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    1:350 Ship modelling, 1:144 aircraft modelling and now, 2mm railway modelling.

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  1. Ah! the pen plotter...... tac tac tac tac tac tac tac tac tac tac tac tac tac tac tac tac tac tac My understanding is that all the cutters in the range can do the work of cutting plastic, but it would be the amount of passes (cuts) that would be needed to do the job; it's no different than cutting by hand with a modelling knife. The main benefits are accuracy and less stress on your wrists and fingers. If I have simple cuts, as with the section frames (the large V shaped pieces on my ship model) then I just make a couple of passes on the cutter and then snap the resididue away by hand. Complex stuff, involving bends and internal shapes etc., tend to need about five maybe six passes to cut through the plastic. Plasticard does need a new, sharp blade for any extensive work so there is an overhead on that. One caveat on budget brands, you invariably get what you pay for. Mike
  2. As well as my railway stuff, I also build model ships. My largest project is an almost N Gauge (1:144 scale) scratchbuild of the aircraft carrier Ark Royal. It has been made using plasticard and all the parts, including the masts, were cut entirely on the cutter. Every single frame section is there. Plasticard thickness varied between 10 and 30 thou (0.25 and 0.75mm). Mike
  3. Hello Jim, I have had a cutter for seven years and still use it, even though I also have a 3D printer. I use the cutter for card and plastic sheet and, like you, I do find working with styrene sheet/plasticard quite satisfying. I use Inkscape to draw the pieces, mainly as it is free software. cheers, Mike
  4. Hello everyone, thanks for your responses on baseboards; however, I don't have any problems with that part of the layout, just the undulating shape above the baseboard. As I mentioned, the layout will be a city scape; with roads and buildings above the track level. The surface levels above the station range, in N Gauge, between 8mm and 100mm generally undulating from left to right and from rear to front. I believe Robert Stokes provided a good suggestion with cross-pieces of board or card slatted together, similar to those found in wine and mineral cases. I plan to try that first. cheers, Mike
  5. The book has arrived and it has an excellent plan of the ground floor of the Queens Hotel. The book also has plans of the platform level below the hotel, which means that I can work out a continuous rear facia for the hotel. The Midland station is also shown at ground, first and second floor levels; there are even floor plans for various buildings on the platforms. All these will be beneficial to working out what goes where when I eventually come to that phase. As to the canopies, I found the details somewhere; but cannot remember where, that the dimensions were: Min. width = 58ft wide Max. width = 67ft wide Min. length = 600ft Max. length = 620ft Total length of platforms (Midland side?) = 2850 yards. I don't know how I could progress without those images from Warwickshirerailways, they are definitely my go-to site for this project. I have seen that image, nwrbns str130 but I cannot identify the canopy or arch girders from it. I think I can see them now! Thanks all for your responses, I do appreciate it very much. cheers, Mike
  6. Ha! reminds me of bottle of pop in cardboard crates. Good idea and I can work to that, thanks. The layout will be a city setting with building and tarmac or cobbled roads and pavings etc. Mike
  7. Hello again Robert, I like that idea of using cardboard formers. I am a bit of a hoarder, as is my wife, and we still have the cardboard boxes that we used to move to the house we now live in. They are thicker than that cereal boxes and I'm sure would be sturdy and light when laminated together. Thanks for that suggestion. The other suggestions are also worth a look and I shall give them a try. I have a small piece of spare plywood that I could have to practice with. cheers, Mike
  8. Hello Chris, I hadn't considered expanded polystyrene as a supporting frame, that is interesting and could look into that. cheers, Mike
  9. Hi Jeff, A good point and not rude at all, perhaps I should have explained myself better. After all my outgoings, my pension has a little left which I can use for my modelling but I have to be circumspect on what that goes on. I have found previously that, when asking for advice, there is a tendency for people to recommend this book or that which sometimes only has a minute amount of detail on the subject required. I'm not against buying books, in fact I have just bought three on the recommendation from a previous query and, again, only about three pages helped with my query. The cost of books impacts on what is left of my budget, for buying the wood, tracks and all other elements required to make a layout. Where possible, I shall try to re-use materials from previous, non-railway, modelling setups; I am currently saving loads of cereal boxes in order to make card buildings and structures with them etc. Before retiring, I would have no hesitation to go out and buy everything that was recommended but, now, I have to be more minimalist in my approach to this. As such, I am looking to advice on how to go about it by asking those who have done it before "how did they do it?". cheers, Mike
  10. Hi Robert, as to the size, I was just generalising; I don't think it matters at this stage what the size will be, although I shall edit my post to just feet and inches for now. It is just the principle of how to go about building up the framework to lay upon the baseboard that I am keen to know about. I would like it to be lightweight but sturdy. As to the track, that will be level throughout; therefore, the ground will be measured upwards from the track base. cheers, Mike
  11. Hello all, I am planning my first layout, it will be 2mm/N gauge and approximately 2.4m x 1.2m. The surface above track level undulates between 1mm and 100mm; however, the gradients do not take a uniform slope but dips and peaks in various places, north to south and east to west. I have worked out the scale heights, including distances between them, and I just need to learn what would be the best way to make some form of lightweight framework. Can anyone please advise me how best to make up the framework for such a layout? I cannot afford to go buying books on the subject, if such exist, so perhaps someone could provide advice or links to online tutorials or other useful sites? Thank you in anticipation. Mike
  12. Hello all, I am still struggling continuing with my build of the Queens Hotel at New St Station; however, the book I ordered over a week ago has not arrived yet. Evidently it has a chapter on the hotel plus a floorplan. Whilst waiting in the meantime, I have started doing some research on the canopy over the Midland section of the station. This one survived after the war and wasn't demolished until after 1963; therefore, well within the time scope for my build. Unfortunately, I have already hit a problem in that I cannot find any dimensions for these canopies, which occupied the southern half of the station. There's plenty of information on the large LNWR canopy, on the north side, including width and length but that was demolished, due to bomb damage, either during the war or soon after and, therefore, out of scope for me. This image shows the canopies on the southern side of the station. Does anyone have any information on what width and height these canopies were please? Also, if possible, what would the regulation distances for each supporting pillar be? photos source: warwickshirerailways cheers, Mike
  13. Thanks Keith, I have found a copy online and placed an order for it. cheers, Mike
  14. Hello Keith, which book series is that; also, would you know which number/copy the floor plans of the Queens Hotel are in? cheers, Mike
  15. Hello all, I would like to make a start on constructing the north section of New Street Station and this incorporates the Queens Hotel and station entrance. The builidng was demolished in the mid-1960s and I've only got a few Googled images and 'Britain from above" views which are too far away for detail. Does anyone have any actual plans or dimensions of this large and ornate building that I could use please? I'm looking for heights of the different floors and windows, depth from street front to hotel frontage (through the arches) etc. I could guesstime by using nearby people and items; however, I would like to try and get the actual details if any are available. Cheers, Mike
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