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  1. A bar well and truly has been set.
  2. Whisky won out this time. But I did do further research (looking) at the various ways point rodding is depicted in the various scales.
  3. So the crossover is pretty much done apart from the tiebars. It's taken years (to gain the skills) but I'm actually happy with the standard of my track laying now. It has to look like the real thing. A bit of plain line to finish it tonight I think, or a single malt, or both.
  4. No, that's ideal to kick off the skill train, a perfect example of what might work a light railway in its twilight. Is it your own design?
  5. OK, let's narrow it down then. 1. Preference is for LNWR locos and/or the bin end locos found on light railways. 2. I'm planning to use radio control so it needs to have enough room for the battery, though this is not a major issue given the extra space in S. 3. I said kit but I would have a go from scratch. No, I would, really. I did have a copy of that Guy Williams book years ago, no idea where it is though. 4. Compensation, shouldn't be a problem Basically I need to have a go..., make a hash of some bits, ace others and get something that'll pull a wagon. Hop
  6. A sudden rush of blood to the head last night and I finished laying the timbers at the far end of the cameo. Mainly due to my work lamp having a failure and not being able to source a replacement bulb (the only excuse, weak, but I'm sticking by it). I might have a go at putting in some scenic features as well, as long as this work nonsense doesn't impede on my time too much.
  7. As always I'm suitably impressed by the standard of work on these posts. Throwing open a question to the knowledgeable amongst us, What beginner level loco should be on my workbench? I was thinking that I may as well start something during lockdown that is both challenging but manageable. Having no major metalworking tools I'm limited to soldering etches and supplementing it with with 3D printed or plasticard parts. What's out there that may fit the bill?
  8. Again you appear to be on the same page as me. Though I know very little so far about RC. I have got a Deltang controller built from a kit and some receivers. Managed to get it working on a spare N gauge chassis but could not get it to work on anything else.
  9. Enough excitement for one evening as I manage to fold up some brass without over bending it, ream out some holes without destroying the entire etch, superglue bearings in place without dropping one on the floor (progress) and not sticking my fingers together. I also found some very thin wire for the rocking W iron (wasn't expecting to) and marvelled at how it all might fit together. Tomorrow I begin my search for brake gear instructions. Runs a dream through the crossover though, which is the main thing
  10. I've been quiet for a few weeks due to a rejig of my cellar office/workshop/nerve centre which left my workbench under a pile of things to sort, and didn't get sorted in a timely manner*. Now it's clear enough for a resumption of services. Anyhow, there were some juicy society kits in a box just waiting to be bodged. But what to begin with? An underframe kit? The society plastic wagon kit? Maybe "get on with that track"? I have got the switches to add to the turnouts and a bit of plain track still to lay. I was briefly seduced by some 1/32 modelling which seems a related scale for
  11. I'm currently working (slowly) in S scale and have been looking at various gauge equivalents for prototypes I'd like to work on, namely Metre gauge French and 3ft Irish. In 1/64 metre gauge works out at 15.62mm which is not far off 00-SF. I have 00-SF track gauges so this makes sense. 3ft gauge works out at 14.2mm so 3mm FS standards could be applied. As with most of my ideas compatibility with other layouts is not a consideration so free to experiment. I did a while back scaling up/down an 18.83mm standard to represent various gauges. That threw up some odd scales. A recent search for a photo
  12. 1:50 would be 20mm for metre gauge, at 1:55 it would be 18.18mm which is near enough to EM. 1:53 would give near a P4 18.86mm. Pempoul must be built too narrow. Not complaining though, it's fantastic.
  13. I'm hiding out in the hills with the correct gauge rebels until this blows over. http://www.s-scale.org.uk/standards.htm
  14. I use a similar method but my disc sander is way too big so I use files and the edge of my workbench...like a freestyle artisan
  15. It never entered my head to downsize the rail.
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