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  1. Andy Cundick

    21mm gauge track; the pros and cons?

    Just finished doing the trackwork for Courtmacsherry and a quick calculation shows that it cost about 45 quid thats for a 196 foot layout(excluding fiddleyard) with 7 1/2 points (ones a catch point).So 21mm track needn't be expensive,Andy
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    21mm gauge track; the pros and cons?

    Coach bogies are dead easy MJT do a range of basic compensated coach bogies in various wheelbases the two sides and centre bolster are connected together by wire so all i do is make the wire longer then solder up the whole lot,they work a treat and you can fix whatever cosmetic frames you want.As for wagon chassis i don't know whether SSM still do their 21mm RCH w irons but those plus the wheel spacing jig from Brassmasters makes the job easy,Andy.
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    21mm gauge track; the pros and cons?

    A few points (Pardon the pun) about doing 21mm gauge,like most things its a lot to take on board at first,however it really isn't that difficult.For a start my first attempt at track building was a 21mm point,The way i did was to buy an SMP point kit ,they come with a full set of instructions plans copperclad sleeper strip,rail,and even a crossing gauge.then what i did was blew the point plan up to 21mm gauge and built a point,and heres the scary thing it actually worked!up to that moment trackwork had been a black art worshipped from afar,incidentally the second one was a complete disaster as i was overconfident.I would sugggest as first go copperclad construction has a lot going for it as its easy to adjust track after construction with a touch of the soldering iron.My way of building the track is to mark the centres of the tracks directly onto the baseboards then lay the sleepers using double backed sellotape(the type used for laying carpet tiles).a 3ft steel rule on its side helps with marking out as bending creates its own transistion curve.Obviously a couple of roller gauges are needed,now the Scalefour Society do them,but they are easy enough to make yourself with some tube cut/filed to length and some washers with a bolt through the lot.There is a set of dimensions in Alan O'Rourkes "Modelling Irish Railways".I would suggest sticking to the EM standars then at least you can see the flanges.Back to Back gauges are usfull but a Vernier caliper does the job just as well,incidently i jst checked my back to back gauge which came from Terry McDermont back in the day and that comes out at 19.6mm. A lot has been said about the cost but especially if you build your own track it shouldn't cost any more than doing it in 00,especially if get into kit building.Andy.
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    21mm gauge track; the pros and cons?

    Totally agree with David,steamers especially look odd,the photo in the Modeller of the Loco Works U says it all with the wheels so far in they would virtually inside the firebox.Just started laying track on Courtmacsherry which will at least increase Broad Gauge on the circuit by 25%(Due at Warley next year so no pressure then!).Start small and have a go Andy.
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    Worsley Works kits

    Dead easy way of making an eliptical roof is to use 5 thou brass easy to form the ellipse over a bar.iv'e used on all my Worsleys from Castlederg to Creat Northern dead easy Andy.
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    Wagon Chassis Colours and ?

    Wouldn't bother too much in my experience of working on wagonry at Swindon they all ended up as a gungy brown colour.Andy
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    Warley 2017

    Signalling error at Ballinamore Leslie.Now need to get on with Courtmacsherry for next year.Andy.
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    Warley 2017

    Not quite the Emerald Aisle (Sorry couldnt resist),but at least altogether,i echo Leslie sentiments and if anyone wants a test run of their stock on Arigna come and have a chat we're there all weekend Andy.
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    Brighton show, 25% Irish Broad gauge

    Never had any problems with SSM Kits done most of them now or in the case of the J15's twice,with Valencia a must. As to the cost,its not really any more expensive building a kit to 5'3" rather than 4'1 1/2".Andy.
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    GSWR 52 Class GSR/CIE D17 4-4-0

    As its on the to do list put me down for both,depending on price Andy.
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    Walker Diesel Class F - ECMbuild in 4mm for OOn3

    Mikes stopped doing complete bogies but i believe he still supplies castings,i'd love to post photos but havn't a clue howto Andy.
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    Walker Diesel Class F - ECMbuild in 4mm for OOn3

    It does make up into a nice bit of kit.Mine has a pair of motor bogies from Mike Chinery which does give it a bit of poke.Really needs a West Clare layout to run on,but has to make do with Castlederg or Arigna still you never know!Andy.
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    Single axle mounted motor in 00

    Suggest you check out the High Level website good selection of gearboxes and motors The boxes virtually fall together I tend to use them for everything.Andy
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    Arigna Town - this week's scenery

    See you at Brighton Dave i'm there with Valencia and at Warley next year with Courtmacsherry(Arignas there this year)Andy.
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    Omagh GNRi station

    Bear i mind that you don't need a lot to get started thats why Valencia Harbour was built only 3 points all the stock needed to run it apart from a brake van is available.Its always a good idea to start small .Andy
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    Omagh GNRi station

    I build all my 21mm stock to EM standards a couple of the locos are compensated but the majority are fixed as are all the coaches and wagons,the main benefit of using 21 is visual with the best will in the world irish viewde end on looks odd.Andy.
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    Clogher Valley Project

    Point to bear in mind when building No4 is the lack of space between the 2nd and 3rd driving axles,when i did the Castlederg version i made up the chassis as per the drawing,only to find that the wheel flanges overlapped(Oh dear i said!)So the 2 chassis i eased the rear axle back a bit and all was fine.Andy.
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    Road Vehicles of the 1950-60 Period

    WV is a Wiltshire reg as her first owner lived in Wiltshire though they spent the hunting season on their estate near Cork hence the taxing in the Free State.Took her over a few years ago great especially "doing" the Tralee and Dingle.Andy.
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    Road Vehicles of the 1950-60 Period

    For true authenticity Valencia has an Austin 10/4 Lichfield on it registration No WV7789,which was taxed 6months for 3 years at Queenstown laterly Cobh.So spot on for Valencia as well as Courtmacsherry.I did find out due to motive power crisis that Valencia will fit in/on her(fiddle yard on boot lid),did get some odd looks going up the M4 though Andy.
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    Broad gauge modellers?

    Just a thought surely the title should be standard gauge models after all 00 is narrow gauge even for 4'8,1/2",Andy.
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    Broad gauge modellers?

    Courtmacsherry in 4mm Not finished yet but due at Warley next year. Plus Strabane albeit just a couple of sidings at the front for the moment,Andy.
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    New kits from Worsleyworks

    To be honest you don't need a lathe to do the axles the average length for driving wheel axle is 1 inch varies a bit depending on the boss.I just stick a wheel each side of the back to back measure off with a vernier ,then rod in vice and a quick hacksaw then clean up the ends with a file Hey presto one axle simples.As for pin point axles 1.5mm steel rod cut to 28mm,stick it in a drill,fire it up and with a fine carborundum block form a point the angle isn't that critical.Its worked for the last 15 locos and 60 bits of stock.Andy
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    Inchicore Class J10 Conversion From LNER J72

    For what its worth all my GS locos get a coat of Humbrol 27,before the grime goes on.Andy.
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    Brass "scratch-aid" kits (Worsley)

    Not Valencia i'm afraid but i should be bringing Castlederg over to Cultra next year.Andy
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    Brass "scratch-aid" kits (Worsley)

    Bit more than should,Valencia has been exhibited for the last 5 or so years and featured in Model Rail August 2014.Courtmacsherry is due at the Warley show next year.I had Valencia at Warminster the other week and gave both Argadeen and St Mologa a bit of a running session on it.800 you won't be seeing as i've done 802(everyone seems to do 800)trouble is that her and 7 Bredins do tend to clog up the station.Andy.
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