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Nig H

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    London Midland Region c.1959, LM coaches, 2mm finescale modelling.

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  1. About to leave the workbench, just some minor adjustments and weathering still to do, ex-LMS articulated BSO/SO. The articulation joint seems to work OK though I haven't tested it through any pointwork yet. Nigel Hunt
  2. Hi Nick, Brilliant work as usual and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished results in the flesh. The improvements to the combination lever and union link are well worthwhile. I'm pleased the etched crosshead seems to work and I'm glad I left it on the etch. Thanks for showing how you did all this . Nigel Hunt
  3. Hi Adam, I have the Jenkinson book, and the R W Rush one only. The L & Y Society has some coach drawings listed including D. 94 with a note 'from Rush'. If so it won't be dimensioned, I think. The L & Y drawings can be viewed and photographed at Manchester Central Library when it re-opens. Sam Kennion is a L & Y soc member so I'll ask him if he can help with more information. I think the Jenkinson drawing should do for a coach side as long as you make measured bits fit in with known dimensions. When I drew the artwork for my GSWR dining car I used a spreadsh
  4. Hi Simon, The saddle tank chassis is coming along nicely. I think you've got it running pretty smoothly, especially for an 0-6-0T in 2mm scale. Hopefully you've cleaned your track and the driving wheels to ensure the best possible pick-up. It can be hard enough anyway getting 2mm scale locos running sweetly without making life more difficult with dirty track or wheels. I look forward to seeing further progress on this. Nigel Hunt
  5. Hello Adam, This is very interesting, especially the Class 28. One of my reservations about 3D printing is the minimum thicknesses required. I wonder whether it would be possible to mix 3D and etched parts for the Class 28, specifically the cab side sheets, the dummy front frames and the steps. Maybe other parts could be considered including tender side sheets and rear. My idea for the cab side sheets is that etched versions could be used as an overlay though it would mean the cab cutout beading would also need to be etched then soldered in place- not always the easiest of tasks. M
  6. Hi Mike, I think its a GWR 2-6-2T so you could get a 61XX chassis kit from the Association, or David Eveleigh does a 45XX chassis, though for the Dapol body. An alternative might be to get a GF chassis already complete with wheels etc - maybe a simpler option. Nigel Hunt
  7. Hello Nick, I'd much prefer it if someone else would do an etch! Full kits take a long time to develop and I'd rather spend my time on other projects. I did look at the Wild Swan book on the Crabs, and it struck me that the footplate might be difficult to design because the valance is so shallow. I suppose some sort of cradle below the valance to retain its shape until the footplate was attached might work - who knows? Nigel Hunt
  8. Hi, The stuff I got is unbranded so maybe its just rubbish. It smells nice though. Nigel Hunt
  9. Here is the latest on my LMS articulated coaches. Progressing slowly but surely (?). A close-up of the articulated joint over the central bogie. And the underside of the underframes. I decided to start on the bodies so I could check them for length against the underframes. It might cause problems if the bodies were to close to the articulation point. Mekpak on the underside of the seats has caused the floor to curve upwards slightly as it dried out. I tried using limonene but I couldn't get it to s
  10. If the lamp irons are on the footplate above the buffers, I put a small piece of paper between the bunker and the lamp iron and squeeze the lamp iron in place with the point of an Exacto knife blade. The sharp point limits the heat transfer ( I think), and I use a generous amount of solder on the tip of the soldering iron bit. You can always 'pull' some of the excess solder away from the lamp iron once its soldered in place to help clean away the excess solder. This method applies to 'L' shaped lamp irons. If soldering these sort flat on the bunker rear one way to mark the position is with a p
  11. I think these have been around for a few years now. The etches are 5 thou brass and that seems a bit flimsy to me. I wouldn't fancy soldering the various bits to the floor pan as I think they would end up being distorted by the heat. I suspect the Association ones are a better bet, and cheaper, though I've never made any myself as I etched my own Mk1 underframes in 10 thou nickel silver. Nigel Hunt
  12. Hi, The Association sells plastic BR Mk1 roofs. I've used many of them with the Mk1 coaches I've built. I usually thin the ends down to get closer to a prototypical thickness. Nigel Hunt
  13. Yes I did. Thanks Richard. Hi Andy, Yes, those are the ones and yes I'd like them please. Thanks very much. Can you hold onto them until me meet up, and email me how much you want for them? Nigel Hunt
  14. Hi, Does anyone have any 9' w/base etched generic coach bogie frames surplus to requirements? I'll be interested in buying them if so. Also any whitemetal LMS bogie sideframes, subject to quality of the castings. Nigel Hunt
  15. Hi Nick, Nice work as usual. Do you know what causes the cobwebbing? Is it caused by the cold maybe? When it happens to me I use water and a fairly stiff brush to clean the paintwork up. As you say, sometimes bits need removing with tweezers or a knife blade - delicate work. Nigel Hunt
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