet conversion

The pony will bear some weight and determine the loco front ride height. The loco will have two rollers resting on the pony truck. Thus the half mm clearance between the pony wheels and the loco frame will be maintained and it will be able to swivel enough for 3 ft 6in curves. The pony wheels are s...
by billbedford
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Chains for Loriots etc (Lowmacs/well wagons)
Replies: 13
Views: 2065

Re: Chains for Loriots etc (Lowmacs/well wagons)

Don't forget that rust from the chains would have stained the wooden floor, especially where the chains were linked up when the wagon was not loaded.
by billbedford
Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Helan 1361 class saddleank to EM gauge
Replies: 8
Views: 2053

Re: Helan 1361 class saddleank to EM gauge

3. Axles appear to be 2mm, I am told, and (by someone who has had a detailed look) clearances are non-existent around the crossheads and slidebars. EM might be possible, thus possibly easier, but P4 could be real fun. If you like that sort of thing, which I’m not sure I do. The width of wheels sets...
by billbedford
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1025
Views: 129820

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

Hope someone might have a view on this.... I have turned up the following images of Midland Buffer Stops. I wondered whether the fixings for the rails which actually form the buffer cross piece are fishplates?g For lots of reasons no. For starters 1. The underside of a Fishplates is shaped to fit i...
by billbedford
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: A0 Gresley Pacific Prototype
Replies: 16
Views: 5023

Re: A0 Gresley Pacific Prototype

Noel wrote:That's because he told them what his objective was and what he wanted them to produce, and also got all the flak if the design was nbg.


Narr...

He just got other people to fix his mistakes. cf Thompson and the B17
by billbedford
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: A0 Gresley Pacific Prototype
Replies: 16
Views: 5023

Re: A0 Gresley Pacific Prototype

Ho Hum.... These drawings should be a warning to modellers not to believe everything the read in railway books. I very much doubt they are 'Gresley' drawings. They look very much like, and have the correct date, for drawings that the Society of Locomotive Engineers produced in an attempt to design p...
by billbedford
Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Lord Colnago
Topic: Goings on at the Norfolk Wagonarium
Replies: 105
Views: 26437

Re: Goings on at the Norfolk Wagonarium

I've just been checking my sales figures and i've found that, with two or three exceptions, the resin/printed wagon have out sold the etched ones by more that two to one. So the future direction of the business looks like a no-brainer. The LNER Brake was cast in resin. I'm now working on another one...
by billbedford
Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 85049

Re: Track Construction for a Test Track

Likewise the idea of laser-cut plywood bases for a turnout instead of using a template is gaining ground, and several manufacturers have introduced them. Don't folks realise that the process of removing the webs will take far longer, risking causing significant damage, than sticking timbers on a pa...
by billbedford
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 290
Views: 41859

Re: Crab Comet conversion

Julian Roberts wrote: Not sure that the formula can ever be more than mumbo jumbo to me, a musician not mathematician!


Here we go again, someone who makes sense of dots on lines gives up when there are letters involved.....
by billbedford
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Construction of a Test Track
Replies: 611
Views: 85049

Re: Track Construction for a Test Track

This may be a thick question but ...... Is there any logic to the direction chair wedges face ... ie are they always fitted with the tail away from the direction of travel. Also, does anyone know whether the Midland pre 1905 would have them on the outside of the track? They were up in from the oppo...
by billbedford
Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: GWR 9' bogie subframes
Replies: 11
Views: 2055

Re: GWR 9' bogie subframes

The A31 Autotrailers didn't have American bogies, so this reply is irrelevant to the OPs question.
by billbedford
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: GWR 9' bogie subframes
Replies: 11
Views: 2055

Re: GWR 9' bogie subframes

The only problem you might have is if the American bogies are shorter over headstocks than standard ones with carrying springs above the axleboxes.
by billbedford
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Lampeter Station question
Replies: 19
Views: 3859

Re: Lampeter Station question

Was this end of the station ever used as a signal box?
by billbedford
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: GWR 9' bogie subframes
Replies: 11
Views: 2055

Re: GWR 9' bogie subframes

What is the problem that using the current bogie centre will cause?
by billbedford
Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: What's causing the wobbles on Calcutta Sidings
Replies: 33
Views: 5578

Re: What's causing the wobbles on Calcutta Sidings

That's what I'm trying to fix for P:87. I'm already preparing a new standard for free wheel movement and standard for track flatness. It now seems that Joe Brooksmith was aware of that omission in setting his own idea of the +/- 0.5 mm wheel movement allowance. Note, the otherwise mostly effective ...
by billbedford
Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1025
Views: 129820

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland pre 1905

Armchair Modeller wrote:
billbedford wrote:Except the wagons are loaded with limestone not lead ore.


Sorry Bill, why do you say that?


Lead ore is much denser than coal. So standard mineral wagons loaded with ore, as in the photos, would be grossly over loaded.
by billbedford
Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1025
Views: 129820

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland pre 1905

Except the wagons are loaded with limestone not lead ore.
by billbedford
Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1025
Views: 129820

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland pre 1905

There is a rotating point signal attached to that post.

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