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Caley Jim

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  1. I find adding a little grey to the black, instead of white, produces a much better result for black ironwork, underframes etc. Jim
  2. They and '&' are my pet hates neither of which I ever seem to be able to get right. Another good reason not to model the G&SWR!
  3. I still say it looks b****y good! I agree with what you say about signwriters I had a patient whose family business was painting and signwriting lorries. This in the days before vinyl transfers etc. He told me of the time his dad was lettering a road tanker for a firm which had a double 'S' in its name. Once he had finished one side the son had to point out to him that he had spelled it with a triple 'S'!! Jim
  4. I see nothing to be ashamed of there, Mike. In my experience weathering, like painting, can mask a multitude of sins! Jim
  5. Highland Games were and are held in many locations, not just Oban, the most famous, through their Royal patronage, being at Braemar. There are many other reasons why they could be going there, grouse shooting, fishing etc. and don't forget that Oban was, and still is, a major ferry terminal for the Islands, especially Mull and on occasion Islay. Jim
  6. I have a friend who was the Medical Director of two of the big hospitals in Melbourne. Several of the consultants were also Glasgow graduates and of they were all having a coffee together in the morning none of the Aussies could understand a word they were saying! Jim
  7. I think the 'gold pips' you mention are cylinder lubricators. The brass items on the front ring of the boiler are the clack valves which are part of the injector system. You wouldn't want to be injecting water into the smokebox!!! Jim
  8. The rods are part of the alarm gear. When the communication cord is pulled the transverse rod rotates so that the flat 'paddles' on the ends are vertical so indicating in which coach the cord was pulled. At the same time a crank in the little box opens a valve in the brake pipe, via the vertical rod, to apply the brakes. The two fitments on either side of the corridor connection are the jumper cables for connecting the coaches electrically. HTH Jim
  9. Thanks for the responses. I knew Tim had recommended something, but I couldn't find where it was. Having looked at that, I don't think I'll ever need a litre, so I'll order up the aluminium one from Eileens. I've never used such products before, but thought I would try it to blacken the edges of parts of my 0-6-0ST. Jim
  10. Which of these is best on n/s? and is the Birchwood Casey super black matt pen worth getting? https://eileensemporium.com/index.php?option=com_hikashop&ctrl=product&task=show&cid=282&name=birchwood-casey-super-black-matt-pen&Itemid=189 . Jim
  11. RH injector and pipework made up and sitting inplace The tale to this one is that I had the injector half made, spigot created and four holes drilled, and was in the process of cutting it off the brass stock when it suddenly parted and flew off into the hands of the carpet monster. A quick search failed to find it, so I set about another one. When I had finished filing it up and was walking out my study last night something glinted on the carpet at the door..... You've guessed it, the missing injector blank!! Ah well, if I ever decide to build another saddle tank I've got the beginnings of a RH injector for it! (CR side tank and tender locos had the injectors either on top of the boiler or under the footplate.) Jim
  12. Is that not just the light reflecting off the side and top of the end door? The tops of the ends of the adjacent wagons look the same to my eye. The photograph appears to have a very high contrast. Jim
  13. I have a suggestion as to what to do with that photograph which would involve a wall and darts, but I don't want to fall foul of the moderators, so I'll restrain myself! Jim
  14. After a somewhat frustrating time I have managed to make up a representation of the LH injector and ts associated piping. The injector itself is filed up from some 1mm thick brass with a spigot at the back which fits into a hole in the side of the firebox. Shallow holes were drilled with a No.80 drill where each of the pipes are attached. The frustrating bit was getting all the lengths of copper wire 'pipe' attached to it without getting too much solder on everything as the whole assembly will be left as bright metal. After several unsuccessful attempts I ended up setting the injector upside down on my soldering mat with lengths of wire, longer than required and with their ends well tinned, sitting in the holes and held in place with blue tack at the ends furthest from the injector. I then held the injector spigot in tweezers and applied the soldering iron to the back of the injector. This way most of the solder is on the back. The wires were then cut back to length. The clack valve was turned in the minidrill from a scrap piece of 12BA bolt, first making a small hole in the end for the wire. Once turned to size I then drill a hole in one side to fit over a spigot on the boiler side. I managed to inadvertently drill right through, in the process breaking my one and only No.80 drill!! Once the assembly had been test fitted and the pipe to the clack valve adjusted so that the latter sat vertically, a small length of fine wire to represent the support was wrapped around the pipe and passed through a fine hole in the centre splasher before being fixed to the wire. It will be glued in place after painting. BTW, the cosmetic frames have been removed to avoid damage to them when handling the loco. I wonder how many attempts it will now take me to make the RH one? Jim
  15. You certainly haven't ruined it - far from it! 'Black' ironwork always looks better as a very dark grey. Jim
  16. From the drawing in Mike Williams' book on CR coaches, Maid of Morven was a total of 62'1" over buffers and corridor connection end plates (57' over body). The problem with the glass in the end windows only seems to have been at the Oban end, the turntable there being only 50' diameter in CR days, the wheelbase of the coach being 47'5". Breakages were put down to rough shunting at this end. To quote from the book: The station pilot drivers were given orders to buffer-up, as the late John Barr [The Caley's Locomotive Running Superintendent] put it to them, as if giving your mother-in-law a kiss! There doesn't appear to have been the same problem on the 60' turntable at Buchanan Street. In LMS days the 'table at Oban was replaced by a 60' one. Jim
  17. CR 1 and 29 classes had a similar arrangement for working through the Glasgow Central low level lines. The drivers didn't like condensing, though, since condensing the steam heated up the water in the tanks and injectors didn't work so well with hot water. Jim
  18. All I can say is 'that looks b****y good' !!! Jim
  19. I'm just about to start filling the smokebox and tank with lead. Jim
  20. Most of the bodywork is now at the stage where it's ready to be painted and I don't plan to do that before I have the loco in running order, so I'm now turning my attention to making the bits to be fitted after painting. Yesterday I made up the backhead. The backhead itself is two pieces of 30thou black styrene laminate together and then cut and filed to shape, the firehole door and shelf above it being from 5 and 10thou styrene respectively, then painted black. The various pipes and fittings are cobbled up from copper wire, with the regulator handle cut from scrap etch. It's all no more than 'representational' since the only good view you'll get of it will be from over the top of the bunker. It is just sitting in place here. The pressure gauge sits above the backhead, so it and its associated piping will also be made and fitted later, though again, it will only be seen when viewed almost horizontally from above the bunker. I note in the last photo that one of the cabside lamp irons has gone awol, so that will have to be replaced. Jim
  21. Actually, she's in New Zealand. A similar mistake to calling up here 'English'! Jim
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