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Details, details ....

Posted by RedgateModels , 25 September 2014 - - - - - - · 578 views

Ahead of the Wycrail Show I have been adding more details to the layout. First off I've made some flower tubs from the cardboard tubes you get round the business end of a new spark plug cut in half and painted white. The flowers are from www.themodeltreeshop.com and come ready to "plant" - a bead of PVA run round the inside of the tube and the flowers ju...


DCC Shelf!

Posted by RedgateModels , 22 September 2014 - - - - - - · 661 views

Those of you who were at the RMweb Live event and took a peek behind the layout would have seen the lash-up that was the control panel/programming track. I realized VERY late that I needed my OO rolling road/NCE power panel for the DCC demo

so I cobbled something together from an old ice cream tub and a bit of old kitchen kick board. I had a spare pan...


Pway Volunteers Save the Day!

Posted by RedgateModels , 19 September 2014 - - - - - - · 435 views

Now that the dust has settled on the RMweb Live event last weekend I had to turn my attention to a track failure that occurred early on Sunday morning. The rod that links two of the tie bars together underneath the double slip had come adrift. My assistants on the day qucikly came up with a cumming double shunt move to enable the day to continue but as Wy...


Lighting the Way

Posted by RedgateModels , 04 September 2014 - - - - - - · 521 views

Whilst arranging the figures on the platform at the weekend it occurred to me that something was missing - lamps! An order was placed for five S&D Models GWR gas lamp kits with stems. I also ordered a stem extension to convert one to a yard lamp for the Goods Shed area.

So here's the lamps all built up waiting for the paint shop. I hope to get these...


Population Explosion

Posted by RedgateModels , 31 August 2014 - - - - - - · 541 views

OK, here's where the O gauge on a budget goes right out of the window. If you were doing this at home dear reader you could use cheaper imported figures and paint them up but this is an exhibition layout and I have a very tight deadline!

approx 100 quid spent on Preiser figures but the layout is starting to come to life :)

The camping coach...


One or Two Details

Posted by RedgateModels , 19 August 2014 - - - - - - · 357 views

A couple of items on my desk this lunchtime:

First off a much waited for Black Cat Tech lighting strip. Stephen's been out of the market for a while but I'm glad to see his products starting to filter back into his eBay store :)

This will be used to light the inside of the camping coach.

Secondly two name boards for the platform, printed out on my l...


Home Alone (again) Day Three

Posted by RedgateModels , 14 August 2014 - * * * * * · 606 views

So my modelling fest is about at an end - for tomorrow I must tidy up!

However I am very pleased with the results and the magnitude of my efforts over the last three days. A few tweaks here or there, but Fourgig is about ready for RMweb Live!

Here's a few snaps


Home Alone (again) Day Two

Posted by RedgateModels , 13 August 2014 - - - - - - · 362 views

First on the list today was to get the signal operating wires fitted to the centre board. This was done by lunchtime although I ran out of wire so one run from one end of the board to the other will have to be fitted at a later date. Andrew at Wizard Models had kindly agreed to swap a spare pack of rodding for another pack of wire - top man :)

I've al...


Home Alone (again) Day One

Posted by RedgateModels , 12 August 2014 - * * * * * · 656 views

The wife, kids and mother-in-law left at 10am today for Great Yarmouth. Not set to return until sometime on Friday, so the whole house is my workshop :)

The left hand board as the public view the layout had it's external woodwork painted black (saves you a job Pete ;) ) and left out in the sun. It's now sitting in the living room annex on two of the layo...


Attention changes to the centre board

Posted by RedgateModels , 10 August 2014 - - - - - - · 404 views

Now that the l;eft hand board has all it's rodding and wires in place I've put it to one side and put the centre board on the legs in the workshop. Today I have soldered up the PH Designs security fencing for the rear of the layout, just need some sun to spray it grey!

I've also coaled up the coal staithes, pretty pleased with this. looks most convinc...


Wires, wires and more wires

Posted by RedgateModels , 07 July 2014 - - - - - - · 425 views

FINALLY I have completed the signalling wire runs on board one. The last to be connected to the 'box were oddly the signals closest to it!

here's a quick snap showing how I have, maybe unconventionally used a pulley wheel on the post of the main signal. I added Woodland Scenics fine cinders to the base of the signals before adding the wire runs by just a...


Another Signal Connected

Posted by RedgateModels , 18 June 2014 - - - - - - · 387 views

Managed to grab half an hour last night after sorting someone's X04 motor (got to pay for all these signalling components somehow!) The platform fixed stop with shunt ahead subsidiary is now connected to the 'box

I made a large wheel up from the MSE etch secured it to a bit of Weatherspoon's coffee stirrer (they are wider then the McDonalds ones) and...


Signal Wires, Pulleys and "Horses"

Posted by RedgateModels , 16 June 2014 - - - - - - · 491 views

Thanks chaps, as no-one offered any kind of therapy following my decision to model the rodding exits from the signal box I found myself ordering cast wire pulleys, 0.11mm stainless wire and another etch of pully wheels etc.

Slow progress mainly due to the fact that the pulley castings are not the best and need to be drilled out to allow the wires through...



Posted by RedgateModels , 10 June 2014 - - - - - - · 662 views

A quick snap of the PH Designs fencing installed. I intend to fashion a padlock and chain to dangle from one of the gates and maybe a cat creeping through the open gate?

The Network Rail van is a very cut down modelrailwayscenery.com delivery van with the logo changed in Acrobat. It's not fixed in place yet as I'm waiting until the station buildings a...


Rodding, board one - done.

Posted by RedgateModels , 07 June 2014 - - - - - - · 509 views

I'm please to say the rodding on the first and most complicated board is done. Aided by my new toy - an LED head torch. I now have light wherever I look :)

A few snaps of the completed rodding including the cross rods to the double slip and the first set of compensators

I've removed the chance of the cross rods shorting out the track by copying a...


Rodding rodding everywhere!

Posted by RedgateModels , 31 May 2014 - - - - - - · 479 views

An unexpected reprieve from loft insulation allowed me to get the rodding from the 'box up to the barrow crossing completed

I'm pleased with the way the #8 rod dips down to the point crank then continues on to the far end of the double slip, with rod #9 running in front and over the crank :)

Finally a close up of the 'box gubbins


Signal box gubbins

Posted by RedgateModels , 30 May 2014 - - - - - - · 547 views

I said I wasn't going to do this, the plan WAS to hide the lack of wheels/cranks/wires and rodding exiting the signal box with a wooden walkway so why have I made this over the last few nights?

the crank leading to lever 8 is even shown as pulled to match the lever for pete's sake. Have I any idea of the September deadline to get the layout finished!...


Reading Matter

Posted by RedgateModels , 22 May 2014 - * * * * * · 964 views

This week I have mostly been building the "WH Smiths" kiosk from the Scalescenes Station Structures kit. Again enlarged by 175% on my printer to make it O scale.

As it's O gauge, I have put a bit more into this kit to add relief detail and have popped a cheap eBay figure sitting on a left over doll's house chair.

Not sure his reading matter is su...


Lighting rig complete, and some gardening!

Posted by RedgateModels , 17 May 2014 - - - - - - · 497 views

So at last the lighting rig and supports are complete, here's a couple of snaps of it in Fourgig East mode:

and here's it for Summat Colliery - must get a new sign made!

The shelves at the back were made from some off-cuts of UPC cladding I had lying around (as you do)

So then as it was sunny etc I decided to get the static grass out and de...


Belt and Braces?

Posted by RedgateModels , 16 May 2014 - - - - - - · 410 views

Something had been bugging me for a while. A couple of times in the past I have dropped part of my other layout Summat Colliery when packing away. This was caused by carelessness and the fact that the leg assemblies can tip sideways if sideways pressure is put on them.

As the centre section of the supports now becomes the key foundation to the whole set-...

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