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simonfish45

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  1. 1/16" frames soldered either side of a 1/4" brass bar, leaving a gap for the driving cog, gives you +/- 0.5mm wriggle room on a tri-ang back-to-back wheel set. Simon
  2. Hi Grahame Use geometry. Use a clear rule - rest the rule on the edge of the tube at an angle and slide it up until the 0 is where the point of the 'hat' is. No take the measurement that is now at the end of the tube and add some on for the overlap. That is the radius of circle you need to draw on your card. Cut out the circle, and cut from the centre to the edge and slide one under the other to form your roof. I have probably made sound more complex than it is! Regards Simon
  3. The British Standards proposed this back in 1949 they wanted 4mm - 1' with 16.5mm Gauge to be called OO Course Scale, and 4mm - 1' with 19mm gauge to be called OO Fine Scale - never happened. A starter for 10 - HO should be 17/128" - 1' on 5/8" Gauge rail, it was the industry that rounded it up to 16.5mm gauge and 3.5mm - 1'. So endeth the History lesson.
  4. Hi 81C Do you have the same problem as me - your cat standing on your keyboard...? Simon
  5. Hi Colin, It may seem steep but the TIG Welded certified copper boiler will set you back £3K+ with an up to 12 Month waiting list! It looks like Martin Evans 1962 Firefly design which in 5" gauge is just over 1.75" wider than scale over the cylinders and side tanks which makes it look squat and stumpy, along with a load of other anomalies which they seemed to happy overlook back then. Regards Simon
  6. I do like the look of the Signal Box, though the name board could cause a bit of confusion... ;-)
  7. ...but years ago you would have heard an porter shouting 'snur-sny' while he walked up and down the platform. This translates as'St. Erth change here for St. Ives' .
  8. The poor porter is so mesmerised by the sight before him that he still thinks he's wheeling his trolley...
  9. Wife phoning husband - "Are you going to be long?" Husband - "Just pulling out of Paddington." Wife - "I bet that made him drop his Sandwich!"
  10. Divide the top and bottom as per usual for OO locomotives. For the crosshead I would use a squat T with the top against the underside of the running board, the the nearest edge of the T against the inside of the valance and a strip glued to the underside of the running board to guide the other side of the T. The top of the T wil stop it twisting.
  11. You could get away without 'ye olde tunnel' as both lines run into cuttings, just line them with dry stone wall with short trees on top and around. Your trains will just disappear behind the walls and into the fiddle yard?
  12. Scroll to the bottom of this page for a 37 in 3mm on 12mm gauge rtr chassis - http://ttmodels.co.uk/readytorun.html. I have bought one of the etched class 50 kits with castings in the kits section and it is a match to my ga drawing. They also do 12mm and 14.2mm rtr track lengths with made up points.
  13. My brother is an architectual model maker using 1:25, 1:50 & 1:100. I have a 12" rule with 16th, 32nd, and 64ths along the top; 10th, 20th, 50ths along the bottom with mm on the back. Out of interest I am a member of the 3mm society and I am currently working on 3SMR 57xx pannier on a triangle chassey that I have refurbished and is as old as me!
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