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Open frame test track baseboard Pt5

Posted by Harlequin , 02 April 2018 - - - - - - · 268 views

I fixed the corner braces to to the top corners, hoping that they might make the unit less prone to twisting but they don't make much difference. So I might omit them from future versions.
 To give an idea of the amount of twist in the unit: If I lift one corner off the ground then I get about 2cm deflection before any of the other corners also star...


Open frame baseboard Pt4

Posted by Harlequin , 25 March 2018 - - - - - - · 294 views

I fitted the stiffeners today which make the side pieces into L beams for longitudinal strength and provide some racking resistance to hold the entire unit square. One of the ends had the PSE fixed wrongly inside the plywood. The stiffener stood proud so I had to chisel out a little rebate:
 The frame was remarkably square (1609mm across one d...


Test track baseboard construction pt3

Posted by Harlequin , 24 March 2018 - - - - - - · 291 views

I made some more progress on my open frame baseboards today. I glued and screwed the side pieces to the ends to create a flimsy frame.
 I drilled out some holes in the rib and spine pieces. The exact position of these holes isn't really important but for neatness I clamped the ribs together and drilled through all 5 at once.
 Then I glued...


Test track baseboard construction pt2

Posted by Harlequin , 17 March 2018 - - - - - - · 281 views
lightweight, open, baseboard, ply
This afternoon I worked on using the parts to put together one baseboard. Cut the parts to exact length in the mitre saw. This ensures that the parts are exactly square and gets rid of any rough corners.
 Cut the PSE that strengthens the ends of the frame. It's not the best quality and although it was reasonably straight and not twisted it was...


Test track lightweight baseboard construction

Posted by Harlequin , 17 March 2018 - - - - - - · 244 views

I realised I needed to make a roundy-round test track so before I get into making the complex baseboards for Hampton Malstead I have decided to make some simpler baseboards for the test track using the same basic techniques. Here's the plan for one of three identical boards which I will arrange in a U shape with a thin bridging piece across the top o...


Llanglydwen vintage photos

Posted by Harlequin , 10 March 2018 - - - - - - · 135 views
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The entry for Llanglydwen station on disused-stations.org.uk was recently updated with three high-res vintage photos.
Here  (You have to click the "here" links to see the larger versions.) The new photos are wonderfully evocative and look like photos of a model. The station, a small hamlet, a road, a river, a bridge and a level crossing are all...


Digging out old modelling materials

Posted by Harlequin , 05 February 2018 - - - - - - · 336 views
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I knew that somewhere here I had a box full of Plastikard and some bottles of "Mek-Pak". After searching in my loft and my back bedroom, and getting distracted by old forgotten model spaceships and some great treasures, I found it! (Never throw anything away!) I have a selection of plain and embossed sheets, and bits of: an army tank kit, spaceship k...


Workbench for model making

Posted by Harlequin , 04 February 2018 - - - - - - · 319 views

Over the past few weeks it's been hard to motivate myself to do anything, aside from drawing stuff on the computer, which is always satisfying. So this weekend I decided to just do something , anything just to get myself going . So I built a workbench for model making so that I don't monopolise the dining table any more. The work surface is 18m...


Live train data

Posted by Harlequin , 11 January 2018 - - - - - - · 154 views
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While searching for info about signalling diagrams I came across this interesting site that shows Network Rail's live info, as used by signalling staff and train operators:
http://www.opentraintimes.com/maps  E.g. Paddington:


Deliver me from temptation

Posted by Harlequin , 03 January 2018 - - - - - - · 158 views
Scotsman, duchess
Even though I'm a GWR man through and through I convinced myself that I really ought to have a Flying Scotsman. A distant family connection, a special offer from Locomotion and the feeling that every modeller should really have one at some time were enough for me. 
Now I find myself coveting the Hornby Stannier Duchess! 
And I don't even have a...


Publicity for first GWR railcar

Posted by Harlequin , 05 December 2017 - - - - - - · 166 views
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While I was searching the 'net for info about the GWR diesel railcars I came across this wonderful period film: 


GWR Railcar sound

Posted by Harlequin , 30 November 2017 - - - - - - · 100 views

I made a little video of my railcar with sounds running on my dining table: 
The sound recording is not great - it sounds much better in reality.


History in reverse

Posted by Harlequin , 29 November 2017 - - - - - - · 117 views

We hear today that the Government want to break up the GWR franchise and open more branch lines... 
It sounds like history is being replayed in reverse. Are we going to see the "London and South Western" franchise or the "Moretonhampstead and South Devon" franchise? 
The logical end result is that they'll propose the reinstatement of broad gauge...


Quote from C J Freezer

Posted by Harlequin , 10 November 2017 - - - - - - · 287 views
freezer, quote, insightful, CJF
I found this sage-like quote from C J Freezer recently: 
I do not subscribe to the theory that it is somehow better for a modelmaker to rely solely on his own resources, making every item in his own workshop [snip].
In pure model engineering, where construction is the object of the exercise and the pleasure lies in the work involved, the idea make...


Giant feline

Posted by Harlequin , 21 October 2017 - - - - - - · 190 views
I just worked out (for obvious reasons) that my fat little cat is 67ft 6in tall at the shoulders in 4mm scale. That's roughly 20.5 metres - slightly taller than the Angel of the North. 
I dread to think what her tonnage would be... 


Peco OO Streamline Large Radius points

Posted by Harlequin , 01 October 2017 - - - - - - · 238 views
Peco, large radius, points
I noticed that the new bullhead rail large radius points are still being described as 60in (1524mm) radius when we all know that's rubbish. They simply can't be if they are to give a 12 degree turnout angle and a 2in (50.8mm) separation between parallel tracks. I emailed Peco and they said the 60in radius is a "nominal" figure because the points incl...


Old Pib

Posted by Harlequin , 29 September 2017 - - - - - - · 152 views
Flying Scotsman
I've just been checking through the family history that my Grandma very carefully pieced together to find out exactly how I'm related to "Old Pib", Albert Pibworth, one of the drivers of Flying Scotsman on the first non-stop run from London to Edinburgh. 
I know lots of people claim this sort of connection but I'm pretty sure my connection is genuine...



Posted by Harlequin , 20 September 2017 - - - - - - · 340 views

Nothing significant - just using this blog entry to upload a signature graphic.


Stupid, stupid, stupid

Posted by Harlequin , 30 August 2017 - - - - - - · 179 views
I had an idea to knock up some pointwork. Left work early to go to the local model shop and bought some code 75 points, track and joiners. 
After battling out of town through the rush hour traffic jams I realised I hadn't thought to buy any insulating joiners! 
Project on hold for a few more days now, sadly.

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