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  1. I'm a big fan of Templot. It's free, is fantastically capable - but takes a bit of getting used to. If you're up for having a go at hand built track it's the way to go.
  2. Although not my scene (modern image man) this is a thing of beauty. Lovely work.
  3. Sorry to labour the point but I do not think putting 10 in a box saves much money compared to putting 10 in 10 boxes since the manufacturing batch size will be unchanged. Selling 10,000 wagons per year rather than 250 or 500, on the other hand, would almost certainly make a big difference. So, although £450 for a rake of wagons is a lot of money I think it is the price paid for our interest in a what is, at the end of the day, a niche market.
  4. Not strictly true. Ignoring the fact that a more detailed mould costs more to design and make in the first place you have to consider that finer details are harder to mould. Plastics are difficult to get to flow correctly and you can get voids, shrinkage, over-packing: all sorts of problems that can mean you throw a lot of finished pats in the bin because they are c*£p. Or, you have to use a better skilled work force rather than a factory in deepest darkest China turning out Spiderman lunch boxes. Or both. Better detailing = better tolerances = more money. You may also need to use better quality materials that are capable of supporting fine detailing. Better materials = more money. Common theme developing, I think.
  5. Maybe the itch you are refering to is creating the track and landscape, not doing all the balasting etc that needs to be done to complete a layout?
  6. A bit like this? Depot is roughly based on Leeds Midland Road, the station on Ipswich
  7. It seems to me that this was no attempt to blame Gordon but a realisation that it could take many years to complete a layout to a standard that he would now be happy with, having seen what can be done with time, patience, effort and skill (practice, trial and error, scrapping and starting again being common themes of Gordon's posts as he travels the road towards obtaining an end result result he is prepared to accept). I think many of us have re-evaluated what we are prepared to accept as "good enough" having seen some of the work on this web site. Starting again, knowing that it could take many years of effort, is never easy and I for one find my mojo waxes and wanes, particularly in the face of what can feel like a monumental task. But if the pleasure is in the journey rtaher than the end result then I tnk the spark returns eventually. So what if it takes a month to make a turnout that you are happy with, so long as you enjoy (most of) the time spent doing it. Does it make it a waste of time just because you can't find enough hours to finish the rest of the track that will make the turnout useful rather than some bits or rail and PCB sleepers that will never see a train run in anger? Not if you have enjoyed a month of modelling and of learning new skills. But for some the answer will be yes because, at the end of the day, seeing trains run is what we all love to see and if that cannot happen then what's the point? I can see both sides of the coin as I have been there myself....
  8. jpnewbold

    Torbay Rd TMD

    I have been a member for 18 months and as you can see my post count is very low. I. for one, am very happy to come on here and just read, I do not feel the need to validate other people's work for them with continual praise.
  9. Hi Simon thanks for the link - I just boggle at Martin's knowledge of the permanent way (not to mention his programming and mathematical / geometry skills) I had not realised that PECO was a compromise for sleeper width as well as sleeper spacing - but the narrow sleepers do explain why the gap looks a touch wide to my eyes when in fact the centre to centre spacing is more or less the same as drawn by Templot. Anyhoo, the modified track looks loads better than the original, so it will be worth the effort. Good luck with the wiring! JP .
  10. I really like the B&W photo in post 7, initially I thought it was an old photo of the prototype ! Very good to see so much scratch building going on, proper model making. Great stuff.
  11. to be honest the wider spacing looks a touch too wide to my eyes. I use a P4 spacing (templot) of ~ 6.4 mm (25 sleepers per 60 foot panel), not 7.5mm. Also, 6.4 mm = a scale 19.2 inches, which seems about right. 7.5mm = a scale spacing of 22.5 inches. Are the PECO sleeper too narrow as well as too closly spaced? This could explain it - maybe the sleeps are on the correct centers but the gap betwenn them is wider? Did I miss somthing or am I being daft? Cheers JP
  12. not enough. Should read Wibble... wibble...
  13. Personally I prefer copper clad but I have yet to find a satisfactory pandrol for concrete sleepers. Colin Craig does some great etches, I e-mailed him regarding the following image (the first one below) that can be found on his web site: [the sleepers on the far right] "are Exactoscale P4 Track Co Fast track sleepers. They are not perfect, but streets ahead of any other injection moulded system.By using 1.6mm copperclad sleepers with scale spacers, my systems are compatible for rail height. Unfortunately the 3 dimensional aspect of my Pandrol PR clip casting does show up the injection moulded compromises, but at least there is now an opportunity to model reasonably accurate track." The second image is another of the Exactoscale track. All in all I think I will be using both Colin's etches and Exactoscale on my next layout.
  14. I am sorry to say this but why would you want such a tight radius? Will your locos [or stock] get round this? In fact, I would suspect that gauge widening would be required, even in N?
  15. Indeed! Modern image with the new New Cross Gate depot et al. Sadly the "long slope" will be rather redundant.... In reality I recon I can do one end of one station in the vicinity. The question is which one? Decisions decisions....
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