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by Dave John
Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: NBR Wagon query
Replies: 13
Views: 9680

Re: NBR Wagon query

Hmm. The thing I really don't understand is the angle. If it was a handrail having it at that angle would make it dangerous as a handrail, even more dangerous as a foot step for getting into the wagon. If it was indeed intended for standing on the end of the brake lever then the centreline of the ha...
by Dave John
Thu Jan 19, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: NBR Wagon query
Replies: 13
Views: 9680

Re: NBR Wagon query

An interesting picture. I had a look through "LNER wagons" by Peter Tatlow. Plate 108 is I think very similar to the one shown above, the handrail is missing, but the bolt where it used to be is clearly seen. Plate 111 shows a NB wagon built by pickerings in 1921, it has the same sloping handrail de...
by Dave John
Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Signalling. Walkingshaw South SB
Replies: 16
Views: 19171

Re: Signalling. Walkingshaw South SB

Many thanks Ian, I think I can see how it works now.

The idea that they were miniature clarifies it a bit; I am still learning the signalling side.
by Dave John
Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Signalling. Walkingshaw South SB
Replies: 16
Views: 19171

Re: Signalling. Walkingshaw South SB

Ok, looking at the 1907 signalling diagram, bottom left. It seems to be 3 home signals on a post. I can understand 2 homes , 1 for the down line and one for the point in front of the signal. Would the centre home be for the sidings ? If it is for the sidings why would it be a full arm rather than a ...
by Dave John
Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: True Line Models
Topic: Diagram 3 box van helpful hint
Replies: 7
Views: 13499

Re: Diagram 3 box van helpful hint

TLM diagram 3 width between inner faces of solebars , 25.8 mm. 51 L pregrouping etched brass W irons 24 mm, so almost 1mm each side. I never got the hang of sticking W irons on square with the wheels and bearings in the way, so always go for etched ones. I am so tempted to extend the buffer shanks a...
by Dave John
Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Blue saloon instructions
Replies: 9
Views: 6234

Re: Blue saloon instructions

Very nice models there. Its on my wishlist.
by Dave John
Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:13 am
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Scratch-building a 262 Class 0-4-2ST
Replies: 96
Views: 89458

Re: Scratch-building a 262 Class 0-4-2ST

Oh, I'm still looking. Lovely workmanship.
by Dave John
Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:15 am
Forum: True Line Models
Topic: TLM Drummond van Diagram 3
Replies: 24
Views: 38599

Re: TLM Drummond van Diagram 3

Very nice they look too.

Request for 2 in the post.
by Dave John
Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:05 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: How to remove the curves in styrene plastic
Replies: 4
Views: 4761

Re: How to remove the curves in styrene plastic

Good ideas.

I use the bottoms from a couple of old scrap electric irons for styrene flattening. They are plated and smooth so tend to be rust resistant.
by Dave John
Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:22 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Ash disposal
Replies: 31
Views: 43876

Re: Ash disposal

A very interesting thread. As ever the discussions on these forums make me think about what is around me. So, as is my habit, I'll digress a bit. In the CR era everything was coal fired. Not just the railways, the whole of industry, public buildings and all domestic and commercial properties. Millio...
by Dave John
Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:35 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Ratio bogie ore/mineral wagon kit
Replies: 11
Views: 9234

Re: Ratio bogie ore/mineral wagon kit

This was my crude solution to the problem. I discarded the ratio bogie centre and made one up out of styrene I beam (plastruct maybe ). Once I was happy it was square I glued on a T peice of copperclad to which a press stud and the AJ coupling had been pre-soldered. 72000bogie.JPG Perhaps not an ele...
by Dave John
Sun Nov 06, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Diagram 18 well wagon question
Replies: 13
Views: 13323

Re: Diagram 18 well wagon question

A good picture. Just looking at the solebars, they look like steel not wood. They show a spotty corrosion pattern and there seems to be no crown plate for the W iron. Maybe channel section or a plate stiffener over wood?
by Dave John
Sun Nov 06, 2016 12:27 am
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Humbrol paint match
Replies: 8
Views: 5945

Re: Humbrol paint match

I'd agree with Jim watt, I like shade variations since looking at photos thats what happened to stock in the real mucky world. Not that my paintwork is all that good , but I always spray with a grey primer and work up from there. Maybe its my eyes, but I find I can see faults and correct them much e...
by Dave John
Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:09 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Ratio bogie ore/mineral wagon kit
Replies: 11
Views: 9234

Re: Ratio bogie ore/mineral wagon kit

I had a go at the ratio kit a while back Steve.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dave_john ... otostream/

From memory it needed a fair bit of work. At least, having read the article in TTL 68 I refrained from building another.
by Dave John
Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:53 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Wagon roof hatch question
Replies: 14
Views: 10557

Re: Wagon roof hatch question

Interesting, I have wondered about this myself. The above picture does suggest that the roof door just slid back. I agree it would leave the whole body less rigid, but would that matter ? It would be no less rigid than an open wagon with drop sides ?

Just thinking aloud.
by Dave John
Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Scratch-building a 262 Class 0-4-2ST
Replies: 96
Views: 89458

Re: Scratch-building a 262 Class 0-4-2ST

Well, I am still looking and picking up tips, I might be tempted to have a go.

And aye, footery is a great word....
by Dave John
Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Steam rail motor
Replies: 98
Views: 89310

Re: Steam rail motor

Those wagons are looking very good, I'm following this with interest.
by Dave John
Sat Oct 15, 2016 8:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Some Scratch Built Coaches and Vans
Replies: 32
Views: 32234

Re: Some Scratch Built Coaches and Vans

Well, they look like complex shapes but when you break them down they are all formed from intersecting circles. I put a copy of the photo of the real thing into the silhouette software,expanded it to form a biggish image, added centrelines and worked from there. I asked myself the question " how wou...
by Dave John
Sat Oct 15, 2016 7:53 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: RM web wishlist poll
Replies: 19
Views: 21679

Re: RM web wishlist poll

Well, I think I will vote for a 439 class, which would also give conversion potential for a 92 class from which the design derives. They survived into BR days, so covered a number of livery variations which seems to be a priority for rtr manufacturers these days. I also feel it would be popular choi...
by Dave John
Tue Oct 11, 2016 11:00 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Some Scratch Built Coaches and Vans
Replies: 32
Views: 32234

Re: Some Scratch Built Coaches and Vans

So far I have been using the silhouette v3 software, which is a free download from their site. I find it simple to use and bug free on osx 10.12 at the moment. I do understand that some folk may prefer inkscape and driving the silhouette via 3rd party drivers. As I understand it the logic is that fi...
by Dave John
Sun Oct 09, 2016 10:36 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Wagon Construction
Replies: 20
Views: 13259

Re: Wagon Construction

It really is an excellent clear picture. I'd agree, it is the manufacturers standard wagon. I'm interested in the ends of the main solebar timbers, which are darker than the overall colour. I wonder, were these treated in some way with an adhesive or preservative to prevent water ingress or splittin...
by Dave John
Sun Oct 09, 2016 5:14 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Some Scratch Built Coaches and Vans
Replies: 32
Views: 32234

Re: Some Scratch Built Coaches and Vans

A first go with the silhouette. This is a section of the cast iron balustrade from Benalder St bridge at each side of Partick Central station. Its 3 layers of 10 thou laminated. balustrade1.jpg Since I am rebuilding Kelvinbank completely I will be tending to use it mainly for structural items at fir...
by Dave John
Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:23 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Some Scratch Built Coaches and Vans
Replies: 32
Views: 32234

Re: Some Scratch Built Coaches and Vans

They look very smart.

I have treated myself to the silhouette portrait, this thread and others have convinced me. I'm happy with my first trial attempts, so thanks for inspiring me.
by Dave John
Sat Sep 10, 2016 1:44 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: New RTR mineral wagon
Replies: 33
Views: 29503

Re: New RTR mineral wagon

Any sort of pre grouping stock from a rtr manufacturer is welcome, so I bought a couple of the PO ones. Out of the box a pair of crisply moulded and well lettered OO wagons. Oxford thankfully use a minimum of adhesive, first thing, buffers off and chassis removed. I ascertained that EM wheels on 26 ...
by Dave John
Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:23 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Scratch-building a 262 Class 0-4-2ST
Replies: 96
Views: 89458

Re: Scratch-building a 262 Class 0-4-2ST

I like the use of an old gear for the reversing lever, that looks very neat.