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by Ian Everett
Mon Jul 11, 2016 8:28 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Tongue End
Replies: 21
Views: 5991

Re: Tongue End

Hi, Paul. I seem to have missed your initial postings so I'm pleased to see progress on another SGW layout. The M&GN was a very unusual railway, running a main line service on what at first sight looks like a branch line infrastructure, so you've bitten off quite a lot! Can you point us to any i...
by Ian Everett
Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:50 am
Forum: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG)
Topic: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG) Meetings
Replies: 9
Views: 6446

Re: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG) Meetings

Yesterday's meeting of CRAG at my house was a pivotal moment,as it saw the end of Clecklewyke as a P4 layout. It was a lovely day so we started the meeting with an excellent lunch in the garden of the White Rose. There were four of us - Phil Tuer, Chris King, Stuart de Boer and myself. There were se...
by Ian Everett
Mon May 30, 2016 6:39 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: help on sprung csb chassis with cosmetic outside frames
Replies: 25
Views: 7361

Re: help on sprung csb chassis with cosmetic outside frames

It might be relevant that the loco photographed climbing a matchstick in that early MRJ was an 08 DES with outside frames. Possibly the article about it might help?

Ian
by Ian Everett
Sat May 21, 2016 5:23 am
Forum: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG)
Topic: CRAG Meeting 12 May 2016
Replies: 1
Views: 1360

Re: CRAG Meeting 12 May 2016

I'm glad you had a good eeting and pleased that we have a couple of guinea pig Megapoint users, I'll watch progress with great interest for, like them, I was very impressed with what I saw at S4N. I'll make no comment about the group organisor arranging to go away rather than attend a meeting. He re...
by Ian Everett
Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2016
Replies: 50
Views: 12859

Re: Scalefour North 2016

I'll be there both days manning the SGW stand for some of the time and stewarding at others. I'll also be bringing two big boxes of redundant goodies, including ex LMS loco kits and bits and pieces and some DC controllers (Compspeed Rambler, Gaugemaster) made redundant by my change in modelling dire...
by Ian Everett
Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Standard Gauge Workbench at Scalefour North
Replies: 0
Views: 1175

Standard Gauge Workbench at Scalefour North

I will be taking a display about the Standard Gauge Workbench to Scalefour North, which is on 16/17 April in Wakefield. Rob Milliken's SGW entry, Manston Brewery, will also be there as an exhibition layout in its own right. See http://www.scalefour.org/scalefournorth/2016/ There will also be space f...
by Ian Everett
Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG)
Topic: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG) Meetings
Replies: 9
Views: 6446

Re: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG) Meetings

The most recent meeting of CRAG was on March 10th at my house and what a meeting it was! Eight people met for the pub lunch in the Kings Arms - Phil Tuer, Stuart de Boer, Chris King, Ron Tyler, Mike Megginson, Betsy, myself and a new neighbour of mine, Graham Gosling, who was "trying us out&quo...
by Ian Everett
Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:44 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: mark humphreys shorting strips
Replies: 4
Views: 1637

Re: mark humphreys shorting strips

I've never heard of Mark Humfreys but I have used Bill Bedford's shorting strips successfully with Gibson wheels, both driving and bogey wheels. I found that the secret for success was a hot iron, plenty of flux, low m.p. solder and a wad of wet tissue to cool the rim quickly before the plastic melts.
by Ian Everett
Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:12 am
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: End to.end compromises
Replies: 26
Views: 8206

Re: End to.end compromises

...seats were therefore as deep as the average horse tail. It would be great if, as in Terry's post, layout dimensions in multiples, were determined by the length of an average estate car interior! And the diameter of US space rockets was determined by the size of the railroad tunnels they had to p...
by Ian Everett
Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: End to.end compromises
Replies: 26
Views: 8206

Re: End to.end compromises

I recall a well-known exhibition manager commenting about Clecklewyke "another ****** layout with more fiddle yard than scenery" - before it came second in the visitors' poll. Its proportions were roughly a 9ft scenic length between two 6' fiddle yards. One yard is operated from the front....
by Ian Everett
Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:14 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: controllers
Replies: 4
Views: 2052

Re: controllers

My locos have Mashima, Portescap, Hornby and Bachman motors and for all these I have been happy with both ECM Rambler Minor and Gaugemaster hand-held controllers. I particularly like the inertia and brake features which both these have. Inertia can be switched on and off with the Gaugemaster. Be awa...
by Ian Everett
Tue Feb 16, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: The 2mm Society'Easitrac' Point Kit
Replies: 45
Views: 11569

Re: The 2mm Society'Easitrac' Point Kit

I'm surprised Martin Wynne hasn't posted on this topic. Members of the Templot forum have been thinking hard about the possibilities of 3D printing of track bases, based on Templot files. This seems to me to be a fantastic idea - far better than being limited to a few standard, straight turnouts. Se...
by Ian Everett
Mon Feb 15, 2016 6:01 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: split axles and compensation
Replies: 4
Views: 1726

Re: split axles and compensation

I've done it with a London Road Models kit for a G5 0-4-4T. All wheels conduct. There are twin beams between the two driving axles and also between the axles in the bogey. The bogie simply pivots on the rear stretcher and it is one of the best running locos in my stud. I used Branchlines split axles...
by Ian Everett
Sat Feb 06, 2016 3:30 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: 03 Chassis and Motor of unknown origin
Replies: 33
Views: 6608

Re: 03 Chassis and Motor of unknown origin

As a mater of interest has anybody got a loco running well on Gibson hornblocks. Yes - my Austin 7 0-8-0, built from a Gibson kit has Gibson hornblocks and I think it runs very well - in fact it's just about the best runner I have. Steve Griffiths and I used to while away long Sundays at exhibition...
by Ian Everett
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:11 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Converting to P4? Wanna do a swap?
Replies: 7
Views: 3082

Re: Converting to P4? Wanna do a swap?

Many thanks for all your kind words and thoughts, including those off-line. Yes, I'd thought of 7mm but I'm a very slow worker and like building scenery and buildings and operation to timetable, so the bulk of what I need I've already made. I'm also a terrible hoarder - can't throw anything away - s...
by Ian Everett
Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:13 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Converting to P4? Wanna do a swap?
Replies: 7
Views: 3082

Re: Converting to P4? Wanna do a swap?

Hi, Tim Yes, trains will run better with springing or compensation and accurate gauges, levels and clearances. But doing all this is now becoming increasingly difficult, both in making to these standards and maintaining such accuracy over time. Even making track to P4 standards is now almost beyond ...
by Ian Everett
Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Converting to P4? Wanna do a swap?
Replies: 7
Views: 3082

Converting to P4? Wanna do a swap?

I am beginning to suffer the effects of Glaucoma, which is seriously affecting my ability to see fine detail, so it seems daft for me to be straining to model in fine scale when I cannot see the benefits of it. I am therefore reluctantly considering changing Clecklewyke and the embryonic Bradford No...
by Ian Everett
Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG)
Topic: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG) Meetings
Replies: 9
Views: 6446

Re: Cumbrian Region Area Group (CRAG) Meetings

We had a most enjoyable meeting last Saturday, 23rd Jan, in Kirkby Stephen, with Stephen Paulin as host, which mostly consisted of a really excellent lunch at the Bay Horse in Winton . Other people liked it too, see: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g2395282-d1154716-Reviews-The_Bay_Horse_I...
by Ian Everett
Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:18 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: 101 Not Out - 12th March 2016
Replies: 64
Views: 24225

Re: 101 Not Out - 12th March 2016

I wish I could be there - it looks to be exactly what our two societies should be doing - but It's just too far from Wensleydale - my fault for choosing such a remote home. All credit to Jim for making the long trip and to the organisers for their initiative and hard work. Are there any plans to mov...
by Ian Everett
Thu Jan 21, 2016 9:10 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: 101 Not Out - 12th March 2016
Replies: 64
Views: 24225

Re: 101 Not Out - 12th March 2016

It's a shame that the full page advert in MRJ 244 states that 101 Not Out is a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Scalefour Society, without acknowledging the EM Gauge Society's 61 years, and so rather misses the point of the "101" and Chris Kedgley's work in bringing the two socie...
by Ian Everett
Sun Dec 20, 2015 11:32 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 301
Views: 77524

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

Knuckles wrote:
(a lot of sense with which I agree.)

Ok scrap that, proper horn blocks.


Not necessarily. How about a small plunger, like a Gibson sprung pick-up, with a rod which fits inside the spring and an end which is the same outside diameter as the spring and is a sliding fit within the pocket?

Ian
by Ian Everett
Sat Dec 19, 2015 4:07 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 301
Views: 77524

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

I'm not aware of any RTR chassis that are quite like this, but one or two do have springing on a centre axle, just to push the wheelset down in a dip. I would be very uneasy about actually suspending a wheelset on a centrally positioned spring as I think it might be unstable. Brassmasters' system o...
by Ian Everett
Sat Dec 19, 2015 12:51 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 301
Views: 77524

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

I might just release the P4 chassis as fixed after all, make an obvious note in the instructions at the top and then work on the sprung versions after. Good or bad idea? I'm just after a collective really for this one. I have some solid rtr chassis and they run remarkably well. I'm sure this is dow...
by Ian Everett
Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:33 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 301
Views: 77524

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

I suggest you contact James Dickie of the Scalefour North team and get a pitch there to discuss your ideas.

Ian

P.S. It's amusing to compare your struggles to reshape the E2 tanks on the whitemetal kit with the 3D equivalent. You've come a long way!
by Ian Everett
Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:51 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 301
Views: 77524

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

I am astonished that no-one has responded to this posting before me. Unless I have been burying my head in the sand it seems to be one of the most exciting developments in loco kIts for years. Not only has Knuckles produced three finescale one piece loco bodies (and one freelance) but also beautiful...

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