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by dal-t
Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 246520

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland pre 1905

The 'contraption' by the entrance appears to be a 'stood up' sack barrow. The curved supporting struts are quite unlike the LMS standard (which was based on a LNWR design) but I'm guessing it was maybe a MR style?
by dal-t
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Bachmann fruit van
Replies: 4
Views: 2028

Re: Bachmann fruit van

Seems really silly to put an over-wide body on a 'narrow gauge' underframe, there must be a reason for it. I can't see that the injection moulding process should cause it, and with a dearth of pre-school modellers even in OO it surely can't be "little fingers need something chunky to get hold o...
by dal-t
Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: jon price
Topic: Populating Connah's Quay
Replies: 7
Views: 2583

Re: Populating Connah's Quay

Not 'inessential' at all. It's the miniature population (and all the 'odds & ends' of scenic detail) that brings any model to life. I think it is an excellent idea to have at least some of these ready as more basic construction proceeds - whether it is the Guard who is going to hang on to the ve...
by dal-t
Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 246520

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland pre 1905

Excellent photos which demonstrate just how slow exposures had to be to get the exceptional detail possible from monochrome emulsion on hard plates; even the speed of a slow freight moving diagonally across the shot has produced significant motion blur. Fascinating van at the fifth vehicle in the se...
by dal-t
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Iron Minks
Replies: 14
Views: 5561

Re: Iron Minks

I never mask 'raw' paint, always apply Klear first. Likewise always Klear over the tape before spraying the new colour. Combined with rubbing the tape edge down firmly with a cocktail stick that should make both runs and lifts things of the past.
by dal-t
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2017
Replies: 129
Views: 32552

Re: Scaleforum 2017

Dead easy - no real layout is ever 'complete'! ;)
by dal-t
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 391
Views: 116839

Re: The Burford Branch

Cotton has its own problems, particularly an insistence on maintaining unrealistic kinks that seem to defy 'scale' gravity. For working cranes I try to get as much weight as possible into the hook to stretch the rope (easier if it is attached to a moving pulley block, preferably two-reeve) but for t...
by dal-t
Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Queensbridge Road Wharf
Replies: 67
Views: 27947

Re: Queensbridge Road Wharf

I'll see if I can find some foam locally and do some experiments. You may be in for a slight shock/disappointment, Gareth. It does seem that UK prices for foamboard are particularly attractive. I don't know what it's like Stateside, but ici sur le continent it costs three or four times (or more!) U...
by dal-t
Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Vehicle dynamics and trackholding
Topic: Bogies do naughty things
Replies: 2
Views: 1640

Re: Bogies do naughty things

Seems appropriate that I keep getting 'tracking error' - probably due to my 'foreign' ISP, but it does give the impression that one of the Guardians of the Internet is taking a bit of interest in content, for a change.
by dal-t
Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Spectacle glass
Replies: 12
Views: 3750

Re: Spectacle glass

The problem with filling larger gaps is you tend to get a bulls-eye effect. Careful use of gravity (i.e. turning the model around as the KK dries) can alleviate this, but it's hard to entirely avoid the impact of surface tension and capillary effect making a form of lens. I suspect that's why Micros...
by dal-t
Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Spectacle glass
Replies: 12
Views: 3750

Re: Spectacle glass

Kristal Klear!
by dal-t
Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Gwr lineside fencing
Replies: 15
Views: 4975

Re: Gwr lineside fencing

The fine gauge version measures .010" / .25 mm - the equivalent, in 4mm scale of three-quarters of an inch! Yes, but not as soon as you stretch it! A bit of experiment allows you to trade off thickness against tension to produce a range of diameters, and in most situations it's relative not ab...
by dal-t
Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Gwr lineside fencing
Replies: 15
Views: 4975

Re: Gwr lineside fencing

Bit of a circle going on here - have you tried EZline (which I first saw as one of those useful 'odds and ends' at Scaleforum, recommended for telegraph lines and fencing, but have used for the rigging of model aircraft ever since)? I get mine from Little Cars.
by dal-t
Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon loads
Replies: 9
Views: 3232

Re: Wagon loads

Do you have a copy of this ? It's on my 'to buy' list but has not reached the top yet, as it's strictly outside my period. Having said that, many of the photos/instructional booklets Grouping and pre-Grouping companies issued on the loading of wagons should still be relevant for how loads were carri...
by dal-t
Wed May 31, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Track Planning & Layout Ideas - New Builds Started
Replies: 205
Views: 64319

Re: Track Planning & Layout Ideas - Toryreck Mines

With the (even low-level) radiation issue, I presume modern Save Tea will insist the actual layout is contained within a sealed lead-and-concrete sarcophagus with internal movements only revealed to the paying public by a CCTV link. Sounds like an interesting engineering challenge (vague echoes of a...
by dal-t
Wed May 31, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: J15 & G5 Wheels
Replies: 17
Views: 5925

Re: J15 & G5 Wheels

Hmm, if this is really just a plug for the Society's latest publication I've been suckered by it, but according to my 'original' (third edition) copy of 'Wheel Specifications for the Modeller' the J15/Y14 used 4'10" 15-spoke drivers with an In-Line crankpin and a stroke of 24", and the G5 ...
by dal-t
Wed May 31, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Turntable troubles
Replies: 36
Views: 13256

Re: Turntable troubles

Here's an off-the-wall thought on the indexing issue. My Facebook feed keeps getting filled by adverts for a toy vehicle system that will follow a randomly drawn black line (apparently anywhere). I haven't succumbed to buying one yet (partly because I'm pretty sure how the domestic authorities will ...
by dal-t
Tue May 30, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Railex 2017
Replies: 26
Views: 7711

Re: Railex 2017

Well, that's a relief - no, no, no, not extra carriages, just good to know all the essential elements were in place for everyone to have a good time.
by dal-t
Tue May 30, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Railex 2017
Replies: 26
Views: 7711

Re: Railex 2017

Stop teasing us, tell us what we all want to know - did the ice-cream van turn up? And did it have P4 ice-cream?
by dal-t
Fri May 26, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: GWR 45xx
Replies: 5
Views: 2309

Re: GWR 45xx

I'm sure one of the Green Machine experts will give you the definitive answer soon, but meanwhile despite your soppy scarlet Derby-based allegiance I thought I'd share this with you. When I built my first 7mm loco and for some reason strayed from the straight and narrow (purely black engines on the ...
by dal-t
Sun May 21, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Turntable troubles
Replies: 36
Views: 13256

Re: Turntable troubles

Class BR 18 Rheingold? Just guessing ... (too slowly, apparently)!
by dal-t
Wed May 17, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Flexi Chassis an Appreciation
Replies: 467
Views: 98929

Re: Flexi Chassis an Appreciation

Err, I thought it had been made clear that the 4F chassis giving ride height problems isn't a CSB design - or am I missing something (again)?
by dal-t
Tue May 16, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: Revised edition Mike Sharman Wheel Specifications for the Modeller
Replies: 8
Views: 4239

Re: Revised edition Mike Sharman Wheel Specifications for the Modeller

Drat! Won't be able to sell my original for that infamous 'silly* money' after all, then.

* Guess it's a sign of today's entertainment fashions that we no longer call it 'Monopoly' (although I'm sure an on-line version must be available).
by dal-t
Mon May 15, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Self-healing cutting mat recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 8158

Re: Self-healing cutting mat recommendations

There seems a danger the main benefit of self-healing mats might be lost with all this talk of 'lino' (is it really still made?), tiles and off-cuts of Formica. Self-healing was developed precisely to avoid the problem posed by other surfaces that mark or score from the blade, that is deflection of ...
by dal-t
Wed May 10, 2017 6:13 am
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: Thoughts on Motors
Replies: 74
Views: 25564

Re: Thoughts on Motors

I agree a lithium ion fire is not a trivial event (dangerous air cargo rules have made that clear for some time), but if it's a bit smaller than a motorbike or Formula E car there are safety measures you can take. Specific lithium extinguishers are available, like this one , or you can arm yourself ...

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