Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Jim S-W » Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:31 pm

Thanks. The torch I’ve settled on is this one

https://www.glowtec.co.uk/uv-laser.htm

I’ve just used a UV security marker on the couplings.

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby End2end » Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:16 pm

Do you think this smaller one would suffice as the power is only 0.5mW?
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3in1-Aluminiu ... eNcxjeGykA
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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby TimberSurf » Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:38 pm

I have never seen a WET layout before! It looks great! (and your techniques very effective). What an interesting concept!
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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Jim S-W » Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:39 pm

End2end wrote:Do you think this smaller one would suffice as the power is only 0.5mW?
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3in1-Aluminiu ... eNcxjeGykA
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I dont think so - i used a cheap one first and it gave out a lot of visible light. See page 84

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby End2end » Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:51 pm

OK. Original link bookmarked. :wink:
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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby m.levin » Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:05 am

Hi Jim

You any photos of your wet patches under good lighting?
I ask as I wish to model a few wet patches myself.

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby mumbles » Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:41 am

m.levin wrote:Hi Jim

You any photos of your wet patches under good lighting?
I ask as I wish to model a few wet patches myself.

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby luckymucklebackit » Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:52 am

Inadvertently fully post of the year! :D
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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby luckymucklebackit » Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:59 pm

luckymucklebackit wrote:Inadvertently funny post of the year! :D


Corrected!
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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Jim S-W » Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:50 am

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Jim S-W » Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:38 pm

m.levin wrote:You any photos of your wet patches under good lighting?


Here you go

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Jim S-W » Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:39 pm

With 2017 drawing to a close I have also (nearly) finished off the road vehicles I will need for Brettell Road. Despite having 5 bridges over the railway I've resisted the urge to do any buses to put on them and I also haven't done any cars either.
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Above is the latest and last batch.

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Starting with some kits. On the left a resin Ford Thames 400E from Road Transport Images and on the right a white metal ex military Austin 3 ton dropside from MMS. Unfortunately MMS have now closed so this kit is no longer available.

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I found this part built Langley models kit on eBay for next to no money. Its a 45cD tractor unit from the very late 30's and once disassembling the more sketchily assembled bits I decided that it once belonged to one of the business owners. Some sort of engine fire meant it got dumped but with the intention to restore it to its former glory. However it ended up forgotten and is now rotting away. The tarp is from a black latex glove and I attacked the inside of the front mud guard with a burr in a minidrill to depict the rust working its way through. The rear mud guard is hanging on for dear life as well and some parts have now long gone.

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Finally a Leyland Steer from a combination of base toys bits. I find these lorries quite intriguing with their (to my mind) odd wheel arrangement. The base toys Steer has a different cab to this so I swapped it from an '8 legger' box van. If you look at the inset picture you can see that I've widened the wheel arches and reprofiled the front windows to get something looking more like the pictures I found of the real vehicles. I could have done more with the chassis but where its going you wont see it. Wheels are from Road transport images.

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby 8vchris » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:00 pm

those look amazing, excellent work! Especially like the Octopus, great looking machine!

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Bufferstop » Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:15 am

Hi Jim, the twin front axles were the result of tyre technology not being able to keep up with the rest of the vehicle. A front tyre blow out could be particularly dangerous so an extra pair of wheels under the cab was always welcome. A blow out at the rear wasn't so dangerous and many larger vehicles had twin wheels on the rear. When Midland Red started its B'ham to London service via the M1 there was a lot of comment about the fact that they only had two front wheels on their coaches and what would happen when the tyres gave out. The answer was fairly simple the tyres were over specified and changed after a couple of weeks service, being handed down to less demanding services. The tyre swap was probably done at the same time as the engine was swapped. They routinely changed cylinder liners and bearing shells to combat the wear from what was a punishing utilisation of a fairly ordinary engine. The three axle design seemed to be abandoned in the early sixties, the last sighting of one for me and probably most people of my age was the coach that starred in the Italian Job, which wasn't exactly state of the art when the film was made.
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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Jim S-W » Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:21 am

Thanks. That explains it then :wink:

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