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by David Thorpe
Sun Apr 07, 2024 9:09 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Callander - what is going on here?
Replies: 21
Views: 2789

Re: Callander - what is going on here?

I wonder if the Royal Train was scheduled to pass through, and the crowds had turned out in the hope of getting a glimpse of a royal personage or just for the occasion. That would account for there being crowds on both platforms and perhaps for the crowds being shepherded up to one end of the platfo...
by David Thorpe
Fri Feb 02, 2024 11:03 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Callander - what is going on here?
Replies: 21
Views: 2789

Re: Callander - what is going on here?

Ther are quite a lot children hanging around and no-one seems to be wearing uniform. Nor is there any sign of any of the luggage which I would have expected on a mobilisation train.
by David Thorpe
Sat Dec 09, 2023 8:52 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Plans and Planning
Replies: 8
Views: 2123

Re: Plans and Planning

John Duffy wrote: Sat Dec 09, 2023 8:55 am Will be light on motive power and I really don't fancy the idea of scratchbuilding a loco, but if it comes to it.....
I look forward to seeing you do that at our monthly workshops. We've got someone there who I'm sure can speed you up!

DT
by David Thorpe
Sun May 21, 2023 11:35 am
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: 439 body
Replies: 28
Views: 6909

Re: 439 body

Coronach wrote: Sat May 20, 2023 3:45 pm I shall order up the SEF chassis, fit a stovepipe and see where this new bodyshell takes me.
I shall be very interested to hear how you get on. I don't know anything about SEF chassis kits but they're not cheap and are presumably much more than just the mainframes.

DT
by David Thorpe
Sat May 20, 2023 12:25 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: 439 body
Replies: 28
Views: 6909

Re: 439 body

I needed a 439 loco for my layout (which CR-based layout doesn't?) and so I built one in P4 using the DJH kit for the body and Gibson mainframes as the basis for the chassis. It was a severe pain building the body for P4 as I had to cut/grind away so much white metal to accommodate the wheels. In or...
by David Thorpe
Sun May 14, 2023 11:23 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: 439 body
Replies: 28
Views: 6909

Re: 439 body

I understand the Alan Gibson are not, currently, producing the frames. They're still listed in the Alan Gibson catalogue. I bought a set quite some time ago to use with the DJH kit. I built it in P4 and it was not easy. There are some inaccuracies with the DJH kit, but it nevertheless builds into w...
by David Thorpe
Wed Mar 08, 2023 9:44 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Carlisle on Tuesday August 21 1928
Replies: 3
Views: 1119

Re: Carlisle on Tuesday August 21 1928

The article wasn't in "Steam Days" - it was in the February 2023 edition of "Steam World". You can get digital back numbers from Pocketmags and possibly other sources.
by David Thorpe
Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:33 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Caledonia Models?
Replies: 29
Views: 9753

Re: Caledonia Models?

I once had a couple of their solenoid point motors. They weren't nearly as easy to fit as the H&M ones and I don't think I ever got them to work properly because of that. Here's a 1959 advert: declaration004.jpg Looking at prices, £1 in 1959 is equivalent to £19.45 today so the Caley solenoid wo...
by David Thorpe
Sat Mar 13, 2021 11:55 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Ebay warning
Replies: 14
Views: 5911

Re: Ebay warning

Difficult to see why you're paying that much - as a registered business seller you should be charged a little less than a private seller. Ebay's business fees are set out at https://www.ebay.co.uk/help/selling/fees-credits-invoices/fees-business-sellers?id=4122 and that suggests that as a business s...
by David Thorpe
Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:49 am
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Ebay warning
Replies: 14
Views: 5911

Re: Ebay warning

Its no wonder that some people will try to deal off ebay directly with each other. What can be safer than physically seeing an item and working out a cash price? But ebay tell you this is not a safe practise and that the items dont qualify for ebay Buyers/sellers protection. But I feel all they are...
by David Thorpe
Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Ulysses S Grant's trip around Scotland
Replies: 5
Views: 3362

Re: Ulysses S Grant's trip around Scotland

He apparently concluded his European trip with a visit to Dundee (you always keep the best bits until last). The late Michael Marra sang about it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFqHVH-xwg4

DT
by David Thorpe
Fri Oct 25, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: 4mm kit/RTR model of Caley 439 class?
Replies: 5
Views: 3868

Re: 4mm kit/RTR model of Caley 439 class?

DJH do a 439 kit - https://www.djhmodelloco.co.uk/prodpage.asp?productid=3055 It's not entirely accurate, but it gives a pretty good impression of the class and I think I'm right in saying that as things currently stand it appears to be all that is available in 4mm. The 439 class is however listed i...
by David Thorpe
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Ballest over turnout sleepers
Replies: 12
Views: 14737

Re: Ballest over turnout sleepers

Steve, do you know what radius of turnout you want to use? I don't offhand know the radius of Peco large radius turnouts. The reason I ask is that when I built my P4 layout I created some templates for interlaced points using Templot and if I was able to remaster the intricacies of that unique progr...
by David Thorpe
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Ballest over turnout sleepers
Replies: 12
Views: 14737

Re: Ballest over turnout sleepers

Rather than the above, you might actually find it easier just to scratch build the pointwork. Maybe there's someone on this forum who could supply a template for an 00 interlaced turnout and you could then proceed using ply sleepers and rivets, or ply and plastic chairs, or plastic and plastic, or c...
by David Thorpe
Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Goods shed windows
Replies: 4
Views: 6948

Re: Goods shed windows

Thanks John. Sad sight though.

DT
by David Thorpe
Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Goods shed windows
Replies: 4
Views: 6948

Goods shed windows

I'm about to begin building a goods shed for my fictional station set in the BR's Caledonian northern division, but am not sure whether the windows would have had curved or square tops. Photos of Caledonian stations, signal boxes and engine sheds are pretty easy to find, but not goods sheds. The onl...
by David Thorpe
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Class 812 Queries
Replies: 9
Views: 10447

Re: Class 812 Queries

No reservation has been or will be made. Call me old school if you will but I've got a kit that has to be built, and built well, or binned. I do enjoy the challenge of building models to scale whether improving on kits or scratch-building despite the grim reaper getting closer by a block at a time....
by David Thorpe
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Class 812 Queries
Replies: 9
Views: 10447

Re: Class 812 Queries

There doesn't appear to be any indication yet as to when the Bachmann model commissioned by Rails of Sheffield is due to be released. I take it you haven't reserved one (£30 deposit required).

DT
by David Thorpe
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Potential new 4mm Jumbo kit?
Replies: 45
Views: 71407

Re: Potential new 4mm Jumbo kit?

I asked Peter Stanger about this when I ordered an NB C16 kit from him in September. He replied: "The Jumbo is still on the cards but designing 2 different locos and three tenders to cover about 80% of the class is more work than I originally estimated. Pressure of other work has meant that it'...
by David Thorpe
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Caley Carriage
Replies: 5
Views: 8101

Re: Caley Carriage

It looks very much like the 57' semi-corridor lavatory brake composite that I'm just building, courtesy of Caley Coaches.

DT
by David Thorpe
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: CRA Facebook Page
Replies: 18
Views: 23548

Re: CRA Facebook Page

I am not on Facebook but my wife is. It seems to me that it is good for keeping in touch with family and friends (and their friends and their friends and their friends....). It may well be good for advertising the existence of the Association, but as JimG says it's unlikely to be any good at all for...
by David Thorpe
Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: RTR Caley 812.
Replies: 26
Views: 28918

Re: RTR Caley 812.

He's Pete Stanger of 52F Models. A couple of years ago he suffered a serious stroke and while he is working hard on a daily exercise regime, his recovery is taking longer than he anticipated. As yet there is no mention on his site of the Jumbo - indeed, a couple of projects that he had nearly comple...
by David Thorpe
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: RTR Caley 812.
Replies: 26
Views: 28918

Re: RTR Caley 812.

As I have built a Caley Coaches 812 and DJH Jumbo and (the latter being best viewed from a fair distance) and as I model the CR in BR days (heresy?) I'd really like to see a Pickersgill class 72 4-4-0 but I suspect that there isn't much chance of that happening either in kit or RTR form. I've got a ...
by David Thorpe
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Modelling Glues
Replies: 8
Views: 10553

Re: Modelling Glues

I have yet to find a cyano that has proved to be adequately reliable for use on model railway stock. If the materials involved don't lend themselves to soldering or MEK, I have of late been using Deluxe Materials 60-minute epoxy. OK, it can be messy, though that is really down to the person mixing a...
by David Thorpe
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Out side width of EM/P4 wheel set
Replies: 4
Views: 6317

Re: Out side width of EM/P4 wheel set

Rather than 24mm, 25mm between solebars is both more accurate and allows for the use of compensation or springing units. When folded up, for example, Bill Bedford springing units are 24.7mm wide and so wouldn't fit if there was only 24mm between the solebars.

DT