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by castlespitfire
Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:25 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Removing saddle tank body
Replies: 6
Views: 728

Re: Removing saddle tank body

Was taking body off my one and will only add one thing. Be ever so careful. One of the two rear clips snapped off my one. Not a big deal but annoying. They are brittle. Glued it back on with piece of plasticard. John
by castlespitfire
Sun Dec 20, 2015 7:55 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Langley Festiniog Fairlie - White Metal Soldering.
Replies: 5
Views: 857

Re: Langley Festiniog Fairlie - White Metal Soldering.

Had to smile when you said you used to weld and braze a lot. There is a lot of difference between Welding and Brazing, and delicate soldering on models. Especially with white metal. I know. I started out life as a Black smith. And before any one asks no never shod a horse. Good luck with the loco......
by castlespitfire
Sat Dec 19, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Langley Festiniog Fairlie - White Metal Soldering.
Replies: 5
Views: 857

Re: Langley Festiniog Fairlie - White Metal Soldering.

I hand drill these days....... But when I had a proper workshop years ago, had all the kit when I used to build locos in brass. Had nice lathe as well. Make do in the shed these days. You can be spot on by starting out using a very small pilot hole first. If you try the 1/8 th, bit it is likely to w...
by castlespitfire
Sat Dec 19, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: What is the value in buying rolling stock kits?
Replies: 37
Views: 2997

Re: What is the value in buying rolling stock kits?

Yes agree kits often are more expensive after buying the extras. John But only if you build one John. Paint, whether aerosol or pot, will cover many before it is exhausted and transfer sheets - as long as you purchase the right ones - last, too. Tools will last a lifetime..... Too many modellers be...
by castlespitfire
Sat Dec 19, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Langley Festiniog Fairlie - White Metal Soldering.
Replies: 5
Views: 857

Re: Langley Festiniog Fairlie - White Metal Soldering.

Hello Scalor,,,,,,,, If I were you I would go with Epoxy resin I have built over the years many white metal kits and to date never had one fail when glued. I tack with super glue in places and final fix with epoxy on inner joints. Cant see point of buying new iron just for one kit unless of course y...
by castlespitfire
Thu Dec 17, 2015 6:31 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: What is the value in buying rolling stock kits?
Replies: 37
Views: 2997

Re: What is the value in buying rolling stock kits?

These days there are so much to choose from Ready to run but when kits came out years ago often buying a kit was the only way to obtain a lot of rolling stock. Can still think of a few kits which it is impossible to get ready to run. One very common one comes to mind are the Ratio 4 wheel coaches wh...
by castlespitfire
Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:59 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Chipboard Baseboard
Replies: 29
Views: 6951

Re: Chipboard Baseboard

I thought the OP would have taken note of the advice that chipboard is a no-no for baseboards these days. It is basically unstable and will change its shape without much warning no matter how much stiffening you do. Hi Stanier you are a ply wood man I can tell. You know my first layout which I buil...
by castlespitfire
Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Chipboard Baseboard
Replies: 29
Views: 6951

Re: Chipboard Baseboard

Thats what I call belt and braces Why Not. It must have weighed a ton. Bet your framing is 4x2. LOL. ............ John
by castlespitfire
Wed Dec 16, 2015 12:27 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: air brush and spray booth
Replies: 4
Views: 513

Re: air brush and spray booth

Upon your advice I went to Durham Trains in Stanley yesterday and bought one of these booths and while I was there also got very good deal on an air brush which was much better than my old basic Badger, for £25..............It was an American one called Paasche VL double action, which had lots of ex...
by castlespitfire
Mon Dec 14, 2015 6:38 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: air brush and spray booth
Replies: 4
Views: 513

Re: air brush and spray booth

I have one of the £50 ones - its fine for 00 and smaller scales. It has a hose that needs to be put through a window and its not the longest hose in the world. Replacement filters may be an issue - to improve the life of mine, i put a sheet of kitchen paper over it. However, the airflow is good and...
by castlespitfire
Sun Dec 13, 2015 4:24 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Not sure about joining my local model railway club.
Replies: 23
Views: 1862

Re: Not sure about joining my local model railway club.

I think my biggest complaint is that we did not really do anything. We just sat around a bunch of tables, talked about what's new in the model railway world, ate biscuits and watched a DVD. Half the members were gone in an hour and a half (of a 3 hour meeting). The actual layout is stored at a memb...
by castlespitfire
Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Bufferstops Autumn Makeover Bit of a sidetracking
Replies: 25
Views: 2916

Re: Bufferstops Autumn Makeover Bit of a sidetracking

The background behind the viaduct is fantastic. Brings it to life............ Great.............John
by castlespitfire
Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:47 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: possible Workington MRC
Replies: 4
Views: 661

Re: possible Workington MRC

Hello,,,,,,,,,, Noticed your posting about Workington MRC and wish you all the very best getting something started. If I were nearer I would show interest. Have never been to Workington it is quite small place I guess. I live on the east coast so miles away from you. How is the facebook page getting...
by castlespitfire
Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:21 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby still struggling
Replies: 31
Views: 3134

Re: Hornby still struggling

To me the name Hornby is a national icon. When I was a boy Hornby and Tri-ang was every boy's dream, the name which gave model railways, the hobby, to the average working class in England. (am I allowed to use the word England these days) It is very worrying that Hornby is not doing well. I cant ima...
by castlespitfire
Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:17 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: air brush and spray booth
Replies: 4
Views: 513

air brush and spray booth

Have been using for years an basic Badger air brush mainly in the summer out in the shed. It is about time I bought some better kit than the old spray booth which I knocked up years ago and it never worked very well, made from an old cooker hood. Have been looking at some on line which are priced an...

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