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by Jim Summers
Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:20 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: AGM 2012
Replies: 20
Views: 6134

Re: AGM 2012

Not the most attractive view of the station, Danny, but it is an attractive station, and is reckoned to be the first station ever to have been photographed in the whole of the cosmos. A plaque says so!


Jim
by Jim Summers
Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:12 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: AGM 2012
Replies: 20
Views: 6134

Re: AGM 2012

Having just spent a beautiful warm spring morning in Linlithgow confirming details with the Low Port Centre, where we shall be holding the AGM, I felt it might be worth reminding everyone about it. Fuller details will be in a supplement in the next Scalefour News, but here is an outline. - Linlithgo...
by Jim Summers
Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:25 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2013
Replies: 476
Views: 89643

Re: Scaleforum 2013

While I have been away flying the flag, there seems to have been some discussion here about whether Aylesbury is the venue for Scaleforum 2013, and if so, whether it is the right place. I think if you dig up the old bone of the Chairman's Doghouse in the February Scalefour News (which came out well ...
by Jim Summers
Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:21 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2012
Replies: 59
Views: 16980

Scalefour North 2012 - Name labels

Just to say that I have discussed this question of name badges with the ever-helpful Scalefour North team, who are keen to try something this year. As they have printed tickets and so on already, what will probably happen is that a stick-on label will be supplied for you to write your name on. And p...
by Jim Summers
Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:32 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Platform ramps
Replies: 16
Views: 9307

Re: Platform ramps

Martin is of course right to go to the official "Blue Book" of Requirements, and Keith is right to say that nowadays risk management principles are leading to fences and cattle grids (!) at the ends of platforms. Platform ramps had a role in the days of barrow crossings, but the modern rai...
by Jim Summers
Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:35 pm
Forum: Nottingham Area Group (NAG)
Topic: Nottingham Area Group meeting 21st June 2011
Replies: 17
Views: 5766

Re: Nottingham Area Group meeting 21st June 2011

I've just seen the pictures of Len's loco, and would echo all that everyone else has said.

Len, you say, you have no intention of fitting motor and gearbox. From what you have shown us, if you eventually decide to motorise it, there is no doubt you'll manage it beautifully.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:02 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: North Ballachulish - Blue diesels in the West Highlands
Replies: 34
Views: 11962

Re: North Ballachulish - Blue diesels in the West Highlands

All good wishes for this project, Andy. The more Caley the better.
But naming your attachment as NB did make me splutter a bit!

Jim
by Jim Summers
Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:05 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Stephenson valve gear
Replies: 12
Views: 5656

Re: Stephenson valve gear

Well, you might like this 7mm beauty with which I was seen consorting at Railex.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Wed May 25, 2011 9:51 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Onward from Ambergate
Replies: 99
Views: 29050

Re: Onward from Ambergate

Great news, Tony. Updates on progress will be eagerly awaited by all of us, I am sure.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Mon May 23, 2011 7:11 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Trevor Charlton Etched Coaches
Replies: 5
Views: 3713

Re: Trevor Charlton Etched Coaches

John,

Was this just a general query on what happened, or can I help?

I could lay my hands on a list of these sides, which were developed/marketed with Philip Millard, and Mike Gilgannon had some involvement in the Scottish ones. Moreover, I have some of the actual sides.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:42 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Caledonian Railway
Replies: 17
Views: 7128

Re: Caledonian Railway

David, Well, in that case, something on the single lines in Angus might meet the bill, e.g. Dundee - Newtyle and thereabouts, or Perth - Crieff, or Dundee - Forfar. Or something along the Callendar and Oban. Do join the Caledonian Railway Association though - there is plenty of knowledge, photos and...
by Jim Summers
Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:56 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Caledonian Railway
Replies: 17
Views: 7128

Re: Caledonian Railway

David, Regarding a recommendation for your shunting layout, it depends on whether you fancy an industrial layout, or a rural station with freight activity. The Caledonian Railway Association publishes a wide range of signalling diagrams for all sorts of locations, and these could be very useful for ...
by Jim Summers
Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:52 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Caledonian Railway
Replies: 17
Views: 7128

Re: Caledonian Railway

David,
I am just catching up on correspondence, and thought you might be encouraged by this photo of the Caley Coaches Dunalastair, which I built a long time ago. So it can be done, and there is help if you need it.

Incidentally, I use Ian Maccormac for numberplates, and find him very good.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:50 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: For prospective members regarding area groups.
Replies: 12
Views: 3808

Re: For prospective members regarding area groups.

Thanks for taking the trouble to post this, Simon.
We do like to think the Area Groups are a major strength of P4, and there is plenty help around for anyone feeling like setting one up in their part of the world.

Best wishes,

Jim
by Jim Summers
Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:34 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Avonside Chassis Pro vs Hobby holidays Master Chassis.
Replies: 7
Views: 4718

Re: Avonside Chassis Pro vs Hobby holidays Master Chassis.

Simon, I've only used the Hobby Holidays one, but find it robust and indispensable. Incidentally, I often turn it on its edge, which is very convenient. Apart from setting up the frames, the great thing to me is the Rolling Road attachment. I don't see anyone else mentioning that aspect so far, but ...
by Jim Summers
Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:34 pm
Forum: Cornish Riviera Area Group
Topic: Cornish Riviera Area Group
Replies: 13
Views: 11091

Re: Cornish Riviera Area Group

More power to your elbows, folks.

I hope you are keep up this diary, as I have friends contemplating a similar enterprise.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:07 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Breakdown Crane
Replies: 5
Views: 2898

Re: Breakdown Crane

Whoops, my mistake. I wrongly corrected someone else's. Sorry.

Alastair is: awhwright at btinternet dot com

Jim
by Jim Summers
Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:46 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Breakdown Crane
Replies: 5
Views: 2898

Breakdown Crane

D+S produced a kit for a steam crane many years ago, but it has become very rare and expensive. I have learned recently that there is the prospect of a new kit. Alistair Wright of 5522 Models is evaluating if there is any serious support for an new etched kit for the crane in the form it was used on...
by Jim Summers
Sat Jun 26, 2010 9:44 pm
Forum: Cornish Riviera Area Group
Topic: Cornish Riviera Area Group
Replies: 13
Views: 11091

Re: Cornish Riviera Area Group

Steve,
Pity about the heat, but you are far better indoors, especially with such a super project as you have taken on. I found the photos fascinating, and it is good when a modeller's vision can live on in this way. Thanks for such a comprehensive report.

Best wishes to everyone in CRAG.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Sat Jun 12, 2010 10:00 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Basic tool set for P4 modelling
Replies: 24
Views: 8038

Re: Basic tool set for P4 modelling

I don't think anyone has mentioned masking tape yet, or clothespegs (wooden). Both have uses in holding things down or together, especially when soldering. You can cut the clothes pegs to a specific shape, as Flymo did with his (or someone's . . . ) hairgrips. Then there are the indispensable cockta...
by Jim Summers
Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:45 pm
Forum: CHEAG
Topic: CHEAG - the Inaugural Meeting
Replies: 3
Views: 2691

Re: CHEAG - the Inaugural Meeting

All sounds good.

But how should those of us who weren't there pronounce CHEAG?

All best wishes,
Jim
by Jim Summers
Tue Apr 13, 2010 4:39 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: St. Mary Hoo C.E.G.B. Railway - a first time P4 layout
Replies: 9
Views: 3676

Re: St. Mary Hoo C.E.G.B. Railway - a first time P4 layout

Welcome, Simon. I am immediately caught by your description "The choice of location was very important for me; I like railways in lonely and wild places, especially ones situated in flat landscapes with unobstructed views. I also like the sea very much. This part of Kent fulfils these criteria ...
by Jim Summers
Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:32 pm
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 474
Views: 136610

Re: Beer and Buckjumpers

On this business of perspex boxes, I make a lot of use of Ferrero Rocher boxes, and they are are also handy for transporting models, wrapped in foam, to shows. Of course, as my wife says, I model to Ferrero Rocher scale . . . .

Jim
by Jim Summers
Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:48 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: LNER Pigeon Van
Replies: 13
Views: 5420

Re: LNER Pigeon Van

Sorry, this isn't going to help your specific query, but folk might be interested to know that there is a bogie LNER Pigeon Van at the Scottish Railway Preservation Society site at Bo'ness, and it is in use by the carriage restoration volunteers.
Jim
by Jim Summers
Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:29 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Eastwood L&Y; A Layout in a Weekend – Can they do it?
Replies: 44
Views: 18731

Re: Eastwood L&Y; A Layout in a Weekend – Can they do it?

As someone who was not at the show, but whose thoughts were with those toiling in the public eye, can I, on behalf of the Scalefour Society, thank the whole team, not forgetting photographer and commentator Mark, for providing the watching world with first class entertainment. Not only was it entert...

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