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8 hours ago, Andy Hayter said:

 

Silly question Richard, since all of the sensible ones have been asked:  Is your unit set to 110V US or 220V EU?

240 uk and it worked here before I left and over there for low melt solder. 

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9 hours ago, Clive Mortimore said:

Hi Richard

 

Take it down the club on Monday night I am sure Jim will fix it.

I was warned about Jim I’ll fix it! 

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10 hours ago, Lecorbusier said:

Thought I would  post an update on where I have got to on my first etched loco kit attempt .... the Craftsman 1F 0-6-0 tank (I have built an etched wagon and etched 3 wheel coach prior to this). Compared to Sir, the progress is shall we say leisurely !!!!  https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_blush.png .... but then all of this is pretty new to me and I can't dedicate as much time as I would like to modelling. The upside is that it is a great way of unwinding after a busy or stressful day https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_victory.gif

 

As I am working to P4, the craftsman chassis was no good, so I am working from a pair of Gibson milled frames .... in the end the only parts of the original kit I have used for the chassis are the cast white metal sandboxes. I am using this as my first bash at CSB springing and have decided to have a go at building it as a set of sub assemblies so I can take it apart for painting and maintenance... the wheels drop out by sliding the CSB wire out of the horn-block tags.

 

Here are the various assemblies. The brake gear springs into the capillary tubes set into the frames and the sand pipes locate into holes set in the base of the sand boxes. The ashpan and spring etches were kindly sent to me by John Redrup at LRM from his spares/scrap bin. I have made them into two separate assemblies which bolt directly to the chassis. The gear box is a high-level offering and the horizontal in line restraint a design suggested by Dave Bradwell. The horn blocks and guides are also by High Level.

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_12/1844984452_1f0-6-0T_Brakegearassembled-complete-4small.jpg.e59f926acba0e33c462d6ac5ca19cb45.jpg

Here is a picture of everything assembled onto the chassis - I notice from the photo that the pull rods at the back need a tweak to set them level https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_unsure.png... luckily this is easily done. The coupling rods are the universal inside motion etch which Dave Franks has recently added to his arsenal.

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_12/1100531233_1f0-6-0T_Brakegearassembled-complete-6small.jpg.761f794b5ef315e22b3379f987d3206a.jpg

And finally a couple of pictures with the body ... as far as I have currently got ... mounted on the chassis. In the second pic the chimney, dome etc have just been loosely placed in position. A bit rough here and there ... but overall I think its ok .... the photos are pretty unforgiving - which is why I find the work posted here by experienced modellers so inspirational. https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_good.gif

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_12/2022800634_1f0-6-0T_Brakegearassembled-complete-7small.jpg.58af6bd8a859b96a45b0d9c29c41677e.jpghttps://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_12/386478737_1f0-6-0T_Brakegearassembled-complete-8small.jpg.3cdbe238b5023bb1a571d4f7bcddda39.jpg

If this is your first etched locomotive kit, Tim,

 

Then all I can say is 'wonderful work'.

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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45 minutes ago, richard i said:

I was warned about Jim I’ll fix it! 

If Jim can't fix it, when you come over here bring it with you.

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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5 hours ago, Tony Wright said:

If this is your first etched locomotive kit, Tim,

 

Then all I can say is 'wonderful work'.

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

Thanks Tony ... that means a lot.

 

Of course I don't post all the mistakes and cock ups I have had to undo on the way :unsure:... just those pictures when I have got to a stage that I am happy to move forward with. :victory:It is the 3rd set of coupling rods, the frames have been together twice to ensure no binding and there were a few different attempts at the sub assemblies ... but all is running smoothly now! :good:It will all be quicker and easier the next time round ..... hopefully.:dance_mini:

 

List of my builds to date:-

 

A Nucast Y7 - first bought in 1991 and returned to in 2014 on discovering the Right track videos ... not a great outcome but I keep it none the less.

DJH Barney ... which I have posted before.

51L, MR Diagram 351 8T Open Goods Wagon in white metal

Mousa  MR 7 plank wagon in etched brass

51L 6 wheel Clayton 3rd in etched brass.

MR D299 scratch built from Plasticard

MR 3 plank wagon scratch built from plasticard.

 

.... And I have now started the Johnson 1F above.

1f_0-6-0_T___Brake_gear_assembled_-complete_-_1_(1).jpg.b33b6a2118ae6dcaa852484586e12eef.jpg

...... That's the lot so far .... at this rate I shall be dead before I have enough stock for Monsaldale :sarcastichand:

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36 minutes ago, Tony Wright said:

Good Evening Tony 

 

Your  photos above look superb in Black & White, very realistic especially in my opinion the going away photo of the A1 Class.
 

Looking forward to seeing the supplement when it’s issued 

 

indecently the Pacific Models smokebox printed sheets arrived and already applied to my PDK A2/1 which I have recently renamed 60510 Robert The Bruce plus to other models as well. 

 

Regards

 

David

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1 hour ago, Tony Wright said:

Thanks for that David,

 

It's very kind of you.

 

I'm inclined to agree about the 'appeal' of B&W images, especially as they're far more redolent of the period depicted by LB than colour. That being the case, perhaps a few more? 

 

Most of these will already have appeared in colour, though I'm interested to hear what others think. 

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_12/277626590_16216V2s.jpg.e98fbc82c8f7120c7029cd3fd78c4476.jpg

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_12/60077.jpg.546951464578493c91b94590c1a3ca8b.jpg

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_12/60501.jpg.f0a6e233d7408a722f16a458f192cfa8.jpg

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_12/60513.jpg.58756fd68f7f9878d511b0bc31cdd688.jpg

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_12/60516.jpg.32babe05539c02a68708c332f6977f9e.jpg

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_12/1173189298_A1DJH60156GREATCENTRAL01.jpg.707bf11ad47cac2b2e4dbb26202f0f86.jpg

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_12/702256868_A1DJH60156GREATCENTRAL03.jpg.7a7eb43304ef05951ac25e3f1334ffae.jpg

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_12/716561669_A2260504onDownFlyingScotsman.jpg.ebb3455d037e2c3b35765c4cd7cb0abc.jpg

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_12/1922853342_CrownlineV260800GA.jpg.0ba185cb9c5e816dc1667ec3408fbaf5.jpg

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_12/1800543761_Elizabethan02.jpg.ef832758b07bde94df894900caeb5c29.jpg

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_12/1165094215_Nu-CastV260943.jpg.a63eb4c49f01e8b473ca3f145c6279e1.jpg

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_12/1778628798_V260982onfittedgoods02.jpg.022cef7d18e497626800017423ef5ffa.jpg

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_12/971877973_V260982onfittedgoods03.jpg.ec2ac145d670a1133eb6c4cd1d2185dd.jpg

 

I hope you like the Pacific Models' front 'plates. Will you show us pictures of them on your models, please?

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

 

 

Hi Tony

 

Yes thank you I am very pleased with the Pacific Models front number plates, I also like the additional B/W images you have posted as well.

 

I enclose a photo of my PDK A2/1 60510 Robert the Bruce, which I have just recently renamed and renumbered previously being 60509 Waverley.

 

The remainder of locomotives in the background are all either Hornby or Bachmann RTR models, with the exception of A2/3 60521Watling Street which is a Bachmann/Graeme King conversion.

 

I also had a go at a Black and White version of the same photo, but I am not sure about this one for some unknown reason, maybe it needs a little adjustment in Photoshop to bring out the monochrome qualities. 

 

Regards

 

David

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2 hours ago, Tony Wright said:

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I'm inclined to agree about the 'appeal' of B&W images, especially as they're far more redolent of the period depicted by LB than colour. That being the case, perhaps a few more? 

 

Most of these will already have appeared in colour, though I'm interested to hear what others think. 

......

 

 

 

Are you sharing your model of the real thing, or trying to replicate a photographer’s record of the real thing to share with us?  

 

The real thing had colour, so It’s colour every time, for me.

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Re: B&W photos Tony, perhaps a tad more contrast. They look too grey (y) to me. My recollection of prototype photos is that they were more Black and White than 50 shades of grey. Have a play and see what you think.

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The upgrade to some Farish N/2mm 4-wheel coaches is starting to drag on a bit . . . . .

 

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. . . . . apologies.

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As well as playing with the contrast, one of the things I have done when converting colour to B&W is to experiment to simulate the effects of orthochromatic film, e.g. Victorian and Edwardian photographs with union flags make the red look much darker than the navy.  Another effect is the simulated use of colour filters - do you remember using yellow filters to enhance clouds - by adjusting the colour channels?  These only go so far though.  The geometry and resolution of the large format cameras of yesteryear cannot be replicated easily, nor can the fact that many photographs taken in the mid-twentieth century were taken from waist level rather than eye level. 

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B&W was more contrasty especially if Tri-X was used.

 

My best ever colour piccies were from home developed C41.

 

Favourite film was colour slide.

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15 hours ago, Tony Wright said:

If Jim can't fix it, when you come over here bring it with you.

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

 

Richard didn't bring his soldering iron to the club so it was down to suggestions much as on here.

 

Also mentioned was perhaps he had been sold one with an aluminium bit!

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2 hours ago, MJI said:

Favourite film was colour slide.

Me too. Started with Kodachrome II/25 and finally 64. Never bothered with 200.

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Me too, but with the original Kodachrome ASA 10!. What a joy KII was- 2.5 times faster and more natural colours.

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10 hours ago, landscapes said:

Hi Tony

 

Yes thank you I am very pleased with the Pacific Models front number plates, I also like the additional B/W images you have posted as well.

 

I enclose a photo of my PDK A2/1 60510 Robert the Bruce, which I have just recently renamed and renumbered previously being 60509 Waverley.

 

The remainder of locomotives in the background are all either Hornby or Bachmann RTR models, with the exception of A2/3 60521Watling Street which is a Bachmann/Graeme King conversion.

 

I also had a go at a Black and White version of the same photo, but I am not sure about this one for some unknown reason, maybe it needs a little adjustment in Photoshop to bring out the monochrome qualities. 

 

Regards

 

David

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_12/60510_IMG_0001B.jpg.be29d502af78321d9f459f0ff88792db.jpg

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_12/60510_IMG_0001BW.jpg.0a21b222de8e23915f4b1df1bd743c19.jpg

 

Very nice but, in my view, a bigger improvement would come from a liberal application of "ground-level-grot" (ash, puddles etc.) to the layout.

 

John

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1 hour ago, Dunsignalling said:

 

Very nice but, in my view, a bigger improvement would come from a liberal application of "ground-level-grot" (ash, puddles etc.) to the layout.

 

John

 

I was thinking the same. Comparing the photos of model and prototype you can see all sorts of variations in texture and colour in the track whereas the model tends to be a bit clean as if all the track and ballast is brand new.

 

A couple of other possible changes I would be looking to make if I was "the gaffer" would be to get some correct pattern buffer stops from Dave Franks to replace the rather generic Peco ones and possible correct the ground signals.

 

i am not sure if it has been mentioned before but LB had some GNR types right up to the end.

 

Now that the layout is pretty much finished, we must find something to keep Tony busy!

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I don't know if this runs against the grain somewhat ... but my view on photographing models is that they are very much models. They can never look like the real thing as it is impossible to simulate actual weather conditions, distance, personal interaction etc etc   - so why try?

 

But that's fine .. the models themselves are tantamount to works of art in many cases, and worth photographing and celebrating in their own right. When I see photos of Gordon Gravvatt's landscape modelling I marvel not because I think it is real, but because of the skill with which he has conveyed a sense of realism and so transported my imagination, whilst at the same time allowing me to marvel at the technical skill.

 

I like the black and white images ... but for me they play down the skill and breadth of the modelling which is present in the colour images, and at the same time don't exploit the artistic qualities of the black and white medium. Taking that analogy further, I would also comment that model railway photography seems very much to be a recording exercise ... very skilful but not necessarily adding anything. This being the case, for me it will always be second best to seeing the real model ... this is not necessarily the case with the finest railway images which capture a fleeting moment in time and manage to convey atmosphere and emotion alongside recorded fact.

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10 hours ago, Adam88 said:

As well as playing with the contrast, one of the things I have done when converting colour to B&W is to experiment to simulate the effects of orthochromatic film, e.g. Victorian and Edwardian photographs with union flags make the red look much darker than the navy. 

 

For anyone wanting to try out orthochromatic film, Ilford has recently introduced Ortho Plus 80 in 35mm and 120 formats.

 

https://analoguewonderland.co.uk/blogs/film-news/ilford-announce-ortho-80-film-in-35mm-and-120

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10 hours ago, westerner said:

Re: B&W photos Tony, perhaps a tad more contrast. They look too grey (y) to me. My recollection of prototype photos is that they were more Black and White than 50 shades of grey. Have a play and see what you think.

I don't want 'soot & whitewash', Alan.

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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11 hours ago, Chamby said:

 

 

Are you sharing your model of the real thing, or trying to replicate a photographer’s record of the real thing to share with us?  

 

The real thing had colour, so It’s colour every time, for me.

'Are you sharing your model of the real thing, or trying to replicate a photographer’s record of the real thing to share with us?'

 

That suggests I know what I'm doing!

 

Wow! 1,600 pages now!

 

Regards,

 

Tony.   

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