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by steve howe
Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:36 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Gas holders
Replies: 8
Views: 5133

Gas holders

Hi all, Can anyone suggest (or perhaps remember) if there was a general colour scheme used on gasometers in local small town gasworks in the mid to late 1930's? Most of the ones I remember from the 1960s and 70s were a pale grey/blue with large patches of rust showing through. I have heard that earl...
by steve howe
Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:52 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout idea
Replies: 47
Views: 13599

Re: Layout idea

In so far as planning small (very small) layouts goes, I think nothing beats setting it all out at full size on paper. I'm currently fiddling about with the next Horsley variation - the Gasworks - and apart from a 'back of the fag packet' sketch, I'm laying it out full size on some lining paper usin...
by steve howe
Mon Oct 18, 2010 5:51 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Cosmetic tiebars - is this a Society etch?
Replies: 18
Views: 4999

Re: Cosmetic tiebars - is this a Society etch?

I have been thinking about standardising on Masokits tiebars for the Watermouth project, they look reasonable and are quite robust. Brassmasters 'ground connection kit' looks similar to the etch discussed here, has anyone had experience of them? someone mentioned Dave Booth's version, where can I fi...
by steve howe
Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:12 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR 'Hall' in P4?
Replies: 15
Views: 5499

Bachmann Hall class 4-6-0

I have been reading with interest the recent Gerry Beale article in MRJ on the quality of newer RTR locomotives and their suitability for conversion to P4 for working layouts. Not being very well versed in the RTR market these days, can anyone advise me if: A) the Bachmann Hall class currently being...
by steve howe
Sat Sep 04, 2010 7:48 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits Tiebar units
Replies: 3
Views: 2494

Masokits Tiebar units

I know this has been touched on in several posts within this forum, but I am interested in people's views on the Masokits Tiebar. I am looking for a robust but good looking system for the Watermouth Project as the 35 or so points currently on the layout use a variety of methods from the original Stu...
by steve howe
Sat Aug 28, 2010 6:37 pm
Forum: Cornish Riviera Area Group
Topic: Cornish Riviera Area Group
Replies: 13
Views: 11468

Watermouth Developments

Watermouth and Watermouth Junction have now been re-united, at least by baseboards for the first time in many years. The Layout, with the exception of a suitable cassette deck/fiddle yard section, is now free-standing on its own custom built supports, and the framework for the connecting baseboards ...
by steve howe
Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:27 pm
Forum: Tim V
Topic: Tim V's workbench
Replies: 377
Views: 112471

Re: Tim V builds a chassis

Tim,

Can you tell me where you got the body shell? I have tried to get Bachmann bodies as spares and was told it was not possible.

Really useful thread by the way.

Steve
by steve howe
Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:10 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: J72 pre war livery
Replies: 0
Views: 997

J72 pre war livery

I am just completing a makeover on a ex-Mainline J72 with a P4 chassis, detailing & new handrails etc. usual stuff. I want to represent it in immediate pre War2 livery, circa 1936 but so far can't find any reference (I don't normally model the NE so my library and knowledge is limited) the loco ...
by steve howe
Tue Jul 20, 2010 1:34 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Dry Print Lettering
Replies: 2
Views: 2936

Dry Print Lettering

I have recently been given a large box of various rub-down lettering, some of which would be very useful, however its been around a while and has lost its 'detachability'. Can anyone suggest any tricks for rejuvinating this type of lettering? it seems the main problem is loss of tack to the actual l...
by steve howe
Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:38 pm
Forum: Cornish Riviera Area Group
Topic: Cornish Riviera Area Group
Replies: 13
Views: 11468

Re: Cornish Riviera Area Group

For those interested members who are able to come along, the working sessions on the Watermouth Project have been arranged for the first and third Saturdays of each month from around 11.00am to around 4.00pm. The first session is scheduled for July 24th followed by August 7th. The initial aim is to ...
by steve howe
Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:50 pm
Forum: DCC
Topic: Converting to DCC
Replies: 33
Views: 12603

Re: Converting to DCC

As a complete novice with all things electrical, I have recently inherited a number of locos fitted with Escap RG4 motors and gearbox. Their builder originally intended to run them on a Pentroller, and as part of our refurbishment programme we are considering converting the layout and its locomotive...
by steve howe
Sat Jun 26, 2010 9:38 pm
Forum: Cornish Riviera Area Group
Topic: Cornish Riviera Area Group
Replies: 13
Views: 11468

Cornish Riviera Area Group

With temperatures nudging 30, the Cornish Riviera was living up to its name at the first meeting of the CRAG held at Inter City Models premises in Porthleven. This informal get-together was arranged to offer S4 modellers living throughout Cornwall an opportunity to meet and have a natter. Four S4 me...
by steve howe
Fri May 07, 2010 6:14 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Horsley Bank - shunting plank
Replies: 23
Views: 9852

Re: Horsley Bank - shunting plank

Having located a suitably priced pen torch (far more sophisticated than my old AA battery powered thing) http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250614083703&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT DSC_0007.JPG I formed a steel wire 'pole' and soldered it to the casing - after removing the bat...
by steve howe
Sat Apr 24, 2010 4:10 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Horsley Bank - shunting plank
Replies: 23
Views: 9852

Re: Horsley Bank - shunting plank

Ebay is your friend... There are ones on there starting from 99p, or if you want something more substantial have a look for something like Item number: 160425939243 At that price, worth a punt... I just searched under Ebay > Gadgets "pen torch LED". HTH Flymo[/quote] Thanks for the steer f...
by steve howe
Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:53 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Horsley Bank - shunting plank
Replies: 23
Views: 9852

Re: Horsley Bank - shunting plank

Well done Simon! I once as a student transported a layout from Penzance to Hull (3 changes) via Inter City (as it was then) An unforgettable and never to be repeated experience!

Gods and volcanoes willing, Horsley Bank will be at Scaleforum this year.

Steve
by steve howe
Fri Apr 23, 2010 1:33 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Horsley Bank - shunting plank
Replies: 23
Views: 9852

Re: Horsley Bank - shunting plank

Well, I carried out some experiments with the B&B etched auto coupling, converting two or three wagons. They worked OK but looked awful, in the end I just couldn't bring myself to remove the scale 3 links (Exactoscale) I had installed on the stock dedicated for this layout. So I converted them b...
by steve howe
Sat Apr 17, 2010 2:43 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: GWR outside cranks
Replies: 16
Views: 4225

Re: GWR outside cranks

Thats interesting Mike, I suspect Falcon have revamped some if not all the old Jidenco kits. I think I might be tempted to try their Armstrong but possibly ring them first and ask a few questions, particularly about the chassis and its suitability for P4. I have the old K's kit which is pretty basic...
by steve howe
Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:01 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: GWR outside cranks
Replies: 16
Views: 4225

Re: GWR outside cranks

It seems the Falcon kits have been re-released and top of the list...an Armstrong Goods! http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/catalogue/falcon-gwr I have no experience of Falcon (ex Jidenco) loco kits, my only encounter was with their 6 wheel Toad many years ago which was a real struggle, due I seem to rem...
by steve howe
Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:38 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: GWR outside cranks
Replies: 16
Views: 4225

Re: GWR outside cranks

Thanks for the useful info here guys, I have looked at Finney's outside cranks on his price list, they seem very reasonable for the quality product one has come to expect from this maker, I assume the price (£1.00) is per pair. Ultrascale sell shouldered axles especially designed for Finney's cranks...
by steve howe
Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:59 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: GWR outside cranks
Replies: 16
Views: 4225

GWR outside cranks

Does anyone know a source of scale thickness outside cranks suitable for GWR locos? I'm looking at developing an Armstrong Goods kit using 1/8" axles.
Steve
by steve howe
Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:55 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Horsley Bank - shunting plank
Replies: 23
Views: 9852

Re: Horsley Bank - shunting plank

Gustav There's nothing really very special about the rolling stock, most of it is kitbuilt, mainly Slaters, I am slowly building some open mineral wagons using Powsides transfers to represent collieries in the West Yorkshire area. I use compensated 'W'irons from various sources older ones are Colin ...
by steve howe
Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:01 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Horsley Bank - shunting plank
Replies: 23
Views: 9852

Re: Horsley Bank - shunting plank Coupling dilemma

Rather reluctantly I am probably going to abandon 3 link couplings on this layout. :shock: Due to its 'built up' nature, some parts are virtually innaccessable when it is set up for exhibition running. I have experimented with AJs on here in the past but they were not reliable due to one or two shar...
by steve howe
Sun Feb 28, 2010 9:27 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR 'Hall' in P4?
Replies: 15
Views: 5499

Re: Wills 'Hall' in P4?

I've had a look on Google at RTR products Bachmann seem to have produced a later model in the '49xx' series: http://railsofsheffield.com/hall-class-4970-sketty-hall-great-western-green-collett-tender-32-004-JJJA10074.aspx I'd be interested to know if anyone's had experience of this? I've not seen on...
by steve howe
Sun Feb 28, 2010 12:04 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR 'Hall' in P4?
Replies: 15
Views: 5499

Re: Wills 'Hall' in P4?

Interesting point Russ, the castings are certainly very crisp and clean, only problem is... there's no instructions in the box!
by steve howe
Sat Feb 27, 2010 10:13 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR 'Hall' in P4?
Replies: 15
Views: 5499

Re: Wills 'Hall' in P4?

Yes, I just caught Iain's post which appeared to answer the question, but I have just compared my castings against the drawing in Russell and put a vernier on them and the splasher centres appear to be spot on...am I missing something?!

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