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by steve howe
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 236
Views: 58091

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: 58091

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: 2738

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: 22
Views: 8027

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: 18935

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: 18935

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: 18935

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: 2607

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: 2987

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: 2987

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: 4414

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: 4414

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...
by steve howe
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Cornish Riviera Area Group
Topic: Cornish Riviera Area Group
Replies: 21
Views: 15934

Re: Cornish Riviera Area Group

Its been a long time since I updated this thread, but progress on the Watermouth project is being made, albeit at a glacial pace, partly due to our Club 00 layout requiring all hands to get ready for this year's exhibition. The main emphasis is still on re-wiring and upgrading the control systems an...
by steve howe
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 32693

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Oh dear.....

This gets more like RMWeb every day...…. :?

Steve
by steve howe
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Rail codes
Replies: 4
Views: 1228

Rail codes

Can anyone enlighten me on the relationship of rail codes to the weight per yard of the real thing? Does, for instance Code 55 rail relate to 55lb per yard? My current project uses Code 60 FB rail, and I am just intrigued as to the correlation between the codes and the actual rail weight.

Steve
by steve howe
Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: G.W.R P22 / BR(W) Herring ballast hopper.
Replies: 7
Views: 1603

Re: G.W.R P22 / BR(W) Herring ballast hopper.

Well done Gordon and Justin for sticking with it! They did certainly occur singly; there's a lovely picture, unfortunately undated, in Mike Lloyd's Tanat Valley book of ex. Cambrian 0-6-0 No. 898 shunting one in the quarry sidings at Nantmawr. Now my proposed next layout has a quarry branch...……. :D...
by steve howe
Sat Jul 06, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 335
Views: 87722

Re: The Burford Branch

Thanks Martin, Encouraging news! The likelihood of getting Ultrascale wheels for the conversion is probably pretty remote at present, but it seems Alan Gibson does a conversion set: 4800/19 Bachmann GWR 2251 3 Axles 5' 2" 16 spoke - 3mm Axles Price AU 3 x 4' 1" 12 spoke, 4M42B So I guess t...
by steve howe
Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 335
Views: 87722

Re: The Burford Branch

"Finally, we had the rare sight on this layout of a goods train actually being marshalled and departing – an almost unheard of event. The engine is a Bachmann Collett Goods (No.2221), which is a very steady performer now that I have fitted a set of current collectors to the tender as well as t...
by steve howe
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 68
Views: 7682

Re: Track cleaning

I find these to be ideal as they are square and therefore rub along the top of the rail better. Available from any decent art shop. https://www.derwentart.com/en-gb/c/professional-products/drawing/natural-graphite or these: https://www.cassart.co.uk/drawing/pastels_1/charcoal-graphite/derwent_xl_ch...
by steve howe
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 68
Views: 7682

Re: Track cleaning

There seems to be a lot of chemical alchemy going on here for what, to me, is quite a simple problem: electrical continuity is inhibited by a mixture of grease, dust and oxidation accumulating on the rails, wheels and collectors of the locomotives. Any solvent will, to some degree, remove this leavi...
by steve howe
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Eames 40 flux
Replies: 10
Views: 1873

Re: Eames 40 flux

I was in our local chemist this morning and they confirmed what I suspected, that they cannot supply phosphoric acid or IPA at all now. They suggested online, so thank you, Steve. Philip Yes Chemists' aint wot they used to be. I wanted some citric acid the other day for our elderflower cordial reci...
by steve howe
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Eames 40 flux
Replies: 10
Views: 1873

Re: Eames 40 flux

Out of interest, I did a bit of searching and found this supplier on Amazon: APC Pure Unit 2B East Tame Business Park Rexcine Way Hyde Cheshire SK14 4GX E: info@apcpure.com W: http://www.apcpure.com Very prompt delivery, they also sell isopropyl: https://apcpure.com/product/isopropyl-alcohol-99-9-ac...
by steve howe
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Eames 40 flux
Replies: 10
Views: 1873

Re: Eames 40 flux

That's very useful thank you chaps. So for a 10% solution is it (say) 90mls of water to 10mls of Phosphoric with a squirt of Iso.? Can I ask where you get your phosphoric acid from Phil, I would like to give this a try. As JFS says, 40% does seem a bit strong! but maybe worth experimenting with. Steve
by steve howe
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Eames 40 flux
Replies: 10
Views: 1873

Eames 40 flux

I am getting to the end of my last bottle of Eames '40' flux (yes I did buy a stash when they were closing down) I think it is still a great product with very little corrosive effect on steel. Can anyone suggest a suitable substitute? I seem to remember Iain Rice writing some years ago about home-br...
by steve howe
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Andrew Ullyott
Topic: Cheddar
Replies: 54
Views: 13993

Re: Cheddar

Are you aware that the Mainline 53XX firebox dimensions are somewhat compromised to fit the motor? It is most noticeable where it meets the cab, as it is relatively both higher and wider than it should be. Bu**er! I wasn't aware of that. Although I did think 5311 had a rather more refined look abou...

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