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by JackBlack
Mon Oct 28, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Vacformed roofs
Replies: 6
Views: 1229

Re: Vacformed roofs

Thanks for the replies and thanks Ralph for that very details post on how to them myself. I'd rather not have to do this if I can help it, especially as the Mallard vacform roofs have a small shoulder to them that I think would be difficult to reproduce using this process (although the brass roofs l...
by JackBlack
Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR 44xx Kits
Replies: 20
Views: 2577

Re: GWR 44xx Kits

Does anybody know if the 45xx is a beginners Kit? I'm actually building the 45xx at the moment, there's a thread here about it (although my context is not about the actual kit, but making it radio controlled): https://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=137&t=6599 . I would say it is a begi...
by JackBlack
Fri Oct 25, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Vacformed roofs
Replies: 6
Views: 1229

Vacformed roofs

Is it roofs or rooves? Anyway I was wondering if anyone knew of a supplier for vacformed coach roofs like those supplied with the old Mallard kits. I find them really nice to work with and preferable to the brass or aluminium roofs that come with the later Blacksmith versions, or the Comet coach kit...
by JackBlack
Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR 44xx Kits
Replies: 20
Views: 2577

Re: GWR 44xx Kits

nigelcliffe wrote:or get dumped in house-clearances.


The thought of that makes me want to cry...

Mitchell kits don't come up on eBay too often, but when they do they don't usually go for much more than the original price (IE around £100). Set up an eBay alert.
by JackBlack
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control
Replies: 44
Views: 5902

Re: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control

I'm going to investigate N20 motors next. Ah yes, I've ordered four of those: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2PCS-Minebea-N20-Motor-DC-6V-12V-7-4v-9v-High-Speed-Mini-12mm-Electric-DC-Motor/253470531804 As well as N10's https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mabuchi-Mini-N10-Motor-DC-1-5V-3V-4-5V-Precious-Metal-Bru...
by JackBlack
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control
Replies: 44
Views: 5902

Re: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control

They look exactly the same as mine but 50p cheaper!
by JackBlack
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control
Replies: 44
Views: 5902

Re: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control

David can you repost the link to your motors? When I click the one you posted before it just takes me to the same one as mine.

Thanks, Nick
by JackBlack
Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control
Replies: 44
Views: 5902

Re: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control

But, still concerned about motor longevity. Performance of the motor we'll only know over time. I can do some load testing the next time I visit Mr Scannell as he is set up for that, but I don't have a large test track - would be nice to run it on a large roundy-roundy for a few hours. Reliability ...
by JackBlack
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control
Replies: 44
Views: 5902

Re: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control

This is the eBay link for the motor used in this project:

Link to motor
by JackBlack
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control
Replies: 44
Views: 5902

Re: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control

Little bit of an update. I put the chassis together on Sunday. Simple csb set-up using High Level hornblocks and carriers: IMG_20191006_184157520.jpg IMG_20191006_185227336.jpg IMG_20191006_194457378.jpg Similar to the Mitchell 517 the chassis spacers are very narrow, I guess the earlier kits are li...
by JackBlack
Sat Oct 05, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control
Replies: 44
Views: 5902

Re: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control

The capacity printed on the battery is interesting. Probably enough to take a loco through an exhibition day. Yes, well like I mentioned in the earlier post, on Sunday at Scaleforum I ran my GWR 517 up and down our little test track pretty much from 9am to 4.30pm non-stop, same type of battery. Jus...
by JackBlack
Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control
Replies: 44
Views: 5902

MItchell 45xx battery/radio control

Hi folks, During our demo last weekend at Scaleforum I mentioned to a few people that my next mission was to build a locomotive with a 4v motor and radio control. Mr Scannell found some motors on eBay we think intended for electric razors and both of us ordered some, they're about £2 each. The parti...
by JackBlack
Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 236
Views: 58911

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

Jeremy Suter wrote:To Serve Them All My Days, by RF Delderfied


I love that book. Maybe time to read it again...
by JackBlack
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019 - the social side
Replies: 40
Views: 11312

Re: Scaleforum 2019 - the social side

I'll be up for beer/food on Saturday night, and I don't really know anyone aside from Ted who I'll be demoing our R/C stuff with both days. I'm staying at the Innkeeper's Lodge at somewhere called Weston Turville (which looked close-ish on the map but seems to be about 5km away from the venue), plan...
by JackBlack
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Chassis kits for CSB
Replies: 37
Views: 4677

Re: Chassis kits for CSB

There's a good article here with photos showing conversion of a High Level Pannier chassis to CSB:

http://www.clag.org.uk/pannier-csb.html
by JackBlack
Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 236
Views: 58911

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

Excellent. There goes my January bonus...
by JackBlack
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 236
Views: 58911

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

Looking on eBay I think it's cheaper to buy a brand new lathe than an original watchmakers staking set!
by JackBlack
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Signal box signs
Replies: 5
Views: 2973

Re: Signal box signs

Presumably they are hung just below the window on each side so the signalman can lean out and turn them over if there's a problem?
by JackBlack
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Signal box signs
Replies: 5
Views: 2973

Re: Signal box signs

Ah, great. Thank you!
by JackBlack
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Signal box signs
Replies: 5
Views: 2973

Signal box signs

Hi everyone, I have these scraps of etches left over from a Mitchell CM40 GWR signal box kit and I've been using some bits to detail a Severn Models signal box. On one of the frets are two signs, an S in a circle and a T in a square (see image below). I've Googled but to no avail. Can anyone tell me...
by JackBlack
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 236
Views: 58911

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

Jeremy Suter wrote:I will be releasing an undeframe and body kit later. Possibly as seperate kits but not sure yet the Underframe and Bogie etches are now almost complete, and I am midway through drawing the body.


Fantastic news!
by JackBlack
Sat Jul 28, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Starting to paint stuff
Replies: 18
Views: 5037

Re: Starting to paint stuff

With regard to thinning paint, and "consistency of skimmed milk", it's worth reading this: https://sites.google.com/site/donsairbrushtips/practice "The most common advice is to thin to the consistency of 2% milk. I think the truth is that there is a wide range of thinning that will wo...
by JackBlack
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Starting to paint stuff
Replies: 18
Views: 5037

Re: Starting to paint stuff

Hi John, Personally I prefer enamels for airbrushing these days, not only do you have all the correct colours available from Precision (assuming they're still available), but acrylics tend to dry really fast and clog the nozzle of the airbrush (in my aircraft modelling days I ended up using Golden A...
by JackBlack
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Lampeter Station building
Replies: 9
Views: 2901

Re: Lampeter Station building

It looks great, Nick. You mention getting guttering from Eileen's. Are you aware of these downpipe fittings from Modelu which are just becoming available? They can be used with either plastic or brass rod. Ah thanks! I had bought some Ratio guttering and bits and pieces from Scalelink but it all lo...
by JackBlack
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Lampeter Station building
Replies: 9
Views: 2901

Re: Lampeter Station building

Looks very good so far, the tiles do look good. I graduated from Lampeter back in 2001 and lived on station terrace for a year. Wandered around the goods area a few times and a long parts of the old line towards felinfach. The last time I was there was 2008 and I was staggered at how little the pla...

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