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by Julian Roberts
Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: M.R. 0-4-0T 0F
Replies: 10
Views: 2020

Re: M.R. 0-4-0T 0F

It's a lovely colour and finish Andy as well as all its other qualities. Makes me think of rhubarb crumble and Cornish clotted cream :D I wonder what paint you used and what was the undercoat?
by Julian Roberts
Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Motor Shorting
Replies: 32
Views: 2076

Re: Motor Shorting

I don't know if the above has already solved your problem. This is really only to repeat one part of what others have said in more detail - I had problems on my Compound which has a similar electrical arrangement. I was baffled until I found that there were two issues with the motor lead tags on whi...
by Julian Roberts
Mon May 25, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 4
Replies: 58
Views: 6152

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 4

Superb scenes Allan. Look forward to the weathering! :thumb
by Julian Roberts
Sat May 23, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout
Replies: 38
Views: 2522

Re: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout

Thanks for the hint Ian! Also thanks everyone for helpful ideas.
by Julian Roberts
Sat May 23, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout
Replies: 38
Views: 2522

Re: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout

Hi Ian
Yes I see that I just need to get more accomplished at using Templot before asking more questions. Good to know such a expert as you were learning the same stuff only recently. Thanks for the thought :thumb
by Julian Roberts
Sat May 23, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout
Replies: 38
Views: 2522

Re: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout

(I edited my previous post).

Martin thanks so much. As I'm a novice I imagine this may try your patience. When I convert turnout to half diamond the approach track vanishes so I don't know how to get the V onto the centre line of the approach track. Here's where I've got with radius fed in
by Julian Roberts
Sat May 23, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout
Replies: 38
Views: 2522

Re: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout

Hi Richard thanks yes I saw that. The problem is doing it on both roads. In fact it seems that the type of Y turnouts we modellers have in mind are problematic as, while very useful for us in fiddleyards, (if I understand correctly) they are unprototypical so not really particularly in the mindset o...
by Julian Roberts
Sat May 23, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout
Replies: 38
Views: 2522

Re: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout

Just to revert back to the trackwork alternative. As Keith pointed out, a Y point saves a lot of space for the same radii. I've managed to get this far on Templot, a Y with 48 inch radius, each way I hope. Somehow the grid is only showing 150mm, but thats all that matters, the distance blade tip to ...
by Julian Roberts
Thu May 21, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout
Replies: 38
Views: 2522

Re: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout

There will be loads of ways of tackling a traverser but I must point out that anything that slides has the potential to be a disaster. Try and do it any other way first. If it needs precision parts then you're probably about to do it wrong. A thorough understanding of kinematic design is required. ...
by Julian Roberts
Thu May 21, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout
Replies: 38
Views: 2522

Re: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout

It's now going to look as if I've wasted everyone's time. Hopefully it isn't the case. I've only recently built this A5 Y point for Calderside "kickback sidings" which are an addition to the fiddleyard, sitting behind the layout. (The fiddleyard by the way is a traverser/turntable that wor...
by Julian Roberts
Wed May 20, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout
Replies: 38
Views: 2522

Re: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout

Martin Hello thank you for seeing this thread. That's brilliant. I've established there is 35mm between tracks on the Kettlewell turntable/traverser which is a good benchmark for me. Now I need to establish what the length would be with this turnout to the fouling point on parallel track at that 35m...
by Julian Roberts
Wed May 20, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout
Replies: 38
Views: 2522

Re: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout

Thank you for those responses already. Terry - yes, I haven't discounted a traverser or whatever. Windander the fiddleyard is at a very early stage of design, not even drawn yet. The layout proper is a prototype place and is fixed in my mind. It will feed under a bridge into the FY on two tracks (th...
by Julian Roberts
Wed May 20, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout
Replies: 38
Views: 2522

Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout

Hello - I want to design a fiddleyard where of course space saving is one of the main criteria. All my stock I design to be able to go round a 4 foot curve, which is 1219mm. I have a question - what is the most space saving turnout with a minimum radius of 4 feet? I don't need it to look in any way ...
by Julian Roberts
Tue May 19, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann B1
Replies: 100
Views: 9507

Re: Bachmann B1

Yes - scales to weigh individual wheel weight is very interesting if they work, and particularly for me with my weird compensation ideas - but (and please excuse me for butting in again!) I personally would conclusively prove the loco fully works properly on all my track (once it's operational with ...
by Julian Roberts
Tue May 19, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 10431

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Thanks guys - Tim there was one Compound that kept its red livery into BR days but it wasn't one based in Scotland. It would have been nice! But probably the owner wouldn't think it would do for "Kettlewell" (strictly Midland era) with a lion on wheel. So in spite of the temptation it's bl...
by Julian Roberts
Mon May 18, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 10431

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

"Let not the ideal be the enemy of the good" - I'm a believer in the good enough philosophy. As in the Bardfield Chronicles final instalment in the current Snooze. This may not be perfect but as I see it just now it'll do for me this time round. Next step lining but I'll let the paint hard...
by Julian Roberts
Mon May 18, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann B1
Replies: 100
Views: 9507

Re: Bachmann B1

I think the springing on the bogie is currently too firm. Obviously at the moment there is no weight in the front end at all. Could I suggest you get the weight in before adjusting the springing? My 2-6-0 experience suggests plenty of weight on carrying wheels is needed for reliable track holding. ...
by Julian Roberts
Sun May 17, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 10431

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Thanks Philip Andy and Tim - I think (hope) you were seeing the blutac Tim and missed the small print font explanation under the photo. Chassis now primed. I spray it on Philip and move the wheels between coats. I did paint the chassis already but before wheels and brake gear. Unlike my Crab all the...
by Julian Roberts
Sat May 16, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Brass preparation for painting
Replies: 29
Views: 5553

Re: Brass preparation for painting

Are we overcooking the problem? DaveB Well, quite! - I really wonder the same. Because I only finish a model and actually get to do a paint job every 18 months or so, I get quite nervous with all the warnings "Don't skimp this stage" "A poor paint job can ruin the best model" an...
by Julian Roberts
Sat May 16, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Brass preparation for painting
Replies: 29
Views: 5553

Re: Brass preparation for painting

Absolutely Andy, re the KISS principle. I wonder if people find an ultrasonic bath like this is typical and adequate - I'm pleased to see it's not a very expensive bit of kit to possess: https://www.wish.com/product/5c1720177f38012341383ebe?hide_login_modal=true&from_ad=goog_shopping&_displa...
by Julian Roberts
Fri May 15, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: "West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco part 2
Replies: 33
Views: 16331

Re: "West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco part 2

Thanks for that clarification Paul. I made up the strong citric acid pickle and soaked 3 failure wheels, one axle, and pieces of brass and very soldered nickel silver, for a day. Pleased to say that no problems arose, and after the cleanse as per instructions in soda and plain water the only issue w...
by Julian Roberts
Fri May 15, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 10431

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Thanks Tim :) Can't decide which of various threads to ask this question on so here goes - I wonder what people think about painting the chassis with IPA alcohol used (drizzled about with a paintbrush) as the final cleaning agent? Photo taken a couple of hours after I did the tender chassis. Loco ch...
by Julian Roberts
Wed May 13, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Brass preparation for painting
Replies: 29
Views: 5553

Re: Brass preparation for painting

Re Allan's post just above, what I don't get is this: we use phosphoric acid flux....which makes crud...we then use phosphoric acid.... to get rid of the crud!(?) There seems to be more traffic on this thread than where I posted this idea, a citric acid "pickle" to, I assume, do the same t...
by Julian Roberts
Wed May 13, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Brass preparation for painting
Replies: 29
Views: 5553

Re: Brass preparation for painting

Andy that is useful to know, thanks. But it is the preparation (specifically, the cleaning) of the brass model, before the application of primer, that was my concern just at the moment. Is your recipe using Cillit Bang and Shiny Sinks still your preferred one? No one else has raised any further thou...
by Julian Roberts
Wed May 13, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Brass preparation for painting
Replies: 29
Views: 5553

Re: Brass preparation for painting

Looking for advice on this subject (it's the aspect of modelling I get very little practice at, being so slow) it was a bit disappointing that this thread is so brief! The thread by Allan Goodwillie on making locomotives has a useful section on this page https://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php...

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