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  1. Update time! Over the past few months I've been slowly experimenting with materials and methods and improving my skills, mainly marking and cutting accurately. I have built and rebuild several times a simple open wagon that I'm still not happy with but I'm getting close to having something. Most of the wagon chassis have been converted to three links, which look much better than tension locks, and aren't that much more fiddley to uncouple manually. Here is a converted wagon chassis with another project, a Hornby railroad 08 body on a Lima 09 chassis: This evening though, I had my first crack at track building. Using cardstock sleepers and rails from peco n gauge Flexi track, I built a quick 150mm section just to get a feel for it. Here is the result next to a piece of Hornby code 100 track for reference: One thing was immediately apparent; it just looks so narrow! I'm sure I don't need to explain the perculiarities of OO gauge here, but it made me want to try building another test section to EM gauge. Here it is compared to the earlier attempt: To my eyes a massive improvement! The advantage of EM compared to P4, as I understand it, is that the flange profiles are similar to OO so that most things can be regauged with by simply pushing the wheels out on the axles. I'm looking at my stock and trying to see how easy it is to convert. Some wagons are very easy, whereas others require a visit from a file to remove material that is otherwise interfering with the wheel movement. For now, I don't expect this layout to run with more than the 14xx, the 08 and a handful of four wheeled stock, so I can leave the rest of my stock untouched unless/until I decide to go EM on my next, larger layout.
  2. I picked my cattewater up for £15 last year, second hand (with slight damage to the glazing), but it gives you an idea of the demand... I was hoping I could find a similar bargain on a peckett, but no luck so far (as expected)
  3. JIJ

    Hornby 2019 Speculation

    Let's see, we're expecting something parallel boiler, inside valvegear, 0-6-0. Hornby have a preference for southern. And something eyebrow raising. An Ilfracombe Goods perhaps?
  4. According to Andy Cuckson's book on the SDR: "Livery for working locomotives was black with red buffer beams. Nobel's stack black and red lead paints... By the 1930s the numbers in unknown colour, but probably white were added to the buffer beams... In the 1940s the numbering was quite clearly white lead". This applies to both the Baldwins and the Kerr Stuart. As Killian states, the liverys were more flamboyant eariel in the railways history. The earlier Bagnall "Dennis" was painted in a larch green with red and yellow lining, Belmont was red lead, and Fernhill's livery was unknown. The pictures in the book also clearly show the effect of the white dust mentioned by Dava.
  5. The trackplan will be unchanged from Jim's original, shown here: Here is a poor picture of the board. Apologies for the picture quality, I've never been any good at taking photos Next, the infamous airfix 14xx tank With the plunger pickups thoroughly binned, wiper pickups were installed. This drawing approximately shows what I've done. A piece of bent phosphor bronze strip, an interference fit in the hole for the plunger pickups, wiping on the rears off the tyres. The standard circuit, is used. . It does run, but needs some adjustments to the rear axle suspension. That's all for now, next will be something for the 14xx to haul, and then I'll have a go at track building, then scenery hopefully. Joseph
  6. Hi all, Yff has made it's way safely to Germany, and I have created my thread for the continuation. http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/137198-yff-continued-card-baseboard-transversers-and-three-link-couplings-in-oo/ Hopefully you will enjoy reading it
  7. Continued from: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/134882-yff-a-cheapo-cardboard-baseboard-micro-00-layout/ A quick introduction: Some of you may have been following Jim Read's thread regarding his OO gauge experiment, with a shellaced card baseboard. Jim is an O gauge modeller at heart though, and decided to give away his in progress layout, and I took it off his hands. Since then I have moved to Germany for work, and finally managed to bring over my modelling equipment (including Yff) this morning. This will be the thread showing my work on Yff as well as some other adventures in 4mm.
  8. Hi All, It has been a month since I collected Yff from Jim (I can't believe that it's been that long), and I thought that I had better give you all an update. I've moved to Germany for work and I'm still getting settled in. All of my modelling supplies, tools, and of course Yff are currently sat in the UK, due to be brought over next weekend. Before I left, I made some progress with the locomotive, and converted some of the wagons to three link couplings, however I didn't have the opportunity to fully document my progress yet. On the locomotive front, I wish to fully test my (basic) solution to the pickup problem before explaining it to others, as I'm sure you can all understand. Once I have brought Yff over, I will start a new thread, showing my current progress and explaining my plans for the layout. Until then, I'm collecting drawings for stock and images of buildings, that I can scale correctly for making card models. Thank you for reading Joseph
  9. Hello everyone, Last night I collected Yff from Jim, we had a nice long chat about lathes and toolmaking, and he shared with me a lot of useful information about track building, controllers and card wagon bodies. I can't believe how light and stiff the baseboard is, and how smooth the transversers are. In the coming days I'll post a new thread at Jim's request to describe my progress with the locomotive repair, modelling wagon bodies, couplings, track building and (eventually) the layout itself. I would like to take this opportunity to again thank Jim, not just for the layout and stock, but also for sharing his process and modelling skills with me. I'd strongly recommend seeing his O gauge layouts if you get the chance, as the photos don't do them justice, and wish him all the best with his O gauge modelling. Thank you Joseph
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