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Thread: Flying Scotsman build articles
04/04/2022 09:03:55

Hi Jeff

Thank you for your interest in my articles, the first 10 articles which began in the first mag for 2021 (1st-14th January) are in issues

4655, 4656, 4657, 4658, 4659, 4660, 4661, 4662, 4664, and 4665.

Hope this helps

Kind regards


Thread: Rear section of boiler wrap holding in place
09/03/2022 21:59:13

Hi Michael, as Luker has pointed out the cleading will be held near the spectacle plate by a length of right angle which has been rolled to match the boiler.

Looking at photos of No.1, Luker's excellent model looks correct, I don't have a close-up of a Stirling having not built one but can share one of my photos which shows the angle as fitted to Flying Scotsman. As you can see the angle is bolted or riveted to the spectacle plate and the cleading slides under, note that it's not fixed to the cleading so that it can expand as the boiler heats up.


Hope this helps




Edited By Peter Seymour-Howell on 09/03/2022 22:02:46

Thread: 4685 late
02/03/2022 17:55:00

I spoke to a nice lady on the phone, a replacement is on its way...



28/02/2022 12:46:25

nothing in today's post either??..

26/02/2022 17:27:30

Thanks, for the info guys...if mine isn't here Monday morning I'll order another copy...



26/02/2022 15:29:57

Hi guys

Has anyone else not yet received the latest ME, my issue usually arrives on time or early but no sign of it yet?

For obvious reasons, I particually want this issue..


Thread: Springbok completed
02/01/2022 10:11:53

She looks beautiful Simon, well-done sir, you have created a lovely-looking loco.


Thread: 2 1/2 half cab
21/10/2021 13:14:05

Try Paul.....he's more approachable than most, probably the best boilermaker out there too, many won't even look at repairs. At least if he says it can't be fixed you know the true facts.


Thread: Coupling and drawbar standards
21/10/2021 12:25:06

As a scale builder, I would follow the GL5 standard of 3 5/8 or near as, there is some leeway in the standard, 5" and 4 " seems strange but then if you are modelling narrow gauge, perhaps not? I'm mainline so not really looked.

Here's the GL5 profile, you'll note that there is a generous amount of leeway, after all, locomotives come in all shapes and sizes.


Thread: 2 1/2 half cab
21/10/2021 10:34:28

Hi Ben

My first step would be to soak it in citric acid for a few hours (perhaps overnight depending on concentration) so you can see more clearly what's going on. As Dave said superheaters are generally removable although admittedly my experience is with larger scales so can't say with yours, I'd be surprised if it wasn't removable. After a bath in citric, it should come up like new. Are you a member of a club? if so once cleaned show it to your boiler inspector for an experienced assessment as to what can be done.

Don't condemn it straight away even if the news isn't good from the inspector, a professional boilermaker may still be able to fix it. Talk to someone like Paul Tompkins at Southern Boiler Works Ltd in Devon, if he says it can't be fixed then it can't although you'd be amazed at the state of some boilers which he has rescued.

good luck


Thread: Pocketmags issues out before ME?
16/10/2021 20:39:33

Thanks V8

I did speak to Pocketmags yesterday evening but it was late in the day and not had a reply from my last email. I think that they can grant me access once I can prove that I have the proper ME subscriptions....I sent them a copy of my original email for the subscription but forgot that originally I only had one for print only. I upgraded a few months later to both print and digital but can't find the email, I seem to recollect having to sort the upgrade through the helpline and thus may not have got a confirmation email?

My last mail tried to explain this but got there too late for a reply last night, hope to hear something positive from Pocketmags Monday.

Fingers crossed...



15/10/2021 15:35:27

I just tried to find how to link myself via the Pocketmags site, I think I've found a page under 'my account' (evidently I opened an account some years back for some Porsche mags) then in 'my library' and then 'activate subscription' i then get stuck when it askes for an 'order number', I tried entering my subscription number but that didn't work?


15/10/2021 15:21:04

Thanks, V8, I do have both print and digital subscriptions with MyTime so if I can link with Pocketmags that would be great.

Kind regards


15/10/2021 11:48:14

hi V8... what do you mean by linked please, Do you have to pay for both?



15/10/2021 11:21:52

Hi everyone, I have recently noticed that Pocketmags seems to publish the new digital issues before ME. I haven't in the past paid much attention to the digital timings as they seem to vary by quite a lot, sometimes before print and yet at other times later.

It was only when last month a fellow model engineer commented on FB about the IMLEC article in the latest mag wbich was a few days before it was printed. It wasn't on ME digital so I asked where he got the article from with the reply being Pocketmags?

Today I have found that the latest issue 4676 is already available on Pocketmags? The last issue 4675 has only recently been published here on ME Digital?

So my question is how can Pocketmags publish the new issue a full 7 days before it's due in print form? Which digital service do you guys subscribe too? I have both print and digital subscriptions with ME which I don't want to change, call it a loyalty thing but do wonder why the official outfit is so far behind the competition?



Thread: Transporting 5 inch live steam loco
11/10/2021 19:08:28

Can't help re carrying in the car, I still need to buy a suitable car to move my 5" loco when it's finished. For lifting in the workshop I built myself a lifting hoist with a swinging jib to swing the model out and lower to the trolley. This setup didn't cost me much, the scaff fittings and tube were picked up off ebay for very little money, the swinging arm IIRC was about £50, and the hoist approx £40. Perhaps another £30 for chain and D shackles. The loco when finished will be approx 280lb, the hoist can lift twice that, the chain/shackles about 10 times that, and the jib about 400lbs at full stretch, more if at the halfway mark. I can swing the model around 180 too when needing to work on the other side. I also have a long mobil trolley for sitting the model on and moving around the workshop..

As you can see the loco is lifted by a sturdy steel beam and held from the same lifting points as per full size, D shackles on the front and large hooks grabbing the drag-box for the rear..


Thread: Don Young's 'Doncaster'
02/10/2021 11:44:52

union links done and test fitted, next up will be the motion pins to fit them properly

10/09/2021 20:18:39

Evening all.. things are still progressing nicely with 4472, Today sees the combination levers close to completion. Once I have removed the boiler and running boards I'll be able to fit them properly, for now, I have only tried them in place to check all is as it should be...The lever is only wedged in the general position here to check that everything aligns as it should, when it's fitted properly I'll file down the bearing that sits in the crosshead a little further so that it swings freely without any sign of it rocking.



08/08/2021 12:47:00

A few photos from yesterday's club event, managed to take these during the short breaks between the rain when the sun did show itself...

A short (poor quality) video to show that gravity sanders do work in 5 " even if the sand has been in the boxes for many months and when out in weather that was at times dreadful and very, very wet/damp. Please excuse the short commentary... I shouldn't have tried to stand up while talking these days... I forget


06/08/2021 16:09:01

Good afternoon guys.. well, the loco is now ready for tomorrow, and on a plus note, the weather now looks much better than had been threatened, there's even some sun so should be able to get some properly lit photos. I have taken some photos with the tender sharing the stand, a good test of its strength if nothing else.
The last photo in this group shows the loco hoisted by its lifting rig ready to be lowered onto its traveling board. I have done this a good few times now but still get nervous at this stage, rightly so as each time the model is getting heavier. I would guess her to be approx 200lbs now, perhaps a little more. You may recall that when weighed on the scales without her boiler and other parts missing she weighed in at 148lb, the boiler must be at least 50 lbs, I suspect more as she's more heavily built than the drawing, ie, larger tubes and thicker upper tubeplate sections etc, plus all the extra bronze bushes. Having said that the lifting rig will handle more than twice that weight but it doesn't stop me from getting a little twitchy...

And another video to bore you all...<img src=" src="" />



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