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  1. Jeff, I commented here in November that my jig for DAS stones was made from a sheet of laminated particle board, the sort found used in desktop surfaces. This material is very lightly mottled and works very well to produce a stone textured surface at OO Gauge. I've done away with using cling wrap to line the mould it's not necessary with the plastic coated base., I just remove one side arm of the jig and slide away the strip once pressed into the mould. It's written up on my Blog, link below. (see "on the Workbench" section) Colin
  2. Monday evening we were watching "The Architecture the Railways Built" Ep 4 which featured the S&C. It made it here to Oz quickly only having aired last May in the UK (Yesterday/UKTV). For any who missed it well worth going back to explore as there are in detail looks at the building and restoration of Ribblehead as well as the various MR Building types found along the line. If I was not mistaken there was even a fleeting glimpse of AG at one point? Colin
  3. Jeff, I probably missed it but are you putting stones on rear face? A lot of work for an area out of view. Colin
  4. Andy, enough! Please don't impose your own rigorous standards on the rest of us Colin
  5. If that was me, I spoke too soon! Melbourne is proving its reputation weather-wise these last 12 months. "They" say it was hottest year on record to Oct/ Nov then La Nina arrived. Aside from a few 30C+ days it's been relatively cool this summer by our standards and wet. Mean temp Dec 24C, Jan 27C with barely a hint of a hot Northerly wind. Usually by now mid summer everything looks brown and parched, but my garden looks like something out of the Amazon with above average rain each month here since last August. Still for an ex-pom it makes summer bearable Co
  6. Feel free to correct my aging memory but recollections from my "O" Level woodwork were that the teacher's (Mr "Robbie" Robinson) preferred glue was Cascamite from a tin which sported these helpful words on the lid "when all else fails, read the instructions". I can also remember his ancient hot glue pot kept steaming and ready for action.
  7. Hi Richard, nice to hear from you, I've enjoyed browsing your site from time to time. There are 6 * 220uF Tantalum above + a further 1 below and a 470uF electrolytic so approx 2000uF on board. The bunker and rear tool box space is deceptive, viz, it is one open space so once you dispense with the modest 5g weight and carve back the plastic a bit all the caps fit snugly there. The SACC16 Stay Alice control is very small and stands upright in the front of the cab leaving room for crew on both sides. I surprised myself at how much I managed to fit in. Regards,
  8. WC&PR #15 and #17 both being 24' Saloons present similar challenges, requiring resizing and mixing / matching parts from suitable kits as well as creating the larger Saloon windows. For the novice tackling projects of this sort there's a lot of useful information about the kits, prototypes and construction in an article by Mikkel at http://www.gwr.org.uk/proratio.html and MikeOxon on RMWeb Backdating GWR Coaches With a good photo of #15 to hand, suitable parts from Ratio 612 (4 Compartment Composite) and Ratio 613 (2 Compartment 3rd Guard Brake) were identified
  9. WC&PR had a diverse range of Coaches during its forty-three years of operations but the best known are #15-17 which were the main operating stock in the final years. These were originally built for the LSWR by Metropolitan Carriage and Wagon. Two (#15, #17) were 24' 6" Saloons, #15 being a Brake Saloon, dating from 1869 (Beattie) and I have a suitable diagram for these. The last #16 was a LSWR 30' Five Compartment all Third from 1879-85 of standard MCW design. For those interested in more details, Peter Strange’s book on the WC&PR and the Col. Stephens Society provide good backgro
  10. I've a video somewhere of the notorious Hornby Class 48xx 0-4-2 which after my treatment with wipers, Stay Alive etc. runs seamlessly over those same curved points. Must go looking for it! I'll keep you posted. Colin
  11. Seeing promotional photos of the Dapol / Rails version of my loco helped me appreciate how wrong my base model was, mostly by omission but also how striking all the external “plumbing” work can be on these lovely locos. No two A1Xs appeared to have the same pipe configurations but fortunately excellent photos of the prototype No 4 gave me a suitable starting point. The various missing parts were cut from Brass rod and as they were copper in the original, I set about some simple electro-chemistry to copper plate them. The pink of the fresh metal quickly oxidises to the normal brown
  12. The many limitations of the old Hornby Terrier model are well known and some fall beyond being worth fixing. The main problem is the model represents the much earlier (pre-1920s) A1 Class whereas both WC&PR Terriers were rebuilt and reclassified as A1X Class while still owned by the LB&SCR. Most visual of the errors are the sandboxes of the A1 type incorporated above the front splashers, on the model these are solidly built plastic moulding in the main body and along with an extended boiler would require radical surgery skills beyond my grade. All the same I figured it was
  13. Hi Mikkel, my layout has insulfrog points (an early poor decision, pity there's no "undo" option). The most troublesome e.g. double curve have long dead spots and I've found the edge wipers to give more reliable performance than the standard type. They're also much easier to keep clean and retain their tension better. I've taken to fitting these wipers to all my 0-6-0s and similar locos. Couple that with a decent stay alive and locos will crawl across anything.
  14. My default modifications for small wheel base locos is to add a suitable Stay Alive and replacement wheel wipers. The DCC fit required a small Chip, the ZIMO MX622 which can be externally wired to the SACC 16 for Stay Alive function. The Chip is a tight fit between motor and body in the old style Hornby Terrier. The Stay alive and a decent set of Caps fit neatly on the cab floor / in the bunker once the modest bunker weight is removed. Wipers are added as per the Standard method given me by Barry Ten (thx again!). Operations over the longest double curve In
  15. The WC&PR had no less than 17 locomotives in its 43 years of operation and it would be hard to find a more diverse range of small wheelbase traction power anywhere. Under Col. Stephens management this motley selection (which must have been an engineer's nightmare) were effectively replaced in the final years by two of his beloved Terriers which did most of the hard work up until the line's closure. The first, acquired in 1925 was the ex- LBSCR No 43 "Gipsyhill" which became the 3rd or 4th WC&PR loco to be named "Portishead". By 1936 a further crisis arose with "Portishead"
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