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by Horsetan
Fri Jun 05, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Martin Finney V2
Replies: 68
Views: 11731

Re: Martin Finney V2

Dunno, Doug. I picked up the soldering iron for what seemed like the first time in months, and realised that my eyesight isn't what it used to be, even with varifocals. Tasks such as assembling coupling rods are no longer the easy process I used to take for granted. I 'm going to try an Optivisor ma...
by Horsetan
Sat May 30, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann B1
Replies: 100
Views: 14684

Re: Bachmann B1

davebradwell wrote:....We've nearly got an A2 test etch....


Believe me, I've waited a long time for this.
by Horsetan
Sat May 30, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann B1
Replies: 100
Views: 14684

Re: Bachmann B1

I think the point of underetching small parts like these is to provide the builder with enough safety margin to file down.
by Horsetan
Fri May 29, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mike G's catch up.
Replies: 64
Views: 8753

Re: Mike G's catch up.

....The other 10 year old project has been my standard class 5 from a Gibson kit. Still waiting for the gearbox for this, I still have no idea why I didn't finish it! I know it wasn't a very happy build..... Let me guess: footplate valancing not reaching to the buffer beam? Asymmetrical firebox cas...
by Horsetan
Thu May 28, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mike G's catch up.
Replies: 64
Views: 8753

Re: Mike G's catch up.

Mike Garwood wrote:....the last of the Sharman's wheels that I have....


Unearthed a similar set of Sharman 6'2"s that I forgot I had :roll: - those crankpins were never quite long enough.
by Horsetan
Tue May 26, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: M.R. 0-4-0T 0F
Replies: 13
Views: 4363

Re: M.R. 0-4-0T 0F

.... All my chassis are built with split axles. The centre line on the rear axle isn't a split - it's just where the beam has rubbed. I used HL hornblocks and on the driven axle fitted wire through the keeper plates that was too thick to allow any flexing. As I result it's rigid but I can drop it o...
by Horsetan
Sat May 23, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: LSWR G6 on eBay
Replies: 1
Views: 1194

Re: LSWR G6 on eBay

nberrington wrote:..... Already showing £53, so I’m sure it will sell for way too much anyway......


If the Y7 going for £102 a week or two ago was anything to by....
by Horsetan
Mon May 18, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Another B1 chassis
Replies: 31
Views: 4723

Re: Another B1 chassis

PeteT wrote:....I doubt there ever will be Ultrascales, .....


The same might be said of BR Standard wheels for the Pacifics and the 9F...
by Horsetan
Fri May 15, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: P4 Refresh - Hi
Replies: 20
Views: 3151

Re: P4 Refresh - Hi

any thoughts on whether replacement D11/D13 motor brushes can be sourced or whether a re-motoring would be necessary? You may be able to adapt pencil leads if you're stuck for spares. From what I can see, the 4mm build market has shrunk considerably from early 1990s or is that me misreading? Will m...
by Horsetan
Fri May 15, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: P4 Refresh - Hi
Replies: 20
Views: 3151

Re: P4 Refresh - Hi

Philip Hall wrote:...I spoke to David Rogers yesterday and at the moment he's getting in still.


That's good news. :thumb Should be able to put in an order for more axles of various lengths at end of month.
by Horsetan
Fri May 15, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan class 14 0-6-0. Seperating the body from the chassis.
Replies: 9
Views: 3639

Re: Heljan class 14 0-6-0. Seperating the body from the chassis.

DaveHarris wrote:I have just been looking at the website 'EM Gauge 70s'. This has a section dealing with the conversion of various locomotives, to EM Gauge, but irrespective of gauge it provides some useful information for you and your 'Loco man'.


Direct link to Class 14 wheel conversion
by Horsetan
Fri May 08, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: class 15xx pannier tank (with a bit of 97xx thrown in)
Replies: 96
Views: 31712

Re: class 15xx pannier tank (with a bit of 97xx thrown in)

jim s-w wrote:Wanna bet on how many actually get built? :D :D


Apparently as many as 26 of the 7mm kit were completed.

I think we'll be lucky if we reach double figures.

UPDATE: artwork going off to the etchers next week. Looks like there are some etch firms that are still working.
by Horsetan
Fri May 08, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: class 15xx pannier tank (with a bit of 97xx thrown in)
Replies: 96
Views: 31712

Re: class 15xx pannier tank (with a bit of 97xx thrown in)

Some minor tweaks to the motion, which now has some facility to be built reversible:
by Horsetan
Tue May 05, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: class 15xx pannier tank (with a bit of 97xx thrown in)
Replies: 96
Views: 31712

Re: class 15xx pannier tank (with a bit of 97xx thrown in)

Warren Shephard has now disclosed some of the artwork that he has tweaked for 4mm scale:

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There's also the original instruction diagrams for the 7mm kit available if anyone is Interested.
by Horsetan
Sun May 03, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: class 15xx pannier tank (with a bit of 97xx thrown in)
Replies: 96
Views: 31712

Re: class 15xx pannier tank (with a bit of 97xx thrown in)

Breaking news:

The magic 24 orders has been reached, so deposits of £25 by cheque are being called in now or by 22nd May at the very latest. Address can be obtained from Warren's website
by Horsetan
Sun May 03, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann B1
Replies: 100
Views: 14684

Re: Bachmann B1

Are you able to file a mitre on the inner sidebar end to create a bit more room, or is it too late for that now?
by Horsetan
Fri May 01, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: class 15xx pannier tank (with a bit of 97xx thrown in)
Replies: 96
Views: 31712

Re: class 15xx pannier tank (with a bit of 97xx thrown in)

Update on the Warren Shephard 15xx:

"...news on the 15xx from Warren Shephard is the etches are £60 a set and he is currently working on castings. He has asked that those of us who want a kit to paid a small deposit of £25. Please contact Warren to sort this with him asap"
by Horsetan
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 13829

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Julian Roberts wrote:....and two different types of balance weights fix to those different wheels.....


It was a bit easier for them to have fabricated balance weights by pouring the lead in between the plates and then balancing that. The earlier cast-in weights must have been a real task to balance properly.
by Horsetan
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2020
Replies: 115
Views: 20555

Re: Scaleforum 2020

johndarch wrote:The RMWeb virtual exhibition was a great day out without actually going out. It can be done.


Online makes "travelling without moving" possible. Its only downside is that we miss visiting the trade stands.
by Horsetan
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 13829

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Julian Roberts wrote:....almost every picture seems to show slightly different weights....


Somewhat OT, but your photo of 41071 also suggests that the engine had both Fowler (leading) and Stanier (trailing) driving wheels - the latter with its triangular-bevelled rim is the giveaway in the photo.
by Horsetan
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: PeteT
Topic: Stanier 3P - Judith Edge Kit
Replies: 92
Views: 12492

Re: Stanier 3P - Judith Edge Kit

I am watching this with a great deal of interest. In my possession I have had, for many years I might add, a set of parts which I inherited from various sources of a very early etch of a Stanier 2-6-2T. Now this must date back to the 1960s or thereabouts and I believe it was produced by the LMS Soc...
by Horsetan
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 228
Views: 40496

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

davebradwell wrote:Why does it matter so much to you WillL? ....


A form of navel-gazing :?: :lol:
by Horsetan
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2020
Replies: 115
Views: 20555

Re: Scaleforum 2020

The other thing YouTube is good for is stumbling over Japanese schoolchildren whose prowess with a drum kit leaves a good few adult professional drummers in the shade.

This type of thing
by Horsetan
Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: class 15xx pannier tank (with a bit of 97xx thrown in)
Replies: 96
Views: 31712

Re: class 15xx pannier tank (with a bit of 97xx thrown in)

Latest from Warren Shephard reads as follows; "Progress to date, I have redrawn the artwork for 4mm to give 00 and EM scales. The frames will be nickel silver and the bodies brass. I hope to be able to get a lot of the castings rescaled to 4mm but need to check with the casters that scalding do...
by Horsetan
Sun Apr 19, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: class 15xx pannier tank (with a bit of 97xx thrown in)
Replies: 96
Views: 31712

Re: class 15xx pannier tank (with a bit of 97xx thrown in)

News has just reached me that Warren Shephard is considering a very limited run of 4mm scale etch packs (which might extend to full kits) for the Hawksworth 15xx, based on a reduction of his 7mm kit. Needs at least 24 people to make it a go, at an expected price of £80 per etch pack (more if it turn...

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