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by HowardGWR
Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:42 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Morgan Design GWR underframe parts
Replies: 21
Views: 6912

Morgan Design GWR underframe parts

[This thread started as a comment on some of the Morgan Design kits coming into stock here . John McAleely] A very interesting development John. Is there a write up on these new items somewhere? Could it be published here (perhaps the instructions sheets?). The frets are interesting but I am squinti...
by HowardGWR
Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:38 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Etched rivet detail
Replies: 21
Views: 5885

Re: Etched rivet detail

As a guide, when you go the page for AR88001 on the Archer site, you need to reduce it by one third to get the actual size of what you receive. It's a dear do, but perhaps use to correct sundry mistakes when rivets are filed off, or other types of gaps caused by inaccurate kits,it's a good method IM...
by HowardGWR
Sun Mar 02, 2014 11:02 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Etched rivet detail
Replies: 21
Views: 5885

Re: Etched rivet detail

How do people get around the 'strips of rivets' problem? I mean, if the prototype does not have a washer plate, they are useless aren't they? I thought that is why the Archer approach is the only way (apart from punching from behind) for simulating rivets without washer plates?
by HowardGWR
Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:19 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Converting modern era RTR wagons
Replies: 28
Views: 11441

Re: Converting modern era RTR wagons

I've worked it out. The two square bits are stuck to the floor on their upper edge - right? (that was not mentioned).
by HowardGWR
Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:59 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Converting modern era RTR wagons
Replies: 28
Views: 11441

Re: Converting modern era RTR wagons

Steve - if you haven't got the etched rockers, use a bit of 0.9mm wire through the holes of the W-iron, and put some trunnions (bits of plasticard/brass/whatever) on the wire both sides of the W-iron to constrain its longitudinal movement. Using the wire is a better way of rocking the W-iron IMO, a...
by HowardGWR
Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:16 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Converting RTR locos
Replies: 17
Views: 10191

Re: Converting RTR locos GWR Star to P4

Peter and Gordon (hmm that rings a bell somewhere) thanks very much. I assume Pete Hill did not meet the 'rear of splasher' width problem, of which Gordon warns, otherwise he would have mentioned it in his article. The AG conversion kit includes spacers for taking up slack. It looks an interesting p...
by HowardGWR
Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:01 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Converting RTR locos
Replies: 17
Views: 10191

Re: Converting RTR locos

I've brought over my subject from the chassis suspension thread as this post is better here, being specific to RTR conversion. I put this query to RMWeb but no joy so far. I am thinking of attempting this project (Hornby Star RTR to P4). There is a very useful pdf produced by AG (Colin Seymour) whic...
by HowardGWR
Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:31 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Chassis suspension/compensation
Replies: 21
Views: 7781

Re: Chassis suspension/compensation

Philip, this is what I needed to read, as I am well aware that you have this huge experience in this type of conversion. Thanks to Terry's evidence, but it is the coupling rod equipped engines I am interested in and thanks to Tim also. As my own underframe construction efforts until now have been in...
by HowardGWR
Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:22 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Chassis suspension/compensation
Replies: 21
Views: 7781

Re: Chassis suspension/compensation

Tim, forgetting road holding and possible wobbles over switches and crossings, are you saying that converted RTR engines will also refuse to start or jigger along like my efforts? Have you evidence for that? I really think this is the crux for me. As long as the thing goes - every time - as a certai...
by HowardGWR
Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:10 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Chassis suspension/compensation
Replies: 21
Views: 7781

Re: Chassis suspension/compensation

Is there any experience out there with the AG P4 conversion packs for steam RTR? I am hoping that the experience is positive, because it will be the only way i am ever going to get a P4 steam loco working that that does not bind. Having read Chris Pendlenton's experiences in MRJ 200, it put me off f...
by HowardGWR
Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:32 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour SW
Replies: 6
Views: 3317

Re: Scalefour SW

I was most impressed with Brixham and Barrow Road which are real models, not fictional, and with few compromises to boot. Brixham conveyed the whole atmosphere of being there with very little back scene. I suppose a cliff top terminus does lend itself to avoiding too much surrounding scenery. There ...
by HowardGWR
Thu May 24, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 352
Views: 93324

Re: The Burford Branch

Martin's train shed caused me to have another look at my pump house front end fenestration. I realise that one cannot get away with thin cardboard (it warps) but using a stronger medium has its dangers in being too hefty. Martin has clearly found the right materials (whatever they are) and even, as ...
by HowardGWR
Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:31 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: City of Truro information request
Replies: 22
Views: 8819

Re: City of Truro information request

The City standard No 4 boiler has a diameter of 4ft 10 3/4 at its narrow end. The standard type 2 has a diameter of 4ft 5 1/8 at its narrow end. Both from RCTS Part 9. Curiously (not noticed previously) figures are given in that part for the 'casing' . Standard No 2 is 7ft x 5ft 3", Standard No...
by HowardGWR
Sun Apr 15, 2012 10:44 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: City of Truro information request
Replies: 22
Views: 8819

Re: City of Truro information request

....When I checked my original Dapol kit it turned out that the firebox was malformed - short blob type of thing, and then the very nice lady at Dapol said no worries I shall send you a new kit - so the cut and shut has to be done the easy and cost free way..... Keep the boiler barrel from the faul...
by HowardGWR
Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:34 pm
Forum: Railmotors, Railcars and Multiple Units
Topic: GWR Autocoaches
Replies: 9
Views: 7160

Re: GWR Autocoaches

David has not stated which era he is modelling. I suppose the window in door issue would be visible, just. I think the Wild Swan Coach 4mm books are very good on what you can model of the interior, which is worth the candle.
by HowardGWR
Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:31 pm
Forum: Lathe Work
Topic: Lathe techniques on YouTube
Replies: 10
Views: 6813

Re: Lathe techniques on YouTube

I thought his delivery was very pleasant and he took care to give the various trans-continental measuring systems information when relevant. I mean, as he is American, why would we have to 'forgive him' that? We do have USA members, let's be be as well-mannered as I have found them to be. These are ...
by HowardGWR
Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:38 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Need a new soldering iron
Replies: 26
Views: 12312

Re: Need a new soldering iron

Mike, I am sorry you have had bad results but I hope you have not thrown it away. Surely all you need to do is keep it tinned. They are all the same, once you have that nice shiny tin on the tip it works fine, or am I wrong here?
by HowardGWR
Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:33 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: To jig or not to jig
Replies: 33
Views: 12730

Re: To jig or not to jig

Of course, if one has the Perseverance jig, one already has the lathe turned down temporary axle ends to which Philip and Tim refer (always assuming that these were reliably prepared square anyway :-) ). That's what attracts me to Allan's implementation, which I think I will try. I think my observat...
by HowardGWR
Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:30 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: To jig or not to jig
Replies: 33
Views: 12730

Re: To jig or not to jig

Hugely interesting thread, thanks gents. Allan seems to have found the egg of Columbus as far as cheap jigs go, but it was pointed out that truly vertical drilling was a must. Not only that, but the block of wood must be perfectly 'square' too, must it not? The stories of these expensive fancy jobs ...
by HowardGWR
Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:15 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Aluminium angle for cassettes - warnings!
Replies: 30
Views: 11561

Re: Aluminium angle for cassettes - warnings!

I was asking Howard, not you Terry! by putting a strip of thick plastic down the gap, stock can be easily retailed. What, are you selling your stuff now Tim? :-) Many thanks to you and Terry, we armchair types have so little hands on experience so the mag articles are not always totally convincing....
by HowardGWR
Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:31 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Aluminium angle for cassettes - warnings!
Replies: 30
Views: 11561

Re: Aluminium angle for cassettes - warnings!

Well I did, but why not just have the wood bit come up alongside the stock so it can't tip off? Connecting up, just have usual connectors.
by HowardGWR
Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:56 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Aluminium angle for cassettes - warnings!
Replies: 30
Views: 11561

Re: Aluminium angle for cassettes - warnings!

What's wrong with laying down a length of flexi track on a wooden cassette ('like this one I made earlier')?

I've missed a point here, I know I have but do tell me.
by HowardGWR
Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:16 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2013
Replies: 476
Views: 107732

Re: Scaleforum 2013

For me, the salient factors are: - What is there for my wife to visit during the two days (historical, arty-crafty, garden, cycle and walking trails)? Waddesden Manor Claydon House Stowe Landscape Gardens Ascot House all National Trust within easy reach of Aylesbury, though I note the concern about...
by HowardGWR
Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:09 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2013
Replies: 476
Views: 107732

Re: Scaleforum 2013

our vistors think Aylesbury is easy to get to from using the M40 and A41 takes an hour and a bit David That's what I tried to refer to. A car-oriented response. I don't know how many Scalefour members do not have this option, but the danger is that only this is what is thought relevant. Anecdotally...
by HowardGWR
Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:23 pm
Forum: Bristol
Topic: Bristol Group visit Clutton
Replies: 31
Views: 15747

Re: Bristol Group visit Clutton

And my Q about how the working bits perform Tim, (also thanks for info)?

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