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  1. Thinking about this again it is quite easy to move the frame along for more wheelsets but only if the shorter distances between axles fits the box - which comes back to my requirement for the 8 coupled box.
  2. I initially bought the 6 coupled box but quickly found that it wouldn't take short wheelbases (I build quite a lot of these) but the 8 coupled box would. I now have both boxes but only one set of dummy axles and can cope with most wheelbases. I've never used a frame building jig before, thinking they were too complicated and expensive but the Poppy's jig is cheap and very effective.
  3. Have a search for this book: Compound Locomotives by J.T. van Riemsdijk ISBN 0-906899-61-3 Lots of photos and drawings of all sorts of compound locos in there.
  4. We're not thinking of selling this as a kit, there's a perfectly good Gladiator kit already available - I just did it this way with a one-off etch to see how well it worked. Yes. I've got the top steps upside down and you're right about the drag beam - all will be altered this week.
  5. We may well do this one as a kit rather than "etches only" in view of the whole boiler being etched. I still need to make a proper pattern for the smokebox door (I have one that I thought was near enough but it's not that close). I would need to make a dome as well - that wasn't an easy job for the 7mm version.
  6. Some more work on the delayed Stanier 3P 2-6-2T this week. Bodywork now just about finished, after the difficulties with the injectors on the 7mm version I'm going to put the cab steps, balance pipes and injectors all on the frames. Since the loco is still on its temporary Romford wheels this will have wait until the final Gibson wheels are fitted. We'll have this on display at Manchester this weekend along with the prototype Stone Faiveley pantograph.
  7. Next 7mm job underway now This is our GC 4000 gal. tender scaled up to 7mm and etched in.022" n/s. Everything seems to fit, this is for an ROD loco.
  8. I would advise paying a little attention to how the tags connecting the parts are to be cut - I put all tags where they can be reached with snips. The tags in the middle will be very difficult to cut without distorting the parts - just leave most of them out, most etches have far too many tags. If this is just strapping I would suggest half etched leaving the rivets standing out - it's extremely difficult to press out rivets in narrow strips without distortion. You can draw bolt heads and nuts as square or hexagon shape if you want to, for half etch rivets in .015" material I use a radius of about .23mm.
  9. Sorry, none in stock at the moment.
  10. Photo etch normally use 18" x 12" sheets, they will do 24" if requested. PPD now have a minimum size of 290mm x 100mm. Both require an amount left on all sides for handling - about 1/2" is enough.
  11. It seems from this that the two 150hp engines ran all the time at constant speed, no mention of any control for them.
  12. 4F frame kit should work for the 3F, as you say you might have to take some off the top edge. The SEF kit is fairly foolproof. If you really want to use hornblocks I would strongly recommend the High Level ones (although they won't fit the cutouts in your 3F frames) and the Poppy's jig is very useful to set them and check with the coupling rods.
  13. Two of Wentworth Junction's locos received some weathering as part of Barry Oliver's demo at Warley. The S1/2 69901, not too dirty by Mexborough standards, still needs a front coupling. The EB1 on the banker siding at WJ where it was intended to work, buffer beams still need some attention.
  14. Markits wheels are thicker than Gibson so you might have difficulty with the clearance behind the crossheads. I had so many queries about this that I built the test etch of the Horwich version in EM gauge (with Gibson wheels though) just to prove that it isn't difficult.
  15. Difficult to answer that question while remaining polite..... So far the Fell hasn't been the huge success we anticipated but in our experience it's impossible to predict which models will or won't sell well - nobody has ever guessed correctly which of our kits is the best seller and which are the worst.
  16. Our next exhibition is Manchester on 7th and 8th December. We will have some more 150hp Fowlers and most of our 7mm range with us, we do get asked frequently for 2mm etches at shows but don't have them with us unless pre-ordered. The first test etch of the Stone Faiveley pantograph will be on dosplay, should be in production early next year, all other pans are in stock.
  17. That's the easy bit, the half etched sides (something I don't usually do) with a curve at the top will be more "interesting". This is the first Midland style tender I've etched, scratchbuilding technique would have been to add the flat beading from thin strip to full thickness sides.
  18. I spent many hours trainspotting down there (when the staff had thrown us off the platforms at North Western) in the 50s and 60s but I never noticed the rail!
  19. I went through all the drawings in the NRM collection and it still took a long time to piece everything together, one or two were missing as well. 10100 was modified in all sorts of ways more or less all through its life - and until it was painted green it's impossible to tell which side or end you are looking at in photos. Bizarrely BR put two LH crests on in the black livery but a LH and a RH one when it was painted green. There is what looks like a GA in the old OPC collection at York but it doesn't have a single dimension on it, all the rest are various detail drawings. Judging by the rapidity of all the modifications I would say that it was fairly unlikely to have been built the same as first drawn.
  20. Before starting the next big job (7mm ROD 2-8-0) I did a bit more work on 40936, the tender etch produced some interest at Warley but as I said before I only have one of these. Parts for the tender set out here, I didn't etch any frame spacers for this so the inner frames have been assembled on screwed spacers in the axle holes. Two of my "universal" spacers bolted under the footplate which is half etched underneath to leave locations for the steps and outside frames, buffer beam and drag beam also fitted in half etches. This is .015" n/s, half etch leaves the visible edge just about scale thickness. A few space fillers on this etch, BR aws bang plates and buffer extension pads - also the loco smokebox wrapper which I had forgotten was there when O made one to fit on the loco.... Inner frames soldered to the spacers, next under the footplate the steps are soldered in place. Buffers are Slater's, fitted on pads. All steps and one frame fitted, the outer frames are cut out to clear the buffer tails and 12BA nuts but this doesn't show behind the step plates when finished. Cross wires for brakes soldered in and the guard irons bent outwards, final shape later. That's all on this for now, main job this afternoon.
  21. Nice to finally see a link to that video - shows just how ridiculously cramped the cab was and not visible in these shots is that there was a lrge casing covering the mechanical fan drive through the cab at driver's knee height. As far as I know this was the only loco with outward opening doors. The sound may well be genuine, it certainly fits what the driver is doing with the controls. There are many myths surrounding this loco, it did spend a lot of time in works but it did work successfully in ordinary traffic for a long time considering its experimental nature - the real wonder is how BR were persuaded to build it. The centre portion of the rods was removed early on, presumably as a cure for transmission wind up with gear drive and rod drive between the same axles. The regularly repeated rumour that it was sent out without any oil in the gearbox because of a misheard number is almost certainly pure invention according to Adrian Ford who worked at Derby in this period (on the diesel electrics but he was there at the time). It did suffer an engine fire but it was still black with the old crest then, it was repaired and repainted in green with the later crest. After this it was finally possib le to identify which side/end was which since the later crest was applied in LH and RH forms (originally in black it had two LH facing crests). The withdrawal notice was issued in August 1958, the reason given was high maintenance costs - hardly surprising considering the complexity.
  22. Our recommendation is Gibson 4844P (Markits 15mm would fit in 00 but probably not in EM) and High Level Roadrunner+ gearbox.
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