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  1. Hello Ever since I posted in a past blog entry about a possible new gearbox I have been working on I have had quite a few people asking me about it as they are very interested which gave me the incentive to get it done. The idea I had was to get one together and take it to the St Albans show (which I really enjoyed btw) so people could see it finished. Unfortunately things didnt work out how I would have liked so I didnt get round to finishing it...UNTIL TODAY! OK, for those of you who dont know this is my first attempt at making a 'universal' gearbox that I could use on different eng
    9 points
  2. As the railway line enters Diddington station, it passes behind a cluster of farm buildings. I put a photograph of the barns in my gallery a little while ago, and was asked if I had some more pictures. I took a few, and have added a few notes about the models themselves. The buidings are situated at the front of the layout to act as a view block, and to balance the river scene, with the boathouse at the other end. Here's an aerial view od the group: The buildings are made from card. The weatherboarded building was designed with a hole in the bottom. It was originally built for an earlier l
    2 points
  3. A large box containing lots of goodies arrived courtesy of UPS this afternoon, amongst them the first of the resin SLA Leeds Pivotal Cars, a few pics Overall. delighted with this one, I'd say all the detail in the CAD has printed well, so it's fully detailed, the only visible stepping is on the roof, which is dead easy to smooth and sort out, I can honestly say that I think 'traditional' trams are going to 'print' really well in this method using the same orientation. I can honestly say that I think this is the best one yet, I can't believe that I struggled to cut hu
    2 points
  4. Sunday 15th January 2012. Had to force my self out of my pit at 05:00 on a freezing cold Sunday morning to get myself, son in law and layout to Weston super mare, get set up and running before the show opened to the public at 10:00. Being early on a Sunday morning the M5 was very quiet and the trip from my home in Stourbridge took just over and hour and a half. No need for the sat-nav either as the venue was only half a mile from the motorway. Working between us the layout was up and running by 08:15 so thoughts turned to "nosebag" and a bacon butty was on the cards. However we were
    2 points
  5. Chaldron wagon couplings usually consisted of a forked ended bar fitted with a pin and a chain. The chain was often permamently attached to one end of a wagon only to keep all of the wagons the same way round, so the brakes were always on the same side. There were, of course, exceptions, some were fitted with a crude hook. This of course makes life difficult if you use 3 links and still want an authentic looking useable coupling. The kit comes with cast scale size bars, which gave me an idea... My solution is to make my own bars from .040" x .010" brass strip, folded back on itself and wi
    2 points
  6. After much thought and 'Outlay' and a happy accident a proposal for a 'Layout' appeared... Not being versed in the black arts of Templot and its kin, this is a rough sketch. The happy accident referred to above, occurred when the mails managed to mangle a left hand point being sent over from Kernow. Believing Kernow had no more in stock, I ordered two more from Hatton’s, and informed Kernow about the tragedy. Now before you could say 'refund' Kernow had mailed out a replacement - fantastic service from these guys! Now there are three LH points to play with as part of the layou
    1 point
  7. Good morning, Many thanks all for your interest and enthusiasm for this new project. Whilst it was originally timetabled for May 2014, Chris, the BHMRC exhibition manager read my proposal, liked it and floated the question whether it could even be ready for May 2013... Let's just say (I know you might be dropping into this Chris) that it could be a distinct possibility...as I have been working on Kyle again and prepping CJM for its next phase... This week, in between trying to award Practical Completion (something the Client, Contractor and Architect all have different ideas of) I
    1 point
  8. Chaldrons (or Chauldron if you prefer) were a very basic and ancient design of wooden coal waggon predominantly used in the North East. They feature bottom doors to be used over coal drops or staithes. The particular style of chaldron that the RT Models kit is based on is of the type used at Londonderry Colliery and at Seaham Harbour. These 4 ton capacity waggons were built in the 1860's and some lasted in use into the 1970's, famously used with Seaham's Lewin and Head Wrightson locos for picking up spilled coal from below the staithes. A number are preserved at Beamish. Chilton Iron Works o
    1 point
  9. Having been presented with a day off work due to the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday and being rather fired up over my APA box layout concept. I devoted my day off to some serious construction work. Principally the structures. The first one to be worked on was the small low relief at left rear. It was already well on the way to being finished and some plastruct stone cladding, a Pikesfuff door and a scratchbuilt fire escape (which might just get re-made) coupled with some kind of a/c unit on the roof courtesy of Walthers modular bits and pieces and it's ready for a visit to
    1 point
  10. Coincidentally, a pal has given me a couple of 20's to turn into a v4 sound-fitted top & tail pair (to go with his RHTT set). Work is still in progress but they sound good whistling round together, with the horns etc only coming from the front loco and reversing when you change direction. This wonderous sight might make its way onto You Tube when I've finished tweaking the 20 sound and he's finished his RHTT. Saturday saw a sojourn down to St Albans for the show followed by a bit of MML photography near Harpenden on the way back. Two hours in the freezing cold in a muddy field were ric
    1 point
  11. Hello, Some small jobs have been completed over the last week or so, first to be completed was the remaining ballasting outside the Mail terminal and also a small section behind the fuelling point. Fencing has been added to the retaining walls, fuelling point and also the mail depot, various painting and weathering done. Built a Hurst PCV thats been sitting on the bench for far to long, just needs to be painted now. Whilst doing this i also shortened the gap between my mail vans, simple little task of removing the coupling, loose the spring and glue the rapido straight to the bogie but on
    1 point
  12. Hey Graham, I'm really impressed! The layout's crammed with variety, yet so well composed. This gives me a lot more confidence on my future plans for a busy layout - coming from a newly qualified 'Less is More' follower. I imagine an hour watching the trains go by here can certaily be action-packed! Very much like indeed! Regards Lee
    1 point
  13. That is very, very good. Pendon comes to mind - or a victory on Tourmalet :-)
    1 point
  14. Source: The M-K & Eastern RR Harbour branch
    1 point
  15. In an attempt to tidy the appearance a bit I added a fascia, colored grey of course. The picture also shows that I added a control panel. The controller is a Digitrax Zephyr unit. I added a switch panel to control the turnouts, even though they are under DCC control. The switch panel is an aluminium panel with a paper trackplan on it, all covered by that material known to people my age as "sticky back plastic". The switches are momentary SPDT minature toggles. The exception is the DPDT switch on the top left of the panel, which lets me use that siding for operations or as a DCC pr
    1 point
  16. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I built a Wills N7 kit. The chassis was built using the etches for the kit, now sold by South East Finecast. The original chassis had the 'posh' hornblocks from Gibson (I think) which were the lost wax casting with a tiny springs pushing down on the bearing with a bolt through the top of the hornblock to locate the spring and set the ride height. All of this worked fine until you took into account the sheer weight of the white metal body. The body casting ment that the bearings were always running on the ends of the bolts and frankly the springs w
    1 point
  17. Hi everyone.. yes, the tablecloth is a little intense. I'm writing on a laptop, which is sat on top of it now, and I am finding it hard to focus on the screen, such is the mesmeric pattern around its edges. Before anyone supposes that it is our normal table decor... Mrs. J (Katie) provided it for my sporadic bouts of kitchen table modelling, to avoid my scratching the delicate veneer of the table proper beneath! It does get put away if we are in polite company........ I will try my best to keep the background 'vague' as it seems to work well in the context. I was reading with inter
    1 point
  18. The latest incarnation of Hornby's Caley coaches suffer from the drawbacks of their origins; namely a representation of the two preserved coaches attached to their now dated Mk 1 chassis, still with no interior and those brass nuts holding the whole thing together. In the past I have attempted to blend the sides with a more appropriate vehicle, with none too much success, so when the Caley 123 train pack appeared I gave it little attention. It is the same old tooling, and although the engine now has a better motor, it has also acquired traction tyres, which is not a move forwards. However, the
    1 point
  19. I have completed some of the buildings, and wanted to see what it would like with them in place. The first image is of the XtrKcad file layout. Excuse the backscene....it's a work in progress! Where the images are of the warehouses these wil infact be replaced with the Scaelscenes large warehouse.
    1 point
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