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Tim Lewis

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    4mm P4, especially ex-NER (but any 'good' modelling, obviously), cycling, football, music (things which might get labelled 'alternative', indie, 'modern' jazz, African, post-rock, Americana etc.), photography, tea!

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  1. Apologies if you've said already and I missed it, but where are you getting the etched roofs from. Thanks.
  2. I'm not 100% certain, but I seem to remember that a Preston to Blackpool service was the 180? (This would be mid-60s or thereabouts)
  3. Oooh, now this (i.e. the 3D printed stuff) looks like an interesting development. I do like building Rumney Models stuff, but it has to be said, it's not necessarily a very quick process! Methods of speeding up builds are therefore of interest (so I can make more of them). The absolutely key thing though (for me at least) is the "not at the expense of quality". In the last year or two I've seen quite a lot of new products on the market where people are 3D printing or laser-cutting things simply because the technology allows them to, rather than because it's the most appropriate way of producing a realistic representation of whatever prototype. In many cases the quality and finesse is just not there IMHO. Having said that, I'm sure that with the exacting standards that you set yourself, the Rumney Models products will continue to be excellent. Certainly the trial prints look very good indeed (assuming they're 4mm). I look forward to seeing further developments. All the best.
  4. Just the normal 2mm spacing washers from Alan Gibson. I used 2.75mm each side on front and rear, and 2.5mm each side on the centre. Note however that I did file the boss off the back of the drivers first (later decided it wasn't necessary, but I'd done it by then), so if you didn't do this then fewer washers would be needed. One day I may get around to some cosmetic frames.
  5. Hi Mark, Yes, I have kept the Hornby chassis. It has 2mm axles for the drivers (and the tender wheels). Colin at Alan Gibson has now done the correct wheels for 2mm axles - I don't think they've appeared on the list yet but they're certainly available, so give him a call if need be. The inside of the splashers measured something like 21.7mm (if I remember correctly, didn't make a note of it at the time) and I widened this to around 22.5 or thereabouts, which seemed to be enough. For the gouging I used the tools below: Most of the work was done in fairly agricultural fashion using the round burr/cutter (don't know if it has a proper name) in the middle of the picture, then used the sanding/cutting disc to smooth off a bit. I used the smaller thinner burr on the small crankpin splashers, though I'm not sure this was absolutely necessary. I also gouged a bit of a channel along the underside of the footplate (using the cutting disc) to provide a bit of extra clearance for the rods - again, I'm not sure this was really necessary. The end result looks a bit of a mess underneath, but it does the job: (I've no idea why the picture above is in a portrait orientation, the original is landscape). I need to do some more adjustment of the pickups, but the tender pickups do a pretty good job by themselves. Unfortunately yes, it is possible to gouge through - I got a bit over-ambitious/careless on one of the splashers, so a bit of tidying up will be required. However, I did have it running perfectly well before I gouged through, so it is possible to complete the job without making a mess of it! The re-wheeled J36 runs pretty well though it is essentially a rigid chassis so gives an occasional jolt at some track joints - it may be possible to engineer a little bit of vertical movement in the Hornby chassis (there is virtually none as it comes), but I haven't bothered with this as yet at least. All in all, a pleasing conversion and a useful addition to the loco roster. The rods aren't brilliant, and I'd quite like to change them. Perhaps that nice Mr. Franks might like to oblige. Just need to decide which class member to model now! Hope this is useful. Cheers for now.
  6. Thanks for that Mick: I'll bear that in mind next time I need a small motor (though Mashima's are getting hard to come by of course).
  7. Getting a bit bored of only having the J39 and D11 running, so I've been trying to make some more progress with other locos, some of which have been on the production line for a very (very, very) long time! First up is the J21 that I started in 1988! This had been running previously, but was misbehaving a bit, and consensus amongst my friends was that it needed a new motor and gearbox. It had a Mashima 1220 and a Branchlines 67:1 Multibox. I've replaced these with a new 1220 and a High Level 60:1 Road Runner+ (or was it a compact+, can't remember). It runs more reliably now, though I'm still slightly disappointed at its' haulage capacity. It has a chip in the tender, but is wired to allow DC running/testing as well, which is why the wires are protruding. Still a lot of work required, but at least I can watch it run round while I think about it. Next is my G5, which I started as recently as 1993! I had put this to one side ages ago as I messed up the smokebox wrapper, but have recently fettled it. I have changed the prototype that I'm making, which now has a wooden sandwich buffer beam, so I've actually taken bits OFF! (not put the new beam in yet). A fair amount of weight in the tanks and a chip which obviously needs some tidying up. Runs quite nicely and will pull 5 or 6 non-corridor coaches easily enough, so that'll be plenty. As with the J21, lots of work still to do. Don't pay too much attention to the roof on the adjacent coach - I know it needs attention! Thirdly is the J25, started in around 1999 I think. This has been running for quite some time, but I've only recently put a chip in it. The rivet on which the the coupling rods are jointed has a nasty habit of coming adrift (there is only the merest hint of solder holding it in place), but I think I've managed to make it a bit more robust now. The front springs need adjusting to level it up. Here it is pulling a hopper train out of the down headshunt, and again in the down platform: Finally for now, a definite newcomer - a Hornby J36 conversion. Not the easiest conversion I've done (not that I've done too many) as it requires a lot of gouging away inside the splashers, but it's getting there. Runs well forwards (most of the time), but is a bit lumpy backwards - I think the drivers or crankpin nuts may still be catching on the inside of the splashers when the wheels are at the limit of their sideplay - a bit more gouging required I think. It will eventually be re-numbered to one of Hawick's allocation and will need a tender cab. So, the loco stud is slowly expanding, though they all have some way to go yet. That's all for now.
  8. So, not posted anything on here for quite some time, but things have been happening (slowly). Haven't done much on the trackwork recently, but some time ago I did the main crossover between up and down lines - here's an aerial view showing it: Since that picture was taken I've connected the down headshunt (the long siding on the left, though (temporarily) I haven't done the other two roads that lead off that towards the turntable and the coal drops) and a bit of the up yard road leading to the end loading dock, but I don't seem to have a picture to hand. More recently, I've mocked up the platforms from card: It's surprising how a few bits of cardboard can make such a difference to the look of it - starting to "feel" like a real place now somehow. I've also started work on the first building - these are the component parts of what will be one of the blocks of station cottages. Obviously some way to go! That's all for now. Really should get back to the trackwork, but I keep getting distracted by other aspects!
  9. Like Steve, I've also been stockpiling Arthur's kits. In the drawer (along with many other things) are a J73, Q5/1, Q5/2 and two D20s. I'll also get a Q7 and a C6 as and when they come out, and may find it hard to resist some others as well! The D20s are top of the queue for building, but I need to make more progress with other locos that are nearing completion (I think!) and the layout before embarking on another loco build.
  10. Re. ex-NER coach liveries in BR days. This is far from conclusive evidence (as it's a B&W picture!), but here is a cropped part of a photo I bought somewhere or other. It's an ex-NER coach (D178 I think) taken in 1952: to my eyes it looks to be in crimson (compare the shade with the crimson and cream coach to the right) but I suppose it could be brown?
  11. Now why on earth would you want to move to Bristol (rhetorical question!!). Hope it goes well, but we'll miss you here in Shrewsbury. Now don't forget those NER platform lamps... Cheers Tim
  12. A bit late in the day now, but just a quick reminder that Kerrinhead will be at the Cardiff show this weekend (19/20 Oct). Gavin is probably too modest to say, but the layout was awarded the MRJ Chalice at Scaleforum in September 2018 - a real honour. No new pictures at the moment (so you'll have to come and see it!), but there's a bit more Lancashire and Yorkshire stock in evidence now compared to previous outings. Looking forward to operating over the weekend!
  13. That is sad. I used to visit Chicago regularly and always paid a visit to the shop where there was nearly always some interesting find (tools or materials) that I hadn't seen in the UK.
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