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by beachboy
Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:31 am
Forum: Guy Rixon
Topic: Printed buffers for wagons
Replies: 62
Views: 18222

Re: Printed buffers for wagons

Guy, What is good with your buffers is the shank casing looks more of a scale thickness. Whereas w/metal tends to be very over sized. Is the wagon a scratch build. I assume mounting the buffers, the three ribs would be positioned in some uniform way. Dare I mention end door latches and capping. Steve.
by beachboy
Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:39 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: An Inglenook in P4
Replies: 43
Views: 18106

Re: An Inglenook in P4

Steve, The T Nuts used for the base legs may need watching as their grip into soft wood is far from permanent. In the past I have had to drill and pin them, or overlap with countersunk screws. Otherwise, a leg may detach which cannot always be seen. How have you glued the wood sleepers to the foam, ...
by beachboy
Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:11 pm
Forum: Norfolk & Suffolk Area Group
Topic: Quiet day at the mill...
Replies: 4
Views: 2635

Re: Quiet day at the mill...

Nigel,

I like your Mill. The building has lots of character.
What sort of trade is loaded or delivered.
Also, do you open the mill siding gate by hand; and what wire do you use for the metal fence posts please?

Thanks for sharing the pics.

Steve.
by beachboy
Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:45 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Wheel profiles
Replies: 113
Views: 28679

Re: Wheel profiles

Dave, A comment rather than advice, is that building detailed models, it kept nagging me that the finer profile of P4 finishes off the model to look akin to the real thing. Plus, I was not happy with having to move components on loco frames etc. to allow for the clearance of the EM flang depth. I ha...
by beachboy
Sat May 17, 2014 7:45 am
Forum: iak
Topic: Wagon floors... Wagon sides... Bare Wood... Worn wood or what?
Replies: 45
Views: 15623

Re: Wagon floors... Worn,Corroded or What?

Hi Iak, I liked your first pic of natural exposed wood. Particularly the central three planks being as a swept floor, and to the left as a worn, or stressed damage - although one would expect that near the loading doors perhaps, unless the load was badly ' craned ' into the wagon. The second pic loo...
by beachboy
Mon May 05, 2014 7:48 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Alan Gibson Wagon wheels
Replies: 9
Views: 3289

Re: Alan Gibson Wagon wheels

Remove wheels if nec'y, and skim the plastic rears so flush with metal rims. Thus assembled wheel fits BB Gauge; & sometimes can cure wobble. The bolt detail on the Mansell looks better than some makes. Although the wood segments require scoring on, they were sometimes covered with pitch - so ca...
by beachboy
Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:28 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Onward from Ambergate
Replies: 99
Views: 34437

Re: Onward from Ambergate

I appreciate the muddle of all those baseboards is ongoing. But to go back to Will's last pic of the goods train ascending the hill. I keep being drawn to the bottom left of the pic to that amazing three story stone building. The architecture, colour, modelling, and the roof size must derive some we...
by beachboy
Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:13 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Correct brown for GWR brown vehicles
Replies: 4
Views: 3101

Re: Correct brown for GWR brown vehicles

I think to ever determine a persistent belief of the practice of 100 years ago. Consider the enviroment of the day may help. Most CME had little interest in what colour their coaches were painted, who in turn was under the watchful eye of a penny pitching Board of Directors. Whom I find it hard to b...
by beachboy
Sat Apr 26, 2014 4:45 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Correct brown for GWR brown vehicles
Replies: 4
Views: 3101

Re: Correct brown for GWR brown vehicles

Guy, Chocolate Brown. Which is a dark / earth shade of Umber. The degree of varnish applied to non passenger stock would effect the colour tone of the brown, making it richer, or dull earthy shade. Windsor Brown is adding black / blue to produce a very dark, almost black shade. I believed this was a...
by beachboy
Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:56 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Track & Base Board ends.
Replies: 14
Views: 4964

Re: Track & Base Board ends.

What a lot of interesting comments. Russ - good point. Particularly if the rail expands in storage with tight fitting end protectors in place. Rod. Your pics show just how vulnerable end rails are. A side swipe would take the lot out. But if the last 1"-2" of track unit section was detacha...
by beachboy
Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:01 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Track & Base Board ends.
Replies: 14
Views: 4964

Track & Base Board ends.

I believe its a general concept to solder, pin, screw etc track at the ends as some measure against damage, after the end protectors are removed. I was thinking in that the most exposed and vulnerable part would be the rail. If its chipped, or buckled, then it will need replacing. Which in turn requ...
by beachboy
Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:29 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: BR BLUE
Replies: 13
Views: 4710

Re: BR BLUE

Why not respray a satin varnish, and / or a mat varnish to contrast in relevant area's, even adding say a grey for dust etc . Paint is shiny. Oil & spirit mixed, or modern synthetics. Unless your in the rust bucket era, when paintwork was neglected and left to the toxins etc. to destroy its fini...
by beachboy
Sat Apr 05, 2014 10:22 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: 17.75 BB Gauge.
Replies: 4
Views: 2040

Re: 17.75 BB Gauge.

Thanks John / Howard. Your advices are interesting and different, but both are positive, which is good. I bought a large batch of Exacto. wheels from Bernard, which rims have fallen off, and a few wobbles. I understand they have improved since - I hope. With the checking in mind; I thought I would f...
by beachboy
Thu Apr 03, 2014 10:29 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: 17.75 BB Gauge.
Replies: 4
Views: 2040

17.75 BB Gauge.

Buenas dias, I appear to be talking with more Spanish guy's these days in the UK, which I do not have a problem with. But I do with the following : Having settled on 4 foot min. radius, thought this BB would be suitable. Exactoscale block measures on my calipers at 17.74 / 17.75. Instructions denote...
by beachboy
Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:37 am
Forum: Lord Colnago
Topic: Goings on at the Norfolk Wagonarium
Replies: 126
Views: 37499

Re: Goings on at the Norfolk Wagonarium

The body work on the wagons looks very effective. It may be the camera & light, but thought the solebars & underframes could do with some colour tone variation to match the poor state depicted of the body work colours. Oily gunk / stains, a wash of various dirty colours where the muck is shi...
by beachboy
Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:03 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: The Great 3F build off
Replies: 197
Views: 76056

Re: The Great 3F build off

Mark, A dull coat is paint with matting agent added to counter the glossy shine. Smoke & oil is staining - its the amount of light on the subject that can make a colour lighter or darker. The S&D Trust pics of their coaches show the true Prussian blue. Same colour tone as a tube of Pruss. bl...
by beachboy
Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:15 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: The Great 3F build off
Replies: 197
Views: 76056

Re: The Great 3F build off

Mark, I find your comment of varnish altering the colour tone interesting. It seems to reflect the light before one can see the colour in a small scale. i sprayed a gearbox Humbrol33 & added an overspray of Precision dirty black ( a dark grey mix ). Some varnish protection, and zap, the b/grey w...
by beachboy
Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:54 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: The Great 3F build off
Replies: 197
Views: 76056

Re: The Great 3F build off

Mark, Your 3F has come out really nice. The S&D blue also looks right, much the same as a Heiron painting I have seen. May I ask which paint formula you have used ? Not being familiar with the S&D, I was starting with the Precision colour for my H/box, and added some white to lighten it up. ...
by beachboy
Sat Mar 15, 2014 6:14 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Rivet forming press
Replies: 15
Views: 8936

Re: Rivet forming press

A Centre punch, particularly if its sprung loaded, can make more than a mark for a fine drill bit on thin metal sheet. I do not understand the reference to cost when the point is just an additional use for an existing / above machine; which will make an indent of choice under the controlled pressure...
by beachboy
Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:11 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Rivet forming press
Replies: 15
Views: 8936

Re: Rivet forming press

I think the box may also serve a purpose of preventing surface rust. A couple of other uses ( lower your light to the Press ). The frames of a Mitchell kit. The etched rivets were poor, and unlike the real thing. So turn frame upside down, and insert feeble etched rivet into Anvil. Select suitable P...
by beachboy
Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:53 am
Forum: Lathe Work
Topic: Sick Unimat
Replies: 28
Views: 12944

Re: Sick Unimat

Good news Lindsay, your 782 turnings looked really good.

I have often considered the possibility of adapting worn down RSU carbon probes for make shift brushes ( ? ).
Its worth checking / cleaning up high rev'g motors like drills etc regularly. Prevents damage to the commutator.

Steve.
by beachboy
Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:08 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Communication Alarm Fittings.
Replies: 10
Views: 4087

Re: Communication Alarm Fittings.

Thought may be of help to such interested persons, including myself, having recalled checking out this detail some years ago. Without making notes, time is wasted duplicating research, and nailed this to a mast. The S&D pic of this H/Box has only four Torpedo Ventilators visible. No means of lig...
by beachboy
Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Horse boxes and race meetings
Replies: 28
Views: 7701

Re: Horse boxes and race meetings

Mike, You may already know. But John Lewis penned an article in GWJ 76 that goes into some detail of Horse Box operation, and responsibilities of staff etc. Lots of general snippets of useful info. I have just noticed a list of some 15 Companies listed, where provision of Westinghouse Brakes was req...
by beachboy
Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:09 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Communication Alarm Fittings.
Replies: 10
Views: 4087

Re: Communication Alarm Fittings.

Thanks Chris & Bill. made a note for future reference. It did occur me that a pic ' in use ' may exist in one of these Company era books, say - Station photographs. I did look thru some Brighton books; and also using an E1 pic to scratchbuild the Westinghouse pipe fittings. For some reason it ha...
by beachboy
Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:43 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Communication Alarm Fittings.
Replies: 10
Views: 4087

Re: Communication Alarm Fittings.

Coincidentally, I noted from a letter in the current RM, that a Shunter could apply the brakes by using the butterfly valve. Which may relate to why end handle(s) I have seen fitted to vehicles with no apparent purpose -i.e. no lamp irons, steps etc.

Steve.

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