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by steve howe
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: GWR Cordon twin tank kit
Replies: 7
Views: 2270

Re: GWR Cordon twin tank kit

A most interesting discussion is in progress on the GWR e-list yahoo group https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/GWR-ELIST/conversations/topics/70284 regarding the workings of Cordons and their actual use. I had always assumed they were sent to stations that did not have a mains gas supply, however th...
by steve howe
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: GWR bridge colour
Replies: 7
Views: 2403

Re: GWR bridge colour

Most illuminating....thanks all, I suspect a dark grey, maybe GWR freight stock grey, would be the way to go.

Steve
by steve howe
Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: GWR bridge colour
Replies: 7
Views: 2403

GWR bridge colour

I'm assembling parts to build the long girder bridge curving over the estuary on Watermouth. The bridge is inspired by (but not closely based on!) the iron bridge at Barnstaple - image below - iron stanchions on concrete pilings carrying I beam girders with the rails laid on longitudinal baulks. bar...
by steve howe
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Exactoscale Products
Replies: 78
Views: 25319

Re: Exactoscale Products

Rather than continue the endless speculation and tittle-tattle that seems to have become the norm on the RMWeb, I suggest that in taking back control of Exactoscale components, probably at some personal risk, Andrew Jukes is doing us all a great service, and that we leave him alone to sort out his r...
by steve howe
Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: RobM
Topic: Where will this lead......
Replies: 154
Views: 31199

Re: Where will this lead......

Hum...
Well it was all going splendidly until you started talking about motorhomes...... :evil:

I live near the North Cornish coast which has more than its fair share of campsites....and narrow lanes..... :twisted:

Anyway, back to modelling :thumb

Steve :D
by steve howe
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: My First Layout - Whitehall Halt
Replies: 21
Views: 5585

Re: My First Layout - Whitehall Halt

Cutting access holes in ply backscenes when the ply is in place can be tricky (speaks from experience) try a hole cutter of the appropriate diameter in the electric drill... makes a very neat mouse hole! you can get hole cutters in sets quite cheaply at tool/diy outlets.

Steve
by steve howe
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: D&S 04 Siphon help
Replies: 10
Views: 3105

Re: D&S 04 Siphon help

I came across this range recently, I don't have any personal experience of the kits but it looks interesting:

http://www.diagram3d.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=107


Steve
by steve howe
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: D&S 04 Siphon help
Replies: 10
Views: 3105

Re: D&S 04 Siphon help

Are those sprung W irons David?

Steve
by steve howe
Mon May 28, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Hornby GWR clerestories
Replies: 5
Views: 1989

Re: Hornby GWR clerestories

Yes that corroborates the details on the GWR.org forum http://www.gwr.org.uk/kits4rtrcoaches.html The Brake was Diag. D29 or possibly D25 and the Compo. is listed as Diag. C15. either way, they would be jolly useful models if Hornby had gone the whole hog and tooled them properly :-x I have put a ca...
by steve howe
Sat May 26, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Hornby GWR clerestories
Replies: 5
Views: 1989

Re: Hornby GWR clerestories

Thanks Phil,

I suppose if these vehicles had been downgraded to branchline work by the early '30s some of them might have retained their earlier livery, I wonder how the printed panelling would stand up to scrutiny under a layer of weathering? :shock:

Steve
by steve howe
Fri May 25, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Hornby GWR clerestories
Replies: 5
Views: 1989

Hornby GWR clerestories

Can anyone advise on the Hornby GWR clerestory coaches (not the good old ex. Triang things! the later Edwardian liveried versions) I am looking at a few on Ebay for potential up grading, but never having seen one in the flesh am wondering about their general accuracy, specifically, is the very nice ...
by steve howe
Fri May 18, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Lower Rose Goods
Replies: 8
Views: 2993

Lower Rose Goods

Now that the pictures have appeared in the current (June) edition of Hornby Magazine, I can post the finished shots here. I won't go over all the gory detail of getting there as its covered in my thread on RMWeb http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/95206-lower-rose-goods/ So here's the ...
by steve howe
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum North 2018
Replies: 54
Views: 12765

Re: Scaleforum North 2018

I echo those sentiments. I took Horsley Bank to Scaleforum when it was at Leatherhead which was its first 'proper' outing, not knowing what to expect. By 10.15 the crowd was five deep around the layout (which is only 4' long!) and it amazed me the warmth of reception it received. Went home with the ...
by steve howe
Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 148
Views: 29457

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

Brian Harrap has a nifty way of making crossing vees using a vice and big file.... :shock: described in his own inimitable way here:


http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/37678-handbuilt-track/page-2?hl=harrap#entry439446

I've tried it and it works a treat!


Steve
by steve howe
Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Pentroller repairs
Replies: 50
Views: 11407

Re: Pentroller repairs

Would it be worth contacting Malcolm Smith sales@malcolmsminiatures.co.uk originator of the Pictroller? it might be that substitute components are available to replace those obsolete ones in the Hine design. As Malcolm was intimately involved in the design of the control systems at Pendon he would s...
by steve howe
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: My First Layout - Whitehall Halt
Replies: 21
Views: 5585

Re: My First Layout - Whitehall Halt

Philip Hall wrote:I promised to post a picture of the Hornby milk tank conversion so here it is.
Philip


Did you do a straight wheel swap Philip? just wondered how 6 wheel chassis perform without compensation/springing.

Steve
by steve howe
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Queensbridge Road Wharf
Replies: 62
Views: 22988

Re: Queensbridge Road Wharf

Good move. I like the 'Pearly King' and his sidekick in the background :D

Steve
by steve howe
Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Queensbridge Road Wharf
Replies: 62
Views: 22988

Re: Queensbridge Road Wharf

Looking good Gareth, these 'simple' trackplans can be deceptively complex! also far more 'prototypical' than the plethora of 3-ways, slips and diamonds we sometimes see crammed into tiny spaces :o Can I ask what the overall dimensions of the scenic part of the layout are and the crossing angles you ...
by steve howe
Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Harton High Staithes inspired Layout
Replies: 20
Views: 4775

Re: A shunting plank - Now Harton Collery inspired

Nice scheme :thumb
how wide are you planning to make the baseboard?

Steve
by steve howe
Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: what flux for white metal?
Replies: 18
Views: 5337

Re: what flux for white metal?

Can anyone with chemical knowledge advise if Carrs Yellow Label flux is a substitute for Eames 40? I've been using Eames 40 for a long time but my last bottle is getting low (pity, I only bought it in about 1985... :? ) and I do use it, as David says, on pretty much everything apart from electrical ...
by steve howe
Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie
Replies: 194
Views: 38652

Re: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie

Allan Many years ago, when we built Bonnybridge Central, you produced a stuff called, I think, Waverley Board, which was exactly the same as the stuff now to be found in Pizza bases. It was thin sheets of expanded polystyrene, smooth on both sides, and could be scribed very easily to replicate roug...
by steve howe
Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: My First Layout - Whitehall Halt
Replies: 21
Views: 5585

Re: My First Layout - Whitehall Halt

One of the fiddle yards (I have yet to add the top to the traverser, and have no idea how to cut a neat hole to access the layout!) - there is an identical one at the other end of the layout, just big enough to hold a small loco with a single coach: Try a hole cutter fitting in an electric drill - ...
by steve howe
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Parkside Kits
Replies: 42
Views: 8732

Re: Parkside Kits

As an update regarding Slaters kits, I have recently been advised by Dave White at slaters that they are currently just sorting out the instructions and the wheels at the moment and following this the 4mm range should be available again in the near future directly from Slaters. I hope this also inc...
by steve howe
Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Attaching track to base board and bending photo etch
Replies: 22
Views: 4722

Re: Attaching track to base board and bending photo etch

I built my first P4 layout on veneered chipboard as sold for furniture making. The veneer's surface was absorbent enough to accept wood glue and soft enough to get pins into, although chipboard of any kind is still hard for fine pins, 40 years on its still perfectly flat and stable (the weight is an...
by steve howe
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: 1mm pinpoint axles
Replies: 6
Views: 1689

Re: 1mm pinpoint axles

Thanks Keith, I didn't realise such a thing existed until I started Bill's components, I have some very old Studiolith Maunsell wheels with needlepoint axles which look very slender, but even they measure out at about 1.5mm.

I'll see what Wizard has to say!

Steve

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