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Ian Major

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    Far from my natural habitat.
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    Gauge 0 GWR/WR loco construction plus the odd wooden ship model.

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  1. George, I like your idea of a small diesel depot. This could include a small roofless ex steam shed housing the diesels. You could go to town on its internal detail with everything on show. The possibilities are limitless! Ian.
  2. John, Back in 2013 the Stanier Mogul got off the rails all wheels on the GCR. See here. At least on our 7mm railways we only suffer blushes. Ian.
  3. Excellent stuff John. I should be picking up a couple of 5ft(ish) boards next week. At long last I will be making my own small layout. I intend to build my own track so I am taking inspiration and pointers (or is it points) from your work. Reading your last entry I had to permit myself a chuckle. In your July entry you highlighted the existence of the catch/trap/whatever point, then ran through it recently. I mean really. You can't get the staff you know. Still, hands up anyone who hasn't done that. Not many I don't suppose. Ian.
  4. Beautifully executed James. I understand the use of the cotton buds, but I am intrigued by the set of miniature bottle cleaners sat there. I have an identical set for cleaning my airbrush. I guess you use them that way, since the wagon is sat in your spray booth. But do you use them for any other (paint related) purpose or are they simply there conveniently for the airbrush. I look forward to more photos. Ian.
  5. Hendie, Good to hear from you again. You have received some fabulous artifacts there. In a world where there are many evil things going on it is wonderful to have people like Andrew to help restore one's faith in human nature. I look forward to more developments. Ian. PS I agree with Keith. The curtain does look a bit like underwear after their journey. Still, with a bit of ironing and pleating it will be back to its former glory I am sure. PPS How is the aircraft modelling doing?
  6. Cor, you will be as drunk as a skunk with all that Isopropyl around. Those GUVs are looking good. Nice work. Looking forward to seeing them finished and of course in the flesh. Ian.
  7. John, That is a fabulous piece of work. I take it that you have placed them between the steps up to the (future) bridge and the main building. Do you have an arrangement of buildings in mind or are you in experimental stage? I am looking forward to the results. Ian.
  8. Oh dear I missed your birthday. I would have let you buy me a pint if I had known. Ian.
  9. George, I agree with Andrew. It looks superb. Ian.
  10. The next step was to fit the first of the diagonal truss parts. I removed the 'V's at that end and reduced them to the correct height. I used a piece of metric graph paper to make sure I was taking the legs down evenly. I didn't want a "leaning Tower of Pisa" effect. When I was happy with its height I fitted it in front of the diagonal bracing. It looks much better now. The next view shows the first diagonal on the right. I have fixed a packing piece between the brace and solebar. The join at the queen post was also a bit weak so I spanned it with a piece of 0.5mm wire - it acts as a sort of fishplate. As can be seen the inner bracing would have fouled the bogie mounting. To handle this problem I added an extra cross piece using the same brass channel as the solebars. After adding the second outer diagonal truss I wedged the new cross piece under the two diagonals, then when the inner diagonals were added they were simply fixed to the cross piece and cut short of the bogie mounting. I made a boo boo with the cross pieces. I mounted them with their webbing facing the buffer beams. I should have mounted them with the flanges towards the buffer beams. If I need to cut recesses in the cross pieces to clear the wheel flanges it is a bigger job cutting the webbing rather than the flanges. Sadly I had already fitted all the diagonals before picking this up. My forward planning capability is obviously fading. At this point I fitted the bogies and their mountings. I also added the bogie kit supplied spacers. This was to check nothing clashed, check the ride height plus seeing it on its wheels helps my motivation! The next photo shows the new B next to the first B. The new B is standing about 1mm high. The kit supplied spacers are 1.5mm thick, so I will use my cutter to create some 10thou spacers from plastic - a quick job. The photo also makes an interesting profile comparison between the old Connoisseur plate bogies (on the right) and the new ones. I think Jim's latest bogies look superb, and I haven't fitted the brakes yet. Whilst I was doing this I checked how far the bogies would swing before fouling any part of the body. It turned out to be 15 degrees. Now knowing the distance between the bogie centres and using my school Trigonometry I calculated my new B would be able to negotiate a curve of radius slightly less than 2ft. Though when I lower the body by one mm to correct the ride height this will reduce the wheel clearance so I will recalculate when the wagon is finished but before painting - in case I need to attack those cross pieces. I have a little more work on the trussing then it is adding the brake levers and making the ratchets for them. These will conclude the soldering work. The white metal detail will be glued on. Ian.
  11. Ade, Your trees are developing a lovely country station feel. I fear though the picture of the small prairie will need moving up the wall a bit before it disappears into the vegetation. Ian.
  12. Very nice Rob, it looks as though the lid should open. You seem to be enjoying using your mill and lathe - they are addictive. Ian.
  13. Thank you for all the likes guys. Well - the sheet hooks are made and fitted, only 20 on this one! I have started on the trussing which I am making from 2 x 2mm brass angle. First were the 8 queenposts. Then I fitted the outer horizontal parts and the cross bracing. Much checking of things being square etc. I also fitted the brake "V" hangers. I found out from the previous MACAWs that it was easier fit them at this stage rather than later. I used the kit supplied hangers that were displaced by my scratch built DC brakes on the first B. Next on were the inner horizontal parts. Then I started to measure up for the diagonal bracing. This revealed two issues - one predicted, one not. The issue that I predicted was that the bogie mountings having to be attached fore and aft occupy the area where the inner diagonal bracing needs to be fixed. I should be able to secure them with some deep brackets. The other issue is that the "V" hangers from the kit are a scale 4 inches too tall, about 2mm. My intention is to surreptitiously give additional support to the diagonal bracing by attaching it to the brake cross shafts. So the "V"s have to be the right height. This I should have spotted before fitting them. This is a detail of the MACAW B at Didcot showing how close the brake shaft is to the diagonal trussing. I will take the "V"s back off and reduce their height and hopefully make progress from there. Ian.
  14. Simon, That is a very elegant arrangement with the Tortoise, not at all crude. I think I might steal the idea! Ian.
  15. Rod, I don't think "organic" can be used to differentiate between engineering and artistic minds - I speak as a retired engineer whose mind is so organic it is positively composting with old age. For me, the advantages of "frog juicers" over electro-mechanical switching is down to reliability and zero requirement for mechanical adjustment. You can get poor electronic circuits but once you weed the duffers out they generally just run and run (witness the Voyager 1 space probe success). I used to look after the electrics of the NECG0G test track electrics. The electro-mechanical switches were a constant source of unwanted work. "Frog juicers" are obviously no use if you wish to alternate between DC and DCC running. Ian. PS I am still jealous of your layout - in the nicest possible way.
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