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  1. Cement GPV's Here they are being unloaded, and you can see from this poor quality photo that they are bit oversize, - too wide, too high, and too long - I'm not a rivet counter - I have always thought that overall atmosphere beats absolute accuracy every time - but it's a shame when makers (Dapol, in this case) are so careless, especially when the detail in the mouldings is otherwise high quality. I know BR had a few GPV's built with a 10ft wheelbase, but the vast majority were 9ft, so why not make the model like that? Rant over!
  2. Cheers, Kevin! They didn't always look like that though!! Best,Mike
  3. In truth, James, not much! A tiny yard like this would have had very little rolling stock - a few tired old coal trucks delivering coke to the brass foundry, a couple of twelve ton vans bringing chemicals and waste paper to the paper mill - and stretching credibility a bit far, a couple of gunpowder vans bringing bagged cement for the new council house estate being built up the road! On very rare occasions, it's possible that a redundant Siphon G might be pressed into service for the waste paper loads, but it is very rare, and the photographer missed it last
  4. Many thanks for your encouragement, James!
  5. JiLo, sincere thanks for your kind words! One of the many reasons for this model was to show off some of my 1/76 scale road vehicles, but I hesitate to put too many pics of them on here, 'cos it's mostly about trains! I don't do proper scratchbuilding but I do like playing around with commercially available bits, and the post war period up 'til the 70's is well catered for. I was briefly the truck manager for one of the lesser known readymix concrete companies in the 1960's, so here's a bit more personal nostalgia!
  6. Thanks again, Jerry! I quite enjoyed doing the little street, despite having to scrap the first attempt, but this whole layout was intended to be a bit of a test bed for ideas anyway, so I wasn't too surprised! Best, Mike
  7. Bits and Bobs. Despite our best efforts it is sometimes better to re -think an idea, and accept that some alternative might be a better option, and this photo illustrates this only too well! The row of cottages are on descending levels and not on a straight line, so I went to great lengths to make a series of individual wooden mounts for the buildings, nicely lightened and glued together to form a continuous base. I then realised that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to cut the steps leading from the pavement to the alleys between the cottages, s
  8. Keith, I completely endorse your comments about John Wiffen and Scalescenes! They really are the most amazing way of producing model buildings for very little money. You are right about having a decent printer, but they are so cheap nowadays - I recently bought a Canon Pixma in a local supermarket for less than the cost of a colour cartridge for my old HP990CX! And it's a lot cheaper to run! Congrats on your efforts with Short Edge - very nice! Best, Mike
  9. Once I had finished faffing about with the wall, I gave the surface of the baseboard a generous coat of shellac followed by coat of mud coloured exterior emulsion paint, before finally glueing the track in position and installing the Deltang receiver to operate the point servos. It is just a tight push fit in a 15mm hole drilled in a block of foam. These Rx's h
  10. Another rather boring picture of the baseboard. Once their exact positions had been carefully marked, the track was lifted and then the point motor support discs and the magnet assemblies were glued in place with PVA adhesive. It is worth taking some effort to get this bit right - it is difficult, if not impossible, to make alterations afterwards to components glued to a foam baseboard without doing a lot of damage. - The Rules of all the P's: "Precise Planning Promotes Peerless Performance" - or : "Poor Planning Produces Pitiful Products" !!
  11. John, yes, it was on the list of things I wanted to try out with this model. The black background is not to everyones taste, but it does give a quite dramatic effect, and to borrow another idea from the theatre world, so does the ability to alter the intensity of the lighting. Here are two pics taken under identical ambient light, but at the outer ends of the lighting range, and without changing anything else, the appearance of the scene is very different. The lights are a 12V LED strip of 72, glued to the upper face of a full length aluminium bar, and reflected downwards by the white
  12. As Ian said above! This really is top notch stuff - the Sentinel in particular is setting a standard of realism that would be hard to match! Bravo! Cheers, Mike
  13. Hi Marc, thanks for your kind words! Interesting point about the definition, I hadn't really thought about it - I suppose the same goes for "Cameo", which I always understood to be a miniature, but that now seems to include some pretty large and elaborate models as well! Perhaps it's possible to have a little static scene within a layout, so you get the best of both worlds! Something like this: Here's the train guard looking positively mutinous, as he gets a dressing down from the yard foreman! Cheers, Mike
  14. Here is a point servo assembled in it's aluminium carrier and mounted on the 6mm MDF support disc. The operating lever is bent up from 0.6mm dia. piano wire, and pivots in a 1mm dia. hole in the aluminium carrier, which is attached to the MDF disc with M2.5 screws in captive nuts flush with the surface. The MDF discs fit in circular recesses in the foam baseboard - they don't have to be circular, but being so gives a bit of latitude when it comes to aligning the lever with the point blade stretcher. Another view of the servo - the mounting lug has to be removed o
  15. Marlyn, thank you for your kind encouragement! Now, on with the construction! Here is a photo of the basic track layout: Making Tracks Well, placing tracks might be more accurate, since this was only a trial assembly to check the correct operation of the point servos, but it does show the simple trackplan of this little diorama. The "railway" part takes up less than half the width of the baseboard and I did at one point consider making it as two distinct units, with the yard and street scene on a separate board, but the difficulties of making a st
  16. This is a delightful image, Marlyn, and to have pulled it off in 1:146 scale is truly awesome! Bravo! Mike
  17. Trains and wagons One of my aims in devising this model was to try to create some of the atmosphere of the 1950's, so there are very few bright colours, nothing very shiny - in fact the rather drab, careworn feeling that prevailed over much of industrial Britain in the decade after the end of WW2, so I apologise to those looking for the glamour of the Cornish Riviera Express, or the Mid-Day Scot - they never passed near New Prospect Lane! NPL's pannier tank is quietly simmering during a break. In reality this is far too powerful a locomotive for a little yard
  18. Still on the Case! Continuing with the description of the enclosure for this little diorama, here is a pic of the rear panel: This is made from the same 20mm expanded polystyrene and is finished similarly to the end panels, but has an aluminium angle framework, with a cut-out for access to the control panel and batteries. The mitred corners are pop-riveted to steel plate braces inside the angles, and again, the foam panel is a tight push fit, making removal or replacement easy. The two end frames are joined at the front by a 9x60mm MDF panel, whi
  19. Marlyn, many thanks for your encouragement! The 1950's seem to be very well catered for model prototypes, - road vehicles as well as railway stuff! Best, Mike
  20. Keith, firstly many thanks for your kind and generous comments! Now, before I describe the baseboard and enclosure, a little explanation is needed. You may have noticed that there are no cables or other visible means of controlling this model, and that is because it is entirely operated by radio control. The locomotives are battery powered using lithium polymer batteries which can be recharged from any 5 volt source, and controlled by a 2.4gHz receiver. The points and signal are also operated by radio controlled servo motors, as are the building and street lights, so I can si
  21. Jerry, thanks again. The motorbike & sidecar came from Autocraft: http://www.autocraft.plus.com/page2.html They make whitemetal kits of quite a few different motorbikes and scooters, as well as some lovely pre-war car kits. No connection, just a contented customer. They are not any specific make of motorbike, - the Panther 600 was a figment of my imagination! I never owned one, but a friend had one as a solo - it was a fearsome machine - kick starting a 600cc single cylinder needed very careful setting of the advance and retard lever to avoid serious injury to the ankle!
  22. Jerry, thanks for your kind words! The size of the baseboard is 1260 x 400mm, so by no means a micro layout, but still small enough to be got down two flights of narrow stairs! The size of the whole enclosure is 1300 x 430 x 400 high. I took quite a few pics while I was building this so I'll post some more with the descriptions. In real life, streets in older towns are rarely level or straight and I've tried to reflect this in the model. Here is a view looking down the lane towards the paper mill and brass foundry: George and Edna are returning from the shops on the P&M
  23. I have lurked on here for some time now and been very much inspired by many of the super little layouts featured, and I decided to return to model railways after a gap of more than forty years, during which much has changed! So here is New Prospect Lane, a small diorama now nearing completion, which I am building to explore some different methods of control and construction, with the emphasis on light weight and portability. The model is a small industrial scene somewhere in the south west Midlands, sometime in the mid/late 1950‘s, and is built in 1/76 scale. I've tried
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