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by steve howe
Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery
Replies: 413
Views: 130428

Re: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery

These old kits can be challenging in the light of today's offerings. I am just in the process of completing a Mallard 'Barnum' started about 40 years ago by my old mate and mentor Pat English, sadly no longer with us. He gave up on it when he couldn't find a motor to fit without compromising the cab...
by steve howe
Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bodmin General (1955)
Replies: 55
Views: 12667

Re: Bodmin General (1955)

Steve, I haven't forgotten about photographing the buildings but they have been packed away while I've been preparing the track bed. I'll try and get some photos done shortly. Jeremy T No worries, just interested in the construction methods. If you need details I can always nip up the road and take...
by steve howe
Sun Jul 12, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 106
Views: 3936

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

zebedeesknees wrote:
Another possibility would be for a working 'slip', but there are not many modelling opportunities for those...


Cheers!

Ted.


I wonder how many people remember 'Long Suffren' when it was on the show circuit, that had a working slip coach, but I've never seen it done since.

Steve
by steve howe
Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Rumney Models - Still Closed But...
Replies: 104
Views: 30361

Re: Rumney Models - Still Closed But...

Sorry if this is a Numpty question and being out of the loop, but what is the current situation with Nucast Partners? they don't seem to have a website and the main references seem to be old entries on RMWeb. Just interested to know how far the re-introduction of the NuCast range has got. Just to a...
by steve howe
Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Nu Cas/Ks t reintroductions
Replies: 4
Views: 646

Nu Cas/Ks t reintroductions

I have been in touch with Brian at Branchlines and he has given me a list of those NuCast/K's kits so far re-issued. More are in the pipeline.

Hope that may be of some interest.

Steve
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by steve howe
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: 0-4-2 compensation
Replies: 9
Views: 469

Re: 0-4-2 compensation

Thanks Will for an excellent steer via the CLAG website, plenty of pitfalls to look out for! and Dave thanks for the heads up on wire beams, I might give that a go, what thickness would you recommend? I'm using a High Level gearbox in the 517 having had great results with them on previous projects, ...
by steve howe
Sun Jul 05, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: 0-4-2 compensation
Replies: 9
Views: 469

Re: 0-4-2 compensation

I would be inclined to put compensation beams between the driven axles. You'll need a pair to clear the gearbox. Then put a central pivot for the trailing axle to rock on. Or you could do it the other way around, pivot the first axle and compensate the other two, but the geometry and construction w...
by steve howe
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: 0-4-2 compensation
Replies: 9
Views: 469

0-4-2 compensation

I wonder if anyone has a view on this one: its a 0-4-2 GWR 517 class from an ancient Mallard kit. I built one of these when they first came out in the late 1970s in P4 using Mallard's method of compensation which has an inner cradle holding the motor, gear set and driven axle all pivoting on inner b...
by steve howe
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chivers Kits Return...
Replies: 16
Views: 1004

Re: Chivers Kits Return...

I have posted a suggestion on Matt's Facebook page to publish a list of available kits, although I believe from earlier posts he already has this in hand.

Steve
by steve howe
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Guidelines for the SGW
Replies: 23
Views: 14217

Whatever happened to the SGW?

Has the SGW died a death? it all seemed so promising then seems to have withered away... I would have thought lockdown might have been an ideal opportunity to blow the dust off a few schemes?

Steve
by steve howe
Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Rumney Models - Still Closed But...
Replies: 104
Views: 30361

Re: Rumney Models - New Items, Temporary P&P Rates and Development News

New Items As of today the following new items are available to order: M&SWJR 2-4-0 Loco and Tender Chassis (X.13 - £35) This set of etches is intended for the Nucast Partners kit and can be built in OO, EM and P4. Both Loco and underframe can be built rigid or sprung using High Level hornblocks...
by steve howe
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 106
Views: 3936

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

So, back to the preparation of the body, and I'm still going through the removal of moulded detail. Next off were the four moulded lifting rings from the top of the side tanks. I used a miniature chisel for these - a new tool that I bought recently as an experiment. It worked well, but I think I ch...
by steve howe
Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 106
Views: 3936

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

There are also problems with the Prairie relating to the cylinders, sandboxes, buffer beam handrails, steam pipes, and generally poor detailing, plus, for BR versions, the lack of bunker steps and the tall safety valve cover, as most BR-era engines had the short one. I think that's rather harsh. Wh...
by steve howe
Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Kyle of Lochalsh tandem turnout length and other questions
Replies: 30
Views: 865

Re: Tandem turnout length question

Looks like a fascinating location Julian, even got a 'sneak off' line to the fiddleyard!

where is it?

Steve
by steve howe
Tue Jun 16, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 106
Views: 3936

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Not sure which of the three current threads to post this on - but just happened across this video of the final train on the Wallingford branch. It's old 8mm silent film so the quality isn't great but still some lovely details in it. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RE6YF5mRTfw All the best Neil Lovely...
by steve howe
Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 106
Views: 3936

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

It makes a huge difference to have that space between the frames "filled" and it's definitely something that I'll consider for other kits, particularly high-boilered Victorian ones of the type I like. Indeed, its a very natty little set of etchings, I wonder if the ever-accomodating Wizar...
by steve howe
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Easing wheels tight to gauge
Replies: 21
Views: 998

Re: Easing wheels tight to gauge

Tim V wrote:Just had to do this on one of my engines! Here's how I did it, using a GW puller and a clamp. Wheel and axle for demonstration purposes.
IMG_0654[1].JPG


So did you drop the wheelset out first, or use the clamp between the frames?
by steve howe
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Easing wheels tight to gauge
Replies: 21
Views: 998

Re: Easing wheels tight to gauge

All good stuff, thank you chaps. Embarrasingly, sorting through one of my 'bits' drawers last night I found I already had a GW wheel puller :? must have been an impulse buy at a show! anyway, deployed it last night and amazingly got it to work, pulled the first wheel a touch too far and had to push ...
by steve howe
Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Easing wheels tight to gauge
Replies: 21
Views: 998

Re: Easing wheels tight to gauge

Thanks Richard,

Looks like I'll have to get an order off to Mr Watts!

Steve
by steve howe
Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Easing wheels tight to gauge
Replies: 21
Views: 998

Easing wheels tight to gauge

I am wondering if there is a solution to easing locomotive wheels out without having to dismantle the chassis... recently I built a Branchlines 'Terrier' chassis as part of my light railway project using Gibson wheels. Although all seemed well during setting up, I now discover all three wheelsets ar...
by steve howe
Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 106
Views: 3936

48xx and topfeeds

Paul, a bit premature of me to discuss body works, but I saw from you earlier post on lampirons that you're making the early verison of the 48xx, does that imply you will be removing the top feed? I did on mine because the loco was numbered as one of the St Blazey engines that came more or less new ...
by steve howe
Sat May 30, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 339
Views: 89623

Re: The Burford Branch

Really heroic effort with the Wills sheets Martin :thumb I've used these sheets too, mainly for bridges or retaining walls and apart from the thickness, the biggest snag is the small size of the sheets. I find mitering the corners to 45* by rubbing the edge on a large coarse file gets good corners, ...
by steve howe
Thu May 28, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Mike G's catch up.
Replies: 42
Views: 2116

Re: Mike G's catch up.

That Brit. is a mighty fine beast :thumb What's its origins?

Steve
by steve howe
Sun May 24, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: GWR query
Replies: 18
Views: 1271

Re: GWR query

This might be useful:

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blogs/entry/8235-painting-coach-panels/

The saga on the Farthing layouts is worth a look (for GWR buffs :thumb )

Steve
by steve howe
Fri May 08, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1141
Views: 185606

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

Le Corbusier wrote:I found this on the BFI .... an 1898 footplate ride through Millersdale .... fascinating! Interesting how dirty the Ballast is between the rails.



What a fantastic route! if only...….
At about 0.32 it shows lines diverging off to the right, where is this and where did they go?

Steve

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