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by Julian Roberts
Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 8653

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Hi Horsetan - my pc was Out of Service but now I can upload the pictures I took of 1000, that show the tender. I don't know the answer to your question, but here they are if that helps. The tender of this kit was more or less complete when I bought it. Regarding all the solder, I hope my skills may ...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 8653

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Yes.....Solder or no solder here is an attempt at the mudhole door. I wonder if there's a better way of representing them.

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I took the type of door on this loco
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forgetting one of Jeremy's photos showed no door at all on the right side... :cry:
by Julian Roberts
Fri Dec 20, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 8653

Re: Gibson LMS Compound

Hereon I'm working on both the chassis and body. I always find it a struggle deciding which actual loco I'm modelling. The first criteria is, one that was working in Scotland in the 1950s. I've fixed on extended frames and smoke box so that limits me. It's difficult finding photos of both sides of o...
by Julian Roberts
Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Gibson LMS Compound
Replies: 66
Views: 8653

Gibson LMS Compound

Six years have passed on what were supposed to be some quick projects. Now my focus is getting this finished. I had been rather set back with electrical problems, short circuits. I assumed I had not got full insulation of bogie or tender and spent much time trying to see what I'd done wrong. I overl...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 4563

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

what happened to the bit of tube soldered through? Photos weren't in order. I assumed you'd assume these, here they are for clarity. Perhaps people don't want to ask stupid questions, or questions that make them seem stupid!? I never worry about that, it's part of the job being the clown of the orc...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 4563

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

Quick couple of photos show how I (and Heath Robinson) made the jig, and that it was for a different purpose - to alter the crankpin position. (The nearest available wheel crankpin throw was great enough that fouling might occur at the top of the stroke.) Over the last couple of days I couldn't thin...
by Julian Roberts
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 4563

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

Yes Will I agree. All I needed here was a way of holding a hand drill vertical. Wonder if George Watts could come up with something. His quartering jig is just so clever - and only half the price or less of a RTR loco.
by Julian Roberts
Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 4563

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

This will read in the same way as after an orchestral concert the PA system is sometimes used to blast out some rock music while the stage hands get on with putting all the stage stuff away and packing up. After such a lot of excellent advice I am embarrassed to say I have been quite Heathen and Hea...
by Julian Roberts
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 4563

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

Very many thanks all. :thumb
by Julian Roberts
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 4563

Jig for drilling crankpin hole

I've got some new Gibson wheels with dimples only. They aren't available with a hole. All that's required is to drill the hole vertically. Hah! - not so terribly easy to get it really accurately vertical. I'm pretty sure I saw here a jig for doing this that may have been commercially available, with...
by Julian Roberts
Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 3
Replies: 157
Views: 40266

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 3

:D Brilliant Allan, thanks! From such happy memories :lol: is our enthusiasm many decades later!
by Julian Roberts
Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 3
Replies: 157
Views: 40266

Re: West of Scotland Group's "Starters" Build a loco project 3

Tim asked Can I ask how these loco's were so thoroughly cleaned up with all surface solder etc removed? Earlier in the thread they were cleaned to a certain extent but there was always a degree of solder visible? I wonder why it's felt necessary to polish the brass so that no trace of solder is left...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1141
Views: 177841

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

:thumb looks great Tim. Ambitious standards you've set yourself e.g. detachable this that and the other on the chassis!, and achieved.
by Julian Roberts
Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Blade filing jig.
Replies: 6
Views: 1066

Re: Blade filing jig.

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Have a look at this too. Tony uses the jig as a start but not to get the fully finished blade: -

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by Julian Roberts
Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 215
Views: 31603

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Thanks from another of your regulars Mike!

Really useful advice especially regarding the boiler handrail. But, minor question, how do you make a lamp iron/handrail stanchion?

Regarding the 16oz 4-8-0, what is the downside of such an amount of weight?
by Julian Roberts
Sun Nov 24, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Tools
Replies: 46
Views: 4485

Re: Tools

Just to re-suggest (agreeing with DT) sets of broaches are a lot more useful and long lasting than a set of drills of every half millimetre increment. The latter just get blunt. I had batches of 0.5 mm and 0.8mm drills. Nice simple vernier is invaluable. Supply of NS or brass or wire of every 0.1 in...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van
Replies: 19
Views: 3449

Re: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van

Van pretty much ready for painting. 20191124_114020.jpg The J hangers took me two modelling days. I can't praise Ian Macdonald enough for his support, sending me extra castings to replace the one I broke, and for the quality of this kit and, no less, the instructions. My only quibble with the build ...
by Julian Roberts
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie
Replies: 194
Views: 36964

Re: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie

Lots of inspiration from your layouts and others Allan; lovely pictures. Looks like Dubbieside's retirement may be as indefinite as mine from the orchestra! The oldies still have something to offer :D :!:
by Julian Roberts
Tue Nov 12, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van
Replies: 19
Views: 3449

Re: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van

A pic to clarify centre wheel arrangement. I stayed with the kit middle wheel design as far as possible for an easy life. But I think springs outside the wheels rather than inside as here might exert the force required rather more effectively and therefore might not need to be so strong....thus ther...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van
Replies: 19
Views: 3449

Re: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van

Andrew I just wonder what the point would be? I don't think the real thing had any steering(?) My SR van goes round a 2ft curve no problem. Possibly an advantage we have in P4, the great big flanges in 00 might need steering more than we do? Edit...whoops!.... I've just seen Philip's post! David Fra...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Thompson BZ 6 wheel van
Replies: 19
Views: 3449

Thompson BZ 6 wheel van

Things likely to fall off, from observation: ................... * Six-wheeled coaches, on plain line. Happens each time anybody farts in the same postcode, on both P4 and EM. . Such a memorable thought has stayed in my mind challenging me to see if it's true. This nice BZ kit was on sale at Scalef...
by Julian Roberts
Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 178
Views: 18584

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Loads about all this including much advice from Dave and others over last 3 and a bit pages of my Crab conversion thread. I found 14BA thread is not compatible with 1M Gibson crankpin over a longer length than a retaining nut. Final bit was tightening up against shims then lightly locking with threa...
by Julian Roberts
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1141
Views: 177841

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

Thanks Tim. Interested to see that continuing process as you go.
by Julian Roberts
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 178
Views: 18584

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Dave I'm glad you found a spare rod. No doubt you'll find the one you lost when you're someday looking for something else. I wonder what sort of suspension arrangement you'll have for the bogie. I would be very grateful if you can show the construction there in detail when you get to it. You have a ...
by Julian Roberts
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1141
Views: 177841

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

It's such a luxury making a loco from a good kit where everything fits together! I cut my teeth on locos where I had to get Gibson frames and did a bit of bodging for the brakes. Whether the holes weren't in precisely the right place or it was my ineptitude it didn't matter much really, they aren't ...

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