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  1. Mine goes like stink with the original chassis, except on tighter curves say under 3 foot radius. It just carries at high speed in a straight line. So I cut off the front section of the chassis the bit that carries the front wheel and re-attached it so it pivots on the body fixing screw. Now it goes around train-set curves with no problem except the front wheel with it's fine flanges sometime comes off or falls down the gaps in the frogs on code PECO100 points. I replaced the wheel with a much fatter and bigger flanged Romford/Markits type. The chassis is split pickup with a pl
  2. Thanks 33C, small railway backwater loco is the effect I am after. Cambrian Railway or the Irish GSWR. Or the Great North of Scotland Railway or my favorite rural railway the Waterford and Limerick. Like the East Anglian Midland and Great Northern railway they would probably just buy one loco at a time, off the shelf from one of the independent manufactures or cobble a home made engine from scrap parts and spares.
  3. This series of photos shows my progress so far with the small 4-4-0. I've run out of solvent glue and so have been continuing with superglue, the type that comes in small tubes with a spout that makes you think you can control the amount that comes out. It's not true it is easy to squeese the tube a little too hard and whoosh out comes a flood. Luckily it ran off without leaving puddles before it set the only aftermath being the long bit of scrap plasticard I was trying to fill a joint with and a little bit of mopping up tissue. The fumes were strong so I had to shove it outside for the night
  4. Looks like the LSWR lantern lookout or birdcage lookout brake is an extension of the standard LSWR goods van of the same era. With the three panels on each side and X configuration diagonal framing. I'm thinking of a possible conversion of the Cambrian Kits models van, make a longer chassis add a veranda and contrive a birdcage lookout for the roof? Photo by Cambrian kc115
  5. Thanks 33C, I don't know how old they are, no date on them, you don't know how long they have been in the shop. I've used the sticky tape cut into strips for boiler bands but too thick for lining, I have a cheap bow pen and also an old fountain pen nib tapped to an old brush handle, using it as a dip pen it works well with ink or paint, I'll have to wait for a steady hand moment, it varies day to day.
  6. So these HMRS lining transfers seem to be past their best, they are the water based type and have cracked and fallen apart. Are they past it, can they be revived or am I being too mean, should they be binned?
  7. Boulton's water-tube boiler. Is that his own patent design he came up with to make DIY boilers to fit into his modified and adapted second hand loco's ? Something he could build in his own yard and save the expense of buying Stephenson fire tube boilers from the big manufacturers?
  8. How rigid is the plasticard chassis I tried once with 0.5 mm card. It was too flexible even on a short 0-4-0 chassis. Later I fixed it by super-gluing lumps of lead into the spaces to make a chassis shaped lump.
  9. What were the union rates for firing such a loco, two boilers = double wage? I feel the cab should be longer towards both chimneys, give the fireman more elbow room to swing his short shovel. Waiting to see the cylinder arrangements and where the bunkers go ?
  10. Still a bad camera day, some how after wiping the camera's memory card clean I did it a second time, I think I know why I was down in the menus trying to change the WB or white balance to an artificial light setting clicking away down there in a sub-sub menu, like fumbling around a dark cellar and got hopelessly lost. There was no intelligence to it, in effect a mad monkey pushing buttons at random until something happens, well I got a result and had to start again. After all the modern digital camera is really a computer in a box with all the attendant gremlins and a zone where Murphy's law a
  11. Does this count a pugbash ? It's a tender rather than a loco but it has parts of the Airfix pug in it. It's a shunting tender based on a glimps of one in a photo of an Australian shunting and sorting yard. Main components are an old Bachmann USA sloped backed tender with the centre cut out the ends glued back together to make a shorty 4 wheeler. I rides on an Airfix Truro front bogie with it's outside springs. The roof is from the pug and the rear spectacle plate is also pug. Various details from here and there. I seem to be having a bad camera d
  12. Time to get some measurements. I'm struggling to get the loco to the right shape and size, the biggest problem is how much space under the boiler and the shape of the cab. I've super imposed a picture of a small loco side view over my generic diagramme. In an effort to get the right impression I've made the superimposed picture above The loco is an Irish type I think of a Kilkenny Bogie, a J17 I believe. Could be wrong not very good at remembering these things. I've used several image and drawing programmes to get to this. GIMP the open source free Photo Sh
  13. Some more work on reducing the old Mainline 2P into a small Victorian era 4-4-0 Much chopping, cutting and filing, cut and fit, cut and fit, cut and try again but with all that work not much to see mainly because everything is only done in tiny steps. Which seems to be the case with this RTR modification the initial cuts produce big obvious changes but as time goes past and it all needs more fiddling about to get this and that to fit and look right changes get smaller and less obvious. I've been trying to lower the boiler tube to reduce that gap under
  14. I too found this article in an old pile of magazines bought at an exhibition. It showed me I can choose and build locos based on historic prototypes from the commercial manufacturers back in the day. So for examples these are all based on Sharp Stewart and Co locomotive in the 1880s to 1900s and used by many small railways at home and abroad. Ideal for a home brewed freelance railway. A little 2-4-0 tank built from a Gem kit on an Only Trains chassis. 2 small 0-6-0s built from Lima H0 chassis and bodies. I'm struggling with a small 4-4-0 at the moment. These are a
  15. The coaches in the above pictures look nice, easily spruced up with extra detail and foot-boards to look like proper scale models, especially in Phil's station halt picture.
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