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MinerChris

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Evening all,


Three months later, whittling away the long winter evenings, pressing the soldering iron, files and brass gauges into action has meant that the pointwork needed for Callington has emerged on my workbench. Admittedly this has been a heck of a lot slower than it should of have been, as I have opted to use Laurie's 'fiddly,' chairplate system, rather than soldering the rails directly to the sleepers. It's a shame that the piece of hardboard wasn't wide enough to build the yard entry point inline with the remainder of the trackwork to make sure there isn't any kinks in it, but also as the exit from this is straight, there shouldn't be any issues with eventually getting it lined up on the baseboard.

 

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In close up, this matches the easitrack plain track pretty well, but time will tell whether painting and ballasting will hide all of this work. Tweaking to allow a DMU to be pushed through nicely took some time, I should have really remembered that the switchblades would narrow the gauge when I was laying out the outer rails. As I'll be using the 'modified filmstrip' tiebar design, I've soldered on extra chairplates under the swichblades, to stop these from rising above the railhead height.

 

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Best Regards,


Chris.

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That looks very neat and accurate  Chris

I was interested to read your comment about using the modified filmstrip tiebar as I thought perhaps I was the only 2mm scale modeller still using this method.

I'd be interesting to know what your modification might be please as its always useful to find out how others have found ways to improve on existing ideas.

Best wishes

John

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7 hours ago, John Brenchley said:

That looks very neat and accurate  Chris

I was interested to read your comment about using the modified filmstrip tiebar as I thought perhaps I was the only 2mm scale modeller still using this method.

I'd be interesting to know what your modification might be please as its always useful to find out how others have found ways to improve on existing ideas.

Best wishes

John

 

Thank you John, If you look at the April 2015 copy of the mag, you will see an article that D869 of this parish has written about it, in far better detail than I could.

 

Best Regards,

 

Chris.

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Thanks Pete, the fiberglass scratch brush covers a thousand sins, or in this case solder everywhere.. Time will tell if it'll run as nicely as your new points! 

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On 05/02/2019 at 17:04, queensquare said:

Cracking progress Chris, keep at it.

 

Jerry

Thanks Jerry, though progress again comes to a shuddering stop for three weeks while I go back off to work. -32 degrees this evening.

 

Chris.

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