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by steve howe
Sun Jul 05, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: 0-4-2 compensation
Replies: 9
Views: 767

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: 767

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: 18
Views: 1871

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: 16011

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 - To Reopen 1st September
Replies: 105
Views: 33323

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: 108
Views: 7292

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: 108
Views: 7292

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: 1575

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: 108
Views: 7292

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: 108
Views: 7292

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: 27
Views: 2516

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: 27
Views: 2516

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: 27
Views: 2516

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: 27
Views: 2516

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: 108
Views: 7292

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: 354
Views: 97891

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: 55
Views: 3869

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: 1693

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: 1215
Views: 206928

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
by steve howe
Tue May 05, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 108
Views: 7292

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

I'm going to follow this with interest, as I have a started job on the Airfix model. I have the now scarce Rice enhancement kit, . Sean I think the 14xx/48xx detailing pack formerly from Mainly Trains can be had from Andrew Hartshorne at MSE. I built one of these from the old Airfix body on the Hig...
by steve howe
Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery
Replies: 413
Views: 137582

Re: Tim V's workbench - broad gauge tomfoolery

Paul Townsend wrote:From the sublime to the ridiculous.....look at the loco at the back of Tim's bench with meccano lookalike wheels...must be for his 1810 caper!


I'm still waiting to see how he gets that horse to walk..... :D

Steve
(self-isolating from the Cameo Challenge 8-) )
by steve howe
Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: SCALEFOUR NORTH 2020 - VIRTUALLY?
Replies: 7
Views: 1309

Re: SCALEFOUR NORTH 2020 - VIRTUALLY?

I coordinate Open Gardens for the Cornwall Wildlife Trust whereby we open around 12 private gardens between April and September. Obviously these have had to be cancelled for the foreseeable future, but we are doing exactly as Derek is suggesting with 360* views and video clips of each garden accompa...
by steve howe
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: jon price
Topic: Connah's Quay: The Layout.
Replies: 17
Views: 5818

Re: Connah's Quay: The Layout.

Any chance of a trackplan Jon?

Steve
by steve howe
Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: High Level Mail order and stock
Replies: 10
Views: 1690

Re: High Level Mail order and stock

Chris, Thanks for the update. We'll be relying on you for supplies over the coming months. And the little 48xx chassis kit of yours I started at Missenden three weeks ago will keep me distracted as well... Missenden Mar 20 (31).JPG Stay safe, Flymo I've built that 48xx chassis kit and its a beaut. ...
by steve howe
Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Rigid Chassis Locos?
Replies: 70
Views: 5694

Re: Rigid Chassis Locos?

In the interests of research, this is Markit's response to my query, make of it what you will: Dear Sir, There is good news and there is not so good news….. The Good News is yes, we do make ‘P4’ Driving Axles….. which are becoming more and more popular, as people decide that the plastic centred whee...

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