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    Was EM gauge Finescale, now into O Gauge.
    British early 1960s, as am I!

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  1. Station Canopy The canopy has progressed, with wriggly asbestos and ironwork above the roof and timber cladding and laser-cut valence at the open end. The louvred vents are made of 3D printed sections with more asbestos (plasticard) roofing. I also put some guttering on the capstones of the supporting curtain wall, using gutter-section plastic rod and my own 3D printed brackets.
  2. What's the difference between 121 and 122?
  3. Station Canopy I'm pressing on with the last large structure on Offerston Quay - the overall station canopy roof. A simple girder with column legs supports the station side of the canopy and a brick curtain wall supports t'other. The idea is that the canopy was a later addition to the station and had to be retro-fitted, leading to the add-on ironwork and mismatched bricks: The canopy will have glass panels so the main structure is built from clear plastic sheet over laser-cut trusses:
  4. Paul, @Giles Favell did this conversion and documented it on YouTube:
  5. The trick would be to get the sound to change according to the engine speed (motor voltage).
  6. Loading Dock and Station Area Because the radio-controlled van has its load bed considerably lower than the warehouse platform, the clever BR warehouse chaps built a lowered platform from old sleepers: The van can open its rear doors over the new wooden platform now. The sleepers are real oak, stained, sanded, scuffed, shaded and no doubt several other operations beginning with 's'. The station area triangle has had the blank ground areas covered in tarmac (sandpaper sprayed with black and white primer): The last remaining bit of untouched land on Offerston Quay is the little triangle behind the signal box. I gave this a concrete finish rather than try to match the tarmac. It will be almost completely hidden behind the box. The servo connector labelled 'S' is actually the 9V lighting outlet for the signal box.
  7. Thanks Phil! I wish there was a sound chip available. The sound of straight-cut gears is very distinctive. I'm adapting a ModelU bus driver with drastic leg surgery to be "Stretch" Armstrong.
  8. Thanks George. With the amount of effort that went into this (and it's not yet finished!) and my slow rate of work, I'd starve before making a living at it.
  9. 6V 150RPM, run from a 3.7V 1S LiPo. I could have gone for 100RPM but, in hindsight, it would have reduced the top speed to a crawl. These BR van drivers are impatient!
  10. Thanks Ade! I made the doors open so that there's an excuse for the van to back up to the warehouse loading platform, while hiding that fact that there's no subsequent movement before it departs again. I did consider having the van push a small crate out through the doors but that's getting silly.
  11. Thanks Giles. I do find that the N20 gearmotor needs to see a higher voltage to start than it needs to keep running, which can lead to a sudden take-off from stationary. Longer sticks may well help me here. I'm also experimenting with the throttle response curve in the Jumper T8SG transmitter that I'm using.
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