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by Alan K
Fri May 10, 2024 1:45 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Aberdeen Ferryhill
Replies: 3
Views: 459

Re: Aberdeen Ferryhill

Mike All might not be lost: there's also a photo of Ferryhill Junction signal box on Canmore, which has the ID no. 20279, but that one has the signal gantry which I think must be the one to which John has referred. That should allow you to estimate height, and maybe there are enough sleepers showing...
by Alan K
Fri May 03, 2024 11:46 pm
Forum: True Line Models
Topic: TLM Diagram 11A Covered Carriage Truck
Replies: 55
Views: 89183

Re: TLM Diagram 11A Covered Carriage Truck

I think Lindsay has got it spot on. The L-shaped lever which can be seen in the photo of no.9 is the critical identifier in my opinion. Here is an extract of the John Boyle drawing of the Dia 39 Fish Fruit & Milk van with the handbrake items clearly shown IMG_20240503_0002-1 JB.pdf (Sorry but I ...
by Alan K
Tue Apr 30, 2024 12:25 pm
Forum: True Line Models
Topic: TLM Diagram 11A Covered Carriage Truck
Replies: 55
Views: 89183

Re: TLM Diagram 11A Covered Carriage Truck

That looks pretty convincing to me that at least No. 9 had glass droplights in both windows. Maybe the glass on No. 28's window had been broken and was boarded up until it could be fixed! We'll probably never know.... I will probably chicken out of cutting open a second droplight as I found the resi...
by Alan K
Thu Mar 28, 2024 10:56 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: CR Diagram 8 Horsebox Querstions
Replies: 5
Views: 860

Re: CR Diagram 8 Horsebox Querstions

Re position of vacuum and Westinghouse pipes, I think there was a convention. For example, on the GA drawing of the Diagram 39 van (p176 of the Wagon Book), there is an alteration which is annotated 'Westinghouse pipe altered to right hand side on dual fitted vehicles' dated 1/3/1900. If I read the ...
by Alan K
Mon Mar 18, 2024 11:28 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Van and wagon drawings
Replies: 14
Views: 2322

Re: Van and wagon drawings

Thanks Mike. I've already earmarked an unmade D3 van as you've suggested. But it's piped - no clasp brakes, no vac. and Westinghouse cylinders or reservoir tanks: where's the fun in that! Besides, I've already started converting the D67 to dual fitted - it's just going to have to run in standard goo...
by Alan K
Thu Mar 14, 2024 10:53 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Van and wagon drawings
Replies: 14
Views: 2322

Re: Van and wagon drawings

Thanks for your prompt response, Mike. Actually I didn't expect that explosives vans would qualify as NPCS, but I thought that maybe some had been re-purposed in view of what I suspect would be a peacetime surplus - but maybe that wouldn't happen until LMS times....! Alternatively, were any of the d...
by Alan K
Thu Mar 14, 2024 10:23 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Van and wagon drawings
Replies: 14
Views: 2322

Re: Van and wagon drawings

Further to the drawing of the dual fitted van 73804 above, just found that Jim Richards's photo is in the SLS catalogue - no. 18310. But it's incorrectly described as 73904! The 'Wagon Book' has 73804 listed as being part of Pickering's share of an order placed in 1917 for carrying explosives. Also ...
by Alan K
Sat Mar 09, 2024 8:49 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Diagram 29 Milk Truck
Replies: 38
Views: 7710

Re: Diagram 29 Milk Truck

Well I eventually ditched the method shown the pictures above, and after quite a lot of trial and error came up with a simpler arrangement which isn't quite so ambitious! The vacuum pipes are now fixed at the top with superglue to the the swan's neck, so only have one magnet. This gives a better loo...
by Alan K
Sun Feb 11, 2024 9:20 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Diagram 29 Milk Truck
Replies: 38
Views: 7710

Re: Diagram 29 Milk Truck

Everything now complete, ready for painting. Lots of (seemingly) little things to sort out - lamp irons and Vacuum/Westinghouse hoses.... I found out the hard way with lamp irons that it's easier to form the little blighters first, then solder them to a piece of copperclad board and then drill the h...
by Alan K
Thu Jan 25, 2024 8:58 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Diagram 29 Milk Truck
Replies: 38
Views: 7710

Re: Diagram 29 Milk Truck

Hinges now all done (not before time i hear you say!). All I have to say is that it was a struggle - finally managed after help from Jig version 3! It turned out that a bit more accuracy was needed to achieve consistency. That's one of the problems with scratch-building - it's not so difficult to ma...
by Alan K
Sun Jan 07, 2024 11:39 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Diagram 29 Milk Truck
Replies: 38
Views: 7710

Re: Diagram 29 Milk Truck

Happy New Year everybody. 2023 has gone and I've been struggling with making hinges for the doors. I wanted to make the hinge with 3 parts - the strap which fits on the door, the barrel for the pivot and the plate which bolts to the door post. The parts are easy to make (except that all 12 have to b...
by Alan K
Wed Dec 13, 2023 11:02 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Diagram 29 Milk Truck
Replies: 38
Views: 7710

Re: Diagram 29 Milk Truck

'All done' is a relative term Jim! I'll probably finish the hinges and strapping, but painting most likely a 2024 job....!

Alan
by Alan K
Wed Dec 13, 2023 10:51 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Van and wagon drawings
Replies: 14
Views: 2322

Re: D3 covered van

Thanks for posting that D67 drawing Mike. I'm particularly interested that it is fully fitted, as hadn't seen pictures of these vans with brake cylinders. But it also raises some questions. From what I've seen of relative brake cylinder sizes, I think that the cylinder shown is actually the vacuum o...
by Alan K
Sat Dec 09, 2023 9:19 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Diagram 29 Milk Truck
Replies: 38
Views: 7710

Re: Diagram 29 Milk Truck

The convention for getting a decent weight to allow a wagon to stay on track is apparently 25g per axle, so I got out my stock of finest second hand lead flashing and managed to secrete enough on the underside of the floor and under the roof section to give me 76g as shown here- 20231202_203711.jpg ...
by Alan K
Wed Nov 29, 2023 6:38 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Diagram 29 Milk Truck
Replies: 38
Views: 7710

Re: Diagram 29 Milk Truck

I found this paint tin, which is pretty close to the right diameter. The styrene former is of the roof curvature off the drawing. 20231128_113608.jpg My method of forming the roof is to tape the selected panel to the outside of the tin and fill it up with boiling water. It doesn't take long for the ...
by Alan K
Wed Nov 22, 2023 8:51 am
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Diagram 29 Milk Truck
Replies: 38
Views: 7710

Re: Diagram 29 Milk Truck

Thanks for that Lindsay. I realised that I'd jumped to the wrong conclusion initially because I can open the pictures with my tablet, which doesn't have access to the picture files on my PC!
by Alan K
Tue Nov 21, 2023 8:44 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Diagram 29 Milk Truck
Replies: 38
Views: 7710

Re: Diagram 29 Milk Truck

Not sure what happened - I'm getting a 'not downloaded' message for each photo which I haven't come across before. I can see the pics if I click on them, but that's because they're on my PC and I suspect nobody else will be able to do that!
by Alan K
Tue Nov 21, 2023 8:37 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Diagram 29 Milk Truck
Replies: 38
Views: 7710

Re: Diagram 29 Milk Truck

Well, as it turned out there are still no metal strips and hinges! Instead I've been struggling with getting decent adhesion between the slatted construction parts, with joints coming apart too easily when handling. I'm not so sure about the Plastic Magic solvent - it is less fierce than MEK, but I'...
by Alan K
Sun Oct 29, 2023 9:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Diagram 29 Milk Truck
Replies: 38
Views: 7710

Re: Diagram 29 Milk Truck

I've up to now fitted AJ's to all my stock - which means that I don't fit 3 link couplings etc, but this time I thought that I should couple some of my NPCS in rakes. So it has to be the full monty, with screw couplings. I used Masokits ones, which turned out to be not as fiddly as I thought they'd ...
by Alan K
Fri Oct 13, 2023 4:30 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Diagram 29 Milk Truck
Replies: 38
Views: 7710

Re: Diagram 29 Milk Truck

I was intrigued enough to delve a little more into how the Westinghouse system worked, and found this summary in Wikipedia: The plain automatic air brake In 1872, George Westinghouse invented the automatic air brake by inventing the triple valve and by equipping each car with its own air cylinder. A...
by Alan K
Sun Oct 08, 2023 3:51 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Diagram 29 Milk Truck
Replies: 38
Views: 7710

Re: Diagram 29 Milk Truck

My rather crude understanding of how the Westinghouse system works is that the air pressure from the pump doesn't actually do the braking, but holds off all the brakes whilst the train is running. Braking action in fact takes place when the driver shuts off the pressure, allowing the brakes to apply...
by Alan K
Sat Oct 07, 2023 7:46 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Diagram 29 Milk Truck
Replies: 38
Views: 7710

Re: Diagram 29 Milk Truck

An interesting question - unfortunately don't have the answer. I found reservoirs on 4 of the NPCS vehicles that had GA's in the Wagon Book, and even the photo of the Dia 15 that had been altered for fish traffic showed one. But I looked at the Caley Coaches NPCS items and none had castings for rese...
by Alan K
Fri Oct 06, 2023 6:10 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Diagram 29 Milk Truck
Replies: 38
Views: 7710

Re: Diagram 29 Milk Truck

Thanks for the kind comments - much appreciated. These vehicles were dual fitted for Westinghouse and Vacuum braking, so would have an activation cylinder for each as well as reservoir tanks. I can see the 2 cylinders on the side elevation the drawing, but the arrangement must be different from the ...
by Alan K
Mon Sep 18, 2023 8:55 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Diagram 29 Milk Truck
Replies: 38
Views: 7710

Re: Diagram 29 Milk Truck

On to the McIntosh Patent Brake. I was a bit puzzled by this at first: Ronnie Cockburn's drawing (and the absence of a plan view) doesn't help in showing how the patent brake operates on one brake shoe of one wheel which already has clasp brakes fitted. Fortunately the ever helpful Mr Williams point...
by Alan K
Wed Aug 30, 2023 8:03 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Diagram 29 Milk Truck
Replies: 38
Views: 7710

Re: Diagram 29 Milk Truck

Hi Mike1 - glad you enjoyed it: I'm flattered! Mike Williams: I think it's more than that (although I agree it may explain why the 3'6" wheels may be a tight fit against the W-iron base!). This photo will illustrate it better: 20230830_195957.jpg Superimposed on the 4mm/ft drawing from left to ...