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Having not long returned from an absolutely wonderful show at Doncaster, perhaps a brief update from the weekend.

 

Firstly, may I please thank from the bottom of my heart all those who donated so generously to CRUK, either from my loco doctoring, or from liking the recent LB DVD or just because they wanted to make a donation? Mo and I raised over £180.00! I fixed loads of locos, but failed to 'mend' three. Guess what? They were all N Gauge or OO9. One Minitrix Warship diesel was wired the wrong way - though it ran, it was the opposite polarity. I didn't dare dismantle it, especially as there was one wire poking out just doing nothing! A Farish N Gauge modern DMU had split one of its gears, and an OO9 chassis had a dud motor; fixings way beyond me. 

 

I made new pick-ups, cured short circuits, resurrected a couple of ancient Hornby-Dublo locos and, best of all, repaired the mangled valve on his Tri-ang FLYING SCOTSMAN for a youngster. I even fixed a DCC Scalextric car!!!!!!!!

 

What else? Having now attended three shows since my recent 'inflammatory' RM article, would it surprise anyone on here to learn that not one of those anonymous Facebook critics has made themselves known to me? If they've attended these shows, then they've not spoken to me about their 'complaints'. One or two visitors have said that it was a bit 'strong' in part, face to face with me. Good on them; their comments were reasoned, reasonable and made in an adult fashion; 'nough said, I think. 

 

It was great to see Charwelton 'forwarded' and resurrected. My compliments to the team for such a great job. 

 

Finally, a weird request. Does anyone out there have a left-hand footplate/valance/splashers (viewed from the rear) for a McGowan B12/3, please? For the Donny Show, I started building this ancient kit as part of my demo. Lo and behold, it had two right-hand footplates! Somewhere out there, there's a McGowan B12/3 with two left-hand footplates. It might sound a bit daft attempting to build one of these pieces of antiquity, but they make excellent 'learning curves' for beginners. They can be picked up very cheaply and there's plenty of metal to soak up the iron heat. 

 

Alternatively, and I'm asking the experts in the new technologies here; can the right-hand side be scanned, flipped in the computer and then be 3D-printed? 

 

I await any responses with interest. Or, I could just scratch-build what's needed.

 

Thanks in anticipation. 

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2 minutes ago, Tony Wright said:

Alternatively, and I'm asking the experts in the new technologies here; can the right-hand side be scanned, flipped in the computer and then be 3D-printed? 

 

I await any responses with interest. Or, I could just scratch-build what's needed.

 

Thanks in anticipation. 

Tony,

 

If you bring the kit with you to Biggleswade next Saturday, I can have a look to see if I could do something for the B12.

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3 minutes ago, Atso said:

Tony,

 

If you bring the kit with you to Biggleswade next Saturday, I can have a look to see if I could do something for the B12.

 

Say hello Steve, I'll probably be on the door taking monies.. . . must remember to do the rest of the drawings for you. . .

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34 minutes ago, Tony Wright said:

Finally, a weird request. Does anyone out there have a left-hand footplate/valance/splashers (viewed from the rear) for a McGowan B12/3, please? For the Donny Show, I started building this ancient kit as part of my demo. Lo and behold, it had two right-hand footplates! Somewhere out there, there's a McGowan B12/3 with two left-hand footplates. It might sound a bit daft attempting to build one of these pieces of antiquity, but they make excellent 'learning curves' for beginners. They can be picked up very cheaply and there's plenty of metal to soak up the iron heat. 

 

Alternatively, and I'm asking the experts in the new technologies here; can the right-hand side be scanned, flipped in the computer and then be 3D-printed? 

 

I await any responses with interest. Or, I could just scratch-build what's needed.

 

Thanks in anticipation. 

In theory one could 3D scan the footplate half, fix up the file, flip it and print a new left hand side (for a mould for whitemetal? I can’t say I’m aware of the footplate material ), but to me it would be simpler to get the dimensions off of the RHS one, draw that up and flip it, then print the replacement/mould. Though depending once again on materials and skills in scratchbuilding, you could just make one up at that point and save the worry of drawing it in CAD, printing and then if needed moulding. The one good thing though is the CAD one can be reprinted if something goes wrong-it might take more effort than its worth to fix a scratchbuilt part if issues arise. 

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Hello Tony 

 

Sorry I was unable to get to Doncaster but I would come and complained to make your day. 

 

The reason for my post is there is something very satisfying when you see something run that you have made, even if not complete. I have a pile of MTK DMUs and in the last week built chassis for four which are suitable for my layout and I resurrected a 32 year old project, a cut and shut Cravens unit from Tri-ang coaches. I have had them running today and seeing an eight car DMU formed of four, two car units that I have enjoyed making is a nice feeling.  

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On 10/02/2019 at 01:38, Clem said:

Already well on the case. Still some detailing but getting there. 

 

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Hello Clem

 

One suggestion if I may.  You've gone to a lot of effort to do a really good job on the 10ft cattle van I would also fit replacement correct length buffers. In days gone I would have simply fitted ABS but they're very hard to get now . I'm sure Lanarkshire Models do something suitable.

 

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Andrew Emmett

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47 minutes ago, Woodcock29 said:

 

Hello Clem

 

One suggestion if I may.  You've gone to a lot of effort to do a really good job on the 10ft cattle van I would also fit replacement correct length buffers. In days gone I would have simply fitted ABS but they're very hard to get now . I'm sure Lanarkshire Models do something suitable.

 

Regards

 

Andrew Emmett

Thanks Andrew. I agree. I think I fitted those out of impatience more than anything else. It's just that I don't want to add to the unfinished list. But at some stage in the future it'll come in for a refit. Is anybody likely to pick up the ABS brand and tooling or is it gone for good, do you know?  Although many castings were a bit chunky, they certainly looked the part.

On another subject... This is how out of touch I am ... It took a very good friend who is not interested in railways (in fact our last drummer in my main band) to tell me via a text that he was at Doncaster Model Railway show with his brother and how good it was. I meant to go this year. Doh!!!

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8 hours ago, Clem said:

Thanks Andrew. I agree. I think I fitted those out of impatience more than anything else. It's just that I don't want to add to the unfinished list. But at some stage in the future it'll come in for a refit. Is anybody likely to pick up the ABS brand and tooling or is it gone for good, do you know?  Although many castings were a bit chunky, they certainly looked the part.

On another subject... This is how out of touch I am ... It took a very good friend who is not interested in railways (in fact our last drummer in my main band) to tell me via a text that he was at Doncaster Model Railway show with his brother and how good it was. I meant to go this year. Doh!!!

Hi Clem

Sorry I have no idea about the future of ABS castings. Some years ago I was in email communication with Adrian Swain, (the owner) in an endeavour to purchase some of the LNER fitted van buffers but when I gave him my address in Australia suddenly I heard no more. I don't actually know why I heard no more. I did hear later on that he had been ill.

He is however quite active on a number of forums as many of us would have noted.

 

I was lucky as I was able to purchase a few packs of the ABS buffers along with LMS and LYR cattle wagon kits from the estate of the late John Hayes, via an advert in MRJ a couple of years ago.

 

Andrew

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1 hour ago, Woodcock29 said:

Some years ago I was in email communication with Adrian Swain, (the owner) in an endeavour to purchase some of the LNER fitted van buffers but when I gave him my address in Australia suddenly I heard no more. I don't actually know why I heard no more. I did hear later on that he had been ill.

He is however quite active on a number of forums as many of us would have noted.

I was making the obviously incorrect assumption that he'd passed away. I know he'd been ill. It seems evident that he's no longer producing. I've got a little supply of brake gear and one or two kits in stock but unless they're hiding, no buffers. I have used them previously and I know they were pretty good.

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Andrew I am not surprised you did not receive a follow up from Mr Swain. About ten years ago ,perhaps more, I purchased his K4 kit which was missing one of the main body structural parts but included a part from his L1 kit!  Obviously a packing error. After several phones calls and promises to send me the correct part the part never arrived.In the end I surrendered.The "K4" is in a drawer somewhere and if sold when I leave this mortal coil Mr Swain will incur the wrath of another unfortunate modeller.

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11 hours ago, Clive Mortimore said:

Hello Tony 

 

Sorry I was unable to get to Doncaster but I would come and complained to make your day. 

 

The reason for my post is there is something very satisfying when you see something run that you have made, even if not complete. I have a pile of MTK DMUs and in the last week built chassis for four which are suitable for my layout and I resurrected a 32 year old project, a cut and shut Cravens unit from Tri-ang coaches. I have had them running today and seeing an eight car DMU formed of four, two car units that I have enjoyed making is a nice feeling.  

You could try Jim at ACE kits which was previously McGowan.  I know the moulds are still in existence and held by Langley Models who do (or did) his casting. I managed to get a replacement tank casting from an old N1 kit some time back. Apologies. Replied to the wrong post.  This is about the B12 kit.

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7 hours ago, Clem said:

I was making the obviously incorrect assumption that he'd passed away. I know he'd been ill. It seems evident that he's no longer producing. I've got a little supply of brake gear and one or two kits in stock but unless they're hiding, no buffers. I have used them previously and I know they were pretty good.

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We must have been having lengthy exchanges with his ghost over the LNERencyclopaedia railway modelling forum during the last year then.

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14 minutes ago, robertcwp said:

Must be a different person. Adrian Swain died several years ago after having cancer for several years.

 

I was under the impression this was him.

 

https://www.lner.info/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=12161&start=150

 

He has posted since the above, and always refers to his casting for himself and others.

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Adrian was seen at a show in Wimborne last year. Did not look all that well but certainly not dead.

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3 minutes ago, Joseph_Pestell said:

Adrian was seen at a show in Wimborne last year. Did not look all that well but certainly not dead.

Just resting?

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39 minutes ago, robertcwp said:

Must be a different person. Adrian Swain died several years ago after having cancer for several years.

 

Your diagnosis is correct, but your prognosis is most decidedly premature.

 

It is correct that Adrian is no longer with us at RMweb - not voluntarily - but he watches over us, and is active on other groups.

 

I receive periodic missives from him commenting, (in his accustomed acerbic manner), on selected postings here at RMweb.

 

Long may he continue to do so !!

 

Regards,

John Isherwood.

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13 hours ago, Tony Wright said:

Guess what? They were all N Gauge or OO9. One Minitrix Warship diesel was wired the wrong way - though it ran, it was the opposite polarity. I didn't dare dismantle it, especially as there was one wire poking out just doing nothing! A Farish N Gauge modern DMU had split one of its gears, and an OO9 chassis had a dud motor; fixings way beyond me. 

 

 

 

For info - the Trix Warship would be just a case of swapping the bogies around - that'd invert the polarity. Wire is likely to the lighting PCB, so unimportant for basic running, but probably just needed re-routing back to the PCB on top of the chassis and re-soldered. The split gear is an easy fix now that spares are available (though obviously it's not the kind of thing most folks repairing like yourself are going to have in stock at point blank request).

 

Feel free to push N repairs in my direction as previously discussed - definitely those two would be easy fixes! the OO9 would need its chassis identified to advise further - often folk build on Farish RTR  N Gauge chassis for OO9, so these can often be easy fixes.

 

Cheers,
Alan

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14 hours ago, Tony Wright said:

Having not long returned from an absolutely wonderful show at Doncaster, perhaps a brief update from the weekend.

 

Firstly, may I please thank from the bottom of my heart all those who donated so generously to CRUK, either from my loco doctoring, or from liking the recent LB DVD or just because they wanted to make a donation? Mo and I raised over £180.00! I fixed loads of locos, but failed to 'mend' three. Guess what? They were all N Gauge or OO9. One Minitrix Warship diesel was wired the wrong way - though it ran, it was the opposite polarity. I didn't dare dismantle it, especially as there was one wire poking out just doing nothing! A Farish N Gauge modern DMU had split one of its gears, and an OO9 chassis had a dud motor; fixings way beyond me. 

 

I made new pick-ups, cured short circuits, resurrected a couple of ancient Hornby-Dublo locos and, best of all, repaired the mangled valve on his Tri-ang FLYING SCOTSMAN for a youngster. I even fixed a DCC Scalextric car!!!!!!!!

 

What else? Having now attended three shows since my recent 'inflammatory' RM article, would it surprise anyone on here to learn that not one of those anonymous Facebook critics has made themselves known to me? If they've attended these shows, then they've not spoken to me about their 'complaints'. One or two visitors have said that it was a bit 'strong' in part, face to face with me. Good on them; their comments were reasoned, reasonable and made in an adult fashion; 'nough said, I think. 

 

It was great to see Charwelton 'forwarded' and resurrected. My compliments to the team for such a great job. 

 

Finally, a weird request. Does anyone out there have a left-hand footplate/valance/splashers (viewed from the rear) for a McGowan B12/3, please? For the Donny Show, I started building this ancient kit as part of my demo. Lo and behold, it had two right-hand footplates! Somewhere out there, there's a McGowan B12/3 with two left-hand footplates. It might sound a bit daft attempting to build one of these pieces of antiquity, but they make excellent 'learning curves' for beginners. They can be picked up very cheaply and there's plenty of metal to soak up the iron heat. 

 

Alternatively, and I'm asking the experts in the new technologies here; can the right-hand side be scanned, flipped in the computer and then be 3D-printed? 

 

I await any responses with interest. Or, I could just scratch-build what's needed.

 

Thanks in anticipation. 

My apologies. 1st I replied to the wrong post, then I got the name wrong. It's Bill McGowan not Jim. I'm having a bad day.

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12 hours ago, Colin_McLeod said:

 

 

Well the big day arrived on Friday 8th February and Alice and I got married at St Peter's Cork.

 

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Congratulations to you both!

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1 hour ago, Dr Al said:

 

 

For info - the Trix Warship would be just a case of swapping the bogies around - that'd invert the polarity. Wire is likely to the lighting PCB, so unimportant for basic running, but probably just needed re-routing back to the PCB on top of the chassis and re-soldered. The split gear is an easy fix now that spares are available (though obviously it's not the kind of thing most folks repairing like yourself are going to have in stock at point blank request).

 

Feel free to push N repairs in my direction as previously discussed - definitely those two would be easy fixes! the OO9 would need its chassis identified to advise further - often folk build on Farish RTR  N Gauge chassis for OO9, so these can often be easy fixes.

 

Cheers,
Alan

 

When I was a retailer and doing repairs, Minitrix were my favourites. Beautifully engineered to make everything simple.

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3 hours ago, cctransuk said:

 

Your diagnosis is correct, but your prognosis is most decidedly premature.

 

It is correct that Adrian is no longer with us at RMweb - not voluntarily - but he watches over us, and is active on other groups.

 

I receive periodic missives from him commenting, (in his accustomed acerbic manner), on selected postings here at RMweb.

 

Long may he continue to do so !!

 

Regards,

John Isherwood.

Apologies, you are correct. I was confusing him with someone else whose name also began with A, ie Alastair Rolfe, late of No Nonsense Kits.

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3 hours ago, chris p bacon said:

 

I was under the impression this was him.

 

https://www.lner.info/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=12161&start=150

 

He has posted since the above, and always refers to his casting for himself and others.

Age and failing memory on my part, as noted in previous post, I was thinking of a different person.

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4 hours ago, robertcwp said:

Must be a different person. Adrian Swain died several years ago after having cancer for several years.

Since I was at his house talking 0gauge trams with him last week and having spent my working life as a flight surgeon, I believe I would have noticed if Adrian was dead.

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