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  1. Not really a problem if you compensate both the driving wheels and the bogie. Allow the bogie take the weight with no vertical movement. Use a small diameter support for bogie so that it can rock. I recommend this method for both 4-4-0s and 0-4-4s. ArthurK
  2. It may be able to pull a house down but don't put it alongside the RTR Q6. You may then realise that it is a Q5 with a bigger boiler. The latter is 6mm short and the underframe is 4mm short. If you are happy with it, fine. I assume the dimensions have never been corrected. I couldn't live with mine and I disposed of it. ArthurK
  3. Must have done something wrong. All my early scratchbuilt models were built without any newfangled jigs, but this was fifty years ago. A chassis were built from half inch brass channel all of 1/16" thick. My drill was a hand-drill clamped to a board . The chassis was carefully marked the drilled by pushing the chassis with a block of 3"X4" timber with the left hand whilst turning the drill with the right. Once the first side of the channel had been drilled it was carefully aligned before continuing to drill the second side. Coupling rods marked and drilled undersized then adjusted to fit. In defence of such crudity I always succeeded in getting them to run well. Yes, times have changed. I now use jig(Eileen's) but all my recent modelling is compensated and in P4 which requires a bit more sophistication. ArthurK
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    The thing often overlooked is the fact that most of the Q6s were built with Schmidt superheaters. These were the favoured option of the NER. These did not have the Gresley vacuum valve behind the chimney but had a manually operated valve on the left side of the smokebox. This arrangement continued well into the 1930s and only changed when the superheaters were replaced by the Robinson style on new boilers. If you are returning your model to the NER period then some carried pyrometers to record superheater temperatures. these were visible on the left shoulder of the smokebox. A pipe dropped from here to below the handrail the horizontally to the cab. ArthurK
  5. I form the flares in all my NER tenders and supply these with my kits. I was doing so many I made a special tool to help. This consists of a piece of thick walled brass (1/8th ID) tube filed down to half its diameter the flare is placed in that. Then with a piece of 1/8th silver steel on top the whole is squashed in a vice. ArthurK
  6. The Tennant in the photos above has now received the attentions of Paul Moore who has added a magnificent paint job. I am sure that David is delighted with the results.
  7. The DJH D20 tender in very poor in detail and accuracy. First no 3940 gallon tenders (which ran with the D20s) ever had the later style of outside frames with oval frame cut-outs. That style appear under Raven's guidance. The 3940 tenders had the near semi-circular cut-outs. There was also a similar (though smaller) cut at the front and rear. Next, the tender running plate was only 8' wide. The loco running plate was 8' 6". I am not sure if DJH got that right. Best to check. I made that mistake when I made the masters for the Chiver's kit. The upper tank detail is not good. The motorising and balance of a 4-4-0 is always a problem but with a little extra trouble it can be easily overcome (but, dare I say it?) it requires compensation. I use simple compensation beams on the driving axles and a fully compensated bogie. The latter has no vertical movement. Add as much weight as possible behind the leading driver but keep the centre of gravity ahead that axle. The ensures that the bogie carries some of the loco weight, as it should. Another problem with the D20 is that the bogie had 4' 0" wheels (as did the tender). Most will elect to fit under-size wheels with frames cutaway to clear them but this does cause a big difference the the appearance of the front end. My solution was to bend the front frames in sufficient to get a OO model around curves of roughly 30"l. Even with this approach it is necessary to remove material from the underside of a cast footplate to clear "near-scale" diameter wheels. I am pleased to see that DJH are now providing the longer smokebox ArthurK
  8. NORTHEASTERN KITS I find it difficult to believe that it is nearly twelve years since I Issued my first kit in August 2008. That was a J73 and was closely followed by a J24. There was also the Fletcher cab J77. The were a number of dimensional errors on the last of these simply because I relied on a weights diagram which was all that I could find at that time. Today the preferred source of data are the works GAs. Initially these came from the Oxford Publishing lists in the National Railway Museum collection held at York. Later I found another list of the Darlington Works drawings. In the latter I found the drawings for the tanks and cab of both the Fletcher and the Worsdell J77 (NER290). They proved to me that reliance on the weights diagrams was not the way forward.The J77 was updated and kits for both versions designed. This brings me to the main purpose of this posting. I have often wondered just how many of my kits are packed away in drawers and placed on the “to do” list. It is always a pleasure to receive photographs of their builds, complete or otherwise so it gives me great pleasure to show some of the results. The models below were built by David Berner, who models the NER period. The two in green livery were painted be Paul Moore. The first is the Class W Next the T 0-8-0 Finally, the 1463 Class, better known as the Tennant 2-4-0 I am afraid that old age has caught up on me and I now refer to myself an “fumble fingers”. Trying to put a wire through a 4mm handrail knob is a mighty challenge! However, I am still able to use the computer so designing these kits will carry on as long as I am able to do it. Just to whet your appetite the next in line is the J25 (NER P1) I have the etches for that, so I had better start packing them. Waiting in the wings are Q7 (T3) and C6 (V&V09). I am also planning a F8 (A). ArthurK
  9. sorry, no. My smokebox design is a bit unconventional. I doubt if you would get it to fit without a lot of trouble. Arthur
  10. NORTHEASTERN Kits TENNANT 2-4-0 The latest batch of twelve are being packed ready for delivery. I have names against eleven of these. They will shortly be receiving an Email or PM . If you want the last one send me a PM, there may not be a further batch. Arthurk
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    Bachmann J72

    Here is a J72 in departmental guise at Tyne Dock, BR built with straight ejector pipe. Note the support from the tank. 58 was set aside for preservation but didn't make it. ArthurK
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    Bachmann J72

    The J72s were a mix. Most were intended for shunting duties. The GA describes it as a ''shuntjng tank'. and as such had no requirement train brakes. A few were selected for pilot duties. These were required to move passenger stock and were fitted with vacuum ejectors hence the additional pipe on the left. There were variations in running this pipe from cab to smokebox. Some hugged the boiler until it neared the smokebox these had a severe kink, then a second bend into the smokebox. The smaller pipe from the firebox fed steam to the Dreadnought injector in the cab. One further comment, not all the BR built locos had vacuum ejectors fitted. ArthurK
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    Bachmann J72

    Why would anyone want to put a kink in the blower pipe? On every J72 photo that I have looked at it is straight. This pipe carried a rod from the cab to the cab to the valve. Any kink(s) would make the hand-wheel in the cab difficult, if not impossible, to turn. All the bits that you are suggesting copying are all available from existing suppliers why not buy them. ArthurK
  14. Thanks for that Steve. Things are looking up a bit. I hope to get things moving more quickly in the New Year. A merry Xmas and a happy New Year to all. ArthurK
  15. Northeastern Kits A very merry Xmas to everyone An update As many of you will know my health suffered a setback in October so disrupting my schedules. Those expecting the Tennant 2-4-0 will have to wait a little longer, but I hope to clear all of these in January. In the packing stage are three Q5s (all reserved) and a new batch of D20s. In January/ February I hope to begin deliveries of the J25 (there is a long list for this). The Q7 has been two steps forward one step back but it is progressing. The C6 is on hold. It requires new castings for the trailing axle springs (two lengths) and new tender spring dampers; also chimney safety valve covers etc. I hope to squeeze in another project which uses existing castings. For immediate delivery I have just one NER ‘W’ Class 4-6-0T and one Fletcher cab J77 On another thread modellers are discussing the conversion Bachmann J72 to the short bunker version with drastic surgery at the rear. Why go to all that trouble when I have two of those for immediate delivery! I also have one of the long bunker available. ArthurK
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    Bachmann J72

    Further to my comments earlier, one thing which appears to have been overlooked in conversions from long to short bunker is that the first twenty engines (those with short bunkers) were fitted with steel plate buffer beams (front and back). In most cases the front beam had a wooden baulk and an extra steel plate added (the footplate was not extended). The rear rarely (if ever) had this change and retained the steel plate throughout the lives. The Newcastle pilot was in this condition as 68680 in its final days. That means a hunk of plastic to remove whilst leaving the footplate intact! ArthurK
  17. ArthurK

    Bachmann J72

    When the longer coal bunker was added to the NER E1 (edited) class (later J72) the frames were not extended. They remained at twenty five feet. The only change at the rear was to add a wooden baulk behind the rear buffer beam. This, together with an additional steel plate added 5 3/8" to the length. The bunker was extended by this same amount. It then overhung beyond the actual frames. The footplate on the original E projected eight inches beyond the buffer beam, more than enough to accommodate the additional bunker length. ArthurK
  18. What do I remember? When you reach my age - quite a lot and it is mostly in colour. "Silver Link" in silver The "Coronation" in that beautiful blue livery. LNER locos in green pulling coaches in teak livery. After the war ended attempts were made to restore what had gone before. A4s reappeared in Garter blue but now with stainless steel numbers. Gresley Pacifics were again green as were the V2s and some lesser classes. Newcastle and York both got a "pet" 0-6-0T in green. The remnants of the "Coronation" and "West Riding" sets were split up and used in ordinary services. I lived an easy cycle ride from Blaydon engine shed. This formed the Southern servicing end loco on the Border Counties Line from Riccarton Junction on the Waverley Line. We got to see locos with wonderful names "Wandering Willie", "Hal O'the Wynd", "Dugald Dalgetty" and others. There was also the occasional Glen. The ECML within easy reach so visits to Low Fell became a must. One of the highlights of the afternoon was Leeds train invariably pulled by a pair of D49 "Hunt" class. But, alas, not in their prewar green livery. I spent a lot of holidays at Hull. My cousin and I used to meet up at York, spend a few hours there before proceeding to Hull. At York we met up with that interloper, the LMS. Here I had my first glimpse of LMS red, but why was it always "Galatea" on the Leeds train? Another first was a Midland Compound No. 1023 in red, which although stationary, was producing the blackest smoke that I have ever seen. Does that count a colour memory? I have not ,as yet, mentioned the hard working goods locos hauling their loads of coal from mines to docks. Yes they were dirty unless you were lucky to see one ex works. Perhaps it's because of dirt and grime that I remember them. One thing I do remember is the appearance of the WD 0-6-0Ts in Khaki livery with hastily painted "LNER" and number on a black panel. The first WD 2-8-0s arrived about the same time. Many of these were overhauled at the Scotswood factory of Vickers Armstrong. They then moved across the Tyne tp Blaydon shed before being sent to sheds nationwide. As a result I was witness to a succession of shiny black WDs. I don't think that can be many that can say that. ArthurK
  19. Let's not get too upset about the rights and wrongs of any particular model. We all strive to produce the best that we can. With hindsight the front of the radius on my model is too high but let's settle this by showing a close up of the real thing. ArthurK
  20. This is my take an the A3 valve gear it started life as a Proscale kit but. apart from the connecting rods and the coupling rods the remainder was filed from steel. The expansion is in three layers as in the prototype. the centre layer passes through the radius rod. I think that it was worth the effort. It is in forward gear. ArhurK
  21. You are already down for both of those Steve! ArthurK
  22. I have had a lot of problems with the quality of the brass castings on this one but things are being resolved -- slowly! It should start shipping within the next couple of months. ArthurK
  23. I cannot answer that question. I won't know for sure how many I have until I sort all the bits out!!!!!! ArthurK
  24. The Tennants are being packed. I had a bit of a health problem which has slowed things down but the first shouldn't be too long.
  25. Regarding the use of only a few parts from the original kit, I bought a Nu Cast O2 from a local trader ( yes we once had one in Lytham but that was not his main business). The boiler was in two halves with the firebox made up from two more. There was no way that I was going to get an acceptable round boiler from that lot. I made a round boiler from brass. Then decided I would prefer the LNER cab to the GN version. I ended up scratch building the footplate and chassis as well. The tender wasn't too bad and I did keep the backhead! No doubt Tony with his better knowledge of these than I have will find plenty of inaccuracies but all I had to go by was a Skinley drawing and I did make some adjustments to that. I can't really blame the kit manufactures for all the bits I threw away but the boiler was horrible. Some day I might finish it, or perhaps I should just dispose of it and let someone else do that. I don't have the time. ArthurK
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