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  1. Dunwurken, PD is an absolute hero to me so I hope you'll keep us posted regarding the other loco's too? Great work.
  2. Hi Trainman there's a U.S. firm called Archer transfers that makes transfer sheets of rivets, 3D ones built up in resin I think. You cut out what you need in a strip or whatever and slide it into place like a regular transfer. Now I must admit I've never used them but others on here have and they seem to be well liked.
  3. Looking superb. At least you didn't have to start with the Bec kit - now that requires serious butchery!
  4. I agree - the symptoms suggest that the switching system for frog polarity is at fault, and when it's set to straight the frog is either getting no power or still getting the same polarity as when switched the other way and therefore creating a short. Grab a length of wire and try a temporary bridge from a rail of suitable polarity to the frog. If still no good it's a short and if it works then it was dead. Either way almost certainly the switch though. If it's been out of use for a while the contacts could be dirty, so try working the switch back and forth many times in an attempt to clean it.
  5. That's a great looking loco and it makes me want to pull mine out of the drawer and do some work to it - had it for 40 years, not used it for at least 30, but I remember it ran really smoothly, and that I converted it to class 25/0. I've been looking at the Brassmasters tanks - do they cover all the options, as there seems to be a bewildering variety of tank shapes and sizes?
  6. No. 5 was built by Hudswell Clarke and Rodgers of Leeds in 1877, and came to Saltport with the line's original contractor Thomas Walker, fresh from the Barry Docks contract. On completion of the site, the loco. was bought into service and thus became one of the Harbour Authority's original fleet. Seldom photographed, the 70 year old veteran was captured by George Alliez in the autumn of 1947 in this rare early colour photo., whilst shunting the sorting sidings near Saltport East Yard. In just a few years she would be gone, believed scrapped in that great purge of ancient and unsuitable locomotives that followed the mysterious departure of long-term General Manager Stuart Firth in the summer of 1950..... The last few weeks have finally given me the chance to get this loco finished. There wasn't a lot to do, but it was all the fiddly bits I find off-putting. Pick ups are brass wire secured to copperclad, and guided by brass tube (thanks to 5050). I had to make sure they did not obstruct the open nature of the frames, hence the mounting points are well out of the way, and I partially succeeded. After that, odds and ends of details, handrails, and a whistle turned from brass tube in the mini-drill. For colour I have returned to the Great Western green I have used before - on reflection it's just a good colour that works well with weathering and looks the part I think. There is no cab interior to speak of - the cast back plate fouled the worm gear so had to be left off and the crew take up the rest of the space anyway. Speaking of crew I have managed to make the driver look like some 1980's herbert rather than a 1940's gent, I don't know how, he is Airfix trackside staff so should be suitably vintage. perhaps he needs a re-paint. This loco is really small - it seems even smaller than the Manning Wardle 'F' - it's an interesting comparison, and I have to say that construction has re-affirmed my dislike of white metal - give me brass every time!
  7. High Level Kits have the best range of gearboxes, and Chris is very helpful.
  8. I too always use flux and for anything but electrical would always use a non-cored low melt solder such as 145 or 179. From what you say it's possible the tip does need cleaning. I have a Maplins temperature controlled iron which is great. I set it to 400 and it does a terrific job, but the tip need constant cleaning. The solder should coat the tip instantly - it should be gleaming, bright metal. if the solder is almost falling off it in spheres it suggests a dirty bit. I now use a tub of Carr's bit cleaner - you just dip the dirty bit into it whilst hot and it comes out gleaming and nicely tinned like it should. Funnily enough my old SRB type 1 hardly ever needed cleaning, but with this one I can't do without it.
  9. Four months from a lump of plywood to this... Amazing work. Absolutely beautiful.
  10. Peco once made a Jubilee in N gauge - you may be able to get one secondhand.
  11. Hi in volume 2 of Peter Denny's Wild Swan book(s) on Buckingham, he devotes about 7 pages to the gasworks, if that's any help.
  12. Is that the old Nu-cast kit? I'm interested to see how you introduce chassis flexibility in a loco with spur gear drive. I've got one planned and a couple of options are under consideration but I'm still not sure...
  13. It looks terrific - well worth a new chassis I reckon.
  14. Hi Alex rivets are commonly used to assemble valve gear in loco kits so are readily available. Gibson sell them for instance. Whether that works or not depends on the size of the Bachmann one I suppose - the Gibson ones are 0.8mm diameter with various lengths available and there's also one for 7mm scale which is 1.5mm diameter if that works better.
  15. Looking great - what about yellow for the handrails?
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