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by GTB
Sun Jul 05, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Recommendation for hand reaming tool
Replies: 5
Views: 143

Re: Recommendation for hand reaming tool

That may be the logical choice, but I’d still be interested to know people’s recommendation for a tool? This actually feels like an opportunity to learn a useful skill. I've bushed and/or opened out gears for model loco mechs over the years, but always in a lathe. I've got a couple of different siz...
by GTB
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: Yet Another PDF Baldwin
Replies: 9
Views: 393

Re: Yet Another PDF Baldwin

I've been hearing a lot of good things about Squadron putty, so figured I'd give it a go. Very nice to use, though I never realised just how quickly it hardens. I suspect using it when our 40° Summers roll around, will be interesting.. The kit looks better engineered than some 3D kits I've seen. Th...
by GTB
Fri Jun 19, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: 3D double diesel
Replies: 51
Views: 1663

Re: 3D double diesel

Quite pleased with how they've turned out. Of course, there's a bit of "now I've done it I know how to do it better" ! I don't think the wonky (unpowered) one looks noticeably wonky - though I know exactly where to look!! They've come up nicely. Be careful though, you are straying dangerously over ...
by GTB
Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: Time to build a railway...but where?
Replies: 2326
Views: 326665

Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

I must admit I hadn't heard the expression 'lambs tongue' either Rod, but it seems to be the name given to the parallel bevel edges on the framework supporting the side planking. It is another detail which wouldn't be considered today on cost grounds but shows off the skill of the craftsmen buildin...
by GTB
Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Accucraft to Roundhouse Burner Conversion - Overhaul of an Accucraft Ruby
Replies: 12
Views: 552

Re: Accucraft to Roundhouse Burner Conversion - Overhaul of an Accucraft Ruby

Having had to replace the Rubies' eccentrics in 2016, (now there's another quality control story!) I'm interested to hear about these motion improvements. I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for any substantial change in the Ruby valve gear. That said, the Ruby kit I used to build Haydn's tram has mo...
by GTB
Sat Jun 06, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Accucraft to Roundhouse Burner Conversion - Overhaul of an Accucraft Ruby
Replies: 12
Views: 552

Re: Accucraft to Roundhouse Burner Conversion - Overhaul of an Accucraft Ruby

I'd like to see more of those horrible Accucraft burners replaced with something more reliable and quiet. Couldn't agree more. Accucraft have improved some of their valve gear lately, but the gas burner design is still pretty ropey. :roll: I made new burners for my Shay and Ruby to get them to stea...
by GTB
Sat May 30, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: CDR Railcar No. 10
Replies: 98
Views: 3878

Re: CDR Railcar No. 10

I do like the Walker railtruck. I'm thinking it would be unpowered - but there's part of me that would love to see it pottering around. Unless, of course, I make it so it can slot on to No. 10's motor block...... !!! The railmotor looks good in service. The driver must be impressed with his new cha...
by GTB
Tue May 26, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: CDR Railcar No. 10
Replies: 98
Views: 3878

Re: CDR Railcar No. 10

Just trying to decide what model of trail car to construct. I fancy one of the smaller four wheel railcars but, in reality, I doubt it would have had sufficient power to tow No. 10 on the return trip. Unless, of course, the PLR mechanics installed a more powerful engine.... The model has come up we...
by GTB
Tue May 19, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: A Quiet Sunday
Replies: 269
Views: 43736

Re: A Quiet Sunday

LNR wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 1:21 pm
Actually that last pic. is quite old as I was running it along the wall of the dam up on the property.

I thought the scenery in that photo looked more like the goldfields than anything around here........

The other one looks like it's from early in the history of the LNR as well.

Graeme
by GTB
Fri May 15, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: TVT - Borun the Pelican, take 2.
Replies: 4
Views: 377

Re: TVT - Borun the Pelican, take 2.

one thing that particularly caught my eye is that air compressor, it looks superb, did you build it yourself or is it an off the shelf item? I scratch build my air pumps, along with loco lamps and jacks, as I couldn't find a suitable commercial part. The model is based on the small Westinghouse Aus...
by GTB
Fri May 15, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: TVT - Start of Steam Operation
Replies: 43
Views: 3729

Re: TVT - Start of Steam Operation

- although I don't think I'd want to fill those beautiful carriages with football fans... The TVT is set in in the late 1920s, in a fairly remote part of Victoria. Football on Sat. afternoon and church on Sunday morning was basically all there was to do in winter, so a football excursion would be a...
by GTB
Tue May 12, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: 5" gauge 0-6-0 Sweet Pea
Replies: 127
Views: 10254

Re: 5" gauge 0-6-0 Sweet Pea

Neat. You are getting the hang of model engineering. The valve chest covers on your loco must be high quality castings. Some grey iron castings I've encountered have have a hard skin that can take the edge off a HSS cutter very quickly when taking a light cut. A couple of things to think about thoug...
by GTB
Tue May 12, 2020 3:36 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Donegal Railway Class 5 Drumboe 15mm scratch build
Replies: 45
Views: 3179

Re: Donegal Railway Class 5 Drumboe 15mm scratch build

I have looked up some info on the Bissell truck it mentions that apart from swinging radially some rotate on the vertical axes but I cant see how that is possible in this case, unless the axle framework is separate to the main frame but from my sketches and measurements plus the rivets you can see ...
by GTB
Mon May 11, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: TVT - Start of Steam Operation
Replies: 43
Views: 3729

Re: TVT - Start of Steam Operation

With winter rapidly approaching and a very wet autumn, the weather here hasn't been conducive to running trains, except for short test runs between rain showers. A week or so ago was typical. The sun came out after lunch, so I decided to give the Sharp Stewart a run on an excursion train. By the tim...
by GTB
Mon May 11, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Donegal Railway Class 5 Drumboe 15mm scratch build
Replies: 45
Views: 3179

Re: Donegal Railway Class 5 Drumboe 15mm scratch build

Can anyone shed any light on something done similar on other prototypes, will need to go and look again at meenglas once the lockdown measures allow. I can't see any evidence of swing links in the photos, so if we assume the front truck is complete (not always a safe assumption on preserved locos.)...