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by jjnewitt
Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:01 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Are RTR models 'really' that good?
Replies: 53
Views: 18904

Re: Are RTR models 'really' that good?

Not only is Tom Mallard's model the best 'pannier' I have ever seen in 4mm scale but it is possibly the best model of any locomotive in 4mm scale. Gerry I'm not sure I'd go quite that far. Guy Williams 5700 takes some beating. That was a model of a working engine rather than what looks like a museu...
by jjnewitt
Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:13 am
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: Milk Tank Madness
Replies: 41
Views: 22877

Re: Milk Tank Madness

Thanks guys. I'm really pleased with how they've turned out. It will make the Whitland to Kensington a bit esier to achieve. That looks seriously good. Do you think the design could be adapted for other wagons with open framed chassis, i.e. dogfish hoppers? I don't see why not. It's not disimilar to...
by jjnewitt
Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:15 am
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: Milk Tank Madness
Replies: 41
Views: 22877

Re: Milk Tank Madness

Well that didn't take long. It's always nice to see your drawings come back as lovely shiny brass etches. One or two slight issues still to sort out with them but it all goes together and make sfor quite a strong structure. Bit of a fiddle in places but I expected that. Milk tank underframe a.JPG Mi...
by jjnewitt
Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:17 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Tender Powered 4-4-0
Replies: 15
Views: 6303

Re: Tender Powered 4-4-0

I use Version 2 Ultrascale U/Js with 1/16" drive shaft. I'd post some pictures of the arrangement but I'm in the middle of moving house. My models and the hard drive containing what useful pictures I have are in a different place to the laptop and internet connection! One of the big advantages ...
by jjnewitt
Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:52 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Tender Powered 4-4-0
Replies: 15
Views: 6303

Re: Tender Powered 4-4-0

Hi Kos, I've constructed a few tender drives for steam locos including an LMS 4-6-0 with 6'9" drivers. This uses a 30:1 High Level Roadrunner+ gearbox with D1 drivestretcher and a Canon 1833 motor. Unless you are using a very high reving motor I wouldn't go above 60:1. Depending on the exact mo...
by jjnewitt
Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:53 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: 0-4-0T csb
Replies: 18
Views: 6171

Re: 0-4-0T csb

Think no more about CSBs and stick four individual springs in it. The time taken to deal with the extra fulcrum points will be more than compensated by the lack of time taken deciding between the two. ;)
by jjnewitt
Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:33 pm
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels
Replies: 102
Views: 45969

Re: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels

Excellent news about the spacesaver 2mm bearings from Chris - are they a special order for you or is he putting them on general sale? Hi Robin. The batch I got was a special order to my specifications. Basically I told Chris I wanted them to be a certain length and then a big bag of them dropped th...
by jjnewitt
Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:21 pm
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: Milk Tank Madness
Replies: 41
Views: 22877

Re: Milk Tank Madness

Very nice Justin. Just the thing to be entered in the Chairman's Cup at Scaleforum next year, should you feel like entering. Thanks Terry. If I get some of them finished in time I might just do that. I'm still not sure about the best way to paint them. The most logical route would be to paint the t...
by jjnewitt
Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:58 pm
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: Milk Tank Madness
Replies: 41
Views: 22877

Re: Milk Tank Madness

Thanks James. Did McEwan's not have a 6 wheeled beer tank that ran between Glasgow and Edinburgh back in the day? I wonder how close that would be... Very close! And if they didn't they really should have... ;) Talking of asbestos fingers, I remember reading soldering advice from a guy who had had t...
by jjnewitt
Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:53 pm
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: Milk Tank Madness
Replies: 41
Views: 22877

Re: Milk Tank Madness

Thanks iak.

The're a bit of a labour of love. The David Geen kits do make up into cracking models. You've got your head around how the brakegear goes together though which can be challenging, especially with the D/C versions, and also find your finest set of asbestos fingers. :)

Justin
by jjnewitt
Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:46 pm
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels
Replies: 102
Views: 45969

Re: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels

Hi Jim, That's a very good idea. My thoughts were leaning towards a sprung self weighted pony truck so it could just be a case of catering for different pivot points. Another advantage of doing it seperately would be that I could use 0.25mm material for it instead of the 0.4 used on the bogie. That ...
by jjnewitt
Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:03 pm
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: Milk Tank Madness
Replies: 41
Views: 22877

Milk Tank Madness

For as long as I can remember I've had a thing about milk tanks and find them endlessly fascinating. I'm not entirely sure why but they always seemed different from all the other traffic on the railways. They weren't just ordinary trains of tankers as invariably they were hauled by express passenger...
by jjnewitt
Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:19 pm
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels
Replies: 102
Views: 45969

Re: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels

A very belated thanks to everyone who stopped by the demo stand at Scaleforum, is it really a month ago!? My voice has finally recovered from all the talking I did. It was great to be able to meet so may people and put some faces to avatars. The sprung diesels haven't come out of their transport box...
by jjnewitt
Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:13 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2012 - Details
Replies: 35
Views: 12939

Re: Scaleforum 2012 - Details

Flymo748 wrote:if you say that loudly enough, you may get the Tatlow/Ainsworth collective doing a batch of twenty ;-)
Flymo


Twenty P4 9Fs now that would be a sight to behold. A score of Spaceships! :D I'll mention it on the weekend and then watch them break out in a cold sweat.
by jjnewitt
Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2012 - Details
Replies: 35
Views: 12939

Re: Scaleforum 2012 - Details

As this was an unexpected and short notice change I have not had chance to prepare, but will do my best off the cuff. ;) Anyone who would like to test my ability to offer help please bring along whatever you would like help with and I will do my best. My current home project is baseboard wiring and...
by jjnewitt
Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:08 pm
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels
Replies: 102
Views: 45969

Re: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels

Reminds me of Great Southern Railway grey. Strangely appropriate now that I'm having a go at Irish broad gauge. Hlafords grey primer in a tin through an airbrush, a very ghostly livery! Sprung broad gauge P4 diesels now there's a nice thought. That two mil of extra room between the frames would be ...
by jjnewitt
Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:24 pm
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels
Replies: 102
Views: 45969

Re: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels

Prep work for this weekend is drawing to it's conclusion, which means putting things back together! The only thing that really looks like it should do is the Teddy Bear. I managed to get the coupling rods sorted out (two of the holes were out of alignment) and she works. The cab has been repainted a...
by jjnewitt
Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:04 pm
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels
Replies: 102
Views: 45969

Re: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels

Mike Garwood wrote:...if I can find the damn thing...
...unless it's out/escaped on another unsuspecting P4 layout...
...Australian motor...
...Frequently the coaches come off...


Doesn't sound very tame to me! :D
by jjnewitt
Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:14 pm
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels
Replies: 102
Views: 45969

Re: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels

Does this mean I can bring my tame class 52 to play? Do you have a catchers mit for the end of the layout? Wicket keepers gloves at a push? Is this a model of the experimental nitrous fitted Western? 0 to 100 in about 5 seconds. Or perhaps you've managed to push the boudaries of physics and put tog...
by jjnewitt
Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:11 pm
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels
Replies: 102
Views: 45969

Re: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels

Hi Mike, Perhaps we'll have to change that at some point. :) Most of them though will be wearing a little know experimental Rail Grey livery applied to a number of Canton locos around autumn 1964. I had hoped to have most of them in green but issues with primers, paint and time have conspired agains...
by jjnewitt
Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:18 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Bill Bedford Springing units
Replies: 30
Views: 12121

Re: Bill Bedford Springing units

I'm afraid we don't have a specified range for buffer heights. The "getting it all right" brigade delight in telling us about all sorts of unhelpful prototype values. I try to aim for a consistent 13.8mm ." Interesting article Russ. My back issues of the snooze don't go back that far...
by jjnewitt
Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:13 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Bill Bedford Springing units
Replies: 30
Views: 12121

Re: Bill Bedford Springing units

"Dear Eileens/Bill: am returning these units, since x is the same as y. I look forward to receiving corrected versions." Yes I suppose I could have done that and perhaps should have done. "Correct ride height under load will be given by the user's packing strategy , which is not cont...
by jjnewitt
Sun Sep 16, 2012 2:33 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Bill Bedford Springing units
Replies: 30
Views: 12121

Re: Bill Bedford Springing units

Note the bearing at the top of the slot with no suspension movement On the substance of the OP, seems to me the primary requirement for the design is to ensure x is greater than y + 0.5. carrier-movement.png I seem to remember that the problem I encountered with mine was that x = y. It seemed that ...
by jjnewitt
Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:10 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Bill Bedford Springing units
Replies: 30
Views: 12121

Re: Bill Bedford Springing units

Hi Allen, I don't think it's you. I have some Bill Bedford W-Irons around somewhere that came out like the ones on the left. I remember Geoff Kent having the same issue with a Bill Bedford Conflat L kit when he wrote up the build for, I think, one of his wagon books. I think his solution was to sold...
by jjnewitt
Sat Sep 08, 2012 3:26 pm
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels
Replies: 102
Views: 45969

Re: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels

Hi Justin. Bogie work continuing on my 47 although I'm sticking with unsprung for now. Thanks for the vote of confidence... I want to get one bogie detailed and see how far to take it... and then do the other one. A little more work on the body will follow. I've just read in the mag that you're exh...

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