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  1. I was struggling to get enough heat into it yeah, that was using an 25W iron though so hopefully it improves with a more powerful iron. I'll have a go at redoing it.
  2. It's going reasonably well so far, decided to go for a decent soldering station (Antex 690D) and some better solder (just been using electrical stuff so far) before progressing any further. It probably looks horrendous to anyone more experienced than myself but it's coming together easier than I expected and I'm gradually learning and getting better along the way. It's all hidden below the solebar anyway...
  3. Cheers for all the advice everyone. I bit the bullet and bought the Hunslet 50T 0-6-0DH kit, wish me luck!
  4. Opted for a simple design with a Dibond fascia and MDF enclosure. It's not very pretty but it works (much to my surprise). More info here if anyone is interested:
  5. One month later and the layout is finally in its new location. Between settling into a new job and redecorating the room (the wallpaper is a lovely sky-blue colour, saves me buying a backscene...), I haven't had a lot of time to spend on my layout. I have however managed to put a control panel together and successfully hook it up to the point motors. For the control panel fascia I created a design on MS Word then got it printed onto a 3mm Dibond panel. The enclosure is made from pre-cut MDF panels held together with wood glue. I initially tried screwing them together but it was difficult to prevent the MDF from splitting, and the wood glue seems to be more than adequate anyway (it's the corners I was initially worried about). The toggle switches, wiring and Dupont crimped connectors all came from Amazon, and it's all controlled using an Elegoo (Arduino copy) Mego 2560 board. The end result is a very cheap and functional point motor control system, and with this being my first serious attempt at DIY electronics I'm pretty happy with it. The servos are a bit loud, these will probably be replaced with higher-spec alternatives in the future. I will share the Arduino code here if anyone is interested. The enclosure needs a bit of tidying up and possibly a paint job. I also need to figure out how to mount it on the layout. Looking forward to being able to play trains soon, although might replace my 10 year-old Dynamis DCC system with an NCE Power Cab first when funds permit. I'm apprehensive about starting on the scenery , having never actually made it this far with a layout!
  6. During the first lockdown back in March while out on my government-mandated daily exercise walks I found myself regularly exploring the derelict Ravenscraig Steelworks site in Motherwell, as well as what remains of its connected railway lines. I found it fascinating comparing what's left to how it was and trying to place everything through old photos and maps that I could find online. Later on in May once I had almost finished university for the summer, still in lockdown, it seemed like a good time to return to the model railways hobby after a few years away from it. Having by this point spent the past 2 months (while not doing uni work) obsessively researching Ravenscraig's internal railway and mainline connections it wasn't hard to find inspiration for a layout. What was challenging, however, was deciding precisely what and where to model. The 'when' was easy, as most of the locos and rolling stock I've collected up to now are 70s/80s BR Blue with some sectorisation era stuff. Ideally I wanted to model something loosely based on the internal railway, but with no RTR locos available representative of the internal shunter fleet and my limited scratchbuilding skills I've decided to abandon this idea for a 2nd or 3rd layout. The Judith Edge range of kits contains several Hunslet, Sentinel, Thomas Hill and Ruston shunters which could make accurate prototypical models for a good portion of the fleet however building etched brass kits is a skill I've yet to learn. The next idea was to model one of the yards connecting BR metals with the steelworks, however this would be far too big a layout and not particularly interesting. Eventually I settled on a basic T&RSMD layout with a Motherwell/Ravenscraig theme, rather than anything based on real life. My modelling skills have a long way to go before I can comfortably attempt a layout based on a real life location that hasn't existed for 30 years. The layout will be BR Blue / Sectorisation era and effectively be a sub-shed of Motherwell TMD, with locomotives and rolling stock associated with Motherwell and standard Ravenscraig traffic (largely steel and mineral wagons). The main features of the layout will be a small 2-road TMD, fueling road and a wagon repair shop. Dissertation now submitted, and a trip to B&Q made. The maximum size I can get away to keep it in my already crowded workshop was 8ft x 2ft, so two 4ft x 2ft boards were made up with the intention being that the layout could be split and the boards stacked for easier storage. The baseboard is perched on top of the remains of the very first Jerviston TMD, long since dismantled and turned into shelving. I had of course made numerous sketches of track plans, however nothing beats just laying some track down and seeing how it looks. Once cork had been laid and I found a track design I was happy with I began nailing it down. The track is Peco Code 100 flexitrack and insulfrog points. The points aren't ideal as the layout will be permanently DCC, however its what I had to hand so preferential to buying all new electrofrog points. The location of the TMD can be seen on the left-hand side of the layout. The line at the top left will be hidden behind an embankment, and I'll possibly extend this area with a small fiddle yard in the future. I won't be taking the layout to any exhibitions - been there, done that and it's not for me. The below photo shows the wagon workshop area roads in place. The furthest away road will be a siding / cripple road, middle one will have a single-road shed over it and nearest will be a concreted road with an overhead crane. I decided to install the Peco inspection pit next. I'm still unsure about whether it's worth fitting lighting to it, so won't fix anything down or concrete the area just yet. It's a bit smaller than I'd like (a Class 37 barely leaves the steps uncovered at either end) however any larger and it would look too big for the TMD shed. It was around this point that I had some ideas for storing the layout in its 8ft x 2ft form, so decided to leave the boards permanently joined together to avoid complications with track alignment, ballasting and scenery. The track was all to be ripped up again anyway so I could do a proper job of the wiring. I took a break from the layout to focus on some other projects and then my final year of university, before dropping out to focus on finding a job instead (which I now have), so have had some more time to spend on the layout over the past month or so. I've now wired up the layout and fitted point motors using some very cheap mounting brackets and servos from Megapoints Controllers. I plan on controlling these with toggle switches and an Arduino board. For the DCC wiring I used a 14 AWG bus wire connected to 18 AWG droppers with Scotchlok connectors. Probably a bit much for such a layout of this size however electrical engineering isn't my specialty so I decided to over-engineer it for peace of mind. That concludes the first progress update, and last for a while - the workshop is unfortunately being converted back to its original purpose as a bedroom, and as I am still living with my parents the layout will have to be set up in my bedroom (my girlfriend lives with me and is of course delighted about this). The next job I'm planning to do after this is to assemble the control panel and wire up the point motors. I'm also hoping to buy the Railway Laser Lines wagon repair shed soon and start building that up.
  7. My woodworking skills are limited to sawing bits off and screwing them together, and I only have a few basic woodworking tools. Might be time to invest in some new ones.
  8. Thanks everyone - I should have mentioned that I'm 4mm scale. Some of the Judith Edge kits I've got my eye on are the NBL/MAN 0-4-0DH D2745-80, Barclay Class 06, and the Thomas Hill Steelman Royale 0-4-0DH. Also like the look of the Ruston 88DS and Hunslet 50T 0-6-0DH mentioned by Judith/Michael. I'll do a little more research on soldering and what tools etc I need to buy, then bite the bullet.
  9. There are quite a few Judith Edge diesel shunter kits that I'd like to build, however I'm a complete newbie when it comes to etched brass kits. I've read good things about the JE kits, however it would probably be unwise to go straight into a loco kit. Is there anything in their range that might be suitable as a first project, or can anyone recommend some cheaper/simpler alternatives to get me started?
  10. Thanks guys, the examples I've seen look great so going with a Dibond panel. Not sure what I'll build the enclosure out of yet - all of the panels on modelrailwaysolutions.co.uk are out of stock, so might go for a Megapoints enclosure if I can verify that this will accommodate a Dibond panel.
  11. I need to build a small point motor control panel for my layout and would like it to look as neat as possible. Can anyone tell me what options are out there for suitable off-the-shelf enclosures and what the best way might be to print/engrave the track plan onto a piece of acrylic (or other material that's suitable)? I like the look of the MegaPoints Controllers bespoke control panels as shown here on Youtube, however can't afford this at the moment so would rather try and build something similar myself if I can. Cheers!
  12. Unfortunately I live at the other end on the UK (Scotland) from Gaugemaster, but I had a look on their website and found this: http://www.gaugemaster.com/_upload/imgs/lrg/34345/HJ2216.jpg It's junior line like you said and seems pretty reasonably priced at £33.50 and doesn't look too bad either. Is it worth buying?
  13. Hi, After a recent holiday to South France I have become interested in railways in France and I'm keen on learning as much as possible about the subject! I want to add some HO SNCF diesel and electric models to my collection but the problem is that everything is VERY expensive compared to British models and I'm 14 and don't have much money... So how do I start? I have a low budget and I'm looking for anything up to maybe £60 or £70 at the most to start my collection. Thanks in advance, Calum.
  14. Looks awesome, I'm thinking of converting the Hornby Caley Pug to a NBR Y9 so I'll be keeping an eye on this thread for inspiration! Calum.
  15. Hi, Me and a friend have started a Youtube channel called ScotRail98. We mostly do model railway related videos, but it doesn't have much on it at the moment. Please take a look and subscribe if you have a Youtube account. Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/user/ScotRail98 Thanks, Calum.
  16. Thanks for the offer, but the problem with getting spares that I didn't consider at first though is that I'm fixing it for a customer.
  17. That was one of the things I thought that the problem could be (knackered magnets) but I didn't know if it was actually possible. Thanks a lot! Now I just need to figure out who made it so I can aqquire spares....
  18. Definitely not Tyco or Model Power... They didn't have the lower headlight and the motor and chassis is very different, thanks for trying though.
  19. Thanks a lot for that! Only one bogie is powered, the trailer bogie has the metal wheels and pickups. I tried running it and after a quick service, the motor worked off the rails by just touching bare wires onto the wheels, but as soon as I put power to it on the rails the motor just won't go. The lights work on and off the rails and there is power getting to the motor but it just buzzes and I have to push it to get the motor to go.
  20. Sorry, I did upload a picture but it obviously hasn't worked... It should be on now. It's HO/OO gauge and I was told it was North American but it could be from anywhere. The driving wheels are just plastic and there is tractions tyres on all the driving wheels. I have just noticed that it also has lights. Calum.
  21. Hi, I know NOTHING about US/Canadian locos and I need help identifying a model that I've been given to fix. It has been repainted in BR Blue by the owner. There is nothing on the bottom that says who made it, it just says "made in Hong Kong". It's very old by the looks of it, the detail isn't to great and it has no windows (unless they were taken out when it was repainted). I need to know what type of loco it is and the manufacturer so that I can try and find a service sheet and some additional info. Any help at all will be much appreciated. Thanks, Calum.
  22. I'm detailing a Railroad deltic and need buffers for it. It is nearly complete and only needs decals, flush-glazing and buffers to complete but I can't find anywhere that does 4mm brass buffers suitable for a Deltic. Anyone know where I can get some? Thanks, Calum.
  23. it's not a screaming noised I think the gears definitely chewed it's just sort of crackly, if you know what I mean...
  24. Hi, I have a Hornby Class 09 (a resprayed 08) and since I got it It's been a terrible runner. The motor is 110% perfect, it's the transmission that's the problem. I think one of the gears is chewed judging by the noise it's making and the fact that it keeps stalling every so often so that the motor is going but the loco isn't going anywhere... If I can get a spare gear, how easy is it to take the loco apart to see which part needs replaced? HELP! Cheers, Calum.
  25. Sulzer

    Scotrail Mk2s

    Hello, I'm wanting to build up a push-pull rake of BR Scotrail Mk2s and was just wondering if Bachmann have produced any Scotrail coaches in the past, present or future. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I'm going to buy the DC Kits DBSO kit once I know the coaches are available. Thanks, Calum.
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