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by steve howe
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: North London Group
Topic: Bodmin
Replies: 25
Views: 2676

Re: Bodmin

You might find contacting the china clay museum at Wheal Martyn worthwhile. They hold an extensive archive from ECC and others, and, for what its worth, I recently deposited with them a pack of track plans, notes, scale drawings of typical Dries, and photos taken in the early 1970s when much of the ...
by steve howe
Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: North London Group
Topic: Bodmin
Replies: 25
Views: 2676

Re: Bodmin

I stand to be corrected, but I seem to remember the NLG having a number of specially commissioned PO china clay wagon transfers made for the original Bodmin. I acquired a set but then was told that the wagons they referred to were scratchbuilt because (at the time) no suitable kits existed. I still ...
by steve howe
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Steel Code 60 Flat Bottom Rail
Replies: 5
Views: 3171

Re: Steel Code 60 Flat Bottom Rail

The code 55 rail from the SS is a different profile to the Peco conductor rail, having a wider foot. I guess the Code 60 rail being nickel silver is no good? If its non-functioning could you paint it with Humbrol Metalcote Steel? presumably its only the head that appears shiny.

Steve
by steve howe
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: concrete block walling
Replies: 7
Views: 1103

Re: concrete block walling

There are a couple of items in Slater's embossed plastikard range which offer possibilities. The sizes aren't precisely right but the regularity of the embossing gives precisely the right impression, particularly if you use a very fine coloured plaster mix to almost fill the embossed cracks and bot...
by steve howe
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: concrete block walling
Replies: 7
Views: 1103

Re: concrete block walling

Thank you Noel. I have researched this and measured several structures which date from the 1920s & 30s. Concrete block made an early appearance in Cornwall as a building material when enterprising local firms began using shingle from certain beaches or crushed mine waste – of which there was a p...
by steve howe
Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: concrete block walling
Replies: 7
Views: 1103

concrete block walling

I have some pre-War industrial stuff to make requiring concrete block walls. Before I sit down and laboriously scribe several feet of the stuff... :? does anyone know of a pre-formed product? I thought S E Finecast had included it in their range, but the only one I can find is "textured concret...
by steve howe
Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 64
Views: 5648

Re: Plywood disaster

Getting back to the ply problem. The principle of the open-top system in my understanding is that any horizontal plane is stiffened by a vertical one either below or above it. In other words, a strip of ply forming a base for the track should have at least one corresponding strip glued and pinned, o...
by steve howe
Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR number plates
Replies: 12
Views: 1679

Re: GWR number plates

Kings Cross plates are still available:

http://www.gcrsociety.co.uk/kingscrossplates.html

Steve
by steve howe
Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Road and platform surfaces
Replies: 17
Views: 2556

Re: Road and platform surfaces

Lindsay[/quote] I'm sure Hull Docks has wooden blocks. End grain uppermost, I guess so that when it's wet, it swells and doesn't come loose. Also better grip.[/quote] I certainly remember wooden block paving, end grain uppermost, outside the Humber Dock Tavern and around what is now the Marina from ...
by steve howe
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 365
Views: 59276

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

We used Cobalt motors on our 00 club layout which represents a medium sized urban terminus. They were set up for push-button route selection (one of our members is a ex-Railtrack signal engineer) so anything up to six or seven motors fire simultaneously! The motors were bought relatively recently, w...
by steve howe
Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Hattons RTR period stock
Replies: 4
Views: 937

Hattons RTR period stock

I don't know if anyone has seen this press release from Hattons… they appear to be planning a range of 4 and 6 wheel carriages in a range of pre-Grouping liveries. Presumably the coaches are not to any specific Diagrams to be able to cover so many companies, but its an interesting step in the right ...
by steve howe
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Local Show Publicity
Topic: Cornish Model Railway Show 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 2672

Cornish Model Railway Show 2020

Helston & Falmouth MRC regret to announce their Spring show has been cancelled due to current circumstances. April 2020 poster COLOUR cancelled.jpg Exhibits booked so far include two P4 layouts: Layouts Monksbury 7mm 0 Gauge Gweek North Quay 7mm 0-16.5 Tredethy Wharf P4 Rolvenden P4 Bewdley OO f...
by steve howe
Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Drill for rivets.
Replies: 18
Views: 1715

Re: Drill for rivets.

My trick (which I'm sure is not original) is to put small broach or fine needlefile through the hole, into the rivet, position, and press...
seems the most painless way ;)

Steve
by steve howe
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 236
Views: 54575

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

They are nice little buildings. I did one in local stone for our Club layout a few years ago using the 'Pendon' method of card and watercolour using the drawings in Karau's book, but slightly adapted the floor plan to provide a forecourt entrance: trenance1.jpg trenance2.jpg The goods shed was also ...
by steve howe
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 236
Views: 54575

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

ralphrobertson wrote:Well done Jeremy. Like the station building!

Ralph


Indeed, the whole project looks fascinating, :thumb Is the station building a William Clarke design? they seemed to crop up all over the GWR area in a variety of disguises.

Steve
by steve howe
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Road and platform surfaces
Replies: 17
Views: 2556

Re: Road and platform surfaces

Getting back to Neil's original query, pre-tarmac roads, especially in rural areas were just crushed stone and grit which (in Cornwall at least) the local clay worked its way through in wet weather making them muddy in winter and dusty in summer. I replicate tarmac surfaces on platforms etc. by pain...
by steve howe
Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: David B
Topic: Lost Property
Replies: 20
Views: 7600

Re: Lost Property

Not that I eat much take-away nosh, but nowadays more takeouts seem to come in shallow plastic containers with lids. The deeper ones will accommodate a tank loco or tender-less loco for safe storage, while the shallower ones are ideal for all those bits that come in kits. I also have stashes of scen...
by steve howe
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 121
Views: 17923

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

Dave Franks wrote:
Le Corbusier wrote:
steve howe wrote:[quote="Dave Franks"rake of coaches - discuss'


Maybe Tim but I like to keep me head just peeking over the parapet just in case I need to duck quick. ;)

Anyway this is getting away from Robin's thread which I've been following with much interest.

Dave F.


Agreed, but it had me fooled, I thought it was P4! :D

Steve
by steve howe
Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 121
Views: 17923

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

Yes, but of course, P4 will never work... ;)

Steve
by steve howe
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 121
Views: 17923

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

I have to agree, the Bachmann Jubilee is a good runner and even better when fitted with a Mashima motor. This one of mine 'Alberta' has Gibson wheels, modified valvegear, CSB tender chassis, side control on the bogie. No extra weight has been added but as seen in the video it can take about thirty ...
by steve howe
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: 16" Std Bagnall 0-6-0 industrial tank
Replies: 16
Views: 2378

Re: 16" Std Bagnall 0-6-0 industrial tank

Does anyone know news of Robin Arkinstall? I ask because presumably the artwork and masters for his kits might still exist and could form the basis for an upgraded range if he were willing to make them available and someone with the necessary skills could re-vamp them? They were excellent kits back ...
by steve howe
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Lord Colnago
Topic: A source of very fine sand
Replies: 11
Views: 2825

Re: A source of very fine sand

Andrew Ullyott wrote:Attwood Aggregates sell pots of dust from different quarry sources as mentioned above.
Chinchilla dust sieved through an old pair of tights is a Gordon Gravett trick which I’ve copied. Just pour some in, wrap around and shake through.


Presumably not while Maggie's still in them? :D :D
by steve howe
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Lord Colnago
Topic: A source of very fine sand
Replies: 11
Views: 2825

Re: A source of very fine sand

Try Attwood Aggregates, they have a very fine sandy coloured grit, sorry I don't know the serial code. Also have a look online for pottery suppliers selling 'Grog' this is fired clay ground and sold in many different grades for mixing with clay to lessen thermal shock. It comes in grades from very c...
by steve howe
Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: None specific model products
Replies: 27
Views: 4103

Re: None specific model products

Alan Turner wrote:
davebradwell wrote:....or suggest a way out?

DaveB



Use Humbrol thinners.

regards

Alan


or lighter fuel?

S
by steve howe
Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: None specific model products
Replies: 27
Views: 4103

Re: None specific model products

How about the gallon of white spirit from B&Q (other DIY stores are available), instead of those little tins ... Indeed, and cellulose thinners! if you happen to live near a Mole Valley Farms, or similar agricultural outlet, its worth looking in the paint and hardware bit, stuff like thinners i...

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