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  1. When you say ‘I’m just popping out for a bottle of wine... do we need anything else?’, and it turns into a big shop.

    1. Hroth


      But at least you get it over and done with!


      (Need any loo rolls???)

  2. Even then I put the small bottle in a glass ramekin padded out with plasticine to make it bottom heavy and hard to knock over. When I’m doing brass I swap the solvent for the flux bottle.
  3. Window frames are now about 60% installed, and bricks are appearing on the walls (Howard Scenics embossed paper) and walls are now permanently joined in the two end modules. The centre module (the main building) is still a flat pack while I finish off the brickwork. However, it occurred to me that I actually have no idea how things would have come in and gone out on the railway line that runs through the site. There were large boilers in the building, so obviously a need for coal, but when it comes to raw materials (bits of dead animals) would that be delivered in general merchandise wagons? And just stacked up in the wagons or in sacks? Likewise the finished product, bagged up and sent out in merchandise, or loose a bit like bulk grain in hoppers? Does Anyone with an agricultural background have any hints on the comings and goings of a bonemeal factory?
  4. Quite possibly - I’ll have to see how easy it is to disassemble. I do have an even older Antex 18W (or might be 15, can’t remember) iron from the 1980s that I used to use for soldering PCBs before I got the 690.
  5. My venerable Antex 690 SD is still going strong after I’ve forgotten how many years, but has recently started playing ‘guess the temperature’ as 3 segments on the display have failed. (It’s supposed to say 350C) It’s the best iron I’ve used and still quite usable, but should it fail to the point where I can’t set the temperature in the future what would be a fitting replacement?
  6. Getting a new phone is supposed to be a pleasurable experience. iTunes makes it the most frustrating experience from hell.

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    2. NXEA!


      Tell a lie, doesn't even require iCloud. Link: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT210216

    3. sharris


      I tried the phone to phone Bluetooth option. Both phones just sat there next to each other not doing anything - I guess my old phone was just too old!

    4. Izzy


      Yeah, this is part of the make everything past yesterday obsolete. I have an old iPod classic. Works as good as when new. But can’t be uploaded with new tunes/playlists unless an old version of itunes is used. And my (newish) 8+iPhone needs the latest version.....grrrr.

  7. Would Dyson produce a model of Brunel's vacuum powered Atmospheric Railway?
  8. How did you keep the roof laminations from warping? I tried something similar, but on a much smaller scale for a Micheline railcar and it warped horribly - I redid it carving and filing some balsa. (I suspect it might be down to styrene thickness).
  9. I still have a couple of boards to build - currently they have imaginary numbers.
  10. If you have any LNWR loco shaped scrap, preferably with motor and wheels... (seriously, thanks, although at the moment I'm quite well off for brass sheet)
  11. Thanks for the offer, for the moment I'll give the soldering iron a whizz. The windows factory opened for business this afternoon. I managed to get a bit of a head-start as in my scraps box I found the remains of a window frame etch (Ambis?) With a little bit of fettling of the openings, the 8 3x4 frames are a reasonable match for the 8 high up windows on the end building. As for the rest, I built a little jig with pins on a bit of hardboard left over from IKEA packaging. The outer frame is made from strips of 5 thou brass - the first few I made 5mm wide, but have reduced it to 4mm to save a bit of brass. These are soldered into a rectangle defined by the pins. Starting with the centre, I then solder pre-tinned 0.33mm brass wire to the frame, aligned with lines scribed into the hardboard. After doing the 3 horizontal pieces, I run a file across the back of them, and repeat with the verticals until I end up with At this point I can tweak the horizontals and verticals to straighten any off-true. Then I wipe the grid with a bit of flux and a touch with the iron to lock the horizontals and verticals, and rub the back along the direction of the verticals on a file. Cleaning up, trimming and flipping over I end up with 10 down so far, only another 60 or so to go in this size, then 10 smaller ones.
  12. Having finished cutting out all the main parts, I laminated most of the walls yesterday and left the glue to go off, keeping everything flat under a jenga-ish pile of 18mm ply blocks - intended for cross-bracing the Willington boards when I've worked out clearances for point actuators. So, excited to see how it fits together I've spent the morning tacking the pieces together with bits of masking tape and setting it up in the lounge - overall it's just over 700mm long (longer than the table I set it out on!), about 280mm deep and, excluding the boiler room chimney, about 260mm high. rail-side view of the main building. John Usher's drawings (in the linked archive article in the previous post) show the water-side view. I've estimated the opposite side to be similar but with doors in the centre of each arch. Usher's drawings show a winch house in the arches, could be just one, could be two - I've gone for symmetry. Looking towards the rail-served shed. The sides of the shed are down to imagination and guesswork - the overall size is estimated from the survey. The end of the shed is based on Usher's drawings. The opposite end of the mill - Usher's drawing shows the boiler house (between the main building and the lower building at the end, but not the very end - I found a couple of grainy photos online that I based this on https://www.blunham.com/Blunham/WebAlbums/OldBlunham/South+Mills_Mill_Early_60s_1=56.html Water-side view - on this side some of the walls descend into the mill pond - I've made these 40mm below ground level. The blank area area on the wall is where the housing for the mill wheel would go - currently I haven't laminated the back wall as I intend the viewing direction to be from the rail side, and will stop flush with the back wall - it's big enough already without making a proper mill-pond! The whole building will get a coating of Howard Scenics embossed brick paper. Now to work out a reasonable way of constructing 85 window frames! (What was it I said on Dave's Sandy thread about my blood pressure going down since the lock-in?)
  13. I think you're right there! I've still got another 10 years of work ahead of me, but working from home since just before the lockdown started I've replaced my daily commute of an hour each way with a few laps of the park (conveniently 90 seconds from my front door), have lost 3kg so far and in the last few days have noticed my blood pressure staying at a sensible 120/80 without any help from my usual collection of pills.
  14. In a slight diversion from Willington, my attention has shifted about 4 miles to the east, to a mill outside Blunham. A line branched off from the East end of Blunham station to serve the mill. South Mills no longer exists, but when it did produced bonemeal fertiliser. A previous incarnation of the mill processed linseed. Bedford Borough Council archives have a few pages on the mill: http://bedsarchives.bedford.gov.uk/CommunityArchives/Chalton(Mogerhanger)/SouthMills.aspx From this archive article and a couple of grainy photographs I've estimated the sizes of the main buildings (the article includes notes from a survey that helped with some of this), and with a bit of imagination I managed to create what might be a plausible approximation. Drawing it out, the facade of the main building takes up most of a sheet of A3, these old Mills weren't small buildings! Up til now, most of my modelling has been in plastic or wood - for reasons described elsewhere, this time I've decided to use mostly card, and luckily I'd obtained a couple of sheets of 1mm A1 just before the lock-down. Having drawn out what I thought would be a plausible building, the last few days have seen me transferring the drawings to the card. Most walls consist of a base layer and an overlay to represent the two depths of brickwork apparent in the archive drawings. I've now got to the point of cutting out all the walls and their overlays, although the window openings need an arch added, and I still need to cut out all the windows and doors in the main building. I now have quite an extensive flat-pack of all the walls: The parts closest to the camera are a railway-served shed - a line runs right through it, which I intend to be inset into cobbles and will probably construct with the minimum amount of thin copper-clad I can get away with. Floors will come from the leftovers, roofs I might have to dig around for some thinner card. One thing I'm not trying to think about too much is the number of windows, all of which need frames and leading, and with the lock-down not much chance of getting anything etched! Hopefully it will all all make more sense as it goes together! The intention for the moment is to create it as a diorama - operationally a single track isn't that exciting, although if I extend the model there is the option of a passing loop.
  15. Does anyone happen to know if Freestone are still operating in the current situation? I'm running low on Howard Scenics embossed brick paper.
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