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by Andy W
Wed May 13, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Brass preparation for painting
Replies: 29
Views: 5520

Re: Brass preparation for painting

The brass doesn’t have to be shiny - just clean. The primer will show any problems which can be addressed before your top coat is applied.
by Andy W
Wed May 13, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Brass preparation for painting
Replies: 29
Views: 5520

Re: Brass preparation for painting

If your top coat is going to be enamel and grey, green, blue or black then the Tamiya grey surface primer is excellent stuff. It gives a lovely surface - but not suitable for cellulose finishes. Also for red and yellow it might be better to use a red oxide - Halfords?
by Andy W
Thu May 07, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Yard crane gears
Replies: 28
Views: 2210

Re: Yard crane gears

Thanks Mr Duckworth. Gardening is bad for your health, get inside inhale some flux fumes and build some more of your fantastic locos!
by Andy W
Thu May 07, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Yard crane gears
Replies: 28
Views: 2210

Re: Yard crane gears

I think the “box” is indeed more likely to be a stone block. Fortunately this is unattached so I can remove the lip at the top fairly easily. Would the whole vehicle would have been painted grey originally? Or oxide? I think the lettering on the horizontal beam reads “To be secured to the rails befo...
by Andy W
Thu May 07, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: SCALEFORUM 1997
Replies: 7
Views: 1151

Re: SCALEFORUM 1997

It's sobering to see Tony Osmond, who sadly passed away a couple of weeks ago, talking about Brockley Hill 21:19.
by Andy W
Wed May 06, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Yard crane gears
Replies: 28
Views: 2210

Re: Yard crane gears

A few tweaks - all held together with bits of blue tack. The securing shackles are adapted Brassmasters screw couplings. Not all the gears are shown and the chain isn't on the barrel, all parts are loose - posing this shot took almost as long as building the model. The weight box platform will be ex...
by Andy W
Tue May 05, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Socially Distanced Challenge – CR Class 488 Build
Replies: 57
Views: 5558

Re: Socially Distanced Challenge – CR Class 488 Build

An interesting build of a characterful locomotive. Keep going.
by Andy W
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Yard crane gears
Replies: 28
Views: 2210

Re: Yard crane gears

Thanks RAO
by Andy W
Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Yard crane gears
Replies: 28
Views: 2210

Re: Yard crane gears

Am I right in thinking that the back weight box would have been open with no top/lid to enable it to be filled with various weights if necessary. Or would it have been a solid block?
by Andy W
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 10336

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Wonderful sub-atomic scale weaving! Lovely work.
by Andy W
Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Yard crane gears
Replies: 28
Views: 2210

Re: Yard crane gears

Thanks for the various comments - all very useful. One lesson I've learnt is that no matter how hard I study a photograph there's always details that I miss or miss-interpret. I re scanned the image at a higher res and several things became clearer. As RAO pointed out I'd mis-read the box back weigh...
by Andy W
Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: Yard crane gears
Replies: 28
Views: 2210

Yard crane gears

Another sneaky attack on my shelf of shame. Some of you may remember I had planned to build something like this M.R. crane: MR hand crane.jpg Life eased it to one side until this lock down tempted me to actually do something so I started cutting and scavenging parts. My research didn't uncover much ...
by Andy W
Sat Apr 11, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: 3D printed MR Brake
Replies: 5
Views: 775

Re: 3D printed MR Brake

All points accepted Bill. It’s a fine kit, I’d definitely build another.
by Andy W
Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 228
Views: 28919

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

I’ve been trying to think of a project I’ve worked on when I haven’t had set backs for one reason or another. After two days of deep pondering I still can’t recall one. Often the greater the hitch, the deeper the satisfaction when overcoming it. But there’s really no need to tell you this Dave as I’...
by Andy W
Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: PeteT
Topic: Etching concepts, and modelling! - random bits & bobs which don't have their own topic
Replies: 45
Views: 13255

Re: Etching concepts, and modelling! - random bits & bobs which don't have their own topic

The jig’s a good idea. I don’t bend the tails anymore but slide short lengths of plastic insulation stripped from cable to fit tightly. The heads can then be removed if needed.
by Andy W
Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Andy W
Topic: 3D printed MR Brake
Replies: 5
Views: 775

3D printed MR Brake

I've not been active in the hobby for a good few months, and it's surprising how developments move along so quickly when you're not looking. 3D printing is just one of the areas that have advanced recently. I was given a Bill Bedford MR Brake van before the virus hit so I thought I'd make it the fir...
by Andy W
Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Registration Thread
Replies: 46
Views: 6596

Re: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Registration Thread

I don't have any new unbuilt kits as I made an effort to clear my stocks eighteen months ago, however I do have a "shelf of shame" (in fact several!). These contain various coaches and locos which were put on hold while I was distracted building a now aborted layout. They're mostly Edwardi...
by Andy W
Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (March 2020)
Replies: 5
Views: 1423

Re: Fylde Area Group (March 2020)

Agreed, wonderful work.
by Andy W
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Finney Pannier Tank Radio Control/Battery
Replies: 12
Views: 2265

Re: Finney Pannier Tank Radio Control/Battery

Extremely interesting!
by Andy W
Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: andrewnummelin
Topic: 0-4-0STs
Replies: 10
Views: 2500

Re: 0-4-0STs

I’ve made “rigid” axles with HL hornblocks removable by simply using wire that’s too thick to allow any springing and just serves to hold the block in place. The wheels can then be dropped out when needed.
by Andy W
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 228
Views: 28919

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Dave, drop something else on the floor and look for that. You’ll find the rod.
by Andy W
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 37331

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Ticket sorted. Thanks Danny and Steve
by Andy W
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 37331

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I've ordered my ticket for the show. Normally I get offered a QR ticket to print. I must have missed the option to do that this year. I assume I can bring along my receipt or is there a way of accessing the QR?
by Andy W
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Recommendations
Topic: None specific model products
Replies: 27
Views: 5077

Re: None specific model products

Powerflow flux is wonderful stuff but be careful it’s very difficult to clean off and can eat through paint.
by Andy W
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 37331

Re: Scaleforum 2019

If I start wearing a name badge at home would my wife start talking to me?

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