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Robin Gristwood

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    Modelling the British Railways in the 60's in 7mm.

    Previously modelling Seattle Industrial District on HO.

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  1. Hi Mick, you mention a comb brush, what size and where do you get them from? Robin
  2. I use Dinghams extensively, but not with magnets. I built a coupler height jig to check accuracy once fitted to wagons
  3. Hi John, I had one of the later JLTRT Fruit D from eBay. The buffer centres were wider that previously, but you will be able to tell because when you offer the chassis up to the body you will see that either side of the buffer holes have been milled away to allow the buffers to fit now. I found this on YouTube, which helped enormously with the build. This is part one, there are another 2 there as well. Good luck with build. I have to say it was the first JLTRT kit I have built and it was an enjoyable build, with no real snags. Robin
  4. Does anyone know if there is a suitable sound chip available yet for this loco? The loco is due for release in a couple of months. I have a DC version on order and would like to have a sound decoder ready to install when it arrives. I know that the model will be available with sound fitted but there is usually quite a long delay before they turn up at retailers. The specification says that it has 'provision for speaker' but no information of size or shape. I will be grateful for any help anyone can provide Robin
  5. Great job Mick.. weathering looks really effective
  6. As a 7mm modeller I'm more interested that the 7mm HUO will be for sale on the stand. Does this mean that they have landed in the country now and pre-orders will arrive imminently? Robin
  7. Hi Duncan, I've also started adding the blocks to mount MSE point stools, but still along way from installing anything. But I have made up a test piece to check what everything looks like before committing to it on the layout itself. I used the MSE 'square rod in the stools and 30 thou sq microstrip under the tracks to prevent any shorting issues.
  8. Just gets better and better Duncan. With all that expanse of glazing in the signal box, are you planning on detailing the interior?
  9. Great job. The Archer rivets look really effective on the bridge girder.
  10. Coming along nicely. What wood are you using for the walls of your building carcasses? It looks like its something you can cut with a knife, judging by the clean window openings?
  11. Chaz, There isn't any passenger traffic as such, just non-passenger parcels stock to the mail order warehouse. My idea for signalling and having a signal box was based on a nearby location at Birmingham Central Goods. http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/102142-making-a-start-in-7mm-for-the-first-time-layout-update/page-4&do=findComment&comment=2574107 I haven't done a huge amount of research on it, but I don't think it had any passenger traffic from the start. I liked the idea and the opportunity to have operating signals, and a signal box too. The next job I want to tackle is adding point rodding from the signal box to the points. Once this has been planned out I can start on painting the track and ballasting.
  12. Marc, Although you find the instructions included perfectly adequate, I found these guides on making them a particularly useful addition http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/456/entry-7377-dinghams-part-2/ http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/456/entry-7387-dinghams-part3/ Part one disappeared into cyberspace somewhere, but that didn't hamper me. I am guessing it was possibly preamble and about prepping the fret and removing the parts from the fret. I used a fine Garryflex abrasive pad to thoroughly clean the fret (both sides) before cutting out any pieces.
  13. I bought some about a month ago. Very prompt response as usual from Trevor. Are you using the [email protected] address to make contact? I made a jig to get the height of each set consistent. The couplers are easily adjusted with gentle bending to get the height of the loop set correctly, so long as the coupler hole is approximately in the right position. I'm glad I tried them, and they make operating a pleasure rather than a chore.
  14. Nearly a year has passed since I last updated this thread. Looking back at how it was a year ago to how it is now, it is quite surprising how things have changed even though you think to yourself….I haven’t done that much. To start with the layout now has a name ‘Dominion Dock Goods’. The docks in Liverpool seem to have used up all the former kings, queens, princes and princesses, notable politician names of the Victorian era, as well as the cardinal compass points and docks showing main destination e.g. North Docks Goods, Canada Dock, etc, so I thought this would fit, and I liked the sound of it too. The end of the layout as it enters the fiddle yards has been redesigned. This follows another series of ‘sketches’ from Brian after a discussion with him about how best to use the space. The engine shed for the docks railway has been replaced by a set of coal drops. The road under the tracks is now a canal that all the tracks need to cross. Yes I know Liverpool is hardly criss-crossed by canals, but hey-ho Rule 1 and all that..!! This has of course meant the construction of several bridges to cross the canal and making the coal drops, and the realisation of the need to add literally thousands of rivets to the girders that would be needed. I have used the Slaters embossed rivet sheets cut into single strips for some of the girders, and made rivets for the others, especially the top plates, either using a drop-weight type riveter, and lately using a wonderful G.W.Models riveter, which is a wonderful piece of workmanship which will help no end with all sort of future builds. A tunnel was built to allow the canal to disappear under the mail order warehouse The mail order warehouse at the back now has an extended loading platform to accommodate a greater variety of parcels traffic. The sidings in the goods yard have been altered slightly to better serve the new goods shed. The fruit and veg warehouse to the right has a cold store added to the side to increase traffic potential. Replacement foamcore dummy buildings have been constructed to get a feel for how it will look, but they will all be replaced over time with properly constructed buildings. The position of the signal box has been moved and a perimeter wall and entry gate added to define the edge of the layout better. Again inspired by another sketch. The wonderful signals from Jon have all been fitted and are operating well. I did have a problem with using the MegaPoints board though for the ground signal. The board should allow a normal or a reverse signal to be sent to the server to operate either clockwise or anticlockwise depending on the linkage to the arm/board, however for some reason the board refuses to reverse the servo for the ground signal and I needed to get a servo reverser off eBay. The number of available locos and rolling stock have been steadily increasing, including dedicated fruit vans and parcels stock. So much so that extra storage is now needed for the items that don’t fit..! But you can never have enough stock, right? All the stock has been fitted with Dinghams couplings. I don’t use the magnetic release option, preferring to use a bamboo skewer with a hook on the end to flip up the loops. Many of the locos now have crews on the footplate from the excellent range available from Detailed Miniatures. I have always preferred to operate my layouts rather than just ‘play trains’. In the past, I have used various methods to generate traffic. My previous foray into’ modelling US railroads lead down the path of computer switchlists and the dark art that was Ship-It’. For the last layout prior to this one though I had swapped over to using carcards and waybills to generate and control traffic movements. I have put that same system into place now on the current layout. It means that arrival and departure of trains, and the shunting in between, are less random, and can generate some interesting moves. This makes operating sessions more enjoyable and worthwhile, with a sense of completion when one cycle of arrivals and departures is run.
  15. Hello John, I too am just about to start building this kit. I was wondering if you or anyone else knows if this kit a suitable prototype to convert without too much effort to the type that replaced the end vent with an external duct. This type is described in 4mm Wagon (part 2) by Geoff Kent - pages 94-96. I think this type is shown in a photo of Mersey docks in the first photo in this topic? http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/60700-is-this-doncaster-green/ I was thinking of building a second wagon, and having two wagons that aren't identical always adds to scene. Robin
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