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by John New
Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:12 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Out of Africa! (Or Letters from Uncle Dick)
Replies: 98
Views: 51578

Hi Gordon. Thanks for the response and sorry, I think I have confused you, I have the book it is scanned from so understand the image quality is poor in the photo of the prototype. As the image is only 826 x 598 pixels it was the printy I was meaning as I was thinking the printed result would be nee...
by John New
Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:09 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Out of Africa! (Or Letters from Uncle Dick)
Replies: 98
Views: 51578

Interesting truck. Is there a link anywhere to a print quality version of the drawing as that one is only at the screen resolution level of 72dpi?
by John New
Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:15 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Short two liners
Replies: 8
Views: 3859

Hi Si. The hobby is a very broad church and operating isn't the main factor of interest for some modellers and even if you like operating, as I do, these micro layouts can give satisfaction. This non-operational card diorama I made 3 1/2 years ago satisfied me as a quick project for a gnatterbox cha...
by John New
Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:43 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Cubic Foot Factory Railway
Replies: 20
Views: 8891

Fold down fiddle yard flap - brilliant idea I haven't seen before and may use in future.
by John New
Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:48 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Joining the BIG boys
Replies: 42
Views: 19301

The factor to check for is minimum radius they will work at.

In my OO days I was going to use the spratt & winkle style of coupling but then found they didn't work if the radius was under 3ft. My then line had 2ft radius curves in the tunnel section.
by John New
Mon Sep 27, 2010 5:15 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Small & Delightful Group Open Day
Replies: 11
Views: 4131

Thanks for the photo's Simon. I had to miss it this year so nice to see your shots.
by John New
Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:13 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Styrene
Replies: 19
Views: 7447

Recycling card and other scrap is always good.

Reduce - reuse - repair - recycle
by John New
Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:30 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Cadeby Light Railway
Replies: 15
Views: 10750

I don't know if the video was commercially released, or if it was remains on current release as a DVD, but know I have seen his loco (Pixie?) filmed working on it on TV. At least one item featuring it I recall was in a TV documentary/series (narrated IIRC by Bob Symes) that featured Teddy Boston's f...
by John New
Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:05 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Loco Shed
Replies: 78
Views: 37858

Answering your question Gerry personally I find both VE and LS useful for general browsing as a visual index alternative to a Google search. However an observation as to why this low numbers issue you mention may be the case. Google weights the listings based on content. If an existing Gnatterboxer ...
by John New
Fri Aug 06, 2010 5:43 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Wheel Suppliers to 0 Gauge Coarse scale standards
Replies: 9
Views: 5102

As a long shot - try repair firms for old Hornby & Lionel models.

They will probably do spare / replacement wheel sets in course scale for wagons and coach bogies but I don't know if they would be the right diameter for your needs.
by John New
Mon Jun 21, 2010 9:39 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Stapleford Steam Event 19 - 20 June
Replies: 1
Views: 2209

(F) Stapleford Steam Event 19 - 20 June

Managed to take in this event yesterday which was excellent. Two sample photos as a flavour of the day. May well put more from the day into fotopic in due course. http://my.gn15.info/cropped_p6207145.jpg http://my.gn15.info/sized_p6207163.jpg Excellent line with a good length of run and if they hold...
by John New
Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:31 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Newbie 15inch start
Replies: 10
Views: 3975

well I am about to take the plunge so be gentle! I am using oo loco's on 16.5 mm track so 15" Noting your question regarding coaching stock as a follow up to the above wish to use OO or HO locomotives on ground level tracks to model a miniature railway you can select your scale/gauge ratios to...
by John New
Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:44 am
Forum: GNine
Topic: Tetley Grange
Replies: 157
Views: 77887

I have seen it done with the train on a rotating disk (CD?) spinning under the scenic layer and the train poking up through a sot. Can't remember the name of the layout but IIRC it was a 7mm standard gauge layout and the train set was running as a widow display within a a modelled toy shop facade. W...
by John New
Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:24 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Trabant Centrepiece
Replies: 42
Views: 15481

Are the two tall white masts a save fuel attachment or for when it conks out?
by John New
Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:31 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Vern needs a new loco
Replies: 86
Views: 49545

Available on line see - http://www.miniature-railway.com/SubscriptiontoMRMagazine.htm Although their base is near me I have no connection other than as satisfied subscriber. It is an excellent magazine. I now have all the copies in my library. An alternative method of getting it is to join, as I hav...
by John New
Fri Mar 19, 2010 7:49 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: End Loops - Stud power supply?
Replies: 16
Views: 6611

John I don't know if you were thinking of running both 0/9 and three rail loco's together because (unless I'm mistaken) the "18mm gauge" loco would block the passage of the O/9, When I posted the thoughts above a point like the one at Alan Keefe's was in my mind but a swivelling sector pl...
by John New
Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:22 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: End Loops - Stud power supply?
Replies: 16
Views: 6611

The three rail straight idea would be good on o scale. O9 on the roundy roundy with an 18mm gauge loco running in 3 rail power mode to shuttle on the straight bit. 15inch and 2ft 6in in a loco works setting perhaps. Prototype for idea the Alan Keef works section of multiple gauge track. Given the So...
by John New
Sun Mar 07, 2010 12:17 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: End Loops - Stud power supply?
Replies: 16
Views: 6611

As the owner of a Hornby-Dublo 3-rail collection I concur re use of three rail systems either with a ground level rail or an overhead wire. As a control system 3 rail & common return is dead simple to wire up only needing isolation gaps in the 3rd rail. One thing though to note if you do go thir...
by John New
Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:08 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Ureka Moment - Making Towels/Curtains
Replies: 11
Views: 3608

Local pub?
by John New
Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:53 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: How much detail for children?
Replies: 7
Views: 3842

Over 20 years since my own two daughters were that small so (a) memories are now a bit faded and (b) what is on the market is not the same. However grandson is now of similar age and we have the Brio type train set ready for his birthday coming up so I am interested in this thread. I think 1:32 is a...
by John New
Fri Jan 29, 2010 1:22 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Any one else modelling in 1/35 scale ...
Replies: 71
Views: 42899

Although not going to start anytime soon, I have too many other part started things on the go already, but the 1:32 farm and military models available do make it a good compromise as that bit bigger than 1:48 but not as big as 1:24. May well be tempted in the future.
by John New
Sun Jan 17, 2010 12:29 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Markeaton Light Railway- Derby
Replies: 5
Views: 4022

In one of those bizare accidents of timing I had been driving up and down the A38 for years past Markeaton Park without knowing this line was there (usually in the dark is my excuse). After finding out it was there I called in mid-week on the next trip past in daylight despite knowing nothing would ...
by John New
Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Pet (it's all Ralph and Gerry's fault)
Replies: 116
Views: 46490

John's pictures are so helpful I suspect the valve rod ends are carried in the plate/stretcher bearing just in front of the expansion links so that keeps the ends in the right place. Firstly glad you found them useful James. I was up in York again for Christmas/New Year and awaiting arrival of a ne...
by John New
Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:06 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Pet (it's all Ralph and Gerry's fault)
Replies: 116
Views: 46490

The note re the lack of a mounting bracket would make sense but I couldn't work out how the lifting link would work without bending the valve rod if the extra joint a la 44767 wasn't present. Probably all in the alignment geometry so definitely something to look at again next time I am in the NRM. H...
by John New
Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:19 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Pet (it's all Ralph and Gerry's fault)
Replies: 116
Views: 46490

Supplement to last post. This is the unique set of OUTSIDE Stephenson link valve gear as fitted to ex-LMS Black Five no 44767. There is one set per cylinder. Note it is in neutral or mid gear in this photo as the loco was parked up not in steam. http://www.island-publishing.co.uk/jalbums/Railways%20...

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