Search found 529 matches

by dal-t
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Wizard Models
Replies: 60
Views: 10420

Re: Wizard Models

Well, I hope he makes a go of it, but there won't be many on-line orders from me. I was about to purchase a couple of ground signals and an odd bit and bob earlier this week, until I discovered that the postage was going to be more than twice the value of the goods. It's a fixed sum, so OK if you're...
by dal-t
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 122
Views: 26734

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

Ah, thanks for the explanation. That's the problem with roundhouses, and the reason sensible railways moved away from them at an early stage, but they do make very impressive structures, as models and in real life!
by dal-t
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 122
Views: 26734

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

I particularly like the two interlaced exits from the nearest wagon t/t - don't think I've seen such a layout before (but it has a number of attractions in a tight yard ...). However, am I right in thinking that all those lines go tits-up if the big spinning disc in the house where they keep the fie...
by dal-t
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: New C&L Crowdfunding Project for P4 Plain Track
Replies: 9
Views: 3094

Re: New C&L Crowdfunding Project for P4 Plain Track

It appears you get 20M of track for your £150 - too difficult for me to work out if that is a fair price or not, I tend to work in hundreds of chairs and metres of sleeper strip, as per the Stores order form. But what really confuses me is whether 75% of the required costs (whatever they are) have t...
by dal-t
Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Signalling for Tingley Common
Replies: 40
Views: 7985

Re: Signalling for Tingley Common

Personally, I much prefer the original Microscale Kystal Klear to Humbrol's somewhat shoddy ripoff, but each to their own. What you will find is that all such window glues, to a greater or lesser extent, produce a dished 'lens' rather than a flat pane. Sometimes this can be used to advantage, someti...
by dal-t
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Track Laying
Replies: 32
Views: 6950

Re: Track Laying

Not making any recommendations, but in the very early days (45 years ago), with no local model shops, and unable to attend the big shows where traders were, I used cellulose thinners from Halfords to weld plasticard. It worked, if not as well as the butanone I use now. I think the point is that any...
by dal-t
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Track Laying
Replies: 32
Views: 6950

Re: Track Laying

There's another benefit to wooden sleepers if you're a ham-fisted modeller like me (not suggesting for one moment this applies to you, Paul, as you're clearly much better organised and prepared than I ever am) - if you happen to get a hot soldering iron near them, as I've just done fixing up the gro...
by dal-t
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 391
Views: 116838

Re: The Burford Branch

Works as advertised on my ancient ipad running ios5.1.1 and (almost as ancient) Dell running Windows XP. Ain't that weird?
by dal-t
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Railmotors, Railcars and Multiple Units
Topic: Why the big windows?
Replies: 23
Views: 6891

Re: Why the big windows?

The Deltic nose did allow fitting of the crew loo and washbasin - don't think that was what 'drove' the design, though ...
by dal-t
Thu May 30, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Exactoscale PW023
Replies: 16
Views: 3675

Re: Exactoscale PW023

Ha, so parallel on the left, triangular on the right? Just wondering also how much 'tolerance' is built into all those soldered/riveted/bolted joints?
by dal-t
Tue May 28, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 599
Views: 168602

Re: Brettell Road

It is often the little things that make the difference and you have illustrated that with your usual thoroughness, two definite improvements to add to an already smashing totality. I just hope we're not now going to get into a long debate about 'joggled' baseboard joints ...
by dal-t
Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Craig Warton
Topic: wagon building progress.
Replies: 114
Views: 46011

Re: wagon building progress.

Nice set of the FoD's finest there - instantly reminded me of trips to the pub/restaurant in Newnham where they used to have a rake of local wagons on the mantlepiece. It is many years since I built my last 4mm mineral - I've knocked out a few 7mm ones in the meantime - but with goodies like those u...
by dal-t
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: rail/wheel profile - prototype has problems too
Replies: 22
Views: 4962

Re: rail/wheel profile - prototype has problems too

Re the 50gms/1oz weighting, I have pointed out before (too many years spent perusing 'Model Railroader' from cover to cover) that it was based on fairly extensive empirical research, but all with vehicles on US-style 4-wheel trucks . So applicability to UK rigid-wheelbase wagons is certainly open to...
by dal-t
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Crossing Vee Jig
Replies: 26
Views: 7329

Re: Crossing Vee Jig

I'm so pleased to learn Templot comes equipped with a big 'ammer - I shall have much more confidence when using it now! :D :D :D
by dal-t
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Semaphore Signals
Topic: Mystery apparatus at Radstock
Replies: 8
Views: 2838

Re: Mystery apparatus at Radstock

Feeling ever so slightly 'smug' that my intuitive 'guess' was what it turned out to be, despite failing to find any documentary evidence to support my feeling, which held me back from posting before the experts had spoken. But I am now fretting (a habit I seem completely unable to shake) over where ...
by dal-t
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Scalescenes Industrial Box File Layout
Replies: 9
Views: 3621

Re: Scalescenes Industrial Box File Layout

I have been following other attempts at this - prompted by a discussion of industrial building colours in the 1950s - but have been disappointed to see very few, if any, attempts at properly 'inset' track. It would be nice if that were about to change ... ;) ;) ;)
by dal-t
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 291
Views: 70558

Re: Crab Comet conversion

Is it just the video, or do I detect (marginally, in the initial slow running) the presence of the 'iron rule' that locos must always go better backwards than forwards? There seems to be a very, very slight hesitation when the crankpins reach tdc in forward gear, that isn't present in reverse ...?
by dal-t
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 291
Views: 70558

Re: Crab Comet conversion

Dave,

Many thanks - (small) store of technical knowledge now expanded!
by dal-t
Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Crab Comet conversion
Replies: 291
Views: 70558

Re: Crab Comet conversion

OK, idiot question, but it is an idiot asking it - where's the third pipe come from (I do know Crabs are two-cylinder locos!)? Is there a drain cock on the valve chest as well as the two on the piston?
by dal-t
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Congratulations to Dave Franks et al.
Replies: 14
Views: 3494

Re: Congratulations to Dave Franks et al.

It's only EM if they've done a gauge conversion overnight a la GWR; always billed as OO, although I agree it is difficult to tell from the look of the track. Its successor will also be narrow gauge, I understand.
by dal-t
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Suitable paint for goods vehicles
Replies: 12
Views: 3108

Re: Suitable paint for goods vehicles

A couple of years ago I realised I was running out of Precision L&NWR grey, and knowing it would be difficult to replenish here, whereas I can get Humbrol enamels from a local supplier, I did some trials of likely contenders for a stand in. Unfortunately the detailed results, with photos taken f...
by dal-t
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Modelling loose heeled switches in 4mm
Replies: 34
Views: 8226

Re: Modelling loose heeled switches in 4mm

Oh, so glad those pics right themselves when opened up, my vertigo was having fits (yes, it does anyway, but ...). Now, not being critical, merely curious, but how long do those fishplates last before they snap? My experience of folding photoetch is if I look at it twice it's likely to split, maybe ...
by dal-t
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Frame Spacers for P4 and EM
Replies: 10
Views: 3330

Re: Frame Spacers for P4 and EM

I am so glad you have asked this question, because after many years of building locos in EM I got thoroughly fed up with the number of axle washers I had to use to get the sort of running I wanted (i.e. not swaying all over the track, or looking like a segmented snake) but thought it was just my bui...
by dal-t
Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Railway Buildings
Topic: Carriage loading docks
Replies: 74
Views: 17343

Re: Carriage loading docks

Don't know how to link to a post on Facebook, but the 'Everything Great Western' Group** has posted an interesting photo of a Fowler traction engine waiting to be unloaded at Carn Brea. Not over an end (carriage) dock, unfortunately, just in the yard and apparently about to be handled with block and...
by dal-t
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 301
Views: 84927

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

Also, Gavin's blemish-removal technique is very, very good. Any chance of getting this demonstrated at a show sometime? I must switch from Squadron green putty to Humbrol for this kind of thing, as I've recently made a right mess of filling and smoothing some wagon prints. Which brand of primer is ...

Go to advanced search