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Chuffer Davies

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    Up until recently I have been a Great Western modeller specialising in locomotive construction in EM gauge and am a joint owner of the Hungerford exhibition layout. More recently I have been focused on building Clayton which is an ex GNR post grouping exhibition layout built to EM gauge.

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  1. As I understand it the EMGS did consider starting an EM specific blog on RM Web but decided against it because the content would duplicate that found on the Society’s own web site. All the topics suggested above can already be found on the Society’s web site: www.emgs.org . As well as summary information for the general public, members have access to an on-line manual which includes guidelines for converting a wide range of RTR models, and to the club’s own trade sales where the track work commissioned from Peco can be purchased.
  2. Hi, Obviously I did feel it was important otherwise I wouldn't have done so. I have enormous respect both for Wayne and for Martin who are renowned experts in their specialist fields. As a keen and long standing EM modeller myself, and an active member of the EMGS, I want to ensure that anyone making the switch to EM has the greatest possible chance of success. Wayne's new EM products will promote EM as a practical proposition for a significant number of new individuals and almost guarantee that they can now build successful EM track work, but how frustrating would it be for someone to
  3. Hi again... It appears that you (Martin) and I have discussed this previously on the topic related to the launch of the EMGS RTL track. Here is a link to where our discussion started: You suggested the nominal value of 16.4mm B2B for commercial wheels but in my experience there is such a variance both between and within manufacturers that it is not safe to quote a single B2B for modellers to follow blindly. I have frequently had to machine RTR wheel sets to thin down the flanges so that they don’t bounce through EM track work when re-gauged. I think it is wort
  4. Hi Martin, I’ve been hesitating to respond to this but reading again I think I need to pick up on a couple of points you’ve made. Whilst I agree that EM modellers tend to go for larger radius there is no inherent reason for this and EM loco’s can negotiate the same tight radius track as OO if the builder so chooses. It is incorrect to specify that the optimum back to back for EM is 16.4 mm. The B2B varies depending upon the thickness of the wheel’s flange, the narrower the flange the wider the B2B. I build my track to the EMGS specification and for Gibson and Ultras
  5. With regards wayward pony trucks: having studied the pony truck on my Dapol Mogul it is apparent that there is a significant amount of side play in the truck's wheelset. When this is compounded with the amount of side play between the wheelset and the track then even when the locomotive is supposedly travelling in a straight line the pony truck's frame can still be significantly off centre to the point that the wheels may be aligned with the deviating route at the 'K' crossing, hence they are jumping the crossing. There are a couple of things you might try to overcome this tendency.
  6. If layouts are being exhibited outside their home area then there is significant cost associated with transporting them and providing overnight accommodation for the operators. Layouts typically travel with the minimum number of operators needed to erect and operate the layout, to do otherwise places an unfair financial burden on the exhibition and may even be the difference between a layout being invited or not in the first place. I very much enjoy welcoming people around the back of the layout to view and discuss the stock and the control systems, but it should be appreciated th
  7. Thanks for updating us. I wondered where you could source such a device, I should have guessed. I may well check this out. Frank
  8. As previously mentioned the Clayton project will require a number of locomotives. Most of these will be built from London Road Models kits. A common feature of these kits is the provision of etched (flat) beading which to me is unconvincing. My preference is to use half round 0.7mm nickel silver wire. My reason for using N/S is because I was advised in the past that paint adheres to it better than to brass. I have no way of knowing whether this is true but I have taken this advice at face value. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find a supplier of 0.7mm half round N/S and so I make
  9. The lead is in the forward direction of travel. If left hand lead is correct then if the left hand crank pin is to the top then the right should be to the rear. Not sure what you are asking with regard's unscrewing, do you mean the crank pin nuts? If these are loosening is this because the crank pin bush is too short and the coupling rod is therefore hard up against the back of the crank pin nut and undoing it? Personally I never use anything to lock the crank pin nut on to the pin although I know some others do such as using nail varnish. As to the wheels themselves, when you
  10. Sounds amazing... Are you assembling a small team or will you be a one man band?
  11. Could this be the next Retford in the making? Please tell us more NFWEM57?
  12. Hi Tony, On the whole I found this an enjoyable kit to build but I recall I had a problem with the smokebox saddle being too tall by almost 1mm (if my memory serves me correctly). I'll be interested to see if you have the same problem? Frank
  13. Today I've finished test building the alternate chassis for the Bachman Atlantic's 'front ender' tender. As anticipated it was not completely plain sailing but none the less I've ended up with a result that I am satisfied with. I've a couple of changes to make to the design to correct a couple of minor blunders which I will carry out in case there is anyone out there who wants a set of etches in the future? The entire brake assembly can be separated from the frames by undoing the 12BA screws. This then allows the front wheelset to be removed for painting and servicing which other
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