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Simond

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    GWR 1930's; Atmosphere, smoke & steam oil
    Boats, ships, harbours, cranes, winches, & things mechanical
    Kits in plastic, brass & white metal (or, anything else)
    And a bit of scratch building if I'm in the mood

    http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/80443-great-windowledge-railway/ - now closed,dismantled and finished, but remembered in these pages!

    http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/79052-porth-dinllaen-in-0/?p=1239819

    http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/82978-arduino-applications-and-programs/

    Lasers. - http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/110058-co2-laser-the-learning-curve/

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  1. I imagine being seen photographing anything remotely strategic, during a war, might have led to a rather interesting, informative and one-sided discussion with someone in plain clothes. If you were lucky. Let alone the issues of cost and availability of photographic materials, which themselves were likely to be viewed as strategic too. i used to work for a company who had a factory in France that had previously been involved in manufacture of film, the Allies had reputedly bombed it... Atb Simon
  2. I recall the adverts, “You can do it in an MG”, with pictures of the said couple and an MGB or MGBGT, in some lovely location. i also recall the story of a couple who apparently tried to “do it” in an MG in a park in Liverpool, resulting in him dislocating his hip, and the fire brigade cutting the roof off the car in order to extricate him. She, in tears, was comforted by one of the fire bobbies as the ambulance took him away, “Don’t worry luv, they’ll soon have him sorted”. To which she apparently replied, “S*d him, how do I tell my hubby about the MG?” cheers simon
  3. Some 25 years ago, in Central France, I purchased a bottle of unpasteurised milk. Thoroughly enjoyed it on Cornflakes, in coffee and just to drink. Noticeably different flavour (and more of it!). I seem to have survived, though it’s sure that there was a considerable risk years back, without refrigeration, and without routine testing of herds. Lots of unpasteurised cheese available in France too. atb simon
  4. Many, if not all traction engines and at least some steam lorries were capable of working as stationary engines, used to drive threshing machines, elevators, circular saws and all sorts of other machine tools that would, today, be electrically powered. And modern tractors have power take off shafts at both ends in most cases, to operate all sorts of things like manure spreaders, seed drills, pumps etc. To work where electric supplies are difficult or uneconomic to arrange atb simon
  5. I thought Scorpio does now have a web site but can’t find it if Amanda can get to the O gauge Guild show at Telford on 31st Aug 1st Sept there is everything ones heart desires - except perhaps the limitless riches with which to pay for it. Perhaps choose a simpler kit (Connoisseur perhaps?) as a first attempt ? atb Simon
  6. Google “stationary engine”, (as opposed to automotive, ie self-moving). Images is good. There are gazillions of them, most on wheels! there’s even a magazine dedicated to them, although I could imagine it as the guest publication on HIGNFY. as an aside, I said to the girl in WH Smith’s “do you keep stationery?” She giggled and said “only for the first couple of minutes” atb Simon
  7. frustrating... I've seen photos of people doing this with clingfilm or cellophane or something similar in the gap - then again, will it add much to the time or labour of the job if you do them separate? atb Simon
  8. Simond

    Little Muddle

    https://www.accidentalsmallholder.net/forum/index.php?topic=23939.0 http://www.farminmypocket.co.uk/livestock/pigs/keeping-pigs-introduction useful info regarding space for pigs. Thanks for asking the question. I have no desire to have pigs in the garden, but it was certainly popular in the war & just after when meat was rationed. atb simon
  9. Simond

    Little Muddle

    Not convinced by the pigs. Chickens, seems more reasonable, imo. atb Simon
  10. Hi Chris, Don’t worry, I am being dim - it’s a terminus... It all makes sense now. Mutter... Simon
  11. Indeed the headshunt w/could work as protection as Chris proposes, and, from the locking table, the crossover is locked by the mainline signal 2 (and vice versa), which, coupled with the FPL, would be sufficient. I remain slightly perplexed by up passenger working. Perhaps I’m being dim. atb Simon
  12. Ade, I’m surprised that there isn’t a trap in the crossover between the goods shed & the platform - I see it isn’t shown on the plan but I’d have expected it to be required unless it’s sufficiently uphill that a stray wagon could not impede a passenger train. Perhaps worth checking before gluing the travk down! Try a PM to Stationmaster Mike or the expert of your choice! cheers simon
  13. Thanks Paul, its the white/grey effect that I’m struggling with. I should practice, as you suggest! cheers simon
  14. Interesting point, Chris. a year or so back, there was a discussion regarding cab roofs - probably a pannier - we were looking at photos of a coal-dusty, soot-dirty, black-painted bit of a loco... and yet they’re definitely not black... i haven't yet sussed out how to achieve the effect. Suggestions welcome! atb Simon
  15. My laser is belt x & y, but the mirror head probably weighs less than 250g, it’s direct drive off a small cog on the motor shaft. Same for our 3D printer at work. but a traverser is a big, heavy thing... atb simon (btw, the traverser sketch is not DCC, I’m sure it’s easy to add/adapt)
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