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  1. I'm probably very late to the party here, but this is just a note of appreciation for The Gear Goblin and the other videos on the Association's excellent YouTube channel, which I've only just noticed. I'm not planning on hobbing any gears in the near future, but Nick's video is a great explanation of the process (and X-Y alignment, which is something which I always struggle with) with his usual humour and aplomb. The rest of the material is also recommended if you've not come across it, particularly the Templot content. Apologies if this is old news to most, but it's such a good collection of material I thought it was worth a mention.
  2. Thanks for that - I don't think colour will be an issue as the body spares seem to be available unpainted so I'd assumed that painting would be required anyway. I can see that 2251's generally had standard (whatever that means) 3000 gallon tenders but if anyone can point me at a source of information on what other variants they had, I'd be most grateful.
  3. I'm interested in doing a 2251 and obviously they've not been available for years as a complete loco, although I know there were some bodies available a few years ago. However spares seem to be fairly easily available - am I right in thinking the easiest (and cheapest) route to acquiring a body for 2FS is simply to buy and assemble it from the requisite bits, or are there still whole bodies around? Regards, Chris Edit: I’ve not put this in the Any Question… thread as I thought it might turn into a discussion of the history of Peco’s 2251.
  4. Can anyone suggest a good source of thin (i.e. sub-1mm) double-sided PCB please? The standard stuff seems to be 1.6mm (too thick, and I've got loads of it anyway...) and RS Components do a number in 0.8mm which would be good, but is this the thinnest available?
  5. Thanks for the very prompt reply Nick - that sounds about right. I've checked the skew and the worm and wheel definitely mesh OK. I suspect that what I did was order the wrong muffs then attempt to turn one down to 3.0mm, made a pig's ear of it and it's ended up as a sliding fit.
  6. A question on Association worm gear sets... I've recently given some attention to my long-running and so far unsuccessful Association Farish Pannier replacement chassis - I bought all the bits for this some years ago and have made sporadic progress at intervals since then. What I've got so far doesn't work too well so I've decided to revisit it with some of the video-wisdom of Dr Mitchell and try to get things working a bit more smoothly, but unfortunately I can't remember where I started and didn't make notes... The problem is that I don't know exactly what the worm gear set is. The gear is a brass 30T but I'm not sure of its bore - the current Association Shop 3 list only lists 1/8" worm sets but this appears to be 3.0mm bore - a 3.0mm drill fits it easily, and a 3.1mm doesn't fit at all. It's ages since I worked on this but I have it on a stepped muff which seems to be a sliding fit - I have another seemingly identical and unused muff which is 3.2mm diameter over the longer part. My assumption is that I've brutally reduced the muff diameter by forcing a 3.0mm gear onto a 3.2mm (1/8") muff. Can anyone confirm what the gear is? It's definitely a worm gear (concave teeth) and definitely has 30 teeth (I've counted twice). It appears to be the same as the current 30:1 1/8" set but with a 3.0mm bore. I'm aware there have problems with gear supply in recent years so maybe this is a now unavailable metric set? They say there's no such thing as a stupid question, but I'm not so sure.
  7. Many thanks Nick, and apologies for the thread drift - I'd noticed you firing it on Matt's FB posts and couldn't resist.
  8. Magnifique! It certainly makes a splendid noise. In some photos it looks like you're standing in a hole - does it have a bit of dropped footplate to access the firehole door or is this an illusion?
  9. I'm sure you're not stuck for "next projects", but that little tram loco you've been playing with looks like it would be an interesting 2mm challenge...
  10. I was just congratulating myself for getting the axlebox overlays soldered onto an Association wagon chassis straight, then I read this... Seriously though, it's brilliant stuff as usual Ian and I greatly admire your patience and ingenuity, especially with the toolbox hinge/strap method with the slivers of scrap etch. Also the fit between the bunker/floor assembly and the footplate is perfect with no sign of it being a separate component.
  11. That's a beautiful rendition of postwar pit architecture - really looking forward to see how this turns out. I was dragged up to Backworth by my older brother when I was about 11 to see the last of steam - wish I'd paid more attention now!
  12. Thanks Jim - yes, I think that was it and I'm not quite sure how I'm confusing it with one of yours. I remember it well as an early example of the good use of N for a "trains in the landscape" layout.
  13. What a lovely piece of work, Jim. It really emphasises the value of modelling well-observed prototypes and how much more convincing a model this produces, particularly in that it immediately places a model geographically. The houses have some of the beautiful simplicity of John Ahern's modelling which I'm sure many of us have admired from way back. Thinking of inspiration from the past, am I right in thinking that you produced a series of article on RM on modelling contemporary BR in the Highlands in the 1960/70s before moving on to the CR? I have memories of coming across some such when leafing through my older brother's RM back numbers.
  14. It's not really my area or subject but the CF thread continues to fascinate with its wealth of detail - I've learnt a LOT about tunnels after reading up on the building of the Tube, inspired by York Road. I was curious about the Tyler Tower and wondered why it was built (water meter pressure testing) but in the process found out that it was next to the St Pancras Carpet Beating Works. Which sounds like a model railway fiction like a spaghetti mine, but did really exist. Can anyone enlighten me as to what a carpet beating works did?
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