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'V'

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  1. We were quite chuffed at the stupid ideas at the bufferstop end A brazier that glows and by the pile of clay pipes a paraffin can for starting with a box of matches resting on a pipe and a newspaper laying there. 4 mm scale stupidity !! 'V'
  2. Yes I did forget to get back - Blame Photobucket A picture looking towards the head shunt end 'V'
  3. Since I ceased making model aircraft I don't get on here too often. Always need to be doing something though. In December with a mate of mine we decided to make a shunting puzzle layout in '00' 4 mm scale. Well tonight was the first real outing to club night and all went well. A simple inglenook type some 50" long and 18" wide. Space for 11 wagons, 9 always on track and have to be shunted into a specific order by the goods shed and platform. I was going to post a few pictures, but as they're all in Photobucket I'm not going to try. It's not that I know it won't work, because so far all my pictures are still working - I just don't want to reveal myself !! I will come back with images when I've sorted a new host. 'V'
  4. Hi Mancunian airman, You know I'd love to send a 'plan' but I'm reluctant to draw plans because until I start laying track I don't know what I'll run with. I call it being artistic and I just work to the basic idea in my head. My idea was that most model railway exhibitions have compact stations and with so many being end-to-end the rolling stock is limited in number and speeds. I fancied something where a 9 coach express can roll non-stop through a station and not look cramped. My other gripe is that the larger and usually club layouts have quite large fiddleyards off scene, track on bare boards - Why I thought waste so much potential modelling space ? As a result this offers 360 degree viewing while it limits my fiddleyard space the scene there is still an integral part of my overall layout. I might be able to add a link later to a video ...... This is the fiddleyard sidings, or better, sidings come fiddleyard !! Nothing wrong with trying to develop a plan for some future project. If you've not done much scenic or railway modelling start with a small piece of ply and just experiment. I found it most relaxing as I didn't need to be prototypically accurate. Try making a Valiant from the Mach2 kit, perhaps it was making two of them that made me stop aircraft modelling, perhaps the two Contrail Valiants also had an influence !! If you're into Bomber Command then a good place to be is the IPMS Bomber Command SIG. I believe They had quite a large display at Telford. 'V'
  5. Thank You bigbadbadge, Two steps forward, one step back !! Added 15 lights to my station platforms, one not so bright, then failed. All glued in and wired-up. I think it may have been a failed connection in the light, certainly not from my lighting loom as I tested that. Superglue de-bonder allowed me to extract most of the base without damaging the platform although some electrical bits couldn't be removed as trapped in the double skin !! A couple of pictures :- You can see the failed light when it was weak, 4th up on the island platform. 'V'
  6. Ahh Graham Boak, I've had several over the years - you do get the odd one that's not quite right, even when made in Hull. I spent 12 years or so as a civilian instructor with the ATC from the early to mid '80's and of course when helping run the Make & Take at Telford (In the early Days). It's not just one duff tin, the entire paint formula has changed beyond all recognition, nearly all my newer paints are either Duff, or at least suspect. My tins marked 1994 generally still work well as well as many even older ones. The modern paint is faster drying, too fast and while using a matt black recently the almost new tin was beginning to get a skin, or at least loosing it's fluidity after a few minutes use. If the P.O took paint I would be returning, but I shall talk to my local retailer, however today I'm off to Weymouth to get some Revell to see how these fair now. Certainly their matt varnish is still a usable product unlike the several tins of recent Humbrol where every one is not up to standard. 'V'
  7. Errrr Two years later !! This project had it's 5th Birthday back at the end of September. I'm having to press on as it's booked into an exhibition at Milton Keynes in February. The last few days I've been adding my stations platform lights, the one I preferred was too short, so each light has had a 7 mm stub added at the base. While I was working on it I took a couple of photographs. Oh and this thread has lost photographs from when I left Photobucket and went to Imageshack who have dropped all my photos as I wouldn't become a paying customer. Sorry. Given up tonight as a new pot of Humbrol paint is unuseable sludge !! 'V'
  8. Absolute garbage !! I'm about to return a tinlet that I've opened and it's unusable. I brush paint and have done since the 1960's, I expect a tin of paint to be paint not sludge. The tin could fall on it's side and I doubt much would spill out. Thinning just doesn't work. As to fine work forget it, touch a brush onto the paints surface and nothing is picked up, it needs shovelling up. 'V'
  9. Dapol Kits are as cheap as chips, yet with a little work make good models. So much of the finished look is the paint job, looking towards that finishing straight and some photos from you !! 'V'
  10. This one was a challenge, Getting any decoder small enough was difficult. In the end I decided the only chance I had was a Lenz Silver Mini and the cheapest in the U.K was £29 + £2 P&P. So I do appreciate Anyd's DCC costings 'V'
  11. Solution easy enough. Throw away the coupling parts that come on the kit sprues. Buy some Parkside Dundas coupling mounting blocks. These accept standard Bachmann NEM pockets with narrow tension-lock couplings. This allows a sprung sideways articulation as with RTR wagons. Depending on the under floor of kits you may have to sand some depth off the Parkside Dundas mountings to get the exact height correct. These mounting will also need a scratch built mounting pad from plasticard, I usually use some 2.0 mm square plastic section first to lift away from the floor. If you read several pages fore & aft of this you may find more information. http://www.newrailwaymodellers.co.uk/Forums/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=46675&start=180#p592931 There is also a potential problem as the Dapol metal wheel sets have quite shallow flanges and if your track is not FLAT, or you end up with a twisted chassis derailing can become a problem. As a note Hornby replacement wheel sets offer a deeper flange and can also help, but I wouldn't use them by choice. Get flat track and a flat square chassis. 'V'
  12. I've been finding it almost impossible to remove the duplicate picture - sorry 'V'
  13. I shall now try adding a couple of photos here on the un-named 'Minnie' from Roxey Mouldings. This runs on exactly the same Tenshodo SPUD and again the same DCC conversion needed. This time somewhat harder to take through into the cab, but more or less the same principal. To get a small enough decoder with top running qualities I again chose a Lenz silver mini. Here hidden behind a plasticard panel. I'm still working on fine detail & in this picture some parts are just propped in place. Not a cheap option as the kits with power unit are both in the £70 bracket and the Lenz decoders from my source which were £29 each put each loco into the £100 price range ....... BUT I don't recall seeing one working, and 'Fifi' can easily pull 20 wagons, the most I've had behind Minnie is 6, but still power to spare. This is all beyond 'reason' of prototype loading, but proves they're good runners. 'V'
  14. I would have prefered to add to my wagon builds posting, but don't think I can add photographs in answers to a thread. Model Railways can be as much fun as any other modelling, but running trains can become a little boring ? The thing that keeps me the most interested is shunting, moving stock in as few moves as possible to line a train in a specific order. To that end I'd decided to build a pure shunting yard, but not a big railway company yard. I looked at the available small shunting locomotives and decided there was nothing that quite suited me. The modellers answer - build something. Roxey Mouldings do just 2 different 4 mm '00' white metal kits. As I run DCC I needed to convert the Tenshodo power spud Drill a couple of holes in the white metal footplate to take power into the engine compartment. I won't go through all the building process, but rather than solder together I used good quality super glue. Here 'Fifi' sits showing off my initial attempt to use a bow-pen. I have not had another try as I know much practice is needed. Alongside 'Fifi' is the other even smaller kit. Seen behind is a small general railway company shunting locomotivein the form of a Hornby class 06 diesel ..... Rather obvious why I thought these were too large !! 'V'
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