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by JackBlack
Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:49 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Help Required on Chairs and Track Construction
Replies: 14
Views: 4509

Re: Help Required on Chairs and Track Construction

Sound like an excellent idea... Any chance that you could post a couple of piccys of your jigs? They're really simple. The sleeper one just allows you to position the chair in the correct place on the sleeper and glue it, five at a time: track_sleeper_jig.jpg This is the panel one, it's basically o...
by JackBlack
Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:43 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: What's inside a goods shed?
Replies: 46
Views: 22863

Re: What's inside a goods shed?

Thanks Allan, we moved to Lampeter in 72 into a big old house that pretty much hadn't been touched since the 30's, floor boards, outside toilets, no central heating, and lino everywhere, so I'm happy to go with lino on the office floor. You need to find the list of facilities at the station to deter...
by JackBlack
Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: What's inside a goods shed?
Replies: 46
Views: 22863

Re: What's inside a goods shed?

Hi guys, As promised here's some photos of where I'm at with this so far. Not a huge amount to see as it's just the basic shell. The shed itself is 3mm foamboard sandwiched between 1mm plasticard sheet, and on top of this will be glued various thickness of "stone", cut from plasticard. The...
by JackBlack
Fri Jan 08, 2010 1:14 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Help Required on Chairs and Track Construction
Replies: 14
Views: 4509

Re: Help Required on Chairs and Track Construction

Hi Steve, Nice photos! I built a signal box very similar to this for my Lampeter layout using the Churchward models etched kit as a basis. http://www.modelexmodelrailways.co.uk I'm not sure if it's still available, it's the timber box with the hip roof, so you have to scratch build the brick base an...
by JackBlack
Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:15 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Help Required on Chairs and Track Construction
Replies: 14
Views: 4509

Re: Help Required on Chairs and Track Construction

Am I correct in assuming that I can simply purchase wooden sleepers, plastic chairs and bullhead track and simply 'glue' them together at the correct track gauge? Having stubbornly stuck to ply/rivet/soldered construction for a while I was finally persuaded to try the method you've described above ...
by JackBlack
Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:14 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: What's inside a goods shed?
Replies: 46
Views: 22863

Re: What's inside a goods shed?

A few photos of Whittingham goods shed (near Alnwick) taken in May 2008 when I was dreaming about buying the station.... Lovely photos! And good to have the human measuring stick! I was looking at the shell of mine last night and checking the measurements again because it looks huge in comparison t...
by JackBlack
Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:08 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: What's inside a goods shed?
Replies: 46
Views: 22863

Re: What's inside a goods shed?

I do have a copy of MRJ 0 and could send you scans of the pages if that would be of use. They include drawings inside and out including a two ton crane for inside. My friend Bob Logan built the goods shed for Pendon that appeared in one of the early MRJ's, I could put you in touch, if you wish, as ...
by JackBlack
Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:01 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: What's inside a goods shed?
Replies: 46
Views: 22863

Re: What's inside a goods shed?

Tim V wrote:You need to find the list of facilities at the station to determine if there was a crane inside the shed.


Yes indeed, thanks. I've emailed Didcot to see if they have something. Who else might have this info, HMRS? Cheers, Nick
by JackBlack
Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:07 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: What's inside a goods shed?
Replies: 46
Views: 22863

Re: What's inside a goods shed?

I've now got S4 News #141 thanks to the download archive (not seen that before, the download section is excellent!), so thanks for that. I have a small GW platform crane kit by ABS which I can use (I bought it originally intending it to be the yard crane outside, but it's too small). I have the basi...
by JackBlack
Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:19 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: What's inside a goods shed?
Replies: 46
Views: 22863

Re: What's inside a goods shed?

That's great, thank you. I'll try and hunt down GWR journal #39 and MRJ 21, MRJ 0 is a bit trickier! I have GWR Miscellany Vol II and there's a photo of the inside of Birmingham Moor Street shed, mainly because it has a wagon traverser. But you can see it's basically full of "goods", ie st...
by JackBlack
Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:08 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: What's inside a goods shed?
Replies: 46
Views: 22863

Re: What's inside a goods shed?

Hi Paul,

I always forget about that book! I have it here, there's a couple of pictures of the inside of Newbury shed, but it's doesn't really have anything in it apart from a row of fire buckets on the wall and a hand crane. Maybe that's all that would be there?

Cheers, Nick
by JackBlack
Mon Jan 04, 2010 12:57 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: What's inside a goods shed?
Replies: 46
Views: 22863

What's inside a goods shed?

Hi folks, I've started to build a model of the goods shed at Lampeter, since it's something I can do sitting at the coffee table in the lounge of an evening. I have loads of exterior photos and a drawing from Railway Modeller (thanks to Barry from Cambrian), however aside from the tantalising photo ...
by JackBlack
Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:23 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Etched brass Mink F - a bit of progress...
Replies: 2
Views: 1882

Re: Etched brass Mink F - a bit of progress...

Looks absolutely superb and cannot wait to see the finished product. Will they available? Hi Dave, Yes that is the intention, but I'm broke at the moment, so late 2010 maybe. And possibly I'll just make the etches available and people source the extra bits themselves. I'll keep this post updated as...
by JackBlack
Tue Dec 22, 2009 4:14 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Etched brass Mink F - a bit of progress...
Replies: 2
Views: 1882

Etched brass Mink F - a bit of progress...

Hi folks, I thought I'd post a small progress report on my Mink F etchings that I've been (slowly) working on this year. My life has changed somewhat over the last 6 months, what with moving to Portugal, taking on a renovation project, and expecting our first child in April, however I can still mana...
by JackBlack
Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:45 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Tarpaulins - Any success/Ideas
Replies: 13
Views: 4315

Re: Tarpaulins - Any success/Ideas

Many *many* years ago I made tarpaulins from cutting out squares in crisp packets and spraying them. I remember being happy with the results at the time, not so sure now, but it is something that's been on the back of my mine recently. Cheers, Nick
by JackBlack
Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:11 pm
Forum: Road Vehicles and Figures
Topic: Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles
Replies: 72
Views: 28020

Re: 1980's cars

When I was a kid I always wanted a MKI Capri. We had a purple MkII that my dad wrote off, then a white MkII with a black vinyl roof, and after that a blue MkIII with a 3l engine and sunroof, and white wheels, which was great, but I always thought the MkIs looked the best.
by JackBlack
Fri May 22, 2009 2:43 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Soldering etched ironwork to wagon/coach bodies
Replies: 6
Views: 3872

Re: Soldering etched ironwork to wagon/coach bodies

I've been doing a lot of this lately (old TMD wagon kits, love them!), I find that my 25watt Amtex with a big fat bit on it produces enough heat (the thin pointy bit I use for most stuff is hopeless for this), and using plenty of flux I can sort of spread any excess solder off to a convenient place ...
by JackBlack
Wed Jan 28, 2009 12:11 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Next! LNWR building
Replies: 21
Views: 10372

Re: Next! LNWR building

That looks excellent. When you say "tissue" do you mean tissue paper that you'd buy from an art shop of for wrapping presents, or tissue you would blow your nose on?

I'm wondering if that might work for a platform or road surface, maybe sealed with Johnson's Klear.
by JackBlack
Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:28 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Washout Plug Covers
Replies: 9
Views: 3347

Re: Washout Plug Covers

Historex Agents do an excellent miniature punch & die set which is great for this sort of thing. Not particularly cheap but I think I've got my money's worth out of mine.

http://www.historexagents.com/shop/hxpr ... Code=PUNCH
by JackBlack
Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:45 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Rolling carriage roofs
Replies: 5
Views: 2654

Re: Rolling carriage roofs

I absolutely agree, nothing looks better than a brass roof! I have the exact same problem as you, vans and other short roofs that I can roll are fine, but forming longer roofs is hopeless. However, Dave Smith at Blacksmith Models will roll roofs pretty much to your exact specification, and really qu...
by JackBlack
Fri Aug 29, 2008 9:18 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: GWR Smoking/No Smoking signs
Replies: 5
Views: 3531

Re: GWR Smoking/No Smoking signs

Thanks for the reply John. Someone from RMweb believes that CPL did a sheet of these certainly in 7mm, maybe in 4mm and is checking this out at Telford on the 7th, so hopefully that will turn up what I need! Failing that I'll start following your leads, Didcot sounds like a good start.

Thanks, Nick
by JackBlack
Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:54 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Etched coach assembly - general question
Replies: 4
Views: 2793

Re: Etched coach assembly - general question

I've only painted one coach so far, but I soldered all the knobs and handrails prior to painting and masked around them. After the paint was dry I scraped it off with a scalpel. I would definitely continue to use this method even though it makes the masking more labourious, it helps if you have some...
by JackBlack
Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:45 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Airbrushes
Replies: 20
Views: 6822

Re: Airbrushes

Hi David, My original set up was a Badger 175 and a big orange compressor that I think I got from Shesto, which worked great but was incredibly loud! About three years ago I upgraded to an Iwata Sprint compressor and Eclipse airbrush and they're both excellent. The brush is top fed through a decent ...
by JackBlack
Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:33 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: GWR Smoking/No Smoking signs
Replies: 5
Views: 3531

GWR Smoking/No Smoking signs

I was wondering if anyone knew the correct colours used in GWR "Smoking" and "No Smoking" signs that went on pre-war coach and trailer windows, as seen in the image snippet below: autotrailer007.jpg #1 is Smoking and #2 is triangular and is No Smoking. I want to get some decals m...

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