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  1. Dear Mike i’m very pleased to hear that you might be preparing a P4 chassis. I replaced the wheels in my Heljan version with Ultrascales, and fitted Brassmasters replacement rods, but try as I might, I can’t get it to run smoothly. The rods also foul the footsteps. A proper compensated or sprung chassis, with bespoke brake gear, would solve all my problems! Best wishes David
  2. It is just the photographs! The originals were rather dilapidated when in departmental use, so I used (I think!) Railmatch faded blue. They need to be dirtied after I apply the transfers and that will darken them considerably. I took the photos in haste today whilst the sun was shining. They aren’t really that light! Best wishes David
  3. Alun, I usually use the data panels from miscellaneous Fox transfer sheets that I have accumulated. You'll see from the attached photos that I didn't get as far as applying even the numbers or data panels. It is a long time since I got these out of my stock box, and even then, I see that I couldn't get one of them on the track! For what it is worth, these are Parkside kits, built to P4 standards with sprung w-irons and detailed underframes. Thanks for all of your efforts in sourcing some transfers so that I can finish them off. Best wishes, David
  4. I would be interested in some white transfers too. Looking at the Wizard Models site, the only Mopok transfers still in stock for coaching stock seem to be yellow rather than white. I built a couple of Parkside kits a few years ago as models of the departmental Fruit D vans, TDB975335/7/9 that used to operate between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple. There are, as ever, some excellent photos on Paul Bartlett's site at https://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/fruitd. I could source the numbers and the data panels, but not some of the other markings, so the project stalled at the final step
  5. I too have been wrestling with a Frogmore Toad. I wanted to produce an AA23 van for the British Railways 1963 stock that we run on Chris Lamacraft's Hemyock because there are photos of, probably the same, bauxite-liveried van in several books. Foolishly, I thought the Frogmore kit the best route. On starting, I thought that the rivets were a little heavy and not necessarily in the right places, so I replaced the side sheets with my own versions, hunched out with a GW Models rivet press. I also replaced the side stanchions with T section, which on the AA23 went straight down to th
  6. Pre the 15th December timetable change, the conductor guards tended to stay in the back cab of the rear unit. Post 15th December, and the use of 3-car 158s or the prototype 150s, the staff are much more active. 10/02/20 Edit to correct the misspelling of rear as real
  7. And these are my attempts at weathering ... The started out as TOPS set J. I've swapped in P4 wheels, but haven't yet had a chance to run them on someone else's layout to see whether or not they will run acceptably without springing or compensation. David
  8. It’s not you ... Trains now creep into the platforms and right along to the ends. Last minute changes of platform, often after the train has arrived, are the norm rather than the exception. I stood at the far end of platform 12 with the relief driver of my train home to Exeter St David’s tonight as we watched it come in on 6. It was the same the night before, and doubtless will be tomorrow. It’s now so far to walk that it was a good 10 minutes before everyone had got on the train. That’s enough for a train to lose its path. I’ve decided to loiter in the tunnel until the train arrives. Big s
  9. Thank you all for your encouragement. I stole a few moments this evening to strip down the rods and check the quartering. Nothing seemed amiss, but when I put it back together, it ran very sweetly. I hadn’t opened up the holes in the rods at all, so there wasn’t the slightest room for the quartering to be out, so that was presumably the problem. Next step is to put the motor and gearbox in ... Best wishes David
  10. Thank you Mike and jrg1. I regret not using the compensation method designed into the kit and will undoubtedly do so in the next Judith Edge kit that I build. I had misunderstood quite how it works, but your photograph makes it wonderfully clear. I should have had more confidence in my ability and not been so cautious as to rely on conventional three-point suspension. I am certainly really pleased with the way that the kit has gone together. The body now has a coat of primer, which hides the deficiencies in my soldering. I suspect that I may be worrying unnecessarily and that all I need
  11. Ah! I thought that you would have mentioned it if you had encountered a problem. The problem is that the centre of the jack shaft axle lies a fraction higher than the line between the centres of the two main axles. It is certainly meant to; although it isn’t noticeable in any photographs, Mike’s drawing that comes with the instructions shows it this way. I first noticed it when I tried to set up the frames in my Avonside jig and realised that the three axles are not quite colinear. That means that the rod will be very slightly shorter than necessary. Looking back at some of the photo
  12. I am sorry to hijack another of your threads. Inspired by your build of the industrial version, I have been working on a P4 model of one of the second batch of North British 330 hp shunters for British Railways. Once finished, it will be D2913, which spent a few weeks on trial at Nuneaton in January 1960 and had an extended exhaust pipe. The kit has gone together beautifully. The photo shows progress so far. Like you, I opted to compensate the front axle. I didn’t initially understand the compensation designed into the kit, preferring to fix the rear axle to preserve the distance to the ja
  13. Thank you! I don't think that I've outgrown the functionality of my Compact yet, so I'm relieved to know that I won't have to upgrade just yet.
  14. I am currently using a Lenz Compact and wonder if it might be time to upgrade. I switched to DCC because of the improved running, and not because of the additional features such as lighting and sound. However, I am very tempted by the new SLW class 24 and can see that the Zimo MX645/633 decoder with which it is fitted has lots of extra facilities. Will my Lenz Compact be able to cope with such an advanced decoder? I'm not concerned if I can't access all of the functions, but rather whether I could operate the locomotive at all. Would I have to upgrade now?
  15. I don't want to inflame the discussion any further, but the ex-Acorn etched brass kit is still available from Mercian Models. Furthermore, they currently have them on special offer at £38 for two. David
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