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by steve howe
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: flat bottomed rail - advice please!
Replies: 9
Views: 1290

Re: flat bottomed rail - advice please!

I never thought of P87..... :? the idea of using steel plate as a base for the template and magnets to hold the rails down is a corker :thumb off to try that one! the tricky bit I'm finding (ageing eyesight notwithstanding) is keeping the rail upright during fitting and soldering, its very easy to g...
by steve howe
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: flat bottomed rail - advice please!
Replies: 9
Views: 1290

Re: flat bottomed rail - advice please!

Mucho encouragement, thanks guys,

That track looks great David, how did you attach the rails to the sleepers? (assuming they're not copperclad!)
Steve
by steve howe
Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: flat bottomed rail - advice please!
Replies: 9
Views: 1290

flat bottomed rail - advice please!

Just started building the trackwork for my Cameo Layouts Challenge project http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/137565-sandsifters/?hl=sandsifters - well better late than never - the theme is Light Railway circa 1920 so for a change I'm using Code 55 steel FB rail on copperclad sleeperi...
by steve howe
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019 - the social side
Replies: 40
Views: 7057

Re: Scaleforum 2019 - the social side

Can someone also recommend a small inn or hotel where one could stay? Leatherhead had a super traditional English Inn down the road (Running Horses I think). Is there something near the new venue? My wife and I are hoping to make the trip over in September. I can well reccommend Ardenwood B&B o...
by steve howe
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: DJ Models 14xx on High Level chassis
Replies: 32
Views: 5442

Re: DJ Models 14xx on High Level chassis

I once put Ultrascale wheels on an Airfix 14xx (I still have it) and fitted the full panoply of Riceworks bits, so that it did indeed look like a 14xx. It still sounded like a concrete mixer full of granite boulders but ran reasonably. Philip I have the modified Airfix body running on a High Level ...
by steve howe
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Foamex
Replies: 6
Views: 1374

Re: Foamex

Its worth getting to know the managers at your local B&Q, (other stores available) A lot of promotional signage is produced on a Foamex type substrate and generally goes in the skip when finished with. I got a good bunch of it about 4mm thick, 2m long by about 600mm wide from our B&Q. Althou...
by steve howe
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Dorset 1937
Replies: 17
Views: 3641

Re: Dorset 1937

Nice work :thumb
What make of turntable is that Neil?

Steve
by steve howe
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: painting paving stones and platform copings
Replies: 14
Views: 2166

Re: painting paving stones and platform copings

At the risk of roasting another old chestnut (well it is that time of year) am I right in thinking the white painted line on platform edges only dates from WW2 as a result of blackout precautions?

Steve
by steve howe
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: painting paving stones and platform copings
Replies: 14
Views: 2166

Re: painting paving stones and platform copings

Dave,

I have found Tamiya 'Buff' followed by a wash of very dilute matt black to be effective for paving stones. Slabs are fairly consistent in tone so an overall colour followed by individual weathering seems to work for me.
Steve
by steve howe
Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 158
Views: 22813

Re: The Ulpha Light Railway

For Heaven's sake don't drop the box!!

Steve
by steve howe
Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: RAILEX 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 6341

Re: RAILEX 2019

Arun Quay....absolutely brilliant!

(am I being lured over to the Dark Side? ;)) oh yes!

Steve
by steve howe
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Hinged Alex Jacksons
Replies: 29
Views: 16377

Re: Hinged Alex Jacksons

I found Brian Self's article on making AJs in the 210 issue of Snooze and the 'back to basics' approach very useful, some sound advice to mull over from a seasoned practitioner. I was interested to see the underside view of one of his wagons shows the dropper to be forward of the axles rather than t...
by steve howe
Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Layout Location
Topic: North Greenwich - minimum space project?
Replies: 11
Views: 1559

Re: North Greenwich - minimum space project?

Fascinating stuff, I also like the sharply curved sidings running north just before Fenchurch St. terminus, terminating in two sidings near a ch. (church?)

Steve
by steve howe
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Layout Location
Topic: North Greenwich - minimum space project?
Replies: 11
Views: 1559

Re: North Greenwich - minimum space project?

I have thought about this a lot over the years. I have a reasonable amount of info, including a copy of an HMRS article and lots of photos if ever you decide to go ahead. :D :D :D I offer it for general interest, I don't think I've enough life left for yet another 'wouldn't it be nice if....' Might...
by steve howe
Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Layout Location
Topic: North Greenwich - minimum space project?
Replies: 11
Views: 1559

North Greenwich - minimum space project?

Whilst looking for something else the other day, I happened upon this website describing the Millwall Extension of the old London & Blackwall Railway. I'm sure this will be well known to London rail officionados, but it struck me what an interesting 'minimum space' model the terminus at North Gr...
by steve howe
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Colouring Sleepers
Replies: 24
Views: 3580

Re: Colouring Sleepers

Lots of suggestions here :D just to add my twopenn'th I use ply sleepers, and most of the prototypes I favour feature old sleepers that have weathered in the elements. I use Indian Ink mixed about 1 : 3 with distilled water and a little isopropyl. Iain Rice describes this in his trackwork book. It d...
by steve howe
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Nottingham Area Group (NAG)
Topic: Progress Day 22nd November 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 1230

Re: Progress Day 22nd November 2018

Yes I'm intrigued by all these lead weights on both threads - has somebody been up on the church roof lately? :shock:
by steve howe
Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 299
Views: 42198

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hi Tony, I have just finished fitting Cobalts to our Watermouth project where the trackwork has quite a variety of stretcher bar systems from the original Studiolith curtain track to the wire in PTFE tube and some Masokits ones. Personally I am very keen on the Masokits ones, but that's just a perso...
by steve howe
Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Exactoscale Products
Replies: 78
Views: 20469

Re: Exactoscale Products

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Steve
by steve howe
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: MR Johnson 0F
Replies: 4
Views: 1168

Re: MR Johnson 0F

Brilliant!

Thanks very much Mark.

Steve
by steve howe
Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: MR Johnson 0F
Replies: 4
Views: 1168

MR Johnson 0F

I've recently been given the battered corpse of a ex.MR Johnson 0F 0-4-0 (K's body with a half decent scratchbuilt chassis) I have dismembered it to most of its component parts by embalming in Cellulose thinners, and am now surveying the grisly results. I'd like to try and resurrect it to something ...
by steve howe
Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 226
Views: 43373

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

Just for interest, Kernow have an update on their railmotor in their latest weekly newsletter.

can't post a link here as it was emailed to me.


steve
by steve howe
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 151
Views: 24871

Re: Alpha Mill

I started this little project https://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=101&t=3745&p=56161&hilit=inglenook#p56161 a few years back and its been on the back burner till recently. The reason for its sudden resurrection is because I have been asked to do a demo. at a model engineering...
by steve howe
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 151
Views: 24871

Re: Alpha Mill

Thanks Howard,

Its not an actual mill as it had to be conjoured up to fit the space, but the link was very useful, thanks.

Steve
by steve howe
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 151
Views: 24871

Re: Alpha Mill

Were mill engines always horizontal cylinder or did some use rotative beam engines? I only ask because I am working on an inglenook project at the moment which features a Pennine mill in the background and the engine house is quite tall with a large arched window. There were a lot of rotative beam-...

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