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  1. Hi All, I'm finally working my way through a Craftsman BR class 02 diesel shunter (0-4-0). The instructions recommend a D11 - which I understand are now unavailable. There is a motor mounting piece, fabricated in brass in the kit and it looks like the hole pattern in it marries up with the mounting screw holes in a D11 (I've got hold of a copy of Monty Well's article in Model Railway Journal, #1 Spring 1985 (!). There is a very clear photo showing that the motor and chassis). I have a Mashima 1024 open frame motor and Branchlines 8RC gearbox (parts cannabalised from another unfinished
  2. So is the consensus that the parts are on the axle in the right order and just need to be fixed and then the crankpin trimmed? What needs to be fixed and what and with what? I guess the coupling rod doesn't get fixed to anything, but the other items? How best to fix the 'washer' on the end of the crankpin?
  3. Yes, I've got the bearings covered - they are soldered into the chassis already.
  4. So I'm finally got around to building the Knightwing Sentinel plastic kit that I bought I don't know how many years ago. I've got the Branchlines kit to convert from the original 0-6-0 to the 0-4-0 and those are the parts that I've become stuck with. Being a total novice to kit building and loco building, and having been out of modelling circulation since I was a kid I've got (what I think) is a basic question. What order should the parts in the photo be attached? I have: Extended axles; Romford wheels; Coupling rods; Crank pins(?) the pin and disk with a threaded hole - th
  5. So after much reading and consideration I'm planning to plump for the 4mm Judith Edge Hunslet 230 hp 0-4-0DH, as Michael Edge recommended. Has anyone here tried one? DC Kits seem to have a good offer price for the bundle of kit, wheels, etc. As to tools: I was given an unwanted 15W Antex iron on the weekend, but had been planning on a 25W version of the same. Any thoughts? What else should go in a beginners toolkit? Files, Xuron etch cutting snips, vice, tweezers/forceps, drills, ... - a visit to Squires or Eileens Emporium I guess!
  6. The LSSE - BR 07 seems to have a longer rear bonnet and no rear walkway. I also see that there are differences to the bonnet sides (number of grilles) between the two. Besides the hydraulic vs. electric transmission. Craftsman also do a BR Class 07 model. Anyone any ideas on a good match for Chiltern Railways blue?
  7. Chiltern Railways now (as of last year) have a couple of shunters, one at Aylesbury the other at Wembley. They are sister locos: Ruston & Hornsby LSSH, see picture here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_adams/4944925833/. Having done a bit of reading around they seem to be ex. MoD locos, one of which then worked in Eastleigh. Something for a 4mm kit manufacturer to consider? Rob
  8. Adam, Do you have any pictures/blog of the Sentinel in EM that you built? Whose kit/motor did you use? What sort of experience was it for you? Rob
  9. Thanks for all of the replys - most encouraging. A Judith Edge kit (well more than one really!) is what I aspire to, and I thought was out of reach as a first kit. But the Sentinel 0-4-0 is designed for a Tenshodo unit - right? (As an aside I think that I'd prefer a Black Beetle unit because I think they run better, but am not confident in adapting as necessary - see what James Hilton did here: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php/blog/482-meadow-lane-msc-railway-in-p4/). The Sentinel also has the advantage of less complicated handrails - something else that worries me for the look o
  10. So, I'm back to railway modeling after a 20-year break. Back then it was all Lima locos and kit built plastic wagon kits from the likes of Cambrian (are they still around?). For the last 5-years or so I've been wanting to get started again and made a few purchases: Craftsman BR Class 02 brass kit; Knightwing Sentinel 0-6-0 plastic kit and Branchlines 0-4-0 conversion and motorising kit. The plastic bags inside the Craftsman kit haven't even been opened. I had started the Sentinel but got stuck in two places: The body needed shortening and I didn;t have the tools; The basic 4
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