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by Richard08
Tue Jul 05, 2022 11:45 am
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: MMP ZFV DOGFISH
Replies: 5
Views: 218

Re: MMP ZFV DOGFISH

Progress is a little slow whist waiting for wheels (that moment when the set you were sure were in that box weren't). Looking at some, I guess, earlier instructions it seems the kit used to come with the 'famous' working leaf springs rather than the white metal ones supplied. No matter, but it does ...
by Richard08
Mon Jul 04, 2022 12:40 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Is it Possible to rewheel an old Triang class 08?
Replies: 4
Views: 97

Re: Is it Possible to rewheel an old Triang class 08?

This post appears to suggest 'modern' Hornby 0-6-0 wheels (not the current 08) can be fitted (together with new coupling rods to suit). It may help? https://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=11823&forum_id=17
by Richard08
Sun Jul 03, 2022 5:18 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Controller question.
Replies: 12
Views: 486

Re: Controller question.

My Lenz system works seamlessly with Rocrail (open source). I'm not entirely clear if the OP was about DC or DCC, but if DCC the Lenz (or any other system with controller->computer interface) with Rocrail allows you to 'drive' everything from the desktop, scheduling, interlocking signals and all sor...
by Richard08
Sun Jul 03, 2022 12:06 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: MMP ZFV DOGFISH
Replies: 5
Views: 218

Re: MMP ZFV DOGFISH

There's only ten or so parts fitted so far - a lot of clever folding produces quite a lot detail! One of the folds has split (bottom right) - emergency repair team called in. So far, so good.
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by Richard08
Wed Jun 29, 2022 1:39 am
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: MMP ZFV DOGFISH
Replies: 5
Views: 218

Re: MMP ZFV DOGFISH

Mountain wrote:A new challenge! :D Are you planning on making a fleet?


Of Dogfish? No. Wouldn't that be a school?
by Richard08
Tue Jun 28, 2022 7:59 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: MMP ZFV DOGFISH
Replies: 5
Views: 218

MMP ZFV DOGFISH

Well, the Catfish turned into a Dogfish. Not quite sure what happened there, I even got the transfers ... Guess I'll have to get a Catfish kit now :-) All packed safely in a fetching pink box, it all looks very two dimensional. I'm secretly quite relieved there are no working springs, it looks like ...
by Richard08
Tue Jun 28, 2022 4:37 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: While Waiting For The P-Way To Get Their Fingers Out...
Replies: 18
Views: 392

Re: While Waiting For The P-Way To Get Their Fingers Out...

The MCV is now all but done, maybe just a smidge of 'dirt' on the transfers, but I'll give it a good stare before deciding. And a load. At least the 'plastic' hue has gone.
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by Richard08
Tue Jun 28, 2022 12:13 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: While Waiting For The P-Way To Get Their Fingers Out...
Replies: 18
Views: 392

Re: While Waiting For The P-Way To Get Their Fingers Out...

Tis done. A combination of, to me anyway, a 'classic design' and ABS's superb white metal castings made this a a very enjoyable kit. The method of fixing the the running boards it really neat! It weighs a ton and is difficult to pick up without risking bending something. Over to the painting & d...
by Richard08
Mon Jun 27, 2022 4:46 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: While Waiting For The P-Way To Get Their Fingers Out...
Replies: 18
Views: 392

Re: While Waiting For The P-Way To Get Their Fingers Out...

...My observations ... are based on experience as a guard... One slow speed ride in a goods brake van on a preservation line had me wondering how on earth the railway persuaded rational chaps to ride about in them to earn a living. How easily could older bogie coaches have been repurposed into brak...
by Richard08
Sat Jun 25, 2022 5:58 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: While Waiting For The P-Way To Get Their Fingers Out...
Replies: 18
Views: 392

Re: While Waiting For The P-Way To Get Their Fingers Out...

Actually, scratch the hook, I think that was ex GWR Toads. The BR one just relied on the slot when 'closed'.
by Richard08
Sat Jun 25, 2022 5:48 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: While Waiting For The P-Way To Get Their Fingers Out...
Replies: 18
Views: 392

Re: While Waiting For The P-Way To Get Their Fingers Out...

The "safety rails" across the end openings were definitely different to the handrails on the brake vans I remember from the 1950s. My mother's uncle was a goods guard who'd started his career just before the grouping with the Midland Railway, served with the LMS for the whole of its exist...
by Richard08
Sat Jun 25, 2022 3:32 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: While Waiting For The P-Way To Get Their Fingers Out...
Replies: 18
Views: 392

Re: While Waiting For The P-Way To Get Their Fingers Out...

So after much prodding, poking, trialing and so on the BR van is now on it's wheels. Having a handrail bending jig was a distinct advantage here. Now they are all on, bar the 'platform' ones, I can remove the unused 'mounting points' provided for alternative handrail arrangements, LNER early BR etc....
by Richard08
Fri Jun 24, 2022 7:44 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: While Waiting For The P-Way To Get Their Fingers Out...
Replies: 18
Views: 392

Re: While Waiting For The P-Way To Get Their Fingers Out...

It turns out that brake blocks decide the method of fixing - being a brake van there are double shoes, which curve around the wheels such that if they fit snugly 'against' the wheels there is no room for vertical movement. The aesthetics win for me, so all axle boxes are now fixed (having made very ...
by Richard08
Fri Jun 24, 2022 5:33 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: While Waiting For The P-Way To Get Their Fingers Out...
Replies: 18
Views: 392

Re: While Waiting For The P-Way To Get Their Fingers Out...

...I've not gone for the 'compensation' option, the rod provided is that rigid it's difficult to bend with pliers let alone any movement in an axle box... The compemsation rod should act as a pivotted beam, so that as one axlebox moves the other should go in the opposite direction, such that all wh...
by Richard08
Thu Jun 23, 2022 3:57 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Ex Milk Tank
Replies: 1
Views: 110

Ex Milk Tank

The exGWR milk tank finally got it's paint. Intended to show the wagon in it's final days in departmental use, waste oil. Working from a picture on Paul Bartlett's excellent site, this livery has the advantage that bar some elctro-flashes no transfers are required, not even a running number - just s...

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