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by mec_alf
Sat Oct 10, 2015 9:31 am
Forum: General modelling topics
Topic: 3d printing
Replies: 3
Views: 4773

Re: 3d printing

SDL-39s may soon be available as 3D printed objects:
http://www.shapeways.com/product/ZK979W ... d=57613436
by mec_alf
Sat Jan 03, 2015 5:14 pm
Forum: Other Prototype Discussion
Topic: Power swap
Replies: 2
Views: 3703

Re: Power swap

Possibly because Conrail was nationalised and Guilford's private-enterprise?
by mec_alf
Sat Jan 03, 2015 5:09 pm
Forum: Other Prototype Discussion
Topic: Double-headed freight Cab-Forwards
Replies: 1
Views: 2952

Double-headed freight Cab-Forwards

I remember seeing a photo in one of last year's Roundhouses of a brace of Cab-Forwards hauling a passenger train, with the caption stating that the S.P. never double-headed freight trains with Cab-Forwards. Until very recently I would not have sought to contradict the author. On page 86 of "The Modo...
by mec_alf
Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:41 pm
Forum: Modular Topics
Topic: Quisling: constructing 16 feet of modular railroad
Replies: 37
Views: 21465

Re: Quisling: constructing 16 feet of modular railroad

Gloriousnse wrote:Don't like the smooth roof if you're looking at modern ones, but that would not be an issue on the bottom.

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You could always put styrene strip across the flat roof, or use them underneath 45' or 53' ribbed-roof ones.
by mec_alf
Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:37 pm
Forum: Loco & Rolling Stock
Topic: Walthers powered crane
Replies: 2
Views: 4435

Re: Walthers powered crane

Very impressive. I saw one of the cranes being moved past Donner Ski Ranch, presumably heading from Sparks towards Sacramento, behind a GP40; unfortunately I was in ski school about 300 yards from the main line so couldn't do anything about photographing it.
by mec_alf
Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:08 pm
Forum: Modular Topics
Topic: Quisling: constructing 16 feet of modular railroad
Replies: 37
Views: 21465

Re: Quisling: constructing 16 feet of modular railroad

They also do kits of H0 40' ISO containers for about £2.50 each. You get two roof/floor pieces, 4 doors, 2 end-pieces and two ribbed sidewalls for your money. For anyone looking at intermodal operations this has to be the cheapest way of filling those well-cars.
by mec_alf
Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:13 pm
Forum: Loco & Rolling Stock
Topic: The Great Pumpkin - aka MEC 232
Replies: 2
Views: 3798

Re: The Great Pumpkin - aka MEC 232

It's had another coat of Pumpkin, which has covered up the embarrassing runs at the bottom of the shell. I'm going to check it over and either give it a coat of Klear or tidy it up properly and give it a final, light coat then spray the horizontal section of the short hood. Once that's done it'll re...
by mec_alf
Tue Nov 11, 2014 5:19 pm
Forum: Loco & Rolling Stock
Topic: The Great Pumpkin - aka MEC 232
Replies: 2
Views: 3798

The Great Pumpkin - aka MEC 232

With 7 Stewart U25Bs either painted and lettered or earmarked for the Maine Central I had to do one as 232, the "Great Pumpkin" for its overall Harvest Gold paint scheme. With my supply of Harvest Gold either elderly or enamel and my not having suitable thinners to hand I opted for docrafts acrylic ...
by mec_alf
Sat Nov 08, 2014 3:39 pm
Forum: Painting, Decalling and Weathering
Topic: No more Floquil and Polyscale paints
Replies: 3
Views: 5596

Re: No more Floquil and Polyscale paints

There's a useful website that will compare the colours on an (uploaded) image to offer a selection of alternative. You can find it here:

http://scalemodeldb.com/paint

I've tried it for an EsPee GP40 that I saw at Truckee and it offered a series of choices for both the grey and the scarlet.
by mec_alf
Sat Nov 08, 2014 3:25 pm
Forum: Painting, Decalling and Weathering
Topic: Making decals
Replies: 14
Views: 12033

Re: Making decals - ALPS printers

Making Your Own Decals Years ago there was an ink jet printer called ALPS, which could be used for making decals because it used white ink, as well as black and colours. These are occasionally available second hand, for example on e-Bay. Martin B The ALPS printers aren't ink-jet but dye-sublimation...
by mec_alf
Sun Nov 02, 2014 5:48 pm
Forum: Loco & Rolling Stock
Topic: Westside SP Atlantic 4-4-2
Replies: 6
Views: 5398

Re: Westside SP Atlantic 4-4-2

Lubrication of the worm and motor bearing has had the desired effect, the model runs really smoothly through the range now. It wasn't without its fraught moments, one of the tiny screws flew off into the Bermuda triangle which sits in my workshop, happily I have a wide selection of small sized scre...
by mec_alf
Wed Oct 29, 2014 7:17 pm
Forum: Events - Past
Topic: Calder Northern Fallen Flags Meet
Replies: 0
Views: 2510

Calder Northern Fallen Flags Meet

All going well, the following links SHOULD take you to some (rather shaky) footage of my Benson Lumber Shay pressed into switching duties: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101829256724655578661/videos an experimental run of two Centipedes and U-Boat, and a Bachmann Shay (marked up in British Railways liv...
by mec_alf
Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: Loco & Rolling Stock
Topic: Westside SP Atlantic 4-4-2
Replies: 6
Views: 5398

Re: Westside SP Atlantic 4-4-2

Almost certainly there's a screw under the smoke-box, obscured by the pony truck; certainly that's beenthe case with all my brass steam locos.
by mec_alf
Fri Oct 10, 2014 6:28 pm
Forum: General modelling topics
Topic: What was your early inspiration?
Replies: 13
Views: 7675

Identity crisis resolved

Having loitered as "maineu18b" since signing up to the forum I have finally identified myself - it turns out that I am actually Alf Milliken, and hae amended my signature to more accurately identify both myself and my interests.
by mec_alf
Fri Oct 10, 2014 6:17 pm
Forum: Loco & Rolling Stock
Topic: Balboa Drive Train Headache
Replies: 2
Views: 2960

Re: Balboa Drive Train Headache

Thanks Rai, I've installed a short length of brass tubing into the silcon tubing and that seems to have resolved the power-transmission problem. I've just got to repair the trailing truck, after which the loco will be tested on a club layout. If all goes properly then it gets chipped; otherwise it'l...