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by Alan K
Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Dock Tank Deviations
Replies: 45
Views: 4361

Re: Dock Tank Deviations

I regret to report that progress on finishing this little engine has been somewhat stalled since May. I did manage to apply the black cellulose top coat a while ago, but this is as far as I've got. IMG_5050.JPG Progress has stalled because of availability of suitable transfers. I had to wait until l...
by Alan K
Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Modelling a Breakdown Train
Replies: 14
Views: 563

Re: Modelling a Breakdown Train

Hi Ross
Hadn't heard of that before. Are you talking about Pressfix or Methfix?
I'm interested because I've just had an email from Eileens that the HMRS transfers I've been waiting for since May are in the post!! So I can get that 498 Class engine finished at last.....

Alan
by Alan K
Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Jumbo General Arrangement Drawings
Replies: 10
Views: 411

Re: Jumbo General Arrangement Drawings

Yes please Jim, that would be great. The Jumbo book only gives a simplified version of drawing no. 8670. I will pm you with an e-mail address, and will share it with Lindsay. Incidentally, there was some controversity about what was the first true McIntosh engine, but Campbell Cornwell now concedes ...
by Alan K
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Jumbo General Arrangement Drawings
Replies: 10
Views: 411

Re: Jumbo General Arrangement Drawings

One of the most desireable items would be a drawing which shows the deeper frames which date from 1910 (and therefore comes after the 714 Class GA). These deeper frames came in mostly after Grouping and can readily be seen sticking out behind the central splasher on many pictures of Jumbos in LMS da...
by Alan K
Mon Jun 08, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope
Replies: 37
Views: 4758

Re: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope

Hi Paul What are you going to use for flashing? I found aluminium foil to be quite good: it's very thin and is dead soft so can take up the line of the roof quite nicely. Sometimes the apex over the ridges are formed in a round profile, which foil works well to reproduce. Also can be delicately inde...
by Alan K
Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope
Replies: 37
Views: 4758

Re: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope

Hi Paul I think that looks pretty good! If you compare that part with the orginal you can see that it's worth the effort. I'd still recommend that you investigate dry brushing (I'm sure there'll be someone on youtube who'll show how it's done) Very crudely you put paint on the brush and then wipe al...
by Alan K
Mon May 25, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope
Replies: 37
Views: 4758

Re: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope

Looking good Paul. You've clearly cracked the problem with the bay windows. For what it's worth to my eye the blue-grey stonework isn't matte enough, whereas the sandstone quoins are and look much the better for it. If it was me, I'd try experimenting with 'dry brushing' the stonework with a very sl...
by Alan K
Sun May 10, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Model railway magazine drawings 1959-1985
Replies: 7
Views: 707

Re: Model railway magazine drawings 1959-1985

Thanks Neil, that's quite a resource!


Alan
by Alan K
Sat May 09, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Class 488 Build
Replies: 12
Views: 952

Re: Class 488 Build

Your 488 is looking good Lindsay. The Ramsbottom safety valve looks impressive!


Alan
by Alan K
Fri May 08, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Dock Tank Deviations
Replies: 45
Views: 4361

Re: Dock Tank Deviations

These wheels are amazing Jim. I'm interested to see your build in due course. Note that the drawing you sent me has just a little of the slide bar on it which shows the taper, which I found quite helpful. My model is also split frame in case you hadn't noticed!

Alan
by Alan K
Fri May 08, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Dock Tank Deviations
Replies: 45
Views: 4361

Re: Dock Tank Deviations

Some progress. Everything has now been disassembled for painting. I made a little shallow 6 compartment cardboard box to store and identify all the parts (crankpin bearings, washers, nuts etc) which is stuck onto the table to prevent it from tipping. Wheel bearings are colour coded so that the wheel...
by Alan K
Tue May 05, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Class 488 Build
Replies: 12
Views: 952

Re: Class 488 Build

Re the issue of the lever 'pointing the other way', thanks to our new photo data base I've found another example albeit not for the same class but for another Neilson built engine. This was no. 141 (built 1873). The Neilson builder's photo can be seen at File Name Mills 4_2_3_033. But the interestin...
by Alan K
Tue May 05, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Class 488 Build
Replies: 12
Views: 952

Re: Class 488 Build

Well that demolishes my argument rather convincingly! I hadn't realised that the offset you meant for the whistle was just a little. And it's clear from your enlargement that the driver did have the ability to at least 'tickle' the safety valves although probably not enough to interfere with them. A...
by Alan K
Mon May 04, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Class 488 Build
Replies: 12
Views: 952

Re: Class 488 Build

Hi Lindsay Re the holes in the front of the cab, aren't the outer two for the pipes leading to the clack valves on each side and the middle one to the whistle? I can't see that this is offset to one side: if you look at the NRM photos of 1168 at Beattock and 1167 at Perth Old Shed, it looks to me th...
by Alan K
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Class 488 Footplate Width
Replies: 2
Views: 353

Re: Class 488 Footplate Width

Hi Lindsay Don't have any straws I'm afraid, but in an idle moment (and who doesn't have those these days !) had a look at what J F McEwan had to say (TL 81). No width dimensions though. Apparently they were designed by Brittain not Connor, and were built by Neilson. Are Neilson details/drawings any...
by Alan K
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: The burning question
Replies: 31
Views: 3251

Re: The burning question

Hi Lindsay For what it's worth, I think you've taken the right decision. I've had some similar agonising moments and ended up being ruthless and started again and always found that it was the best way to go in the long run. And funnily enough sometimes I've found that the 'extreme remedy' turned out...
by Alan K
Sat Apr 18, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Dock Tank Deviations
Replies: 45
Views: 4361

Re: Dock Tank Deviations

Thanks for the generous comments, guys. You are very kind! I've spent what seems like ages finishing off and then finding bits that I'd forgotten. The fixing of the removable rear sandboxes was fiddly and definitely not elegant! What was needed was a drilled and tapped 8BA hole in the sandbox which ...
by Alan K
Sat Apr 11, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Dock Tank Deviations
Replies: 45
Views: 4361

Re: Dock Tank Deviations

The addition of the brake gear turned out to be more difficult than I had thought. First, I found that there wasn't enough room for the hangers using the pivot holes provided on the etch. This might have been me as a result of my 'improvements' to the outside motion taking up a tad more space. But I...
by Alan K
Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Dock Tank Deviations
Replies: 45
Views: 4361

Re: Dock Tank Deviations

Thanks, that sounds good advice Jim. I shall be on to that once the brake blocks and sandboxes have been fitted. So not long - then I'll need to find another project to fill the self-isolation! There's a bunch of True Line wagons.....


Alan
by Alan K
Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Dock Tank Deviations
Replies: 45
Views: 4361

Re: Dock Tank Deviations

Thanks Jim. I've seen Allan Goodwillie's article and will use his method. What I'm a little concerned about is whether I need to protect the more delicate parts from the blast, such as the soft thin copper filament wire used for the window 'bars' and the protruding lamp irons on the foot plate. I ma...
by Alan K
Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Dock Tank Deviations
Replies: 45
Views: 4361

Re: Dock Tank Deviations

And here's a shameless indulgence to celebrate the completion of the body! IMG_5017.JPG I'm indebted to Lindsay G for pointing out the water depth gauge for the tanks: I had a look at my collection of 498 Class photos and sure enough I found one taken at the right angle. So it had to go in! IMG_5018...
by Alan K
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: True Line Models
Topic: TLM RY Pickering Traders Wagon
Replies: 34
Views: 2757

Re: TLM RY Pickering Traders Wagon

Oh dear - I seem to be the odd man out re bolt/nut heads! I didn't fancy all those tiny pieces of styrene so my method is to drill 0.5mm holes and insert styrene rod to represent the nuts - Plastruct do a 0.4mm diameter which fits nicely. Then finish of with a tiny drop of MEK to round off the protr...
by Alan K
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Dock Tank Deviations
Replies: 45
Views: 4361

Re: Dock Tank Deviations

Decided to use the sandbox castings after all, and add a thin wrapper to cover the shrinkage in the side of the box. I filed down the castings to accommodate - you can see in the photo that even that wasn't enough to 'bottom' out the shrinkage. IMG_5013.JPG But I didn't use the little castings suppl...
by Alan K
Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: True Line Models
Topic: TLM 2020
Replies: 11
Views: 1512

Re: TLM 2020

I've made stencils in brass for the C and the R, and use a Rotring pen and white acrylic to draw the outline and then block in the rest. It's got an added advantage that you can 'fade' the letters, which is not easy to do with transfers! OK it takes quite a bit of filing to get the stencil right, bu...
by Alan K
Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Dock Tank Deviations
Replies: 45
Views: 4361

Re: Dock Tank Deviations

This is the Ramsbottom Safety Valve as supplied and the proposed addition IMG_5006.JPG And here is the modified item soldered in place: IMG_5011.JPG That just about completes the boiler fittings - only handrail to be done. I decided to re-work the skirt on the tank filler caps as it didn't get displ...