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    Model railways in P4, prototype interests the railways in Telford. Author of 12 books on railways on ex LMS l and BR standards. Motor cycles, particularly Hinckley Triumphs. Military history, particularly the Napoleonic wars. All books by Bernard Cornwall.

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  1. I am a big fan of Ultrascale loco wheels but am having problems getting paint to stay on the front of the tyres. Paint just does not stick. I have head that there is a chemical way of darkening the tyre rim, does anybody know what this is and where do I get some from. thanks David
  2. Gentlemen, many thanks for your input and knowledge, very helpful. Most of the chips In the photo will be put into some small Industrials ( in P4) so current draw should not be a problem as they all have Mashima motors. i now have a better understanding of the “old” chips. David
  3. Have finally got round to finihing a few more pre group wagons. The LNWR Brake van is a London Road models kit. This has used up nearly all my HMRS LNWR diamonds, I have enogh left for 2 more wagons but I have 6 wagons to finish! The HMRS has been out of stock of this transfer sheet for months and seem not ba able to find a printer to make some more. Coast Line Models do a sheet of diamonds but they are noticably bigger than either the HMRS ones or the Ratio wagons ones. I have lettered the brake van "Shrewsbury" on one side and "Walsal"l on the other. Would be nice to have a "Stafford", but I will have to make do with a "Crewe"
  4. RFS, thanks for the reply, the problem I have is I don’t know which is the A and which is D as they both have the same number on the chip, just different colours. Also I have the manuals but I don’t know what they mean as I know nothing of electrics and electronics! David
  5. I have a box of new Lenz DCC chips, but I have 2 problems with them: Firstly I know they are about 10 years old so are there any problems with matching them with modern motors and EMF. Secondly the chips come with different coloured numbers and I don’t know what the difference is.The numbers are 0511A and 0511D and again don’t know what the difference is. I contacted the current Lenz importer but these chips were imported before they became the importer, and were supplied by McKays who have now closed. David
  6. Dave, one of the advantages of the Samhongsa built models is that it comes with sprung axleboxes so converting to P4 is relatively simple. As a sometime American modeller I recognised the Samhongsa name stamped on the keeper plate. i agree the Bachmann model is excellent and stands up well to current RTR models.
  7. The remaining 2 panniers are Bachmann bodies with Comet chassis, one with a Portescap motor and one with a Branchlines gearbox. The issue with fitting a scale chassis under the Bachmann body is there is no boiler bottom as on the Bachmann chassis this is part of the chassis. I have made up a boiler botton for 9774 but remains a job for 5712. 5712 is also an early style cab. I have a High Level chassis to build so this may well end up as one the Panniers sold to the NCB such 7754 and painted bright green. Some of Wellingtons Pannier tanks had overhead warning flashes for working into Crewe on the stoppers from WEllington.
  8. I now have a collection of 4 Pannier tanks, all of which were at one time allocated to Wellington and would regularly work down to Trench sidings and beyond with pick up freights. 9630 has an interesting heritage, being a Korean brass loco built by Samhongsa and comes with sprung hornblocks. I bought it for £25.00 out of a box under a traders stand with a very poor paint job. I think the trader thoiught it was a backmann one, hence the chaep price. Now converted to P4 (by my friend Tony Sheffield) and stripped and repainted by me. Runs realy well with a massive can motor in it. I was pulled by this loco on the service from Wellington to Crewe in 1962.
  9. Dave, Thanks. I find taking photos very often shows up imperfections that I can then rectify. The standard Bachmann chassis for the Pannier tank has some vertical movement in the centre axle, and runs really well. Will be giving it a run out on the Nottingham Area group test track as the final test. The model cost me £65 of eBay, which is less than the cost of a standard OO one and the Ultrascale wheels cost almost that as well. I find that stuff with poor paint jobs are the ones to buy. Next job is to give it a light weathering and make up the fire irons for the bunker.
  10. I recently bought in a Bachmann Pannier tank which had been converted to P4 using Ultrascale wheels. The paint scheme was not good so I stripped, repainted, renumbered (to 4693) to one of Wellingtons allocation. Just needs some light weathering. I was surprised how well the standard Bachmann chassis runs. This now brings my fleet of Wellingtons panniers up to 4.
  11. Making progress with the build, but a question for Gordon. I have reached the point where I am about to fit the slidebars, but am confused as to when to fit the cylinder wrappers. Instruction 8 says fit the cylinder wrappers but All the pictures in the instructions following show the cylinder assembly with the slidebars fitted but without the cylinder wrappers, so the question at what point do these wrappers go on? Thanks David
  12. David, no just run an 1/8 “ reamer through the bearings and the final drive gear in the gearbox. David
  13. Continued with the build. When laminating the slide bars I found using one of the hair clips ( also used in point making) useful for holding them together.I also remembered to measure the Gibson axles and found they were 3mm, which was fortunate as I was about to run a 1/8” reamer through the fixed bearings! Now need to buy a 3mm reamer, not just for this loco but for future builds. David
  14. I have made a start on Gordon’s excellent chassis kit. Closely following the instructions after bending up the firebox I soldered it up and then noticed the next instruction” Do not solder” that will teach me to not read ahead! Next job is to assemble the chassis. David
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