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  1. Fair enough....keep in touch and very best wishes to you both. I'll make the transfer in a minute. Cheers, Gareth.
  2. It's a deal. Very glad you're both doing well. Do you have any other goodies we might be able to bundle in? very best regards, Gareth.
  3. Hi Kevin......hope you're doing well. Would you take £100 for the 2 Barclays? Very best wishes, Gareth.
  4. Thanks Kevin...I hope it'll look better when I've done some more detailing, painting and weathering.
  5. The wharf wall now in position, with a quick misting of greeny sludge over grey primer, prior to weathering proper.
  6. Very sorry to hear your news, and all best wishes for a swift improvement. Best regards, Gareth.
  7. I've made a start on the mill building, cutting out the front elevation and lightly scribing on guidelines for the weatherboarding. I had some problems with the windows to begin with until I discovered a line overcut feature on the cutter, and increased the thickness of the glazing bars by 0.02mm. Mk1, 2 and 3 below. I think this is about the limit for this machine, but I don't think such fine details could be achieved with casting or a laser cut (I could be wrong!). Even a brass etching would be a challenge, and expensive too.
  8. Here's the 7mm version for comparison.
  9. I've scaled down a version of my own 7mm kit for a terraced house, and although the muntins (or glazing bars) have lost a tiny bit of definition when compared to the O gauge version, I'm quite pleased with the result. The kit is designed to give the builder a choice of finishes and detailing: what is shown here is the unpainted version of the basic kit. I'm going to put a representation of a rendered finish on this pair.
  10. And some pics of the row of castings in place (sort of). When I stick them on I'll raise them a bit so the railhead isn't higher than the dockside.
  11. The pics below show what I was trying to describe. You can see what I mean about the weakness of the mould at the top. The closeup is a bit cruel, and shows flash on the mould I hadn't even noticed. Having seen that, I'm surprised (but pleased) that the castings come out as well as they do!
  12. Hi Barnaby. the panels don't just butt up together: the timber stanchion at the right hand end of the panel is cast half on and half off the stone section behind, so that when the panels are put together it overlaps the adjacent one. I don't think I've described it very well...I'll post a pic tomorrow. What this means is that the edge of the mould is wider at the bottom than at the top ( the same apples to the part where the stanchions rise above the wall). This in turn means the casting has to be coaxed out of the mould, which is not usually a problem as long as the undercut is not too deep,
  13. First castings out of the mould. Couple of schoolboy errors though...I didn't really use enough latex (cos I'm a skinflint) so the mould is a bit thin on the overlap areas, so may not last too long. I still have the pattern though, so I can make another mould. I've also realised that I should have made the panels a bit bigger than the depth of the baseboard edge, so that they at least match the rail height. I'll have to mount them a little higher...ho hum. I think the castings look ok though. They fit together nicely, and could also be used for some applications in 7mm too.
  14. Finished the pattern for the dockside wall, and remembered again why I moved to the more optically friendly 7mm scale. Drilling the holes to represent where the chair bolts had been in re-used sleepers was particularly migraine inducing. We'll see how the mould comes out in the morning....I'm a little apprehensive about the overhang in the pattern to allow the panels to link together, but I think the mould will be flexible enough to deal with it.
  15. I fancy the idea of the front of the baseboard being part of the scenery, so I'm going to make an old harbour wall, with the idea that it could be a silted up canal basin or disused estuary port, or the tide could be out. This is part of the master, made from 10 thou styrene stones on a 20 thou backing. When it's finished I'll make a mould and cast enough for the whole of the front of the layout. Sorry about the poor photo, and I couldn't rotate it for some reason.
  16. Here's a better view of the sector plate entrance. With another structure to the right of the entrance track it should be disguised pretty well.
  17. Started to make some simple mockups of buildings to get an idea of how things will fit. This is going to be a sort of granary / mill thingy which straddles the sector plate, hiding most of it from view. The terraced house is a scaled down version of my 7mm kit, but I'm still doing the artwork for the windows, so it's just a shell at the moment. I'm going to incorporate at least one pair of these along the backscene.
  18. Thanks for the very kind words...long way to go yet though! Wiring pretty much complete now. I might put a couple of isolated sections in later, but I'm pretty much working on the one engine in steam principle. The sector plate self isolates when not lined up. The little point actuator mechanisms work quite well.
  19. Bit more wiring done today while I should have been working. In the general spirit of using up any old bits I can find, the point actuators are made of a bit of rail running through the brass bits cut out of terminal strips and soldered to brass strip, simply driven by a servo. The end of the rail works a microswitch to change the polarity of the frog. Bit Heath Robinson, but it works.
  20. Hi SZ....all the tracks do line up (very closely) from a single pivot point. Some aspects are slightly better than others (see pics below), but the angle is close enough that even the little Peckett runs over at a crawl, with a wheelbase of only about 22mm. There isn't any noticeable "kink" as trains run across...I say trains, but I only have one wagon so far! It's saved me about 6" on the length of the layout....important on one this tiny. It all works reliably with the microswitches isolating and energising the tracks as they line up. I don't think it's a new idea.
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    This is an O Gauge 7mm Finescale Terraced House Kit, designed to give the builder a choice of options in terms of layout and finish. All the parts are CNC cut from styrene sheet and can be assembled with a suitable solvent adhesive. The house when built is in two thirds relief, making it ideal for placing against a backscene, with the ridge of the building fully visible. It can be built left or right handed, allowing a prototypical terrace of houses to be built up of several individual houses if required. The photos show an example of how the kit can be finished. It could also be painted to represent a rendered finish, coated in plaster and carved to simulate stonework, clad with brick paper or any one of a number of options. the footprint of the house is 103 x 43 mm. The finished photos show some details, such as guttering, glazing and chimney pots, which are not included: The picture of all the components show what is included (as well as window sills and fascia, not in the pic), and the pictures of the model finished in primer show exactly what can be built from the components included in the kit. Multiple kits are available...message me with enquiries. Each kit takes about a pleasant hour to construct. Thanks for looking.


  22. The first little waddle of the Peckett across the yard. It really is a lovely piece of work by Hornby, and with a bit of fettling runs smoothly over the recycled pointwork. Point control next, which is again going to be courtesy of old bits and pieces from the back of the cupboard: this time some servos courtesy of Heathcote Electronics. Dangerously close to playing trains, or would be if I had any rolling stock. The wagon in the background is all there is at the moment!
  23. Some basic wiring done with a couple of simple bus bars and micro switches on the sector plate....
  24. Thanks Jim. If I needed reminding why I moved up to 7mm scale, cutting chairs in half for the check rail certainly provided it: more on the floor than on the bench, and several more pinging off as I tried, with maximum magnification, to fit them in place. Railway modelling is not supposed to be this close to extreme violence, but having resisted the urge to launch the lot into the field, we got there in the end. Now for some sparky bits and see if we can get some movement.
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