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by garethashenden
Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Canonbury Goods: NLR c.1903
Replies: 96
Views: 18270

Re: Canonbury Goods: NLR c.1903

Just a quick post to show that I have progressed to having a backscene for the layout. It's 15" high and greatly helps to enclose the layout. While cutting plywood we cut a few more bits to help frame in the scenery, retaining walls, buildings, and so forth. http://i558.photobucket.com/albums/s...
by garethashenden
Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Canonbury Goods: NLR c.1903
Replies: 96
Views: 18270

Re: Canonbury Goods: NLR c.1903

Well it's been a while.I think there are two main reasons why I haven't been particularly motivated to work on this recently: 1) There are an awful lot of setts to press 2) I have no idea how to start on the buildings and I need the retaining walls in place before I can put setts up against them. Th...
by garethashenden
Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: garethashenden
Topic: Bow Works: Locomotives for the North London Railway
Replies: 9
Views: 3891

Re: Bow Works: Locomotives for the North London Railway

Shortly after I made the new tank sides I made a pair of valances. These have remained stuck together until last night when they were parted and attached to the footplate. I have reached the conclusion that in order to actually get anything done on my layout I need to be able to "play trains&qu...
by garethashenden
Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Mount Woodville Works
Replies: 257
Views: 49012

Re: Mount Woodville Works

Armchair Modeller wrote:
RobM wrote:Would I build another?......Maybe, now knowing the pitfalls......
Rob

How many locos does a brickworks need? ;)

It's a bit like Jaguars, if you have three it's usually possible to keep one going. While I suspect that Rob's models run excellently, the prototypes may not have been quite as reliable.
by garethashenden
Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: garethashenden
Topic: Not so Edwardian wagons
Replies: 12
Views: 5352

Re: Not so Edwardian wagons

iak wrote:Excellent stuff Gareth. :thumb
I assume the Shock Open is a Newitt underframe as well?


Yes it is. They are wonderful underframes. If this were my primary era and I had a large layout I might feel differently, but as things are I really like them.
by garethashenden
Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: garethashenden
Topic: Not so Edwardian wagons
Replies: 12
Views: 5352

Re: Not so Edwardian wagons

I have built the body of the van. It is tight around the stanchions on the ends and they need a bit of thinning. I've posed it with my other two BR wagons, the 1/208 already in this thread and a shock wagon. http://i558.photobucket.com/albums/ss28/doctordalek2/EA80B5D9-52EB-4532-884D-DF9D152C5535_zp...
by garethashenden
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: RSU's and computers.
Replies: 16
Views: 2556

Re: RSU's and computers.

... The energy required to interfere with a modern LCD or LED screen must be massive though. Yes, but only if computer and monitor are both working correctly in the first place. If the shielding in the monitor cable is poor, or if one or other device is producing almost-out-of-spec voltages onto th...
by garethashenden
Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Screw couplings
Replies: 8
Views: 1655

Re: Screw couplings

Gareth, if you want to try the Masokits ones I think I may have some left that I haven't assembled. They look good and go together well (recalling always that they are Masokits products), the reason I decided not to use them is my eyesight just isn't up to using 3 links in an operating session. I'd...
by garethashenden
Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Screw couplings
Replies: 8
Views: 1655

Screw couplings

I am in need of a few screw couplings and I'm wondering what is available. I have seen the ExactoScale ones and the Smiths ones and I feel that I have heard of others. What is everyone's recommendation? I don't think they need to be working, but scale rather than over-scale would be nice.
by garethashenden
Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:58 am
Forum: garethashenden
Topic: Not so Edwardian wagons
Replies: 12
Views: 5352

Re: Not so Edwardian wagons

I haven't managed to get a great deal done this week. Nonetheless, progress on the Palvan chassis has continued. It's all gone together quite well aside from not having one of the needed sizes of wire (0.6mm) or the appropriate axlebox/spring combination. I hadn't expected J-hangers somehow. Mostly ...
by garethashenden
Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Articulated beams?
Replies: 84
Views: 11565

Re: Articulated beams?

What is the chassis for? Maybe there is a more modern chassis for it somewhere? I can understand wanting to use what you have, but a well thought out kit would be preferable to a badly thought out kit. If they already designed the compensation to not work who knows what else they got wrong. I'm not ...
by garethashenden
Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:48 am
Forum: garethashenden
Topic: Not so Edwardian wagons
Replies: 12
Views: 5352

Re: Not so Edwardian wagons

9:30 on Sunday night after three glasses of wine and when in a bad mood usually is a bad time to start a new project. Nevertheless I have started another BR van, this one is a Panval that Neville (Highpeak) picked up for me at Scaleforum. I started with the chassis, Rumney Models B.01 with clasp bra...
by garethashenden
Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Flexi Chassis an Appreciation
Replies: 467
Views: 54548

Re: Flexi Chassis an Appreciation

Julian Roberts wrote:Does anyone know why is it not possible to make an attachment to a reply on this thread?

It might be because it's a Guest Book thread.
by garethashenden
Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: garethashenden
Topic: Edwardian Wagons
Replies: 33
Views: 6942

Re: Edwardian Wagons

I've been working on another Mousa kit, this time a GNR 4 plank open. It arrived unexpectedly a few weeks ago and I started work almost immediately. Everything went together without a hitch. I now have it painted and have started the lettering. I didn't see any GNR wagon transfers available and ther...
by garethashenden
Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Diesel Headcode Disc Positions...
Replies: 13
Views: 2961

Re: Diesel Headcode Disc Positions...

It is also easy to forget that we went through a phase with fully fitted freights whereby the brake van was abandoned and the guard travelled in the rear cab. Presumably on a double headed consist he would travel in the rear loco to keep a watchful eye on the trailing load. I cannot quote dates but...
by garethashenden
Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: garethashenden
Topic: Bow Works: Locomotives for the North London Railway
Replies: 9
Views: 3891

Re: Bow Works: Locomotives for the North London Railway

Following the struggle with the mechanism, I have now fitted better pickups. These are the coil style made from 0.25mm phosphor bronze rubbing against the flange. They were quite straight forward once I got the hang of it and I think I'll use them in future as well. https://i.imgur.com/srDQRua.jpg
by garethashenden
Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Binding Gearbox
Replies: 79
Views: 10547

Re: Binding Gearbox

I'm pleased to report that the flexible gearbox was the source of the problem. With the gearbox carefully reassembled, the axle reassembled, and everything reinstalled performance was much improved. There was still a bit of cogging at very slow speeds however. It then occurred to me that I have hear...
by garethashenden
Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Binding Gearbox
Replies: 79
Views: 10547

Re: Binding Gearbox

Thanks, I've done something similar but less well executed on a compensated chassis before and it works well. Unfortunately, it doesn't work on a sprung chassis as it effectively locks the driven axle in place. The brass wire torque strap I have fitted here works well under normal circumstances, but...
by garethashenden
Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Binding Gearbox
Replies: 79
Views: 10547

Re: Binding Gearbox

Gareth, Vid 3 shows a small hesitation at one point so I don't think the gearbox is entirely fault free. Jol I agree that the gearbox is not innocent. Having come to that conclusion I just took it apart and found a problem. I'm sure there's a better way to describe this, but lacking the correct ter...
by garethashenden
Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Binding Gearbox
Replies: 79
Views: 10547

Re: Binding Gearbox

And video!
by garethashenden
Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Binding Gearbox
Replies: 79
Views: 10547

Re: Binding Gearbox

Thank you all for you help. I checked all the crankpin bushes and they appear to be concentric, at least to the eye. Four of the crankpins were crooked, one in two directions. These have now been straightened. I stuck twp paint tins on the chassis with some blutack to give it a little more weight an...
by garethashenden
Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Binding Gearbox
Replies: 79
Views: 10547

Re: Binding Gearbox

I picked this back up a couple of days ago. With the motor removed I worked on the chassis and found a couple of spots that were binding. The connecting rod bush on the rear axle needs to be a long bush rather than a standard one as the rod is quite thick. I also slightly enlarged the holes in the f...
by garethashenden
Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Binding Gearbox
Replies: 79
Views: 10547

Re: Binding Gearbox

I picked this back up a couple of days ago. With the motor removed I worked on the chassis and found a couple of spots that were binding. The connecting rod bush on the rear axle needs to be a long bush rather than a standard one as the rod is quite thick. I also slightly enlarged the holes in the f...
by garethashenden
Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: attaching a compensation beam
Replies: 9
Views: 2019

Re: attaching a compensation beam

Here's how I did it on a chassis with this design. The beams are mounted on a length of wire soldered between the frames. They are then held close to the frames by scrap etch with a hole through the middle. The wire was then cut out from the middle. It's all rather messy and will be cleaned up when ...
by garethashenden
Mon Jan 30, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Soldering Piano Wire
Replies: 16
Views: 3716

Re: Soldering Piano Wire

The guitar wire sold by Dart Castings for AJ couplings may work for you. It is spring steel wire, but it has a coating that makes soldering quite easy. http://www.dartcastings.co.uk/mjt/2476.php

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