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  1. Hi Jim..always interested to learn from someone else's ideas, so very grateful for the pics. I'm looking at a die cut or CNC cut solution, so I can produce an accurately repeatable square and rigid module. Of course the design has to be right, so lots of planning and prototypes to make. I'll post updates, and thanks for your input
  2. Good to hear from you Mark, and hope you're well. I've made a little progress on the O gauge layout, but I've spent quite a lot of time on commissions...plan to do a bit less in the new year. I'll update soon, and I have a new terraced house kit nearly ready. All the best to you and yours for a happy and healthy 2021. Cheers, G.
  3. Hi Jim....they seem pretty rigid to me. They are designed to be bolted together, but Ive permanently stuck mine, and there isn't much in the way of twist, at least not without risking damage. I have noticed a very slight sag in the 3mm mdf baseboard though, so I'm going to add some bracing as you suggest. I think they're up to the job though. I'm in the process of designing some card baseboard kits (made from mounting board, well braced) which I think I'm going to make in 2' x 1' modules to start with...I'll post updates on here to let you know how I get on! They'll be light, stron
  4. Thanks for all the replies....all very valid observations. I did think about running the tracks separately to the sector plate...that's a good point. But because of the limited width and the limited movement of the sector plate itself, the tracks on the plate can really only line up to a single track along the centreline. I've pushed the envelope to get the alignment on the 2 exits on the truncated point....and if I'd left the point out I would have lost the run around loop. I did also originally plan on using y points throughout, but being a skinflint adapted things to suit what I had in the
  5. Track now laid, and held in position by blobs of superglue prior to painting and ballasting. The point at the exit of the fiddle yard is a cut down curved Peco point to save space....it was the only way I could get a run around loop in the tiny space. 3 wagon trains will be the order of the day. Track is all doctored Peco code 75.
  6. Having started modelling in 7mm scale, and decided I'd never go back to anything smaller, I made the fatal mistake of ordering a Hornby Peckett, just because they're so gorgeous. In ex works livery, it sat in it's box for over a year, while work on my O gauge layout had almost stalled as I'd been spending time on commissions and making resin and CNC cut 7mm scale buildings that I produce on a short run basis. I started to wonder about producing a little "photo plank", to give the little Peckett somewhere to shuffle about and perhaps as a presentation piece if I scaled down some of my buildings
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    This low relief warehouse facade is a one piece resin casting, finely detailed with brick lintels, stone windowsills and brickwork shown around the edges of the brick piers and inside the window reveals. The windows and the coping stones are CNC cut styrene, with glazing bars at a scale thickness unlike the heavier representation associated with cast windows. The panels can be used in multiples to produce a much larger building. I have some others available....contact me if you'd like more than one. Each panel measures approx 227mm wide x 185mm high. Please note the detailed and painted models shown are just examples of how the warehouse can be finished...the kit is supplied unpainted. The kit includes: One piece unpainted warehouse casting, 6 x cnc cut windows, 1 x strip of coping stones. It does not include: doors, drainpipes, glazing or any other detailing. I do have a drainpipe detailing kit, including cast hoppers, downpipes and copper rings to represent joints available seperately...contact me for details.


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    A complete and unstarted kit from Jim McGeown's excellent Connoisseur range. Currently selling for £375. I reserve the right to withdraw at any time if sold elsewhere.


  9. Apologies John....the message was meant for Keith. I'd wrongly assumed it was your thread.
  10. Hi John....A while ago I produced a kit for a signal box, and although they proved a little labour intensive for me to produce, I'd happily put one together for you if you were interested. The base is a resin casting and most other parts are CNC cut styrene. Some pics below....the steps can go at either end.
  11. Thanks Mark. Meanwhile......I've made a start on a Slater's Manning Wardle F Class. Whilst this is my first attempt at an etched kit (well overdue), and I appreciate I have a lot to learn, I have to say I've found the instructions a little thin...maybe it's me. Anyway, the chassis nearly went through the window more than once before I figured out how it was supposed to go together...a mixture of schoolboy errors, dogged persistence and extreme violence have got me this far.
  12. Thanks Mark! Still here, wondering how I ever found time to do any work....! Still pink and wriggling down in our little corner of Kent. How did you get on with the warehouse panels?
  13. A quick mock up, and a lick of paint....
  14. And here's the first casting out of the mould. Couple of pinholes, but easily filled.
  15. I've been pondering how to fill the space behind the sector plate, as there's not a lot of room, and I'm not keen on very thin low relief buildings. I've decided to have a go at a pattern for a retaining wall, and have knocked up a master from styrene sheet.
  16. Quite a while since I last posted....had a lot going on. Completed a new mould for the 3 section warehouse, which I'm a bit happier with, and also made a pattern for rainwater hoppers which look a bit more "Victorian Industrial". I have a few of the new warehouse panels for sale if anyone's interested. They can be put together to make a much larger building....the picture shows finished low reilef panel after a light weathering.
  17. So here's the chassis block version 2.0, complete with Slater's plunger pickups. It's tiny, but it does span the frog on an A5 point, and mine will be radio controlled anyway, only using the pickups for charging. Now awaiting the delivery of a Romford gearset to complete the chassis.
  18. I wasn't really happy with the accuracy of the chassis block, so I invested in a 2 way machine vice and a milling cutter to use with my little drill press. even though the vice couldn't be described as a precision tool, and I had to mount it on a piece of wood (!) bolted to the base of the drill press (I know this will have many readers recoiling in horror....I can only apologise), the results are a huge step forward from a cross cut saw and a drill. And it was only £18!
  19. and with the wheels, motor and gear in place.
  20. Here's a first attempt at the chassis, cut from 1" x 1/2" ally channel.
  21. Hello Gordon....I'm in Kent, so it's a bit of a pilgrimage to get to any of the existing examples.....
  22. Here's the first CAD file, as close as I can get with the dimensions I have...
  23. Having resigned myself to progress on my own layout becoming ponderously slow due to orders for kits (particularly the warehouses) and a couple of commissions, I've decided to have a go at a kit for a loco, and I'm going to make a scratchbuilt prototype first. Because I'm in uncharted territory here, I thought that the simplest possible prototype would be a good idea, and the Hibberd 11t Planet has plenty of character without too many challenging details. Also, although Nonneminstre have made a 4mm kit for ages, I don't think anything's available in 7mm scale. I think I've got most of
  24. Just about finished version of a 3 section low relief warehouse. With the individually cast sections the building can be as large as required. The hoist is made from individually cut pieces of 10 thou sheet and plastic rod (30 in all...must get out more) but the close up is a little cruel. The drainpipes (which I now think are a bit big in diameter for a building of this size) are styrene rod with copper wire collars and styrene mounting plates, with cast resin hoppers. The rivets and bolt heads on the hoist and mounting plates, which are a bit hard to see in the photos, are embossed in the pl
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