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by jjnewitt
Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:26 am
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels
Replies: 102
Views: 45969

Re: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels

You've got to draw the line at some point when it comes to detailing surely or you could be at it forever? I suppose it depends on what you want to ultimately achieve though and that most precious of commodity, time. Someday I want a working trainset :D and despite the lengths I've gone to at times ...
by jjnewitt
Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:21 pm
Forum: Newport and Gwent (NAGNAG)
Topic: Something to celebrate?
Replies: 16
Views: 8132

Re: Something to celebrate?

Tim, I’m not entirely convinced that the photocopies are just to experiment with wagon lengths in the fiddleyard! I believe they are remaining police markers of where violent crimes to rolling stock have occurred in the past!!  :P  :twisted: I did notice that there was another length of 2D vans hid...
by jjnewitt
Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:12 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, Thanks for the mention... and for a slight overtaking manoeuvre I think. My project's been parked for a while whilst I work out what to do with the bogies. I've Ian P's sprung bogie kit but my focus is really on visual impact rather than running (ducks in case something gets hurled at ...
by jjnewitt
Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:32 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, I'm not completely sure to be honest. They would certainly look better if they were increased in height a tad. I think the engine compartment windows are also a bit lacking in height. I had thought about using the Heljan Lazerglaze throughout as the Heljan windows do look better but there's ...
by jjnewitt
Tue Aug 14, 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

After my 16 ton diversion it's back to the diesels. Some class 14 and 47 detailing for those interested. Some work has been done on the face of the class 47. The Bachmann model doesn't quite capture the look of the prototype to me. I always think the real thing looks worried or almost startled at ti...
by jjnewitt
Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:31 pm
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: A 16T Rarity
Replies: 11
Views: 7669

Re: A 16T Rarity

Excellent stuff Keith! Thanks for posting that. I wonder how many times train crews in a hurry forgot or neglected to change the levers over to the correct setting? That could have been scary in a class 37 with a rake of full 1/119s coming down fron Hafodyrynys! It's interesting to note that the 1/1...
by jjnewitt
Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:34 pm
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: A 16T Rarity
Replies: 11
Views: 7669

Re: A 16T Rarity

Thanks Terry. It will definately need a good weathering. Given the state that some of these things got into I wonder if it would be easier to paint it rust and grot then strategically add a little bit of the grey or bauxite that it was when new here and there! I've got 14 Chivers MDVs (which would b...
by jjnewitt
Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:26 pm
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: A 16T Rarity
Replies: 11
Views: 7669

Re: A 16T Rarity

Hi Keith, Thanks for the info. I'd completely missed that Bill Bedford had done a chassis kit. I'll have to get one and give it a whirl or maybe a tweak! :) I want to do a couple more clasp braked 16T minerals at some point, a vacuum fitted 1/108 with oleo buffers and one of the unfitted clasp brake...
by jjnewitt
Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:34 pm
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: A 16T Rarity
Replies: 11
Views: 7669

A 16T Rarity

In between etches for Diesel locomotive bogies and detailing work I thought I'd put something a bit different together to keep me sane! I've always loved wagons and they're probably my favourite thing to model. There's so much variety when you scratch below the surface especially I think in my chose...
by jjnewitt
Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:02 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Sprung/Compensated bogies
Replies: 25
Views: 10719

Re: Sprung/Compensated bogies

There is absolutely nothing wrong with the arrangement of the primary suspension on the Mitchell/Pendleton coach bogies. Soldering the spring wire to the bearing carrier is a perfectly valid way of using a leaf spring. I had quite a lot of these but I don't find soldering the primary spring easy or...
by jjnewitt
Wed Jul 25, 2012 2:07 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Sprung/Compensated bogies
Replies: 25
Views: 10719

Re: Sprung/Compensated bogies

Somewhere I have a Mitchell/Pendlenton bogie kit which I'm too scared to take out of the packet! The bogie as such is very simple, similar to a Bedford. The problem is the bearing carriers and springs where you need to solder the spring wire. Bill B did (does) adapter bearing carriers that allow fi...
by jjnewitt
Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:06 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann 46 to P4 using Ultrascale conversion
Replies: 59
Views: 22058

Re: Bachmann 46 to P4 using Ultrascale conversion

Well, apparently, if you splice parts of both bodyshells together, you get a more-or-less accurate body. Or that's what they told me anyway...... Bachmann cabs and the Lima middle with some fettling do make a nice looking model. Someone did one on RMweb though it might have been on the old site. It...
by jjnewitt
Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:55 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann 46 to P4 using Ultrascale conversion
Replies: 59
Views: 22058

Re: Bachmann 46 to P4 using Ultrascale conversion

Jim is right to say that springing is not needed , to say that it is would be wrong, plenty of locos have been converted to P4 without suspension and work fine. It would also be wrong to say that all RTR diesels can be converted to P4 simply by dropping in Ultrascale type conversion wheelsets and an...
by jjnewitt
Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:08 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

^ Very sexy stuff there! 8-) Thanks Ivan. This is what my dreams are made of! Where do i send my money? Regards Matt / ClikC I was going to suggest that maybe you lay off the strong cheese? :) As to the avaliability of the etches... As some of you are no doubt aware Ian Penberth has developed a ran...
by jjnewitt
Sun Jun 17, 2012 10:05 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

The etches work! Which is a relief. There were a few modifications that I had to make along the way and I had to learn how to put them together, the instructions supplied left a bit to be desired, but they work. There are bits that worked well, some mistakes and some overambition in places but nothi...
by jjnewitt
Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:42 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann 08 conv. Using Alan Gibson wheel pack
Replies: 16
Views: 9530

Re: Bachmann 08 conv. Using Alan Gibson wheel pack

The Bill Bedford rods are specifically designed for use with the Ultrascale conversion pack which are in turn designed for use with the Bachmann coupling rods and so use the same sized crankpin bushes that Bachmann used which is a shade over 2mm. If you already have a set of Bill Bedford rods then y...
by jjnewitt
Wed Jun 06, 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

Thanks Craig. They do look better now though I'm having a bit of trouble getting the Teddy Bear to accept her new rods. She worked perfectly before I took her to bits now there are issues everywhere not least trying to get the quartering on that crank axle the same as the wheels. Think I got lucky f...
by jjnewitt
Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:14 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

I have a couple of lint free cloths that have for use for with T-cut and which I ended up using on the Hymek. Put a little on with one and then polish with the other, just like it says on the tin. Very rare of me to actually follow instructions. :) While I was messing around with cotton buds I did t...
by jjnewitt
Sun Jun 03, 2012 7:30 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

I'm drooling over the Hymek bogie already. :P You might want to get a napkin or something Ivan. ;) More progress has been made with the Hymek. Everything has been painted and the detailing work is very nearly done on the chassis. There's still a few pipe ends to sort around the tanks and the questi...
by jjnewitt
Sat May 26, 2012 10:21 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

Thanks for those dimensions Craig, they're very useful. I measured the rods I've done and they're 1.2mm high which will do for the front and back. If I solder strips of 0.010" nickel silver to the top and bottom of the middle section that should take care of that. I need to check the back to ba...
by jjnewitt
Fri May 25, 2012 10:21 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 Craig, I was sure I'd read about some class 14 rods somewhere but couldn't for the life of me remeber where! Looking (properly) at the prototype I can see why you needed so many laminations, that boss on the crankshaft is really heavy duty! I spent so much time scratching my head trying to work o...
by jjnewitt
Thu May 24, 2012 10:29 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

Recently I've been doing some more work of the Teddy Bear and Hymek. The coupling rods on the Swindon Type 1 have been bothering me for a while and I had hoped that someone would bring out an etch for some, anyway it though it was about time to do something about them. In the end I concocted a pair ...
by jjnewitt
Thu May 10, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Converting a Dapol Class 22 to P4
Replies: 13
Views: 8230

Re: Converting a Dapol Class 22 to P4

Whilst thinking about split axle pickup on bogies I wonder if anyone who leans in that direction has "done a Dapol" on a Bachmann diesel? It shouldn't be too difficult as it has the brass bearings in the drivetrain to transmit the power through. The Bachmann drive gear could perhaps do wi...
by jjnewitt
Mon May 07, 2012 6:10 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Converting a Dapol Class 22 to P4
Replies: 13
Views: 8230

Re: Converting a Dapol Class 22 to P4

It could be done if the sideframes were isolated maybe by soldering them to the main frame with double sided copperclad? Normal split chassis spacers would probably have issues with the bearing pads. I've had a think about it and have taken some paracetamol and it shouldn't be too difficult to do. ...
by jjnewitt
Mon May 07, 2012 5:51 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: SETTING THE SCENE
Replies: 5
Views: 2947

Re: SETTING THE SCENE

There was an interesting article in a recent (ish) MRJ from Dave Bradwell, concerned with more realistic operation of layouts. Just to save people rummaging through back issues the MRJ in question was 195 and the article was entitled "Coal and steel at Derwenthaugh". It is indeed a very i...

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