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by Big Jim
Wed May 22, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Dan's Rob roy rebuild
Replies: 48
Views: 15372

Re: Dan's Rob roy rebuild

Does your Rob Roy have any kind of drain cocks fitted at the moment?
by Big Jim
Thu May 02, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Larger scale Stuff
Replies: 40
Views: 1421

Re: Larger scale Stuff

The regs for small scale live steam are pointless, we discussed this a while back: https://gardenrails.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11193 Heaven knows I agree with you Tom. Unfortunately a number of people jumped on a band wagon and have caused us all a lot of unnecessary pain is the best way and most...
by Big Jim
Wed May 01, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Larger scale Stuff
Replies: 40
Views: 1421

Re: Larger scale Stuff

tom_tom_go wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 6:19 pm
Big Jim wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 5:59 pm
I think it is the oft held views of some in the ME fraternity that seems to dislike new ideas and are quite vocal about it.
Sounds like 16mm lol
Now, now.......
by Big Jim
Wed May 01, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Larger scale Stuff
Replies: 40
Views: 1421

Re: Larger scale Stuff

I am certain that they will become more popular in time. They are more common in other countries. As to the reason why?
I think it is the oft held views of some in the ME fraternity that seems to dislike new ideas and are quite vocal about it.
by Big Jim
Wed May 01, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Larger scale Stuff
Replies: 40
Views: 1421

Re: Larger scale Stuff

There is much argument going on about this at the moment. I had a look - the debate has been going on for a couple of decades at least. There seems to be quite a bit of emotion mixed into the discussions which can make it hard to discern the facts. Absolutely, I had a chat with one of our club boil...
by Big Jim
Wed May 01, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Larger scale Stuff
Replies: 40
Views: 1421

Re: Larger scale Stuff

Ahh, the great steam boiler debate. In UK model engineering copper is the main material used for boilers, steel is used for some boilers fitted to larger engines, normally those above 7 1/4" gauge and larger scale traction engines. There is much argument going on about this at the moment. The proble...
by Big Jim
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Larger scale Stuff
Replies: 40
Views: 1421

Re: Larger scale Stuff

As I have said before, all my large stuff has cost me less than some 16mm models. One of the members of the club has built a 4 wheeled, 5 inch gauge battery loco for around 200 quid. He did make the wheels and axles himself but even if he had purchased them the loco would have still come in at under...
by Big Jim
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Fine detail
Replies: 6
Views: 141

Re: Fine detail

Good grief. Very impressive.
by Big Jim
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Larger scale Stuff
Replies: 40
Views: 1421

Re: Larger scale Stuff

I wanted to paint with leopard spots. But the co owner wouldn't let me.
by Big Jim
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: Rail Car for Dirranbandi and Toowoomba Light Railway
Replies: 24
Views: 975

Re: Rail Car for Dirranbandi and Toowoomba Light Railway

This looks very interesting. Thanks for sharing it with the forum.
by Big Jim
Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: Rail Car for Dirranbandi and Toowoomba Light Railway
Replies: 24
Views: 975

Re: Rail Car for Dirranbandi and Toowoomba Light Railway

Outstanding,
I am off to raid my son and heir's Lego box.

I was aware of the fine tolerances of Lego after I watched a program about it. Apparently, it has to be very accurate or it won't work. The knock off or copied versions are not nearly so well made.
by Big Jim
Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Merlin Loco Works
Replies: 8
Views: 503

Re: Merlin Loco Works

It might be worth taking the approach that was used in the distant days when I was an archaeologist. When confronted with a building with a date carved in stone above the door. The only assumption you can make is that some one, at some point carved 4 random numbers on a piece of stone and stuck it ...
by Big Jim
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Larger scale Stuff
Replies: 40
Views: 1421

Re: Larger scale Stuff

The piston packing was a nice bit of possibly asbestos string 35 years ago. It was by this point past it's best.

The worshop belongs to the co owner of the engine.
by Big Jim
Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Larger scale Stuff
Replies: 40
Views: 1421

Larger scale Stuff

As most of you are aware I have been a bit quiet on the forum recently. Partly it has been a case of real life getting in the way, coupled with an inability to get into the shed due to a garden that bears more than a passing resemblance to the Somme. (I am not joking, we are just along from the grav...