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  1. Hello, Have a look here at the range of kits. http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~bw9t-ymgs/draw/drawfrontE.html @NearholmerMy father brought back that catalogue from Victor’s on a trip to London and I remember pawing over these. On my auction house search list ever since, no matter how crude they are in comparison. andy
  2. Jona Lewie too. I guess you’d find him in the RKB… *gets coat
  3. As IanG writes above excellent customer service from David. Mine arrived on Saturday really well packed. Wholeheartedly recommend. Great to see the range of kits also. Thumbing through an old MRJ (p131. Issue No.95, 1997) saw the CC garage accessories, which hopefully will be part of the future re-releases. Cannot underestimate the challenge though, a lot of work well worth the support. No links, only a very happy customer. Andy
  4. Not sure but I think there may be something in Kresen Kernow in Redruth, kresenkernow.org, otherwise I would ask on the CRS http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk/ Yeghes da! Andy
  5. Thanks Krusty, That’s a direction to go in, at least there is a GA to reference to pinpoint a search. Andy
  6. Thanks Gordon, I know there is an intro to the records here,Staffs archives, and for a search fee of £32/hr I could ask an archivist to search, which would be a costly game of roulette. My problem is getting up there to do it myself, hence asking if anyone knows of another published source. I barely cross the Tamar now, let alone make the interplanetary trek to Stafford! Andy
  7. Hello everyone, Does anyone know of a source of a good large scale 2ft ish Bagnall 0-4-0ST 6” GA please? Not the larger 7” such as Peter, the Mercedes type such as Forward, Pixie, and Wendy. I know of Bill Strickland’s sketch in The Narrow Gauge no. 89 but haven’t seen anything detailed you could really scale off (my odd 12mm/1ft narrow gauge odyssey). Staff’s archives are a long trek away from me, and unlike Reading’s Museum of Rural Life archive for John Fowler, the web information appears limited. Many thanks for any pointers Andy
  8. Hello, I couldn’t see this being covered as part of the discussion, does anyone know what will happen to the equipment and machinery? Auction? Allocation to relevant existing facilities? Support of projects such as that proposed for St. Blazey (though that incorporating CNC training)? I feel that is the important part if you want to keep skills alive. Andy
  9. Hello, I have commented a few times upon the subject of 3D printing so I thought it was about time I showed examples of what I am trying to do. The following are photos of a 7mm GWR spark arrester, using information from the original 1935 Swindon drawing number 105119, modelled in Fusion 360 (full scale), and printed at 0.025mm layer height on a Form 2 printer. The support touchpoint width was also modified from the default thickness so as not to obscure detail or cause breakages upon removal. The model is a JLTRT 57xx, which will be a Truro engine, most likely 5744. The aim was for it to run in two versions, with the dustbin, and without. Though photographs show the chimney being shorter than the original drawings. The parts need an ultrasonic clean, and some cruel close ups. I used clear resin as it was all I had left over from a project. There was an issue with the upper seam due to the angle of the build. I will thicken the part to try and offset any issues. This is part of the challenge in balancing scale accuracy and the limitations of the device The nuts are perhaps over-scale in terms of those selected, but I wanted them to be visible and they met the size on the drawing. I aim to investment cast a version when and if I make time. Hope this is of some interest. Andy
  10. Hello up on the North Coast. Working in 4mm you have a lot of choices. 1&2. Agree I’d go resin over FDM (filament printers/fused deposition modelling) due to detail and flexibility. Again, Egloo Mars 2 is probably your best cheapest option, but the notion of a ‘best’ is changing rapidly so forget about second hand unless you are on a very tight budget. This is really due to the fact you don’t know how they have been used and abused, and they are relatively fragile precision items. Also agree about the washing and curing stations being essential. You’ll need a safe way to handle that spent IPA, and I don’t mean the beer! 3. For me Fusion360 all the way. Though appreciate there are many other evangelists for open source alternatives (blender etc) 4. Yes, relatively easy to use. Like anything harder to perfect. Trial and error, and failure being your best learning partner. The various pre-print slicer apps (Cura, PreForm, etc.) all do similar things, with some specific to certain machines, though all with similar tools to help you to optimise print time vs detail. 5. Special Materials. Yes, depending upon the printer and your intended use, but also how you intend to finish the print and the cost you want per print. Other considerations are ventilation/ extraction following HSE guidance for FDM machines https://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrhtm/rr1146.htm which can involve hoods for machines. Not to put a dampener on it, but the COSHH side of both processes needs consideration, especially at home. Laser cutting. 1. Don’t buy unless you want it to be a business. Fantastic examples on here that show how that can happen (Intentio). Agree about maker spaces. Have a look at the space run by the truly brilliant Aaron Moore https://www.cnccraft.co.uk/makerspace/ down near Mount Hawke. 2. Again, same caveat with second hand machines, especially with laser tube life (replacement costs are high). 3. As others have said any vector based CAD programme, from illustrator, CorelDraw, AutoCAD to Inkscape. Even take sections and drawings from Fusion360. Whatever you feel comfortable with. Good file prep and layer handling/thinking a must! It’s all a great journey, with many opinions and different ways to achieve the same outcome. The most important point it should be enjoyable. Edit: ps I use both, alongside many other processes at work, so my view is from a slightly different perspective.
  11. Similar thoughts, as am slowly working at 12mm/ft (1:24.5?) as it makes sense to me! Large enough to represent a high level of detail, small enough to be manageable. Also in terms of materials, easy to work to scale too.
  12. Hopefully the mechanical infrastructure and signal boxes can find homes in preservation. Sad nonetheless.
  13. Not yet made it’s way to WHS Camborne. In my excitement bought a second copy of 281... errr
  14. Debatable whether Carn Brea should actually be called a castle, even though the GWR thought so! Originally, I believe you could see St Mawes castle from the very end of Falmouth station. Pendennis too high up.
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