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by jim s-w
Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:25 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Help Wanted
Replies: 7
Views: 3069

Re: Help Wanted

Hi Chris My class 25 article is downloadable from my website http://jsmithwright.demonweb.co.uk/other/articles/articles.html Its listed under update 48, feel free to ask further questions if you want to. HTH Jim http://jsmithwright.demonweb.co.uk/stock/loco/Resources/class24.jpeg
by jim s-w
Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:50 am
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: improving the Bachmann class 47
Replies: 10
Views: 7301

Re: improving the Bachmann class 47

Hi Dave

This one had already been renumbered once but I usually just use cotton buds and turps substitute.

HTH

Jim
by jim s-w
Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:48 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signal Troughing C1/8 type
Replies: 1
Views: 2603

Signal Troughing C1/8 type

Hi All Further to my postings in my layout thread my etches for the c1/8 type concrete signalling troughs are now available. These are produced with the assistance of Wirral Finescale Railway Modellers. There are 2 types available http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w116/Jim_Smith-Wright/model%20rail...
by jim s-w
Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:42 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: improving the Bachmann class 47
Replies: 10
Views: 7301

improving the Bachmann class 47

Hi All Since i am thinking about duffs ATM, I do have a Bachmann one in my pile too so… http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w116/Jim_Smith-Wright/model%20railways/bach47asitcomes.jpg This is the Bachmann model as it comes (except for the numbers being removed) Not bad but the use of class 57 bits on ...
by jim s-w
Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:25 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: On the brink of P4
Replies: 5
Views: 3995

Re: On the brink of P4

Start off with a small test plank just to see if you can build the trackwork - there is no point in going P4 only to find out that you are not able to build track! Convert only a few of your vehicles first too. Welcome Neil I would echo Jonathan's sound advice of building a test plank first - It do...
by jim s-w
Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:34 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: New Street retaining walls
Replies: 33
Views: 17868

Re: New Street retaining walls

Hi All Walls are finished! For the moment anyway (no cheering at this point!) But you dont get away without a parting shot (or 2!) :D :D :D http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w116/Jim_Smith-Wright/model%20railways/retainingwallfinished.jpg Theres a surprising amount of greenery sprouting from the wa...
by jim s-w
Mon Dec 01, 2008 6:46 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: New Street retaining walls
Replies: 33
Views: 17868

Re: New Street retaining walls

Hi Tone How long Have I got before you head back? I will need probably 3 dozen. Been getting busy with paint. I am happy with progress so far but still some more to do. On the plank I experimented with using Markers (letraset ones) to pick out variations in the bricks. You need to leave this stage t...
by jim s-w
Mon Nov 24, 2008 6:48 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: New Street retaining walls
Replies: 33
Views: 17868

Re: New Street retaining walls

Hi All Spent this afternoon working on yet another wall! This is the one that faces platform 5 (hence away from the public) so I can take a few short cuts with the construction. As this one is structural to the layout and will help support and take the tension of the OLE it has 6mm ply as the base (...
by jim s-w
Tue Nov 18, 2008 12:08 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: New Street retaining walls
Replies: 33
Views: 17868

Re: New Street retaining walls

Ok If you thought the signal box interior and first retaining wall were pointless exercises I think I have gone one better! :roll: :roll: :roll: http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w116/Jim_Smith-Wright/model%20railways/tunnelwall1.jpg Not only does this wall also face away from the public but its un...
by jim s-w
Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:07 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: New Street retaining walls
Replies: 33
Views: 17868

Re: New Street retaining walls

Thanks Gents

John - on the plank I just painted the cabled with enamels. No reason to think that wont work just fine this time too. A wash of dark brown tends to bring out the detail a bit.
(see pic)

Dave - sparking memories like yours is what its all about!

Cheers

Jim
by jim s-w
Sat Nov 08, 2008 8:33 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: New Street retaining walls
Replies: 33
Views: 17868

Re: New Street retaining walls

Hi All Yep you have guessed it! More walls! Anyone bored yet? LOL http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w116/Jim_Smith-Wright/model%20railways/retainingwallmore.jpg http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w116/Jim_Smith-Wright/model%20railways/wallreadyforpaint2.jpg http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w116/J...
by jim s-w
Fri Oct 24, 2008 2:51 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: New Street retaining walls
Replies: 33
Views: 17868

Re: New Street retaining walls

Hi All Been outside in the sun working on the layout a little. I needed to check the fit of the retaining walls so the attached shows a temporary mock up. http://jsmithwright.demonweb.co.uk/news/Resources/westendwallsinpr.jpeg EMU for scale http://jsmithwright.demonweb.co.uk/layout/scenic/Resources/...
by jim s-w
Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:12 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: New Street retaining walls
Replies: 33
Views: 17868

Re: New Street retaining walls

Hi John (and Others)

Next time I need some I can fetch additional sheets if you dont mind me chopping it down to more postable sizes.

Cheers

Jim
by jim s-w
Sat Oct 18, 2008 12:10 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: New Street retaining walls
Replies: 33
Views: 17868

Re: New Street retaining walls

Hi All A few more in progress pics showing, I hope, a little of my methods http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w116/Jim_Smith-Wright/markedout.jpg The wall marked out and cut out of foamboard. I draw everything in illustrator first, print it out and stick it to the material I am working with. I then ...
by jim s-w
Thu Oct 16, 2008 7:39 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: New Street retaining walls
Replies: 33
Views: 17868

Re: New Street retaining walls

Hi Andy

The sheets (SE finecast yes) are stuck to the foamboard with double sided tape. The foam board is very resistant to bending. A sheet seeming far less flexible than 2mm hardboard but still cut-able with a scalpel.

Cheers

Jim
by jim s-w
Wed Oct 15, 2008 7:15 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: New Street retaining walls
Replies: 33
Views: 17868

Re: New Street retaining walls

Hi John

The foamboard is by Bienfang and is called MightyCore

It comes in 1/4 and 1/2 inch thicknesses in white and in 1/4 inch white with black core. I think I paid about £16 for a 8ish by 4ish (feet) sheet from Lions art supplies Birmingham

HTH

Jim
by jim s-w
Tue Sep 30, 2008 5:54 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: New Street retaining walls
Replies: 33
Views: 17868

New Street retaining walls

First up peeps, thanks for all the kind comments at Scaleforum and thanks to all who took the time to have a chat. Spurred on work starts on the retaining walls for board one. The outer sides will be ply but the inners are the new dense foamboard you can get. This stuff seems to have no reaction to ...
by jim s-w
Wed Sep 03, 2008 6:04 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: New Street progress
Replies: 21
Views: 9396

Re: New Street progress

Hi all Speaking of packing… What follows is how the layout is stored and moved. http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w116/Jim_Smith-Wright/model%20railways/layoutbox.jpg Shows 2 boards packed into their ends. Gives a glimpse of the boards construction too. The odd shapes mean the end packing sometimes...
by jim s-w
Wed Sep 03, 2008 11:47 am
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: New Street progress
Replies: 21
Views: 9396

Re: New Street progress

Thats Ok Tone

Ill do the packing stuff for New Street - you chaps can just put the stock on and run it! LOL

Cheers

Jim
by jim s-w
Tue Sep 02, 2008 6:03 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: New Street progress
Replies: 21
Views: 9396

Re: New Street progress

merlin46 wrote:Hi JSW

That is going to take a small army of staff to take to shows :mrgreen:

Nice to see some progress.

Keep at it

Tim


Indeedy Tim. Good job I have you lot aint it? :twisted: :twisted:

Jim
by jim s-w
Tue Aug 26, 2008 6:46 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Etched coach assembly - general question
Replies: 4
Views: 2777

Re: Etched coach assembly - general question

Hi

I solder the handles on to the flat sides first (yes I do build things that are etched like 310 emu's!) and then smooth the backs down to make the glazing easier.

Cheers

Jim
by jim s-w
Tue Aug 12, 2008 3:23 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: New Street progress
Replies: 21
Views: 9396

New Street progress

Hi All This summer we have been good with the wood again and now have all the baseboards done for the station area - wolves tunnel to london tunnel. this is how it looks so far and the following constitutes about a third of the layout whole. http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w116/Jim_Smith-Wright/m...
by jim s-w
Wed Jul 30, 2008 10:44 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Class 37 - Bachmann conversion
Replies: 5
Views: 3529

Re: Class 37 - Bachmann conversion

Hi Unfortunately manufactures have listened to consumers on the subject of AWD - problem is consumers dont know what they are asking for. AWD diesels are a bit of a nightmare! One solution on the 37 is to use Alan Gibson 3'8 wheels on the outer axles and Branchlines 3'6 wheels on the center axles. H...
by jim s-w
Wed Jul 30, 2008 10:31 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Black Beetles
Replies: 6
Views: 2510

Re: Black Beetles

Hi Jeff

Try the Bull and instead then - also available in RTR P4 but a much better bogie with a bigger range of wheelbases. They do a central motor version too.

HTH

Jim
by jim s-w
Wed Jul 30, 2008 10:18 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Brummie roads
Replies: 17
Views: 8078

Brummie roads

Hi All Bit of a long shot this but P4 talk has come up with the goods before so here goes roads.jpg Right then . The junction of Navigation Street, Hill Street and John Bright Street. The top drawing shows as it was in 1982. The bottom as it is now. John bright street is closed to traffic now but th...

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