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  1. Waitrose has a number of lorry turntables installed at stores were access and egress of an HGV to the yard would be difficult. Most will be in use at least 2 or 3 times a day. Wallingford Turntable Dare say other large retailers use them as well. idd
  2. Strange, you should be able to plug the battery straight into the appropriate socket without any need for a cable. I find you do need to be a bit careful with these tiny plugs and sockets to get them orientated the right way round so that they slot in smoothly, and occasionally they can be a bit tight. HTH idd
  3. The MCPX actually relates to the plug/socket size, so you’d use the middle socket on your charger. I’m not sure this is an official designation but something eflite started when they started popularising single cell indoor RC models many moons ago. Originally the models used the smaller MCP plug socket combo, but for models that needed a bit more oomph they had to move to the larger MCPX to carry the current. It is generally accepted that the Max safe charging current for a lipo is equal to its capacity, so 650mAh in this case. Charging at higher rates can be done with some special
  4. So a bit like these then: Salzburg trolley buses Salzburg is the only place I’ve ever travelled on a trolley bus and it was a few years ago. Whilst I was quite impressed it did seem to me that you swapped diesel pollution for visual pollution with catenary(?) and associated support cables running everywhere, particularly at junctions! It was quite something to see the collectors (or are they pantographs?)running along the wires with the buses swinging between lanes beneath them. Strangely I don’t feel I notice the overhead wires for our Manchester trams, probably a bit of regional
  5. But at least someone is having a go. Working through all the “gnarly bits” that don’t show up in spreadsheets and computer models. It’s also a damn site easier to sell concepts and ideas when people can see (and ride) what they’re buying or funding into, rather than killing them with PowerPoint presentations. As the saying goes “sometimes you have to speculate to accumulate”... idd
  6. One of the grounded coach body holiday homes we saw in Aberporth. I seem to remember Phil did an article on creating a “building” such as this in BRM. idd
  7. Thanks, in many ways it’s sad to see so many of these grounded vans as just wrecks these days. But not surprising I suppose given how long ago so many were taken out of service. I think I found only one or two pictures of vans in reasonable condition when I was googling for inspiration. In stark contrast when on holiday a couple of years ago in SW Wales we found quite a number of grounded coaches that had been turned into very smart holiday homes. The BRM cottage is I think a really nice kit from Metcalfe. The only “weakness” in the design is the join you get between t
  8. So some final detailing to complete the scene as kind of envisaged when I started. To add further interest to the lane I decided to make the verge in front of the cottage a "kept area" as part of the garden. It is not unusual to see rocks or posts marking out these areas placed by whoever is keeping the verge to discourage parking. Originally I was going to use some chopped up sprue as rocks (more recycling) however the "rocks" still looked like bits of plastic. I was cleaning a pair of shoes and noticed there were some OO sized rocks caught in the sole. So they were carefully dug
  9. Thanks to all for the encouraging posts. I was a little disappointed at how flat and boring the grass on the verges and in the field looked having just used some different colours of blended turf. So decided to have a go at using static grass and purchased the Gaugemaster/Noch puffer bottle starter set with another packet of darker green 2mm grass. I will admit that I was somewhat sceptical that something as simple as a plastic puffer bottle would work, however I've been really chuffed with the results! The 3D effect of the fibres have really lifted the whole scene, wh
  10. OK, so having not completed a previous challenge I thought I'd hold off entering until I was pretty certain that I'd finish this one. To ensure I will finish, Chook Lane is very simple in concept. Basically a cottage located on a small lane with an adjoining grounded van used as a chicken coop. It is I suppose only my second serious go at doing a proper bit of scenic work so is very much a learning exercise. The cottage is the freebee Metcalfe kit from BRM that has been enhanced with a Scalescenes slate roof, flashing, gutters and drainpipes from plastic strip and wire. The grounde
  11. I am a big fan of Deluxe Materials and second the above. I would also suggest you try another of their glues called RC Modellers Glue. It is very "PVA like" but dries clear and is brilliant at fixing canopies to airframes so would probably stick paper and plastic very well. It does take a while to dry though. HTH idd
  12. LGB used to sell it for garden railways. I’ve still got some so I might try it on my OO test track, can’t see why it wouldn’t work in a smaller scale. idd
  13. Depron is no longer manufactured but you may find some at Steve Webb models in Frodsham. Graupner did a replacement foam material called Vector board but I don't know whether it will emboss. Again Webbies used to stock this. HTH idd
  14. Happy day today as I was able to visit my local model shop. They’re located in a garden centre so I guess this is how they been allowed to open. Only one customer in the shop at any one time, sanitise hands on way in, and allowed ten minutes for buying and chatting! Made an essential purchase to keep me going slicing through acres of greyboard for my Scalescenes boxfile, and of course essential to support my local shop! idd
  15. I have never had much luck using paint or felt tips for covering exposed card edges on Metcalfe buildings. I now use artists chalks ( NOT oil based) rubbed along the exposed card edge and then finish off using a finger tip. Job done in seconds with no risk to the printed face. HTH idd
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