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by Captain Kernow
Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:02 pm
Forum: Devon Riviera (DRAG)
Topic: First trains run on TT2!
Replies: 50
Views: 22929

First trains run on TT2!

Last night, D.R.A.G. christened our new test track, by operating some UK profile 4mm models on the P87 circuit.....

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The test track set up in the village hall
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Rod Cameron getting his model of 'The Inter City' (or was it 'The Cornishman?') set up, ready to go on the track. A 'Western' was the motive power...
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First movement was actually London Underground motive power!
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This is the best impression that my mobile phone camera could render of Turner's 'Rain, Diesel and Speed'...
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John Farmer at the controls, his Light Pacific was on the circuit at the time, hauling an unreasonably long train....
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by Captain Kernow
Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:49 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon Suspension
Replies: 68
Views: 21614

Re: Wagon Suspension

published dimensioned drawing(s) of the aforementioned EM/00F wheel profiles used by Messrs. Kean-Maygib and Gibson Am I right in thinking that if you were to take a bog standard set of P4 12mm wagon wheels from Gibson and Exactoscale, then the Gibson ones actually have slightly wider treads, where...
by Captain Kernow
Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:59 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon Suspension
Replies: 68
Views: 21614

Re: Wagon Suspension

grovenor-2685 wrote:It really is not necessary to quote the Chairman's entire message to add a hear hear or another couple of lines

:oops: :oops: Sorry Keith! Post duely edited!
by Captain Kernow
Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:48 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon Suspension
Replies: 68
Views: 21614

Re: Wagon Suspension

Ahhh a breath of fresh air and common sense. Well said Jim Hear hear! And I take my hat off to Martin for what I think is a pretty courageous stance to take on the Society forum! I don't know whether I'll end up deviating from installing compensation and suspension systems to my P4 rolling stock, b...
by Captain Kernow
Mon Oct 19, 2009 2:31 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Bachmann BR 16 Ton mineral wagons
Replies: 18
Views: 9419

Re: Bachmann BR 16 Ton mineral wagons

I do add a sheet of lead to the floor, improves the road holding. If you're modelling an empty wagon and don't want to lose the depth to the equivilent of the thickness of the sheet of lead, it is possible to remove the plastic floor and substitute the lead, suitably flattened, as the actual floor....
by Captain Kernow
Mon Oct 19, 2009 10:43 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Removing modern printed Bachmann numbers
Replies: 5
Views: 5133

Removing modern printed Bachmann numbers

I need to renumber a recent Bachmann BR blue class 47 for someone, and wanted to know what the recommended method is. I recall several years ago, that Bachmann transfers would easily come off by dampening them with enamel thinners, but I think the method of applying numbers etc. has changed. In his ...
by Captain Kernow
Sun Oct 18, 2009 7:48 pm
Forum: Devon Riviera (DRAG)
Topic: Track laying on TT2 progress
Replies: 25
Views: 16078

Re: Track laying on TT2 progress

Brinkly wrote:I think that I am right in saying that the vessel is a Type 42 Destroyer

Indeed it is - HMS York, in fact.
by Captain Kernow
Sun Oct 18, 2009 4:07 pm
Forum: Devon Riviera (DRAG)
Topic: Track laying on TT2 progress
Replies: 25
Views: 16078

Re: First track now laid on Test Track 2!

Re6/6 wrote:
Captain Kernow wrote: John F will be posting further photos in due course, I believe, once the glue has dried... ;)


Herewith..!

Un-bel-ieveable! Well done old chap - you'll get that Knighthood now for sure! (wish I'd brought more OO track now as well!! ;) :D )
by Captain Kernow
Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:40 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby Grange Conversion - Any Advice Please
Replies: 24
Views: 8892

Re: Hornby Grange Conversion - Any Advice Please

Now that Comet have re-hashed their Grange chassis, I'm beginning to wonder whether that might not be as easy a route to go down, given that there will be tinkering with brake block spacings and other tweakings on the Hornby chassis (particularly as mine doesn't run very smoothly at the moment - alt...
by Captain Kernow
Sat Oct 17, 2009 4:34 pm
Forum: Devon Riviera (DRAG)
Topic: Track laying on TT2 progress
Replies: 25
Views: 16078

Re: First track now laid on Test Track 2!

Now it's the other side - where there's a lot more crossovers! In a tightly focussed session today at John Farmer's house in Kingswear, we made a very good start on the other side of straight boards. Due to space constraints, we could only set four of the five up, but this did not matter, because w...
by Captain Kernow
Fri Oct 09, 2009 8:36 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Running in Bachmann Pannier 8750x
Replies: 9
Views: 5157

Re: Running in Bachmann Pannier 8750x

Interested to find this thread, as I've been planning to convert a R-T-R Bachmann pannier for myself (having seen how well Brinkly's one went that I did for him). One of the things I'm thinking of is cutting the wheel-retaining portion of the chassis (the plastic moulding with the brake shoes on it)...
by Captain Kernow
Sat Sep 05, 2009 7:39 pm
Forum: Devon Riviera (DRAG)
Topic: Track laying on TT2 progress
Replies: 25
Views: 16078

Re: First track now laid on Test Track 2!

DSC01459.jpg After lunch (in the pub opposite the village hall), some useful time was spent transferring the key dimensions of the full sized Templot plan onto the cork surface of the baseboards, with 'running edges' drawn in, in ink, for the track layers to follow. DSC01461.jpg DSC01462.jpg DSC014...
by Captain Kernow
Sat Sep 05, 2009 7:32 pm
Forum: Devon Riviera (DRAG)
Topic: Track laying on TT2 progress
Replies: 25
Views: 16078

Track laying on TT2 progress

DRAG had another Saturday meet-up at Holcombe village hall, near Teignmouth today, with the objective of sorting out the baseboard levels/leg & feet adjustment on the hall floor and laying some track:
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Getting started first thing
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The various configurations of point work laid out, ready for laying in position on TT2. These range from A5 to D12, so that a variety of stock can be tested on different radii of trackwork
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Dave Browne, Rod Cameron, Brian Pearce and David Mead in conference whilst setting up one of the curved boards
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A bit more progress is made...
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But then it was time to stop for elevenses... Jane Pearce tries to tempt us with a final tea cake...
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by Captain Kernow
Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:23 pm
Forum: Devon Riviera (DRAG)
Topic: TT2 boards assembled in full for first time
Replies: 15
Views: 9900

Re: TT2 boards assembled in full for first time

Here are a couple of photos showing most of the pointwork for TT2 laid out on my dining room table, prior to being transported to another construction session, and the possible start of tracklaying! IMG_6249.jpg IMG_6250.jpg The points are all copper clad construction, built from Rod's Templot print...
by Captain Kernow
Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:20 pm
Forum: Devon Riviera (DRAG)
Topic: TT2 boards assembled in full for first time
Replies: 15
Views: 9900

Re: TT2 boards assembled in full for first time

Rod Cameron wrote:Cork, copperclad, sleeper bases and rail £422

This includes nearly everything we need to get the track down, but nothing yet on electrics.

Ooops, sorry folks, forgot to mention that we need another 40 metres of rail to complete the job!..... ;) ;) :o

Tim (Trackmeister)
by Captain Kernow
Fri Aug 07, 2009 2:00 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Diesel conversions
Replies: 12
Views: 7480

Re: Heljan Diesel conversions

I'll be doing a Bachmann 8750 as well in due course, interested in Tim V's re-motoring comments (something I'd like to do for a couple of my Heljan diesels). Interested in why you would want to change motors on a Heljan diesel Tim. I have only converted their Class 47s and we have not found any pro...
by Captain Kernow
Fri May 29, 2009 4:49 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: GW C&W/shunters cabin
Replies: 2
Views: 4798

GW C&W/shunters cabin

Some pics of a model I'm currently making of the former C&W building at the west end of Exeter St Davids. The prototype: DSC00013.jpg DSC00043.jpg The model under construction, temporarily placed on 'Callow Lane', where it will become a shunters cabin/mess room and C&W store: IMG_5207.jpg
by Captain Kernow
Fri May 29, 2009 4:45 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: New Street retaining walls
Replies: 33
Views: 21996

Re: New Street retaining walls

Using a scrap piece to hold the wall to the angle I need. To ensure a good fit of the angle I cut the edge with a 45 degree mount cutter (pictured) [By using the mount cutter you can get very neat corners with minimum faff. The mount cutter itself takes a bit of effort to learn to use but the amoun...
by Captain Kernow
Thu May 28, 2009 9:07 pm
Forum: Devon Riviera (DRAG)
Topic: Latest DRAG night
Replies: 8
Views: 6954

Re: Latest DRAG night

Brinkly wrote:
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Lovely work on the old Mainline body, if you look closely you can see the sanding gear! :o Very nice.

Nice photos Nick!

The numberplate looks slightly wonky, but I think it's merely the effect of the wide-angle lens... :?

Tim M
by Captain Kernow
Wed May 06, 2009 11:36 am
Forum: Devon Riviera (DRAG)
Topic: Latest DRAG night
Replies: 8
Views: 6954

Re: Latest DRAG night

Rod Cameron wrote:Brian Pearce, Tim Maddocks and John Farmer at least are facing the camera.

Perhaps John is trying to stop an on-coming pannier tank behind the photographer?! ;) :D
by Captain Kernow
Wed May 06, 2009 11:32 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachman RTR conversions
Replies: 9
Views: 6421

Re: Bachman RTR conversions

Nick - my current P4 pannier is actually a 57XX (numbered 8701) rather than an '8750'. Time to think about weathering your chassis, I think, Nick! I'll be doing a Bachmann 8750 as well in due course, interested in Tim V's re-motoring comments (something I'd like to do for a couple of my Heljan diese...
by Captain Kernow
Wed May 06, 2009 11:26 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Hornby Grange Conversion - Any Advice Please
Replies: 24
Views: 8892

Re: Hornby Grange Conversion - Any Advice Please

[No I don't unfortunately, that’s something I will have to invest in. Nick, I can photocopy mine for you, if you like. Did you buy the Grange yet? I've got one, cheapo from Kernow Models last year, but not a brilliant runner in OO. I'll be converting it sometime, perhaps we can tackle both at the s...
by Captain Kernow
Sun Jul 27, 2008 3:57 am
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Class 37 - ViTrains RTR conversion
Replies: 3
Views: 3267

Re: Class 37 - ViTrains RTR conversion

John Farmer (one of the builders of 'Matford', which will appear at RailWells this year) has converted a Vi-Trains 37 using an Ultrascale conversion pack originally designed for a Bachmann 37. I can't quite recall the details, but Rod Cameron and I will no doubt be mentioning this new forum to him a...

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