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 Posted: Sun Nov 16th, 2014 09:59 am
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so this weekend i attended the spalding model railway show, as always what a fantastic turn out.

i spent a lot of time looking at layout legs trying to get an idea of what to do and what height i thought was best for my layout for the viewer.

however i have puchased a set of kadee couplings to have a play with and after seeing these in action at the show it is the way forward for me.

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 Posted: Sun Nov 16th, 2014 11:01 am
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Hi Jimmy,

You know once you have had a play with Kadees, you'll wonder why tension lock couplers are used so much... ;-) I have converted 70% of my locos and rollinstock to Kadees already, not cheap, but the easy uncoupling is a bonus. Did you also purchase an 'undertrack' magnet (item no.308) or 'between the rails' uncoupling ramp (item no.321), so you can uncouple ?

If not, I would recommend reading this :

http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=8481&forum_id=6&page=1 

The use of neodymium magnets as uncouplers is excellent. I have adopted this on Linden Ford and will be doing the same on Kelly Bray.

Other useful links : 

http://www.kadee.com/htmbord/HOplc.htm Click on Couplers  

http://www.kadee.com/conv/holist.pdf

http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/other/mti_article.php  

Cheers, Gary.

 



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Plus this about Kadees as well
http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=8591&forum_id=156



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 Posted: Thu Nov 20th, 2014 09:01 am
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Thank you for all the links I have today order a range of different rare earth magnets from eBay. I'm going to have a play and see which ones suit myself the most.

However they are coming from china so a while until they will arrive.

In the mean time, I have Warley show to go to on Sunday, hoping to pick up some little bits wheels and more importantly more kadee's and a kadee height gauge.

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Its all coming along nicely Jimmy,
I am thinking Kadee,s for the future and look forward to how you get on with them.
Best of luck,
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shunter1 wrote:
Its all coming along nicely Jimmy,
I am thinking Kadee,s for the future and look forward to how you get on with them.
Best of luck,
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Thank you, I will post photos of how I get on with them

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 Posted: Fri Nov 28th, 2014 04:19 pm
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ok here is a little update, after buying some different sized kadee's i have managed to fit them to the front of my GMC truck/shunter already looks better than before.



but i also needed to go out to the garage and think about some legs for the layout.
i decided on the route i wanted to take.

i decided on the height i wanted the layout for the best viewing and it sits just about my waist height which i think is perfect.



ignore the mess in my garage there is a lot going on.



for adjustment all you need to do is loosen or tighten the screw, its secure and accurate.


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 Posted: Fri Nov 28th, 2014 04:26 pm
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we recently changed the knobs on all the kitchen cupboards to stupidly expensive ones (wifes choice) however i may have ordered one to many, so i had to use it, and the sector plate was perfect.


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Thats great progress Jimmy,
A good baseboard height is a must for access and visuals.
I am impressed with your Kadee coupling fitting.It does seem the way to go for auto coupling.
That traverser is the business and saves so much space and turnout costs.
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Coming along nicely Jimmy.

Not a bad operating height and when it comes to detailing the layout, you can sit comfortably on a chair. :thumbs

Cheers, Gary.



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so i have been thinking about rolling stock for this layout (which is more like everyday), after attending some shows i have come to the conclusion to keep interest i need a few different locos to keep things changing and moving.

i wanted a little steam shunter. this layout will never be 100% accurate and is not based on what actually happened, its a model its more what could have been. i want to build something that pleases. i want to produce something that looks as if it could of happened.

so what could i use for a shunter?? well i happened to be at my dads house looking at his layout and what he had achieved and i found my first ever train,

it was a hornby smokey jo that at somepoint i repainted to british railways. this train is brought for me by my nan when i was seven so is really get on in its life so its about 14 or so years old. i never threw this away as i was kinda attached to it (being my first ever train to run on my dads layout as a child.)



i put it on a test track and it run, even with dirty wheels joe chugged along happily. the seed was set this was to be my new project.

i quickly discovered that there was buckled wheels and damage to the cab roof. this was a toy train when i was young and was dropped knocked and run constantly. also about an inch of dust and dirt.

the strip was started and all components cleaned and prepared.



after the primer was added this highlighted the level of damage, a chunk missing in the side of the boiler and damage to the cab roof.

so these where fixed with model filler, i didnt want it to be perfect as no loco is perfect but it needed to be a lot better,

i discovered that the silver wheels where beyond repair so new wheels and valve gear purchased in black.

next on to paint, i opted for a mix of black and green.

i decided to add meth fix transfers for two reasons 1. they look better than anything else. 2. i had some old ones knocking about. luckly these had various letters and numbers.

i opted for number 2118 as i am a police officer and that is my collar number that is the only reason.

i then decided that as the cab is open and the detail is quite good i would spend some time picking out various pipes and gauges.

i next moved onto a crew and these came from the white metal figures of aiden campbell.

the kadee coupling conversion was a little harder i actually had to cut a slot in the chassis and insert the coupling box into the slot, this was worring as if i cut the slot at the wrong height there was no room for adjustment. normally i measure twice and cut once but i think with this i measured four or five times and its perfect.

finally weathering and then put the entire train back together. DCC conversion and old joe runs and looks great.









this was never going to be a perfect true to real loco at the end of the day its a cheap old hornby railroad smokey joe however i am happy with it, and my first ever childhood train will run again on my exhibition layout if i ever get it finished.

what do you think.




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Hi Jimmy,

That is one cracker of a job on 'Smokey Joe'. :doublethumb 

Fitting Kadees isn't a fun job to do on this little loco, I know from experience ! I do like the livery you have given her (him?) and the fact that the cab details have been high lighted, including the crew is a bonus. That is one job I have not done to any of my locos, but they are waiting in the tool box for employment/placement.  

Great work PC Styles. ;-)

Cheers, Gary.



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Hi Jimmy,

Great job on the smokey. I have a few of these which will be subject to a reaping / conversion. They are really great little loco's and so full of character.

Looks good.

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Nicely done, just needs a little pile of coal on the footplate for feeding the fire.



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Hi Jimmy
Like the makeover on the Smokey Joe, looks good! 



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Campaman wrote: Nicely done, just needs a little pile of coal on the footplate for feeding the fire.

funny you should say that, as it is tonights job also add coal to the tops of the bunkers on each side of the boiler.

i must say i am actually really happy with the loco and strangely attached to the little lad.

i never thought that i would be this happy with him, as it is the first loco detail and repaint i have ever attempted. 

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My maths is either very poor or I still consider myself younger than I am. I stated that this loco was 14years old well it's actually 24years old.

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Smashing job Jimmy,
Nice to have an old childhood friend running again.
Brilliant job on that Kadee coupling.
Cheers,
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I think these little 0-4-0 pugs are brilliant and you done a good job on that one Jimmy.

Allegedly they're based on the LMS class 0F, but there not dissimilar to the North British Railway G Class or any other variant built by Neilson and Company in the late 19th Century.

I didn't have one when I was young, my smallest shunter then was the 3F Jinty, so I've got 3 now and have to keep having to stop myself buying any more.

Notice you don't appear to have put a front coupling on.



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Wd I decided against a front coupling as this will only face one direction on this shunting plank so trying to keep the front looking clean. Also it is a lot t harder to fit a kadee to the front than to the back, so the back got the coupling. 😃

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