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by craig_whilding
Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:40 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: EM wheels on P4 track
Replies: 82
Views: 52923

Re: EM wheels on P4 track

I think it shows the maturity of the modern S4 Society that is can be discussed on here civilly. Many members of the S4 Soc don't model P4 anyway so a method of combining P4 track with slightly coarser flange wheels isn't really an issue in my eyes. I can see why Martin has done it and that it works...
by craig_whilding
Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:23 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagons and weathering.
Replies: 10
Views: 4036

Re: Wagons and weathering.

Which prototype picture are you working from that has that weathering? Personally I think the steam age weathering lends itself more to drybrushing, washes and powders than the air brush which is more useful for brake dust effects on the air brake network and diesel exhaust. Airbrushes are useful to...
by craig_whilding
Tue Jan 03, 2012 6:22 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: What back to back setting do you use?
Replies: 195
Views: 37553

Re: What back to back setting do you use?

Finding someone using 17.87mm is a great way of discovering if your C+L track has gauge narrowed at all... I use the Exactoscale 17.75mm gauge, I would have used a 17.82mm one if i'd known about that special batch when I first started. I believe the slight extra width is an improvement and recommend...
by craig_whilding
Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:27 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Sprung Parkside 21t Hoppers
Replies: 10
Views: 3341

Re: Sprung Parkside 21t Hoppers

Is springing a sticking plaster solution to a poor build quality issue? For me quite probably yes but the intention is always there to try and get things as square as possible for starters. Cheers David Although aiming for a square chassis is a good thing I never think aiming for a rigid one is. Al...
by craig_whilding
Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:23 am
Forum: Electrics
Topic: DCC?
Replies: 9
Views: 3895

Re: DCC?

The wikipedia entry isn't too bad at explaining "What is DCC?" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Command_Control Basically independent control of locos and layout accessories as well as their functions via unique addressing of each item. Each loco needs a control chip fitting to achieve...
by craig_whilding
Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:07 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Masokits sprung underframe
Replies: 6
Views: 2686

Re: Masokits sprung underframe

I think you had to solder the wire to a 90 deg bend in the bottom of the spring carrier and rather than fitting in holes there were tabs the wire rests on and fold over retainers. There are also guides on the back of the retainers. I have a 10ft van chassis compare somewhere on rmweb.. edit: http://...
by craig_whilding
Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:16 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Masokits sprung underframe
Replies: 6
Views: 2686

Re: Masokits sprung underframe

Definitely need to know what they are as Keith says.

If its the earlier style someone may have removed the stainless steel bearing carrier etch which is why you'd have issues.
by craig_whilding
Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:29 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Sprung Parkside 21t Hoppers
Replies: 10
Views: 3341

Re: Sprung Parkside 21t Hoppers

Make up some sort of brass jig with a 2mm slot that can be clamped onto the model solebar/axleguard maybe?
by craig_whilding
Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:26 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Buffer height?
Replies: 17
Views: 8997

Re: Buffer height?

80085 - GWR Max and Min Heights of Buffers Swindon February 1926 Wagon max - 3' 5 1/2'' Wagon min - 3' 3 1/8'' Engine & tender max - 3' 5 7/8'' Engine & tender min - 3' 3 1/4'' Carriage max - 3' 5 1/2'' Carriage min - 3' 4 1/4'' ----- These are buffer centrelines to rail level and show two d...
by craig_whilding
Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:12 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Buffers for SR utility vans/CCTs?
Replies: 4
Views: 2285

Re: Buffers for SR utility vans/CCTs?

The Larnarkshire ones can be drilled out for springing though it is a tough pewter material. There have been quite a few threads on rmweb about the difficulties in getting anything out of the Phoenix range in the last couple of years and I think the older source of these buffers will have gone the s...
by craig_whilding
Mon Dec 26, 2011 6:19 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Prezzy's
Replies: 6
Views: 2594

Re: Prezzy's

Found myself a couple more Hawksworth coaches in Cardiff for £16 and got them bought for me :). Awful curtains already removed! Other than these items of opportunity some time to get on with the existing kit mountain may be more useful.. Oh, Hornby doing GWR heavy tanks next year will certainly help...
by craig_whilding
Mon Dec 26, 2011 6:16 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Buffer height?
Replies: 17
Views: 8997

Re: Buffer height?

Perhaps you need the scalefour Multigauge? Do the stores still list it? Buffer height gauge. £5.50 Reference: AJHG http://www.scalefour.org/eshop/eshop.html Its normally a bit tricky getting the buffers at the right height on some items if the wheels are the wrong diameter though. +/- an inch (scal...
by craig_whilding
Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:52 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Backdrives on flatbottom S & C .
Replies: 8
Views: 3817

Re: Backdrives on flatbottom S & C .

Any idea what the wire clipped along the stock and switch rails is for? Something to do with track circuiting or a type of tell tale in event of failure? Looks like it'd be about the same to model as the mechanical lubrication pipework on a steam loco..
by craig_whilding
Sat Dec 17, 2011 1:00 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Mystery tiebars
Replies: 34
Views: 14017

Re: Mystery tiebars

I but some Masokits functional tie bars on an Exactoscale A7 turnout I use on the workbench a few years ago now and they are still working and electrically isolated. Here is a more scale version using Colin Craig brass connections to the rail soldered with a 295deg solder and the 0.3mm double sided ...
by craig_whilding
Fri Dec 16, 2011 5:25 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: The next phase:
Replies: 39
Views: 16227

Re: The next phase:

That sounds like my thoughts in action. I am not over convinced of the correct diameter of the wheels either - what size are yours? Peter They should be 3' 7 1/2" in reality though the originals may have been 14mm instead and Tim's replacements will be 14mm looking at the ones I have. Kean May...
by craig_whilding
Mon Dec 12, 2011 4:47 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Canal lock dimensions
Replies: 10
Views: 5335

Re: Canal lock dimensions

Tim V wrote:The site says that Tuel Lane lock had a rise of 19'8" - made of two locks

Only built a few years ago though that one. I suppose you may be able to divide the height change by two but not 100% sure.
by craig_whilding
Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:26 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum I have known
Replies: 94
Views: 33895

Re: Scaleforum I have known

Tim V wrote:Well, 200 views and only one reply, but no pictures :!:

Im sure people are busy cropping out 80s 'fashion' ware Tim ;).

I have a good excuse for not taking photos at this time - getting to London and photographing model trains had certain practical limitations at the age of 3 to 4...
by craig_whilding
Sun Dec 11, 2011 7:46 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Canal lock dimensions
Replies: 10
Views: 5335

Re: Canal lock dimensions

I'll have to ask tomorrow in the club if anyone has the dimensions of the locks at Slattocks as we have at lead lock 54 on the canal to model for Slattocks Junction. The lock is shown in the pictures below and is grade 2 listed along with its overbridge apparently. Dick Petter has already modelled t...
by craig_whilding
Sat Dec 10, 2011 2:33 am
Forum: jjnewitt
Topic: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels
Replies: 102
Views: 42767

Re: Adventures in the land of fully sprung diesels

Sorry I didn't thank you for the extra info on your springing earlier. As your interest is in S.Wales I was trying to post the following on rmweb earlier but its fallen over at the moment.. LEt me know if any of the following info sources might be useful. As im modelling the S.Wales scene from '58-'...
by craig_whilding
Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:06 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: turnout radius
Replies: 8
Views: 2735

Re: turnout radius

I was using the radii as covered here:
craigwelsh-Particulars_of_Switches_and_crossings.jpg
Particulars of Switch and Crossings - LMR 95Lbs BH
(142.91 KiB) Not downloaded yet


What was the reason for the 5' requirement btw, is it a minimum radii for something?
by craig_whilding
Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:26 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: turnout radius
Replies: 8
Views: 2735

Re: turnout radius

Which company are you modelling by the way? All of their standard leads varied slightly in length and radii too. The radii I quoted was through the crossing. The GWR for example quotes 371' for a 1 6 1/2 rather than the 374' of the LMR. http://www.norgrove.me.uk/GWRtracknotes/R1756.pdf I think 1/4s ...
by craig_whilding
Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: P4 in 5mx3m
Replies: 18
Views: 6953

Re: P4 in 5mx3m

Well there might be one in the last 5 articles on the layout.

Its hardly a useless article without one though as its mainly about compromising ideas to fit into the available conservatory.
by craig_whilding
Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:00 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: P4 in 5mx3m
Replies: 18
Views: 6953

Re: P4 in 5mx3m

3m (9.8ft) allows the 4ft radii curves Don has fitted fine though there is no gap around the outside as he pointed out in the article. I think most of the siding space can be seen in the main photo along with the article. http://scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=697#p2130 has a picture to...
by craig_whilding
Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:57 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: The next phase:
Replies: 39
Views: 16227

Re: The next phase:

Most nameplates are etched in 5 thou (0.125mm) so you could cut something out of a surround. Tbh I just use pliers and bend the rail once and back again producing the joggle.

Anyway, I think we've derailed the thread from that C16!.
by craig_whilding
Tue Dec 06, 2011 5:49 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: The next phase:
Replies: 39
Views: 16227

Re: The next phase:

joggle should by 3/8" for a 14' switch. Without checking the GWSG book I think all switches had the same dimensions around the joggle although the standard dimension did change sometime in the 20s I think it was. We actually have joggles on Slattocks even though its LMR as its easier than tryi...

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