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Harlequin

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  1. Lovely building! Lovely collection of vehicles! Looks like the railtour stopped for a desperately needed p*ss and a fag break! Some things have definitely changed for the better since then...
  2. Might be better to post these updates in the Aussie Area Group: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/forum/166-down-under-railway-modellers/ ?
  3. Here's the coal load finished (for now anyway): It took a few iterations to get the coverage of the mesh right and to pick off lumps that looked silly. I also glued a backing piece behind the "coal hole" to stop pieces dropping through into the chassis and added some coal coming out of the hole. (Have you noticed the brass padlocks on the tool lockers in this and other people's photos? Wonderful little details!) Looking underneath: Gaps in the coal allow the sound through but you can't see the gaps, or the mesh, from above. Profile: While I had the loco body off I fixed a small bit of reflective foil (Kitkat wrapper) behind the firebox LEDs (original idea from YouChoos) to help make the glow a bit brighter: The sounds are now very clear with no distortion. I will try to upload a video of her running with sound (and properly synced chuffs) in the next few days.
  4. On mine I think the back of the loco may have been higher but I didn't take note of the tightness of the fixing screws before I undid them. That's definitely the prime suspect, though. Now it's back together there was still a misalignment problem so I inserted 15thou plastikard spacers in the tender to raise it very slightly. Tender buffers are now 13.75 mm above rail, 3ft 5.25in to scale.
  5. Driver Albert Pibworth, one of the drivers on the first non-stop run from London to Edinburgh with Flying Scotsman, lived in Wash Common and is buried in Enbourne, both nearby. Although famous as an LNER man, he worked briefly for the GWR at Newbury station and later drove an LNER pacific on the GWR in the 1928 exchange trials.
  6. Working on improving the sound and the coal load: I formed insect mesh to the shape I wanted before cutting the hole in the tender that will allow the sound out. The idea is that the fireman has raked the coal up to the front. It's important to remember that the coal will be a contour on top of the mesh, so I try to make the mesh smaller. Knowing what the mesh would cover, I cut out a simple rectangle with a milling bit in the Dremel: The plastic of the tank surface is surprisingly thick - maybe to create a more solid sound box. After cleaning up, I glued the mesh in place using Copydex: Copydex is great in this situation because it's not permanent - the mesh and the coal load can be removed if needed leaving the tender completely unmarked (apart from the huge hole I've cut in it...). Small mistakes can easily be rubbed off and the rubber texture allows things to move slightly without rattling or buzzing as the sound passes through it. When the glue had set enough I started adding the coal, smaller grade around the edges and bigger lumps on top: The technique is to dab copydex onto the mesh without blocking the holes, then pour coal on, leave to set, pour off the excess, see where the mesh is visible, dab on more copydex and do the same again until the mesh has disappeared. You can see I've still got some gaps to fill in the photo above. I'm not sure I've got this quite right yet but let's see how it turns out. (It'll be better than the plastic coal load supplied with the model!)
  7. You might be right that some of the alignment problem is down to the screw under the cab not being as tight as it could be. That should be the first thing everyone checks because it's very simple to try. It might not always work because the wires under the footplate could be trapped and there does still seem to be some misalignment on my model even after having the loco body off, adjusting the wires and refitting everything tightly. At the moment I can't check the alignment or measure the tender buffer height properly because it's being worked on. The loco buffers are ~13.5mm above rail. That's 3ft 4.5in to scale, which seems OK, I think?
  8. Hi, I got the YouChoos project on a Zimo MX658N18 and the speaker is a Zimo Dumbo 40*20*9mm. I had to file down the ends slightly to get it into the speaker well. it's a tight fit but I think that's a good thing. You should be able to hear from the video above that the sound is much clearer with the body shell off. I think it muffles the sound and since the Zimo speaker has it's own large, specially designed enclosure I want to hear that as directly as possible. Spoiler alert: I have already cut a hole in the top of the tank! Photos soon...
  9. I grew up in Hermitage (1963-1973) and I used to walk over that bridge to get to school every day. My abiding memory of it is in winter, when the road and the pavement were frozen solid with ice and of falling over every few steps and feeling very unhappy with the world. I never knew the line in operation and so to me the bridge was just a hill amongst the trees. The "yard" at Pinewood Halt had been turned into a playground when I knew it with various bits of steel apparatus installed upon which you were enticed to seriously injure yourself. I seem to remember the scout hut being on the southbound platform. Before the line closed my Dad recorded a train running in the dead of night accompanied by a nightingale singing in the woods. Just thinking about it sends shivers down my spine! I have that recording somewhere and one day I will digitise it and share it with everyone.
  10. I am in the process of "improving" my 488 and I don't want to clog up this thread with the details so if you're interested I started a new thread here: (Don't look if you are of a nervous disposition - I am about to apply the Dremel to it!)
  11. Diversion into the sound side of the project for a moment: Sound tests: The sound is much clearer and there's less distortion when the bodyshell is off. Therefore I am going to carve a huge hole in the top of the tank and replace the supplied plastic coal load with a coal-load-come-speaker-grille.
  12. Taking the body off the loco was... interesting. The "Driving wheel replacement" sheet shows that one of the screws under the cab is longer than the other, holding the keeper plate in place and fixing the chassis to the body. A diagram shows it in Red. Unfortunately, it shows the wrong screw! Since bodies are often a bit sticky to get off I did a lot of "gentle persuading" before I realised that there must still be something holding it and tried the other screw. It's OK, though, I think there is no permanent damage other than a few scratches that will not be seen. Just as @Nile said, a bunch of wires on top: Here are the wires under the footplate. The white wire might be affecting the fit but it's very thin. More to follow...
  13. Please be wary of colours that you see on the screen. There are so many factors that can make them look different than how they appear to the naked eye. The best way to judge is to see a loco in the flesh in good lighting conditions, if you can.
  14. The drawing in Atkins has the very clear label, "Wire Rope". There's no sign of any winding or lever mechanism.
  15. Yes, good point, I will check. If that is the problem then judging from owner's photo it seems to be a very common one...
  16. I'm going to document the process of making some simple tweaks on my beautiful new Rails/Dapol Wainwright D Class here. I'm not going to do anything very clever compared to most of the projects in this forum but this seems the best place to post about it. The plan is to get the running plates of tender and loco to line up, install sound and replace the coal load. Those last two are related and will involve taking a Dremel to my brand new expensive loco... First step: Set the tender running plate height. I measured the difference as about 1.25mm and this discrepancy can be easily adjusted by adding some spacers between the tender body and the chassis. The running plate is part of the body assembly in the Dapol model and the valances (valences?) overhang the chassis so raising it up a fraction will align the running plates without exposing any gaps. I made some spacers by laminating 10 thou and 40 thou white Plastikard to give exactly 1.25mm: Result: The running plate is now too high! Confusing but, OK, I'll have to this by trial and error.
  17. A rowdy gang of young cyclists are in, upsetting the locals, drinking way too much ginger beer and imposing on the landlady to make pemmican sandwiches that they can take on their ripping adventures this afternoon.
  18. Unusual nameplate - black lettering on white ground.
  19. Have you looked at Atkins "GWR Goods Train Working" Vol 2? On page 280 there's a drawing and on 281 a photo. Unfortunately it's still not clear how the wire ropes that control the "arms" are shackled to the post but my best guess is a ring connected to the rope engages in hooks bolted to the post in two positions. I think I also see a wooden hand grip in the photo but maybe I'm imagining it.
  20. Same with the 63XX Mogul before it. It seems to be Dapol's new standard fitting that buffers are push-fit items, not glued in, so it's not great worry that they are loose on arrival. Just push them back in and secure with a bit of glue if you like.
  21. Notice that the manual says the parts are "supplied with all models" but for fitting to "vacuum fitted models" - so not all models, not the early versions of the loco.
  22. Suggestion: No turnouts need to be lifted but some groundworks are needed to extend the yard area forward a bit - and you can say that's exactly what happened in the real world!
  23. Here's my interpretation: You can see the curve of the wall and how the large building tucks in close to it on the 1973 map Martin posted above. The curve is visible on Clark's 1913 map but the building isn't.
  24. There are various ways to get decent length sidings in a model where space is more restricted than the prototype - but the compromises are that the model is not then a faithful copy of the real thing. (And that has to include somewhere for trains to come from and go to, of course!) You could run the goods yard behind the platforms but then you'd need to re-arrange passenger access - possibly even moving it to the other side of the mainline. Another possibility is to curve the mainline to maximise the length of the whole station complex. And when the mainline curves it opens the possibility for the yard to be angled behind the passenger platforms so that a triangle opens up between them to fit in the station building and passenger access. Something like this (a modified version of Wiveliscombe but you can see the similarity to Lampeter):
  25. The multiple conical(?) supports suggest that whatever those bodies were , they are being used as provender stores at the time of the photograph.
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