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Death by a thousand cuts.


Adrian

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Finally started to cut metal for this challenge, well plastic if you want to be pedantic, and 1800 cuts to be precise.

 

I walked away from the Wigan show with various goodies from Exactoscale. So the few spare minutes over Christmas was spent cutting various chairs from sprues, fortunately I remembered on the third sprue that the keys were handed, 5 left and 5 right. So 1500 std chairs, 200 bridge chairs and 100 slide chairs later I have this to show for my efforts.

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I really think that Exactoscale ought to have a green recycling policy considering the amount of scrap from the sprues.

 

As Tewkesbury MPD ballasting is erratic, more just ash judging by the photos, many of the sleepers are quite exposed. So I've opted for the full depth wooden sleepers from Perfect Miniatures rather than the Exactoscale sleepers. So this week will be a quick test on staining them and ash ballast.

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  • RMweb Gold

Thanks for showing this Adrian, photos likes these really help demystify things for me (and others I assume). That's an awful lot of cutting! Also a lot of off-cuts, agree with you on the need for a green policy there!

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Good to see you have made a start on the project - thanks for showing me the photos at Wigan.

 

Regards,

 

Robin

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If you Jiffy-bagged the waste back to Exactoscale, could they re-use it?

 

And would that sort of recycling help to keep modelling companies afloat?

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If I remember correctly, when I worked in plastics industry, regrind as it is known, would led to a second rate product, I understand that the exactoscale policy is for top quality products only. Therefore I would assume that would not be able to reuse the scrap sprues, you could always recycle it at your local council amenity depot instead.

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I thought you were supposed to push the rail through while the chairs were still on the sprue?

That's certainly one way of doing it, and works fine for main line track where they were all keyed from the same direction. On the sprues there are 5 lefthanded keys down one side and 5 righthanded keys down the other. I'm not an expert on track matters but it seems that on track where there was running in both directions then they seemed to be keyed alternately. i.e. one left, one right, one left, one right etc. and this seems to be the case at Tewkesbury MPD. So for my situation it was as easy to remove them all from the sprues and stick them in tins. The one downside will be sore thumbs from pressing on all those chairs.

Adrian

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By removing the 'legs' off the scrap sprues, it looks like you have lots of sheets of something to make wagon loads with. The 'T' shapes pieces at the ends also look like track gradient indicators.

Stu

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The sprue legs make great pig iron loads with a little brush over with a file and a splash of paint.

 

I don't know about the 7mil products but I always prefer to take them off the sprues and attach them to the rail 1 by 1 in 4mil.

 

 

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I don't know about the 7mil products but I always prefer to take them off the sprues and attach them to the rail 1 by 1 in 4mil.

 

Me too, but only because it has never occurred to me to try it this way :rolleyes: I might give it a go next time...

 

Nick

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