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  1. Exactly the same system as I used on my Quayside layout in 0-16.5. I cast 3 bay sections, you can see where the joins are by the gap in the top timbers which would have been visible any way in real life, I figured 30 feet would be just about a handleable length for timber baulks and a sensible length to get out of a tree trunk. The dressed capping stones are actually separate from the quay wall and are lengths of unequal leg "L" shaped plastic overlapping the edge of the casting, with the stones scribed in, no two are exactly the same length or width as the ones next to it. These are
  2. Even the GWR had some, outside framed "322" class, one of which much rebuilt,lasted until around 1930. "Keyser" did a kit which claimed to be one. The Cambrian Railway had a few inside frame ones too.
  3. A follow on to the last two video's, showing de-moulding the castings, words to help understand it will be to-morrow. https://flic.kr/p/2kqSrgp
  4. I have always used clear plastic as you can see that you haven't squeezed out too much resin and so allowed air to be drawn back into the casting. I look out for "Javis" clear sheet as it seems to release of the casting better even if you have been economical with the wax polish (must be wax, not wax free polish). "Slaters" just doesn't want to let go. Hard plastic packaging is often quite good too, a rough guide, I find, is that if you look at the edge of the plastic and it has a slight blue/purple cast to it it will usually do the job. For more delicate stuff like my various window castings
  5. https://flic.kr/p/2kqCab4 https://flic.kr/p/2kqyd9J https://flic.kr/p/2kqWxj2 https://flic.kr/p/2kqWxuH I managed to take some video of pouring some castings by using a tripod to hold the camera. As you will see there is nothing special about mixing. I'll try and put some captions up tomorrow. (or today even!) I took them a bit late in the day as a tryout. Being a very amateur cameraman who had not really tried this properly before, I now realise that if I had waited until my next spell in the workshop I could probably, perhaps, have managed to put some sort of commen
  6. I've just added 4 more photo's to My Flickr "Resin Casting" album to fill some of the gaps between prepping the mould for pouring and the finished casting. Can't show the actual pouring as I haven't enough hands to pour and take photo's. That will have to wait until we are allowed to gather again so some one else can work the camera.
  7. They are actually 24.5 mm axles, but yes they are available(most of the time) from Colin at Alan Gibson.
  8. Thanks to Jordan's prompting I'm going to take some photo's, next time I'm in the workshop, of a two part mould I use for making a body for the Leek & Manifold transporter wagon. This is cast on end rather than flat, with the two halves clamped together, and the casting is set on the diagonal so that you have one corner as the high point for the riser and the runner is at the lower of the top corners. By pouring slowly, controlled by the choke point, and having a reservoir cup at the top of the runner, the resin runs down one corner of the inside and fills the mould. There is just time to
  9. Absolutely spot on Jordan. I too worked in a foundry for a number of years and my next suggestion was to be runners and risers. The only thing with these and resin casting is to remember to keep them as straight as possible as they have to have the resin poked out of them after each cast. Easy enough with a piece of wire, so the red runner should at least be curved rather than a sharp corner if you cannot make it straight.
  10. Definitely Ecton, if you look carefully you can see that the tankers are on transporter wagons.
  11. They were the bus operators!! Of course that wouldn't help, the two different departments wouldn't be in the same building or communicate with one another.
  12. Perhaps a totally silly suggestion but, looking at the photo's and not having seen the set up in the flesh, would it be possible to turn the loco gearbox upside down and have it slung under the axle for large wheel loco's to keep the shaft under the footplate?
  13. Those shots shout Burton on Trent, High Street Crossing, by the Blue Posts pub, now a street called Worthington Way. Takes me back about 60 years, I can almost hear the crossing box warning bell before he opened the gates to let a darkish blue Worthington steam loco or smelly, smokey, petrol Motorail through, though the latter would be later than your chosen era, great modelling.
  14. That is pretty ambitious for a first attempt, but a good try. I still some times have the same results with the first casting off a new item, some times needing a complete rethink on either mould or casting method, though after 20 plus years I like to think that I have met most of the problems and overcome them, but there is still the odd one that catches me out. Like wise I am sometimes surprised how easy some, apparently difficult ones at first glance, are to cast. I think that, like I did at first, you are perhaps trying to pour too quickly, both rubber and resin and trapping air. I
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