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by Dad-1
Sun Sep 20, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works
Replies: 1150
Views: 104265

Re: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works

Hi Alexander and all who read, Been busy since that last posting regarding 'faults' with Ratio models. Now I've thought about that comment that the RCH 17'6" planked wagons had 9 ft wheelbases. Yes many did, but there are also many later that had 10 ft wheelbases, some even had 9'6" a whee...
by Dad-1
Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works
Replies: 1150
Views: 104265

Re: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works

Hi Alexander, Don't believe everything you see on that, or any other website, or even Wikipedia. Some of that critique is wrong. The GWR Open 'C' were made in several batches over many years. Not all had hockey stick strapping !! I'm going to make a 019 series that had straight strapping as well as ...
by Dad-1
Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works
Replies: 1150
Views: 104265

Re: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works

I found some additional information at the Brighton Toy Museum. Ratio, started with wood coach bodies in 1950, began plastic around 1958. Their Chorleywood address as on my packet was operational between 1959 to 1961. This means my kit is as near to 60 years old as can be accurately dated !! Now the...
by Dad-1
Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works
Replies: 1150
Views: 104265

Re: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works

First for Ironduke, Interestingly this 5 planker has 3 raves along the wagon sides, the usual was just 2, but on 7, or 8 plank wagons. The result is that this is of a similar height and therefore volume, no doubt a conversion of an available wagon. Here it is sitting alongside my other coke wagon, a...
by Dad-1
Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: ROBINSON ROAD GOODS DEPOT - Layout No.2
Replies: 28
Views: 1165

Re: ROBINSON ROAD GOODS DEPOT - Layout No.2

Were it just 1, or 2 points I may have been able to help, but not a complete
ladder.

Geoff T.
by Dad-1
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Old Locos, DCC decoders and Hornby Select
Replies: 7
Views: 147

Re: Old Locos, DCC decoders and Hornby Select

I don't really think the problem is the Select. It's the older generation of locomotives with motors that have a higher power demand. For that you need to buy decoders with a higher amps limit, usually a little more expensive and larger. Any locomotive that I've come across can be converted, they ne...
by Dad-1
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works
Replies: 1150
Views: 104265

Re: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works

Hi Rob, Those are very interesting drawings for any wagon enthusiast, thanks for the link. The Ratio 1500 series I'm certain also included the GWR Open 'C' 14 ton timber/tube wagons. The very kit that I was/am working on directly before starting this Coke wagon. It's moulded in the same hardish blac...
by Dad-1
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Connection problem
Replies: 3
Views: 103

Re: Connection problem

Hi Paul, Welcome to the mad house. Perhaps earlier membership may have helped with advice before, rather than after the event. I would always suggest that EVERY piece of track has a connection to a power bus that runs around below the boards and acts like a ring main. Using track joiners (Fishplates...
by Dad-1
Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works
Replies: 1150
Views: 104265

Re: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works

Is there something I've missed ? My latest Ratio kit build is Kit No. 1501 from their 'New' series. Here are the instructions, yes quite basic. First though we have the original packet with it's pre decimal currency postage stamp dating the kit to at least 49 years ago ! https://i.ibb.co/Mh8CmNt/IMG...
by Dad-1
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4
Replies: 1409
Views: 235246

Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

True artistry at so many levels.
Always blows me away, but gives something to aim at, but I don't have either the skill,
or patience. I know by using the latter I could improve, although this is most certainly
beyond my reach.

Geoff T.
by Dad-1
Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works
Replies: 1150
Views: 104265

Re: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works

Back from my break away. There must be many staycation people around it was busy, couldn't get any parking near Port Issac, but being in Polzeath we spent much of our time walking the coastal paths. I took 3 wagon kits with me, only found time to work on one. A VERY old Ratio GWR Open 'C' that was i...
by Dad-1
Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Coopercraft - GWR Provender wagon diagram Q1- kit 1011
Replies: 5
Views: 151

Re: Coopercraft - GWR Provender wagon diagram Q1- kit 1011

Sorry,
A positive reply with a negative answer.

Geoff T.
by Dad-1
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Taming Smokey Joe
Replies: 20
Views: 507

Re: Taming Smokey Joe

Hi minipix, I see you've cut out the wagon front. Somewhere I saw the Caledonian yard 0-4-0 with a cut down wagon, sorry I can't point you to the picture, but that was probably 10+ years ago !! Here you can see my wagon 'tender' where I cut the rear end and sides to match the picture. At that time t...
by Dad-1
Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Slightly
Replies: 1095
Views: 151880

Re: Slightly

Hi Andy,

I almost missed this years visit !!
I assume the shed roof is still holding up ?
All those steamers, I've been brainwashed to expect sound equipped blue diesels.
Good to see it showing it's face again on NRM, a great influence on my early days !!

Geoff T.
by Dad-1
Thu Sep 03, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Kev,s occasional offerings
Replies: 4
Views: 342

Re: Kev,s occasional offerings

"It's Fun" THE most important thing. I've crashed a few projects - Often by setting some new idea that probably is beyond my skills. I still want to try developing broken ice on water and thinking that experiment needs to be on a very small scale due to the complexity of getting it "L...

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