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by stuartp
Sun May 09, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: The grills on Class 25 diesels
Replies: 5
Views: 79

Re: The grills on Class 25 diesels

From derbysulzers.com: "Post-production changes occurred during the life of the locomotives, the most significant being that over time the boiler room grilles were covered by a solid blanking plate. This was an almost universal modification to both boilered and non-boilered locomotives. A regio...
by stuartp
Sat May 08, 2021 12:55 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: how good is the Hornby silver/black controller?
Replies: 3
Views: 113

Re: how good is the Hornby silver/black controller?

Worse than useless. Trips out at the slightest hint of a short and takes ages to reset itself.
by stuartp
Sat May 08, 2021 12:53 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: The grills on Class 25 diesels
Replies: 5
Views: 79

Re: The grills on Class 25 diesels

It was for frost protection on some of the ScR locos, possibly others. Not aware of an etched part but it's easy enough to do by cutting some slots in a bit of 10th plasticard.
by stuartp
Sat May 08, 2021 12:35 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Wearable magnifying glasses suggestions?
Replies: 7
Views: 128

Re: Wearable magnifying glasses suggestions?

I'd avoid the type which clip to the front of your existing glasses, if you wear them, all that happens with mine is that the extra weight makes them slide off my nose. Now I have a spare pair of reading glasses with 1.5x mag instead. The watchmaker on 'The Repair Shop' (BBC/Quest) has an extra pair...
by stuartp
Sat Apr 17, 2021 5:40 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Paint Removal - Lima Mk.3s
Replies: 5
Views: 177

Re: Paint Removal - Lima Mk.3s

Try neat meths. I've used it on several Lima items and it works on some Mainline paint finishes as well.
by stuartp
Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: Railway Photographs
Topic: loco class??
Replies: 5
Views: 354

Re: loco class??

For practical purposes (like looking for a model of one) it's a 31. If you want to be really pedantic, if the photo was taken before 1972/3 (when TOPS became a thing on BR) then it's a Brush Type 2.

They're all the same loco for RTR modelling purposes.
by stuartp
Sun Mar 21, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: My paint is too thin?
Replies: 21
Views: 492

Re: My paint is too thin?

Yes you can still buy oil based paints, they haven't banned them yet. I much prefer enamels (oil) but the smell doesn't go down well with the other residents of the house so I tend to use acrylics these days. The ozone nasty bit was a joke. The OP isn't the first to make this sort of mistake, I once...
by stuartp
Sun Mar 21, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: My paint is too thin?
Replies: 21
Views: 492

Re: My paint is too thin?

The paint currently sold in the UK as "water based, low odour" or similar for painting interior woodwork is latex based. It is harder wearing than stuff sold as 'emulsion' for painting walls, but not nearly as hard wearing as good (?) old fashioned oil-based ozone nasty wash your brushes o...
by stuartp
Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:51 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Railway signals
Replies: 5
Views: 351

Re: Railway signals

1970s signals in the Highlands could in theory be anything from pre-grouping lattice post semaphores, their LMS or LNER round post replacements or BR colour lights. Most typical would be lattice post upper quadrant semaphores, but those will be quite tricky in N (they're fiddly enough in OO) but rou...
by stuartp
Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Steam on Lincolnshire branchline in 1958
Replies: 14
Views: 350

Re: Steam on Lincolnshire branchline in 1958

Thanks Bigmet. Goodness knows where I got G from !
by stuartp
Sat Mar 06, 2021 1:43 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Handing of connecting rods
Replies: 6
Views: 263

Re: Handing of connecting rods

If the wheels are locking then either the quartering is slightly out on one or more wheels, or one coupling rod is slightly longer than the other (or the holes are not the same distance apart on both sides), or the axles are not square/parallel. The quartering needs to be exactly the same on both ax...
by stuartp
Sat Mar 06, 2021 1:32 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Steam on Lincolnshire branchline in 1958
Replies: 14
Views: 350

Re: Steam on Lincolnshire branchline in 1958

This is, I belive, a G-something-or-other, LNER afficianados will know better. http://disused-stations.org.uk/b/bardney/index6.shtml This, on the other hand, is definitely a Brittania. I would hazard a guess that it was not the regular pick-up goods loco but the 'light engine' headlamp code offers n...
by stuartp
Tue Mar 02, 2021 7:35 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: The spiralling cost of EMU's
Replies: 6
Views: 230

Re: The spiralling cost of EMU's

The same reason the price of an 'average' layout loco (4-6-0 steam, Type 2 deisel) has gone from just over £100 a couple of years ago to nearer £200 now. China is no longer a source of cheap labour and the cost of shipping from the far east is through the roof (google 'container shortage'). Bringing...
by stuartp
Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Lighting circuit - breaking fine wires
Replies: 7
Views: 379

Re: Lighting circuit - breaking fine wires

Screwing them down tight in the connector blocks will break wires, the rotary crushing motion of the screw on the wire shears bits off. Either tin the bare ends if the wire first or crimp them into a ferrule of some sort. Anchor them before the connnector blocks (cable clip, blob of hot glue) to sto...
by stuartp
Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Coach identification help please
Replies: 12
Views: 403

Re: Coach identification help please

Wadn't it a Chinese clone of a Bachnann Mk 1 ? There are similarities. Lazer scan a Bachmann coach to get the CAD, simplify it (underframe in particular) and produce a cheap low volume mould. Some of the Czech model aircraft/tank companies have been using short run tooling for injection moulded kits...

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