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by Julian Roberts
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van
Replies: 19
Views: 3344

Re: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van

Yes Noel I remember that generally on passenger guards coaches. The model kit comes with reference photos of the preserved BZ at the Great Central Railway. Here is one of them. Seems your message needs to be told there too. Or maybe they hadn't quite finished when the photo was taken. Thank you for ...
by Julian Roberts
Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van
Replies: 19
Views: 3344

Re: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van

Van is finished now, with numbering and weathering advice from friend and guru Allan Goodwillie. Apparently however dirty it became the number would always be wiped to keep it legible. (I'd hoped to get away without bothering with numbering...) 20200224_160327-1-1.jpg Here it is at a previous stage ...
by Julian Roberts
Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 8336

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Basic effort confected from some spare valve gear etch. When it's painted a darkish colour it'll look better... 20200206_215420.jpg 20200207_110117.jpg 20200207_110420.jpg The connection to the lubricator presently fixed to the pipe will look OK when the lubricator is there. The other connecting lev...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 8336

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Just as I thought I was nearly through with only a few small details left to fix on I realised the reverser isn't on yet. And that took me to a load of photos I took - many more than these. Some of this must be represented. Lots of scratchbuilding?...at least I've got plenty of information, but I wo...
by Julian Roberts
Sat Feb 01, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 8336

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Yes Will (thank you! - my progress may bring shudders to those of equine saddlery sensibilities but I do this to encourage others of my unashamedly amateur standard to similarly have a go) and for the reason you pointed to I won't build anything more with a fixed axle. (Both loco and tender of the C...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 8336

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Parking the lubricator question for the time being (the pipework on the left of it is apparently the atomiser) I got on with the front steps. When I acquired the semi-built kit these were already attached but vulnerable and I removed them. The two holes for the footstep handrail were drilled each si...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Track for battery/radio control?
Replies: 28
Views: 1911

Re: Track for battery/radio control?

This sounds a brilliant idea Martin. I'd have thought the potential is limited only by our imagination. I won't be going down the route myself being committed to traditional control methods. Not meaning to be dismissive in any way, maybe the possibilities in the kids or junior side of the trade or h...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 8336

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Thanks Tim! - RS Components
by Julian Roberts
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 8336

Re: Gibson LMS Compound - Wakefield lubricator detailing

Thanks John (apologies for calling you Jeremy before this edit!) - great that you're making an etch. Below I'll put all the remaining photos of that part that I took in case it's useful. I've been thinking all the way along, surely it must be possible to get castings or etchings made for this assemb...
by Julian Roberts
Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 8336

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

With the new wheels the loco went like this on first powering up. This was minimum speed. I-7jR_eM43o The front tender wheels prove to be damaged and the centre ones at this stage had a coil spring tangled up in the axle. That has since been sorted, and Colin will replace the centres of the front pa...
by Julian Roberts
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 177
Views: 17620

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Please don't lose heart Dave! Will you or your locos be at Scalefour North?
The combination lever looks as though it's been modified? Or have you mentioned that already.
by Julian Roberts
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Bill Bedford Coach Bogies
Replies: 17
Views: 1230

Re: Bill Bedford Coach Bogies

Just been to guitar shop while in city. Correct thickness of E string varies according to ..... bla bla ...no time to understand with parking meter expiring! But 11 thou is ONE of the correct thicknesses for E string, and is the correct thickness for AJs according to Turner/S4 jig instructions. Grea...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Bill Bedford Coach Bogies
Replies: 17
Views: 1230

Re: Bill Bedford Coach Bogies

Which guitar string is the correct one for AJs Keith and is Ernie Ball the only brand where you can get the qualities you're after?
by Julian Roberts
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van
Replies: 19
Views: 3344

Re: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van

Thanks Dave - yes it's so frustrating when some thoughts disappear like that. Essentially, if it won't stay on the track at 1 oz per axle there's something wrong. The thing does stay on the track! This was a test to destruction on much worse trackwork than it will normally go on. mGzpirm-4SM I teste...
by Julian Roberts
Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van
Replies: 19
Views: 3344

Re: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van

Hi Dave and Will. Dave the electromagnetic uncouplers on Calderside are pretty macho. I'll see whether the hoop is now too high to be pulled down. You said earlier you have one of these vehicles - is it a kit of yours, or whose? Will I refer you to my OP where I experimented with the chassis, weight...
by Julian Roberts
Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Gibson crankpins
Replies: 9
Views: 1812

Re: Gibson crankpins

601 is the stuff I've had for years.
by Julian Roberts
Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van
Replies: 19
Views: 3344

Re: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van

Testing on the group layout Calderside the van ran over most of the complex trackwork perfectly but at two locations near or on points derailed occasionally . The non-compensated wheelset was the one jumping the rails. I have put in two more 10g sheets of lead flashing, evenly distributed, so the we...
by Julian Roberts
Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Gibson crankpins
Replies: 9
Views: 1812

Re: Gibson crankpins

There was a lot written on the Forum about return cranks last year on my Crab thread and on one of Dave Holt's loco threads. But not I think specifically on the problem you have. I'm surprised if Loctite isn't the answer. I always find it devastatingly effective - I would worry more about it getting...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Jan 05, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 8336

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Meanwhile the chassis has been revisited, having found I needed renew the driving wheels. Looking up the Sharman bible I found the crank throw should be greater than the ones that came with the semi-built model. The correct wheels are those also for one of the large GWR locos. I knew this might give...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van
Replies: 19
Views: 3344

Re: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van

With another project running concurrently progress has been slow. But that allows paint to dry. Van ready for testing on Calderside. Runs fine on my test tracks. Terrible paint job?....or realistic weathering?....glazing remains to be done once I've decided when to stop.... Couplings to do still. 20...
by Julian Roberts
Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 8336

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Absolutely Will. I haven't encountered the terms tub or virality but I think my activity today illustrates the point you are both making about leaving small items large enough to be able to hold firmly as long as possible. I'm going from the biggest parts of the loco to the smallest - this exhaust s...
by Julian Roberts
Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 8336

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Again very many thanks for your suggestions John, very wise in all aspects. And thanks for sharing your photos. I'll be pleased to get half as good an outcome.

Happy New Decade anyone reading this.
by Julian Roberts
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 8336

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Very many thanks for your comprehensive reply John. Your photo looks very convincing. I don't own any of these machine tools, though I can have access to a lathe at our club. I wonder how you fabricated the one done without machine tools and how it compares. Mulling this over, I have some double sid...
by Julian Roberts
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 8336

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Anyway, now it's the bit that possibly explains why I found I had more urgent loco projects six years ago. :o Midland Compound 015.jpg Midland Compound 108.jpg Midland Compound 107.jpg Midland Compound 106.jpg This is the right hand side of 1000. I believe all this plumbing is the large ejector (?)....
by Julian Roberts
Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 8336

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Found I had this too - any use?

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