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Bernard Lamb

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  1. There have been various comments about pushing pallets into position with another pallet. This practise ceased when reach trucks came into common use as they could extend both forwards and to the left and right. Using pallet trucks as oversize scooters was a regular game and you could get up quite a turn of speed, although cornering was a problem. Bernard
  2. It is most definitely not standard engineering practice to express tolerances from a nominal value. Let us take a simply case. A window frame and a piece of glass. One must have an all plus tolerance while the other must have an all minus tolerance. Any thing other than that and it might not work. Bernard
  3. No doubt you will get all sorts of replies some very accurate and some rather based on anecdotes. My credentials. I worked for Dexion the leading storage and materials handling specialists from 1970 to 2003. There are two main types of pallets. Chep from the second world war and Euro Pal from around 1961. You can Google these to find some details of the history. These began to be more widely used with the introduction of adjustable pallet racking circa 1964. As others have said FLTs did not usually drive into vans. They dropped the pallet in the doorway and it was moved into position using a pallet truck. Many smaller freight depots used hand stacking right up until the time that they closed. Many closed during the 1960s. FLTs changed rapidly during the period that you are interested in. They got bigger and the range of power options increased. It is rather important to get the right type for the area and date that you wish to model. Petrol machines changed to LPG for example and battery power improved greatly. From those days from what I can remember is that sacks when handled in bulk would be put into tote containers rather than being stacked on pallets. I would say that this change came bout in general between 1964 and 1967 but there would be earlier and later examples depending on all sorts of factors. Bernard
  4. But that is not what happens with MRJ. It tends to come out a few days before some of the major exhibitions. I have several times seen it available on the stand before I have received my subscription copy. I take the view that making it available to casual punters is more important than posting me a copy. I treat my subscription as a helping hand to keep the magazine running. Bernard
  5. Sadly most of the models from that time are not to scale and lack the detail of more recent models. The locomotives are not worth converting to P4 as their running qualities will be far inferior to any modern loco. Not to mention that P4 modelling is supposed to be all about getting all parts of a model to a high standard. I fear that you are rather out of your depth. You will not be changing a few wheel sets. You will be changing all of them and probably having to add some form of suspension to many of them. I would suggest that you lay a small amount of 00 track and have a play with the stock that you have and find out just what works and what does not. Conversions of a lot of the stock will be difficult and almost certainly not worth the effort. Meeting up with other experienced modellers would be a good idea and then you can find out just what work is involved. The last thing I want to do is dampen your enthusiasm but it is better to know now where your journey might lead before you are too far in. Bernard
  6. Do you want accurate P4 track for the model you are building, or do you want nominal P4 dimensioned track and are not worried about the finer points? Answer that question and you will know where you are going. If you choose the accurate version do not forget to use the correct length track panels and the correct point blades and rails. A good collection of prototype track photos would be a big help if you go for accurate track. Whatever you decide I would go for the new Peco BH joiners. While not 100% correct they don't look too bad and do make for a positive joint. Bernard
  7. We could start another thread on the farthest away from home shop that you have visited. That would be Harburn for me as I visit my sister in Embra from time to time and always pop in for a few things. Bernard
  8. I would very much doubt it as the wall thickness on a white metal kit is usually a lot thicker than on a RTR model. Using parts of the body kit such as the cab and bunker sides might be a viable option. Bernard
  9. The price sounds about right to me. Welcome to 2019. Please do not take an interest in the ex GER area as a much smaller loco, the J70 , will cost you a lot more. To be fair the Rails Terrier would be a better example of a similar size and quality for a modern model to compare it to. Model trains are not a mass market item and as such have to find their level in a changing world. Moaning about it will not change it. Several years ago I first made a comment about the new price increases of that time and stated that in a few years time that they would be considered to be something of a bargain. Things do seem to have moved that way and I do not see that we have yet reached the limit. As for the new J72. It does look rather nice at first glance but is limited in scope for many modellers. I am sure their are many branch line modellers who will dream up a story that it is replacing a bigger loco that is out of action. Bernard
  10. I took your first post at face value and tried to post a sensible reply. I did not get an acknowledgement from you. You then continue to wind it up regarding the odd point and fail to take notice of several comments that explain the situation and offer advice. You appear to me to be a bit of a trouble maker rather than a person asking a genuine question. is that being sarcastic? You choose. If you ever ask for advice again I will certainly not bother to give a reply. Bernard
  11. Looks pretty good to me at first glance. An interesting letter about Mike Sharman. A plug for a house soon to be for sale. Very cryptic. Almost as good as the Christmas Quiz. Coach building , tree making and some superb vernacular architecture. Not to mention another favourite of mine, industrial grot. 274 was not a good seller to punters in the Hemel branch of Smiffs and not one of my favourites either. I find this to be an excellent issue. Bernard
  12. Regarding 2. Just like it says on the web site? (I thought that stated 14 days the last time I looked and with slightly different wording as to qualifying reasons for returns). Which like your email address is UK based but includes a Canadian physical address. No wonder some people are feeling rather confused. Bernard
  13. Resin head code boxes are available from Brassmasters. Bernard
  14. A very good idea in theory. But who would benefit from it? What market would it be aimed at? TfL Journey Planner incorporates all methods of travel and tends to route you on and off various tube lines. The alternative routes in London have become so complex that a simple tube map has declined greatly in value. There will be an even greater change when the new line does eventually open. Even my daughter, who is from the Uber generation, has noticed certain possibilities that Crossrail will through up. Bernard
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