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by billbedford
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: P4 wagon Compensation(springing)
Replies: 31
Views: 2323

Re: P4 wagon Compensation(springing)

davebradwell wrote:I bought some bearings from Markits last year and I'm due to order some more. Why should he suddenly make them a different depth?


Tool wear, backlash in the machine and the fact that the datum for the depth is the back of the flange?
by billbedford
Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 263
Views: 43061

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

We should try access the tartan paint technology that figured so often in the Beano and Dandy.
by billbedford
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 263
Views: 43061

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

making things is what some of us enjoy. Otherwise why not just do what so many do, and simply get our models from the wide range of RTR products available. I don't envision the end of etched kits or scratch building or even modeller produced etchings for scratch building. If prototypical accurate d...
by billbedford
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 263
Views: 43061

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

I note that Etched Pixels sell 1:148 kits with etched sides and a printed armature. I think these are the original Ultima armatures. They are a clear injection moulded box, which is a lot easier to produce in 2mm scale than 4. A printed armature would not be very much cheaper than a fully printed c...
by billbedford
Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 263
Views: 43061

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

I prefer separate door and commode handles. So a kit with holes for these (or markers showing where to drill) would be my choice. Commode handles can be made from wire, not too difficult if a folding jig is part of the kit. Door handles are easily made from brass lace pins with a file. Now here's a...
by billbedford
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 263
Views: 43061

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

On the subject of what is in a kit etc, etched kits come with separate door handles which are not usually overscale so why not printed vehicles? After all, such will require a number of other components, for example grab handles, to complete so why not door handles? Because the whole point of print...
by billbedford
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 263
Views: 43061

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

Yes, I know you were talking about the moulded handles, but what do you want instead of them? Are you really expecting everyone who buys a kit to have to buy the door separately? It seems to me that you want to replace a reasonably scale representation of the handles with something that is likely to...
by billbedford
Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 263
Views: 43061

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

Alan Woodard wrote:Hi knuckles.

it looks good but would it be better without the door handles ? Then people could put there own choice on and it would save trying to carving them off neatly..


You mean; you think manufacturers should supply coaches without door handles so customers will have to supply their own?
by billbedford
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Wainwright H Class P4 conversion
Replies: 30
Views: 2341

Re: Wainwright H Class P4 conversion

So how many people want H class wheels?

Drop me an email if you do.

I don't think I can do them before S4N but you shouldn't have to wait 10 months.
by billbedford
Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Dullcoat
Replies: 11
Views: 1875

Re: Dullcoat

Thanks for mall the info. Dullcoat is obviously not acrylic base so no good at stopping UV at 405 nm.
by billbedford
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Dullcoat
Replies: 11
Views: 1875

Dullcoat

Does anyone know the formulation of Dullcoat varnish? in particular is it acrylic based?
by billbedford
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Mousa Models, Terms of Business
Replies: 2
Views: 893

Re: Mousa Models, Terms of Business

OK, I've taken what Noel said onboard and this is the update, changes underlined: ==================== Terms of Business ==================== Valid from 2019-02-21 All the products on this site are produced in small batches, while some stock is kept for sales at shows, most are made to order. The or...
by billbedford
Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Mousa Models, Terms of Business
Replies: 2
Views: 893

Mousa Models, Terms of Business

I've just updated the Mousa Models website . There is a change to the terms of business that relates to how the site operates. These are the new terms: Terms of Business ----------------- Valid from 2019-02-17 All the products on this site are produced in small batches, while some stock is kept for ...
by billbedford
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Suitable paint for goods vehicles
Replies: 12
Views: 999

Re: Suitable paint for goods vehicles

LNWR Liveries (HMRS) quotes the grey as being 50:50 white and black. As an experiment I had an aerosol produced by Halfords to that ratio. It is quite a dark grey, so I am inclined to think that Humbrol Blue Grey 79 is too blue. It is difficult to tell from online paint charts but Humbrol Slate Gre...
by billbedford
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Suitable paint for goods vehicles
Replies: 12
Views: 999

Re: Suitable paint for goods vehicles

All grey paints used white lead mixed with lamp black. White lead oxidises in the presence of sulphur to a charcoal grey tone, the same as coach roofs. This means that any grey painted wagon would become progressively darker between re-paints, and the lighter the original the more pronounced the dif...
by billbedford
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 263
Views: 43061

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

The grey resin I use has a naturally matt finish which all but hides the very fine striations on the surface, so my advise would be not to use gloss paint, and probably not to use enamels. As for using IPA for cleaning, all the parts are soaking in IPA fore about 20 minutes so a quick clean won't af...
by billbedford
Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Any Wheel and size!
Replies: 62
Views: 7610

Re: Any Wheel and size!

MarkS wrote:Ahh, air suspension... ;)


... or magnetic
by billbedford
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Any Wheel and size!
Replies: 62
Views: 7610

Re: Any Wheel and size!

CSBs were invented after someone tried to set up the springs on one of the other Bradwell kits. ;)
by billbedford
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Any Wheel and size!
Replies: 62
Views: 7610

Re: Any Wheel and size!

jon price wrote:Romford type axle holes would enable the use of the semi-mythical Romford P4 axles, ensuring quartering and allowing a prototypical looking variety of axle end caps.


These wheels have keys printed into the bore and the axles have keyways, so they are self quartering.
by billbedford
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Any Wheel and size!
Replies: 62
Views: 7610

Re: Any Wheel and size!

This is all very interesting to read. But in practical terms, how much variation in design is possible? For example, how about flat fronted spokes as per Barclay wheels? One of their 'standard' sizes was 3'5" which is a bit of an oddball but I suppose 3'6" (which is a tyre size that would...
by billbedford
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Any Wheel and size!
Replies: 62
Views: 7610

Re: Any Wheel and size!

Yep, Sharman wheels had the centres moulded into the tyre.
by billbedford
Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: CSB Fulcrums
Replies: 11
Views: 1748

Re: CSB Fulcrums

Primary suspensions link the axleboxes to the frames, secondary suspensions link sub-frame, eg bogies, to the main frames.
by billbedford
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: CSB Fulcrums
Replies: 11
Views: 1748

Re: CSB Fulcrums

Using the same method used for adjusting the weights on the drivers, ie by adjusting the lengths of the spring shackles.
by billbedford
Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: CSB Fulcrums
Replies: 11
Views: 1748

Re: CSB Fulcrums

It's always amusing to watch people overthinking stuff and making things more complicated than they need to be. Bogies on steam locos had only one freedom of motion relative to the frames and that was rotation about the central pivot. Track unevenness was allowed for by either having sprung axleboxe...
by billbedford
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 932
Views: 108436

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

As far as I understand things the farming in the area by the turn of the 20th century had pretty much fully transferred across to live stock with sheep on the uplands and cattle in the dales. Bakewell was the focus of the farming with the weekly market and the annual show. Milk appears to have been...

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