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by Jim Summers
Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:46 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Breakdown Crane
Replies: 5
Views: 3571

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: 21
Views: 19693

Re: Cornish Riviera Area Group

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.

by Jim Summers
Sat Jun 12, 2010 10:00 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Basic tool set for P4 modelling
Replies: 24
Views: 10465

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: 3364

Re: CHEAG - the Inaugural Meeting

All sounds good.

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

All best wishes,
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: 4822

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: Paul Willis
Topic: Beer and Buckjumpers
Replies: 821
Views: 57616

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 . . . .

by Jim Summers
Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:48 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: LNER Pigeon Van
Replies: 13
Views: 7254

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.
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: 23519

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...
by Jim Summers
Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:13 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon Suspension
Replies: 68
Views: 20791

Re: Wagon Suspension

The Society's Chairman's wee brain is beginning to hurt. At lunchtime he read the latest MRJ, which states Martin's layout is EM (and a very nice article it is too). He then managed to get a measurement wrong on a scratchbuilt engine he was working on this evening, so that the the cab footplate is w...
by Jim Summers
Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:22 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Axle/hornblock alignment jigs
Replies: 41
Views: 16836

Re: Axle/hornblock alignment jigs

Clever clogs here has kept his examples of what Allan has pictured in the original plastic bag, with the label. It reads "Variflex Axle Jigs for Hornblock Alignment V001". I reckon they space frames to 14.6mm. Exactoscale did something similar called Loco Mainframe Assembly Gauge P4 Standa...
by Jim Summers
Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:26 am
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: What's inside a goods shed?
Replies: 46
Views: 28083

Re: What's inside a goods shed?

Jack, Have a look at Scalefour News 141 February 2005 "Goods Sheds North and South", where there is a picture of what Mike Gilgannon did, showing the crane. (Previous issues are accessible on the website, if you don't have that one to hand). Beyond that, you'll want sack barrows and all ma...
by Jim Summers
Sat Dec 26, 2009 9:52 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: GW Wheel Press
Replies: 20
Views: 9985

Re: GW Wheel Press

Well, I reckon there is some wobble, Tony, and I seem not to be alone. I realise I need to be more precise and to compare Sharman and Gibson wheels in this respect. With luck, during this holiday period I shall be using the GW Press, and will report on my Wobble Factor. The wobbleness will have noth...
by Jim Summers
Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:10 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Help Needed!
Replies: 21
Views: 10652

Re: Help Needed!

Bob, You might like to consider including the International Railway Index, which lists over 225,000 articles on a CD available from Gerald Wildish, "Trees", 2 Worsley Road, Ansdell, Lytham St Annes, Lancs FY8 4DD. True, it is only an index, but it is searchable by company, rolling stock et...
by Jim Summers
Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:23 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: First turnout built!
Replies: 4
Views: 3465

Re: First turnout built!

Great to see that you did it. Do make sure you let us see where it all leads to in due course and how you get there.

by Jim Summers
Mon May 11, 2009 5:32 pm
Forum: Tees, Ouse, Esk & Rye
Topic: TOERAG on the loose
Replies: 2
Views: 3125

Re: TOERAG on the loose

Just wishing you well for the Show. Unfortunately I shall be on the other side of the country at a rival show.

by Jim Summers
Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:59 am
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Distant Signal Locking
Replies: 17
Views: 13088

Re: Distant Signal Locking

I've come into this correspondence a bit late; but I always found one bit of the jargon useful when thinking through such things. And that is "Sequential locking". This enforces the pulling off of levers in a logical sequence, and prevents, for example, the Distant being pulled off before ...
by Jim Summers
Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:17 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Oh for a simple but effective pick-up system
Replies: 20
Views: 11154

Re: Oh for a simple but effective pick-up system

Not necessarily the best way to do it (but it was an afterthought, and it was me) is seen in my article on bodging a J88 in the current Scalefour News. The photo is fairly clear. I filed away part of the frame to give a recess for the p.b. wipers, and slipped some sheathing from electrical wire over...
by Jim Summers
Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:27 pm
Forum: Control Concepts
Topic: Lever Frame painting
Replies: 7
Views: 7066

Re: Lever Frame painting

John, I painted the outside only, black satin, leaving the uppermost parts of the slots unpainted, where they would get worn. As to the levers, the handles were always left bright metal, and signalmen used cloths in their hands when pulling the levers to avoid contaminating them. The levers themselv...
by Jim Summers
Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:40 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Catch Points
Replies: 12
Views: 6736

Re: Catch Points

I don't know how I missed my esteemed colleague William Barter's contribution to this in the summer, but his reference to the interlaced loop and runback catch points leads me to quote a further example. This was where the branch from down in the valley reached the main Oban line at Killin Junction,...
by Jim Summers
Fri Nov 14, 2008 2:12 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: DCC & Wheel cleaning
Replies: 5
Views: 4907

Re: DCC & Wheel cleaning

It's a good notion, and I have tried to do it with my scratchbuilt frames.

However, now you have the wheels going round upside down, what magic formula or procedure do you use actually to remove the dirt from the wheels? P4Talk has had dire warnings recently about using WD40.

by Jim Summers
Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:13 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Resistance Soldering
Replies: 96
Views: 27470

Re: Resistance Soldering

A really useful contribution. Thanks, Jim

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